‘Tis the season for comfort food. It’s out with cooling watermelon salads and gazpacho and in with warming gnocchi and stews. There might be no better place to find it than at Bivouac Canteen and Bar in Northbridge, a place whose name means “encampment”: a shelter where warmth, company and food is shared.
If you visit the website before the restaurant itself, you might be convinced that Bivouac is little more than a canvas teepee in the bush. Not so. In fact, Bivuoc is smack in the thick of the urban jungle of Northbridge, steps away from the station, Cultural Centre and the William Street hubbub. The small venue is made cosy with its warm wooden floors and artwork from Perth’s best emerging artists, like Anya Brock and Mile Noel, which rotates every few weeks.
Bivouac offers a new collection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes described as “hearty food and peasant fare ideal for sharing.” Think grilled haloumi salads, blue cheese arancini balls, gnocchi with oxtail ragú, goat cheese soufflé, as well as cheese and charcuterie boards that sing alongside a glass of red.
Then there’s the ever-changing “secret menu”, whose dishes change according to whatever fresh ingredient the chefs can get their hands on. Last Friday it was a crispy skin hiramasa kingfish, the week before a fillet steak tagliata, which we tasted and loved.
Need more proof that Bivouac has your comfort in mind? They even know how to comfort your Saturday morning hangover. Their so-called “Bouzy Breakfast” pairs breakfast dishes with alcoholic drinks. A glass of champagne comes with the Revolution, the Gypsy is paired with a spicy Bloody Mary and with the Canteen, a tall glass of beer.
Now if only the servers would give foot rubs…