With a Fringe show on across the street at Ellingtons Jazz Club, the FWO and I decided to stop in at one of our favourite spots up that way – Brika – for an early dinner and, once again we were impressed by the food and drink on offer.
Brika is modelled on a Greek taverna, with quite rustic décor, Duralex style glasses for your wine and an inviting shaded outdoor area at front with potted olives where we set up on this warm Perth evening; it was as usual bustling and busy.
The menu lists a range of Greek dishes which are perfect for sharing and this is what we did, ordering a dish of clams, followed by prawns and a refreshing salad.
The salad – pantzarosalata – looked a picture on the plate – ruby purple roasted beetroots, earthy and sweetly flavoured, topped with crisply fried haloumi – melting and smooth inside – and sitting on a dash of whipped feta, creamy and salty.
The dish of clams – clams krassata – was my hit of the meal – juicy plump clams in a sauce of white wine, garlic and cream – lovely flavour combo all round.
Our third dish also impressed – prawn saganaki – firm, well-cooked, juicy prawns, in a velvety braise of tomatoes and fetta.
From the small, but well-constructed wine list with its mix of Australian and European offerings, particularly those of Greece, we ordered a bottle of Vinaceous Wines Voodoo Moon, a 2015 Malbec from Margaret River. Aromas of blueberries, violets and tobacco, with a silky palate of plums, black cherries and chocolate – very good wine, and an interesting eye-catching label to boot.
Once again we enjoyed our visit to Brika – the food hits the mark, the wine list small but on target; the buzz from the early evening crowd, many looking to head over to the Fringe gave it a feel of bustling friendliness. Certainly well worth a visit.