The scene of another pre-Fringe dinner this week was the Stables bar – situated in a laneway off Hay Street and apparently one of the City’s original horse stables, now restored and adapted to house of the Perth’s better bar/restaurants. A shaded outdoor area downstairs leads into a bar area, while upstairs you have the choice of sitting inside or out on a balcony protected by umbrellas and on the hot evening we ventured past cooling mist sprays. Acknowledging the heat we sat in!
The menu is in the main designed to share and from it we chose a couple of dishes – we didn’t have to long to get into it and on down to the Maj, so Mac and Four cheese croquettes, and Jalapeno arancini seemed to foot the bill of being both quick and filling.
We were right – quick to come out and extremely generous serves which we could not finish, but tasty they were.
The croquettes, five large cubes were fried crisply, with a filling of tender pasta, prepared in a creamy, rich sauce of the four aforementioned cheese. A dash of truffle oil and a sprinkle of rosemary added aromatics and earthy, garden fresh flavours.
Four round arancini sat in a puddle of lime infused mayo, and were topped with grated cheese – the filling a mix of minced jalapeno and Oaxaca cheese – the Mexican salute to mozzarella – moist and runny – a few stray chopped jalapenos on top gave a little more zing.
We struggled on as best we could, but the size of the serves beat us, but certainly set us up for our show down the road.
The Stables is a well set up spot, professional and friendly waiters are quick to serve and respond to requests; the food is generously sized and the wine list very good. It has a variety of spots to drink and dine and is recommended.