Over the Easter break, I had a highly anticipated and much-needed family holiday in Western Australia. We rarely go away together so it was great to have time to relax and hang out. We certainly packed in a lot over the four days so I’m sharing this visit over two jam-packed posts.
On our first morning we took a walk along Rokeby Road in Subiaco to check out the area (we would later do a spot of shopping when the shops were open). We picked up coffees at Architects and Heroes, a hip and busy cafe that serves a lush Belgium hot chocolate and has a funky cartoon-style mural on the wall.
For lunch we headed to Heirloom, a restaurant in the lobby of Fraser Suites in Perth. Being a public holiday (Good Friday) meant the streets were pretty quiet and so was the restaurant – we were able to take our time as we almost had the place to ourselves.
For a cocktail starter I went with the Gin Bramble which has gin, sugar syrup, lemon juice, raspberry liquor and ice in a sturdy tumbler. As a sucker for gin as well as anything raspberry, this was probably the best cocktail I’ve ever had. REALLY.
My entrée was a light baby beetroot and sorrel salad with cashew cheese and walnuts and we snacked on sides of freshly baked seed and nut loaf and crunchy sweet potato fries.
For main I had a thin and crispy mushroom pizza with balsamic onions and cashew cheese and we shared sides of fermented vegetables and charred asparagus with lemon, olive and almonds.
Tasting all the desserts is the only way to go when you’re having a fancy lunch and the prettiest shared dessert plate included goodies like a raw raspberry and cashew cheesecake, an orange and almond cake and a baked chocolate mousse with coconut cream and sour cherry. Delightful.
Afterwards we drove to moody Cottesloe Beach for a coffee and it was quite full, despite the threat of a storm lurking in the air.
On Saturday morning we walked to Subi Farmers Market, a weekly market held on the grounds of the local public school. They have a great variety of fresh produce, baked goods, ready to eat food and a few crafts. The mushroom bahn mi from Baguette Me Not made for an excellent brunch.
Later we headed to Fremantle to check out some funny street theatre (in the rain) at the Fremantle Street Arts Festival and try a few of the local beers.
At the busy Fremantle Markets we stopped for a Cocowhip – a brilliant whipped ice cream made with coconut, handy for those who are dairy intolerant or vegan. My cup of vanilla and chocolate swirl came with a raw slice and it was crazy good. I need to keep an eye out for these in Sydney.
And last but by no means least, we went to The Raw Kitchen for dinner. It was great to go back, as they’ve expanded and are now in a much bigger venue to my first visit a few years ago. They’re now in a huge space and the converted warehouse offers a small shop at the front and a much more inviting dining experience with loads more seating. It was packed on a Saturday night and it was great to see them still popular with the locals and doing so well.
We shared a mezze board with dips and for main our table was full of organic blue corn tortillas, a live pad thai and a creamy yellow coconut curry with quinoa. They also offer vegan wines so we shared a lovely bottle of Spanish red. When I first went it was the desserts that were a stand out but this time around, it’s the savoury that I really enjoyed.
Coming up, we head down south to Margaret River for some vegan wine tasting and a visit to the stunning WA coastline.
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