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The Soda Cafe in North Beach has been a
favourite of northern suburbs' diners for quite
some time. So when co-owners Bridget LeGrove,
husband Ben Andrijasevich and Greg and Fleur
Gleeson opened Soda Sun Lounge 600m up the
road in October, I was looking forward to
checking it out.
Bridget heads up front of house and has done
a great job with knowledgeable, (and, I must say,
good looking) staff offering laidback, efficient
service. Ben, head chef at Balthazar for six years,
is executive chef, overseeing a kitchen serving up
some very good food. We headed north on a cool
Tuesday evening and although it wasn't packed,
the atmosphere was fun and chatty.
With seating for up to 230, this place is big but
clever decor with strong colours, an interesting
selection of seating options, dark carpets and great
lighting means it feels inviting.
There were couples at the intimate booths,
groups of six and eight at the long, bench-style
tables and a few girls catching up at one of the
many lounge-style seating areas. The decking
is huge, with sails for cover, and is sure to be a
favourite place for many during the summer.
Start the evening with a glass of Canella
Prosecco from Italy ($11 a glass, $47 a bottle) and
some caramelised duck shanks.
Braised in hoi sin and Asian spices, then cara-
melised so they are just sticky enough, these little
delicacies fall off the bone. Served with sticky rice,
they are a terrific start and at $14 for four not bad
value. Sizzling king prawns ($18) were also good
with a great balance of butter and garlic.
Calamari needs to be cooked for the perfect
amount of time. A fraction too long, and they end
up rubbery. No such problems here, the salt and
pepper calamari were fantastic. They were served
with a creamy, tangy aioli and rocket, which could
have been crispier.
Although the mains can be ordered as indi-
vidual portions, it's the sort of place that makes
you want to share. Fish and chips ($29) arrive hot
and crispy with three big pieces of well-cooked
blue spot snapper. The batter was excellent. The
tomato, basil, buffalo mozzarella, pesto and moz-
zarella pizza ($22) was lifted by the thickly sliced
roma tomatoes and generous amount of shredded
mozzarella. No complaints here.
There are wagyu beef burgers ($24), black an-
gus beef served with chips and garlic butter ($34),
and a few interesting pasta dishes to keep every-
one happy. The kids are spoilt with mini wagyu
burgers ($12) and small fish and chips ($12), both
served with chips.
Actually, it would be nice to have the mini op-
tions available to the adults. Round off your meal
with pear, nougat and custard crumble ($12) and
a "real" hot chocolate. Soda Sun Lounge is giving
us great views and intelligently prepared food with
little pretence. Fully licensed.
Open seven days a week from 9am for brunch, lunch
and dinner. Upstairs, 1 North Beach Rd, North
Beach. (08) 9203 7788.
Scoop resident foodie Marina Fiore has packed her napkin and
notepad and set out to sample all that's good on Perth's dining scene.
From fabulous fish and chips on Rotto to tantalising tapas in town, she
found many new, and not-so-new, restaurants well worth visiting.
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A LITTLE MORE SPRITZ
Soda Sun Lounge | North Beach
With great views and fine food,
the people that brought us Soda
give us some time in the sun.
Caramelised duck shanks
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