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Just one glance at Friends Restaurant s
new autumn menu says it all.
Inviting, innovative, yet classical
to its bootstraps, it speaks volumes
of the culinary changes that noted
English chef Andrew Barnes has ushered into one
of the most established and awarded fine dining
restaurants in Perth.
Located on the edge of the CBD, in Terrace
Road East Perth, Friends was founded by local
restaurateur Clyde Bevan and his wife Lesley in
1997 and is as renowned for its superb wine list as
well as its unique musical entertainment.
It has won three restaurant and catering
industry awards for Best Restaurant with Enter-
tainment, along with an American Wine Spectator
Award for one of the best restaurant wine lists in
the world. Not to mention a Gold Plate or two,
and the Tucker Seabrook Award for the best wine
list in Australia.
Beloved by the corporate diner for its relaxed,
English chef Andrew Barnes has brought a new level of
understated culinary elegance to an icon of Perth dining,
the fabulous Friends Restaurant. text bron sibree « images craig kinder
but welcoming upmarket ambience and its
spectacular river views, it also remains defiantly
classical, or "untrendy" as Clyde Bevan puts it, in
decor and cuisine.
But in just six months Andrew has not only
a transformed Friends menu, but revolutionised
its kitchen practises on the road to adding Perth s
ever-growing band of discerning younger
gourmands to its list of devotees.
And all, it seems, without making a fuss or
In fact this unassuming, multi-award winning
Mancunian chef, is quick to tell you just how
much he hates any form of fuss, or for that matter,
being in the limelight.
"It s just not me to be up the front. I m no
prima donna. I ve always preferred to just be in the
background just doing the work."
But there s no denying he s garnered a fair bit of
the limelight over the years, as indeed would any
chef who has garnered a two-star Michelin award,
a two-star Egon Ronay Award, and four AA
Rosettes, to name just a few.
If you force the issue, he will acknowledge
those, and a few more besides in his 17 years with
the Heathcote Group, a prestigious cluster of
diverse restaurants founded in Britain by celebrity
chef Paul Heathcote, who he met very early in his
career as a chef.
Andrew notched up eight years as head chef
at Heathcote s flagship restaurant The Longridge,
which was declared the best restaurant in the north
of England by the Michelin guide during his reign
in the kitchen.
He then went on to spend four years as execu-
tive chef for all 15 restaurants under the Heathcote
umbrella, including time at the much-lauded The
Longridge, and Simply Heathcote s, as well as the
more casual Olive Press restaurants.
Not to mention stints as relief head chef, and
heading up its extensive outside catering and
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