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Elba | Cottesloe
I love the quirky name of this place in Napoleon
Street, though most people won’t get it. The Tuscan
island of Elba, off the west coast of Italy, is where
Napoleon Bonaparte was exiled in 1814 for 300 days.
Clever! Not quite so clever was that on his return to
France for the period known as the hundred days he,
quite literally, met his Waterloo. But I digress.
This new addition to the western suburbs is
broody and schmoozy. Dark and glamorous, it oozes
late-night sophistication. The long, marble-topped
bar with gorgeous chandeliers overhead dominates
the area and is the perfect place for an after-work
get-together or an evening cocktail.
But what really makes Elba special is the covered
outdoor area at the front that ensures the bar spills
onto the footpath. Why, oh why, don’t we have more
of these? Wouldn’t it be fabulous if Rokeby Road
and Beaufort and Oxford streets were alive with
people chatting and laughing? Enlightened
Europeans have done it for years. In fact, I’m sure
Napoleon himself loved a sidewalk tipple.
There are high tables and booths and an intimate
lounge area at the back where you can also enjoy a
drink or a meal. However, having visited twice in the
first month of opening, the food was yet to hit the
mark. A slow-cooked lamb dish and a small order of
croquettes arrived far too quickly. Clearly reheated,
the lamb was dry and the croquettes lacked crunch.
Other dishes, while passable, could be much better.
We’ll put these glitches down to teething problems.
They haven’t stopped the crowds, and shouldn’t,
because Elba is about much more than the food. It’s
a much-needed, sexy addition to the Cottesloe food
and wine scene and will have you going back time
and again. In brief: luxe.
OPEN 12pm - 12am seven days. 29 Napoleon St,
Cottesloe, (08) 9284 3482.
PASSION GOURMET |
Super-fast food that’s healthy and delicious is
still rather elusive so Ben Cremades decided to
fill this niche with his new shop. A chef for 15
years, he worked around the globe and
at various restaurants in Perth, including
Bistro Felix, before opening Passion Gourmet a
few months ago with his wife, Maddy, and
business partners Andrew and Renae Taylor. All
meals are cooked then vacuum-packed, so you
can stock up on restaurant-quality dishes, store
them in the fridge for 10 days or the freezer for
up to six weeks. Drop the satchels in boiling
water for 10 minutes, snip and serve. West
Australian ingredients are preferred and there
are no additives or preservatives.
When I dropped in, I couldn’t resist picking
up duck à l’orange, $12, for my husband, beef
bourguignon, $13, for me and a side of lentils
du puy, $5. The duck was well cooked and the
glaze, although not quite as it would be had it
been served at the table, was pretty good. The
beef was full of flavour and the dish laden with
chunky vegetables. The lentils were excellent
and one serve was more than enough for both
of us. Anyone who knows my husband and his
appetite knows how truly impressive this is!
There are pasta and seafood dishes, soups
and salads, curries, vegetarian and gluten-free
dishes and sides. The new season menu starts
on September 1. Plus, they deliver! It’s free if
you’re in Subi or $1/km elsewhere. Catering
is also available and Ben, with his gorgeous
French accent, will come to your home or office
and do the work.
OPEN 10am - 9pm, seven days. Shop 4,
1 Forrest St, Subiaco, (08) 9388 2451.
Gilt-framed mirrors and
woodgrain add sophistication to
the black interior. INSET Sip your
drink outdoors in French style.
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