Eat out, but make it socially distant
In Brookfield Place, you can book into private glass pods for dinner and drinks – and the physically distant dining experience couldn’t have come at a better time. Brookfield Place’s Glasshouse Dining has a three-course menu including yellowfin tuna tartare, house-made pappardelle, roast potatoes and 60-day dry-aged Stirling Ranges beef rib eye. The $99 menu is provided by Print Hall, or you can choose The Heritage Wine Bar’s four-course menu ($95pp) for smoked pasta with tiger prawns, Wagyu rump, snacks and dessert. Bookings are available until Saturday June 19. Book here.
A dozen really good drops
The Old Synagogue and Old Bridge Cellars have a pretty cool collab. The two oldies frequently join forces to bring us a selection of the most on-trend wines from the North Fremantle bottle shop in the form of The Old Bridge Dozen. The bi-monthly tasting event is where guests can taste the wines and meet the winemakers. The list of featured wines isn’t released until a few days before, but you can expect a mix of natural whites, reds, oranges and rosés. The next tasting is on Wednesday May 5 and tickets include tastings, canapes, a grazing board and a glass of your favourite wine from the list. Get your tickets here.
Feast in an igloo
From May 28 until September 5, The Ice Cream Factory in Northbridge becomes home to The Winter Village – a seasonal excuse to don ice skates, hug a mug of hot chocolate and dine inside an igloo. Twenty private igloos are designed to seat between two and five guests, and you can book in for dinner or snacks from $49–$69pp. Graze on fried chicken bites, dirty fries, herbed slaw, mac'n'cheese croquettes, and finish off with a chocolate ice-cream sandwich for dessert. The premium package takes it up a notch with Espresso Martini-flavoured fudge dipping sauce; berries; brownies; marshmallows; and either an Aperol Spritz, Espresso Martini, wine or beer. There are also Brunch & Skate weekend packages. Tickets are available here.
Travel to the Greek islands
Beachside restaurant Island Market is taking guests on a culinary journey via a four-course feast of Greek flavours, honouring owner and director George Kailis’s family heritage. The Greek Island dinner on Thursday May 20 starts with a selection of six mezethes (little dishes) served to share, followed by wood-roasted scallops and an 18-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder. The feast is designed by chef-turned-truffle-grower) David Coomer of Coomer Truffles. And pastry chef Ella Saleeba is rounding out the meal with a mastic and raspberry dessert. Of course, there’ll be Greek wines and a roaming cart serving after-dinner ouzo, muscat, vermouth and other pours. Tickets are $135 per person. Get them here.
Secret menus, top chefs
North Bird Wine Store and Bar is teaming up with various chefs from around the city for a series of collaborative dinners. On Wednesday May 19, Jacob Rutherford from Varnish on King will be flexing his skills with a fryer; on Wednesday June 9, La Cabana’s Ben Fossilo is showing off what he can do with an oven; and Daniel Lim from Arrival Hall will be cooking over charcoal. Each menu is secret (though dietary needs will be catered to). What we do know is that each dinner is six courses, designed to be shared, and it’ll be paired with cocktails by Ezra Pound or wines chosen by sommelier Pavel Ribaudo (or go rogue and order from the bar’s usual menu). Tickets are $89 per person. You can snap them up here.