All-you-can eat tacos
Clint Nolan’s longstanding Mexican eatery La Cholita is marking Cinco de Mayo (May 5) with its inaugural bottomless taco dinner. Your $50 buy-in gets you a Margarita on arrival plus all the tacos – take your pick from Baja fish, slow-cooked pork, pork belly, beef brisket, and pumpkin and jackfruit – you can eat in 90 minutes. You’ll probably want to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous after dinner. Make a booking online.
A new Chinese-Japanese eatery playing with fire
Over the past year-and-a-bit, the former site of Victoria Park’s International Eating House food court has been repopulated with a slew of regional Asian options, including Yunnanese hotpot restaurant Yunnan Flavours and its customisable, jacuzzi-sized bowls of broth and rice noodles. The newest arrival to the precinct is also one of its most unexpected. According to the Instagram of King Kong Bar & Restaurant, this shiny new address is a “gastropub”, although it probably won’t chime with most people’s idea of the genre. Instead, expect something between a Sichuan hotpot restaurant and glossy Tokyo izakaya. The sprawling menu draws from both Chinese (pickled chicken feet, say) and Japanese cuisine (seaweed salads, katsu) too and, in some instances, blends the two together. A case in point: skewers of chicken cartilage – yakitori fans will recognise this delicacy as nankotsu – grilled over wood and spiced with no small amount of cumin and chilli, a trademark of Xinjiang and northern Chinese cooking.
Food festival update
We were saddened by news confirming the rumours that this year’s Truffle Kerfuffle has been cancelled. According to a press release issued by festival organisers, the impact of the pandemic, including local staffing issues, made putting on the 2022 event impossible. While there won’t be a festival this year, a visit to the Southern Forests region remains an essential wintertime – or anytime, really – activity, plus the board behind the festival will be organising other events throughout the region and Perth; follow the festival’s social media channels for details. Having said that, there’s no shortage of regional food festivals to plug into your calendars. Taste Great Southern (May 5–15), with visiting Tasmanian guest chef Analiese Gregory, kicks off next week and tickets are still available. And in July, Cabin Fever (July 15–24) returns to Margaret River with a 10-day program of wintry eating and drinking.
Ballet with a difference
Choreographer Robert Bondara’s Take Me With You is likely the only ballet duet set to Radiohead. Such a unique piece of dance deserves an equally unique venue, which makes its coming performance (Sunday May 29) at the State Buildings’ intimate Postal Hall one of the more idiosyncratic events of the year. In addition to the ballet, guests can sip on free-flowing Howard Park Jeté sparkling (Jeté is a classic ballet term referring to a jump) as well as canapes from Post. Tickets are available online for $185 plus booking fee.
Beaufort Street’s hotly anticipated wine bar has a name
Remember news of that ’90s-inspired Italian wine bar coming to Inglewood? Said bar from the Trequattrini family now has a name: Testun. In addition to being the name of a cheese, the word also means “stubborn” in Piedmontese: a hint, perhaps, of the bar’s irreverent streak. That thought’s given further weight as the kitchen pushes the boat out with its house smallgoods program. Lamb curry pancetta and Sichuan-spiced salumi are among the prototypes being test-driven. At the moment, management is hoping to have the doors open sometime in June. Watch this space.