9 September 2013
Double date night at Five Bar this Sunday evening was awesome. We sat down on a couch and a couple of squishy chairs but were moved to a proper table because we ordered so much food. Yay!!
The menu has a bunch of drinks on tap and a large selection of other alcoholic beverages, which is kind of important for a bar. Foodwise, there’s a bunch of tapas sized options, a sandwich section, plus some unusual bar snacks. Everyone is bound to find something they like.
James Squire orchard crush apple cider ($10); James Squire Nine Tales amber ale ($9.50)
I was stoked to find a cider on tap, the boys ordered amber ale, and my other friend decided to be a little fancy and ordered a gin and tonic. The drinks arrived quickly and the food started flooding out of the kitchen only a few minutes later.
Pan fried chorizo with green olives ($9)
Chorizo was on the Specials board and there was a generous serving. I would have preferred the usual thin slices of chorizo rather than the hunks we were served. Unfortunately, the lemon wedge didn’t do much to cut through the incredibly salty mix of sausage, feta, and green olives. I usually add salt to everything on the premise that “I’ll die young but happy” but even my tongue felt overwhelmed by this dish.
Dill pickles ($1 each)
Omg so much love for these pickles. First item on the menu and easily the one I became most excited about. The pickle was just right, not too sweet or too sour. We were pleased that the pickles were quite long and thick (that’s what she said). Yes, I took some silly photos with my pickle.
Barman’s board ($35)
The Barman’s board came with roughly 8 small pieces of jamon serrano (Spanish ham), 8 pieces of Italian salami, semi-sundried tomatoes, one stuffed pepperdew (little pickled red capsicum stuffed with goat’s cheese), a slab of soft cheese, a small bowl of mixed olives, and four cornichons (small gherkins). There was also apple and mustard seed chutney, some poached pear, fresh bread, crackers, and a lightly dressed tomato and rocket salad. I would happily forego the salad pile if they would give us more “real” food. However, there were lots of morsels to nibble on and it was reasonable value for the price.
Crispy pork belly, walnut praline, date jam ($14.50)
Another item on the Specials board was crispy pork belly, which we instantly decided to order. The serving was too small to share comfortably between four people, but I enjoyed my mouthful! The sweet date jam and crunchy walnut praline pieces paired well with the salty crackling and tender pork.
Beaufort Bourbon burger ($26)
Serious food envy… A couple of my friends shared the burger with bourbon infused beef, bacon, cheese, tomato, and lettuce. It looked amazing and they seemed to love it! They generously shared the coleslaw and (spicy) onion rings but I definitely need to order the burger for myself next time I return to Five Bar.
Pulled pork bun, beetroot relish, greens ($17)
Our burger was a little flatter and disappointing, boo! There was lots of tender pork but it didn’t have a strong flavour or seasoning. Against my brain’s protests, I slapped the beetroot and some lightly dressed rocket inside the burger. The vegies honestly didn’t add much value to the burger. This dish was a filling but not-so-awesome choice.
Beef tartare, horseradish, shallots, toast ($17)
For years I couldn’t bring myself to eat steak tartare because I can’t forget the Mr Bean episode where he looks nauseous and proceeds to hide meat in a handbag and flower arrangement. In an act of courage, I nervously munched some steak tartare in France and found out that it’s actually delicious. The steak tartare at Five Bar pushed me outside my comfort zone because an egg yolk was staring me in the face. We carefully mixed the beef, egg yolk, horseradish, and shallots together with the mix of meat, capers, and cornichons. I wish that I had been more adventurous in the past because steak tartare is so yum!!
Hand cut chips with curry mayo ($10)
Carbo-loading with some chips to completely fill up our bellies. The chips were skins on and were a lovely golden brown colour, but weren’t as crispy as you might expect. Curry mayo and chips is quite an unusual and tasty combo, but I’m still craving the bacon aioili from Tuck Shop Cafe.
Our meal for 4 people was roughly $165 including one alcoholic drink per person. Reasonable considering the quantity of food we ordered and the size of the on-tap drinks. The staff were prompt and attentive, quick to clear plates, and memorised our enormous order without writing anything down (what what!).
Likes: interesting and high quality bar food, fast service
Dislikes: food envy (so remember to order the beef burger)
Value for money: average
Overall: probs best for drinks and snacks, rather than a full meal
560 Beaufort Street
Mount Lawley WA
0467 534 267