Mayfair Lane, West Perth

PERTH | In yet another instalment of “wait a sec, didn’t this place used to be…” it’s a lunch in enjoyed with friends last month at Mayfair Lane.

I had a feeling that the space was somewhere if been before but it took a while for me to be like “aha I knew it”. That’s where the dance floor was, that’s where the speaker fell on my brother’s head, that’s where the smokers used to congregate, that’s where the indoor river/lake ish thing used to be! Yes, this space was home to the pretentious wankfest that was Onyx Bar back in the mid 2000s (I was in the UK during the Brown Fox era).

Today, things are VERY different. Mayfair Lane is a light filled pub that owners Chris and Foni Pollitt have modelled off the British gastropub. That is, great drinks, honest food that eschews trends, and top service. The space certainly evoked memories of some of the places I enjoyed frequenting when I loved in London.

Behind the bar you’ll find an assortment of cocktails, along with beers crafty and otherwise from across the country. The multi award winning wine list that Foni has created is particularly impressive. It features wines from across the world, with a particularly interesting selection of “volcanic” wines. Western Australia, as you’d expect, is very nicely represented.

For food, head chef Shannon Wilson and his team are putting out absolute quality, using some of the best local produce around. The Mayfair steak sandwich features a tender piece of medium cooked Margaret River wagyu rump, horseradish, cheese sauce, onion jam, and rocket. I added an egg to mine, and did a mini menu hack by swapping out the chips for a serve of the duck fat potatoes. Outstanding.

My friends all enjoyed their food too. There’s the Angus beef burger, bangers and mash, daily pasta special. When I saw chocolate mousse on the menu – something I haven’t had for ages, I had to grab one. Needless to say, it too hit the spot.

If you’re looking for a casual, friendly venue with quality food and drinks list that’s diverse and accessible, Mayfair Lane fits the bill.


Mayfair Lane

72 Outram Street
West Perth
Western Australia 6005
Australia

Telephone: (08) 9425 5222
E-mail: [email protected]
Website

Open
Tue – Wed: 11:30am to 11:00pm
Thu – Fri: 11:30am to 12:00am
Sat: 4:00pm to 12:00am

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences.Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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