PERTH | Nieuw Ruin is a Fremantle bar located inside a restored almost 150 year-old cottage, from Dimitri Rtshiladze and the team behind Foxtrot Unicorn. It’s about great food and interesting wines, designed to be enjoyed any time of day in a space that cosy and welcoming.
A big veranda at the front leads to the main indoor space featuring reclaimed jarrah, high ceilings, and a generally chill cottage vibe. Assorted retro plates, cups, and cutlery, add to Nieuw Ruin’s charm, which never feels kitschy.
The kitchen is home to two charcoal grills, and is where you’ll find head chef Blaze Young cooking up some of Fremantle’s tastiest food. Blaze’s menu takes its influence from across Europe, and is designed to be simple and elegant. Fresh produce that champions Western Australian growers and producers is the focus. The more hyper-local, the better.
I enjoyed everything that I tried on my first visit. Things such as velvety Wagin duck liver parfait with spiced prunes and toast, Shark Bay cuttlefish with burnt tomatoes, capers, and lardo, and salted Scott Reef monkfish ‘under a fur coat’. The latter is a take on the Russian dish shuba, with herring, beetroot, vegetables and mayonnaise.
For drinks, it’s a seasonal cocktail menu that’s in tune with the food menu, making use of native produce and small-batch spirits. There’s over 300 interesting wines from boutique, independent producers both local and international, craft beers spanning a range of styles, and a decent non-alcoholic list.
12 Norfolk Street
Western Australia 6160
Tue – Thu: 4:00pm to 12:00am
Fri – Sun: 12:00pm to 12:00am