PERTH | A little while back I discussed how I’ve noticed an increasing number of venues that defy categorisation, being a little bit of multiple things. Two Saturdays ago in Perth, I encountered one such venue, Highgate’s Si Paradiso.
My last memory of the space is way back in the day when it was one of Perth’s first “Melbourne” type bars, Luxe Bar. As I waked into the spacious rear courtyard of Si Paradiso, wearing a smart pair of shorts on a hot summer’s day, I couldn’t help but remember the time I was denied entry into the former Luxe courtyard on a 40°C day because I was wearing shorts. It must have been a good 15 years ago, and finally, victory was mine! But I digress…
Si Paradiso opened just over two years ago, and has defied categorisation from day one. Co-owner Kane Hipper describes it as “a paradise reminiscent of a European getaway” and its part bar, part live Mediterranean style outdoor music venue, part restaurant. There’s the groups of beautiful people who are here to be seen, those who have no time for that, and those in-between. Importantly, the staff are friendly, knowledgeable, and at the top of their game. I absolutely love the chill summer vibe.
Many come here for the drinks, but don’t skip the food. If you do you’ll miss out on some wonderful things. Chef Paul Bentley, who recently took over the reins of the kitchen, is drawing upon his extensive international experience to create vibrant dishes that you really want to try.
I started with sumptuous scallops casino with kombu butter, pancetta, and pangrattato. Following this, delicious sardines with brown butter, horseradish cream, and crespelle.
Keeping on that summer brightness vibe, a serve of lightly smoked kingfish crudo with venus clam panzanella and cucumber vinegar, and burrata with heirloom tomatoes, watermelon vinegar, and basil oil. All wonderful stuff, with a puffy piece of paradiso bread with parmesan to mop up the sauces. The bread really made me want to try what some have described as the best pizzas in town. But with a second lunch planned at Clarence’s, I had to be restrained.
I’ll be back for sure.
1/446 Beaufort Street
Western Australia 6033
Wed – Thu: 5:00pm to 11:00pm
Fri: 4:00pm to 11:00pm
Sat: 12:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 12:00pm to 10:00pm