Arthur & Co is in one of Perth’s new dining precincts – Hibernian Place, off Hay Street. Open for just over a year and described as a place for modern, eclectic, casual dining, owner Graham Arthur has already been involved in several well-known restaurants in Perth such as the Gordon Street Garage, Il Lido and Duende. Arthur has also distinguished himself with stints in restaurants in London, Sydney and Melbourne,
The restaurant is bright and open with a mixture of seating options.
Unfortunately the tables for two people are very close together; fortunately the food is very good. It was interesting to watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen.
To start our meal, my husband picked the Roasted field mushrooms, Jerusalem artichokes and a Parmesan wafer ($16). He was very reluctant to allow me a taste and I could see why when the creamy artichoke just melted in my mouth. I had the Cauliflower and sweet corn croquettes sprinkled with pecorino cheese ($14). I had five balls of excellent and well-sized croquettes so I was happy to allow my husband to taste one. The dishes are enough to share so a table of four could choose three dishes and quite happily enjoy the shared starters.
For our main course we both opted for the Roasted Berkshire pork belly with fried sprouts and braised shallots ($33) with a shared dish of baby potatoes ($10) that came with a totally unnecessary chive and mustard aioli. The flavor of the pork belly was really good but the pork was overcooked – it was still fine but it could have been better. However the vegetables were brilliant – charred Brussels sprouts and unctuous shallots – we could have eaten a lot more of them! Other main course items include braised lamb shoulder, pepper steak, Fremantle octopus, fish of the day and spinach and basil gnocchi.
We had no room for desserts!
The staff at Arthur & Co were friendly, timely and everyone we spoke to had a good knowledge of the menu. We dined early at 7pm and the restaurant was not busy but as the night wore on more and more people arrived and the restaurant was really buzzing by the time we left.
Arthur & Co has capacity for 170 diners inside and out. It is fully licensed with a good wine list, which concentrates on WA and interstate wines. I had a very good Sauvignon Blanc called The Blind Side. My husband, who is almost three quarters of the way through Dry July said he had no idea of the vintage of his Diet Coke but it was obviously far inferior to my Margaret River tipple.
Restrooms are on the floor underneath the restaurant, reached by two flights of stairs but there is a lift. Patrons need to ask a staff member for a key. There is plenty of parking, including ACROD spaces, in a Wilson car park on Murray Street close to the Westin Hotel. Walking to the restaurant takes about five minutes.
At this time of year, reservations are not necessary however I am sure that when the warmer weather arrives, Arthur & Co’s very good food will attract lots of patrons so reserve your table in the summer.
Address: Hibernian Place, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Phone: 08 9325 4888
Opening hours: Monday- Friday 7am until late, Saturday 3pm until late. Closed Sundays.
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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