Located on the ground floor of Rydges Perth Hotel, on the corner of Hay and King Streets.PROFILED BY DE GROOTS MEDIA
Light and airy with high ceilings and a splash of vibrant orange, the interior of CBD Bar and Restaurant seems to suit the local corporate clientele just fine. The problem is, not many of them want to sit inside anymore since they have so many tables available in the alfresco section outside. Even when the mercury tips 40 degrees and their business shirts are sticking to their backs, the local suits still snub the air-conditioned interior for a seat in the alfresco section. And why wouldn’t you? Pick your timing and you could have the longest lunch ever. As you pick at your spiced salt and pepper prawns, pull apart your pressed terrine of Muscovy duck and savour the texture of salt and sugar-cured salmon partnered with an icy cold West Australian wine, it’s easy to lose track of time. Not because the service is slow, on the contrary, there’s just too much to look at in this part of town.
People watching aside, the food at CBD is pure and fresh with a strong focus on seasonal produce and simple arrangements of flavour. The menu is short and sweet, making the standard hour lunch break an absolute breeze when it comes time to choose. Take the crumbed goat cheese with Moroccan-spiced pumpkin, field mushroom and potato fondue in nut-brown butter. This creation is my idea of a perfect lunch. Not too heavy, not too light with a delicate balance of flavour and texture. If you don’t have an office to return to then try the Harvey Beef tenderloin with smashed garlic chats or the marinated quails in a mantle of wild herbs. Tucking into either of these dishes is sure to get your mind off the passing crowds.