Dawn til dusk: Eat your way around Subi
It’s possible to eat your way around Europe from breakfast ’til closing time in Subiaco. Here’s our guide to round the clock grazing.
Breaking the fast
If you’re up with the lark, and have a craving for something more than an avo smash, there are plenty of places to scratch a more sophisticated brekkie itch in Subi. Now that spring’s sprung, you can pull up a chair outdoors and sit in dappled sunlight with your café au lait (that’s a flat white, mon ami), with a freshly baked pastry from Boucla
(if you’re craving an Eastern Mediterranean fix, there’s no better spot to linger). If it’s the weekend and you’ve got time to go the whole hog with a proper brunch, Sorganic Sourdough Bakery
uses its fantastic 72-hour fermented authentic artisan sourdough as the basis for many of its dishes (including a knock-out steak sandwich with homemade garlic aioli) or Brew-Ha The Ritual
(Continental Flatini roll, anybody?).
Refuelling on the go
When it’s time for morning tea, and you’re on the run, grab a perfectly brewed espresso from Louis Baxters
(which also happens to be pet-friendly and have free wi-fi). Or if you’ve got more time on your hands, Wholefood Circus
is the perfect place to browse and stock up on some deliciously healthy house-made ready meals. It’s a deli – but so much more and something of a local’s favourite. You can even pick up a bunch of fresh blooms with your Moroccan chicken.
Lunch like a legend
Well-known for its epic brunches, colourful matchas and funky interior, 1982 Food + Coffee
also does a pretty awesome lunch. If you’re channelling your inner Coco Chanel, we recommend the Smoked Salmon Bowl or caesar salad with charcoal garlic croutons, but if you’re in a more Gerald Depardieu frame of mind, say ‘oui’ to the 1982 Brotherhood Burger or steak sandwich. For an innovative Italian feast, Lulu La Delizia
is hard to beat. It’s an award-winning small eatery and wine bar specialising in the premium fresh pasta and the delights of Friuli and the Venetian spice route. Named in honour of a very special nonna, Luigia Valvasori, you’ll tuck into saffron spaghettini with clams, ‘bloody good anchovies’ in aceto and tiramisu on any given Thursday or Friday lunchtime.
Subiaco is spoiled for choice when it comes to artisan bakeries, turning out some of the most delicious sweet treats you’ll ever likely to eat. There’s the Swiss bakery - Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie
on Rokeby Road which has been turning out specialities since 1997. Think delicate patisserie, unique breads and tartlettes fit for Marie Antoinette. Speaking of cute little pastries and gateaux to order, Eli and Matt’s Patisserie
is another bakery worth skipping lunch for. Their High Coffee
was such a hit during the recent Subi Coffee Series that they’ve decided to continue the concept for the foreseable future. Tuck into a chicken club, coffee scones and coffee-inspired desserts, with a coffee on the side.
Post work nibbles
Head to Refuge Small Bar
and, thanks to its decidedly Euro-vibes outdoor seating area, you could be sipping a house-made Aperol Spritz with a share board of cheese and charcuterie before you can say ‘viva Italia!’ Choose from a tart and sour Gorgonzola or subtle Manchego cheese, a slice or two of chorizo pan-fried in cider or go the whole hog - literally - with some Jamon Serrano, aged for a year and a half.
Dinner à deux
If those after dinner drinks have stretched into a night on the town with your amore, why not head to Juanita’s for a perfectly-made parfait or terrine to get you in the mood for more? If it’s good enough for the laid-back folk of Barcelona and Madrid, then we’re all in for this kind of relaxed dining, where you pick and mix your plates of food with a wine or two. Juanita’s
has been doing this for years so you know you’re in safe hands. Halloumi with honey and grapes, or cold cuts with toast and pickles - who says you have to eat big to go large?