19/12/2006 - 22:00


19/12/2006 - 22:00


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FANS of the popular Subiaco restaurant Yahachi, which was forced to close due to redevelopment of The Colonnade, will be able to experience a similar Japanese experience when the restaurant’s owners open a new venue in Mt Hawthorn early in the New Year.

Called Ha-Lu, which means spring flower, the new restaurant is located on Oxford Street in Mt Hawthorn at the site that formerly housed Italian restaurant il Pasto.

Yahachi’s general manager, Robert Bahemia, says Ha-Lu would be slightly more casual than the swanky Subiaco eatery.

He says the restaurant will offer popular Japanese fare such as sushi, sashimi and tempura but will also have a selection of dishes inspired by different geographic regions in Japan.

“There will be dishes that are a bit of an oddity but are very Japanese and have a particular influence from one of the regions,” he says.

Mr Bahemia says he aims to open the Ha-Lu at the end of January.

Yahachi’s Japanese-based owners are still looking for a suitable site to re-open Yahachi, which operated out of The Colonnade for more than three years.

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The proliferation of Western Australian beer companies has increased competition in the local boutique market, to the delight of many up-market stubby lovers. The organisers of the Perth Royal Show have watched the emergence of many brews with interest and have decided to launch a competition to give brewers something than shelf space to fight for.

For the first time next year, the Royal Agricultural Society of WA will co-ordinate a beer competition similar to its Perth Royal Wine Show.

“We are confident that this competition will raise awareness of the quality and variety of WA beer in the same way that the introduction of the Perth Royal Wine Show put WA on the map as a premier wine region,” RAS chief executive officer Martin Molony says.

Entries into the Perth Royal Beer Show close on January 31, with Old Swan Brewery master brewer Hugh Dunn leading a team of expert judges.


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Hardy Wine Company will release what it claims is a world first “wine bottle-glass” combination into the local market in August next year.

It’s called a Shuttle and features a 187ml, or single serve, acrylic wine bottle securely sealed by its own acrylic wine glass. The tamper-proof bottle is opened by a simple twist-top action, which also releases the glass in which the wine is poured.

Hardys has released the Shuttle in its Hardys brand of shiraz and chardonnay.

Hardys says the Shuttle package, originally developed for the Australian season of the popular Cirque de Soleil, will be rolled out to bottle shops and will also be applied to other brands in its portfolio.

Western Australians will get their first Shuttle experience on August 17, when Cirque de Soleil brings its latest production, Varekai, to Perth.


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