20/03/2007 - 22:00

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The 24-hour cafe institution, Oriel Brasserie, will re-open next month.

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The 24-hour cafe institution, Oriel Brasserie, will re-open next month. Details of the new operation are sketchy but Gusto is told the owner of the premises, Chris Chan, has decided to run the cafe himself. The iconic cafe shut its doors last year after a six-figure tax bill forced Oriel leasee, Loretta Evangelisti, to put the business into administration.

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The owners of the once popular Yahachi Restaurant at the Colonnade have opened a new Japanese restaurant, Ha-Lu, in Mount Hawthorn.

As revealed in Gusto in December, the owners hope the new venture will be slightly more casual than the swanky Subiaco eatery.
Yahachi’s general manager, Robert Bahemia, told Gusto the restaurant offers Perth diners authentic Japanese cuisine, including popular Japanese fare such as sushi, sashimi and tempura. But, there’s also be a selection of dishes inspired by different geographic regions in Japan.

The Ha-Lu team reckon the style of dining can be likened to the famous Izakaya, where guests can partake in a variety of meals, often shared, throughout the evening. 

Yahachi was forced to close last year due to redevelopment. Ha-Lu is located on Oxford Street in Mt Hawthorn at the site that formerly housed Italian restaurant il Pasto. 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.

Ha-Lu is open from Tuesday to Saturday evenings from 6pm but could soon extend trading hours to seven days a week. Depending on demand, the venue may also open for lunch.

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The Wine Education Centre’s popular wine basics half-day course has been drawing crowds of wine buff wannabes for quite some time. Due to increasing thirst for wine knowledge, the centre has put on another wine basic course for March.

The event will be held in West Perth on Saturday March 31 and will aim to provide wine lovers with fundamental tips to get through cellar door tastings and dinner parties. The course takes place between 10am and 1pm at a cost of $55. Contact the Wine Industry Association of WA for enrolments.

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