23/04/2008 - 22:00

Bites: Eating Out

23/04/2008 - 22:00


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Bites: Eating Out

The owner of one of Mount Lawley’s most popular cafes, Soto, has some projects in the pipeline with the opening of a fully licensed restaurant planned.

The Perth businessman, who bought Soto in November 2007, who prefers to remain anonymous, recently took over the Halal butcher and the Indian restaurant right next door to the cafe, located on the corner of Beaufort Street and Mary Street.

Soto manager, Allen Chappell, who’s also actively involved with the new restaurant project, says the venue will serve modern Australian cuisine in a stylish and relaxed atmosphere.

Mr Allen says they are currently looking at a capacity of 90 for the venue. The opening date is still to be confirmed.


Treating yourself with a bottle of Dom Perignon Oenotheque 1992 Champagne and some truffles and crayfish toasties, without feeling guilty about it, will be possible at Jackson’s on the July 14, Bastille Day.

For the occasion, Neale Jackson has put together a unique menu at what he says is a price never seen before in Perth –  $1,000 per head – with all the profits from the night to go to Mission Australia.

The dinner is open to a maximum of 40 people, due to the limited availability of the wine.

“We just wanted to do something extravagant as it has been done in Sydney by Neil Perry and elsewhere, but no-one has ever done something like that here before,” Mr Jackson told Gusto.

“We thought it would be a good idea to give the benefits to charity.”

The menu will include Sterling caviar with golden egg, served with wines such as Krug Vintage 1985.

“You can’t always use these products; it’s a great experience for the staff, a win-win for everybody,” Mr Jackson said.


Mount Hawthorn-based Japanese eatery, Ha-Lu, is planning a new venture in Subiaco that will replicate the concept of the current venue.

The lease was signed last week, however the exact location remains confidential for now.

The owners, Robert Bahemia and director Yutaka Yamauchi ,are familiar with the locals as they used to run Yahachi in Subiaco before opening Ha Lu.

The Mount Hawthorn restaurant will stay operational.


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