The Butterworth bar

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen, Perth – launch party

I recently attended a launch party for The Butterworth Bar and Kitchen. Located where XO Lounge used to be at Exchange Plaza just off St Georges Terrace, it’s one of the latest in a line of restaurants and bars that have opened up in the Perth CBD.

The team led by The Butterworth’s Executive Chef and part-owner Damien Young, formerly of Bistro Felix and Harvest Restaurant, kept the crowd delighted and well fed with a steady flow of gorgeous canapés that included pickled mushrooms, confit beetroot and goats cheese in pastry shells, rabbit boudin blanc topped with sparkling sweet roasted carrot, steak tartare quenelles and impossibly fine-layered salmon terrine on crispbread.

Finger food selection

We sipped on duck and chestnut soup served in espresso cups and munched on pork shoulder cigars (ahem, I may have had two or three of those).

L-R: Canapes, pulled pork cigars

And for sweets, silky soft creme caramel, with a delicate vanilla custard and a rich, caramel syrup that oozed with every indulgent spoonful.

L-R: Duck and chestnut soup, creme caramel

Waiters kept us well lubricated with glasses of bubbly, red and white wine and The Butterworth’s special sangria.

Let 2013 be known as the year I discovered, to my great surprise, that I have a taste for sangria. The Butterworth’s version includes lots of fresh fruit (orange, apple, strawberries) and a stick of cinnamon. Usually I struggle to get through a whole alcoholic drink, but this fruity concoction went down dangerously easily. I don’t think I’m becoming a fully fledged booze drinker any time soon though.

The Butterworth's sangria

We paused briefly for speeches; first, Director of The Butterworth Keith Ashley reflecting on the hard work it took to get to this point, then the City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi, who with a vivacious grin declared The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen open.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi

The Butterworth is well positioned and swish enough to become a destination for executive breakfast meetings, power lunches and Friday night drinks for the CBD’s corporate crowd, who work in high-rise headquarters just a stroll away.

The Butterworth launch party crowd

The Butterworth Bar

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen serves breakfast and coffee from 6am, and lunch and dinner, closing at midnight. I’m intrigued by the breakfast special named The Butterworth, which includes boiled egg with brioche soldiers. I’m also keen to come back and try the a la carte menu which features a Baldivis rabbit entree, a piggy main course with pork tenderloin and pork shoulder cigar with pearl onions, fennel, apple and sage, and a side dish called “sexy little salad”. There’s pineapple upside down cake on the dessert menu.

The Butterworth Bar and Kitchen, Exchange Plaza in Perth

With all the bars and restaurants that have opened in the Perth CBD in recent months, it will be interesting to see how the punters settle down after the initial hoo-hah of checking out the latest and coolest. Where they choose to return and become regulars will be an essential factor in the longevity and viability of all these new places around town. Can Perth sustain all of this vibrance? The desire is certainly evident, and I’m sure I’m not looking through sangria-coloured glasses. A year or so from now, I hope the answer’s still a resounding YES.

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen
Ground Floor, Exchange Plaza
Telephone: (08) 6181 9900

TFP attended the The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen launch party as an invited guest.

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  • Wen Yang Lee

    Sad to see that XO Lounge has now closed. It had the most tender yet extremely overpriced steak!!

    Nevertheless, it is always great to see something new open! I look forward to paying a visit :)! Breakfast menu sounds especially catchy with all the unusual suspects on the plate!

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      Let me know what you reckon when you do check it out. I never went to XO Lounge. In fact, rarely had a reason to venture down that particular street.

  • Dea

    Sangria is one of my favourite drinks. My favourite Mexican restaurant does a dangerously delicious one. A mate of mind can drink an entire jug of it on his own. I’ve also made it for several pot luck parties and it is always well received. :)

    • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

      Dea, I can’t see myself drinking it very often but it’s good to have an option for the rare occasions on which I feel like a ‘proper’ drink.

      • Dea

        Yeah, I understand. Not much of a drinker myself, but on the occasion that I would like to join my friends for some tipple, its good to have some options.

        • http://thefoodpornographer.com thefoodpornographer

          I wish more bars would be bothered to create/offer a good range of mocktails (and reasonably priced). I love ordering mocktails and would much prefer that to boozy drinks or lemon, lime and bitters or a straight soft drink or OJ. A missed opportunity there, I think.

  • http://laurasmess.me/ Laura @laurasmess.me

    Thanks for sharing details about this establishment… I’d never heard of it! Sounds like a great place for an after-work drink. Re mocktails, there’s a lovely one available at the Beaufort Street Merchant… not sure what it’s called, but it had fresh cherries and mint in it . I didn’t even miss the alcohol (I’m normally one for alcoholic beverages but on that particular occasion I needed to abstain. And yes, I love sangria!! Especially from La Cholita!)