Perth Night Food Safari – The George, The Aviary & Wolf Lane

burger boy and I was invited on a Perth Night Food Safari hosted by The Publican Group last month. Although I am no stranger to The George, The Aviary and Wolf Lane – it was a great way to find out more about The Publican Group. It was also lovely to catch up with fellow Perth bloggers Breakfast Confidential, Miss L of The Perth Food Engineers, The Food Pornographer, Little Miss Bacon, Capital Food Journal (previously Perth Food Journal), Sprinkling of Spice and meet the blogger behind Cake Crumbs & Beach Sand.

I usually head to The George during work for their $25 lunch specials, to Wolf Lane for drinks and a boogie occasionally on a Friday night and to The Aviary for events on their rooftop bar.

The Perth Night Food Safari started at The George. We were told of the days when The George was one the only establishment and “the place to be” on the now buzzing Perth CBD bar scene. Nowadays The George’s focus is on being a local bar, which aims to be still accessible and affordable to the average Perth CBD worker.

Nothing like a glass or two of Moet and bread to get the night started…

Moet Champagne

Bread, evoo with balsamic

We then headed off to The Bird Cage Restaurant at The Aviary for entrees, featured below with The Publican Group’s Executive Chef, Telina Menzies, is a 5-spiced lamb cutlet with chilli caramel…

5-spiced lamb cutlet with chilli caramel

Other entrees that I was too busy eating rather than photographing was the chilli salted cuttlefish and chicken & chive dumpling which were both tasty.

It is probably worth mentioning here that before going on the Perth Food Night Safari I hadn’t been a fan of the food at The Aviary (see review on The Bird Cage Lazy Susan Dim Sum which I was invited to August last year). However, the quality and flavours of the entrées served from the Perth Food Night Safari has changed my mind.

We then headed back to The George for mains. The George to this day, is still Telina’s favourite The Publican Group venue as this was where she started her career as head chef for 3.5 years in 2010. Prior to joining The Publican Group, Telina has had the pleasure to work with celebrity chefs Gordan Ramsey (I loved his restaurant in The London Hotel in West Hollywood, LA) and Jamie Oliver (Jamie’s Italian review coming soon); and has cooked for Richard Branson in his home!

When I asked her what the key challenges were for the group, like most businesses she quoted staffing. burger boy and I having our own business completely understand – your business is only as good as your people!

Anyway moving back onto the food, I had the braised beef short ribs as my main…

Braised beef short ribs, sous vide fillet with celeriac-forest mushroom textures

The beef short ribs were slow cooked for a couple of hours at 32 degrees. One bite and I was in foodie heaven, the beef just felt apart.

Being a major carnivore, the beef ribs was an easy decision for me but the vegetarian option did present very well.

Cauliflower custard, shaved Manjimup truffle, smoked baby onion & turnip…

cauliflower custard, shaved manjimup truffle, smoked baby onion & turnip

This 2011 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir matched perfectly with the short beef ribs…

2011 Cloudy Bay Pinot Noir

Side note – I didn’t realise how accustomed I have become to having a wine with my meal until last weekend. At my brother and Little Miss Bacon’s engagement party, I was on antibiotics in attempt to shrug off my flu before heading to Vietnam so I attempted two days of my version of “Dry July”.

burger boy has been loving his G&Ts…

burger boy's G&T

Our meals at The George as always was well balanced, beautifully presented and most importantly tasty.

The George on Urbanspoon

Our Perth Night Food Safari continued onto Wolf Lane, where we were spoilt with a take-home white chocolate mud cake and frozen chocolate Martini.

Wolf Lane

burger boy downed this frozen chocolate Martini pretty quickly…

Wolf Lane Frozen Chocolate Martini

I on the other hand tend to avoid chocolate as it causes my face to breakout – I think it’s to do with the preservatives in Australian chocolate but theory is yet to be tested. So the lovely Wolf Lane bar staff were happy to oblige and made me a special Mango & Passionfruit Cocktail which was amazing.

Mango & passionfruit cocktail from Wolf Lane

Wolf Lane Bar Manager Ricardo tells us that his bar staff has the creative freedom to use their imagination to mix and create whatever their customers want.

Wolf Lane is the newest addition to The Publican Group and if you haven’t been to this bar make sure you have look at the paintings on the walls. It all started with a sketch of a Wolf by a drunk art student working behind the bar at Wolf Lane :) now you’ll notice plenty of creative wall art as you drink!

Wolf Lane on Urbanspoon

The Perth Food Night Safari was a great opportunity to get to know and taste some of Perth’s established venues. In addition to The George, The Aviary and Wolf Lane, in Perth, The Publican Group also manages The Byrneleigh in Nedlands.

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 

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