I was lucky enough to be invited to the soft launch of the Riverside Brewhouse last month, a newish upmarket bar located inside the 178 year old heritage listed building that was once a timber mill and tannery before becoming a brewery in the 1870’s.
The original brewery closed its doors and after a period of disputes, protests and redevelopment, it reopened with a restaurant, function centre, 36 residential apartments and a recommissioned brewery. Now the new Riverside Brewhouse has been added to make use of the on-site microbrewery (which can brew 10 varieties at a time) and the spectacular view of the river.
The new bar allows patrons the opportunity to relax in a gorgeous setting and enjoy a few beers and ‘decent nosh’ without taking anything away from their existing restaurant. When we arrive we are greeted with a large platter of charcuterie which includes different types of crunchy breads;
pate and olives;
and cold meats;
We are also given a small glass of our choice of beer. I choose Narrows Lager which is very tasty for a mid-strength and one I would definitely recommend for those wanting a low-alcohol beverage. I am told they use only the finest grains and hops and they serve a small (middy) size and a large (bigger than pint) glass.
The first of the more hearty food to be brought around are hot and sour chicken wings and drumettes. A plate will set you back $29 but they are delicious! The flavours are to die for and the tiny bit of spice leaves a little zing on your tongue. I am not ashamed to say I went back for seconds and thirds (maybe fifths?).
Next are finger lickin’ good bbq pork ribs. I didn’t think I could eat them standing up without making a mess of myself and minus an apron but I’m told they leave a nice after taste and I’m sure there were no left overs. They can be purchased for $29 or $45 with slaw and chips.
Then these large cheesy chorizo and manchego croquettes. I liked them, especially the coating, but found the big lump of cheese in the middle just a little too much and it seemed to overwhelm the taste. They are a decent size and can be purchased as a set of 4 for $12.50.
Following are the soft tacos with crunchy southern fried chicken and a selection of sauces. A set of 3 cost $28.50, a little pricey but again they do taste amazing. The crispy chicken is unexpected as you bite into the soft flesh of the taco, and a little salsa sauce complements the flavours.
When the burgers are brought out they look too good to eat! Stamped on top of the bun is Riverside Brewhouse:
and inside is tender meat, pickle and cheese. They are not miniscule like sliders but could be held in one hand, though I am small and did need two hands! I can’t fault the taste but they have a price tag of $15.
Our final dish is a large plate of hand cut chips with cubes of cheese covered in gravy, selling for $15. I love chips and gravy, I cannot eat chips without gravy so this would be my go-to dish.
The prices may be a bit hefty but the food is delicious, the beer is cold, the venue is unique – they even use beer vats as tables;
and have an assortment of alcohol to choose from if beer isn’t your beverage of choice;
so I would definitely recommend a visit. Riverside Brewhouse is open Monday through Sunday from 11am to 10pm.
173 Mounts Bay Road
West Perth, Perth
(08) 9211 8999
Disclaimer: foodie cravings was invited as a guest of Riverside Brewhouse, see disclosure policy for further details.