It’s safe to say that Northbridge has shaken off its infamous reputation after my midweek visit to Pica Bar to check out their new menu. Located at the heart of Perth’s Cultural Centre (between the State Library and WA Art Gallery), Pica Bar was humming and the plaza was abuzz, illuminated by the lights of the big screen. I haven’t headed into town for a while and despite it being late evening, loads of people were out and about and there was no question of safety.
Brothers, Brian and Conor Buckley, have run Pica Bar for the past 6 years, creating a casual yet vibrant venue, attracting all walks of life. We were seated indoors where the ambience is cosy yet intimate, away from the chill of the crisp autumn air. Here you can choose from high or low tables, lounge on a couch or make the most of the bench style seating for larger groups in the rear courtyard where the liquor license extends.
Pica Bar has kept its menu true to pub grub style food and has expanded their share options to cater for the masses. The food is well executed and after sampling a variety of what’s on offer, I can easily say that it’s all deliciously satisfying.
My personal favourite was the chicken burger, a crispy coating of succulent chicken breast nestled between brioche buns. If share plates are more your fancy, the generous serving of pate was mild and creamy and easily devoured along with the assortment of breads on offer. The salads were fresh and full of crunch. Take your pick from pumpkin with feta, walnuts, onion and balsamic vinaigrette or try the pear and parmesan salad, pine nuts with an apple cider vinaigrette. Both really enjoyable and a nice little side dish, or make it your main by adding chicken. An all day breakfast menu also features because hey, who doesn’t love brinner when the mood strikes.
Being a bar, Pica Bar has a wide variety of craft beers and wine available but it was the cocktails that caught my eye. I highly recommend the Elderflower Fizz. A delightful gin cocktail with a delicious hint of elderflower and citrus, this was a complete winner.
Open daily from 10am – midnight (closed Monday), Pica Bar is the ideal spot for lunch, a sneaky afternoon beverage or late night hang out for those of you without kids! It’s got a cool, chilled out vibe with a very welcoming attitude. Definitely the kind of place you could hit up early in the day and then linger at until late afternoon in the beer garden out back.
Pica Bar is involved in the City of Perth’s, Let’s Thursday Like It’s Friday campaign running until the 31st May. With 52 venues involved over the inner city, special offers are available to encourage people to head out and about midweek. Pica Bar has jumped on board and is offering any burger, along with a glass of wine or pint for just $20!
Northbridge is definitely on the way up and with another foodie cravings favourite in the area, Sauma, it’s worth checking out.
Perth Cultural Centre
51 James Street
Disclaimer: foodie cravings was invited as a guest Pica Bar. See disclosure policy for further details.