There’s something a little bit la-di-dah about a launch. So I was feeling a little fancy when I headed into town last Thursday for the swish soiree that The Butterworth Bar and Kitchen was putting on. It all felt a bit special to be on the guest list.
In its former life The Butterworth was the XO Lounge and I hadn’t minded XO, went there once for dinner and also for the after party of the Dine for Life dinner. But time’s they are a changing and we welcome The Butterworth to Exchange Plaza, ticking several boxes with their offerings of a stylish new bar, restaurant and café.
There’s a fresh new look too that softens the previously ultra modern feel with the inclusion of some warmer wood tones in the form of the very popular plant boxes. Always nice to incorporate some greenery. It comes together well and I’m a big fan of the style of lights they have chosen.
When I arrived, I was fortunate to run into The Food Pornographer so TFP and I wandered up to the door to get ticked off the guest list and ventured inside. Being there right on 5.30pm gave us ample opportunity to wander around and take a few snaps of the venue before the masses descended.
Friendly staff were wandering around offering guests glasses of sparkling, white or red wine and also some very tempting sangria. I chose a glass of white and happily sipped on that as I took in proceedings.
The crowd began to arrive in force and as if on queue tempting canapés made an appearance. Chef Damien Young had done a stellar job of putting together a very impressive selection of tasty morsels. Chef Young has previous experience at Harvest Retaurant and Bistro Felix and if his hors d’ourves were anything to go by I can’t wait to head in for a meal.
Up first were dainty tea cups full of duck and chestnut soup. Yum! As a huge duck fan I was so pleased to see that even as the base for a soup duck was a winner. So tasty!
Following this were what I had initially assumed were some sort of spring roll. However they were actually pork cigars. So there you go. Slow roasted pork shoulder wrapped in pastry and fried. They were amazing! I managed to snag a few of these on the evening as the plates wandered past and think I could have happily sat down and worked my way through at least a dozen. So nice!
Next up was what seemed like an endless parade of platters that offered your choice of pickled mushroom, beef tartare, beetroot and goats cheese, rabbit sausage and salmon terrine canapés. The rabbit sausage ones were probably my favourite – the carrot on top added a real kick of flavour, but followed closely by the winning combination of the sweet beetroot and the creamy goat’s cheese. They were a mouthful of well prepared and carefully presented deliciousness.
A speech was made by The Butterworth’s creative director Keith Ashley who outlined the versatility of the venue in terms of dining options and that a full range of breakfast, lunch and dinner services, takeaway and delivery options are available from 6am until late.
Special guest Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi then officially opened the venue and subsequent to this announcement there was a dramatic opening of a champagne bottle using a sword! Hadn’t seen that done before and while it did take two swipes it was very cool to watch nonetheless.
I couldn’t stay for the whole function, but couldn’t leave ahead of trying one of the sangrias that I had seen in other guests’ hands. They looked wonderfully ruby red and while my first mouthful was quite a sweet affair, the flavour mellowed and switched from sweet to fruity. It was actually quite refreshing and dangerously easy drinking!
I hadn’t had the chance to sample the crème caramels that were brought around later, but from what I’ve heard sweets were just as impressive as the savouries had been.
My thanks to PPR for the invitation and all the very best to the Butterworth Bar and Kitchen team on the opening of your new venue. No doubt it will be another solid addition to the Terrace and I can’t wait to head back and sit down for a meal.