Social media really does make life easy for hearing about new places open. Well I suppose I should say that if you spend a lot of time on social media it has this helpful application and I likely am in the “spends a lot of time on social media” category. Not hours at a time, but the occasional glance throughout the day to see what’s happening. And this was how I heard that Subiaco’s The Village Bar was opening a second venue in Nedlands called Little Way.
Cute name and from what I’d seen online a very cute spot too. As I spied more and more photos of their food it crept its way further up the seemingly endless list that I have in my head of places I’d like to visit for a meal. So the opportunity presented one weekend when, post gymming and Saturday morning running around, GG and I were in need of sustenance and Little Way sprung to mind. Quick to the bat mobile! Ok we just took my Mazda, but we hot tailed it to Nedlands and soon enough were pulling up a pew and perusing the menu.
Starting with drinks I decided to celebrate Saturday with a little fizz, while GG opted to indulge a new love and ordered a Bloody Mary. I say new because it was only the evening prior he’d tried his first and decided he was on board. So sipping away we shortlisted our lunch options.
Sharing a few starters and mains seemed liked the best way to go to ensure we got to try as much as possible so we went with:
- Crumbed Squid Rings with Lime, Mint and Avocado Aioli ($14)
- Jamon Serrano Ham, Watermelon, Fetta, Mint ($15)
- Prawn Linguine, Chilli, Tomato, Red Onion, Parmesan, Lemon, Herb Crumb ($24)
- Angus Beef Burger, Bacon, Caramelised Onions, Swiss Cheese, Cmoked Tomato Relish with Rosemary salted Chips ($23)
The place has a nice vibe, suitably relaxing for a weekend, though where we were sat in sort of the back room next to a larger group of six it did get a little loud at times, but not sure what could be done to reduce the volume. Folks gotta chat after all.
Our starters made their appearance and they presented well, particularly the pretty watermelon dish. The visual contrast of that bright pink and fresh green along with the artistic swirls of balsamic vinegar was all very appealing and it tasted as lovely as it looked. Those flavours should spend a lot of time together because the combination is delicious. Sweet, salty, creamy, refreshing and with a slight vinegary tang, it was quite the taste sensation.
The squid rings had been lightly coated in a crispy spiced batter and along with a liberal spritz of the fresh lemon and dunk in the flavoured aioli they soon all vanished. They had been well cooked and were very tender.
Onto mains and we sort of realised that splitting a sky high burger was going to be tricky business, so while I had a bite (delicious patty – lots of flavour, well seasoned) I left that in the capable hands of my dining companion and focused my efforts on the pasta in front of me.
They were very generous with the linguine and as I started swirling forkfuls, I highly doubted my ability to finish such a big bowl. But I had a solid crack and I made sure I got all the good stuff. Those plump prawns were lovely, perhaps another one or two would have been nice, but I’m sure that’s a common thought with prawn linguine dishes. There can never be enough. I liked the addition of the crunchy bread crumbs for a little crunch and it was nicely seasoned with plenty of tomato. But as I had suspected the generosity with the oodles of noodles meant I couldn’t get through it all.
No room or time to consider dessert on this occasion, but we’d enjoyed a pleasant lunch at Little Way and I could see it being a popular new addition to Broadway.