Raine Square is quite the happening food and entertainment precinct. As part of its $200m refurbishment Raine Square brought movies back to the CBD with the beautiful Palace Cinemas. And along with a night out at the flicks there’s been some great new eateries which have opened in the complex. Most recently being Hunter & Barrel with their second WA venue (the first at Westfield Whitford City). You can read more about there story here.
“Hunter & Barrel is a sophisticated take on the hunter’s way, where ancient ritual combines with raw elements of nature in a modern setting.”
The fit out is stunning. You walk in and there are ornate light fixtures adorned with antlers, plush fur blankets draped luxuriously over chairs and a general warmth from the welcoming wooden tones and moody lighting. Almost gives you a hunting lodge vibe. And capping this all off is the bar area, which you see as soon as you walk in. Well lit, row upon row of spirits and emblazoned with the large metallic Hunter & Barrel logo. It’s an impressive sight. Very tempting to pull up a seat right there!
The staff are incredibly friendly and we were taken to our chairs and they helpfully explained the menu to us. Feasting is the order of the day, with their whole hunter gatherer focus. Come together and share a delicious meal. You can either opt for a more traditional entree, mains, dessert or let them tempt you with one of their feasts. Big, beautiful platters of various types and cuts of meats and a range of sides (you have to eat your veggies 🙂 ). The feast options also provide you with a great opportunity to try a few different things so we decided we go with the Hunter & Barrel Royal Feast.
Begin with a HOT CHEESE DIP to share
EYE FILLET, BRAISED LAMB SHANK & BEEF SHORT RIB
Served with thick cut chips and a chopped green salad
Serves 2 people
On the drinks front Hunter & Barrel have a good wine list, with apleasing local influence, but from the Barrel part of their name they also offer a special range of cocktails. “Matured in oak barrels adding different flavour dimensions.”
So I went with the Barrel Negroni, a blend of Bulldog Gin, Campari, Cinzano Rosso, barrel aged in-house, while GG stuck with a glass of red from the Barossa.
The Negroni presented beautifully with its twist of orange and dramatic large round ice cube. It was delicious and there was a warming strength to it, despite the ice. Classic and strong – just like the menu had advised.
Not long after our drinks appeared, the entree from our Royal Feast was delivered. The Hot Cheese Dip is one of Hunter & Barrel’s signature dishes, a total crowd pleaser and it is just as delicious as you’d imagine. A trio of cheesey goodness – Gouda, Gruyere and Edam – indulgently melted to a molten gooeyness. They’ve infused the dip with a few herbs and it enhances the already delectable flavour. The flat bread is the perfect dipping utensil and rest assured we did not leave a skerrick of that cheese behind. I thought it was the perfect size for two. Put a dent in the ravenous appetites we’d both arrived with, but ensured you were ready to tackle the impending meat platter.
And didn’t it present beautifully! Those beef short ribs, in their chilli glaze, looked divine and as we discovered the tender meat just fell of the bone. Similarly the eye fillet had been cooked to medium rare perfection (how’s that beautiful pink colour!) and their signature bbq baste added a subtle smokiness to the flavour while, letting the quality of the steak speak for itself. The lamb shank was lovingly encased in puff pastry, so I’d suggest eating this last because as we learnt puff pastry holds in the heat really well. Again it was tender, flavoursome and I enjoyed the pastry addition.
Finally you had those tasty sides. Chunky well seasoned chips, a refreshing salad and rosemary roasted carrots. It was an ample feast! We both sat back feeling well and truly content after working our way through the platter. Plus for $52 a head, I thought it was very reasonably priced for such a meat heavy entree and mains….. well cheesey entree and meaty mains.
We just had enough room to share one of their desserts and the skillet apple pie had caught my eye. On a chilly winter evening a lovely warm dessert like this was just the ticket. Almost like a tarte tartin of sorts it is served with a creamy Fior di Latte ice cream and generous drizzle of orange syrup. It is on the sweeter side, but between two it was ideal and rounded out the visit on a high… a happy sugar high.
It had been an entirely lovely first visit to Hunter & Barrel and I could see it being a very popular addition to the Perth dining scene. For those working in the CBD (or visiting during the week) they have a Light Lunch Menu (2 courses for $35pp – a main with an entrée or dessert, including a glass of house wine, tap beer or soft drink) which is awesome value. You can check it out here and yes you can get the hot cheese dip!
My thanks to Hunter & Barrel for having us along, dinner was delicious! Great to have you at Raine Square!