I’d known about The Cabin Small Bar since it opened to rave reviews a couple of years ago. The “problem” we face in the rapid growth of Perth’s dining scene, is that there just simply are not enough meals in the week to go to each and every one of the new restaurants and bars. Believe me I’ve been giving it my best shot!! Finally, espresso martini in hand, I found myself in the cosy ski lodge style cabin.
The Cabin is a little inconspicuous, we drove straight past. It sits above a homeware shop at the Mount Hawthorn end of Scarborough Beach Road. You can sit indoors on a Chesterfield sofa (whilst being overlooked by a deer head) or outside on the wrap-around balcony.
I loved the vibe of the Cabin. It was relaxed and a little funky. Beautiful wooden tables and retro fixtures are complimented by a very modern menu. The music playlist was very eclectic and we really enjoyed the mix of everything from The Beatles to 90s house music to the Smashing Pumpkins and other random tunes. The wine and cocktail lists were excellent – cue martini!
Chef Melissa Palinkas has created a menu of small and large plates which are designed to share. The wait staff are very knowledgeable. Without being prompted they will fill you in on whether each dish has enough for everyone on the table. They’re really on the ball and friendly too.
We dined with Mr & Mrs S on a Wednesday, which was lucky for us. The Wednesday special was A – mazing! Roasted duck wings, sticky with a sweet n sour glaze, topped with crispy shallots & green onions were SO GOOD. Chicken wings? Don’t even bother! Duck wings are where it’s at! A plate was $22 and was accompanied with a bottle of Anchor Steam Lager.
As a bunny lover I had never eaten rabbit before. Having them as pets when I was little, it just seemed wrong – like eating my Labrador. Chef has been trying to get me to give it a go for years and I finally gave into peer pressure. I enjoyed it. That said, the Southern fried rabbit, wasn’t as game-y as I had expected, since it was covered in herbs and spices too. It was served on a steamed bun with pickled carrot and a red curry mayonnaise ($15)
The House ocean trout pastrami, pulled mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, olive croutes, tomato vinaigrette ($25) was a beautiful and delicate dish.
We also really enjoyed;
Abrolhos Islands’ scallops, hot sauce butter, chicken cracklings ($24)
Crispy lamb belly, migas, adobo, macadamia ($22)
Quail breast Kiev’s, parmesan gremolata, dill mayonnaise ($24)
We left with full tummies – no room to even look at the dessert (for one) menu. Next time!
Even when I love a place I rarely return, as at the moment there’s always somewhere else to try around town. It just happens to be a certain chefs wife’ birthday soon. I’ll shortly be making another visit to The Cabin, as I think it’s a fantastic venue for some cocktails and great food with friends. I’m awfully tempted to pretend my birthday is on a Wednesday – just to get my mitts on some more of those scrumptious duck wings!!
This place sounds awesome! It is definitely a place I would want to visit. The cocktail sounds delicious! I am the same way about returning to places twice. I want to but it just seems I am always trying a new place. Too many options! 🙂
I think for the next few years at least they’ll always be a new opening, makes things fun! I’ll be back to The Cabin for sure, it’s a great little bar 🙂