Monday, June 27, 2011

boho bar, margaret river

wine bar & brasserie
 2/149 Bussell Highway
Margaret River

beans : Toby's Estate
leaf : Toby's Estate loose leaf
soy : yes, they had run out when we ordered, but made a dash to the shop
fork : Snickers Belgian waffles, with caramel ice-cream, peanut praline & chocolate sauce ($14)
spoon : five spiced panna cotta with riesling poached pears & dart plum sugar syrup
knife : warm ciabatta with baked ricotta, pear & balsamic strawberries ($16)

footprint :
peep toes or long boots
price : $4.50
service :
attractive, feminine, slightly absent
open : Winter trading hours : Mon & Tues - closed (except public holidays, Wed 4pm til late, Thurs to Sun midday til late
buzz :Boho Bar is the latest installment from Darkhorse Developments, the team behind the ┼▒ber successful and stylish Perth bars, The Suite and The Cabin.  Intimate without being claustrophobic, the moody interior draws inspiration from art deco, modern industrial and bohemian chic, with a whole lot of luxe.  There are eight different styles of seating, a stuffed bird of paradise in the rafters, and the dramatic contrast of black and white with canary yellow accents. A shocking yellow ante room adjoining the toilets snaps you out of the  composed bar and onto the business at hand. 

The space is dominated by a white pressed tin bulkhead and banquette seating, warmly lit with bare incandescent bulbs.  A black tiled bar stretches the length of the room, and from this "dark side" is served a selection of the region's premium wines, beers and cocktails in quality Krosno glassware. The menu is upper end brasserie prices and not the place for a vegan feast. We only had coffee, which was robust and smooth. The small bar license means you can order drinks without food, thus saving your dollars and focus for the signature cocktails. With names like Louis Kiss, The Bohemian and The Crooner, there is one to match every persona. 

Still in its youth, it remains to see how the Boho Bar will stack up against its big brothers Must and Winos down the hill.  The regular live music, extended happy hours and set meal specials are enticing the locals out of winter hibernation, and with the promise of a glowing fire and Margaret River shiraz, I can sense Boho has staked its claim on the sophisticated end of the down south social scene. 

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Saturday, June 4, 2011

sea circus, seminyak, bali

22 Jalan Laksmana [Oberoi Rd]
Opposite The Samaya
Seminyak, Bali

beans :  5 Senses organic Balinese single origin
leaf : Twinings bags
soy : Australia’s Own, extra 7000rps
dunk :  hot churros with dark chocolate dipping sauce (40,000rps)
fork :  pink fruit salad with raspberries, strawberries & watermelon, topped with mint & honeyed yoghurt (30,000rps)
spoon :  warm pear & raspberry crumble with vanilla bean gelato (40,000rps)
knife :  raisin & walnut sourdough toast with homemade rum, pineapple & coconut jam (14,000rps)
plate & bowl : honey roasted pumpkin risotto with spinach & parmesan (55,000rps)
footprint : this is Bali, anything goes, from thongs to stilettos, no matter what the time
price : $2.10 (20,000rps)
service :  attractive women in high heels strut the floor with a smile, while an Australian trained barista administers the caffeine.
open : 8.00am – late Monday to Saturday, 11am – late Sunday
buzz :  An Aussie ringmaster and English lion tamer (formerly advertising executives in London), moved to Bali to fulfil a dream, and a vacuum for superior coffee and familiar bistro fare.   It is about fun and friends, buoyed by the bright colours of fruit sorbet and splashes of feminine fancy.  Screened from the road by painted glass louvers, the light space is a calm cafe by day, where loyal expats linger over breakfast with the latest international newspapers, and the roving Seminyak crowd crack their first beer with a fat steak sandwich and chips.  If the night before was raucous, there are the cheekily named Hangover Happy Meals, complete with panadol, vitamins and a game to reconnect the synapses.  For a small extra cost, you can add a 15 minute shoulder and neck massage from a dark haired beauty.   Cocktails are available all day, and no one will blink if you want to kick on with an affogato and Cointreau. 

Indonesia's only Synesso Cyncra espresso machine sits proudly on the bar, kept in immaculate condition by a team of motivated baristas, trained in Australia by the team at 5 Senses. Since The Tuckshop reverted to pre-sweetened soy milk, Sea Circus serves the best soy latte in Bali.  Custom made cups from Gaya Ceramics, a fresh frangipani and a daily quote give that extra touch of whimsy that makes your visit memorable.
Mid afternoon the menu slides into tapas, wine and smart offerings of seafood, steak, pasta and salad. Marine life is well represented in the linguine; featuring prawns, scallops, barramundi and clams, and if your after a heavy hit of chocolate, don’t overlook the fudge chocolate mousse with thick cream.

The fun continues in the bathroom, where a giant dressing room mirror lights a sink in-the-round and a captivating picture wall.  The odd customer, uninhibited by the martinis and bubbles, has tried to souvenir the odd print, but the ring master has a roving eye.  
Live music and themed special events are held often, and the venue is popular for small group dinners and intimate parties.  Keep up with the latest on the Sea Circus Blog.

September update : Sea Circus have a new chef on board and are set to launch a new dinner menu. For a sneak preview look here


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