THE STANDARD, Northbridge
by JENNY D’ANGER:
THERE’S nothing standard about The Standard in Northbridge, as I found after discovering this fantastic bar/eatery last week.
Off to see Dinner at the State Theatre, food was on the mind but so was not being late, and this addition to Roe Street is mere metres away.
The decor is funky-industrial on the inside and transformed laneway out the back, where a timber-clad sea container serves as a bar, and seating on the top gives fantastic city views.
Owner John Parker wanted a venue that played to its inner-city environment—with softening greenery a “respite from the city jungle outside”.
“[Where] being ‘female friendly’ is first and foremost.”
The result is a magical garden setting, with huge tubs, lots of trees, enthusiastic, and happy, bouncing staff. And I loved the fairy lights.
The house semillon sauvignon ($9) was crisp and delicious as my companion and I soaked up the funky ambience, playing “spot the theatre-goers”, of which it turned out there were many amongst a mix of young and trendy types dropping in after work, or glammed up for a night on the town.
The Standard is open till midnight Monday to Saturday, and there’s a set show menu—available both before the show (5–7pm) and after (10pm–12am). Clever.
Sharing is the go at The Standard, including a charcuterie ($25) with its mix of dry and cured meats, but there are choices for those who don’t care to share, including the fish and prawn burger ($21). We bucked the trend and split the burger between us. On a soft, slightly toasted bun it was sweet and delicious, with a pleasant flame-grilled flavour to the fish.
You won’t find a standard chip on the menu, but the burger did come with house-made sweet-potato crisps, which while crunchy and tasty could have done with more salt.
Or there’s the fava chips ($9), mashed fava beans shaped into veritable planks, coated in batter and fried. Dipped in aioli and/or the tangy, house-made mushroom ketchup they were great and I’m sure would go well with a nice chianti.
A salad of greens, navel orange, fennel, house-made labna (Greek yoghurt cheese) and croutons was a deliciously fresh accompaniment.
Full to bursting we wandered to the theatre, collapsing in our seats, well replete.
28 Roe Street, Northbridge
open Mon–Thur 4pm–midnight, Fri–Sat 12–12, Sun 12–10pm