PUBLIC HOUSE is the newest addition to Adelaide Terrace, combining a modern setting with a casual atmosphere.
Movies projected onto the outdoor wall can be viewed from the decking area, while inside, animal heads pop out quirkily from the walls. Dim lighting creates a cosy feel.
Before we had even looked at the menu, the waiter politely asked us if we needed any help with it and made some suggestions.
The menu is filled with South American food, and allows you to choose from a variety of smaller dishes. However, my partner and I stuck to the old ways and chose two larger meals.
For me, spit-roast pork, apple jam, cachaca and guava dish ($35), whilst my partner had the chicken anti cucho and crispy chicken skin ($32).
We bought a bottle of red wine ($46) to complement the dishes, and were allowed to taste it beforehand (a great personal touch).
Our meals arrived in good time: at a touch of my fork my pork fell apart, and this was made even better by the variety of sauces and jams provided for dipping.
The chicken was just as outstanding: crispy flakes on top gave spouts of flavour and texture. The bird had been chargrilled to juicy perfection.
Despite the deliciousness the serves were not huge and we still had holes in our stomachs to fill: we moved onto a side dish of baby cos, crispy onions, horseradish and salmon ($12).
Normally a great fan of salmon this dish wasn’t to my taste. The salt and horseradish were too overpowering and didn’t allow me to enjoy the delicate tenderness of the fish.
Still feeling peckish—yep, still—we perused the desserts. Public House boasts about its caramelised donuts, injected with different flavors, at $5 each. We ordered four and were delighted when they arrived on our table fresh and warm from the oven. As we bit into the sweet dough, we couldn’t help but let out little moans of glee.
We left extremely happy with the exceptional service and our stomachs—finally—sated.
by LAURA CARTER
Shop 2, 263 Adelaide
Terrace, Perth WA 6000
(Ground Floor, Durack
Centre) | 6336 9780