An Evening with Campari at Basilica Open Kitchen

We were invited to attend an ‘Evening with Campari at Basilica Open Kitchen’ and we must say they certainly pulled out all the stops to ensure that everyone had a pleasant evening. The event was hosted by Gary and Matt from Basilica and Laura from Wonder and Co, so that Perth’s top food bloggers could enjoy the wonderful new winter menu. The lovely Laura greeted us, as did Tristan from Campari Australia, Tristan was at the ready with glasses of Aperol Spritz and after a glass or two, everyone was quite lively and started to mingle. Life is better with foodie friends as we all share a common interest.

There was a well-curated menu in keeping with seasonal produce. One of the entrées we tried was the vegetarian option, minestrone soup with cheddar crisps. The minestrone was hearty and warming with a variety of beans and vegetables. We enjoyed the pork belly that was succulent and delicious enhanced by the chargrilled apple, cauliflower and lightly wilted spinach.

Pork Belly, textures of cauliflower, chargrilled apple and spinach (gf)

Pork Belly, textures of cauliflower, chargrilled apple and spinach (gf)

Minestrone Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Minestrone Soup with Cheddar Croutons

Smoked salmon, crab, avocado salad with lemon and saffron mayonnaise (gf)

Smoked salmon, crab, avocado salad with lemon and saffron mayonnaise (gf)

 

For the main option, we chose the slow cooked Harvey Beef cheek. It was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of olive oil and leek potato puree with green beans and red wine jus. The slow cooking process certainly brought out the delicious flavour of the beef. Also on the menu was the pasta verde Provence which was a plate of green goodness. All through the pasta were asparagus, snowpeas, zucchinis and green beans. It is a lovely fresh dish, complemented by the shavings of parmesan. We would like to compliment the chefs on the fine quality of the dishes that were aesthetically pleasing and packed with flavour.

Slow cooked Harvey Beef cheek, olive oil and leek mashed potato, green beans and red wine jus (gf)

Slow cooked Harvey Beef cheek, olive oil and leek mashed potato, green beans and red wine jus (gf)

Pasta verde Provence, asparagus, snow peas, zucchini, green beans and parmesan (veg)

Pasta verde Provence, asparagus, snow peas, zucchini, green beans and parmesan (veg)

Basilica Open Kitchen is a lovely, light-filled open space with ample seating to accommodate large groups. There’s a lovely alfresco area where you can pull up a seat and enjoy some rays. It is a boon for corporate workers as it is ideally located in the vibrant and highly regarded Brookfield Place.

Gary, the owner, spoke eloquently and passionately about the ethos of Basilica Open Kitchen. Here they take pride in using only ethically sourced local produce. At this stage Basilica is open from 6am -4pm Monday to Friday but there are plans to open for dinner in the future so watch this space. We would like to share with you the excellent special where you buy one get one free meal from 8am – 11am till Thursday 1 June. Simply purchase one meal and drink for over $20 and you’ll get your friend’s meal for free!

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

Aperol Spritz

 

Basilica Open Kitchen

Address: 161 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000

Ph: (08) 9322 5756

Menu: brookfieldplaceperth.com 

Opening Hours:

Sunday Closed

Monday 10am - 4pm

Tuesday 10am - 4pm

Wednesday 10am - 4pm

Thursday 10am - 4pm

Friday 10am - 4pm

Saturday Closed