Craving something tasty and fresh in West Perth? Look no further than Gordon Street Garage, with its menu of garden vegetable-laden nuova cucina italiana rooted in the best traditions of the old country and a venue that mixes country kitchen and industrial sensibilities.
Owner Nic Trimboli worked with Melbourne-based Foolscap Studio to bring this restaurant into being, along with collaborators Life Space Journey and Illogical Study. There’s no faux industrial aesthetic at Gordon Street Garage, a former mechanic’s workshop that retains some of its old character along with plenty of new refined embellishments. The floor is perhaps the most important survivor of the overhaul, cleaned of oil but still rough and raw – a humble platform underpinning the more decorative Mediterranean elements. Hand-painted tiles in classic blue and white adorn the zinc topped bar, and the textile upholstery is almost too pretty to sit on. A glass wall has been inserted to create a garden area – the roof removed to make it al fresco – and during the day it’s a relaxed hangout, becoming more of a traditional restaurant in the evenings.
Finally, although we don’t normally hang around the bathrooms on such tours, in this case we have to make an exception; these conveniences are particularly worth lingering in. Backlit mirrors like full moons cast an ethereal aura over the room, and no one is going to skip washing their hands when faced with those rustic Belfast washbasins.