Restaurants before and at the center of Rotto’s radical metamorphoses

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Meyrick, who Western Australians would know best from his Balinese restaurants Sarong and Mama San, returned to the mainland of Perth, a reputation still intact thanks to his new 120-seat Asian-inspired restaurant Will Street on Carr Place. , in the old sprawling La Vida Espace Urbana in Leederville.

In his place, Prendiville turned to another chef worthy of celebrity status – Russell Blaikie of Must Wine Bar fame.

Former Must Winebar chef Russell Blaikie has a new restaurant on Rotto.

Blaikie, who was busy preparing for the smooth opening of a restaurant in Cottesloe on Friday, revived Lontara in a hot minute, removing the menu to be worthy of a seat at the luxury table.

Beyond that, he quickly transformed the Thomsons restaurant to look like an authentic coastal Italian cuisine paradise, renaming this restaurant to Bar e Cibo (drink and food), a simple statement elegantly reflected in the offerings. menu that sizzle clearly close to the heart of the veteran chef.

Yet to be generously praised or promoted, Bar e Cibo will become Rottnest’s greatest culinary twist, thanks to Blaikie’s knack for knowing his audience and their bellies. He speaks Italian in the gestures.

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Rottnest’s revamped food scene comes as the RIA is close to completing several upgrades at top locations such as The Basin and Main Settlement, and the shopping district housing the supermarket and bakery, among other core tenants. , with some funding provided by the Federal National Tourism Icons Program.

The program provided $ 17.2 million to Rottnest Island for vital infrastructure upgrades to enhance the visitor experience, embrace cultural heritage and ensure the long-term sustainability of the ‘island,’ a spokesperson said Friday.

“The work includes repaving and new furniture, such as bike racks, tables, seats and blinds.

“While the immediate construction zone is closed, all businesses in the mall remain open, with modified access via secure pedestrian bridges for shoppers and visitors.”

Further improvements were planned for the arrival and departure points and the Wadjemup Museum, with major improvements to the mall due to be completed this month.

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