Clint Nolan’s longtime Mexican restaurant, La Cholita, scores Cinco de Mayo (May 5) with its first bottomless taco dinner. Your $50 buy-in gets you a margarita on arrival plus all the tacos — take your pick from Baja Fish, Stewed Pork, Pork Belly, Beef Brisket, Pumpkin, and Jackfruit — you can eat in 90 minutes. You probably want to take it easy and not do anything too strenuous after dinner. Make a reservation online.
A new Chinese-Japanese restaurant playing with fire
Over the past year and a bit, the former site of Victoria Park’s International Eating House food court has been repopulated with a host of regional Asian options, including Yunnan Flavors and Yunnan Hotpot Restaurant. its customizable hot tub-sized bowls of broth and rice noodles. The latest arrival at the police station is also one of the most unexpected. According to King Kong Bar & Restaurant’s Instagram, this slick new address is a “gastropub,” though it probably doesn’t fit most people’s idea of the genre. Instead, expect something between a Sichuan hotpot restaurant and a brilliant Tokyo izakaya. The sprawling menu draws inspiration from both Chinese cuisine (marinated chicken feet, for example) and Japanese cuisine (seaweed salads, katsu) and, in some cases, mixes the two. An example: chicken cartilage skewers – yakitori fans will recognize this delicacy as nankotsu – grilled over wood and spiced with lots of cumin and chili, a hallmark of Xinjiang and northern China cuisine. China.
Food Festival Update
We were saddened by news confirming rumors that this year’s Truffle Kerfuffle has been cancelled. According to a press release issued by festival organizers, the impact of the pandemic, including local staffing issues, has made it impossible to stage the 2022 event. Although there is no festival this year, a visit to the southern forests region remains an essential winter activity – or anytime, really – and the festival board will be hosting other events across the region and in Perth; follow the festival’s social networks for more details. That said, there’s no shortage of regional food festivals to add to your calendars. Taste Great Southern (May 5-15), with Tasmanian guest chef Analiese Gregory, kicks off next week and tickets are still available. And in July, Cabin Fever (July 15-24) returns to Margaret River with a 10-day program of winter food and drink.
Ballet with a difference
Choreographer Robert Bondara Take me with you is probably the only ballet duo on Radiohead. Such a unique dance piece deserves such a unique venue, which makes its upcoming performance (Sunday, May 29) at the State Buildings’ intimate Postal Hall one of the most idiosyncratic events of the year. In addition to ballet, guests can sip sparkling Howard Park Jeté (Jeté is a classic ballet term referring to a jump) as well as canapes from Post. Tickets are available online for $185 plus booking fee.
Beaufort Street’s highly anticipated wine bar has a name
Remember when this 90s-inspired Italian wine bar came to Inglewood? This Trequattrini family bar now has a name: Testun. As well as being the name of a cheese, the word also means “stubborn” in Piedmontese: a hint, perhaps, of the irreverent side of the bar. That thought takes on even more weight as the kitchen pushes the boat out with its small homeware program. The pancetta with lamb curry and the salumi with Sichuan spices are among the prototypes tested. For now, management hopes to open the doors in June. Watch this place.