Tiny’s 2018 Winner

Some of our top bar-owners have developed enviable reputations around food which is as good if not better than their cocktail programs. We’re not talking burgers and deep-fried jalapeños either (not that there’s anything wrong with them). No, we mean food that, in many cases, would be at home on a restaurant table.

It’s a balancing act to have a first-class bar business married to a first-class food business. Often such marriages don’t work out, especially as the food and cooking side of the business is labour-heavy and has slimmer margins. But for those leaders who stick with their small-bar food programs, the rewards can be significant as people flock for the food and stay for the booze.

Andy Freeman’s Varnish has always been a leader in the bar dining space, as have Long Chim, Rockpool Bar & Grill, Hadiqa, and our winner this year, Tiny’s Bar at QV1.

It’s a smart urban bar that does what it says on the tin, and then some. Unsurprising really, when you learn that it is a project straight from the minds and hearts of its two owners, veteran hospo guys Paul Aron and Michael Forde. Tiny’s wins this year’s Bar Dining of The Year award on the strength of its superb, mod-rustic, family-style cuisine, including one of Perth’s newest favourite dishes, Tiny’s rotisserie chicken with chicken-fat potatoes. In fewer than six months their chicken has all but reached icon status.

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It’s a balancing act to have a first-class bar business married to a first-class food business. Often such marriages don’t work out, especially as the food and cooking side of the business is labour-heavy and has slimmer margins. But for those leaders who stick with their small-bar food programs, the rewards can be significant as people flock for the food and stay for the booze."