Food fuelled by fire has made this restaurant a beacon of the Bunbury dining scene
Even with a good playlist or podcast, there is almost nothing redeeming about the drive down south from Perth on a Friday afternoon – until you get to Bunbury’s Market Eating House, that is. Don’t punish yourself deliberating over the main menu when the “feed me” option delivers six mezze plates, one main from a choice of five, plus three sides, and an optional dessert if you haven’t already overdone it, much of it kissed by wood fire.
Slather fluffy housemade Levantine-style bread with lashings of what may well be WA’s most inventive hummus, peppered with pickled octopus, prawn and fennel.
Slather fluffy house-made Levantine-style bread with lashings of what may well be WA’s most inventive hummus, peppered with pickled octopus, prawn and fennel. Take a trip to the seaside with crisp sardine and prawn fritto misto served with tangy caper mayonnaise. Then pick the slow-roasted lamb shoulder as the main course, which comes with a crisp Lebanese-style cabbage salad featuring cucumber, radish and pomegranate, and a plate of fragrant jewelled rice.
Locals and visitors alike celebrate with a dozen-strong cocktail list, an exclusively WA beer list and mocktails, including an alcohol-free Paloma. Then, of course, there’s the extensive wine list that stays loyal to locals, apart from a few interstate and international bottles. It’s all good value, generously proportioned, and almost impossible to finish; don’t be afraid to ask for takeaway.