Billing itself as the best little bar in the big city, Five 6 Eight has a great spot in lovely Claisebrook Cove. Seating inside and out is mainly high tables and stools but there are a few lower tables for we seniors!
We travelled there on Friday lunchtime and managed to snag a low table and chairs outside on a very sunny afternoon. Patrons order at the bar and can start a tab for food and drinks or pay when ordering. Staff members were all helpful, stopping to chat and they all had a good knowledge of the menu.
Aiming at the large British contingent in Perth, the menu was standard pub grub which included Beer battered fish and chips with the addition of mushy peas and curry sauce ($27), Bangers and mash with Irish sausages ($25), Colcannon and caramelised onion gravy ($25) and the ubiquitous, Scottish dish – haggis, neeps and tatties with a stout sauce ($25).
My husband and I decided to share three Tapas-style dishes, Crispy pork belly, celeriac puree, apple puree and Parmesan crisp ($15), Irish sausages with fresh herb olive oil ($13) and Roasted royal blue potatoes, Brussels sprouts, Irish bacon and house butter ($13). We were lunching with two friends who chose the Steak sandwich ($24) and the Chicken Parmy ($25).
We enjoyed the pork belly that had six generous pieces and the sausages but would not order the potatoes and sprout dish again. The roast potatoes were far too big and quite dry and the sprouts lacked flavour. The steak sandwich which came with chips, chutney and onion rings went down well, as did the chicken parmy although it was slightly oily.
Five 6 Eight stock a variety of beers including Brewdog, Tennents, Magners and Guinness.
Every one of our party really enjoyed the atmosphere of this small bar and we spent a very relaxing afternoon by the water, admiring the passing swan and ducks.
Parking is available at the nearby multi-storey City of Perth car park on Royal Street. I would not advise the Wilson car park further along Royal Street. Fourteen dollars for two hours in East Perth is a real rip off.
Address: 2/22 Eastbrook Terrace, East Perth
Phone: 08 9325 4341
Opening hours: Monday: Closed, Tuesday 16:00-22:00, Wed: 16:00-22:00, Thursday- Sunday: 11:00 –Midnight
Gluten-free options: On request
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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