The Subiaco hotel is one of Perth’s iconic watering houses. On the corner of Hay and Rokeby Streets, it was built in 1897. The Subi has seen a lot of changes both to the suburb and in its own buildings; the latest hotel make-over was completed in 2014.
Split into a bar, a restaurant and function areas, the hotel caters for everyone. Those looking for a full-service type of experience can enjoy the restaurant and those searching for a good meal with fewer frills can head to the bar – especially on Sunday afternoons when half-price menu items are on offer.
My husband and I had lunch at the Subi on a Friday afternoon. We hadn’t booked but were lucky enough to get a table in the very busy restaurant.
There is an outside area as well as two largish indoor areas. Restrooms are on the second floor which involves a good workout by climbing the stairs but luckily there is also an elevator!
My husband chose the Asian seafood salad ($25.5) and I picked the Crispy skinned Barramundi from the Specials menu but I didn’t feel that the price was too special at $36.
However the food was good. My very crisply skinned Barramundi came with a lovely jamon, delicious artichoke puree, green peas and a charred cos lettuce. I’m not quite sure why the charred lettuce was on the plate as it didn’t taste particularly nice and did nothing to enhance the beautifully cooked fish.
My husband loved his seafood salad that had plenty of prawns, bean sprouts, herbs, chilli and some deliciously fried shallots.
Service was slow which was fine on a lazy Friday afternoon but not if you are grabbing a quick lunch. The Subi is also a popular place for drinks on a Friday evening.
Parking is not easy around the hotel although there is a small car park on the Hay Street side. Street parking only offers an hour at a time. There are two larger car parks on either side of Rokeby Road that would involve about a five/ten minute walk to the Subiaco Hotel.
Address: 465 Hay Street, Subiaco
Phone: 08 9381 3069
Reservations: Yes (Restaurant)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 7am to midnight, Sat and Sun: 8am to midnight
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: Yes – 25% off total bill up to $40
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