An exciting trait of our growing city is the abundance of small bars popping up around Perth. A and I love heading out for a drink and a few nibbles on a Sunday afternoon and small bars are the perfect venue. We recently ventured to Swallow Bar in Maylands, where we were fortunate enough to run into Perth Munchkin and her husband GG. We joined them in their booth for an afternoon of drinking, nibbling and chatting.
Swallow Bar features French-inspired food and an elaborate beverage menu that includes local and international wines. A and I ordered a Kir Royale ($14) to start with, as this aperitif is a favourite after visiting France a few years ago. Kir Royales consist of a glass of sparkling wine (in this case it was Simmonet Febvre Cremant de Bourgogne Brut) with crème de cassis (a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants). The end result is a sweet but tangy beverage that is the perfect drink for a lazy Sunday afternoon.
For our nibbles, Perth Munchkin and GG ordered a cheese platter to share. The selection of cheese can be found on the chalkboard behind the bar and you can get 1 cheese for $15, 2 for $25 or 3 for $30.
Perth Munchkin and GG ordered two cheeses – the Soft French Brillat Savarin Triple Cream Brie and the Blue St Agur cheese. They both mentioned that they really enjoyed this platter which also came with crostini, muscatels and boozey figs.
A and I ordered a few plates to share. Our first to arrive was the Roasted Almonds with lemon and Cumin ($4). The addition of the cumin added an earthy flavour to the almonds and A particularly enjoyed this dish.
My favourite dish was the Truffled Leek and Gruyère Croquettes ($10). The outside of the croquettes were extremely crispy but inside the gruyère was soft. The combination of the strong flavour of the leeks with the gruyère cheese was a perfect match.
On the menu, it states that the Pissaladiagrère en croute ($12) is a Swallow must. Swallow Bar’s take on the French classic came with crisp bread decked with caramelised onion, olive, relish and anchovy. The strong flavours within this dish was particularly appealing to me (as I love anchovies!) but A said that it was a little too strong for her tastebuds.
Overall, I enjoyed the food and our Kir Royales. I thought the venue décor (railway booths with luggage compartments overhead and art deco lighting) was a lovely element of this small bar, especially due to its close proximity to the Maylands train station.
We’ll definitely be back for another afternoon of grazing and Kir Royales.