Etro Cafe Bistro
Known for its art galleries, high-end fashion boutiques and historic buildings, King Street is often referred to as the “Paris end” of Perth. So when French born and trained chef Patrick Panier opened Etro a few years ago, he felt right at home. Despite being small, there is plenty of room to move at Etro – and that includes the artwork. Bright orange walls are adorned with local artwork that is changed every few months. Patrick’s vision for Etro is to offer great service and rustic food with an emphasis on flavour, colour and elegance.
His menu is uncomplicated without lacking originality, with the majority of offerings, such as duck liver pate, being made in-house. An obvious touch of France is present with dishes such as plat du jour (plate of the day), provencale salad and crispy chicken baguette, but it is the classic Etro fish and chips (pan-fried and oven-baked) that constantly impresses diners. An extensive breakfast menu (available until 3pm weekends) draws locals, flight crew and tourists who all love Patrick’s classics like French toast, eggs Benedict and buttermilk pancakes. Unassuming in decor, Etro is certainly worth a visit for breakfast or lunch, or even coffee, as you sit and absorb the King Street buzz. C’est magnifique!
Karen Bilsby-Butler, February 2007