It was through small talk at my hairdresser's where I first heard of The Old Crow. In more accurate terms, my hairdresser described the place being "that new place across the road that brings a lot more people to this street". Newcastle Street was a relatively quiet one until The Old Crow descended, along with the wildly popular haunt Tuck Shop Cafe, a favourite for breakfast and brunchers. The Old Crow's current heyday doesn't look like it's dying down any time soon and just how my hairdresser says that the increased foot traffic to the area is benefiting the business, I'd say The Old Crow's permanent visit is a bigger benefit gained by everybody.
|Old Crow, new(ish) place|
Northbridge especially fits this criteria. Long gone are the days where this was a dingy, drab landscape flooded with teenyboppers and the like. It is developing into a tasteful hub of food, culture and activity with an unmissable sense of sophistication. The birth of all the new restaurants and cafes in the area is amazing and despite the negative connotation with crows (at least with me anyway, ever since I witnessed one of those beasts swoop down and rip the head right off a bird - sorry, blood and gore should never be mentioned on a food blog!), people seem to have a huge appetite for The Old Crow.
|Indoor seating, complete with a fireplace|
|Alabama Sweet Tea - $12|
|The tall pitcher means you can get at least a solid six cups out of one pitcher|
|Complimentary bread and whipped butter|
|Smoked beef cheek, pickled walnuts and garlic toast - $16.50|
|Bunker mushrooms, hush puppies and fresh corn polenta - $16.50|
|Crudo, swordfish, green raisin, citrus and capers - $16.50|
|Crispy brussels sprouts, chilli jam, pine nuts and buttermilk - $16.50|
This one dish got all the credit from our waitress, as being one of the best on their menu (basically saying, if you can't decide what to get, then get the brussels sprouts). I guess I understood why; while they are usually the cringeworthy food that kids sneak to their dogs under the dinner table, this would make brussels sprout haters rethink their stance on this unassuming vegetable. They lived up to their description of being 'crispy', which hardly ever happens for me - it's like I order soft skin salmon, soft pork belly crackling and soft lotus chips.
|Smoked brisket, red bean gravy, mash, horseradish - $32|
The plate was conveniently located right in front of me and while I declared myself to be full, I picked and pecked at the dish bit by bit and to my horror, eventually ended up finishing it all. Whilst I did finish it, we did consider this to be the most disappointing dish in comparison to everything else we ooh'ed and ahh'ed over that night. The brisket was dry and stringy, whilst more flavour to the dish overall - in particular those lovely red beans - would have seriously enhanced the dish's status from mediocrity.
*Menu has changed. Buttermilk fried duck, I'm lusting after you.
|Cornbread, gravy, crispy onions - $9|
|This old cash register looks right at home|
Our waitress for the night was also commendable, having the patience to deal with our indecisiveness and was also friendly to have an informal chat with. For the rest of the night however, no one else dropped by to check in if we needed anything else which was a bit of a bummer, and it would have been nice to let us know of the unexpectedly long wait time for our mains to be delivered!
It is a highly popular destination for an all-day feed due to its long opening hours and rivals The Tuck Shop for breakfast/brunch, which is only about 20 steps as the crow flies to The Old Crow :-) I have a good feeling about The Old Crow as it soars to dizzy heights of our food loving community.
|The Old Crow, Northbridge|
Mon: 8am - 10pm
Thurs: 10am - 10pm
Fri: 10am - late
Sat: 8am - late
Sun: 8am - 10pm
Closed Tues & Wedn
Tel: (08)9227 9995
172 Newcastle Street Perth WA