Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.

The Camfield

1 Roger MacKay Drive, BurswoodDSC_1851

Ph: (08) 6314 1360

www.thecamfieldbar.com.au

The Camfield’s Magnificent Seven

The largest pub in the southern hemisphere. That’s what they say. And yes, The Camfield is nestled under the new Optus Stadium and seems to stretch out in all directions.
“You can come here seven times and experience seven different spots around the

venue”, says Ben Keal executive chef. From the sunny area facing the new bridge over the Swan River to the big screen beer garden for watching sporting events, The Camfield offers lots of different areas each with their own ambience. The decor is modern, slick and tasteful. There are softer nooks around near the brewery side, and many different choices of seating.

DSC_1832Over a pint of their Bevy Prize Lager Ben also points out that The Camfield is not just there for the Stadium crowds.
“We have mothers’ groups, cyclists, walkers, joggers and tourists who come to experience this new area of the Swan River. There are playgrounds for different age kids and walk/cycle trails along the river.”

“The ferry comes to the new jetty and people will also be able to park and walk across from the city via the new bridge. It’s a great place to bring the family or visitors for a stroll, a drink or a meal by the river. And the big screen has all the major games.”

Certainly this location is quite breathtaking and one feels one is in a new and iconic part of Perth. If you do want to park here there are currently 300 spots with plans for 700 more.
And the food doesn’t disappoint.

We started with the Chilli Mozzarella Arancini in tomato sauce with shaved ricotta and fried basil. Delicious crispy coated arancini balls were offset by the piquant tomato sauce and colourful garnishes. This dish went very well with the Bevy Prize Ale brewed right here on the premises.

We shared this starter with the Chargrilled Pork Belly Bites with crackle pieces and black sesame. Served with a delicious fresh coleslaw and Nam Jim; this was our favourite dish.

We moved on to one of the best Pepperoni Pizzas I have ever tasted. The meat and other small goods at The Camfield are supplied by a local Italian supplier who makes everything by hand. This flavour was noticeable and the new top of the range ovens pizza ovens are proudly overseen by a dedicated pizza chef. All this combined to produce a masterful pizza.

Around 80% of all produce is locally sourced. Chris Bottega is the head chef here and he’s very proud of this local component of The Camfield’s menu. Local ingredients include Amelia Park lamb and steak, Cambray cheese from Nannup, porterhouse from the Stirling Ranges and local Italian smallgoods.

For the next dishes we moved on to sample the Angus Beef Burger which came piled high with smoked bacon, American cheese, mustard, pickles,mayo, tomato and cos lettuce. It was served with generous fries. We particularly liked the mayo, and the beef burger was delicious with a hint of pink. What else can one say about a well crafted burger?

And then finally a huge serve of the house American Style Pork Ribs from the char grill. We paired this with BurgerHthe Prize ale. We thought the fresh coleslaw with grated apple was a most welcome addition here. It offset the sweetness of the BBQ sauce and gave this great winter dish a lift.

“Our pork ribs are marinated overnight in the restaurant’s own spice blend then cooked in the Kombi steam oven then char grilled and basted several times on the char grill” head chef Chris Bottega told us. The state of the art kitchen has been fitted by Moffat Australia with the absolute best in the industry. We can’t take you in there but it’s one of the best we’ve seen.

The value was excellent and we enjoyed the hearty dishes with a fresh touch.
Currently the state of the art microbrewery onsite has two beers on offer with seasonal

brews arriving at different times during the year. Or you might try one of the Australian wines on offer or one of the interesting cocktails available.
All in all The Camfield delivered a delightful experience and is a venue already fast becoming an iconic Perth location. The venue also has a conference/function centre seating 300 – 500 as well for corporate or private functions and weddings too.

This is an ideal place to bring visitors, or meet friends and/or family to enjoy the river with city views and appreciate just how fast our lovely city is changing. Couples enjoy a romantic sunset stroll along the river and over the new bridge. Your dog is also welcome. If you’re at the Stadium for a game, no need to remind you this is the place to meet before or afterwards.

Enjoy this new location Perth…it’s a ripper.

By Liz Packwood

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