TONY Glass and Anne Boys followed the transformation of South Perth’s newest riverfront restaurant for months with anticipation.
Living a short stroll away, they were among the first to try Rambla On Swan when it opened this month next to the renowned Cocos, sharing a plate of oysters on the balcony to create a near-perfect lunch scene.
Rambla is the latest addition to the suite of venues owned by Entertainment Enterprises, which also operates Empire Bar on Great Eastern Highway and city nightspots such as Tiger Lils and Paramount nightclub.
The new restaurant and function centre is named after the vibrant and lively promenade Las Ramblas in Barcelona and occupies a space well known to Perth foodies through the years as LinQ, The Oyster Bar and more recently Palais 85.
Chief executive Hugh Brown said he expected Rambla would become a popular choice for wedding receptions and its restaurant to be a haven for corporate lunches and special occasion dinners – as well as a first-class vantage point for events such as New Year’s Eve and Australia Day.
“We decided not to open Christmas Day this year but New Year’s Eve will be a cracker, with a $195 chef’s degustation, drinks package and we’ve organised the Rybka contortion twins, a magician and a fire twirler as part of the entertainment,” he said.
Head chef Richard Johnson has moved across from Empire Bar after settling in Perth following years spent at elite Sydney venue The Establishment.His offerings at Rambla have a West Australian flavour and colourful presentation, designed to complement the serenity offered by the view across the Swan River to the city.