New Normal Bar + Kitchen

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189 reviews
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Wine Bar
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We are a community focused wine bar in Subiaco, dedicated to eliminating waste from the way we socialise, entertain and dine. In doing so, our offering is steadfastly transparent, concise, flexible to suit the influence of seasons and consists of produce sourced strictly from Australia's South West.

Located in the sparsely altered, iconic Simon Chugg building, one of the oldest commercial tenancies in Subiaco, New Normal offers simple, yet thought provoking fare with comfortable counter-top dining, a rooftop terrace and a intimate, communal dining room

We have two of Australia's most exciting young chefs at the helm of our open kitchen. Charlie Vargas (previously Frasers, Balthazar and 1907) is supported by Vince Conjaerts (previously Fervor, De kleine zavel, L`épicerie du cirque)
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L
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We really liked our meal at New Normal and we will return. Beautiful presented shared dishes and great combination of flavours, it really was delicious. Only marked down as the confit duck leg special, price not advertised, turned out to be more expensive than the beef.

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P
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Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Second visit with an interval of 10 months in between. Better than I recall. Less affectation about reducing waste appreciated. Special request at reservation cheerfully accommodated. We had the Chef's tasting menu which was terrific but a communication issue meant that two of our party who were keenly awaiting the pork belly were disappointed because one of us does not eat pork so we all had duck substituted. Had we known we would have ordered the pork from the a la carte menu as well. But duck yummy. Service very attentive and friendly. Think wine list could be expanded a tad. As a Shiraz drinker not much choice.

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BM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simple and elegant .. very stylish and service was fantastic .. we accidentally forgot to mention that one of our table was pregnant and couldn’t enjoy the beef unless it was cooked well done.. they graciously cooked another serving for her which was very kind and much appreciated ..
Will go again for sure

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G
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Firstly, LOVE the concept, All WA sourced, minimal waste.
Proving you can make delicious flavourful food without massive waste, a leaf each restaurant should put into their book.
The waitress was able to recommend a wine which matched with our food. I am not good with words but if you haven't been and are reading this. Get your butt there, everything from bread to dessert. Tasty, tasty, tasty!!
Will be back!

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DB
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food, special attention to my dietary requirements with min fuss. Bonus points for complimentary canapé and their amazing sourdough. 15/10! Highly recommend for intimate dinner, tinder dates and groups!

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M
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 1Food 3Service 3Ambience 1

The noise in the restraunt was so overwhelming with music blaring and restraunt bursting at the seams, i felt like i was in a nightclub and a chicken barn all in one. it was the worst experience i have ever had in my entire life, ans I have dined in many.
i will never return, and I hope the owners are reading this. because they need to address the accustics and the style of music and volume.
Unfortunately i was dining with friends, hence i could not just get up and leave.

Further more, the menu went on to be explained to us, as if we were with our maths teacher. too complicated!
never again !

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MH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Friday lunch with a friend was a delight. It had been some time since I have been here, and I made a resolution to come more often.
The staff were friendly and welcoming; the menu perfect for lunch, but I would have some problems with the limitations for an evening meal.
It is charming to able to be aware and almost a part of the kitchen brigade. Their enthusiasm noticeable.

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J
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant I’ve eaten at for a long long time

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AS
1 review
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had booked dinner for our 28th wedding anniversary, I requested a table for just the 2 of this time as we wanted to have an intimate and private dinner this time round. We were seated against the wall which was great. Nothing new about the food, it was astounding as usual. This place never disappoint. Waiter's Sophia & Dimitri looked after us superbly taking our cocktail & food orders, while at the Bar Darryl mixed a perfectly balanced G & T, and Small man syndrome (I just had to try a drink called this) as we as taking us on a wonderful journey through our amazing wine regions here in WA to pair the perfect wine for our meal. He was awesome! Head chef Vince supplied us with wonderful food, such as eye fillet, broccolini, and scallop potatoes . While we were waiting for desert we were presented with a delightful pre-desert of ice cream, rubarb and chocolate. Such a thoughtful touch and made our night. Love this place and their staff and will keep coming back. Thanks guys for a wonderful and memorable night.

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l
3 reviews
Dined on 23 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love everything bout this place!

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LA
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Felt the menu and the best way to order could have been explained more fully.

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A
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 3

We went with great expectations given that New Normal came which such rave reviews. The ambiance was lovely. The value was poor from the very start. An offer to have some bread and olives was fine, until you realise that the bread is charged $3 pp and olives were separate at $7 for a tiny serve. The rankin cod, stingy in size for $44 and we had to question the staff with regards to its freshness and texture. Rather than firm but flaky as it should be, it left a bad taste being a tad fishy, chewy and tough. The broccoli and squid were also very average although the potatoes and beetroot were to our standards. I don't think we will be back. We went next door for dessert.

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l
4 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place - the chef's are fabulous, we enjoy sitting at the bar and interacting with them while they cook. Innovative menu, creative food.

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S
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New normal is a beautiful place to dine if you want to be looked after by an experienced and inviting team. The chef's feed us for the nights with an array of delicious fresh produce paired nicely with wines chosen by our section waiter, Darryl. I would highly recommend for a nice night out, with a medium to high price point. Very much worth it! Thanks crew ;)

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E
1 review
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an outstanding experience. Loved the food, wine, ambiance and staff

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our meals were delicious, beautifully cooked and each plated dish presented like a work of art. We chose Chefs tasting menu and enjoyed a range of vegetable dishes, two fish dishes - cuttlefish, and Cod - a beef dish then three desserts; all served as share plates.
Love the food philosophy using locally sourced seasonal ingredients, as well as natural and sustainable materials - cloth napkins, handmade ceramic dishes - for example.
We'll be dining there again soon I hope, and perhaps starting with a drink on the upstairs terrace.

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KC
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

Limited menu, very small share dishes
Wine list also limited bottle of Chardonnay $95 came to table warm and took several attempts to have it changed for cold .
The Italian waiter excellent,
We went there when first opened and it was outstanding. Needs to bring it back to that level

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely incredible food, from seasonal local produce to the presentation and most importantly taste. So delicious!! Service was friendly, helpful and attentive. Wine list and knowledge from staff also difficult to fault. Highly recommended!

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J
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Incredible food. Love the local and seasonal sourced produce and minimal waste approach.

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RL
1 review
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our evening at New Normal, was wonderful. The service was fantastic despite the majority of the restaurant being used for a large group booking.

I appreciated the phone call to warn us of the large booking on the night we had our reservation. We were given the option to reschedule, but as it was a birthday celebration, we declined. Nevertheless we were made to feel special and given lots of attention sitting at the bar watching the workings of the kitchen.

The food was sensational and the concept of reducing waste and encouraging sustainability really work in making it an experience not just another meal out.

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S
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and the wine, but the servings were too small. We spent $150 and left hungry and hade to make dinner at home. We couldnt fault the ambience or service, but the meals are just too small - when you are sharing dishes you end up with a mouthful per person - and there was only enough chips to have one each at the table of 7. More generosity and we would definitely be back

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B
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great staff, great ethos, really tasty and interesting food.

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SP
1 review
Dined on 27 December 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delish fresh produce with the wastage... lives sitting up at the bar and watching the chefs work their magic!

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JC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food, friendly chefs and staff. Overall a wonderful experience. Will definitely become a regular

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M
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

It’s a shame that the service was not as good as the food New Normal is serving.

The dishes of seasonal and local produces is outstanding.

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BL
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 1

The table we received was terrible. After several requests they were unwilling to place us elsewhere. The booth/seating was right in front of the kitchen entrance, was noisy and really uncomfortable. It made for a really unpleasant experience. A simple request denied shows how unwilling they were to satisfy the diners needs. Poor client service.

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l
4 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely love this place....creative food, motivated staff and a great vibe. Get there....

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LP
1 review
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service equally as good. The whole team are an impressive bunch. This place is a gem!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely excellent!! Thoroughly enjoyed the service, food & wine! Just delicious and so good!

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WT
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent food, well balanced, seasonal, west Australian produce, sustainably sourced
expertly prepared and served. This is the place for food that makes you feel special.
Put it on your regular list.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love the option where you can pay per head and let the chefs make you a variety of share plates and they will keep coming out until you’re full! Includes 3 amazing desserts as well. We must of had 15 plates of amazing creations plus 3 desserts! Everyone including the chefs were incredible! Oh and the wine list? That was outstanding too! For what we got, value was outstanding!

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JE
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance, we will be back for sure.

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SL
7 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

There were many customers hence the service was a little slow and the table beside us, who came later had their food first.

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RA
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Fabulous restaurant. Enjoyed chatting to the owner (who was our waiter) about how he is supporting local suppliers, reducing waste and providing a great experience for customers. Cocktails at the roof top bar pre-dinner added to the whole experience. We sat at the high table facing the kitchen so were able to be served by the chefs and chat to the them too.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful food and service

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VV
1 review
Dined on 21 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The menu is not very extensive but every item on it has been carefully chosen and is cooked and presented perfectly. Our wait staff were very friendly & knowledgeable and encouraged us to taste the wine before choosing. We were too full to order dessert this time so will have to go back soon to test that part of the menu! Overall a great night out.

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JF
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Place is great for a date for two, wouldn’t recommend sharing plates for a larger group. Would have been nice to have a few plates at a time. Wasn’t really suitable sharing the asparagus plate (first plate to come out by itself) between four people - would have been nice if it came out with a few other plates at the same time. Overall nice experience.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food is delicious!! The ambience is a bit loud for conversation or larger groups. Service very friendly and informative. Lovely vibe.

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LW
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the food and service was spot on! Open kitchen and great atmosphere. Service staff were attentive and helpful. Will definitely be returning.

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DP
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! We were really impressed with the hospitality of the Chefs as well! Highly recommend sitting at the bar next to the kitchen where you can see the chefs preparing the dishes

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