New Normal Bar + Kitchen

4.4
135 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Wine Bar
Top tags:
  • Local Ingredients
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
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 Hannah Charlesworth (Quay, Wildflower and Jackson's).
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Wine Bar, Australian, Farm-to-table
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Hours of Operation
Two bookable evening sittings:
- 6-6.30pm
- 8-8.30pm

Friday - One bookable lunch sitting:
12-2pm

Monday - Closed
Tuesday - 5pm - late
Wednesday - 5pm - late
Thursday - 5pm - late
Friday - 12pm - 2pm; 4pm - 12am
Saturday - 4pm - late
Sunday - Closed
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Phone number
(08) 9381 8652
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Payment Options:
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Private Party Facilities
We can accept a maximum table booking size of 10 people via this portal. For any larger table reservations (groups of up to 36) and functions, please email your enquiry to info@anewnormal.com.au
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Catering
None
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Neighbourhood
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Parking Details
Parking available in immediate vicinity of venue. 3 hour paid parking available within 10 m of front entrance. Free parking available after 6pm.
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Public Transit
Train: 200 m to Subiaco train station
Buses: 97 and 28 stopping within 200 m
Walk/Cycle: Located adjacent to Perth's best bike path. Bike storage available.
Additional
Bar Dining, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining , Wine
What 135 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Delicious food
Fun staff
Almost too loud
Two 🥂I was in
Great night

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

The food was really good, and the atmosphere was lively and fun (although a bit noisy to hear conversation easily). The service was very friendly but the waitstaff struggled to remember the details of some of the dishes and had trouble recommending a wine choice (to be fair, our main waitress said it was her second shift, but she wasn't the only one who had trouble). All in all, it was a really enjoyable meal and I liked the share-food concept.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

A restaurant that really rocks. Seasonal food cooked with pride & care. Very friendly & professional staff & also some wines that you may not have tried.

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4.0Dined on 10 August 2018

Great food and service, excellent WA wine list. Also lovely decor and roof bar. Our only issue was that we did think it was over priced

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2.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Just be honest... great flavours, good vibe, unfortunately tiny servings and overpriced. We both left hungry!

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5.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Great seeing meals made from local produce. Not a huge menu means less food wastage and chefs can concentrate on quality. Deliciously simple and simply delicious!!!

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3.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Great attentive service initially that then moved to stress to ensure we were out before next booking. Our waiter (supported by Manager we think) with ketvys know a time check Of 30 mins till we needed to go. This spoilt our experience at this restaurant. We were told if we wanted dessert then it would have to be seen with kitchen and if could be rushed .. oh well! It could have been managed better to share with us they had a table of 16 coming in.

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5.0Dined on 20 July 2018

Exceptional as always! Food amazing, staff very knowledgeable and friendly and wine list is broad enough to cater for all tastes!

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5.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Very good service and much needed steak restaurant in Subiaco

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4.0Dined on 13 July 2018

Delicious food with a great ambiance. Is delightful to be able to watch the chefs work their magic in the open kitchen and e loved the concept of fresh local produce and their embracing of making a better planet with their ethos in recycling and repurposing.

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5.0Dined on 4 July 2018

love the use of all local produce - Food and service were exceptional.!!

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5.0Dined on 30 June 2018

Everything was outstanding! Can’t wait to return and do the tasting menu with matching wines at the kitchen bar!!

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5.0Dined on 28 June 2018

Delicious food, beautiful decor and I love their seasonal, sustainable ways! Serving staff were fantastic. We’ll be back for sure x

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

New normal is my new local. Had a great meal and will be back

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4.0Dined on 9 June 2018

Must comment on the desert - for me, on this evening, it was a standout, just amazing!!

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4.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Great flavours, inventive and interesting ingredient combinations and presentations. Fortunately 3 women so not big eaters. Meat dishes very pricey for size. The suggestion by wait staff that they would bring bread and olives to get us started while reviewing the menu suggested a offering rather than clearly a menu item. A little misleading.

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5.0Dined on 26 May 2018

New normal is a beautiful restaurant. Their commitment to minimal waste and local ingredients is inspiring. We found the service to be exceptional - very informed, while still relaxed and unpretentious.

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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The potential was there...Great staff, excellent cocktails & a delicious-sounding menu to boot, however unfortunately on Saturday night, the execution lacked lustre & we felt that a couple of pieces of broccoli brought out before a good 1/2 hour before the remainder of the food was disappointing. It would have been nice to receive all the food together. Drip feeding wasn't really received well & a small whole fished priced at $45 was a bit too steep even at Perth prices.

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5.0Dined on 25 May 2018

We had a great dinner before a show at the Regal.
The kitchen is open so you can see the chef's preparing the food....and the food is outstanding.
Not overly complicated, just great produce prepared with care in a chilled out atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 15 May 2018

Went on a very quiet Tuesday night - attentive, knowledgeable service from the FoH crew, good-natured chef banter in the background from the open kitchen and pretty much the whole place to ourselves.

Food was shared, technical and fiercely local. Service was smooth and seemless. Drinks were suitably drink-like.

Definitely a place to sit back and let things happen - the chefs know their stuff, the wait staff have a rhythm and everything worked.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

We had a wonderful meal and pre dinner cocktails at new normal, food was delicious as were the cocktails. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined on 8 May 2018

Really love New Normal, the concept behind it is fantastic and having an ever changing menu is great. you can dine all the time and always have something different. Also have a great selection of vegetarian options

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4.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Food was amazing, service was terrific, but the venue is so noisy. We had a table of 8 for a family birthday celebration and it was a struggle to hear anyone. This was a Saturday night. I liked the pared back fitout, and the kitchen on show, but why are restaurants so averse to sound absorbing material.

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4.0Dined on 18 April 2018

Well prepared food, although quite limited in choice.
Quite loud but a good vibe. Wine selection, both by glass and bottle, offers unusual styles and blends but is quite limited, and unfortunately not really inspiring.
However, we do enjoy this restaurant which is why we return regularly. Recommended!

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3.0Dined on 14 April 2018

After all the hype New Normal has been receiving of late, we decided to see what all the fuss was about. At time of booking we requested the normal table (not high table) and upon arrival were ushered to one of the high tables. No biggie. Staff were friendly and worked through the menu well however the service was quite slow. It took roughly 15 minutes from sitting down before receiving wine + food menus, water and the drinks that we ordered. Wine list is all local however quite short so options were fairly limited. Again, food is most, if not all local, but some of it lacking interest. The pumpkin was the most underwhelming of all of them. Standout dishes: the corn and the lamb. The whole service for 2 people took close to 2.5 hours. Despite having an enjoyable evening we probably wouldn't return, based on: service being slow, small wine list and overall felt it was overpriced.

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5.0Dined on 14 April 2018

Outstanding food and service, will definitely be back! Great local produce and caters easily for gluten free and dairy free diets without compromising taste. Staff were friendly, extremely helpful and very knowledgeable about the food and drinks menus.

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5.0Dined on 11 April 2018

Fantastic service very attentive and knowledgeable, food outstanding can’t wait to come back.

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5.0Dined on 3 April 2018

A welcome addition to the Subi restaurant scene, quiet and unassuming, it’s a thoughtfully designed, welcoming, cosy retreat just off Rokeby road with a delicious array of locally sourced, creatively crafted plates and south west wines to go with. Makes for an amazing date night or get together with friends. Thanks to the team for being so welcoming and looking after us 👍🏻 We’ll be back again soon!

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4.0Dined on 31 March 2018

Staff were friendly and welcoming, portions were small making dishes difficult to share.

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4.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Enjoyed a great evening. Love the rooftop bar for a pre-dinner drink. Will definitely go back

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5.0Dined on 24 March 2018

Not my first visit of course, but it was a good one once more. Some wait staff could relax a little and not be over eager to please. They are all great and I love them dearly, but over enthusiasm is slightly off putting.

The food was great as i would expect and it cam out in a nice sequnce, good wine and a nice roof top nightcap to finsih with.

Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on 22 March 2018

Fantastic dinner. Chef was a charm.. maître di spot on. Awesome food with locally sourced produce. Enjoyed a nice drink on the ambient roof top bar before dinner. A real gem in a Perth, with food, service and wine to match any boutique restaurant out of Melbourne or Sydney. Great work New Normal!

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4.0Dined on 16 March 2018

My wife and I celebrated her birthday at New Normal last week. Prior to dinner we had a cocktail up on the rooftop bar, which is a lovely space.

Once we were seated for dinner the only real issue became apparent and that is the noise level. With the seats at a long table and music playing in the background it was very noisy and hard to hear each other.

The food was excellent. We tried quite a range of dishes: Octopus, tomato salad, beetroot salad, oven roasted potatoes, and fish. All were delicious. Then we tried both of the desserts - one with a caramelised whey sorbet which also had geraldton wax and little pops of meringue. Refreshing and delicious. The geraldton wax is a truly weird ingredient but it has a very floral taste. The other dessert had chocolate and lilly pillies. Also delicious.

Other than the noise level, I will definitely be back. Clever cooking. Nothing too pretentious. Local ingredients, cooked well. You also get a great view of the kitchen in action.

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5.0Dined on 10 March 2018

Excellent and varied food. The service was friendly and attentive- my only complaint was it was a bit noisy - will definitely go back though.

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5.0Dined on 27 February 2018

Great ambience and service very attentive and food timing excellent

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2.0Dined on 24 February 2018

We had a really disappointing evening at New Normal, and we won't recommend it or go back. A few highlights (or lowlights...)

We got there early, knowing our table would not be ready but were happy to have a drink upstairs at the bar. They said they would come and get us when our table was ready. After an hour & a quarter (and 20 minutes after our table booking) we decided no one was coming so we went downstairs to see at least 5 empty tables. We queried why they hadn't come to get us and they said "because we are really busy". They then went and set a place for us as the middle couple between 2 empty ends of a communal table. We asked why we couldn't have one of the 3 or 4 empty non-communal tables and were told they were for people who had booked them.

The acoustics are appalling and we had to shout at each other across the (communal) table. Not a great result when it is date night.

The waitress recited a rehearsed script and was arrogant in her delivery.

The food (which comes out "when it's ready") was average. I get the philosophy but it's annoying to have a plate of garlic roast potatoes sitting there while you wait for your lamb.

Speaking of the lamb, it was fatty and undercooked.

Overall, a very, very average experience. There are so many good restaurants in Perth, so luckily we don't need to go back to this one.

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5.0Dined on 20 February 2018

Everything was Outstanding.
Service was perfect
Highly recommend

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5.0Dined on 17 February 2018

Fantastic evening at the chef's table! Delicious and creative menu.

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

The duck and the courgette dishes were amazing.
The lamb was good but would have been better if it had of still be hot.
The cocktails were very average.
The service was personal and not intrusive.
All in all, we would happily come back however would pass on the cocktails unless they were improved.

Meal consisted of the Bread and Olives, Courgette, Pink snapper special, Mullaway, Duck, Lamb and Potatoes. W/ Gin cocktail, rum cocktail, Flowstone and Domain naturaliste reds.

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5.0Dined on 13 February 2018

The staff was very friendly helped select our wine and advised how many plates to share. Food was fabulous I will be coming back.

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