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Date
Fri, 5/25
Time
7:00 PM

New Normal Bar + Kitchen

4.4
115 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 115 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.0
Value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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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 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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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

Excellent food. Nice to have local produce and an ever-changing menu. Nice atmosphere in this cozy restaurant. Perfect for a weekend meal with a few friends.

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5.0Dined on 9 February 2018

Our first time at new normal and we loved it. Great service, great food - the fish was amazing, and a nice venue. We will be back.

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5.0Dined on 8 February 2018

Fabulous in every sense! An amazing restaurant with creative food that tastes incredible. Service was excellent.

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5.0Dined on 6 February 2018

Great place to go for some creative local food and wine. Service is helpful and friendly

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4.0Dined on 24 January 2018

The service was impeccable. Our waiter was attentive but not intrusive. Very supportive in helping us choose from the menu and match with wines. Nothing was too much trouble. Thank you!

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4.0Dined on 23 January 2018

Really good restaurant with a cool rooftop bar, making some tasty cocktails. The ingredients for the food and all wines and drinks are locally sourced, making, which is great. The food is very presented with the menu designed for sharing. We had pretty much everything on the menu and it all tasted fantastic. Good service as well, with a smart casual, friendly atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on 20 January 2018

Just a fantastic evening from start to finish. From the friendly reception to the service through the meal, it exceeded all my expectations. Although the menu is brief it have an excellent selection. The roof top bar is worth a visit before or after dinner. One of my favorite places to eat in Perth.

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5.0Dined on 19 January 2018

Great atmosphere and a very stylish bar. Great for a date or a night out with mates.

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5.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Brought my girlfriend for birthday dinner. Service turns out really well, food is excellent , ambience perfect. Overall is fantastic, couldn't ask for a better place

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4.0Dined on 18 January 2018

Delicious, interesting and well cooked food (small plate sharing) with friendly efficient service. A little on the noisy side and our banquette was a bit too straight backed to be comfortable but still a great night. Have been back several times and will return again.

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5.0Dined on 16 January 2018

Amazingly different cousins. Portions look small, but each bite is memorable. We ordered 5 dishes for 3 of us and that was more than enough.

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3.0Dined on 13 January 2018

To say that it was hard to get served to start is an understatement. It was 15 minutes between when we were seated and told a server would be with us in a moment to when one actually arrived. When we asked for a drinks menu we were asked what we felt like - to be honest I never know what I feel like until I look at he drinks menu. As their menus, wine, beer and cocktails were on three separate boards - so there was a hesitation in getting these to us. Ten minutes later they still weren't with us - so we called someone over and finally got them. At this point to be honest we were ready to leave. In saying that, from here service dramatically improved and the food made up for it all - to say it was divine delicious is an understatement. Would I go back - I think I would.

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5.0Dined on 12 January 2018

Great dinner at New Normal! We have been wanting to try this place for awhile now, and they did not disappoint! The service was great; our waitress really knew her job & had knowledge about the produce, which was so good! Our food was amazing, we noted that everything was seasoned just perfectly. Thanks for a lovely meal, will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on 14 December 2017

Every mouthful was delicious but the duck sublime.
Staff skilled and lovely

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5.0Dined on 14 December 2017

Great service. decor has had a lot of thought put into it. communal tables. food is fantastic.

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5.0Dined on 12 December 2017

Best meal I've had in Perth for a long time with warm, elegant service. Everything on the menu chosen for seasonality, so the flavours were bang on.

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5.0Dined on 8 December 2017

New Normal is my favourite restaurant. The food is of a consistently high standard, with flavours and design complimenting each dish.
Do yourself a favour and get there a little earlier than your booking time so that you can enjoy the rooftop bar!

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2.0Dined on 8 December 2017

Rushed and pricey. Staff are friendly but not professional. Encouraged to order more than required. Servings are small.

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Busy vibrant restaurant with a great rooftop bar serving special house cocktails! Staff were knowledgeable with the menu, open kitchen is a plus for me! Even though it’s a busy restaurant with some long tables we didn’t have any problem talking while sharing. Can’t wait to go back even if it’s just for a drink! Thanks New Normal for adding great food and ambiance to Subiaco.

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4.0Dined on 2 December 2017

Staff very friendly right from the start. Water arrived fast but cocktails a little slower to arrive.
Food was delicious and selections too tempting. Octopus so tender and juicy, I am dreaming about it. Great night out!

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