Venture into the Wildernis in Palm Beach
Palm Beach has welcomed its third establishment in as many weeks, with Wildernis Cafe and Bar adding yet another element to the evolving beachside suburb. Occupying the site of the former Little St Kilda Cafe, Wildernis has now opened its doors following a complete transformation of the premises, resulting in an impressive alfresco-style eatery where the sunshine and sea breeze are most welcome.
Co-owners and Palm Beach locals Andy Canfield and Josh Bailey combined their construction backgrounds with a passion for food to create the new Palm Beach hot spot, which serves coffee, breakfast and lunch daily. A clear corrugated roof with a unique see-through honeycomb-patterned wooden feature encloses the open-plan space – which means you can enjoy tapas and cocktails under the stars during the Thursday to Sunday dinner service. You can’t miss the exposed brick and terracotta-coloured render of the Wildernis exterior as you drive along Seventh Avenue – whilst natural light fills the space, which is adorned with timber and greenery, it’s the hanging upside-down pot plants that are first to catch your eye from the street.
Open from 5:30 am daily (that’ll get all you early birds chirping), breakfast and brunch offers a real mix of rustic savoury fare and moreish delights, with the likes of parma ham with aged parmesan, poached eggs, watercress and truffle oil atop charred sourdough, and a garden-style breakfast with broccolini, spinach, asparagus, kale, avocado, poached eggs and beetroot dust. The fluffy buttermilk pancakes will hit that sweet spot, with fresh berries, ice-cream, Nutella and chopped nuts. Come lunchtime you’ll see a wide range of fare, from rare crusted yellowfin tuna with nicoise salad, cauliflower cream and basil oil, to grass-fed beef burgers (complete with pickles) and flash-fried squid with house slaw, chilli and garlic aioli. After sundown, you’ll be treated to a simple yet flavour-bombed spread of alfresco tapas. There’s baby calamari with paprika salt, parsley and pancetta croquettes and spicy beef and chicken tacos to name a few. Take it from us, they’re all best enjoyed with a Wildernis cocktail in hand. Imagine this – karaage chicken with wasabi mayo washed down with the Bangkok Hilton cocktail of lemongrass, chilli, coriander, ginger, lime and Kraken spiced rum. That’s a killer combo right there.
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