Martin Eade

A freelance food and travel journalist based in Perth, Western Australia. 
Writer for Broadsheet and the WA Good Food Guide.
Owner of Morsels, one of Perth's most popular food blogs.

Marco Pierre White on Dreams, Michelin and MasterChef

For someone relatively inexperienced in such things, the prospect of sitting down to talk with Marco Pierre White was a daunting one. His reputation as intense and intimidating is legendary, and I’d witnessed this first-hand at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape several years ago.
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Now open: Testun

Testun opened in Mount Lawley amid a flurry of interest. We caught up with two of the key players to talk wine-in-a-box, non-traditional Italian and their vision. Mount Lawley restaurant and bar Testun is the newest venue from the Trequattrini family, owners of nearby Threecoins Italian Trattoria, but to call it a family affair is something of an understatement. Joining as co-owner and co-head chef is Chris Caravella, former head chef at 2021 Best Bar Dining winner La Madonna Nera.

Hoodburger Opens a New Flagship Shop in Ardross, With Retro Diner Vibes, Smashed Burgers and Crisp Fried Chicken

Hoodburger sits alongside Short Order, Royal’s and Meet & Bun as one of Perth’s great burger success stories. Brothers Matt and Tom Shaw launched the brand as a pop-up in 2015, cooking burgers in laneways and outside bars and clubs, before opening permanent spots in Northbridge and Inglewood. Now, they’ve opened a third – this time, south of the river in Ardross.

Now Open: Artful Dishes and a DIY Focus at Perth’s Buzzy New Cafe, The Humble Onion

After a soft opening in January for takeaway breakfast only, The Humble Onion was due to open on February 1. Then Perth went into lockdown. Two weeks and much anticipation later, Chris Howard and Caitlin Johnston (both ex-North Bird) finally opened their cafe for dine-in service. The St Georges Terrace site (most recently home to 100 Cups by Fiori) is the former digs of influential restaurant Greenhouse, where a young Howard worked as apprentice chef.

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ Opens in a 130-Year-Old Heritage Fremantle Building

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ has consistently served some of Perth’s best barbeque since opening on King Street in 2014. Current owner Rob Paolucci took over the venue (originally co-owned by his parents) in 2017 and has now launched a second venue in Fremantle’s resurgent west end. It’s an appropriate addition to Pakenham Street, also home to Bread in Common and recently opened distillery Republic of Fremantle.

Local & Aesthetic, a WA-Centric Cafe, Retail Space and Gallery, Opens in Mount Lawley

The blueprint for Local & Aesthetic started years ago. Partners, musicians and hospitality professionals Liam Young and Dominique Rae wanted to open a WA-centric shop stocking local art and products. As the concept developed, it became clear they needed more space and people to bring it to life, so they recruited friends and fellow musos Mitch Strickland (head chef) and Caitie MacDonald (head barista).

Now Open: House-Made Spirits, Bottled Cocktails and Sophisticated Share Plates at Republic of Fremantle

It’s been a long time coming. After an initial announcement in 2018, Republic of Fremantle has opened in a sprawling warehouse in Freo’s west end. (The venue was due to open last autumn, in time for the release of its first spirits, but Covid had other plans.) The distillery, which launched in December, is a joint venture between Fremantle locals Jason Townes and Matt Giudice (the partners behind Fremantle’s Ronnie Nights and Strange Company) and John McVeigh.

Shelter Brewing Co, a Massive All-Day Brewpub and Cafe, Opens in Busselton

The scale of Shelter Brewing would be impressive anywhere, let alone at the foot of the jetty on the Busselton foreshore. The fully functional brewery – which also has a restaurant, function rooms and capacity for 650 – is a joint venture between two fourth-generation local families: brothers Matt, Jason, Mike and Chris Credaro and brothers Zeb and Asher Packard-Hair. It’s a venue by locals for locals, says general manager Paul Maley. “Shelter is a place for locals to meet, families to get toge

Bad Love Burger Co, a Bricks-and-Mortar Diner From Smashburger BBQ, Opens in West Leederville

2018 gifted Perth a string of new burger joints, but 2020 is hot on its heels, with a clutch of new players rising from the post-lockdown ashes. Last week, Bad Love Burger Co – arguably the most anticipated burger joint of the year – opened in West Leederville. Bad Love is the rebranding of Smashburger BBQ, which has been turning out its popular burgers (sometimes as many as 100 an hour) from its pop-up at Bayswater Bowling and Recreation Club since mid-2019.
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