Yagan Square is Perth’s latest, hottest destination that only just opened in late March this year. There’s so much to see in Yagan Square at mealtimes that it is easy to miss this gem of a restaurant. Hubby and I had wandered down to Yagan Square one evening in April to check out the food and the sights, and the only reason we found Street Eats Eatery was because we heard live music playing around the square. After walking around the square in a hunt for the source, we found ourselves at the very hidden Horseshoe Lane, situated between the main buildings on Yagan Square and Horseshoe bridge itself.
Street Eats Eatery was started by Ash Chibba, a trained chef who grew up with the markets and street foods of his youth in Mysore, India. According to the Street Eats Eatery website, his childhood instilled a love of eating and sharing street food in him. After experiencing delicious street food from all around the world, he finally opened Street Eats Eatery to share that love with Perth.
Sure enough, Street Eats Eatery’s menu boasts an impressive range of international street food.
The fried crickets and fried meal worms ($12) immediately stood out to me on the menu, and I just had to try it. This dish can seem intimidating, but it’s actually really pleasant on the palate. The crickets had a rounded, nutty flavour, while the mealworms had a lighter flavour reminiscent of fried chickpeas.
We were provided with a knife and fork set but ended up eating this dish with our fingers as the cutlery could not handle picking up the teeny-tiny fried insects. This was probably what the restaurant intended, but it would be nice if they also provided chopsticks to pick up the food for people who don’t like to get their hands sticky. (Of course, this probably defeats the whole purpose of street food).
The dish was served with a rich spiced aioli. The richness of the dip actually overwhelmed the flavours of the crickets and mealworms themselves. But when we took the lemon served with the fish kofta and squeezed it into the aioli, the flavour immediately brightened and improved.
This was a cool dish overall, but to be honest, I had a better mealworm dish at Lepau in Kuching last year where the flavours were much better balanced. If the aioli was better, it might have changed that opinion.
The fish kofta is no longer on the menu (the menu was just changed at the end of June). I don’t think I’d miss it, as it wasn’t bad, but wasn’t great either. Hopefully, it’s replacements would be more exciting.
For our final dish, our waiter recommended Chibba’s Fried Spiced Chicken with saffron dip ($14). The flavour of the fried chicken pieces is reminiscent of tandoori chicken, and the pieces are served on a bed of lightly pickled onions and salad leaves. My very strong recommendation is to eat the pickles and the chicken together as the combination of flavours and textures really takes the dish to the next level. This was by far the best dish we had all night, as it should be, given that it sports the chef’s name on the menu.
I only have one complaint about the place. When we were sat down, our friendly female waitress turned to my husband and told him we have a good selection of beers, and told me we had a good selection of cocktails. Excuse me, but men can enjoy cocktails just as much as women can enjoy beer. Please don’t perpetuate stereotypes!
Cocktail discrimination aside, we still really enjoyed our meal and experience at Street Eats Eatery. This is a fantastic place for good food and good ambience. Plus, it is always fantastic to find places that do a little something different and interesting with their food. Although, I challenge you to say the name really really fast five times (Street Eats Eatery is quite a mouthful, isn’t it?).
The place is open from to lunchtime to nighttime most days and even opens earlier for breakfast on weekends. Live music is available during dinner service.
And just in case anyone is curious, I ended up getting a beer, but hubby did not get a cocktail. #endcocktaildiscrimination #womendrinkbeertoo
BYO: Nope. Alcohol available.
Tuesday – Thursday 11.00 am to 10.00 pm
Friday 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Saturday 9.00 am – 11.00 pm
Sunday 9.00 am – 9.00 pm