Taking shelter from the humidity plaguing Perth, we entered to the friendly sign “This Biv. is Air-conditioned” THANK GOD! Having heard lots about Bivouac, my hopes were high for this oasis along William Street.
Seated in the cool air, the menu provided many light fresh options perfect for a cooling late afternoon meal. While we waited for our food, we perused the art hanging along the crisp white walls, the atmosphere casual but refined. Unfortunately we were competing for decibels due to the echoey nature of the room, making it difficult to hear over everybody else.
The Watermelon and Grilled Haloumi Salad proved a hit with my mum, bursts of cool watermelon contrasted nicely with almonds and fresh greens, though the melon had been cut for a while and was not as crisp as expected. The haloumi, gently grilled sat nicely with the rest of the salad.
My Turkish Bread Open Sandwich with perfectly ripe Avocado, fluffy Cottage Cheese and roasted Tomatoes was great, a nice mix of textures. The tomatoes were so sweet, and beautifully seasoned.
Portion sizes of these wholesome meals were not the most generous, but by no means stingy.
While people-watching those suffering the heat outside, the freshly squeezed apple juice served as the perfect thirst quencher, tangy with just the right amount of ice.
As we ventured outside again after our meal, I made a note to visit Bivouac again, and not just for the airconditioning!
The Good: Art-gallery atmosphere makes me feel at home
The Bad: Leaning across the table to hear
The Money: Average, but what price for arty appeal :)
198 William Street
Phone: (08) 9227 0883