22 Lyric Lane, Maylands
Ph: 0466 655 118
Food, Community and Music
Bars and cafés have very distinct personalities, but the lines are blurred at Lyric Lane as artistry and community blend into one.
Lamplight plays with the shadows and light bounces off the glass ceiling and the textured exposed brick. From our intimate booth we’re well placed to enjoy the drama as well as the staff’s colourful socks and shirts – a “quirky dress code,” shares Konrad de Ruyter, Lyric Lane’s manager.
“I’ve helped to create a space that is universal,” says Konrad while pointing out the varied communal spaces ranging from booths, bar seating and varying table configurations and heights.
Lyric Lane is rapidly becoming a popular venue among Perth’s musicians as well as food and music lovers. Konrad explains, “Anyone can come and have a coffee and then go downstairs to the Underground in the basement to watch an Indie band.”
Rather than adhering to any particular style, Lyric Lane has created a “fusion-centric” menu. For example, the Seared Scotch Fillet is deconstructed and served seared over sour cherry, smoked almond and sunflower shoots. The seven-day dry-aged 200g Scotch fillet paired with the 2016 Lake Breeze Shiraz Cabernet (Langhorne Creek, SA) delivered with a playful sweetness of pickled cherries.
We sampled the same wine with Beef Carpaccio, which mingled well in the aftertaste with the mild goat cheese and citrus from the orange. The smooth contrast of the cheese and citrus combined with the crunchy texture of almond on the dark plate made the dish pop.
We also tried the tangy Market Fish Ceviche with tiger milk, citrus, chilli, avocado and herbs. The watermelon salad was refreshing for a summer scorcher and was accompanied by the 2018 Cherubino Laissez Faire Fiano from Western Australia’s Franklin River.
Topped with feta and a light drizzle of balsamic and accentuated with a kick of mint, the combined creaminess of the cheese and freshness of the watermelon fused well together.
These dishes are a great example of how quality equipment not only looks great in an open plan kitchen, but combined with expert consultation at the outset, superb results can be achieved. Moffat, in conjunction with Adam Bennetts from Arcus, worked closely with Michael and Konrad de Ruyter on the project to ensure the design and equipment supplied in the foodservice areas not only looked great with the open plan kitchen but performed in a busy establishment.
Brian Garcia, the WA state manager for Moffat says, “We installed Moffat heavy duty cooking and washing equipment including the New Zealand manufactured Waldorf cooking line, Washtech premium ware and glass washing products and market leading Convotherm combination ovens. We offer premium cooking results along with the lowest water and power consumption in the sector.”
Situated on Guildford Road and in the thriving precinct of Maylands, Lyric Lane opened in early 2019. The café, bar, bistro and live music venue is perfectly positioned in more ways than one to become a permanent fixture on Perth’s dining and entertainment scene.
After spending time with Konrad at Lyric Lane, I came to understand what it means to be a welcoming venue. Lyric Lane eradicates stereotypes and instead explores the relationship between fusion-style food, community and music – a universal experience.
By Jada De Luca