Bad Apples Bar is located among the busy group of restaurants and shops around the corner of Riseley Street and Canning Highway in Ardross. Renay and I were recently invited to sample the menu, and went along for lunch on a Saturday.
The lengthy, well stocked bar is the main feature of the venue, although the Enomatic Wine System you can see at the back stands out – more on that later. Most of the seating is bar-style, although there are couches scattered about and some more traditional seating outside.
The menu is made up of sharing dishes, a selection of pizzas and a few main courses. Shared dishes are mostly around the $10-18 range, pizzas $18-25 and mains $26-28. We decided to try a few dishes from the sharing menu.
A no-brainer for me – and what turned out to be my favourite dish of the day – was the “spicy soy” chicken wings with slaw ($12). These were beautifully sticky and crispy, with just the right amount of chilli – not enough to blow your head off, but an appropriate level for the dish and sufficient to justify the word “spicy”.
I wouldn’t hesitate to order these again, they’re some of the best wings I can remember eating.
Other sharing-style dishes include duck tacos with pineapple salsa & chipotle (3 for $20), pork belly with caramel miso & pickled ginger salsa ($18) and chilli polenta with mushrooms, sherry & blue cheese ($18).
Using a charge-card system available from the bar, you can choose from either a taster, half glass or full glass of wine. This is great way to sample different wines – and / or get drunk on a fixed budget. It’s certainly a great way to try an expensive wine without having to pay for a full glass.
A cheese platter is also available ($30 or $12 per individual cheese, served with quince, lavosh and muscatels).
We enjoyed our lunch at Bad Apples Bar, and would certainly be happy to return. We only sampled the tapas-style dishes, although these form the bulk of the menu and we found the food to be of high quality and excellent value for money. The bar is well stocked and the Enomatic Wine System should be of interest to most casual – and perhaps not so casual – wine drinkers.
Bad Apples Bar is a great place to visit, and would be an ideal local to sit and enjoy a relaxed afternoon or evening with friends. Recommended.
Disclaimer: we dined as guests of the restaurant, and all food and drink shown was provided with compliments.
Bad Apples Bar
6/16 Riseley Street (cnr of Kearns Crescent)
Ardross WA 61530430 098 748
Tue–Sat: 11.30am – Late
Sun: 11.30am – 10.00pm