BAR OF THE YEAR Lib­erté

Gourmet Traveller (Australia) - - 2019 Australian Restaurant Guide -

The space might be a Fran­cophile’s dream – Parisian tat and zinc ta­bles in the front bar, vin­tage Belle Époque glam­our in the dining room – but this plucky wa­ter­ing hole draws key inspiration from the Great South­ern re­gion. Lo­cal names are front and cen­tre on a drinks list cel­e­brat­ing maverick brew­ers and free-think­ing vi­gnerons. A good bar, af­ter all, is all about look­ing af­ter lo­cals. Then there’s bar man­ager Keryn Giles, a qui­etly spo­ken cock­tail force to be reck­oned with. She knows her way around the clas­sics but her in­ven­tive cre­ations star­ring lo­cal brandy, honey, and cold-brew cof­fee ex­em­plify her think-glob­al­shake-lo­cal ap­proach. And whether owner-chef Amy Hamil­ton is cel­e­brat­ing un­der­ap­pre­ci­ated seafood or un­con­di­tion­ally sup­port­ing the lit­tle guys, (“I al­ways pay small pro­duc­ers first,” she says), she’s also all about max­imis­ing her home-court ad­van­tage. “The iso­la­tion forces a sort of creativ­ity,” she says. “When I started, I was look­ing at French and Viet­namese cook­ing, but I think the key to Lib­erté is how we in­ter­pret those flavours through Great South­ern in­gre­di­ents.”

Lib­erté, 160-162 Stir­ling Tce, Al­bany, WA, (08) 9847 4797

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