We catch travelling chef Paul Iskov (of WA pop-up restaurant Fervor) to talk about the appeal of pop-up dining and his top five restaurants in Western Australia.
The Pinnacles desert one day, Fremantle the next – Fervor is a tough venue to pin down. But that’s the beauty of it: it’s fleeting, it’s exciting and there’s a constant newness about it.
When asked about the appeal of pop-up dining, Paul reveals his love for the Western Australian landscape. “We get to connect with different people, showcase and learn about different ingredients, and give guests not only a food experience, but give them, and ourselves, an opportunity to really experience the region,” Paul says. “We get to travel to some beautiful parts of this country and learn not only about the ingredients, but also the stories of the country we stand on.”
When harvesting native ingredients, it’s a legal requirement to apply for a permit before collecting the wild food. Above everything, Paul and the Fervor team hold the highest respect for the Traditional Custodians of this land. “We have a big focus on local, and specifically native Australian ingredients,” says Paul.
“We work with and learn from the Traditional Custodians of the land, to create seasonal dishes focused on the region we are in. Using ingredients found in the region really helps to tell the story of the country we are on, and listening to the Traditional Custodians is how we learn more about this beautiful country and how to care for it.”
Discover Western Australia
Tranquil Margaret River Lodge Luxury with Chef-Hatted Restaurant, Daily Breakfast & Nightly Drinks
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You're sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 2 outdoor swimming pools, outdoor tennis courts, and a fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and babysitting (surcharge). If you'd like to spend the day shopping, you can hop on the complimentary shuttle.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. If you're looking for recreational opportunities, you'll find outdoor tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Treat yourself with massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional amenities at this villa include complimentary wireless internet access and barbecue grills.
Empire Spa Retreat
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless internet access, tour/ticket assistance, and a picnic area.
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Oaks Cable Beach Resort
Blissful Broome Oaks Escape near Famous Cable Beach
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center. This hotel also features complimentary wireless internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Paul's favourite Western Australia restaurants
Discover this kitchen in sunny Busselton. “Alberta’s is such a great local restaurant that is so welcoming and has such a nice, homely feel,” says Paul. “It’s great for breakfast with friends thanks to its delicious, fresh local produce that’s cooked to perfection.”
This casual burger joint on the main street of Busselton is on a quest for burger perfection. “Best burgers in the west! Perfect for a Sunday arvo burger with the family.”
Imaginative dishes that are super delicious, great cocktails and drinks list plus friendly service. Boozy
brunch is a must when visiting Albany,” says Paul about this Parisian-inspired bar with a Vietnamese-influenced menu.
Miki’s Open Kitchen
If you find yourself in Margaret River, make sure to pop into this top-rated Japanese restaurant. “Miki’s is fun, unique and never disappoints. A great location for dinner with friends or even date night.”
"Solid brewery food,” says Paul about this eatery in Metricup. “Burnt Ends Smoking Co smash it
out of the park with a mix of BBQ smoked meats and high-end technical dishes. You always walk away very satisfied. Great food across the board.”
This article was originally featured in the third issue of Dream by Luxury Escapes magazine. Get your copy here.