WA's hotly anticipated Yarri Restaurant + Bar opens

Yarri Restaurant + Bar has opened in Western Australia with one of the state's most awarded chefs, Aaron Carr, heading the kitchen.

Focus is on ethically produced, seasonal ingredients, with inspiration for the menu lying with the six seasons of WA’s Nyungar people and country.

Launched by the team behind Snake + Herring Wines on February 2, Yarri Restaurant + Bar had a tumultuous opening.

Co-owner and restaurant manager Sal Davis says, “At least we know the alarm works.”

Carr agrees. “No brand new restaurant, and I mean new from the foundations up, can be right on the first service, but we’re getting there pretty fast.”

Carr manned the pans at Margaret River’s Vasse Felix winery restaurant for 21 years. He's excited to now be in his own restaurant and to be offering diners something new.

"I’ve moved on, I’m paring things back," he says. "I want to share the kind of food I love to cook and eat.

"We’re not a fine-dining restaurant - we use Western Australian produce and cook contemporary, earthy food in our wood-fired oven.

"We just want to give people a great time in this beautiful place.” 

The interior has been designed by international hospitality specialist Samantha Eades, the emphasis the space is  distinct areas.

Yarri Restaurant + Bar is split into a chef's 'theatre' bar for degustation dining; communal tables and banquette seating; a bar zone; as well as relaxed outdoor seating in the courtyard.

The dining room features burnt timber, limestone, copper and terracotta and furniture made by local craftsman Nathan Day from the Yarri (blackbutt) wood milled to make way for the restaurant.

All the tableware is handmade by artisan Ian Beniston of Sensei Pots.

"Opening Yarri is one of the most daunting and exhilarating experiences of my life," says Carr, "as with all worthwhile ventures you put your heart and soul into, there were moments of terror followed by enormous satisfaction.

"Working the pass in my own restaurant is a lifetime’s dream realised.

"Seeing customers happy, eating together, laughing over a glass of something delicious… it’s indescribably good."

For further information, please visit yarri.com.au.