After my favourite restaurant in Perth closed last year, I was at a bit of a loss.
Where to find another place that can always, always be relied upon to dish up excellent food, from entrée through to dessert? With an imaginative and creative interior, (thankfully managing to avoid off-putting contemporary pretentiousness), welcoming, with great atmosphere for all crowds, spot-on service and a picturesque location?
Sounds too perfect to be true, right…?
Well, welcome to my new favourite foodie retreat – Bib & Tucker.
I’ve previously posted a dish inspired by a meal I ate here – chargrilled squid with smokey chilli, fennel and apple – and after several return visits I’m now a firm fan.
Nestled in the sand dunes and overlooking the beautiful vista of Leighton Beach in North Fremantle, the restaurant is abuzz with friendly activity and conversation.
One of its most admirable features is that it caters for such a wide crowd, whether it be beach-goers straight off the sand for post-swim coffees, a family Sunday brunch, long champagne lunch with friends or a special romantic occasion.
As their website notes, the modern Australian menu designed by Head Chef, Scott Bridger is created with food sourced from some of the best local suppliers available.
The views overlooking the Indian Ocean – beautiful in both summer and winter alike – provide a naturally stunning setting to enjoy with your meal.
I wanted to share with you some snapshots of the wonderful lunch I had with friends at Bib & Tucker on a dramatically windswept afternoon.
We didn’t manage to get one of the long tables indoors but wrapped up in the lovely knitted blankets provided, we were nice and cosy outside (looking like group of nannas in their shawls) with uninterrupted views of the waves and windsurfers…
crispy skinned cone bay barramundi with rustic tapenade & smoked tomato
soft shell crab slider with avocado, green chillies & coriander
pumpkin gnocchi with brown butter, kale, sage, goat’s curd & walnut pangrattato
wood-fired tiger prawns with harissa butter, watercress & citrus salad
wood-roasted pumpkin with harissa & labne