Perched on the dunes of the most iconic beach in Western Australia, Barchetta serves Italian style cuisine amidst stunning natural surroundings of white beaches and the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean. Although the Marine Parade site has hosted a café in some shape or form for the past fifty years, Barchetta stands out from its predecessors with its calming, glass-walled décor, replete with balcony seating for al fresco dining with a view. This elegant layout is paired with a refreshingly relaxed approach to dress code: many diners simply walk straight up from the beach after a swim, bathing suit and all. The menu centers around a classic collection of fresh pastas – try the homemade Porcini Mushroom Gnocchi or the Rigatoni Gamberi – but also offers steak, chicken, seafood, and delectable wood-fired pizzas. Of note are the Braised Duck (oyster mushroom, mozzarella, almonds and honey) and Smoked Pork Hock (sweet pickled red onions, mozzarella, fennel potato, pear puree, parsley) offerings.
Barchetta, 149 Marine Parade, North Cottesloe, Australia, +61 8 9385 2411
Pickled Fig is a quirky addition to North Coogee, located right on the water with a shaded outdoor terrace to take in the requisite ocean views. They serve a creative international menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, and even have a separate full menu for vegetarians. Even omnivores will be tempted by winning items like the vegetable lasagna (with bechamel, garlic bread, and garden salad), bean tacos (with mozzarella, avocado, tomato, herb, and sour cream), spiced eggplant filo with olives, spinach and harissa, and Thai green curry with roast pumpkin, eggplant and rice. Meat-lovers also have ample eye-catching options here, like crispy skinned Tasmanian salmon with sweet chili, couscous, mango and rocket, or a rich pâté of grass-fed scotch fillet, cauliflower, beetroot and duck. Pickled Fig also whips up its own healthy smoothies and shakes, like the merry berry (cherry, berry, pineapple, mango, fruit) and the paleo smoothie (100% coconut water, avocado, mint, lime): just the thing to replenish muscles and spirits after a bracing swim!
Pickled Fig, 21 Ocean Dr, Coogee North, Australia, +61 8 9431 7333
Bib and Tucker
Bib and Tucker enjoys an esteemed status in the Perth foodie consciousness thanks to the extensive media coverage of its owner Eamon Sullivan, the Olympic medal winning swimmer (who lives nearby and often drops by the restaurant). They’ve also earned a reputation for the best beach views of any restaurant in Australia, with uninterrupted vistas of the Indian Ocean and Leighton Beach. Living up to the hype, Bib and Tucker (named after two infamous WA bushrangers) fully delivers as a sassy yet casual eatery for lunch and dinner dates. The menu revolves around local produce, resulting in fresh, tasty dishes with a healthier spin. Their rotisserie grill fills the air daily with salivating aromas of pork belly and chicken slow-cooked over the open fire, which only adds to the ambience. Standouts on this menu include the fish tacos, pork belly sliders, coal-roasted barramundi, and the legendary potato and truffle pizza. Be sure to sample one of their desserts with honey, since it’s come straight down to you from their two rooftop beehives. These hives are harvested by Sullivan himself, and deliver over 60kg of honey and honeycomb during a six-month period for the restaurant’s sweeter dishes – an initiative intended to minimize Bib and Tucker’s overall carbon footprint.
Bib and Tucker, 18 Leighton Beach Blvd, North Fremantle, Australia, +61 8 9433 2147
A Marine Parade hotspot, CBlu is the in-house restaurant of Cottesloe’s Ocean Beach Hotel. The atmosphere is undeniably cool, even cinematic: the venue’s azure-tinted, ocean-facing windows and matching neon lights above the central bar evoke the deep blue intensity of a Michael Mann film. The menu offers hearty pub fare with flashes of bold flavor choices; start with a tapas plate, like mushroom and cheese arancini with garlic aioli or bourbon glazed ribs and buffalo wings, before moving onto their mouth-watering mains. Depending on your appetite, we’d recommend the crumbed veal chop (served with mash potato, seasonal vegetables and confit tomatoes), the chili mussels (tossed in garlic, spring onion, chilli and Napolitana sauce), or the Prawn and Rocket Salad (with king prawns, crispy polenta, avocado, Parmigiano Reggiano and pine nuts). If you’re feeling ambitious or sharing with friends, you can really push the boat out with the OBH Supreme pizza (generously topped with chicken, smoked ham, prawns, red onion, pineapple, capsicum, mushrooms, anchovies and mozzarella cheese).
CBlu, Ocean Beach Hotel, 140 Marine Parade, Cottesloe, Australia, +61 8 9384 2555
The Kiosk Floreat Beach
20 minutes outside of Perth’s CBD, on a cozy City Beach corner that’s sheltered from the sea breezes, The Kiosk Floreat Beach offers much more than patrons might expect at first glance. Diners have the option of dining in or doing take-out (ideal for beach picnics), and can follow-up their meal by exploring the surrounding Floreat Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, volleyball area, and mile-long stretch of sand. Fresh fish and seafood dishes are what The Kiosk does best, and we especially recommend the fish and chips, the calamari, and the crispy baby squid. There’s also a delectable Beach Feast for Two: a platter of squid, mussels, prawns, fish fried or grilled, tartare sauce, lemon, salad and chips.
Indiana Cottesloe Beach
Indiana enjoys an iconic reputation as a Western Australian landmark on the pristine Cottesloe Beach. The current-day Indiana arose from the former Indiana Tea House, a humble ice cream parlour built in 1910 that catered to the bathing suited revelers of ‘the Cott’ from a small, shack-like set-up. Today, they still offer the same life-affirming views of the Indian Ocean and distant Rottnest Island from every table, and this now-multipurpose venue leads a double life as a relaxed beach bistro and an exclusive function facility. The bistro menu focuses on fresh WA produce with a ‘less is more’ food philosophy, letting the products’ integrity speak for itself. The dishes are sharing style, and the most popular option here is the five course degustation menu. Otherwise, diners can kick off with simple small plates like beef cheek terrine, house pickles, and sesame mountain bread or calamari with szechuan salt & kimchi. Gaining momentum, guests can feast on a pizza topped with smoked salmon, fennel, fresh goats curd & popped green peppercorn, or tuck into one of their larger plates, like the confit pork belly with wheat beer caramel and burnt carrot hummus, or the barramundi fillet with laksa, choy sum, charred baby corn and curry leaf.
Indiana, 99 Marine Parade, Cottesloe WA 6011, Australia, +61 8 9385 5005
The Blue Duck
A community favorite, The Blue Duck is an elegant Cottesloe dining destination with an ocean terrace, warmly professional service, and an honest, flavor-driven contemporary Australian menu from head chef James Western. Between the excellent food and the buzzing social atmosphere, this is one venue that’s sure to impress. Start with either the gremolata crumbed Fremantle sardines, the king prawn and coconut soup, or the mini tom yum tacos with barramundi – as you can see, there’s a great range of seaside flavors to choose from here. Our favorite mains include the pan-fried gold band snapper (with grilled zucchini, peas, feta, pine nuts, salsa verde and crispy pancetta), and the quinoa and cauliflower cakes for vegetarians (with roasted rainbow roots, vegetables and pesto). Top it all off with one of their scintillating desserts, like the mulled wine poached pear with cinnamon, ricotta, orange and almond hippen; the creme caramel with fresh orange segments and brandy snap shard; or the warm caramelized apple pudding with ginger anglaise, sweet dukkah and apple wafer.
The Blue Duck, 151 Marine Parade, Cottesloe, Australia, +61 8 9385 2499