CLANCY’S FISH PUB, Mount Pleasant
by JENNY D’ANGER:
A Streetcar Named Desire was pulling in shortly so time was of the essence.
Clancy’s Fish Pub Canning Bridge is the sort of place to kick back, relax and take your time in.
But it’s also so damn efficient and good at what it does you can count on getting in and out fast if that’s what you want.
With tickets to Tennessee Williams’ play at the State Theatre burning a hole in my pocket (starring the wonderful Sigrid Thornton) speed is exactly what I wanted.
Fisher brothers Joe and John opened this, their second fish pub, 12 years ago.
It struggled for a while, overshadowed by the iconic Fremantle original.
But it’s well and truly come into its own with its own set of regulars and plenty of Applecross and Mt Pleasant locals chowing down or simply enjoying a drink in pleasant surroundings.
Watching almost gridlocked traffic heading out of the city, while cars heading in moved freely, I’d figured the freeway wasn’t going to be too bad and our sense of urgency was reduced considerably, helped by Clancy’s easy ambience, and cheery staff.
We kicked off by sharing fried polenta bites, with sage salt, parmesan, roast red pepper and a chilli mayo ($8.50).
The fingers of polenta were fantastic: crisp on the outside and moist and fluffy inside, and wonderfully flavoursome—as was the mayo.
My dinner mate ordered the quinoa (kin-waaaa!), chickpea and cauliflower fritters ($18).
The large patties sandwiched a lightly fried field mushroom and were drizzled with a grilled zucchini and tomato relish.
The patties had and interesting texture, crunchy on the outside due to frying but soft and moist on the inside due to the quinoa.
They tasted fantastic and were something neither of us had tried before and would gladly return for.
Clancy’s is famous for its fish and chips ($21.50) so I stuck with tradition and as always wasn’t disappointed.
The beer-battered fish pieces were lightly crisp while the fish was moist and flavoursome and I really don’t think you can go past Clancy’s when it comes to a bloody great chip.
In line with dining trends towards smaller shared serves Clancy’s has a good selection, including jerk chicken skewer ($14.50), prawn cocktail ($13.50) and sticky bourbon pork ribs, with corn fritters ($14.50), along with its older standards such as black angus steak ($32.50) and chicken breast ($27.50).
A group of lads at the next table ordered a seafood platter and I was in awe as it arrived with great skewers of tiger prawns standing proudly on a mountain of assorted seafood.
With my tram car approaching it was time to leave—reluctantly.
Clancy’s Fish Pub
903 Canning Highway,
Kitchen open 7 days from 11.30am