AS we admired the aqua ocean and white sands from Coast on Port Beach, it seemed appropriate that my lunch companion and I ordered seafood.
With an eye on the dessert menu we didn’t want to go overboard, so opted to share a salt and pepper squid ($17) and seafood pizza ($26).
It was a shame D’Agerous Dave wasn’t with us, as there’s a $10 fish and chip special on Thursdays, and he would have been like Bluto on speed.
The squid was tender as a baby’s bottom, with a great crunchy coating, and was served with a moreish lemon aioli.
We’d barely eaten half when the pizza arrived, and we had the dilemma of one dish going cold, so we ate pizza with extra squid and a splash of aioli.
The pizza was worth every cent because it was generously covered with Shark Bay crab, squid, prawn and fish.
The sweets on the menu are listed under the intriguing “jar desserts”, which turned out to be a cross between a jar and a fish bowl.
There were more choices in the cabinet, but we’d already decided on a surf break and a gianduja dark chocolate ($12).
The break was more a sundae than a wave, comprising of strawberry compote, vanilla ice cream, crushed pavlova, chantilly cream and marshmallows. It was topped with pistachios.
The hazelnut and chocolate blend in my gianduja was decadently rich, smooth and silky.
The friendly and efficient service at Coast was excellent, but I wasn’t impressed we couldn’t order food until noon, even though they opened at 11am.
However the view, food and a pleasant glass of white wine quickly banished my petted lip.
We finished a great lunch with a dip in the glistening ocean.
It was a novelty for my UK friend, whose last “dip” was in the murky waters of the Thames, doing the backstroke beside turds and faded bunting.
By JENNY D’ANGER
Coast Port Beach
42 Port Beach Rd, North Fremantle
11am-9pm (don’t expect food until 12), Mon-Fri