Website : www.onthebeach.net.au
Entertainment Card: Complimentary main course when another is purchased (up to $40 value)
It was Mother’s Day last weekend so my sister and I decided to bring our mum to the Oyster Bar at Freo for a nice lunch. I had been here the previous year for their buffet breakfast and it was delightful, with a breathtaking view of the beach so I recommended for us to come here this time round. Before I write about the restaurant and food, I just want to take this opportunity to wish a ‘Happy Mother’s Day’ to all the mums out there and a big thank you for being who you are, your giving love to your children and the patience you have with all of us. This is a short message written by my pastor to commemorate the mothers in our lives which I totally agree with:
“There is no substitute for the goodness a godly mother brings. All too rarely does she receive the recognition she deserves. She is a faithful and supportive wife to her husband, a businesswoman and a teacher. The mother is the focus of the family, strength of her household, greatly admired and beloved by all; no one can take her place in the life of her family.”
THANK YOU MUM!
Back to the restaurant, incidentally it has now been renamed to ‘Salt on the Beach’, after a take over from its previous owner, Warren Mead. Upon arrival, we were greeted by a friendly staff which was a relief as we were half an hour late to our booking but they didn’t mention a word. We were ushered out into the huge verandah and seated right next to the beach. I was happy with this fantastic spot although my sister was a bit wary as she didn’t like the sun and having to squint when looking out.
Salt on the Beach has both a formal dining area and a huge alfresco area and also house a bar next door which is more casual than the restaurant. It has a very relaxed atmosphere and a multidollar view of Port Beach, I could just sit there the whole afternoon looking out into the beach (or probably more wanting to go into the the ocean).
For drinks that day we had a Lemon Lime Bitters and Iced Coffee and for entrees, we started with some oysters, the Natural Oysters and Kilpatrick Oysters (a must-have visiting an oyster bar!)
The Natural Oysters were served with lemon and vinegar and the Kilpatrick Oysters with crisp bacon and their special kilpatrick sauce. My sister was actually quite disappointed with the lack of variety in the oysters menu (those were the only two) as the one she wanted wasn’t there. I am normally not a big fan of oyster but I thought they were very fresh. I didn’t quite like the kilpatrick though as it was too salty however my stepdad loved it. Another thing to take note of also was that with the Lemon Lime Bitters, they used soda water instead of lemonade to make the drink which made the drink rather bland.
For mains, we had the following:
- Grilled Salmon and Scallops on kipfler potato with a lemon myrtle ratatouille & horseradish creme fraiche
- Steamed Mussels with a choice of chilli tomato or thai red curry & coconut sauce
- Grilled Manjimup Marron and Tiger Prawns with a chorizo, grape and baby cos salad
- Garlic Bread
All the dishes came out beautifully presented. I had the Grilled Salmon & Scallops and the dish was superb. The salmon was grilled to perfection – tender but not dry and the scallops were juicy and fresh. I must admit I half decided on this dish because of the ratatouille side (I loved the cartoon!) but didn’t think too much of it – it tasted like stir fried vegetables and nothing too special. It is customary in our family to pick on each other’s food, in this instance everybody thought my dish was awesome too. I tried my sister’s Marron & Tigers and it was delicious too! Although the serving was not too big, it made you want to order more as I couldn’t get enough of it. The sauce that came with it was light but tasty, mixed well with the seafood. The only disappointing dish that day was the Steamed Mussels. We chose the thai red curry & coconut sauce for something different (maybe the chilli tomato would have been better) and it was not up to scratch. The sauce was too watery and had too much coconut milk taste to it. The rice that came with it was hard too, but they did give a generous serving of mussels. We had to order the garlic bread on the side (one must always have garlic bread with mussels!) which helped to make the dish taste a bit better.
By the time we finished, it was way past midday and the sun was shining brightly and right into our faces, so we decided to shift inside to check out the dessert menu. As we started moving, we heard a flurry of activity near the beach and all the cameras started coming out. Wondering what is happening, we looked out into the ocean and saw the Leeuwin II right in front of us. For those who don’t know what the Leeuwin is, it’s a tall sail ship owned by the Leeuwin Ocean Adventure Foundation where people can go aboard to learn sailing. It looked so beautiful sitting in the middle of the ocean. Not to miss out, I took out my camera and captured some shots too. =)
Back to the dessert, we looked at the menu and were not too impressed by it. My sister wanting one, ordered the Banana Bread & Butter Pudding which came with rummed raisins and cinnamon ice cream. I didn’t like the dessert that much, it tasted plain and was not worth the $16 we had to pay! I had another coffee, Long Macchiato while waiting for her to finish the dessert. We wanted to order a Vienna coffee as well but to our amazement, the staff said they don’t do that. I was quite surprised how such a big and fancy restaurant did not do vienna coffee so we had to settle for some Lattes instead.
Overall, it was a very pleasant lunch. Most of the food we ordered were delightful and the service was good – the staff was attentive and pleasant throughout the whole time we were there. I’d heard a few disappointing reviews of this place but it was good for us that day. Last of all, nothing beats the ambience of the place – I would go there just to sit around and look out into the ocean. Divine!
Rating by: N.L.
Oyster Bar on the Beach aka Salt on the Beach
Telephone: 08 9430 6866
Address:42 Port Beach Raod, North Fremantle