Captain Stirling is a favourite watering hole for nearby college students and is a very short drive from UWA. The first time I visited Cap S (as it is affectionately known among locals) was a boozy night out with some mates. Since then, I have only passed by and stared longingly at the banner advertising chilli mussels on Tuesdays.
I stopped by for a quick dinner with my mates before an outdoor movie at Somerville on the UWA campus. Surprisingly, there are no weekday specials at Captain Stirling on Thursdays - bummer!
I remember enjoying a bite of my mate’s ale pie at Sail and Anchor, so I chose a heavy meal despite the heat. My friends opted for salads and lighter meals (yeah, I was judging them).
Graziers Beef Pie ($18.90)
One friend dove in for my chips, but I had to slap her hand away while I took a photo. The serving size was large and filling, so I happily let her munch away on the chips while I tucked into the pie. The pie had a soft and flaky pastry which I enjoyed. The rich brown sauce inside the pie was tasty, but I would have liked more beef chunks. The chips were decent, but I found the dark gravy too salty and similar to the pie. Nothing special about the salad - it was a bit wilted from the heat and needed more dressing.
Spiced Squid Salad (entrée size for $15.90)
This was one of the better battered squid dishes that I’ve seen in pubs and restaurants. I enjoyed the crunchiness of the squid and happily dunked a piece into the bowl of creamy aioli. Generous serving for an entrée!
Housemade Chilli Chicken Spring Rolls ($14.90)
My friend wanted a light meal, but I was slightly horrified to see only two spring rolls on her plate. Recently, I prepared vietnamese spring rolls for a large group of my friends and it cost me less than $5 per person (and each person had at least three rolls). Apparently the sauce was too salty, which was a shame.
Moroccan Lamb Salad ($22.90)
My friend ordered a lamb salad and this is what it looked like - I have nothing else to say :P
We sat inside and sweltered a little in the heat. Perhaps the outdoor dining would have been cooler?
Keep in mind that you have to approach the counter to order food and drinks (which they didn’t bother to mention to us when we arrived). If you head to the counter, you can get chilled water and prompt service, so don’t sit around waiting for the staff to assist you.
Likes: convenient location near UWA
Dislikes: bad airconditioning on hot summer days
Value for money: pretty average
Overall: nothing fancy, but I might be back for Chilli Tuesdays
80 Stirling Hwy
(08) 9386 2200