The summer days in Perth are sweltering hot and the evenings are not much better. I ventured out of my airconditioned bedroom for a casual dinner near the beach, which is as close as I want to be to the sand and waves. The Kiosk Floreat Beach is definitely a more ‘outdoorsy’ restaurant than I am used to visiting.
Butternut Squash Risotto ($24)
I ordered from the ‘specials’ that were handwritten on a paperbag near the counter. My risotto included pumpkin, feta, rocket, pinenuts, and haloumi. It tasted great and there was never a boring moment, from my first to last mouthful. There was a wonderful salty hit from the haloumi slabs, which cut through the smooth heavy rice. The serving size was just enough to fill me up without leaving me feeling bloated from carbo-loading.
The chips were a bit disappointing because I have high expectations of awesome fried things from beachside kiosks. There wasn’t enough salt or flavour on the chips themselves, and the aioli dip on the side was unimpressive. Also the serving was pretty stingy for seven bucks.
One of my dining companions chose the calamari rings with chips, tartare sauce, and lemon. Unfortunately, the dish had cooled down by the time everyone else’s mains arrived so the squid rings were a bit soggy and unappetising. The piece that I tasted seemed pretty standard, nothing to rave about.
Prawn Linguine ($27.50)
Princess Sparkles ordered the pasta with prawns, cherry tomatoes, olives, and rocket. Her professional opinion is that the pasta is yum. I trust her judgment!
It seemed like the staff forgot to prepare two of our mains (including mine), so the wait time seemed drawn out and caused inconvenience to others on our table. If you visit, remember that this is a beach kiosk rather than a formal restaurant. Service is friendly but you will need to collect your own water and line up at the counter to place your orders.
Likes: tasty risotto, sunsets at the beach
Dislikes: waiting while other food on the table cools down
Value for money: average
Overall: convenient location for beach-goers
City Beach WA
(08) 9285 0048