My friends and I rarely go to the beach or eat at fancy cafes, but last week we found ourselves at the Beach Club, which is part of the Cottesloe Hotel. There is heaps of seating inside and we were taken to a nice spot near the footpath where we could people-watch.
Linguine with Carnarvon Tiger Prawns ($24)
Feeling a little povo and also delicate from a party the night before, I opted to share a main with my mate to save some money. The carb-heavy pastas appealed to me instantly and we selected the linguine which had prawns, chilli, tomato, basil, and cream. An impressive serving of prawns and fine pasta was enough to keep me happy. However, I wish there had been more pasta, more chilli, and less pepper.
100% Butterfield Beef Burger ($20)
My mate ordered the beef burger with Swiss cheese (melted onto the meat), aioli, rocket, tomato, and house made pickles. He said that there were too many pickles, but otherwise the burger was good. I happily polished off his crunchy chips, which were roughly cut and salty.
Cott Fish and Chips ($24)
The fish and chips comes with housemade tartare sauce and a side of apple coleslaw. Two friends with small appetites enjoyed sharing this. Personally, I would prefer to head to the beachside and pick up a similar meal for half the price (and with double the oil).
Margarita Woodfired Pizza ($19)
My friends said the pizza was good. It probably would taste more awesome if you add anchovies for an extra $2 (like the delicious pizza at Il Ciao).
Our diverse group felt a little out of place (particularly without flip-flops on). Service was attentive but a little aloof. I was unimpressed by the staff member who brought our bill and impertinently asked “do you want to put a tip on the card?”. No, for sh*t’s sake, this is a beach cafe in Australia. My lovely friend is not quite so rude, so our meals ended up costing 10% extra *sigh*.
Likes: generous serving of prawns in the linguine
Dislikes: outdoorsy furniture, thinly veiled requests for tips
Value for money: average
Overall: convenient upmarket cafe for beach-goers
104 Marine Parade
(08) 9383 1100