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Taking up residence at the old site of The Naked Fig, this new
venture from Scott Taylor – owner of The Trustee, Beaufort
Local and Enriques School for to Bullfighting – is the kind of
casual yet sophisticated spot you’d take out-of-towners.
Overlooking Swanbourne beach, the venue captures
that enviable West Australian coastal character, with an
expansive deck, airy dining room and crisp, nautical decor,
setting the tone for a meal to remember.
Oliver Gould’s Modern Australian menu showcases
the best of local seafood (why wouldn’t it?) including raw
selections; fruits de mer such as marron, crab, oysters,
scallops and prawns; blue swimmer crab; and tiger prawns in
brown butter, with capers and sorrel. Meaty and vegetarian
fare also delivers the goods – try something from the Josper
oven, for a juicy, charcoal hit that tastes like summer.
Breakfast is a mix of the creative and popular – the
crayfish brioche roll with tartare sauce and native spinach
should hit the spot after a morning swim.
The well-considered drinks menu, meanwhile,
encourages long stays; choose from bespoke Bloody
Marys and gin and tonics, an extensive range of whites
and reds, or jugs of cocktails for four (we recommend
the Shorehouse Cooler, pictured on our cover). Walk-ins
are welcome – even the salt-and-sand variety. It’s just
that kinda place.
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne.
Bassendean may not be on everyone’s radar, but the
leafy eastern suburb is in the middle of a shake-up.
The proof is in this new kid on the block – chock full
of charm and urban cool, it’s been feeding the hordes
since October. Locals have flocked in for homemade
cakes and Micrology coffee (not to mention the Topdup
donuts) and the warm, welcoming vibe.
Owner Holly Irving says she wants people to feel at
home, enjoying traditional treats just like grandma used
to make. In fact, the cafe is named after Holly’s own
grandmother. “Both mine and my husband’s grandmas
had the middle name, Raye,” she says.
The whole place is a family affair – Holly and her
mother bake everything, every morning, and her
husband helps out front. Even the family dog, Angus,
is involved – artist Anya Brock captured his likeness in
a giant mural on the side of the building.
So what’s to eat? Holly says menu faves include
the breakfast guacamole and acai bowl, or try counter
treats like the Rise and Shine tart, Earl Grey fruitcake
and Bassendean Blackout cake (a riff on the decadent
Brooklyn variety). If you feel like something savoury, we
can vouch for the karri-smoked bacon or Eggs Benedict
with pulled pork. 1 James Street, Bassendean.
Holly Raye’s .
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