We’ve all heard of Clancy’s Fish Pub – if you haven’t then you need to come out from under the rock you’ve been living under for the past 15 years… or maybe it was because I was a Murdoch Uni student hanging at Clancy’s on Canning Bridge ALL the time that this place is old news to me. What was news to me was that the City Beach Clancy’s has a cafe on the side serving breakfast overlooking one of Perth’s best beaches.
While the main restaurant is closed during day, the cafe is open pumping out takeaway coffees, meals and drinks to families, groups of friends and couples with their sandy Border Collies sitting patiently at their feet. There is plenty of seating to choose from – picnic benches perfect for sitting on with wet bathers or you can take a seat inside with a 180 degree view of the ocean.
The line to order was LONG. It didn’t seem to let up the whole time we were there. I really felt for the staff – they were getting slammed and not in the way you want on New Years Eve. The menu was more than I expected from a beach side cafe. My experience with these kind of places is that they live off the view and have a really boring menu. Whilst they still had things like eggs on toast ($11), the also offered dishes like smoked salmon with wanton strips, lettuce, dill and mango sour cream, tomato, cucumber and asparagus ($17.50). Prices ranged from $6 for toast up to $21 for the Clancy’s breakfast – toast, eggs, bacon, chilli chipolatas, poached tomato, roasted mushrooms and leafy greens.
The coffee was very good. We even endured the line to order a second. It was creamy, perfect temperature and had a familiar rich, smooth flavour. The coffee used here is their own blend from Crema Coffee Roasters.
I feel like I ordered the dud of the menu – the sticky shredded pork shank ($17.50) with a warmed tortilla, stone fruit, semi dried grape tomatoes, rocket, lemon and feta. I had food envy for Kirsty’s dish and everyone else’s in the cafe. Kirsty even said “I felt sorry for you having to eat that”. I felt sorry for me. Who thought that this combination of food would be good? (Well I obviously did by ordering it). Room temperature pork with solidified fat sitting on top of a stale tortilla (not warmed) that was as dry as the sand 20m away from me. I ate it anyway.
There was plenty of sliced apricot in the dish which went well with the rocket and the three half slices of grape tomato. The one saving grace was there was loads of feta crumbled over the dish. I wished I had ordered the grilled Spanish chorizo ($17.50) that came with baked herb polenta, spinach, poached egg, spicy creamed corn and fig vincotto. I saw a girl at a table near me order it and not only did I envy her, everyone at her table envied her.
Kirsty ordered the Clancy’s breakfast. This put my meal to shame. A huge serving of bacon that Kirsty kept trying to pity feed me was grilled perfectly where the edges had a touch of crisp. I love bacon cooked like that! The thick slices of multigrain toast made a perfect mop for the runny yolks from the poached eggs whilst the poached tomatoes could have done with a bit more kick. The highlight was the chilli chipolatas; they were different and unexpected for what is normally quite a boring part of a breakfast. I am not sure that this breakfast was worth the $21 price tag but you’re paying for the view aren’t you?
I don’t have much to say about the service except that after the lengthy time lining up to order, the coffee and food came out surprisingly fast and this was something I noticed for all tables. So don’t be scared off by the line!
Whilst the food was a bit hit and miss, you can’t ignore the view here at Clancy’s cafe. There is nothing else right on City Beach where you can sit with an uninterrupted view of the teal ocean and enjoy a decent coffee with your family and your furry friend.195 Challenger Parade, City Beach
Breakfast served daily 7am-12pm
Originally posted on WA Today – Friday 3rd Jan 2014