Mentioning “Swanbourne Beach” in conversation will usually bring about smirks and giggles from Perthians who associate this beach with those who like to get a true all over body tan. But as I once discovered, “that part” of the beach is a bit of a walk from the view you’ll get at Perth’s hottest summer venue – The Shorehouse.
With white washed wooden furniture, yellow striped umbrellas and colour coordinated scatter cushions – it’s the Hamptons right there on Swanbourne beach. A huge deck looking out to the ocean means there’s plenty of real estate for sitting outside but if you prefer an inside table, there are a heap of comfy booths with a window seat to the view.
The coffee needs no introduction, with Five Senses being the brew of choice and if you fancy an a.m. tipple, there’s a whole menu of bloody mary’s. Oh yes oh yes – A WHOLE FRICKING MENU! For $15 each, there is a range of choices that might have some bloody mary purists clutching at their pearls. I’m talking gin, tequila and bourbon featuring as well as heat variations. You could have death sauce and chilli salt in your bloody mary if you can handle it!
Me being an old gin hag from way back went with the “Red Snapper Gin” – tomato, lemon, horseradish, whole grain mustard, black pepper, red wine vinegar, hot sauce. Who needs vodka and all that other stuff when you have THIS bloody mary. Loved it!
The menu here breathes life into some traditional brekky dishes. Think eggs benedict ($22.50) served with cured pork neck or hotcakes ($18.50) dished up with macadamias. Oh and you can have a crayfish roll ($19.50) for breakfast here too if you like! The prices top out at $23.50 for pork sausages, scrambled eggs, pancetta, heirloom tomato and bone marrow panzanella.
In an unusual move for me, I ordered the house made granola ($14.50). I know I know – WHERE’S THE BACON LIZ? But I was intrigued by the use of the Australian native herb, lemon myrtle, that was sprinkled on the dollop of passionfruit curd yogurt. The fresh flavour of the herb was a great match for creamy curd and roasted granola. Raspberries and blueberries dotted around the dish were as fresh as if they had been picked the minute before being put on my plate. This breakfast was summer in a bowl.
Remember that crayfish roll I mentioned earlier? Well Andy ordered it – how could he not? Where else in Perth is serving this for breakfast? “Nowhere” is the answer my friends! Served on a brioche roll with tartare sauce and native spinach, this was a dish that looked better on paper than it did in the flesh. For the price, there was loads of sweet cray meat but it was missing something. Crayfish normally doesn’t need too many bedfellows but this roll was left wanting.
Sarah went with the buffalo mozzarella, poached egg and avocado salad, seeds and grains, chilli vinaigrette ($19.50). This was a breakfast that would leave you feeling light, yet satisfied. The chilli vinaigrette had a Mexican flavour about it which was a great accompaniment to the nuttiness of the quinoa. There was no scrimping on the avo here and the creamy buffalo mozzarella melted into the poached egg with his golden river of yolk.
Beach side dining doesn’t get much better than this. You’d feel just as comfortable rocking up with sandy thongs as you would wearing your favourite wedged heels (or boat shoes for the guys.. isn’t that what the “cool” boys wear?).
The Shorehouse should be on everyones list to visit for a breakfast that turns its nose up to all the dreary joints serving up the same-ol same-ol. Plus… don’t forget those bloody marys!
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
Breakfast served daily 7am – 11am