Before flying off on our belated European honeymoon, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice, celebratory lunch at The Shorehouse. I wanted to go here for the longest time.. and what a great way to temporarily say goodbye to Perth with a beautiful lunch with spectacular views of the picturesque Swanbourne beachfront. After almost a year of planning every little detail of our European itinerary and saving and scrimping every penny to fund our holiday.. we were so close to living our dream. It was definitely time to reward ourselves a little.
The interior of The Shorehouse is upscale beach house chic to perfection. It is light and airy with a sense of freshness and vibrancy. Sea breeze wafts in and out through the open windows of the restaurant, creating the perfect beachside atmosphere.
On offer is a modern Australian menu with a mouth-watering combination of Mediterranean influenced food and seasonal produce. As expected from a beachside venue, the menu is predominantly seafood based.
Since it was a celebratory occasion, we decided to indulge in a little fancy cocktail. We could not go past the Burnt Butter Old Fashioned. A concoction of barre noisette, salted caramel and mole chocolate – it was smooth, buttery, salty and sweet with a strong hit of alcohol.
Juicy, tender chicken in a golden, crunchy coating, topped with cheese and sauce – YUM! The ricotta salata had a mildly salty, nutty and milky flavor which complimented the tang in the yoghurt sauce. Although the coleslaw was another creamy element, it gave freshness and tartness to the dish. This was an incredibly moorish dish which was just oh-so-good.
Generous portions of perfectly cooked tiger prawns and calamari were piled on top in all its glory. The fregola soaked up the concentrated tomato broth which was packed full of flavour. Freshness came through from the pieces of sliced tomato and aromatic basil pesto, with a hint of saltiness from the chorizo.
There was an abundance of seafood in this dish which was really pleasing to see; plenty of succulent crab pieces and plump prawns in every mouthful. The linguine was cooked perfectly al dante and was ever so silky. A mild heat came from the chilli in the tomato-based sauce, and I loved the crunchy textural element from the addition of the pangrattato. Seemingly humble and simple in appearance, it really was a perfect dish with no faults!
Dessert looked like an abstract piece of artwork on a plate.. and let me tell you, it certainly tasted as good as it looked. The light, airy caramel sponge was the perfect accompaniment to the heavenly smooth coffee cream and the sweet, sticky spheres of poached pear. To balance it all off, the goats cheese sorbet was cool and refreshing. The textures and flavours of this dish were to die for!! We demolished this dessert and scraped every morsel clean.. I wished there was more!
I must admit that the food is a bit pricey, but you are definitely paying for top quality, fresh food which makes it all worth while. The atmosphere and venue are equally good, with beautiful glimpses of the ocean. Service is on the ball with our waitress being attentive but not intrusive, and the food was spaced out well.
All the dishes were absolutely amazing with little to no faults or room for improvement which is a rare thing for me to say. It was such a treat to indulge in plate after plate of deliciousness and leave fully satisfied with our meal. The Shorehouse is definitely a must-try destination that I would highly recommend.. it has left me singing its praises!
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne WA 6010
Monday to Sunday: 7am – 10pm