I’ve been food blogging since 2011 and this is my first post on one of my birthday dinners! I have a knack of heading to my favourite restaurants on my birthday (or heading overseas!) but this year, I tried a new venue – Bib & Tucker at Leighton Beach.
Before A and I moved to Canberra a few years ago, we had every intention to visit Bib & Tucker but it never eventuated. When we heard we were moving back to Perth, it was one of three places we wanted to try on our return, along with Lalla Rookh and Print Hall Dining Room. My birthday was the perfect occasion to finally book a table at Bib & Tucker.
A, Bestie B and I started our evening with May Street Larder chargrilled sourdough ($6), smokey eggplant and zaatar dip ($3) as well as spiced carrot and labne dip ($3). The chargrilled bread went perfectly with the eggplant and zaatar dip, which reminded me of babaganoush, a Middle Eastern dip that is typically made with lightly charred eggplant.
I also ordered a soft shell crab slider, with avocado, chilli and coriander ($9). The soft shell crab itself had to be the best soft shell crab I’ve had, as the shell was tender and the meat of the crab evident through the crunch of the exterior. I loved the flavour combination in this slider, with the coriander and chilli a perfect accompaniment to both the crab and avocado.
For mains, A ordered the charcoal roasted pork chop, with cider braised fennel, baby onions and crackling ($37). A said that she loved this dish, with the pork still juicy and the fennel pairing perfectly with the pork.
B ordered the charcoal roasted Cone Bay barramundi with warm jerusalem artichoke salad, saffron vierge and beach succulents ($37). B offered a taste of the beach succulents, which I had never tried before. They have a natural salty tang and reminded me a little bit of pickles – delicious!
I ordered the wagyu rump steak, with ancho roasted mushrooms and fresh green salsa ($38). The wagyu rump was fantastic but the heroes of this dish were the ancho roasted mushrooms, paired with the fresh green salsa. Both of these accompaniments had a huge amount of flavour and worked excellently together.
For our sides, we shared roasted brussel sprouts with fermented leaves, shaved sprouts and hazelnut dressing ($11) as well as handcut chips with rosemary salt and aoili ($9).
The handcut chips were perfect – slightly crisp, heavily salted and there were plenty!
For dessert, I ordered a serving of their house-made coffee gelato, which arrived with a birthday candle in it. It was a lovely way to finish a wonderful birthday dinner, which featured fantastic food, company and service. I would return in a heartbeat, especially for lunch to take in their gorgeous beachfront views.