On the Friday before we left Perth, I went to lunch at Barchetta in Cottlesloe. The weather was stormy and cold but regardless, I felt excited to be dining near the beach. Perth definitely has some of the best beaches in the world and I wasn’t looking forward to heading to Canberra, a landlocked state.
Barchetta is situated within a prime location, as it is nestled directly on the North Cottlesloe waterfront. The site that Barchetta now stands on has been serving refreshments to the locals and tourists for almost 50 years, first as a kiosk serving ice-creams and snacks, and in 2002 it evolved into Barchetta, a restaurant that focuses on fresh, Mediterranean influenced food.
When I arrived, I was directed towards a table with a view, and I sat with my back towards the restaurant so I could watch the stormy sea swell through Barchetta’s large windows.
I started with a glass of the La Riva Del Frati Prosecco ($10), seeing as though it coincides with the current offer that Barcetta has – a free glass of Barchetta’s house sparkling wine (Chandon ZD Blanc de Blanc) for tables more than 5 (Monday to Friday from 12pm, up until 23 August 2013). I love Prosecco, which I was introduced to while I was in Italy in April, and this bottle was a goody. I toasted to my last solo seaside lunch for a little while and turned my attention to Barchetta’s food menu.
For my lunch, I ordered the Smoked Ocean Trout Spaghettini ($29) and the Bocconcini, Roma Tomato and Basil with EVOO and Balsamic Glaze ($12) side salad.
It didn’t take long for my food to arrive and it looked amazing. I was also impressed with the size of the serving – it was very generous. This dish was impressive – I loved that there was a generous amount of trout within this dish and the smoked flavour was subtle. The basil pesto was a standout within this dish as it added lots of flavour but didn’t overpower the trout. Throughout this pasta dish, there were slightly sautéed cherry tomatoes and thinly sliced asparagus. Personally, I would have preferred the asparagus to be a little larger in size (as the flavour was slightly lost amongst the pesto and trout) but that’s a personal preference. Overall, a lovely, hearty dish for a cold winter’s day.
The side salad was also really well made. The fresh bocconcini was soft and subtle and although I couldn’t eat the whole salad (as it is a generous serving that would be better suited for two people), I couldn’t help but finish off all the pieces of cheese offered – they were too good to leave! The balsamic vinegar that was drizzled on top was thick and sweet, adding the perfect contrast of flavour.
I really enjoyed my lunch at Barchetta and highly recommend a visit if you haven’t been. The venue and food are the winning points, but an added bonus is their current promotion of a free glass of sparkling for groups larger than 5. You could always treat yourself to a mid-week lunch with your work colleagues – the food arrives quickly and the beach will calm your workday blues.
Many thanks to Steve and Sally Simpson at Barchetta for inviting CFJ to dine at Barchetta. CFJ dined courtesy of Barchetta.