Home' Scoop : Scoop 50 Summer 2009 Contents There are very few Western Australians over the
age of about 25 who don't have fond memories
of lazy afternoons and hilarious evenings spent
at the Rotto pub. Cycle up, hop off and grab
a beer, looking out on one of the best views in
WA. It really has always been that simple.
Luckily the revamp of this iconic place has
been masterful. Since the Prendiville family
took over in 2007, they have restored it so it
is still casual and welcoming but gone are the
smelly carpet, old bathrooms and inadequate
bar. Instead, it's all style with huge, floor-to-
ceiling glass doors, soaring ceilings. classy
outdoor furniture and a perfectly manicured
(fake) grass area which still keeps the kiddies
(big and small) happy.
It's not a visit to the pub without some food
and you can't go past the steak sandwhich and
chips ($19). Apparently, it's their most popular
dish and it's easy to see why. Beautiful Harvey
scotch fillet, cooked medium rare on the open
grill and served with roasted onions, peppery
rocket and mustard mayo all between two large
pieces of ciabatta bread. It's all very good and,
most importantly, the chips are great.
The prawn linguini was a lovely surprise. Per-
fectly cooked, plump prawns, blanched asparagus
and diced tomatoes all tossed through glossy, al
dente linguini. Lemon juice gave it tang and sliced
chilli added oomph. It tasted like spring itself.
Similarly the crispy skin salmon was well
cooked and, thankfully, the skin really was crispy.
Unfortunately, the fish and chips was not so
successful and I sent it back, which is some-
thing I don't often do. The fish was practically
raw and the batter cold and soggy. The less
said about this dish the better.
The whole lobster ($48) was also a little
disappointing. You just can't hide that slight
watery taste that comes when it has been
thawed and the flavour isn't quite there. Many
may not mind, however, it really should be
pointed out at the time of ordering.
Don't leave without trying a pizza. Thin,
crispy base and generous, interesting toppings.
The wine list is concise but well thought
out and the beer is icy cold! Service is a little
sketchy and they will have to address this
before the summer hordes descend. All in all,
though, I can't wait to get back.
Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bedford Ave, Rottnest Island. (08) 9292 5011.
Hotel Rottnest | Rottnest
a try. The kids may not like the little tentacles but
I thought they were good -- light, crispy and well
There are a couple of platters to choose from
such as the hot seafood one for two ($89) or a
prawn and calamari selection for $55 and all
platters come with salad and proper cutlery.
For those who don't want fish, there are scotch
fillet, teriyaki chicken and even the intriguing-
sounding garlic prawn burgers.
If you want salad with your meals, you have to
choose from the pre-made selection in the fridge. At
about $8 a serve, it’s not that cheap and means that
a serve of red emperor and salad will set you back
about $38. When you’re eating it with plastic cutlery
out of a paper box, it does seem a little steep.
However, it is Rotto and some may say it all
adds to the special charm of "our island." Aristos
says it's all about keeping costs down and helping
the environment, as all cutlery is biodegradable
and the boxes recyclable.
The restaurant is fully licensed and open for
lunch and dinner seven days. The adjoining kiosk
serves ice cream, sandwiches, sushi etc and is open
daily from 9-5.30pm. (08) 9292 5171.
on the River
15 Johnson Parade | Mosman Park
Bookings 9383 3388
Mosmans Restaurant (formerly Meads)
is now open after refurbishment.
Come and enjoy stunning views from
every table, our fresh new menu
and a truly relaxed dining experience.
Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday to
Saturday, Lunch on Sunday and for
Breakfast on weekends
and public holidays.
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