It may be cold outside but in Mandurah, its kitchens are a sure-fire hit to warm up the insides. Forget the days of waiting around for crabbing season as the catch of the day isn’t just limited to the depths of Mandurah’s canals or where the net is casted.
Flavour fever is spreading with a bountiful of waterside restaurants and cafés waiting to capture your palate from across the town centre to the sea.
New kid on the foreshore, Flics Kitchen, opened its doors in 2016 and has been popular with locals ever since with its combination of worldly flavours and fine wines.
Head chef and owner Felicity Evans is a heaven sent for those who usually like to spend hours deliberating over a menu as its modern fusion small bites and European-inspired share boards dominate the menu. ‘It’s kinda like tapas’ menu is smoking with a mish-mash of land to sea dishes including Baldivis rabbit cigars, oxtail pies and blue manna crab croquettes. Thank Flics is open morning, noon and night to go full steam ahead on culinary delights.
Location: 16 Mandurah Terrance, Mandurah, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9535 1661
The silk road has somehow detoured via Mandurah’s foreshore area to deliver the best of Thailand’s regional flavours with a side of sea breeze. Not only does Silks serve up the traditional dishes you would usually find heating up the streets of Bangkok, it has come full circle to inject some Aussie flair with its signature dish; a rack of lamb coated with a lip-smacking concoction of Thai herbs and spices.
Mandurah’s only Thai restaurant is both licensed and BYO, meaning you get more bang for your Baht!
Location: 52 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9536 2373
If counting down the days for your next Bali trip seems like a lifetime away, a great substitute in the meantime is making your way to Warung Ade to get your Indonesian fix. A roll call of favourites features on the menu – think Nasi Goreng, Beef Rendang and Sate Ayam mixed in with freshly caught seafood prepared with a touch of modern Indonesian cuisine. Rest assured, making this trip to this locally run and operated suburban restaurant won’t hurt your wallet with most of its’ main dishes under $20.
Location: 22 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9557 5060
Forget casting the net as Redmanna has done all the hard work by reeling in the best of the sea with its award-winning seafood dishes. Situated along the water’s edge with Instagram worthy views of Mangjar Bay and the Indian Ocean, Redmanna is the perfect place to enjoy modern Australian cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere.
Mandurah’s most awarded restaurant could almost compete with the length of a fishing line with the amount of awards it has won over the last few years both state and nationwide. If its sea of accolades hasn’t convinced you enough, maybe its free entertainment option of seeing dolphins swim by from its balcony setting will. A worthy winner on all fronts.
Location: Upstairs 5/9 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9581 1248
Oyster Bar managed to flip the old saying ‘the world is your oyster’ by creating a world only filled with oysters. Boasting harbour side views along the Marina, this place is steadily building a reputation with shellfish lovers across the nation with a sister outlet in Darwin too.
If you are not an oyster connoisseur already, this place will have you converted and happily preach its divine oyster combinations to the masses. Who would have thought there was more to oysters other than long time favourite Kilpatrick with bold toppings of sweet chili and cheese and pesto ready to take oyster enthusiasts on a gastronomic ride.
Location: The Pallidio, Dolphin Quay, Mandurah, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9535 1880
The only catch 22 you will be finding yourself in this place is what cocktail and tempting modern fusion tapas to order from its extensive list of each. This is why it’s a perfect choice to grab a group of friends to visit Dolphin Quay to enjoy its unique ode to the flavours and produce of WA’s South West.
Forget paying obscene ‘Perth prices’ as its’ generous nightly specials and happy hours will have you ending the night with loose change in your pocket.
Location: U1/4 Zephyr Mews, Mandurah, 6120 WA Phone: (08) 9582 7611
The Pen is back and with a tasteful vengeance! Pulling out all stops with its swanky refurbishment, the long-standing and much loved Mandurah waterside restaurant is now fast becoming a go-to destination for bistro lovers who appreciate top notch pub grub. Covering all bases from land to sea, standout dishes include coconut poached ocean trout and goats cheese and pine nut tortellini.
Those who have a thirsty appetite will be penciling another visit as The Pen boats 48 beers on tap. Definitely a top pick for those wanting to combine the love of beer and bistro in a blissful seaside setting.
Location: 1 Marco Polo Drive, Mandurah, 6120 WA Phone: 08 9534 9899
The all-time British favourite, the Sunday Roast has made its own Brexit – it is a vote we welcome with open arms as it has landed on the menu at The Bridge Garden Bar & Restaurant.
If roast is not your thing, you would be hard pressed not to find anything you would happily put your fork into with its extensive multi-cuisine line-up. Whether you’re a lover of the outdoors or one that likes to shield themselves from the sun, this location overlooking Mandurah’s oldest and iconic bridge is perfect for those who like to have a bit of both.
Location: Corner of Mandurah Terrace & 2 Pinjarra Road, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9535 1004
When it comes savouring a sunny day, having a meal al fresco over the water is right up there. The Pines takes this to a literal sense with its stunning panorama views of the Peel Inlet and Indian Ocean that require no filter. Forget arriving by car or by foot also when The Pines encourages guests to make use of the Dawesville channel by arriving in style by boat.
It is a top daytime spot for those wanting to enjoy breakfast or typical lunch time pub grub flavoursome dishes including chicken parmigiana and fresh seafood platters.
Location: 8 Rod Court, Wannanup, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9534 6048
A catch of the day isn’t just limited to the ocean with Café Moka setting the bar high with knowing what it takes to make a good cuppa. Located in Dolphin Quay Marina, this quaint café is popular with locals as a convenient spot to have a casual catch up by the water. It’s all day breakfast and lunch menus may be short and sweet but its insta-worthy food is jam packed with flavour – just take a look towards the fridge and seek inspiration for the next foodie hashtag!
Location: 2 Dolphin Drive, 6210 WA Phone: 0424 641 960
Stunning seaside views? Check. Open seven days a week? Check. An extensive menu that will leave you hungry for more? Yes, please! Café Coast pulls all stops when it comes to serving up the ocean on a platter with a wide range of freshly caught seafood dishes making up the menu. Your Omega 3 levels would not only be met but your palate for the ocean will be heightened with dishes such as Rottnest swordfish and creamy garlic prawns to macadamia crusted barramundi fillet best enjoyed along its broad walk al fresco dining area.
Location: 2/45 Rees Place, Wannanup, 6210 WA Phone: (08) 9534 2250
Try and forget summer by the ocean for a second and think of the heat in an other way – all in the shape of an award-winning pie. Pinjarra Bakery & Patisserie is famous within the South West region for its homemade and freshly baked gourmet pies, bread, pastries and cakes. This place will have you wanting to become the ultimate pie master with combinations such as butter chicken (Butter Me Up!), vegetable (Waltzing Matilda) and beef, bacon, egg and cheese (Ned Kelly) all worthy of reaching the small tomato sauce sachet to enjoy one big bite.
It’s not just all carb country as to cap off your baked treat, there is homemade Italian ice cream to be had making it the perfect road trip pit stop.
Location: Shop 6, 2 Peel Street, Pinjarra 6208 WA Phone: (08) 9531 1413
Mandurah Inspired Cook Book – The Fish Trap
This uniquely Mandurah cook book – produced for the 2017 Mandurah Crab Festival – includes exclusive recipes from local chefs and restaurants as well as from Celebrity Chefs, Anna Gare, Matt Sinclair, Rick Stein and Stephanie Alexander.
It celebrates Mandurah’s food culture and brings together a range of locally inspired recipes from Mandurah’s restaurants and chefs as well as some delicious dishes combining local produce from personalities a little further afield.
The ‘The Fish Trap’ is on sale at the Mandurah Visitor Centre.
See you in Mandurah & the Peel Region