We visited the “The Beach Club” at Cottesloe Beach Hotel a few weeks back. I have to admit, I hadn’t been there for YEARS. The last memory I have is celebrating a mates 21st there in the infamous beer garden. I remember something about Sambuca shots… and have another very hazy memory about a delicious hot roast beef roll and gravy. Well, I hadn’t heard anything of “The Cott” for years. I’m not sure if it fell off the radar, or if I just grew up?!
Hearing that there had been a huge makeover at The Cott, Chef and I went down on a sunny Thursday for lunch. Well, it would seem I wasn’t the only one who had matured!! The Cott was now stunning. The design and fit out was fantastic. Not surprisingly, it has been created by the same architects that worked on the “Ivy Bar and Pool” in Sydney. Stepping into the Beach Club, I could easily be in Miami or San Tropez. (I wish!). It has a very resort-y feel about it. We turned up at 12 noon – on the dot and it soon filled up. It’s a very popular venue – but no bookings are taken.
The menu is great. Russell Blaikie (MUST Winebar) is their consult chef and it really shows. There are a variety of choices, but it’s all very laid back, beachy food – with a fresh and funky twist. A lot of things are kept organic and locally sourced too, which I love to see. Kids are catered for, with Litte Chef choosing the freshly caught fish with chips. Chef, to my dismay (again!) had the100% Butterfield Beef burger, Swiss melt, aioli, rocket, tomato, house made pickles & chips ($20). I am sure he’s on a secret mission to find Perth’s best burger?! I think it has something to do with being surrounded by fancy food all day long – on his day off he says he craves something simple! I was enthusiastically told that it was very well cooked and delicious, especially the meat. Next time I will have to make him choose something more adventurous!
I chose the “Marinated West Australian meats cooked over charcoal, served with giant tabouli salad & tzatziki” ($27) I was given a choice of Arkady Margaret River lamb, Mount Barker chicken or mixed –so OF COURCE I chose the mixed meats – being a meat-atarian. If I could marry this dish I would (sorry Chef!). It was so simple, but one of the tastiest things I have eaten in Perth for a long, long time. The meat was so delicious and had a lip-smacking smoky taste. The tabouli complemented the lamb and chicken well; plump with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and well-seasoned. It was pure yumminess! The only thing I could pick at would be the little round plastic container used for the tzatziki. It looked like something you’d get your tartar sauce in, at the fish & chip shop. It looked a bit out of place, for such a pretty dish on a lovely black plate, but it’s really not much of an issue!
We had all being eying off the “Cott Soft Serve” The Cott’s very own soft serve ice-cream. The choices sounded heavenly; Cookies & cream, Peanut butter and Cherry delight (cherries, marshmallow & white chocolate sauce) All $8. But alas, none of us had the room. A definite must for my next trip there!! I was won over by the new Cott at “crispy lamb”. I am actually still dreaming of that rotisseried lamb and chicken and can’t wait till we MEAT again!! hehe