The Boat (Mindarie Marina)

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We were craving fish n chips for dinner this week, so we headed down to The Boat at Mindarie. We often pop there on a Sunday afternoon, for a few drinks and nibbles. The Boat has a great atmosphere and we LOVE the beer garden and the view over the Marina. The pub inside feels like a modern British style pub and it had a lot of character. Those Ex-pats out there will know what I mean when I say it’s very much like a “Brewers Fayre” style of pub. There’s a wide selection of beers and a few interesting brews like “Abbots Ale” and “Old Speckled Hen” on tap.

We’ve both spent a lot of time in the UK, so something we often talk about is that fact that you JUST CAN”T BEAT good ol’ British Fish n Chips! We miss the real deal, with a side of mushy peas and chip shop curry! And don’t get me started on the deliciously soggy pommie chips haha   So when we heard The Boat was serving COD AND CHIPS, we were down there quicker than you can say “ would you like salt and vinegar with that?”!!

Cod and Chips ($27.50)

The Cod and Chips are served on “newspaper” for extra effect too. With a lemon wedge and tatar sauce. The fish was BIG, really tasty and very flaky. The batter was extra crispy and perfectly golden. The chips though not your traditional fish shop chips, were beer battered and very tasty and crisp too.

Hake & Chips (22.50)

The Hake was also very tasty and two generous pieces were served. This also came with beer battered chips – it was a very generous serve – Chef couldn’t even finish it!!

Kids are well catered for at the Boat. We opted for the kids meal deal for Little Chef. At $12.50 it was only $3 more than a stand-alone meal and the deal included a drink and dessert. He also had fish and Chips and opted for a OJ and the” MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM SUNDAE” That’s a bowl of soft serve ice cream, surrounded by little pots of chocolate sauce, strawberry sauce, banana sauce, M&M’s, Maltesers & choc buttons. He was delighted!! It was a great birthday treat and kept him entertained. He thought it was amazing! The Boat also offers a kids club (Mon-Weds nights and Sunday afternoons), where the kids can play with books & puzzles and there are Staff on hand to help with arts and crafts.

I was most excited to see they also have “Scampi and Chips” on their menu. That’s something not seen much in WA, so we’ll have to try that next time. It would be great to see some Brittish Sides too. Some mushy peas or chip shop curry sauce would have gone down a treat and added to the nostalgia. Having very full bellies we walked back to the car admiring the beautiful Indian Ocean sunset. It was a bit more expensive than your local take away, but we think the portions are generous and the fish is good quality. That view is priceless too!

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