We had wanted to visit Bib and Tucker for months. I’d heard some excellent things about the tasty food and fab location. It was just my luck that we’d had one of the wettest winters in recent years. The weather was very relevant. Now that I’m a blogger, I usually take something ridiculous like the weather conditions into consideration, when picking somewhere to eat. I had decided I’d hold out for a super sunny day, for our first trip to Bib and Tucker.
The day we chose was gloriously bright. Bib and Tucker, right on Leighton Beach, is a very welcoming place indeed. It’s a stunning venue, inside and out, with a few quirky vintage touches. Its part owned by Olympians – swimmer Eamon Sullivan, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and hockey player Jamie Dwyer.
Chef Scott Bridger’s philosophy of fresh, simple, well-cooked food really works. Everything we had was brimming with flavour. We ordered;
The Sanchez Pizza ($27) Chef really enjoyed his “Pizza”. It was topped with pulled pork, charred corn, avocado, fetta, smoked chili and coriander. The base was fresh and tasty; the toppings were delicious too. There was just one sticking point. The size of the portion. For the price we paid, we assumed we’d be getting a regular sized pizza (we weren’t advised otherwise by the wait staff or the menu). It came out as a kind of oval shape, as the dough had been twisted at the sides. This made the surface area of the pizza much smaller and hence, much less topping. It would have been half the size of a regular pizza. Chef had wanted a bigger feed for lunch, but didn’t feel compelled to order more food, based on the prices. As I said though, he was very happy with the taste.
Smoked Beef Brisket Slider ($8 each) I’d wished I ordered a few of these sliders, they were so good. The fresh brioche bun was packed full of crispy beef and a celeriac remoulade. They were very more-ish. Serving the beef in a slider is such a tease!!
Fish Tacos ($15) The battered fish was served in a soft taco, along with a charred corn salad, avocado and Chipotle Mayo. The two tacos were really tasty; it was a nice change to have seafood along with Mexican flavours.
“Best bib and tucker” is old Australian slang for wearing your best clothes. However, Eamon Sullivan says that the Leighton restaurant is actually named after two WA bushrangers who were “infamous for their fine threads, rascality and rollicking good times”. This theme is also reflected in the Bushranger-style mural, by local fashion illustrator Pippa McManus.
We really loved most things about B&T, the only thing we could fault was the serving sizes of the pizza. I’d like to think we’ll be back again – perhaps at the pointy end of the day to watch a sunset over the Indian Ocean. Stunning!