Driftwood Food Co – Mullaloo

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With new venues opening left right and centre – it’s nice to revisit an old haunt. Chef and I hadn’t been down to the Mullaloo Beach Hotel for quite some years. I had eaten here many many times before –  long before my days as a Perth food blogger. About eight years ago, not long after it opened, Chef worked there. We’d been asked along to a spur of the moment lunch, by The Pastry Chef (Chef’s little brother) one sunny Saturday. I suggested that we checked out the MBH, as I’d heard that the Panorama restaurant and it’s menu had recently had a big makeover.

It’s now named “Driftwood Food Co” – a rustic but modern coastal themed restaurant. It is refreshed and much more casual than it’s predecessor. It was a stunning day and I was glad to see the Pastry Chef and his lovely girlfriend K were already sitting out on the balcony. You can’t beat that view over the Indian Ocean.IMG_9210

There’s not table service, drinks and food are ordered at the bar. The menu consists of “share it” and “don’t share it” styles of food. Here’s some of what we ate…

I absolutely love the skewered chicken & Indonesian style peanut sauce ($17) from the “share it” menu. Head Chef Rob was handed this delicious satay recipe from a street food chef in Bali. I was hoping that would mean that the sauce was authentic-tasting and it most certainly was! It’s a great little share dish and there’s some also flatbread to mop up the remaining sauce – nice touch.IMG_9199

The tender 5 spiced squid ($16) was tasty and served with a garlic and chive aioli.IMG_9187

The Pastry Chef enjoyed his Fish Tacos ($14) on a flour tortilla, with tomato salsa, sour cream and jalapeños.IMG_9191

K had a wild mushroom linguine ($24). A selection of mushrooms, including enoki, was simply flavoured with white truffle oil, parmesan and fresh thyme.IMG_9189

The rack of lamb ($33) is also a winner – served with sautéed rocket, sundried tomato puree and a shiraz jus.IMG_9197

Little chef was also well catered for with pencils, colouring sheets and a decent kids menu.

We all enjoyed revisiting the MBH and enjoyed the vibe at the Driftwood Food Co. We arrived at 1pm and we were still there after 5 – we were seriously considering staying for dinner too! It is certainly a top spot for whiling away a few hours on a sunny afternoon.IMG_9218

Find out more at: www.driftwoodfoodco.com.au

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