It’s awesome when you make a little trek out to the burbs and discover an unlikely foodie gem in a small shopping centre. Egg and I were in the Hillarys area last Friday and trusty Urbanspoon pointed us in the right direction. Why not try something NOT at Hillarys Boat Harbour, right?
With banquet seating encircling the verandah area and leafy trees lining the adjoining car park, it was a pleasant spot to park ourselves in for an hour on a sunny afternoon. No sooner had we sat ourselves down, than our super pleasant waiter appeared with a bottle of water and menus in hand, and announced that the special of the day was a salmon fillet with potato mash AND a glass of vino for $20. Holy snapping fish fillets! It took both of us about a second to say “yes please, we’ll have that!”
Sadly I had to forgo the wine, but chose a lemon, lime and bitters instead which came in a ginormous jar.
About 15 minutes later our lunch plates appeared with generous pieces of salmon atop creamy mash, and scattered with rocket. We’d forgotten to ask for our fillets to be cooked a bit rare, but nevertheless they were tasty and well complemented with the lemon, mash and rocket. Our waiter explained that they have a special deal with a fish shop in the shopping centre, so they can afford to offer some dishes at cheaper prices. I’ve paid $36 for a salmon fillet on its own at other eateries, with no discernible difference in the quality.
Egg and I were smugly pleased with our little find in suburbia. Where in Perth can you find a cooked lunch like this with a glass of wine for $20? Some places have the temerity to charge that for a sandwich. The dinner menu at Flinderz looked fine too – plenty of reasonably priced specials on different days. How can you beat $19 for 12 freshly shucked oysters and a glass of bubbles on Thursday nights?