Flinderz at Hillarys

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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?

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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!”

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Sadly I had to forgo the wine, but chose a lemon, lime and bitters instead which came in a ginormous jar.

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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?

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