Location location. If you come for the food at The Blue Duck you may leave disappointed, but come and sit on the deck for an hour and soak in the magnificent view of the Indian Ocean, and you’ll probably leave feeling that all’s right with the world.
It’s the perfect spot for a weekend brunch, and I caught up with Lauren, one of my besties, for a long overdue chin wag. Lauren lives in Coogee so meeting with her always gives me a chance to try out some of our south of the river spots. I don’t often get to these spots with Mt Lawley, Inglewood and Maylands on my doorstep, but it’s great to venture further afield for brunch occasionally.
The Blue Duck was loud and busy inside mid-morning, and the wait staff seemed a bit harried occasionally. It was hard to get their attention for coffees later, which wasn’t that surprising given the size of the indoor dining area. The breakfast menu held no surprises, but there were freshly squeezed juices available and our jars of The Hulk were refreshing and zingy and really gave a kick start to the day.
My choice of the roasted mushrooms dish was adequate, but the flavour could have been enhanced with a hint of garlic and perhaps a quick saute in the pan to finish them off. One stingy pat of butter was barely enough for the toast, though the goats cheese compensated for that somewhat. Still, I like lashings of butter with my toast and that’s not hard to cater for.
Lauren’s avocado and toast was patently basic and boring. It really wouldn’t be that hard to mash the avo and mix it up with some feta or peas and seasoning to zhoosh it up a bit. And charging an extra $5 for a few cherry tomatoes and a handful of rocket – are they having a lend?
The Blue Duck isn’t renowned for its quality food, so our very ordinary brunch fare was no surprise. The juices were top notch, though the coffees were mediocre and not hot enough. I guess even when mediocrity is your middle name, you will still bring in the crowds with this classic beachside view. For some perplexing reason Perth still suffers from a lack of beachside dining establishments, so they’re always a drawcard. The Blue Duck probably rests on its laurels by virtue of its location, but it’s not that hard to create a few memorable breakfast dishes. The Indian Ocean should be an inspiration for good food, not be an excuse for the lack of it.