Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

BY CK Lam

My six-day five-night Perth trip in September 2015 sponsored by Tourism Western Australia and organized by Foodsion 食尚 truly allows me to discover more of the city. My series about Perth will be published on a weekly basis, focusing mainly on the plethora of culinary offerings in Perth’s food spots while also touching on the travel attractions and accommodation.

After hours of exploring Rottnest Island, we headed down to Cottesloe Beach, overlooking the Indian Ocean. The weather was fine and we had the opportunity to relish Cottesloe’s famous sunset before we crossed over the road to Cott & Co. Fish Bar for dinner.

Cottesloe Beach, Perth
Breathtaking sunset at Cottesloe Beach

 

Occupying a space in Cottesloe Beach Hotel, the Cott & Co. Fish Bar with floor to ceiling beachfront windows, offers a touch of Mediterranean ambiance. Seating choices include stool-and-long-bar-style seating and communal tables.

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

 

Our dining experience at Cott & Co. Fish Bar was enjoyable, with a parade of the shared plates, mains, daily specials and sides prepared with local seafood and seasonal produce.

The shared plates offerings will sate many a rumbling stomach: such as the Fremantle sardines, cheeses, oysters, and cured meats.

Cheeses are served with pickled pear and wholemeal lavoche and diners can have have a choice of one, two or three cheeses. Choices include full and creamy cave aged cheddar with a tangy bite, and the salty and sweet baw baw blue cheese from Gippsland, Victoria.

The dish of Fremantle sardines had the fish, rocket, Spanish tomato and aioli served on char-grilled sourdough.

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Fremantle sardines
 Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Smoky bay oysters

 

Another wooden platter came plied with an abundant of cured meats – prosciutto, salami, and bresaola (air-dried beef cured with juniper berries and bay leafs). The meats were balanced nicely with bites of house pickled vegetables, grissini and crispbreads.

Light starter at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel
A selection of cured meats

 

Chalk boards hang above the bar lists daily specials like the juicy and flavorsome Skull Island Flambeed Prawns $29, as well as something as simple and light as Baby Zucchini Flowers $18.
Skull Island flambeed prawns – grappa and truffle oil
Skull Island flambeed prawns – grappa and truffle oil
Dinner at Cotts & Co. Fish Bar in Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Perth
Baby Zucchini Flowers with prawns and enoki mushrooms

 

The housemade tagliatelle prepared with chicken breast, arrabiata and wild rocket was well cooked and pleasingly toothsome. Mighty in both size and taste, the pasta dish will set you back at $26.

Housemade tagliatelle with chicken breast, arrabiata and wild rocket
Housemade tagliatelle

 

If you want a fish dish, you’ll find choices like mullet, swordfish, ruby snapper and rankin cod. For just $26, you will get a main of Cott & Co fish & chips made with fresh WA snapper and served with house made tartare. The kitchen also pleases those who like swordfish, done with salsa verde $33.

Dinner at Cotts & Co. Fish Bar in Cottesloe Beach Hotel, Perth

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

 

Larger appetites can look out for meatier options such as Butterfield Bistecca sirloin prepared with parsley, garlic and lemon $32, and Lamb Rump with lentil salad  priced at $34. For me, I forgo the meat dishes in favor of the many shared plates, pasta and seafood dishes.

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel

 

There are many sides to add-on to the meal, such as grilled harissa honey carrots, tahini yoghurt, and roasted golden chat potatoes perked up with truffle, thyme, lemon zest and porcini salt. All these comfort sides are best for sharing.

Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach HotelPerth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel
Cotts & Co Fish Bar,
The open kitchen is located literally at the entrance of the restaurant

 

We had our meal with some local beers and wines and ended with desserts.  I definitely look forward to savor the food at Cotts & Co. Fish Bar.
Perth – Dinner at Cott & Co. Fish Bar, Cottesloe Beach Hotel
The white and airy Cottesloe Beach Hotel facing Cottesloe beach

 

Cottesloe Beach Hotel
104 Marine Parade
Cottesloe WA 6011

Telephone: (+61 8) 9383 1100

* Many thanks to Foodsion 食尚  and Tourism Western Australia for being such gracious host and accommodating me Down Under.

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