Previously The Naked Fig (in an apparent nod to the nearby nudist beach), The Shorehouse in Swanbourne is a great place to meet friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner and especially sundowners.
Sitting on the deck with friends, enjoying a nice tipple overlooking the sparkling blue Indian Ocean is a joy.
A favourite haunt of ours, I arranged to meet a friend, visiting from overseas at The Shorehouse for lunch; she was very impressed with the ocean view as well as the sunshine and also enjoyed the ambiance inside The Shorehouse.
With traditional tables and booths as well as long seats (on the deck), The Shorehouse caters for everyone.
The menu is a bit out of the ordinary. With six snack-type items, eight ‘Smallhouse ‘ items – suitable for a starter or lunch and eight “Bighouse” items there is not a huge selection. The Bighouse menu includes Tiger prawns, mango and cucumber salsa, chilli and burnt lemon ($36) as well as Fish schnitzel, kipfler crisps, bacon dust, shaved cabbage, pickled cucumber and herb aioli ($34). There is also a chef’s selection of five items for $79. The Shorehouse has a good wine and cocktail list.
My friend and I decided on the same item from the Smallhouse menu – Buttermilk chicken, pickled coleslaw, ricotta salata and yoghurt sauce ($23) and it was an excellent choice. When we added the duck fat potatoes with fried garlic and rosemary – it was even better! Just the right size for lunch and it was very good.
The view is excellent and can be seen from every table in the restaurant. The service is good with friendly younger staff members happy to chat.
The only criticism I have is that the toilets are tiny with hardly any room for patrons to enter or wash their hands. Goodness knows how bad that would be on a packed out event night! Wheelchair accessible toilets are available in the public toilets, which are next to the restaurant’s main door.
There is plenty of parking available behind The Shorehouse. A large number of steps lead to the restaurant but there is also a wheelchair accessible ramp.
Address: 278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne
Phone: 08 9286 4050
Opening hours: Open 7 days, Breakfast 7am-11am, Lunch 12pm-3pm (12:15 – 3:30 on weekends). Dinner 5:30pm – Late
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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