When it comes to matters of platters, not all seafood is created equally. To prove it we went taste testing and narrowed it down to 11 of the finest in Perth.
Here are Perth's best seafood platters.
Fisch On Broadway
This Crawley eatery may have scrimped on hiring a spell checker during the restaurant-naming process, but Fisch on Broadway hasn't cut any corners when it comes to serving up some of Perth’s best seafood platters. Their baskets for one, two or families all feature premium, fresh, line-caught West Australian fillets and are so seriously tasty, you have permission to overlook the glaring typo on their business cards.
Bathers Beach House
Sharing is caring, except when it comes to the seafood board at Bathers Beach House. While the grilled whole snapper, crumbed Fremantle sardines, salmon gravalax, Exmouth prawns, pickled Fremantle octopus, salt and pepper squid and chilli and cider mussels (phew!) are theoretically made for more than one mouth, we wouldn’t judge you one bit you decided to keep it all to yourself.
A Fish Called Inglewood
According to preliminary findings by world-renowned researchers (that would be us), the seafood platter at A Fish Called Inglewood may just be one of Perth’s best. The chef takes a seasonal approach to the menu, which changes several times a week, and the seafood platter reflects this philosophy of relying on the freshest produce available. On any given day your platter could dish up crispy skin barramundi, chilled and grilled Exmouth prawns, Morton Bay bugs, NZ calamari and a signature AFCI fishcake. If surprises aren’t your thing and you want to find out whether you’ll be tucking into crayfish or crab for dinner, a quick call to the lovely staff should confirm the catch of the day.
Clancy’s Fish Pub
Applecross, City Beach and Fremantle
With locations all over P-town it can be hard to choose which Clancy’s to dine at, but one decision that’s decidedly easier is whether to sample their seafood platter. Packed with battered fish, tiger prawn skewers, sesame squid rings, chilli mussels, Kilpatrick oysters and chips, we reckon the answer is an obvious yasss!
Short of reeling it in yourself, you won’t get seafood much fresher than that on offer at this Freo institution. As well as a reputation for WA’s best fish and chips, Cicerello's serves up seafood platters daily—with oysters, mussels, crabs and crayfish freshly caught from Australia’s largest fishing boat harbour. For those who would prefer finding Nemo to eating him, Cicerello's also houses a spectacular onsite aquarium, showcasing over 50 species of marine life, all collected in Fremantle favourite.
Kailis’ Waterfront Fremantle
Almost a century after migrating from the Greek fishing village of Kastellorizo to the harbour of Fremantle, the Kailis family continues to draw on their seafaring ancestry. Today both tourists and locals persistently queue up at Kailis to sample the award-winning seafood platters at this fish market-slash-barbeque restaurant. Their signature BBQ Seafood Platter—featuring half a lobster, fresh fish kebabs, squid, oysters, local tiger prawns and salad—is among the most popular. And it tastes so good it would make any yia yia say yeh yeh!
Fremantle, Leederville and Scarborough
If you’re sick of seeing fish faces pouting on your IG, we think you’ll find the seafood platter at Sweet Lips infinitely more Instagrammable. Can’t decide between prawns, scallops and flower-cut squid (#firstworldproblems)? Who said you have to! Order the Sweet Lips Grilled Tasting Plating and you’ll get all three (as well as semi-sundried tomatoes, roasted capsicum and toasted Turkish bread). Plus change from a $50. Oh Sweet Lips you’re sweet music to our ears (and wallets!).
Joe’s Fish Shack
With timber tables, casual seating and an outdoor patio that wouldn’t look out of place in Nantucket, Joe’s Fish Shack is bringing a taste of New England to the West Coast. If you can’t find something you like on Joes’ combo seafood platter for two, then you’re doing it wrong. The selection includes a delicious whole steamed and chilled WA crayfish, salt and pepper squid, skewered garlic prawns, grilled Spanish mackerel and chilli muscles. While it is fully licensed, unless you’re a family, tourist or have a vested interest in dealing with large crowds, weekends at Joe’s are best avoided.
The Red Cray On Beaufort
The Red Cray executive seafood platter may appear a surprising inclusion to those who associate crustacean dining with water views, but bear with us and let us talk you through it. While the location is sans-seaside, the ocean-fresh taste and lush selection (including crayfish mornay, grilled barra, prawns, chilli mussels, Moreton Bay bugs, scallops, squid and oysters) proves that seafood in suburbia isn’t just possible, it can actually be cray cray good.
The Groper And His Wife
Whether you opt for the Basket, Banquet or Family Feast for four (well technically, anyway—but who needs to know you’ll be polishing it off alone), you’ll be pleasantly impressed with the seafood platters dished up at The Groper and his Wife. With a slick, minimalist aesthetic and a commitment to sustainable, local seafood, this is not your average fish and chip shop. Don’t believe us? Can you name another seafood platter that comes served with a slice of rocky road? We think not.
Your ol-school fish and chip experience just got an upgrade at Amberjacks. While their traditional side game is strong—with classic chips and retro pineapple fritters, AJs knows it’s the way it platters that also matters. That’s why customers can now choose their fave fish fillet (almost anything from red spot emperor, orange roughie, West Australian Spanish mackerel and whiting, plus calamari or prawns) and opt for either fried or grilled.
From here the only question is whether you should dine in-house or go for the traditional newspaper-wrapped beachside routine of your adolescent years.
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Kailis | Image credit: Elle Borgward