These days it seems Perth has exploded in the culinary sense. I just can’t keep up with all the places to dine at and all the seasonally changing menus which demand at least four visits per year. One great thing about being a food blogger is connecting with other food obsessed individuals because quite often you get a hot tip about a restaurant that turns out to be a real winner.
Such is the case for the humble seafood restaurant, A Fish Called Inglewood, which fellow blogger Perth Munchkin told me about one afternoon. I mentally filed this away and made a note to make my way there as soon as possible. After all, I’m a huge seafood fan and have heard that Head Chef Paul Zammit (formerly of Mosmans) and his wife Jaycinta are doing some pretty exciting stuff here.
Deciding to head out for the night recently, the boy and I threw around a few suggestions of places we’ve been wanting to dine at but soon enough we’d made our decision to visit this little Inglewood venue. It was a Wednesday night and we didn’t have a booking but we were hoping we’d manage to get a seat. Thankfully our timing was just right and we managed to slide into one of the last tables available!
Currently A Fish Called Inglewood (don’t you just love the name – A Fish Called Wanda is definitely a movie from my childhood days) is BYO alcohol though I did see a sign in their window which mentioned that they’re currently applying for a liquor licence.
Choosing what to order for our mains was surprisingly a quick decision. We both instantly announce that we wanted the WA snapper ($22.00) but in the interest of variety we end up deciding to share our mains too so we both get the snapper, but also can try something else. I let Jeremy choose our second main, and he happily picks the linguini with bugs, clams, cherry tomatoes and oil (I think this was around $25.00).
We both love our pasta so this dish had some big boxes to tick – and we were so happy that it did more than that! The linguini was al dente, the seafood cooked perfectly. I can’t remember what the oil was in the pasta, but it was definitely something special – bringing the whole dish together with robust flavours. I love the umami rich tomatoes that were juicy and acidic, giving vibrancy to each bite. It’s a seemingly simple dish but shows to be deceptive once you start eating it.
Though we’re quite sated from our savoury dishes, we decide to finish the night on a sweet note. Paul and his team make their own ice-cream bars in house (hell yes!) and at $5.00 a pop, they are something begging to be ordered.
Since it was getting later in the night most of the flavours were disappearing we made sure we picked quickly. The boy went for the adventurous combination of beer and pretzel, and I opted for peanut butter. Both were so tasty! Creamy, cold and flavoursome. They had just the right balance of sweetness so you didn’t find yourself getting overpowered. What a clever idea and welcome addition in my opinion. After all, a dessert that features peanut butter will always get my vote!
I have to say I was really and truly impressed by this little local Inglewood gem. Situated next door to Miss Kittys and in the same block as Sugar and Nice, it’s a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. I can definitely say I see why there’s so much hype surrounding this place and I’m looking forward to returning soon for more seafood goodness.