Disclosure: The author is related to the owners of this venue.
PERTH | Hamptons City Beach is the newest venue to open as part of the recent redevelopment of this part of Perth’s coast and has opened with a statement of intent. The first thing you notice when you arrive is the beautiful setting – big blue skies and an oceanfront location. Step inside and it’s like being aboard a cruise ship. Hamptons seats 400 people and is bright, airy and spacious, with lots of white and blue accents. The bar also impresses visually – the bar top is a big, fossilised fusion of 30-million-year-old tree trunks.
The drinks list is impressive – the wine cellar holds over 100 bottles, local and international while the taps feature a mixture of commercial beers and craftier options. We were impressed to find beers from Whitelakes, a new Mandurah-based brewery that we hadn’t seen on tap before, and the option of a beer tasting paddle which you don’t usually see in venues like this.
The food matches the setting and focuses on lighter dishes featuring local, seasonal produce. We particularly liked the salt baked polenta, jamon, poached egg, charred corn salsa and tomato vinaigrette. The classic smashed avocado on toast with pepitas, almonds, cherry tomatoes, feta and poached egg also impresses with an entire avocado on the plate and the perfectly poached egg.
For dinner, think dishes like coconut prawns with chili jam, and kaffir lime, or spicy crab and prawn tagliatelle with herb pangrattato and saffron broth.
Service is friendly and attentive, with the cheerful staff doing well to keep the vibe laid back and casual. It’s a family-friendly venue too – impressively the children’s menu doesn’t take the easy way out and actually features child-sized portions of proper, thought out dishes.
We’ve become accustomed to venues relying on outstanding locations and views to cover up a rather ordinary food and drink offering but thankfully Hamptons makes the effort to get all of the things that matter right. We’ve only been for breakfast so far, but will definitely be back for lunch and dinner soon.
179 Challenger Parade
Western Australia 6015
Telephone: (08) 9385 9588
Mon – Sun: 7:00am to 12:00am