Bunkers Beach House 2019 Winner
Bunkers Beach House was never as good as it is now. The beachside mums-and-dads café is still serving food to beach-going families, tourists and savvy locals, as it always has, but the food offering is now remarkable – restaurant-quality, as they say.
The changes have been wrought by former WA Good Food Guide Chef Of The Year, Guy Jeffreys, who now has an overarching, culinary director role with the Fogarty Group’s winery-based restaurant portfolio, which curiously, includes this lovely café which started life serving big breakfasts to surfers.
The new concept treats the beach going public like adults with good food perfectly targeted at punters who don’t want to be patronised by an indifferent roster of burgers, chicken wings and battered fish and chips, just because they’re eating at a casual beach side café.
Jeffreys – one of WA’s most celebrated and respected commercial cooks – made his name as the chef at Millbrook Estate at Jarrahdale. He has brought his passion for drop-dead gorgeous vegetable cookery and his preternatural cooking skills to BBH.
The WA Good Food Guide judges said that Bunkers Beach House was the very embodiment of casual dining in Western Australia and a “living, breathing repudiation of the idea that beach cafes sell greasy, food service products to a clueless public.”
Bunkers Beach House is the bomb. The food is simple, it is bold and balanced, well-conceived, and the customer experience is the apogee of casual dining executed by smart people.