An all-day diner, stunningly positioned beachside, where good, simple cooking is on offer from sunrise to sunset.
While dining inside is possible and pleasant all day and night, the place to be at Bib & Tucker is on the western or northern decks, where the full glory of Leighton Beach is on display. The menus flow through the day like the tides with a suite of modern Australian dishes on high rotation at breakfast, then a menu that covers all bases clocking on for lunch followed by a more wood-fired focus at dinner.
The place to be at Bib & Tucker is on the western or northern decks, where the full glory of Leighton Beach is on display.
If you skip breakfast, start with a G&T, building your own according to your preferences for gin, tonic and garnish, then move on to even more simple pleasures: colourful Fremantle Octopus reigning over cauliflower skordalia, perhaps, or perfectly grilled market fish – barramundi, say – plated with chips, house tartare sauce and a seasonal salad. Props to chef Scott Bridger for the focus on native meats to match so much local seafood, too, be it crocodile meat served on toasted brioche and flavoured with saltbush and lemon myrtle or char-grilled kangaroo fillets surrounded by turnips and native plum.
Pick what catches your eye, but know that the restaurant is at its best enjoyed at its simplest: with a glass of Clairault Estate chardonnay in one hand (or whatever takes your fancy from a broad list of affordable classics), a fish-filled fork in the other. A fine match for the superb views. Finish with a pleasing mandarin cheesecake, made all the more pleasing – like many things – when followed by a stroll on the sand.