Any closer to the ocean and you’d be in the surf sipping your Bellini. Island Market is easy to like. The Shorehouse’s little sister is as cool as the summer breezes which air condition the crowds in summer. The dining room has a pastel fit-out and pink neon lights; shades of Don Johnson and Miami Vice.
Big windows take in views to Rottnest. House-made pita is the order of the day on a Levantine-inspired menu with Iberian touches devised by former Perth restaurateur-turned-truffle-grower-turned -restaurant consultant, David Coomer.
His famous black rice cuttlefish paella has been on the list from the start and still draws devotees. Dishes are designed to share, maybe dips for starters, then fried calamari with Arabic spices, or roast pork belly sausage with lashings of black truffle from the maestro’s own farm. Filled pitas with salad are available during the day and there’s Persian scrambled eggs for breakfast.
Island Market is beachside dining at its WA best – casual, unfussy, a bit hit and miss with the service. It’s a coastal dining experience which is all about living the dream.