Coastal, casual, cool, that extends far beyond the ocean views and into its menu with Hellenic sensibilities.
One of Perth’s most ocean appropriate, and adjacent, menus, Island Market looks towards the Med and the Levant, as well as the Aegean – a nod to the Kailis family heritage. Bathed in natural light and pastel pinks during the day, scribbled neon slogans add a luminous night-time edge.
There are two simple rules to dining here: an ocean view is a must, and always order more pita.
There are two simple rules to dining here: an ocean view is a must, and always order more pita. Wood-fired and made daily, it’s integral to the scooping, wrapping and mopping of, say, a faithful taramasalata, marinated WA octopus, crisp, crumbly falafel, hummus and elements from the larger plates. While Dandaragan striploin with beetroot is a solid order, it’s the wood-roasted eggplant with tahini, barrel-aged feta, pine nuts and raisins that really holds interest for its texture and flavour – both from the ingredients and from the grill.
Beer errs to the west coast, while the wine list has real range. You’d expect Margaret River and the Great Southern to make an appearance, and they do, as well as regions of France, Italy, Germany and Spain, but they’ve doubled down on the Greek element. Expressions of varieties like assyrtiko and malagousia imported from regional producers add depth and connection to the list. The result? Coastal dining that’s far more than just a view.