Eat & Review: Cott & Co. Fish Bar

Lunch & Wine with a View © sachafree
Cott & Co. Fish Bar
Fish Restaurant/Bar
104 Marine Parade, Cottesloe
(08) 93831100

There is a lovely relaxed vibe to this cosy wood dominated space. Add to that the open windows and a gentle sea breeze, views of the ocean and famous Cottesloe pines, and it is pretty hard to beat. We arrived relatively early for lunch and although almost empty when we got there, you couldn’t get a table for love or money by the time we left. Our waitress was friendly and accommodating (especially with one of our party needing a dairy-free diet), although she did try to serve our water in not one, but two chipped glasses!

We started with the whitebait, girello and cold selection. The whitebait was delicious; crispy whole fried tiny fish with a dusting of chilli flakes served attractively in a tiny flower pot with a tangy tartare.

The girello was thin slices of blush pink beef, again with a delicious tangy tuna mayonnaise and thinly shredded kale. I thought the meat was slightly dry and the capers were not fried, as advertised, but in all still a very tasty dish. We also shared the mixed “cured” plate of cold meats. Not usually high on my radar, but these were top notch with some fresh, crunchy house made pickled vegetables on the side.

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Starters: Whitebait, Girello and Cold Selection ©sachafree

For mains, there was an (encouragingly) large selection of daily specials, a must as far as I’m concerned for a restaurant priding itself on seafood. I chose the barramundi. Served with tzatziki, it was a lovely moist piece of fish although I wouldn’t have complained if the skin was a bit more crispy. One of my dining companions chose the fish and chips. A ubiquitous dish, but one that can be very easy to get wrong, and there was nothing wrong with this one! We also tried the “black and white pasta” special. Succulent prawns and lobster in white white cream on squid ink pasta, it was slightly under seasoned for my taste but otherwise a fine dish. Add to all of this, a glass of prosecco to start and a small but reasonably priced selection of wines by the glass, and I was a very happy customer indeed!

Main: Barramundi ©sachafree
Main: Barramundi ©sachafree