Eating Out restaurant review: Clancy’s Fish Bar in City Beach does casual beachside dining to perfection
When one of Australia’s most iconic couples visited Western Australia last week it was a greatest hits tour of our most spiffy landmarks.
From Rottnest to Smith’s Beach and North Street Store, Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake showcased the best of our State to perfection.
However, after enjoying an excellent meal on the beach followed by a sunset swim last week, I think they left an important spot off their list.
Clancy’s Fish Bar in City Beach may not be the newest or the coolest venue in Perth, but it does feel quintessentially West Australian.
The interiors are casual and quirky, a fishing net here or a buoy hanging there, and the menu reflects its beachside vibe with plenty of seafood, nibbles and family-friendly options.
We perch up at a high table that overlooks the popular beach below, and are told to order off the tablet provided. The duo next to us are flabbergasted by the idea of having to do so, complaining that the technology is too complicated, yet the server was calm and walked them through it.
This reflected the service overall which was polite, calm and efficient which was particularly impressive as the large venue was packed, with a line out the door.
With summer and seafood going hand in hand, we opted for the fish tacos and the fresh fish of the day special.
The three generously sized tacos were layered with battered snapper, slaw, roast corn, pickled onion, coriander and chipotle mayo ($27). The fish was moist with a good crunch and its accompaniments added a layer of freshness. I would have loved a touch more mayo though for the perfect combo.
The special ($42), point Samson saddletail snapper, felt like slightly more of a wintery dish with charred asparagus, brocollini and baby carrots as well as warm quinoa, but it was delicious all the same.
Fish was flaky and well-cooked and a minted cucumber yogurt smear across the plate made the dish feel lighter and fresh, which is certainly welcomed with the current temperatures.
Overall it was a really enjoyable experience, made even better by the ability to take a short walk below to join the masses for a sunset swim.
Clancy’s Fish Bar
196 Challenger Parade, City Beach
A lively and quintessentially WA venue by means of beachside atmosphere and menu. Prices were more expensive than what we were expecting for a more casual venue, however, meals were generous and tasty.
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