Little Fish in Gunyulgup Valley, minutes from Dunsborough in the South West of Western Australia has been open just over a year. Replacing the Yallingup institution that was Lamonts, Des & Shelley de Kler, of Trigg Island Cafe fame, have bought a long overdue (in my opinion!) seafood option to the South West.
This iconic location on the lake is the perfect place for a casual, ambient dining experience, which is exactly what we got when we visited Little Fish for lunch last week. Leaving the craziness that can be the Margaret River Pro & the crowds behind us, we were seated comfortably overlooking the lawn & the Gunyulgup Gallery, a perfect location for us to eat with our 2 children aged 7 & 4.
There are alternative seating options, both inside and out, on the deck which on a sunny day would be the logical choice minus the two small children.
Our waitress was delightful, setting the kids up with menus, colouring & water in plastic cups. I was unsure what to order & luckily she recommended the dish I was leaning towards. So I ordered the Scallamari & Mr D the Prime Fillet. (albeit a seafood menu!)
Oaks was feeling a little under the weather, so ordered the soup of the day, Pumpkin & The D-Man, from the Kids Menu, Fish Bites & Chips.
The Fish Bites ($12) were gorgeous, fresh & crunchy & the chips homemade & delicious! The Pumpkin soup ($14) was also a hit with Oaks & was served with crunchy bread.
My Scallamari ($38) – a scallop & calamari combo, served on a bed of rice & topped with white wine sauce was perfect. The seafood was cooked perfectly & was a great combination with the rice & side salad. It came with optional Baked Potato or Fries, I went the potato, but in reality it just wasn’t necessary & next time I will decline the option altogether.
Mr D on the other hand, devoured his entire meal including the optional Baked Potato! His Prime Fillet ($41) was cooked just the way he liked it & there wasn’t a lot of sharing going on, so he must have enjoyed it! He also enjoyed a side order of Seasonal Veggies ($12) which were fresh & lovely.
The kids both had a children’s size lemonade ($3) & Mr D & I thoroughly enjoyed the Margaret River Shiraz from Ashbrook ($41). A great choice of local wines is available on the wine list.
We would definitely return to Little Fish, our service was fantastic, even owner Shelley came out & had a chat with us about our visit, the food was great & the atmosphere & surroundings beautiful. And if you’re sans children, a visit to the Gunyulgup Gallery next door is a must!
Open Tue-Sat Lunch & Dinner, Sunday lunch only