Claude and I recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and decided to try Coco’s Riverside Bar and Restaurant, as for some reason we have never managed to get there before. Coco’s is a fine dining restaurant located on the Esplanade in South Perth, overlooking the Swan River. You would be hard pressed to find a restaurant with a better view, day or night.We had made a booking so when we arrived we were quickly seated at our table and water was promptly bought out. We were told the specials and placed our drink order. The menu has a good variety and the wine list is extensive. The service during the evening was very attentive without being intrusive.
We decided to start by sharing some Garlic Bread ($8.50) and oysters. As I haven’t tried oysters before I left it to Claude and he chose the Oysters Natural with Sangiovese Verjus, Salmon Caviar and Chive ($4.80 each). I was a little hesitant but tried one and although it tasted ok decided they are not really my thing, however Claude certainly enjoyed them.
For mains I chose Grilled Red Emperor with Roasted Potatoes and Asparagus from the special menu, so unfortunately didn’t get the price. Claude decided on Pan Seared Duck Breast served on an Orange and Thyme Risotto ($48) and a Wild Rocket and Pear Salad ($16.75) for us to share.
My fish was beautifully cooked and served on a bed of roast potatoes. It just fell into moist flakes as I put my fork into it. The butter sauce was so delicious, but I would have liked just a tiny bit more.
Claude was a little disappointed when his meal arrived. He thought from the description the duck would have been the main ingredient however the plate was mainly risotto. The duck was well cooked and the risotto creamy but neither of us could taste the orange flavour described in the menu.
We both really enjoyed the Rocket and Pear Salad. With pieces of Danish feta scattered through, a bit of crunch supplied by toasted pine nuts and dressed with a crisp red wine vinegrette, it was yummy.
While bringing our drinks, one of the staff members stopped for a bit of a chat and asked if we were celebrating anything in particular. We told her it was our 38th wedding anniversary and she congratulated us and said she hoped we were enjoying our evening. A short while later she reappeared carrying this beautiful plate. I thought that was a lovely touch, which we appreciated. Check out the beautiful fine writing.
For dessert I chose the Passionfruit Bavarois. Once again I didn’t get the cost and the photo didn’t work either but you can see it in the background of the photo of Claude’s dessert. Claude chose the Strawberries and Cream Pannacotta ($16.80). I was a bit disappointed with my dessert the passionfruit was a little too much. When mixed with some of the curd on the plate it tasted much better but unfortunately there were only a few small dobs. The Pannacotta was topped with strawberry jelly and ice cream. It was a little difficult to eat because of the shape of the glass and although it tasted ok Claude said he had definitely had better.
I consider the prices to be a little too high but the food, service and location are all excellent and for celebrating a special occasion I think Coco’s is perfect.