Location, location, location – Island Market at Trigg has one of the best locations in WA overlooking the lovely beach – it’s just a pity that its food is not quite as good. Having only been in Western Australia for eight years, it’s been interesting to watch a local eatery change hands three times. When we first arrived it was the Trigg Island Café – a good place for coffee, cake and lunch, then it became Kailis Beach Café where the food and service was uniformly awful. Now after being managed by another member of the Kailis family, we have had several nice but average meals.
The whole restaurant has a very casual beachside vibe despite the proliferation of pink in the décor. A mixture of seating gives patrons the choice of a booth, normal tables, high tables, outside seating or a longboard type (side-by-side) looking out to the ocean. A feature fireplace splits the large room.
Based on a sharing concept, the menu is not extensive but caters for most people. For those looking for a quick lunch, filled pitas with salad ($16) are available from 11:30 to 5pm daily. We chose to share the Chicken Wings ($24) for lunch with a side dish of wood-roasted Brussels Sprouts ($15).
The coating on the six wings was crispy but the whole dish needed some seasoning. It was served with a red pepper sauce – Mojo Picon – which tasted good but there was very little of it – just dribbled across the top two wings. There was also pickled vegetables on the plate, including a very nice sliver of pickled parsnip – yes just a sliver but quite a few pickled chillies, cauliflower and some gherkins.
The sprouts were a real disappointment – very nicely charred but so hard that they were impossible to cut. Jamon and Manchego cheese are part of the sprout dish but not nearly enough of either.
Servers were reasonably efficient but not particularly pleasant or friendly.
Kailis do need to go back to the drawing board again although the restaurant was busy so maybe the younger generation enjoyed it more than we did.
Disabled toilets are on the level with ambulant toilets up two steps. There is a lot of free parking (3-hour limit) at Trigg Beach with ACROD spaces but it is a popular beach-parking place.
Address: 364 West Coast Drive Trigg
Phone: 08 9447 0077
Opening hours: 8am – late, seven days. Breakfast 8am-11am
Gluten-free options: Yes
Vegetarian options: Yes
Entertainment Book: No
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