Obviously, the food-related coupons get me very excited. A (very long) while ago, Groupon promised a bargain seafood feast worth $180 for two people, which was going for $79. These group buying sites are nifty platforms to promote all sorts of businesses, particularly those that are less-known and deserve more recognition.
A few weeks after clicking that dangerous BUY! button, we find ourselves at The Dock Seafood & Oyster Bar, a place I would never have discovered on my own.
|The Dock Seafood & Oyster Bar|
Just like my previous post on No.4 Blake Street, the restaurant is ours for a good proportion of the night. The owners tell us there has been a few last minute cancellations which is good for us, as we are able to informally chat to the owners and staff on a more personalised level.
They were very friendly people, and the chef himself is a seafood merchant who has been in the industry for over 30 years!
|Fresh Seafood selection|
|The Sashimi & Oyster Bar and Gourmet Salad Bar|
|Rose and White wines|
|Ocean fresh Sea Scallops with lemon pepper seasoning|
|7 course Summer Seafood Platter|
I think an extra serving of fresh salad on the side would have been very welcomed, between mouthfuls of seafood.
|Seafood Platter - back view|
The fishy smell, oogly sight and slippery taste and feel of oysters may make many people squirmish, but not I. To me they have the same concept of standard drinks - I have to stay within my limits otherwise I'll start to feel sick. The Dock dishes up fine oysters, although not as plump as I would have imagined.
|Smoked salmon blini with cream cheese, topped with king salmon caviar|
I poke around with my fork searching high and low; I wish there were (lots and lots) more!
The Dock is a seafood eatery, and thus prizes itself on quality produce. Every component of our seafood platter was undoubtedly fresh and cooked well, but I'm not convinced that I would pay nearly $200 for such a meal. That being said, I wouldn't need any convincing to return here and try out their other dishes. I've got my mind on their sashimi platter in particular, after it has been basking in the warm glow of the chef's good words about it.
|The Dock - bar seating|
|The Dock - main seating area|
The Dock has a very casual ambiance with minimalistic decor. Dominated by brown brick walls and grey concrete floors, it won't score much points with those who like to dine in a certain "atmosphere". But really, this casual and relaxed feel is perfect for getting your hands and face dirty. Who needs cutlery for seafood? Or even table manners ;)
The chef is a friendly fellow, who seems passionate about the business. It is small and humble, quietly providing a good alternative to the louder, I'd say more "industrial" type seafood places in Fremantle that attracts all the tourists and visitors in the area. Definitely give this one a go if you don't want to follow the generic herd of seafood eaters in Freo.
|The Dock Seafood and Oyster Bar, Fremantle - Look for the lonely tables outside a brick building if having trouble finding it|
The Dock Seafood & Oyster Bar
Tues: 10am - 6pm
Wedn - Sun: 10am - 9.30pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesday dinner
(08) 9430 7544
124 High Street, Fremantle WA 6160