The Swan Yacht Club is the perfect place to relax and have a meal or a few drinks, overlooking the Swan River.
I’ll be honest. I always thought you had to be a member of the Swan Yacht Club in East Fremantle in order to head along for a visit. As I learnt though you are welcome to head down for a meal or two to give it a try before needing to either be the guest of a member or choose to become a social member. There is a range of benefits as a part of the membership, not the least being cheaper drinks! More than anything though, it is a beautiful venue. The refurb in recent years has really lifted the place and it is looking light, bright and ready for action.
When we lunched there on a sunny Saturday, the place was filled to the rafters with plenty of larger groups taking advantage of the various function spaces. It is quite the vast venue! From both the highly sought after upstairs with its beautiful views of the river, to the ground level, which is another pretty space to enjoy a meal and the tables with umbrellas are definitely prime real estate when the sun is shining. The indoor bar and dining room is another option, which is where we were seated on our visit.
The menu is split into a range of different options. You have your bar bites if you are only after something snacky, or the more traditional al a carte with an enticing selection of entrees and mains also available. On our visit we got to have a brief chat to the man running the show in the kitchen, Chef Noe, who talked us through those various options.
We decided the best way to get to sample a broad range would be with one of their platters, which sounded delicious! We chose the Cerveza Match – Chicken wings, mac & cheese croquettes, olives, smoky chorizo, salt & pepper calamari, Cheddar cheese, Lavosh crackers and chips. Along with this we went for a serve of the Beef Sliders – House made ketchup sauce, lettuce, tomato and American cheese and Grilled Fish Tacos – Avocado Mayo, Charred Corn, Pickled Onion, Coriander and tomato salsa off was the bar bites section of the menu.
Even inside it was lovely to see all the sun streaming in through the glass windows and as an only sometimes beer drinker, I thoroughly enjoyed the pint of Gage Roads Single Fin on this occasion given that it was entirely weather appropriate. Here’s cheers to an iced cold beer in the sun!
Then it was time for food! The platter was gigantic! As soon as I saw it I realised that this was all we would have needed because it was a mountain of food. It would have likely been ample for four people! It presented very well, with an abundance of tasty options on offer. Do I start with the grilled chorizo? Or a piece of the lightly battered, crispy salt and pepper calamari? In the end it was a tough decision between starting with either of those or the mac and cheese croquettes. I just loved that the croquettes came with their own little herby tomato dipping sauce. All very pleasant and it really cut through some of the indulgent richness of the fried cubes of pasta goodness. We happily worked our way through as much of that board as we could, leaving some room at the end for the cheese and crackers.
The fish tacos were ample and with an abundance of pleasingly fresh corn salsa. They definitely don’t scrimp on the serving sizes at Swan Yacht Club. Plus I loved the vibrant colours. Perfect for sunny days to be eating such rainbow dishes.
The sliders were another tasty dish and I was grateful for the serving of three, since our appetite had been considerably dented after feasting on that epic platter. There’s always room for a slider though right? Perfect sized little burger.
For a debut visit I really enjoyed my foray into yacht club life. Lunch had been tasty and the menu has enough options to keep everyone happy. So for those that live around the area, well worth looking into a membership so you can take full advantage of this great riverside venue.
My thanks to Swan Yacht Club for having us along. I see there’s been a few menu changes since our visit, I look forward to heading back again to check it out!