Rambla on Swan

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South Shore Shopping Centre
39/85 South Perth Esplanade, South Perth
Ph: (08) 9367 2845

Culinary Delights on the Swan

The walk from my car to Rambla on Swan is a treat. The sun offers warmth and the river completely still, a shimmering reflection of the last hints of winter. As you enter the Rambla there is this sense of continuation of space from the outside to in; the décor is lush, vibrant, comfortable and the mood is contented, full on a weekday with customers enjoying their meals and the exquisite view. From our table, we admire the outlook to the serene waters, where the mirrored reflection of the sky meets the distant cityscape creating a mesmerising backdrop to our culinary experience.

Our first plate is a King Fish Ceviche with Scallops. This plate showcases kitchen craftmanship, immaculate and delicate in presentation. Cos lettuce baby leaves, fish roe, pickled radishes, microgreens and violets, provide a kaleidoscopic visual experience and celebrate the freshness of the lime and seafood. We sip the 2023 Stella Bella Sauvignon Blanc with complex tropical tones, complementary to the freshness of the dish.
The next plate to arrive is a Rambla favourite; the dish that has regulars return, the Carnarvon Prawn and Shark Bay Scallop Spaghetti. The bed of fresh locally made angel hair spaghetti is dressed in a lemon butter sauce. A grilled lemon at the side invites you to the squeeze, highlighting the grilled tiger prawns and scallops. There is a delicacy, bites of ‘tobiko’ or flying fish-roe adding to the rich creamy complexity from the buttery sauce. The quality shines from the ingredients with an immediacy of flavour. The dish is made better by the 2020 Xanadu Chardonnay, elegant and tangy.

The West Coast market fish of the day, Red Emperor, is served on a bed of broccolini, charred peppers with a light salad and roasted tomatoes. This fish is tender to eat, perfectly cooked, scattered with morsels of black salt and accompanied with a lemon butter sauce to the side.

Our final dish is the Margaret River Wagyu Rump Cap. It is generously marbled, offering a luxurious buttery texture and bold, intense flavour, while duck fat potatoes are like the most extravagant chips you have ever had; crispy on the outer and delicate soft on the inside. This is all served alongside charred asparagus and a peppercorn sauce. Horseradish cream served in onion caps, allow you to preference your own flavour combinations. This meal is mouthwatering, decadent and the 2018 Suckfizzle Stella Bella Cabernet Sauvignon provides a harmonious wine match with hints of plum, blackcurrant and generous tannins.
Nestled on the Swan River on the picturesque South Perth foreshore, Rambla on Swan presents a dining experience that blends opulence with comfort. ‘Casual river dining’ provides patrons with flexibility to choose their preferred ambiance. You can opt for a laid-back experience at one of the picnic tables on the outdoor deck, or if you are seeking a more refined dining experience the restaurant interior beckons with inviting charm. Regardless of the weather, you can enjoy the spectacular view. The Manager shares that even on rainy days there is unique beauty in watching storm clouds sweep over Kings Park and across the riverscape.

Rambla caters to diverse clientele, offering both casual and sophisticated dining options. The commitment to locally sourced and seasonal ingredients shines through in every dish, a source of pride and celebration for the establishment. Whether dropping in for a casual lunch with friends or celebrating a special occasion, Rambla on Swan ensures you are treated to a magnificent view, sensational cuisine and impeccable service. Highly recommended.

By Danica Scott


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