Writing just for the fun of it! from Perth, Western Australia
Published July 21st 2011
A far cry from the original Breakwater Tavern we all knew and loved, the newly revamped, modernized restaurant and bar is completely unrecognizable. The recent reopening has come with a mixed review.
With a new look comes newly increased prices. The food, whilst still delicious, comes with smaller portions and clearly caters to a more sophisticated crowd. The Turkish bread and assorted dips are a classic favourite, but at $10 for only 4 pieces, only the less frugal will be impressed. The alcohol has seen a price increase as well, with a pint of cider setting you back around $12, making it an expensive experience.
Although I sound criticical, the new premised has greatly impressed me on a whole different level. Often it is difficult for an old name to live up to its previous reputation. The new Breakwater however, has mastered the art of a perfect atmosphere. On a cold winters day, you can sit in comfort around the huge double sided fireplace. Ignoring todays high safety standards which lets be honest, can ruin the fun, the fire is refreshingly unhindered by ugly satefy barriers. The entire setting speaks of pure style and class. Definately a change from the old Tavern.
In the warmer months, you can sit on the roomy deck which hangs out over the water in a distinctly European fashion. The cool ocean breeze and a refreshing beer make any time of the day a pleasure. Watching the calm lapping of the water on passing boats will lull you into contentment.
If thats not enough, there is still the upstairs cocktail bar, offering an even better view of the panorama. Located in the Hillarie's Boat Harbour Shopping front, you can enjoy some light shopping as you wander the decks. Remember that it is popular with the tourists, so in peak season, parking can be sparse. Despite the drastic change in image, I am perhaps an even bigger fan of the Breakwater Tavern than I ever was before.