Swings Taphouse & Kitchen. Don’t miss it 🙂 I think this has to be one of the best places to eat in Margaret River township. It’s conveniently situated, with parking, a great atmosphere and delicious food.
So if you’re looking for the best places to eat in Margaret River, put Swings on your list.
You’ll find Swings Taphouse & Kitchen in the main street, on the left hand side shortly after your cross over the bridge which spans the river at the northern end of town.
Swings is like the local’s Local. It’s vibey and happening. Food is made for sharing, which is fun, and it sparks conversation. As for wine , to accompany your meal, here’s the thing … You’ll find Swings & Roundabouts award-winning wines on tap, either served in the glass or a small carafe or a carafe. Additionally there are also wines from ‘Guest Backyards’ plus an eclectic offering of cocktails, craft beers and back vintage Margaret River wines.
Why is this one of the best places to eat in Margaret River?
The ambience is casual, a little industrial, the lighting is low and in the bar area there’s a huge screen which was showing surfing clips when we visited – arresting videos of vast blue waves and courageous surfers tackling them – a nod maybe to Margs roots, and the original surfing community which drove Margaret River to be the happening, cosmopolitan town it is today.
But it’s the food over which you’ll want to linger longer. Some say it’s simple and rustic, but for me it was more of a cross between fine dining, and conversation sparking good nosh.
I think Swings deftly spans the divide between filling all corners of your stomach and the unexpected innovative gastronomic discovery. Every dish was beautifully presented, and consisted of interesting combinations with complementary flavours and textures.
It’s not nouveau cuisine as in small portions, because the portions come in three sizes; bites, small plates and large plates, oh and there’s a kids section and pizzas too.
The menu is driven by the seasons, so don’t expect to come back in Summer for the Spring menu. It’s reasonably extensive with choices to appeal to everyone, and there are gluten free and vegetarian options which is why I think it’s one of the best places to eat in Margaret River.
Our food choices selected by the chef were full of flavour, pretty to look and and great to share.
Matched with a glass of Backyard Stories Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot NV, followed by a Malbec Nouveau ’17 to pair with the spiced lamb, I couldn’t have been happier.
We started with the SA Rock Oysters, harissa, melon granita. The oysters were fresh and succulent and the chilled melon granita added an interesting burst of flavour which popped in my mouth.
Then came the fennel and blood orange salad, which was presented beautifully, and consisted of an unusual but beguiling combination of flavours.
After that we had the beef tartare with egg yolk mayo, probably my least favourite dish personally, but Dave who’s a lover of rare meat was in seventh heaven.
We both enjoyed the fried duck egg, asparagus, mojama – the duck egg was rich and creamy and the subtle flavoured asparagus was cooked to al dante perfection.
The grilled spiced lamb with feta and tomatoes was our largest plate of food to share and the lamb was tender, juicy and bursting with flavour. As someone who tends to overcook meat, I admire the technique to produce lamb which is succulent and just rare enough, without being at all dry.
To finish off, Natasha suggested we have the deconstructed cheesecake. It was dainty and prepared with careful detail, almost too pretty to eat. But once we’d got over it’s beauty, we fought over every mouthful because it was so delicious – and we almost ruined a perfectly lovely evening!
As we forked in the fabulousness of the food and sipped on world class wine, we enjoyed efficient and friendly service from Claire.
Yes, it’s probably fair to say that we left brimming with delight, and festively full.
Below: With Claire who served us, Natasha the restaurant manager, and chef Cassie who comes from Taichung in Taiwan – which delighted Dave because he worked in Taichung for 2 years. Cassie worked inventively throughout the evening to produce a wonderful meal which allowed her cooking and artistic abilities to shine.
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Disclaimer: Thank you to Swings Taphouse & Kitchen for supporting my blog and so helping defray the costs of my trips to Margaret River to promote the region. My meal was complimentary but all opinions are my own.