A mighty fine place to tie up for an afternoon

IT has been a year since Heinrich Chok bought the popular Barrack St Jetty restaurant, Moorings Cafe and, while it has been hard work for him and his wife, he says he thoroughly enjoys it and is looking to make many more changes.

“It’s been a lot of work but it’s been fun,” Heinrich says

“I’m looking at doing a lot more with the place. I’m looking at making it more open and I’ve already started to make some changes to the menu to incorporate more of a Western Australian feel.”

The cafe opened in 1996 and Mr Chok says its idyllic position makes it one of the best restaurants for people to take a visiting guest or business person out for a meal.

And why not? It’s on the Swan River, within walking distance of town, they have great staff, are fully licensed, and Mr Chok has designed a menu that offers the best of Australian game meat.

And this month, a special first anniversary menu has been put together by the Moorings team to commemorate the birthday.

From August 10 to 26, those dining with a group of four or more will get a complimentary bottle of Frankland Chardonnay Semillon. And if you book online at you’ll also get yourself free dessert.

Aside from preparing for the celebrations, Mr Chok has spent the past few weeks revising the standard menu at Moorings.

Capitalising on the now in-vogue Aussie game meats and creating more of a Western Australian touch to the menu is something Mr Chok has focused on.

Adding some flair and WA flavour to the menu are meals such as danger on the jetty (seared marocain spiced crocodile tail fillet), South West loin of lamb, Pemberton beef rib eye and Mahogany Creek chicken, while the cafe’s mascot, the pelican, is aptly used for the fish of the day, a pelican’s daily catch.

In his year at the cafe Mr Chok has been responsible for extending the restaurant beyond the glass so patrons can now sit outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. All up the outdoor area can seat as many as 65 people.

The cafe is open from 7.30am till late, so no matter if you want to see the sunrise or sunset, make sure you get a glimpse of Moorings.

A potato waffle or omelette sound very tempting but if getting there before work cramps your style or beauty sleep, the Sunday buffet is a great one to check out – make sure you book reservations because it is popular. At just $21 per person, it’s the catch of the day.

Houghton Wines has won three gold medals at the Brisbane Wine Show. The 1999 vintages won the awards – the Houghton Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon, the Houghton Jack Mann Cabernet and the Houghton Reserve Cabernet.

And Houghtons is the choice of the next wine appreciation dinner at the Chiang Rai Thai Restaurant in Perth.

An eight-course banquet will complement the wines, including the Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon. The evening will be held on August 14 from 7.15pm.

Get all “spaced up” this year for the Ansett Australia Make-A-Wish Charity Ball. This year’s theme is Stanley Kubrick’s classic movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday September 22. A $130 ticket includes a three-course meal, drinks, dancing and the knowledge that you’ve helped some of Western Australia’s terminally ill children to reach their dreams.

The nominees for this year’s prestigious gold plate awards have been announced.

There are more than 10 categories for the hospitality award and the winners of each category will be announced at the Gold Plate Dinner on September 17 at the Burswood Resort. Some of the category nominees are:

Fine & Occasion Dining:

Windows Restaurant

Vigneron Restaurant

‘C’ Restaurant

Licensed Dining:


Dear Friends

Bibendum Restaurant

Whiteman’s Abroad

Black Tom’s Bar & Grill

Ray Perry Award- Family Dining:

Frenchys- Como

Jetty’s Restaurant

Boardwalk Restaurant.

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