A short walk from the sea and sand is Café Salsa at West Beach.
With new owners, brother and sister duo Lance and Tanya Scopocasa along with best friend Natalie Baker, they’ve relaunched the 30-year-old landmark.
Walking in, Cafe Salsa has a comfortable relaxed atmosphere featuring bamboo, palms and retro furniture.
We went along to the relaunch and menu tasting. I’m a big fan of Pimms and their Pimms Cup were on point. Along with the ‘Salsa Sun’ – a generous mix of blood orange and vodka.
Head chef Joe Cazzetta had created an Italian inspired menu which began with arancini balls with pea and parmesan; The white bait was salt and pepper floured, crunchy and fishy, served with tartare sauce;
And the stuffed mushrooms with provolone cheese, chilli, garlic and parsley were very meaty. For mains we sampled:
Gnocchi salsiccia – pork sausage, chilli, capsicum, cherry tomatoes, finished with a rich tomato sugo;
Cassarecce granchio – WA crab deglazed in white wine with cherry tomatoes in a rose sauce;
Pappardelle Vegitana with zucchini, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, capsicum, garlic, parsley & chilli sautéed with a white wine finished in neapolitana sauce with grated provolone cheese;
Lemon pepper calamari – lightly dusted with lemon pepper flour served with rocket and parmesan salad;
Scallopini funghi – pan fried veal served on sweet potato mash, seasonal vegetables and a thick creamy brandy mushroom sauce.
And pizzas include:
Calabrese with mozzarella, pork sausage, kale, provolone and Parmesan;
Seaside with mozzarella, prawns, calamari, anchovies, garlic, parlsey and lemon zest;
Vegetarian with mozarella, char grilled zucchini, roasted capsicum and mushrooms.
And finally for dessert:
Banana doughnuts with cinnamon sugar which were a little doughy for my liking;
Vanilla panna cotta with berry coulis had the perfect wobble.
And every 2-3 months Café Salsa is hosting degustation events.
** I was an invited guest.