Regular readers might know that I enjoy road trips (there are MANY on my travel blog, Planet Patrick). I was driving from New Norcia down to Margaret River in Western Australia and started to feel a bit hungry. I called in at a quilt shop in the town of Busselton, WA, and Deeanne, who worked there recommended The Goose, on the foreshore. Busselton is a cute little oceanside town south of Perth. It was a stunning day in the high 20s/low 80s with a light breeze. I punched the name into Google Maps, and off I went, finding parking right outside the restaurant, a New England style building right on the waterfront.
Restaurant: The Goose
Location: 15 Foreshore Parade, Busselton, WA, Australia 6280
Opening Hours: Temporarily closed due to a fire (a food truck is operating at the site)
Website: Click here
The greeting was friendly and professional and I was seated and watered within half a moment.
Everyone loves a fresh tumbler of cold water – no asking if you’d like the $7 bottle of water! I’m in favour!
The menu covers plenty of ground from meat to veggie options, but the barramundi caught my eye. This was a pan-fried barramundi (a white fish common in these parts) with a Balinese yellow coconut curry and topped with a raw Asian slaw, served with charred lime on the side.
It came out piping hot from the kitchen – the crunch of the cool salad giving both a texture and temperature difference.
Although the meal was light, be in no doubt that the portion size is generous and I couldn’t quite finish it. I am a huge fan of charred lime (or lemon) served as a dressing with salads.
The restaurant was charming and quite packed with lunch-goers. That’s always the best sign! After lunch, I had just a few minutes to walk along the ocean front at Busselton Jetty and I thought it was one of the most beautiful places that I stopped at in Australia. In another life, perhaps I would go back and stay there for a longer period… I think that pier needs to be walked!