Lontara Rottnest

Lontara Rottnest Review

Missing Bali? Well, you will be pleased to hear a little piece of South-East Asia has come to WA in the form of Lontara, the new restaurant from Will Merrick, (Sarong Bali), located at Rottnest’s brand new Samphire Hotel.

Samphire Hotel

Samphire Hotel

Wow, this restaurant ticked all the boxes from the decor to the food, the cocktails to the service and we can’t wait to go back!

Lontara at Samphire Rottnest offers sophisticated beachside dining in a relaxed contemporary setting. Overlooking Thompson Bay, Lontara exudes those Bali Vibes and is one of the few places in WA where you can enjoy a cocktail with your feet in the sand.

Lontara Beach Bar

Lontara is mainly an outdoor venue with a small indoor dining room and a large stylish, uncovered outdoor dining area with views over Thompson Bay.

Lontara outdoor dining area

There are also a couple of comfortable lounge areas which are not covered.

Lontara Lounge

Lontara’s menu is inspired by the maritime spice routes and stories surrounding the food culture of the islands of South-East Asia. I found the prices to be very reasonable considering the standard of the food and the perfect location. We ordered the Green curry of chicken with baby corn, long bean and Thai basil ($28) and Pork belly sate marinated in chilli sambal with sambal placing ($22). Both were absolutely divine and on par with the amazing food we have enjoyed on our travels in South-East Asia.

Lontara chicken green curry

Lontara Pork Belly Sate

There was no mention of a kids menu online but I figured the kids would be happy with Chicken Sate. On arrival, we were informed that there are two dishes specifically tailored for children, a chicken Nasi Goreng and a chicken Mi Goreng ($18). We ordered both and the kids declared them to be the best restaurant meal they had in a long time!

Lontara Kids Mi Goreng

Lontara kids nasi goreng

You cannot dine at Lontara without sampling one of their cocktails. I indulged in the Cocojo which is concocted of Coconut Rum, Coconut water, fresh lime and mint. With every sip, I was transported to the tropical beaches of South East Asia. Bliss!

Lontara cocktails

Lontara is a much-welcomed addition to Rottnest Island and personally, I cannot wait to dine there again. While we are unable to depart the shores of Australia we are able to leave the shores of Perth and get our South-East Asia fix on Rottnest.

Lontara

1 Bedford Ave, Rottnest Island

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Buggybuddys travelled to Rottnest Island courtesy of SeaLink Rottnest. 

About Jennie McNichol

Jennie McNichol is the Co-Founder and Editor of Buggybuddys. She moved to Perth in 2010 after 11 years of living in London, working in the television industry for the BBC. She is the mother of two daughters aged 12 and 10 and loves the family-friendly lifestyle that Perth has to offer.

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