From Facetuning smaller waists or adding a mane of voluminous hair to photoshopping ex-partners out of wedding pictures, the trickery of social media is as impressive as it is scary.
When it comes to food imagery though we are more accustomed to second-guessing what we see. Takeaway burgers are rarely piled as high with glistening ingredients and juicy patties as they are in pictures, and often dishes come out half the size of what we see on a restaurant’s Instagram.
As often as possible, I take my own photos to ensure they represent what a typical diner is served rather than how they may have been perfectly constructed for a photoshoot.
A quick glance at The Little Bay in Watermans Bay’s Instagram reveals a line-up of vibrant and perfectly plated dishes that almost look too good to eat.
Its interiors too are an influencer’s dream, too, with a Byron Bay-esque white and neutral backdrop, plenty of greenery and great natural lighting.
If we eat with our eyes, this place would get top marks. However, as this reviewer also eats with her stomach, the food needs to taste as good as it looks.
It did, but more about that later.
Despite coming on the bustling Easter long-weekend, service with efficient and friendly and food came out in good time.
A $ 50 brunch menu included a prawn and avocado club starter and beetroot and feta tartlet, as well as a choice of a hearty brunch dish such as pulled pork tostada, confit salmon salad or rhubarb and white chocolate French toast.
The starters would have been at home on a tiered high-tea stand, with crust-less mini sandwiches a fresh bite with plenty of avocado and plump prawn pieces. The tartlets were earthy and sweet.
For main we had the crispy gnocchi and chorizo with rustic rocket pesto, garden peas, ricotta and pumpkin and the chicken katsu sando in milk bread, shredded sesame cabbage and fries.
To look at, the gnocchi was the kind of dish that you’d head to The Little Bay for after seeing a picture of it, with the long strips of slightly crunchy potato sitting on a bed of pumpkin puree then topped with bright layers of pesto , chorizo and a dollop of ricotta.
After eating it, it’s also the kind of dish you’ll daydream about before being able to eat again, so packed with texture and flavor.
There are a lot of great chicken sandwiches across Perth at the moment (Peggy’s in Fremantle currently leading the pack) and this one stacked up. The super-soft white bread was the perfect vessel to hold the crunchy and juicy chicken, plus you can’t go wrong with a good serving of fries.
Much like its sibling venue Meelup Farmhouse in Dunsborough, this spot may attract people for its aesthetics and promise of a great Instagram picture, but it will keep them coming back for far more.
The Little Bay
Address: 33 West Coast Drive, Waterman’s Bay
The verdict: Stunning setting with equally good service and menu to match. Come a little earlier than your booking as parking can be challenging to find.
Rating: 7.5 / 10