Do you ever dream of jetting off to a tropical island and relaxing in a hammock, while sipping from a fresh coconut to the sounds of gentle waves stroking the shore? Well, you may not get the coconut, but Perth’s Elizabeth Quay has landed its own island sanctuary, in the form of new destination dining experience, the Isle of Voyage.
Perched on ‘the island’, the owners’ vision of a sanctuary has certainly been accomplished with the venue bright, airy and refreshing. The interior is classically minimalistic, with crisp, white lines and a calm façade. This prime real estate combines a restaurant, bar, alfresco riverside dining area and general store. Whether you’re after a place for dinner and cocktails, a casual mid-week lunch or a kick start to the weekend, this new kid in town may become your new favourite getaway.
A venue with a colourful history
This establishment is unique in many ways. Not only does it reside on an island oasis, but the building itself has an 85-year history as the former heritage-listed Florence Hummerston Kiosk. The iconic building was dismantled brick by brick in 2012, relocated and painstakingly rebuilt to its current form. The owners were careful to maintain its original features: high ceilings, large bay windows, timber flooring and impressive wooden fretwork, which provide the natural charm and character of its original identity.
This is the second culinary offspring of owner Michael Campion, as the little sister of the hugely successful Voyage Kitchen, one of Sorrento’s dining success stories:
“We really wanted to be a part of the new, exciting revitalisation of the city and are just so lucky that the Florence Hummerston building crossed our path. We love the history of the building and being able to bring it to life.”
Walking into the restaurant, it’s hard not to gaze up at the ceiling and wonder about the many personas the building has endured; a Chinese restaurant, sporting club room; nightclub and day care centre. Wonderfully the Isle of Voyage stays true to the building’s original function, as it incorporates a refreshment kiosk that caters to the outdoor playground on the island. It is the perfect place for families to kick back, let the kids run a riot while you enjoy a takeaway coffee or snack.
Michael explains the concept behind the menu (designed by his wife Barbara), the product offering and what he hopes to bring to the Perth food scene:
“Fresh, handmade, simple food. Home cooking at the heart of it, nothing flashy or ‘on trend’. We like the idea of food that never goes in and out of fashion. It’s too hard to keep up, so we just do what we do and hope other people enjoy it.”
Every restaurant has a signature dish, whether it is intended or not, there’s always a favourite. At the Voyage this happens to be ‘Norma’s salsa’, a recipe from Michael’s mother who ironically has no interest in cooking! But the proof is in the profit as Norma’s salsa has been on the menu at Voyage Kitchen from day one, and also features at The Isle of Voyage, with the business selling hundreds every week!
“Home cooking is at the heart of it, nothing flashy or on trend”
Don’t expect small portions and fancy ribbons, the dinner menu takes a no-fuss approach, with the mains designed to leave you feeling well-nourished and satisfied. The main selection of dishes come with either a choice of two house salads or garlic butter roast potatoes. Not one to usually go for the salad option, I initially chose the potatoes without hesitation – until I saw the salads on display in all their leafy glory.
Exquisitely presented, the bright colours and fresh ingredients were piled high on display, giving the diner the chance to see before they buy. They were classic-sounding salads but each had its own individual twist. My chosen salads accompanied the grilled ocean trout which came with shallot, currant, chilli, coriander, fennel seed and parsley salsa. The trout was delicious and the skin crispy; there wasn’t a morsel left on the plate.
We also opted for the Blackwood Valley aromatic beef pie with homemade tomato chutney. The beef was tender and juicy while the pastry flaky and not too thick – there’s nothing more disappointing than getting more pastry than meat!
The starters are made to share so luckily we followed their advice as the portion sizes are generous. We chose the chicken liver parfait, which came with grilled sourdough, pink peppercorn and cranberry relish. The bread was buttery and the parfait superb, with the sweetness of the cranberry cutting through the savoury. I could easily have filled up on this alone, but that would be silly when with so much more to come!
We chose the lemon yoghurt cake as well as the strawberry and vanilla bean cheesecake, both excellent choices although I feel I need to go back to try the other options….
A restaurant with a conscience
As the restaurant scene evolves there is more pressure to meet demands of the health and eco-conscious diner. Not only must there be adequate vegetarian options and dishes that cater to varying dietary requirements, but it is evident that diners also appreciate establishments that show consideration to sourcing environmentally friendly products from a sustainable source. For the Isle of Voyage, animal welfare is key.
They offer plenty of vegetarian options, and all meat and dairy are sourced locally where possible. When you dine here you rest assure that the owners know exactly where the product is from and how it has been farmed.
“Gas, it’s at the heart of everything we do”
Kleenheat has built a solid relationship with the Campions over the last four years, as the gas supplier to Voyage Kitchen in Sorrento and now their little sister the Isle of Voyage. Michael explains that gas is at “the heart of everything we do” and reveals customer service is what keeps them loyal to Kleenheat:
“They really take the time to get to know our business and always stay in touch, which is very unique for a utility provider”
Isle of Voyage
Elizabeth Quay, Perth
Seven days a week
Restaurant & Bar
Mon & Tues: 8am – 5pm
Wed – Sun: 8am – late
From 8am, 7 days