There have been a lot of mixed reviews on various review sites about Seafood Nation, but I can only write on what we tried – and sitting out with views across the Boat Harbour with a little blue sky around, we enjoyed our lunch time visit. It is well set up and an attractive and warm place on this somewhat chilly day and offers a range of seafood dishes, as would be expected from the name.
Fish and chips, fish burgers, crab burgers, prawn pizza, paella, the ubiquitous seafood basket, chilli mussels, salt and pepper squid all feature on the menu.
A good sized fillet of Red Emperor, grilled with a crisp coat, was juicy, succulent and flaky – the salad accompanying it crunchy and fresh, with crisp, floury, salty chips. Very pleasant fish and chips dish, we thought.
The bowl of hearty seafood chowder also hit the spot – a good sized bowl – filled with a creamy potato based soup, with a dash of dill to add extra flavour and aroma – a selection of fish pieces, squid rings, prawns and mussels swam in the soup and all were well cooked and fresh to the taste. This came with a toasted slice of crusty bread to mop up the remnant soup. Hearty, generous, well turned out.
Seafood Nation is licenced and though the list is limited, and not particularly inspired, the wines are pleasant enough – this would be the only area (based on this visit) that could do with a little work.
As I remarked above the reviews are varied and mixed but from what we saw Seafood Nation is a pleasant up market fish and chip spot, with a good range of dishes on offer in a pretty location. (They have another outlet in Mandurah.)