That's right, for the next 3 weeks Triple M are on a mission to find the absolute best that Southwest has to offer. Of course, there's only one way to do this right - listening to YOU.
With 12 different categories, we can only get this done with the help of your local knowledge and the all powerful vote you have at your disposal. Tune in to find out who wins!
Is there nothing better than a morning coffee? In my humble opinion, no, there isn’t unless that coffee is supplemented with an amazing view of our Esperance coastline.
Fortunately for us in the south-east of the state, we are privy to some high-quality coffee joints and we here at Triple M wanted to celebrate and recognise the best of Esperance coffee for 2018.
Honourable mentions must go to Coffee Cat, and Taylor Street Quarters, who both boast beautiful views of Esperance Bay and do superb coffee (Taylor Street do a great almond milk latte!) BUT the winner of the 2018 Best of Esperance Coffee competition goes to:
Perched inside a van outside the Castletoun caravan park, with a spectacular view of the Quays, Bean Break consistently provides locals with delicious morning coffee. Reece and Mike run the business, with Reece being the expert barista.
“We take pride making sure the taste and the flavour’s there. It’s not just the flavour, I think it’s the fact that Reece and myself and the girls, Tracey and Milly who work for us, all give a friendly smile and we all take real pride in serving a good cup of coffee” Mike told Sean on the Triple M Breakfast Show.
Also, some insight from the Bean Break team about what b you shouldn’t do when making the perfect brew, barring of course burning the milk.
“When you blend your beans and you grind them and you don’t have the right texture and timing of the water going through the beans then you can have your bitter tastes… it’s a science”
CONGRATULATIONS BEAN BREAK!
WINNER- THE TRAVELLERS INN
The ‘Parmi’ is a pub grub staple, a meal for the bar tragic, the benchmark for the hotel menu, a delightful collection of chicken, chips, cheese and of course, that dreamy and delicious parmigiana sauce.
In Esperance, we are lucky to have a number of venues that excel at the execution of the Parmi. From the traditional pubs, like the Pier and the Motor Hotel, to smaller cafes like Breakaway and Ocean Blues, there are plenty of Parmi renditions that deserve mention and accolades, but only ONE can be crowned the BEST PARMI OF ESPERANCE. And that winner is…
THE TRAVELLERS INN!
The award comes at a wonderful time for the Travs, who are currently revamping their menu with new head chef Daniel, who started working in the kitchen again after eight years away from the pub. Voters were probably drawn towards the Travellers because of the variety of Parmi on offer there. They boast adjusted versions of the traditional menu such as ‘the Godfather’ and the ‘Chilli Prawn’ and Daniel is committed to continue tinkering with the menu and more scrumptious Parmi alternatives.
Daniel is more than just a Parmi chef, he promised to revamp the whole menu! Get down to the Travs and check it out!
BEST FISH AND CHIPS
Winner-Top End Takeaway
Esperance is on the hunt for the BEST OF in town, and now we have uncovered the BEST FISH AND CHIPPERY!
CONGRATULATIONS TO TOP END TAKEAWAY!
Being a seaside town, Esperance is fortunate to have fish and chip institutions with access to some of the freshest and delicious fish in the country. The standard is incredibly high. Top End got the nod in front of Castletown Fish and Chips and Fish Face who are both favourites in the area.
This isn’t Top End’s first award either, a few years ago they won the ‘Best Burger’ in town! So this recent accolade is just another string to their bow. Open for lunch and dinner get down to Top End on the corner of Dempster and William Street for your delightful and award-winning cuisine!
The bakery is an integral cog in the country town. Providing some of Australia’s foods, sausage rolls, lamingtons, meat pies and hedgehog cakes, are all features of the old-fashioned and friendly bakery. So, what is your local bakery in Esperance, where do you head to for lunch or afternoon snack?
Triple M’s search for the BEST BAKERY in town uncovered some gems!
Redz Bakery has Esperance-famous pies which the tourists adore and locals are drawn towards. A busy hub in Pink Lake this eatery came third in our bakery standings.
The second was one of my personal favourites, Aurelia’s. Now, there was some confusion over this one because although Aurelia’s does fall beneath the bakery banner, it really is a show of all trades. Delicious ice-cream perfect for a summer snack, robust roast dinners and your staple pies and sausage rolls, all homemade, are here and may have confused the voters, nevertheless you can count on its deliciousness. Katherine O’Dea boasts an impressive array of foods and she LOVES to experiment. I promise a delicious surprise every visit to Aurelia’s.
BUT NOW WITHOUT FURTHER ADO
THE WINNDER OF BEST BAKERY IS…
Based in the Esperance Boulevard Shopping Centre, this bakery has my favourite sausage roll in town. The spinach and ricotta roll is phenomenal, tasty, soft and hits the spot every time. I have been recommended the kale and feta roll but sadly, I am not game enough and besides, when you already have a favourite why venture out? The breads at Brumby’s are recognised around town as being the freshest and most tasty, with many different clients, not just local customers but local businesses (cafes and restaurants) sourcing their loafs. MANY THANKS to Craig and Ally who do a wonderful job at Brumby’s, especially Craig the Baker who puts in the difficult hours (mid-afternoon until 3am) to make sure their bakery is the best in town.
Keep your eyes out for the next category folks and GET VOTING!
WINNER- Bob's Big Kitchen
Esperance is PASSIONATE about their burgers, and that is lucky because the quality of the best food in the world (according to me) is high around Dempster Street and the surrounds.
Triple M, and especially myself, asked YOU for what your favourite burger joint was and the voting lines nearly melted down!
Honourable mentions to the Condi Tav, Gibson Soak, the Pier Hotel, Aurelia’s and Top End Take Away. Each of these wonderful institutions boast very lovely and tasty, burgers but sadly, despite solid voting, couldn’t sway the will of the Esperance masses.
So, CONGRATULATIONS TO BIG BOS KITCHEN for taking out ESPERANCE’S BEST BURGER!
My personal favourite is the Aussie Burger, with a delicious custom-made mayo, yummy meat patty, and BEETROOT (the burger essential). Rob aka Big Bob runs the joint and loves experimenting with different flavours and styles for his burgers and his French Connection burger is a demonstration of creative dining genius. With camembert cheese and dijonnaise with the burger usuals it is sure to make your mouth water and yearn for more!
It hasn’t always been easy burger making for Rob and his team. Big Bob’s Kitchen had to cut down its opening times to only dinner hours, 4pm til 8pm, after Rob succumbed to a heart attack only a few weeks ago. Working 14 hours a day was taxing on Rob despite his culinary genius, and the Esperance burger faithful are grateful he is back doing what he does best from Wednesday til Sunday.
Grab a burger tonight from Big Bob’s Kitchen on Pink Lake Road!
WINNERS- Capelli Hair Studio