Celebrating The Tractor’s Birthday at Red Cray

Last night, we went to Red Cray to celebrate burger boy’s older bro’s birthday (aka The Tractor as he plows through his food). I had driven past a few times but didn’t know much about the menu besides the obvious red cray :)

We went to Red Cray straight after work all for the first time. From the name, I didn’t realise it’d be as casual as it was. There’s a bar area on entry and plastic chairs throughout. Food service was quick, the staff were attentive and looked after us well. My sis-in-law ordered my nephews fish & chips straight away and it came out before we even decided on our drinks.

Kids fish & chips

Nothing like a cold beer on a warm Summer night…

Stone Wood Beer

So being at a seafood restaurant, it was a no brainer, burger boy and I were definitely having seafood. Most of the family shared a seafood platter between two, all but burger boy’s mum and younger bro mugsie who had the steaks.

This is burger boy and I’s Red Cray Seafood Platter ($80 – serves two)…

Red Cray Seafood Platter

  • The scallops were plump, juicy and the basil pesto complimented the scallops really well – my favourite seafood on the platter.
  • Chips were golden and crispy.
  • Tartare sauce had the right balance of tanginess and texture-wise was the consistency I like.
  • The beer battered fish which I nearly substituted for more grilled filled was actually quite nice as I was worried about my face breaking out. My often breaks out when I eat anything beer battered / very deep fried but Red Cray’s beer batter was not too oily. Face hasn’t broken out yet, so must be ok :)
  • I don’t eat natural oysters so I was glad the waiter asked if we wanted Kilpatrick instead. These were burger boy’s favourite.
  • The garlic prawns were a good size and the creamy sauce was a good match.
  • The chilli mussels were also a good size but being an Italian family, we do make a mean tomato sauce (you can read my post about our day in Uncle Paul’s garage making sauce here) so we felt this was a bit thin and flavour-wise was ok but I didn’t taste any chilli. burger boy’s Italian mamma despite not eating mussels, makes super tasty chilli mussels.
  • I didn’t have any of the crumbed salt and pepper calamari, as it was tucked at the back of the platter and when I went to try some burger boy had demolished it all. He said they were cooked well and it tasted great with the tartare sauce.
  • Crumbed grilled fish was nice and tender too.

This is The Tractor’s Executive Seafood Platter ($120 – serves two) which also had a full mornay crayfish…

Red Cray Executive Seafood Platter

I wasn’t going to have dessert but there’s just something about watching my 2 year old nephew eat. He gave me a craving for fish and chips before we ordered and I had to have a mango sorbet watching him eat his. Nanna had one too ;) I forgot to take a photo as it was too good to resist!

Red Cray was really packed and had a nice casual atmosphere. I loved that it was kid friendly and the views of the river in the back room was beautiful.

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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 

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  2 comments for “Celebrating The Tractor’s Birthday at Red Cray

  1. December 25, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    OMG, look at that platter of food!

    • December 28, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      haha yea as big as that platter was, it didn’t last long around burger boy’s family!

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