Following a day exploring the region’s less visited places, it’s time to discover a gastronomic haunt which has been around for 20 years, but which Margaret River locals, I think, prefer to keep hush-hush.
The Arc of Iris (Arc = rainbow. Iris = Greek Goddess) is a quirky foodie’s delight at the top end of the main street in Margaret River. It has locals queuing up before the doors open on a Saturday night. We booked, and it was lucky we did because it seems Margaret River residents know a good thing when they find it.
The restaurant is intimate, eclectic and has some great signature dishes, most notably the free range Wagin duck which I tried and loved, and the slow cooked belly of pork – also delicious.
To start you can’t go past the fresh oysters. Try them! There’s Kilpatrick, natural and chilli-gin-ginger. Absolutely yum.
Management are passionate about promoting and supporting regional suppliers and quality local produce and the extensive menu is mouthwatering.
There’s pork, beef, lamb and venison and a great range of fish and vegetarian dishes. How about salmon linguine, crab pasta, or a fish platter?
And for dessert you can’t go past the cassata and chocolate fondant, which in my humble opinion are to die for.
But why is the restaurant called The Arc of Iris? I asked Carina who hails from the Netherlands and has been managing the restaurant for 4 years with head chef Denis, who’s from Germany.
“We can’t change the name because everyone’s known us as the Arc of Iris for 20 years,” she told me.
Except me. I thought. More fool me.