With the lovely mum-to-be Gabby’s birthday around the corner, the usual crew headed out for a quiet dinner celebrations at Kappys.
In the tiny town of Guildford that embodies a personality of its own sits Kappy’s restaurant, housed by a 1940s heritage listed building that has seen decades of lives pass through its doors.
Just 20 mins away from Perth nestles this old sandstone building which was originally a favoured site for Captain Stirling’s first Swan River settlement in the early 1800s. Guilford was a lively market town and inland port that received boats of settlers and supplies. Today, Guilford is known as ‘the gateway to the Swan Valley’ yet the historical charm prevails in the form of hotels, schools and the joyful Kappy’s restaurant.
Kappy’s atmosphere is created by its occupant’s bubbling and friendly personalities. Since opening in 1980, the Valenti family have poured their heart and soul into the restaurant which is now run by their daughter Bianca because keeping things in the family is the Italian way, and they greet their diners like they are all kin.
The restaurant has seen a recent renovation with an extension of the dining area towards the back of the restaurant and a new bar with liquor licensing approved. Diners have the option of indoor dining or out on their front patio which is lovely in summer.
The menu is filled with mouth-watering options of traditional Italian specialties. Starters include favourites like bountiful antipasto platters featuring slabs of boutique cheeses and plump, glossy olives, or the delicious beef carpaccio, thinly sliced raw beef with parmigiano, capers and lemon dressing which was what a couple of us ordered for our entrée.
For others, the garlic prawns with lemon and sea salt wetted their taste bubs. Perfectly cooked fresh king prawns which were sweet cooked in garlic oil and served with lemon wedge.
On the specials board, one of the specials that Leon ordered was cod fritters with chilli tomato and fresh herbs. It looked yummy where the cod fritters had a beautiful crispy golden batter served with a rich red chilli tomato sauce.
We passed on Kappy’s pizzas but they are made fresh to order and feature crispy bases with a selection of gourmet toppings like the sharply flavoured prosciutto with blue cheese and avocado, or spicy sausage with calabrese, rocket, olives, tomato and mozzarella.
We decided on mains instead with some of us having their house specials one of which was wood roasted half chicken with lemon, garlic, rosemary and chilli. The chicken roasted in their wood oven was sweet and tender and served with a side of steamed vegetables.
Simone and I had spaghettini with chilli crab in a tomato base sauce. This dish was massive with loads of spaghettini cooked till al dente with chunks of crab meat in a beautiful rich tomato base sauce with a hint of heat from the chilli.
Leon’s main was the classic scallopine alla parma which is a huge slice of breaded White Rocks veal slice with fontina cheese and tomato served with a side of steam vegetable. It looked delicious.
Gabby’s main was one of their board specials and again it was cod or should I say salt cod (baccala) with chilli squid and tomato and it looked great too.
By the end of our mains, we were stuffed and couldn’t even fit in dessert. We had eaten to our hearts content and our bellys as well. Kappys is a little out of the way but it is worth the trek. You can have a quiet meal on weeknights but make sure you book on weekends as it does get busy. Happy birthday Gabbys, hope you had a great day and we can’t wait to see what this beautiful baby of yours and Leon looks like.
On the whole, 9 for food quality, 9 for atmosphere, 9 for pricing and 9 for service.
120 Swan St
Tel: 6278 2882