Latitude trumps the attitude

Latitude 32 owner Marc Kenly with chef Robert Boorman have found their upmarket restaurant a hit in Rockingham. Picture: Elle Borgward d417835
Latitude 32 owner Marc Kenly with chef Robert Boorman have found their upmarket restaurant a hit in Rockingham. Picture: Elle Borgward d417835

Rockingham’s restaurant scene has been growing steadily over the past decade, gaining respect and praise among Perth’s culinary elite, and Mr Kenly’s latest venture on the boardwalk, which opened in March, has brought fine dining into the eclectic mix.

‘I thought it may be difficult to open this type of restaurant in Rockingham, given the stereotypes the area has but we’ve found it to be the contrary,’ he said.

‘People said be careful of Rockingham, ’tis not the market for this’, but we are doing well.’

Sitting on the prominent boardwalk next to The Cruising Yacht Club, Latitude Thirty Two’s eye-catching design and decor would not be out of place among Melbourne’s esteemed restaurants.

Mr Kenly and head chef Robert Boorman are serving up a range of high class cuisine and an extensive range of spirits and wine from around the world.

‘We know there is a honeymoon period, but people seem to really be enjoying what we have to offer,’ he said.

‘We don’t want people coming in just to eat but to have an experience.’

Mr Kenly, who has worked in restaurants and hospitality for several years, also owns the popular Dhuey’s fish ‘n chip shop on Flinders Lane.

‘I first came to Perth four years ago and I was working at Burswood,’ he said. ‘I left that to buy a little fish ‘n’ chip shop in Rockingham.

‘Then when this restaurant came up, I jumped at it.’

The custom-made bar stocks high end vodka and scotch, and wine ranging from $25 to $400 a bottle.

Among the menu is fresh local seafood from Shark Bay and Albany.

‘We are not going to be the cheapest place for lunch but I want us to be the best place for lunch in Rockingham,’ he said. ‘There are some good restaurants here but we want to offer something different.’