It’s that time of year again! When Perth is abuzz with quirkiness and fun – it’s Fringe time!
Chef and I headed along to the opening weekend of Fringe, a month long festival of comedy, cabaret and theatre. The majority of Fringe World events are on in Northbridge, but there are a handful of events in Scarborough, Freo and a few other spots too.
First, we headed to Noodle Palace – a pop up rooftop bar with good vibes, drinks and fantastic food. Their hawker style eats come courtesy of a few Beauford Street favourites of mine… KUNG FOOD is the creation of Mary’s (the evening version of the excellent Mary Street Bakery). Feeling like something light, I ordered the “Spring Rolls Special Sauce”. On the limited menu you’ll also find dirty fried rice, lamb ribs, a soba salad and curry rice. The famed Mary Street Bakery donuts are also available.
I was pleased to get three decent sized crispy rolls for my $9. They were mouth wateringly delicious, so full of flavour and bursting with very tasty veg. I never found out what was in the creamy dipping sauce – but it sure was special!
From El Publico, who I rate very highly, there is a Mexican pop up – SEÑOR JORGE’S COMIDA. Chef ordered the DF Burger, $13. Also available are chilli agave popcorn, totopos fried chicken, street corn and chorizo tacos too.
Chef loved his burger – he practically inhaled it. The juicy beef patty, cooked medium rare, was served on a fresh brioche bun – oozing with melted cheese and a Mexican style sauce. There is a real spicy kick too, with some jalapenos added for extra bite.
As with a lot of these events, we found the drinks are super pricey. Chef gulped at $11 for a small cup of beer and I wasn’t sold on the $15 Pimms cocktail either. I really loved the idea of it being in a bubble tea style cup with a fat straw, but as a big fan of Pimms this version was disappointing and tasted very watery. What a shame.
Other than that we loved Noodle Palace and I bet it would be stunning at night with all the lanterns. There is a DJ spinning some tunes on the decks and lots of spots to sit and chill. We headed over to Lot 20 for a couple more drinks, before the show.
There just so happens to be a Game of Thrones themed show on at Fringe. A little bird told David Gardner PR that we are both BIG fans of Game of Thrones. We went as far as visiting some of the Game of Thrones filming locations in Ireland when we were holidaying there in 2014. DG PR was kind enough to invite Chef and I to enjoy the show at the Circus Theatre!
Graeame of Thrones is a GoT parody – with lots of laugh out loud moments. We enjoyed seeing the three actors scramble to change into the next characters and what crazy scene would be played out next. It’s described as “Featuring a family tree wider than The Wall and more subplots than anyone can follow, it’s a rollercoaster ride of beheadings, incest and war.” It was lots of fun and a little random at times. The re-enactment of the infamous fight scene between The Mountain and Oberyn Martell would have to be my memorable moment! Classic!
We really enjoyed our trip to the quirky side at Fringe. It’s here for a whole month, so I’d love to see a few more shows, I really enjoyed soaking up the buzz in Northbridge! I’m looking for some tips – what show will you see?
Click on the links to find out more about Noodle Palace and Fringe World Festival.