I was invited along to the launch of May Street Larder last week. Just a few days before it’s official opening. It was great to get a sneak peek of this exciting new venue – it was a case of champers and stepladders – it was so new! Running the East Fremantle café is Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan and Head Chef Scott Bridger, who are also behind the excellent Bib and Tucker at Leighton Beach. We’ve been to Bib and Tucker a few times, so I had a strong feeling that the food here was going to be top notch. The idea for May Street Larder came about as Scott was running out of space in the Bib and Tucker Kitchen to experiment and develop new ideas. May Street Larder also now doubles as his “test kitchen” too. Campos coffee is available, as is Kombucha, a fermented tea and house-made sodas will be on tap. It was a muggy summers day, so a cool drink or two from The Juicist went down a treat. The homemade syrups are really delicious and refreshing. I really enjoyed the ginger lemonade. As the name suggests, May Street Lader is a little old school, with an in-house larder-style deli that stocks homemade preserves, pickles and cured meats. The café is also on-trend with raw, vegan and paleo food – served up in a “cheffy” way. There is also room for some pork belly on the menu too! There’s a focus on seasonal produce. The menu changes daily – offering bread, salads and veg, protein and jars (desserts). The idea is that dishes will be sent out fast-food style from the kitchen, with minimal waiting times. Great for takeaways! We were lucky to try many different morsels of food from Scott’s new kitchen. There were bowls and Falcon enamelware brimming full of delicious (and mostly healthy) looking treats – the descriptions were on jars – nice touch. I tried all-sorts – super moist confit ocean trout, beef brisket, I loved the freekah salad – with roasted and pickled pumpkin, pomegranate, spiced pepitas and fresh herbs. The wood smoked eggplant, with charred courgette and smoked yogurt and savoury granola was also spot on. And of course there was the PORK BELLY! That was just as tasty and juicy as I expected (the roast meats at Bib and Tucker are excellent) and the crispy crackle was to die for. After all that I didn’t have much room left, luckily there was something light on the menu. May Street Larder is the first place in WA to serve CocoWhip. The uber-healthy, 100% vegan soft serve ice-cream, is made from coconut water. It has the sugar equivalent of ONE jellybean! The silky smooth dessert is decadently more-ish and comes with a choice of toppings – I chose goji berries – rich in antioxidants. May Street Larder is open for brekkie and brunch – dinner should also be available in the future, once the liquor licence comes through. Thanks to Eamon and Scott for the invite and scrumptious lunch – and Caitlyn and Zara for the fab goodie bags 🙂 🙂 I am SO excited to get my mitts on some Bib n Tucker rooftop honey!