Moore & Moore Café Fremantle


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I’ve always heard great things about Moore and Moore Café in Fremantle, found in a heritage listed building on Henry Street. It’s in a beaut location, just around the corner from Bread in Common and a stone’s throw from the Fishing Boat Harbour, Esplanade Park, Round House and Cappuccino strip. Making it really accessible to pop by for a coffee whatever you’re doing in Freo.


Moore and Moore is very Freo – a little alternative, very artsy and boho chic. You’ll find the eclectic café in the Moores building, a beautifully rustic warehouse which is also home to a contemporary art gallery.


You can choose to sit out in the shady courtyard.


We chose to sit inside, in the cosy front dining space, which has mismatched furniture. It was a lot quieter in here, filled with uni students, from the neighbouring Notre Dame.


To our delight, they serve Karvan Coffee, which is excellent.


Everyone on our table (my parents and Little Chef) were pleased as punch with their food choices. The menu has a lot of options and locally scoured, organic produce. My Mum enjoyed New Zealand king salmon, with crispy skin, a poached egg, delicious dill creme fraiche and rocket with blistered cherry tomatoes on Turkish toast ($21).


My Dad loved the grilled gouda and parmesan potato cake, with runny poached egg, toasted broccoli and an organic sun dried tomato and cashew pesto ($19). He added bacon to the dish too.

Moore & Moore Café Fremantle

I enjoyed an absolutely delicious grazing bowl. It was chock-full of so much flavour, there’s roast pumpkin, salsa, sesame avo and pickled veg, as well as some spicy pulled Harvey Beef! All that and gluten free too – I was stoked!


Little Chef chose a toasted croissant from the kids menu. Even this was beautifully presented with house made sauce.


For the kidlets, there’s not one but two areas in the back courtyard where they can play. There’s an Astroturfed kid’s corner for toddlers that’s full of toys and a blackboard.


As well as that, there’s a shady play area with sandpit and boat, as well as some brilliant climbing ladders that older kids will enjoy.


If you’re in Freo, Moore and Moore is an excellent spot to stop by for a coffee and bite to eat – even with kids in tow. The service is so friendly and I was really impressed by their brunch offering, it’s so good to see a café that is clearly very passionate about local produce and the food it sends out of the kitchen!


Find Moore & Moore at The Moores Building, 46 Henry Street, Fremantle.

More info on their website.

Cott & Co Cottesloe

Cottesloe is almost deserted on this mid-week winter’s day, as we watch waves crash against the groyne and rain clouds blow in from across the churning ocean. Sure, it’s not a picture-postcard sunny day, though it’s equally stunning. We take cover at one of Marine Parade’s stalwarts – The Cottesloe Hotel.


Inside the dining room of Cott and Co Fish Bar, the seafood focused restaurant at “The Cott”, is a hive of activity. Distressed timber and strong blues give a casual, driftwood chic feel to the light-filled room. Here we can sit at the kitchen bench and watch the Chefs in action in the open kitchen or at a table with ocean views. We choose a front row view of the stormy ocean, at a table by the window.

Service is efficient, if not a little business-like. The wine list is substantial, with lots of popular drops, as well as a few interesting tipples to try from smaller vineyards. Not surprisingly, Sandalford wines appear on the list. The winery is run by the Prendiville Group, The Cottesloe Hotel’s owners. We pick a crisp Forrest Hill Gewürztraminer from Mount Barker to compliment the seafood dishes.


A crowd pleasing menu is small, and features the dishes you’d expect at an upmarket pub – fish and chips, steak, chili mussels and more.

The black boards are where the really exciting dishes are found. These individual boards change daily, depending on what fresh and local produce the Chefs have to hand. Expect to see such WA delicacies as Busselton whitebait and Exmouth tiger prawns, as well as Humpty Doo barramundi from the Northern Territory.


Plump oysters ($4 each) from the pristine waters of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula are served no-fuss, with a squeeze of lemon. I love natural oysters, and enjoy their fresh, salty flavours.

Cott & Co Cottesloe

Smoky chargrilled chorizo ($14) with a Pedro Ximenez and orange reduction, almonds and a creamy hummus, is a delicious share plate.

Cott & Co Cottesloe

The Shark Bay manna crab ($16) absolutely blows the chorizo dish out of the water. The luscious chunks of crab meat, with a hefty kick of Aleppo pepper, adorn a mound of creamy polenta. Perfect for smothering over the grilled bread. A cracking dish from the black boards. I could have easily gone back for more.


For Chef, beer battered Shark Bay Whiting ($28) with triple cooked chips and tartare sauce ticks all the right boxes. Crisp golden batter, check. Hand cut chips, check. Scrumptious flaky flesh, check. I’d like to see the smashed minty peas served hot, not chilled, but maybe that’s my British blood and a hankering for mushy peas, getting the better of me.

Fish n chips

Another dish chosen from the fresh specials is the coral cod ($38). Poached to perfection, this silky cod is swimming in a fish broth along with asparagus, capers, basil oil and confit heirloom cherry tomatoes.Coral Cod

I’m always a sucker for a good side dish, and the chunky roasted chat potatoes are spot on.20180814_130122For dessert, there are just two choices on the menu. The different textures of dark chocolate biscuit, with hazelnut cream and a decadent white chocolate gelato tempts Chef.IMG_7923

Fans of a liquid lunch will be happy to know Cott and Co offer “liquid dessert” cocktails. I pick the Tiramisu Martini ($16), garnished with a sponge finger. The chocolaty, vodka concoction is a pleasant way to end a tasty lunch at one of WA’s most iconic ocean side pubs. Be sure to hit The Cottesloe Hotel this Spring, as there will be a fresh new look at the iconic Beach Club.

Cott & Co Cottesloe

Cott and Co Fish Bar is more “swish and chips”, than your average Cottesloe fish and chip eatery. The Chefs at Cott and Co certainly know how to cook their seafood to second-perfect timing, allowing the quality local produce to shine. It’s a top spot for fresh seafood by the seaside.20180814_135518

At a glance

■ Cott & Co Fish Bar
104 Marine Parade
Phone 9383 1100
■ Opening times
Mon – Sun 12pm to late
Breakfast Sat & Sun, 8am to 11am
■ Rating
food 4
service 4
ambience 4
value for money 4
■ style – Seafood
■ wine – great selection of
local and international labels
to please all wine lovers.
■ Chef – Marco Purussini
■ Owner – Prendiville Group
■ feel – casual coastal
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost –
Entrée – $3 to $14
Mains – $26 to $38
Dessert – $14
■ all in all – Catch a table at Cott and Co
to enjoy well-cooked local seafood,
with top notch wines and ocean views.

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Charcoal Charlie’s Currumbine

Charcoal Charlie's CurrumbineBarbeque has been on trend for a few years now. In my own ‘hood there’s been a distinct lack of BBQ’s meats… until now! There’s a brand new BBQ ‘n burger joint in Currambine – Charcoal Charlies. If you love your meats cooked low and slow, then CC’s is well worth trying out. First and foremost, Charcoal Charlies is a takeaway, found at Currambine Central Shopping Centre. We found about 8 tables there too, which made it the perfect spot to enjoy a casual family meal close to home.

The eatery, which has recently opened, specialises in slow cooked meats, and burgers. Tender meats are cooked in a custom built smoker and Chef Andrew makes all his marinades, sauces and rubs from scratch. I’m very happy to report there are no nasties, additives or MSG here!Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Ordering your meal can be a little tricky, as we wanted to try everything! The menu has lots of tasty meats to choose from charcoal rotisserie cooked chicken, saucy ribs, and more coming soon.

I chose the lip-smackingly delicious lamb ribs, which are full of smoky flavours, moist and incredibly moreish. On the side I had the tastiest, herb-y rice, as well as a salad.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

There are loads of delicious sides to pick from, including about 4 different freshly made salads. The potato bake, mac n cheese, poutine (on my list for next time!) and charred corn cobs look great too.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Chef ordered the “Chubby Charles”, which is not for the faint hearted. Two thick beef patties, double American cheddar, a gooey fried egg, smoked bacon, onion, lettuce, tomato, beetroot, pickles, American mustard and the special CC burger sauce. He devoured almost every bite, but the burg did bet him! The seasoned chips are also very tasty too.

Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

Little Chef picked the “Cluckin Hot”. There is a kids menu, but the little chili addict just HAD to try this adult sized burger. A buttermilk fried spicy chicken breast, American cheddar, slaw, chipotle mayo and lashings of CC burger sauce are all served on a buttery brioche bun.Charcoal Charlie's Currumbine

There’s vegetarian and gluten free options, so everyone can enjoy the epic burgers. Charcoal Charlies is a walk in spot serving soul warming food. I’d happily grab a tasty chook, salad, rice and chips for a “chef inspired take away” family meal if I’m short on cooking time too. If you love meat and live in the Joondalup area, then Charcoal Charlies is for you!

Find Charcoal Charlies at 1244 Marmion Avenue, Currambine.
(Right on the outside corner of Currambine Central, on the Shenton Ave side)

More info on their website.

I was invited to dine at Charcoal Charlies at a discounted rate. Thanks for having us! 

Tim Ho Wan Perth

Over the years, Chef and I have eaten at many Michelin starred restaurants throughout the UK and in France. Chef has fond memories of running his own section in the kitchen of a Michelin starred restaurant in the Derbyshire countryside. I worked in the kitchen too… as a dishy! So, when I heard a Michelin starred standard restaurant was hitting Perth, I was very, very excited.

Tim Ho Wan Perth (13)

I was invited to Tim Ho Wan, which originated in Hong Kong, on their sneak peek launch night. The arrival of the Dim Sum spot at newly opened Raine Square has been causing a lot of buzz. It was a hole in the wall eatery that was hailed as the most affordable Michelin starred restaurant in the world. While we don’t have the Michelin bench mark here in Australia, this set my expectations very high.

Tim Ho Wan Perth (14)

Being the opening, we were treated to Chinese lion dancing, music and good luck traditions.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

I’m not that familiar with most Chinese cuisine, so the pictured menu did come in handy. There’s a lot of choice of Dim Sum, or “bite sized offerings”. We were given a notepad, for writing up your own order.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

Then I pressed the “doorbell” button on the table when we were ready to send the order to the kitchen.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

Our Chinese tea and food came out of the bustling kitchen in record time. No sooner had our order been picked up from the table, plates and trays started arriving just minutes later. The food comes out as its ready and soon our entire table was brimming with food.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

Being gluten intolerant I was limited to what I could order but there was enough to fill me up. I tried congee with pork, century egg and salted egg, a sort of savoury rice porridge. Rice with chicken, sausage and mushroom was also a GF winner.Tim Ho Wan Perth (9)

I couldn’t get enough of the steamed beef balls with bean curd skin. The poached fresh seasonal vegetables were nicely coated in soy sauce. Other dishes people on my table enjoyed were pan-fried turnip cake, steamed prawn dumplings, spring roll with egg white and these pretty crisp, deep fried wasabi salad prawn dumplings.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

I’ll put my hands up and admit I was far too chicken (!!) to try the braised chicken feet with abalone sauce. I’m pretty adventurous, but that was a bit too much, even for me.

Tim Ho Wan Perth (7)

By this time we were starting to struggle, but had just enough tummy space to fit in a sweet and creamy mango sago pomelo.

Tim Ho Wan Perth

I did expect Tim Ho Wan to be a bit more “high end”. I didn’t realise we placed our orders on paper and used the bell – like at Pappa Rich. We liked Tim Ho Wan – we both left feeling full, the menu wasn’t expensive and I’m sure it’s going to be an incredibly popular addition to William Street.

Find out more on Tim Ho Wan here.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

We dine early at Piccolo Trattoria, not because it’s a school night or we think it’s better for our digestion – five o’clock is the only time we can score a booking at the Shenton Park newbie. The incredibly popular Italian is already pumping before 6pm on a Thursday and we’re curious to see what the fuss is about.

The family business has already amassed a loyal following, after opening its doors just a few months ago. We’re greeted by chatty wait staff, who make us feel like old friends that have popped over for dinner. This is all part of trattoria-style dining. Trattorias are Italian-style eateries, known for being more casual than a restaurant and where bread is broken over hearty, home style meals.


The cosy dining room has a faint whiff of paint. We see that the small restaurant is being extended to accommodate more tables, which hopefully improves the odds of snaring a table in future! Italian singers croon in the background and the tables are covered with traditional red and white checked cloths. This could be a little twee, but it works here in the otherwise modern dining room, making the spot on the Nicolson Road strip feel homely and inviting.

The rustic menu is heavily influenced by hearty Sicilian cuisine, where Owner and Head Chef Carlo Collova’s parents originate from. It wouldn’t be much of an authentic trattoria without a menu brimming with antipasto and of course there’s pasta aplenty – even gluten free pasta for coeliacs.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

This BYO restaurant is the perfect spot to bring along a favourite drop of wine from your collection. A good selection of soft drinks, tea and coffee are also on offer. A dish of salty marinated olives, finished with a squeeze of lemon juice, get our juices flowing.

My entrée, a melanzana parmigiana ($14) is ooey-gooey goodness. Grilled softened eggplant is layered with a rich tomato sauce, fresh basil and grana padano, a kind of parmesan cheese. The delicious dish is topped with even more fresh herbs, caper salsa and a rustic loaf for wiping up the lip-smacking sauce.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

Plump polpette beef and pork meatballs ($14) are slowly cooked in a tomato sugo, topped with cheese, extra virgin olive oil and fresh herbs. Chef dips his thick-cut bread into the sauce, it’s a soul-warming dish, just like Nonna makes.


For main, I choose the game-y goat chops ($38), having got a taste on a recent trip to Carnarvon, where goat is plentiful. The grilled baby goat chops are oozing with flavour, marinated in garlic, rosemary, fennel seeds and thyme. A crisp potato croquette and well-dressed Greek style salad, that’s brimming with chunks of tomato, cucumber and creamy goat’s feta are on the side.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

Chef relishes the La Cotoletta Parmigiana ($38). A thin beef fillet schnitzel is coated in crumbs and pan friend, giving it a slightly charred crust. The tender meat is topped with a little tomato sauce, melted grana padano cheese and a generous amount of fresh basil leaves. On the side is a silky eggplant and tomato chutney, potato croquette, sautéed spinach, and a sweet and spicy pickled chili. Chef admits he’s not eaten beef schnitzel since the 1980s and thoroughly enjoys his trip down memory lane.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

Chocolate torta ($14) has to be one of my favourite Italian sweets. Piccolo Trattoria’s version is a flourless chocolate almond cake, with roasted pistachios, a dark chocolate ganache, mixed berry compote and lashings of double cream. While the flavours are robust, I find the texture far too crumbly.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

The rich and creamy mousse al cioccolato ($14) is divine. Decadent chocolate mousse is topped with mixed berry compote and a sprinkle of roasted pistachio.

Piccolo Trattoria, Shenton Park

There’s a lot to love about Piccolo Trattoria. The simple dishes are mouth-watering, making it much more than your average local Italian. Though they’re not reinventing the wheel, the kitchen is serving up well cooked Italian dishes with gusto, a bucket load of flavour and loads of heart. Welcome to the neighbourhood Piccolo Trattoria!

At a glance

■ Piccolo Trattoria
205 Nicholson Road
Shenton Park
Phone 9382 1778
■ Opening times
Mon – Sat 5pm to late
■ Rating
food 4
service 4
ambience 4
value for money 4
■ style – Italian
■ wine – BYO wine and beer
■ Chef – Carlo Collova
■ Owner – Carlo Collova
■ feel – casual and cosy
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost –
Entrée – $4 to $39
Mains – $19 to $45
Dessert – $7 to $14
■ all in all – bookings are essential at
this new Shenton Park spot, where
the delicious Italian offerings are
far from average.

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Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

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I was intrigued when I heard about Restaurant Hyun, a new modern Korean and French fusion diner in Claremont. There are strong French influences in Vietnamese cooking, though I wasn’t aware the same could be said for Korean food. The combination of French and Korean is certainly unchartered gastronomic territory for Chef and I. Can kimchi really marry seamlessly with French flair? We are about to find out.

We enjoy a warm welcome by our waiter, though the minimalist décor of the dining room leaves me feeling a little cold. The entry, which could serve as a funky bar-style dining spot, is packed with empty glasses and feels more like a storage area. Packed with busy tables, the cottage-style dining area lacks soul – or perhaps that should be Seoul?!

The small wine list is constantly evolving. Chef’s Plantagenet Three Lions shiraz is has a peppery, blackcurrant aroma and Chef notices it’s not served in a red wine glass. I choose a citrus driven Willow Bridge Semillon Sauvignon Blanc from WA’s Ferguson Valley region. The crisp drop compliments fresh Asian flavours well.

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

Rather than rice laden traditional dishes, the French influence and cooking techniques lend to a lighter style of dining and interesting flavour combinations. I wonder if it would be more accurate to say the cuisine is more Korean-European? Kimchi, a chilli-spiked Korean staple of fermented vegetables, features throughout the menu. Their kimchi arancini is an Italian-Korean hybrid and a green tea scallop ceviche even has Peruvian origins.

The sautéed mushrooms ($14), is a beautifully plated entree. The classic, though modern fine dining style of plating certainly borrows from French cuisine. The enoki, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms, are served in a mushroom consommé, along with an earthy mushroom and cashew mash, smooth pumpkin mousse, pickled baby courgette, labne, and a drizzle of truffle oil. A spoon would have been handy, to fully enjoy the tasty consommé, a French-style clear soup.

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

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Tiago Kitchen Joondalup

Tiago Kitchen Joondalup

Joondalup is getting a little bit trendy! I’d longed for my local area to get some cool café spots like what’s enjoyed in the inner city suburbs of Perth. Newbie Tiago Kitchen joins the likes of Paper Avenue and Gipsy Boy as good spots to grab a coffee in J-town.


Open just a few weeks, Tiago is absolutely killin’ in on Instagram. I have to admit, it was the impeccably styled photos that lured me in for a coffee. Found in the very heart of Joondalup, the interior is totally on trend with clean while walls, soft grey, black and pink furnishing and lush indoor pot plants. There’s a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of seating and space.


The coffee is good, I was on the fence a little about having something sweet to go with it, but their Gluten free offering of a brownie or bliss balls didn’t quite tempt me. Their other fresh bakes looked really scrumptious.


Little Chef ordered a milkshake. He’d have happily had a mega shake, and I was tempted to see just how decadent they were, but you know…too much sugar + kids = trouble!


Little Chef also enjoyed a big home-made pork and fennel sausage roll, which had wonderfully flaky pastry (sob!) and came with a generous apple slaw.


Tiago is a cool new addition to Joondalup, and I’ll be sure to check out their brunch offering soon.

Tiago Kitchen Joondalup

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Find Tiago at 2/129 Grand Boulevard & Reid Promenade, Joondalup.

The Guildford Hotel

The Guildford Hotel

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The Guildford Hotel has been a beloved local icon since the 1880s. The heritage-listed watering hole has been sitting proudly on James Street, until it was gutted by fire in 2008, sitting derelict and decaying until 2016. It’s doors finally reopened two years ago and we paid a visit on its 2 year birthday!

The Guildford Hotel

I was blown away by the stunning restoration. The hotel is contemporary, while also being sympathetic to the old building’s character.

The Guildford Hotel

Features from the original building can be seen everywhere. Exposed convict-made bricks, old fireplaces and even the giant charred jarrah beams that once supported the second floor, still remain as a reminder of the not so distant past.

The Guildford Hotel

Sit in the light and airy main dining area inside or in the large outdoor courtyard. There’s plenty of space upstairs too, where there are endless nooks to explore and you can enjoy a wonderful view of Guildford from one of the many verandas.


Being a pub, beer lovers are spoilt for choice with 18 beers on tap. There’s a good selections of wines, ciders and sprits too. The menu offers lots of pub favourites, with a focus on BBQ, burgers and share food. To start we chose the Guildford’s famous cheeseburger spring rolls, which sound a bit odd, but they are delicious! Served with a creamy “awesome sauce” – goodness knows what’s in that (but it does taste awesome!).


My carnivore Dad chose the sticky Albany pork butt ($27) from the pitmaster menu which also features low n slow brisket, ribs and more. I was eyeing that up, but happened to be also going to a BBQ restaurant for my tea that night. Dad let me taste a bit of the pork, which was incredibly tender and was smothered in finger lickin’ Carolina sauce. All Pitmaster dishes are served with slaw, potato salad and pickles.


I opted for something lighter, but no less delicious, the Jerk salmon Nicoise salad ($28). It was brimming with crisp green beans, chunks of potato, boiled egg and zingy capers. The salmon was nicely cooked and not as spicy as I’d expected it to be.


Little Chef chose Southern Chicken strips, chips and salad from the kids menu, mainly as I’m a meanie and won’t let him have KFC! haha


We worked off our lunch with a vigorous game of ping pong!


The Guildford Hotel is an impressive venue. Generally you can walk in, but bookings are recommended for larger groups of four or more. We had no problems finding a table on a Saturday. Though we did arrive a little before the noon lunchtime rush. It’s a beautiful spot, with delicious pub fayre. I’ll be back again I’m sure.


Find more info on The Guildford Hotel here.

Silks Crown Perth


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Crown Perth has a tremendous selection of dining options and best of all, you can take the whole family along. I headed to their award-winning high end Chinese restaurant, Silks, to check out their family dining offer. During the July school holidays (2nd to 13th of July) children eat free at Silks restaurant, Monday to Friday.


Little Chef, my dear friend Jenny and I were invited to dine in it’s opulent dining room to check out its menu offerings – from handcrafted dim sum, lip smacking barbecue dishes, succulent  seafood and lots of noodle and rice dishes. The kids menu is mighty tempting too!

Silks Crown Perth

The kids eat free deal means one child can eat for free, either at lunch or dinner, with each adult. The adults can order from their a la carte menu or the $55 ultimate menu, which provides great value for money. Jenny enjoyed the banquet, while I had a gluten free option of delicious sautéed meat and veg in lettuce cups. 


The GF choice isn’t massive at Silks, as most of their sauces and marinades contain gluten. My main of crispy skinned chicken and rice was tender and tasty.


The complimentary kids meal consists of vegetable spring rolls, prawn crackers, sweet and sour pork and special fried rice. Their meal was served at the same time as our entrees. Little Chef is fairly adventurous for a nine year old and he loved the sweet and sour pork, which he tried for the first time. And little one’s don’t need to worry about using chopsticks, though Little Chef had fun giving it a go! Kids-sized cutlery is provided.


Jen had quite a feast of Satay lamb cups, vegetable spring rolls

Silks Crown Perth

and pork and prawn buns – and that was just to start.

Silks Crown Perth

The  banquet mains consisted of wok fried local beef fillet with a honey pepper sauce, sweet and sour fish fillet, stir fried seasonal vegetables with ginko nuts, wok fried WA squid in black bean sauce and fragrant jasmine rice.


The dishes were fresh, tasty and there was certainly plenty to eat!

Silks Crown Perth

Little Chef’s was stoked with his dessert of coconut and lime sorbet, mango coulis and some Easter eggs (as we dined in April). We were far too full for dessert! 


Kids under 12 years old can eat free at Silks lunch and dinner Monday to Friday from 2nd to 13th of July. One free child under 12 per adult (minimum spend applies). Children will receive a Silks Kids Meal which usually can be purchased separately for $20.

For more info… 

Silks Crown Perth

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

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Originally appearing as a pop up restaurant in 2014, Piggy Food Co soon made a permanent home on the bustling North Fremantle strip. The small bar has a Southern Californian food offering, featuring the type of easy to eat comfort food that’s found right on the border of the US and Mexico. Here, it’s ok to make a piggy of yourself. Cutlery is optional, but napkins are absolutely essential!

Piggy Food Co is the epitome of Freo chill. We’re given a warm welcome and encouraged to sit wherever we like. We can grab a high table in the industrial-style bar adorned with unique piggy artworks. Or sit out in the beer garden, surrounded by green succulents and shaded with umbrellas. During the day we find a relaxing spot for a bite to eat with family and friends. By night it takes on more of a cosy small bar feel.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

If you love craft beer, with a side of dude food – Piggy Food Co is the spot for you. There’s an ever changing draught selection of local, interstate and international beers from small independent breweries. Chef chooses a south west favourite, from Colonial Brewing Co. The “S’wine” list is short and sweet, though not without some interesting choices. I enjoy a glass of fruity Alkoomi SSB, also from Margaret River.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

I order food at the bar, where the furniture has been made by multitalented co-owner and Head Chef Max Kordyl, with locally salvaged materials. The engaging, friendly staff are only too happy to have a chin-wag and offer us suggestions of the best menu picks. There’s even a special grilled cheese menu for those with the late night munchies, well after the kitchen has closed.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Pork is very much the star of the menu, with pork covered fries, pork burgers and pork tacos. The local produce driven menu offers other choices too. Everything is made in house, from scratch, with the exception of their burger buns and ice cream.

Saucy BBQ chicken wings ($10) are simply scrumptious. The tender wigs are served with a blue cheese sauce or creamy ranch dressing for dipping. If you’re feeling brave, add a kick to the wings with a generous squirt of hot sauce.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Nicely charred grilled mini corn on the cobs ($5) are delicious, tossed in a little smoked paprika and garlic.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Loaded “Hog Fries” ($14) are topped with plenty of pulled pork, cheese, salsa fresca, house BBQ sauce and a dollop of sour cream. These fries last a matter of minutes, we should have ordered two serves. The boys are such food-hogs! The topping isn’t gooey enough for my liking, I would have liked to see copious amounts of melted cheese smothering the meaty fries.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Chef couldn’t say no to the pork-tastic “Whole Hog” burger ($20). This soft ciabatta bun is jam packed full of flavours from a spiced chorizo patty, mouth-watering pulled pork, crispy bacon, cheese, slaw, salsa fresca, smoked chipotle mayo and house BBQ sauce. All that makes for a huge burger to try to fit it in your mouth! Chef only just manages to devour it all.

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