Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, Freo

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A chilly winters evening begs for a wood fire. We find a cosy little eatery in Fremantle that fits the bill perfectly. Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, on High Street, serves hearty comfort food cooked exclusively in its wood fire oven.

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Head Chef Kenny McHardy is a champion of West Australian produce. It’s showcased in his ever changing menu which is currently full of winter goodies including roasted beets and truffles. I can sniff out a truffle as well as any truffle dog, so I am pleased to see that they’re currently being featured at Manuka – we’re in the thick of truffle season after all. They’re sourced from a boutique truffle orchard in Manjimup, run by none other than Chef David Coomer (Star Anise, Pata Negra).

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The intimate restaurant oozes Freo with its limestone feature walls. A friendly waiter presents us with a small, though well chosen, drinks menu that features WA wines, beers, ciders and spirits. We enjoy a velvety smooth pinot noir from Mount Barker winery Mount Trio. The drop has cherry aromas and is a great match for slow cooked red meats.

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The popular spot is soon full with customers and the open kitchen is a hive of activity. In saying that, it’s not a noisy restaurant and we’re happy we don’t have to shout over the table as we order our meals. The menu is made up of share plates and gourmet pizzas.
We choose the “Chef’s Menu” at $55 per person. This includes seven dishes from the menu, with the addition of the fresh truffles for an extra cost of $20 per table. Money well spent in my opinion! Along with our wine, we devour roasted olives, which are served warm. The roasting process gives them a softer texture and slightly milder flavour.

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The deliciously spiced flat bread is served with Cooladerra Farm olive oil from Frankland River. The simple bread, freshly baked to order, arrives hot and fluffy from the wood fire. We tear at the bread and dip chunks into the luscious smoked eggplant babaganoush, lapping up every morsel.

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The wait staff are very knowledgeable about the produce used and tell us a little about each dish as it’s served. Next, we share organic feta from Over The Moon Organics, a small Albany dairy farm where the farmers milk the cows and make the cheese. The creamy cheese is delicious drizzled with honey and a scattering of walnuts.

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Little Chef tucks into a smoked beef chorizo pizza ($21) topped with olives, capsicum, spring onion and feta. We sneak a slice and discover that the base is as fluffy and light as the flat bread.

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The first of our meat dishes, Manuka’s award winning charred chicken thigh, is incredibly moist and full of smoky flavours. On the side is pickled red cabbage and a moreish miso sauce. Continue reading

Little Creatures – Fremantle

 

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Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

One of our most favourite all-rounders is Little Creatures at the Fishing Boat Harbour in Freo. Chef loves the massive beer barn, as he’s partial to a pint or two of a good craft beer. I love the buzzing, but chilled atmosphere and we have to drag Little Chef out of the massive sandpit. We all LOVE the simple yet consistently tasty pub food.20131113_132006

We find the inside tables a bit noisy, so we sit out in the back beer garden by the harbour. It’s a fab spot where I happily spend a few hours, usually with our overseas guests. Occasionally it can be a bit breezy, but generally ok and we try to find a shady spot under one of the trees or umbrellas. Otherwise you’ll find plenty of bottles of sun cream hanging around. Little chef and his cousins were as happy as Larry; there’s a large partially shaded sandpit in the beer garden. As I’ve said before… Little Creatures caters very well for our own little creatures!!IMG_2596

The menu is mostly made up of share plates (big & small) and wood fired pizzas. We usually order the pizzas. The harrissa spiced lamb with melanzane and feta pizza ($23) is packed with flavour.IMG_2591

I really love the prawn, Coriander and shitake mushroom woodfired pizza ($24) This topping, it is one of my absolute favourites. The kitchen is always very generous with the juicy big prawns too! I’ve had this pizza more times than I remember.20131113_134219

 

We enjoy all the food, it’s perfect to share with friends, or in our case pommie relatives. The craft beer is brewed on site. It was a hit with all the blokes – in particular “Rogers” and the “Pilsner”. Little Creatures is a Fremantle treasure and somewhere that Chef and I will always have a big soft spot for.20131113_143010

Barque – East Fremantle {CLOSED}

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Charming George Street has to be one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Fremantle, with its historic terraced cottages and quaint eating spots. The old Grand George Hotel, presides over the east end of the street, looking down at the many cafes, boutiques and restaurants on the historic dining strip. Soon the hotel which has been closed for almost forty years, may be restored to it’s former glory, which would be wonderful to see! IMG_2019Chef and I are enjoying a stroll along the tree lined street and stop at one of the popular restaurants, Barque. We have the option to sit in the sun drenched courtyard, on the veranda or inside the little blue colonial cottage.IMG_2023The Freo doctor is a little blustery and we opt to sit inside. The renovated interior is eclectic and inviting.IMG_2028Our waitress immediately brings us water and their drinks menu. The wine list is a decent size, though only four reds and four whites are available by the glass. Mostly Australian drops feature with a few Europeans thrown in for good measure. I choose the local Stormflower Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a smooth and fruity drop from Margaret River which has notes of gooseberry, nectarine, passionfruit and guava. A perfect match for Asian flavours.IMG_2027The menu at Barque is described as modern Asian fusion. The dishes are designed to share and we choose two small plates, a side and two more substantial dishes. Will that be enough or too much, I worry. Our waitress assures us that we’ll have plenty of food and we put our trust (and hungry tummies!) into her hands.IMG_2024The first dish from the kitchen’s pass is soft shell crab, $11. It’s a make your own snack and we set about wrapping the crab in an iceberg lettuce leaf. The deep fried crab, topped with spicy kimchi (shredded chili cabbage), fresh mint, coriander and crisp lettuce make for a delicious start to our meal.IMG_2031This is quickly followed by lamb ribs, $18. The generous serve of ribs are very moist and bursting with rosemary. They are well-seasoned and a touch fatty, which only adds to the lip-smacking meaty flavour. IMG_2037Though the smoked bbq pork shoulder, $27, is on the “substantial” part of the menu, we think that three slices isn’t really substantial enough. A well balanced grilled peach and fennel salad accompanies the smoky slices of pork. The tasty meat is more-ish and we certainly want more of this dish!IMG_2033The prized half roasted duck, $36, arrives at our table. Along with the whole fish, it is one of Barque’s most popular dishes. The tender duck is served on the bone and it has wonderfully aromatic and crisp skin.duckFor an additional $8 we order pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumber & spring onion. We eagerly make our duck pancakes, with lashings of plum sauce. This is another get your hands dirty kind of dish. I’m not one to pick at bones in restaurants, so I would have preferred the meat was shredded for us. I think there would have been less wastage that way too.IMG_2064We’re not yet full and for dessert I pick the vanilla cheesecake, $14. The creamy dessert is served with poached rhubarb that has been spiced with cardamom and star anise. It’s a deconstructed style dish, with a nut brittle on the side, instead of the traditional biscuit crumb.cheesecakeChef devours the rich chocolate marquise, $16. Sprinkled with salted caramel oats, the silky smooth chocolate marquise, is made from bitter Vietnamese chocolate and finished with a dollop of sour crème.IMG_2070Barque is a great little spot for a date night or to share meal with friends. We wander off into the summer night, our hungry tummies satisfied. This part of the world leaves me with a romantic notion of living in a quaint old cottage with a food-topia like George Street at the end of my street – East Fremantle locals I envy you!IMG_2080

At a glance

■ Barque

125 George Street

East Fremantle

Phone 08 9339 5524

■ Opening times

Weds – Fri: 12 to 10pm

Sat: 9am to 10pm

Sun: 9am to 3pm

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 3.5

value for money 3.5

■ style – Asian Fusion

■ wine – well-chosen mainly

local wine list.

■ Chef – Stuart Mitchel

■ Owners – Simon & Charles

■ feel – relaxed & classy.

■ wheelchair access – no

■ cost

Small – $4 to $26

Substantial – $27 to $68

Dessert – $12 to $16

■ all in all – The well cooked food

is on point. Service is always at hand,

but not in an intrusive way.

Propeller – North Freo

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We love the Fremantle vibe – so casual and carefree. Though technically in the western suburbs, the North Fremantle strip exudes the same Freo quirkiness and it has an intimate village feel too. There’s small bars and restaurants aplenty – including the popular Habitué, Mrs Brown and Flipside – where Prince Harry recently dined.

Propeller is an eatery that resides in and around an old refurbished bus garage – a brilliant use of space. A colourful mural adorns the inviting outside dining terrace, though unfortunately on this day the Fremantle Doctor is well and truly in – it’s too blustery to sit outside.

Perth’s love affair with brunch is still going strong. At Propeller you can brunch till 3pm, which is great if you feel like an all-day breakfast. We’re dining at the later end of lunch and we’re happy to see there isn’t solely breakfast dishes on the menu.IMG_0153

The menu is interesting. Propeller’s kitchen is inspired by flavours of the Levant region, which is made up of countries from the eastern Mediterranean, an area where European and Middle Eastern flavours collide. The service is much warmer than the sea breeze and our waitress is very accommodating.

The wine list is small, but adequate with some Australian and Italian picks. A good selection of craft beers and spirits are also available in the fully licenced venue. Flu-season has well and truly taken hold in our house – so I take advantage of a green veggie juice.IMG_0145

I enjoy every mouthful of the pulses in rich tomato sauce, served with a confit duck leg, $18. There are lentils, chickpeas, butter beans and more – with some thickly sliced bread to soak up the meaty sauce. The duck leg is oh so tender and full of game-y flavour. The freshly baked sourdough is supplied from one of my all-time favourite dining spots – Bread in Common. The dish is served in a retro falcon ware bowl. Whilst it looks great, the high sides make it impractical. I give up trying to cut the bread with a knife and tear with my hands instead. To be honest, I think that’s the way this rustic dish is meant to be enjoyed!pulses

Chef, who I’m tempted to start calling “Pizza Boy”, chooses yet another pizza. He assures me of his informed choice, he’s heard great things about the pizzas here at Propeller. He’s impressed with a meat manoushe, a Lebanese pizza, $22. The pizza base is incredibly light and fluffy – topped with spiced minced beef, pomegranate (which WOULD have looked great, but Chef asked for none, he’s fussy!), parsley and labne, a creamy strained soft cheese. Chef spreads the labne very liberally over the mince – he loves it.IMG_0141

Another interesting oval pizza-esc dish keeps being delivered to tables around us. After some enquiries we find out that it’s one of their specialties, a pide, which is a Turkish pizza. We have some serious food envy!

Though Propeller oozes cool, it’s also family friendly. Little Chef takes after his Daddy and chooses a meatball pizza, $10. It’s a tasty pizza, but a little on the small side, even for a six year old.IMG_0140

The sweet treats are baked on site daily and are on display at the repurposed shipping container bar outside. The flourless chocolate and blood orange cake, served with a little cream, is great for gluten intolerant diners and just as delectable as the real deal.IMG_0149

For the coffee n cake crowd their locally roasted Darkstar coffee is top notch too. The nut tart is savoured by Chef – it’s absolutely scrumptious- the pastry is spot on too.IMG_0150

Propeller is a great spot to break bread with friends over a drink or two. Propeller is mainly an outside venue and on a warm summer’s day or evening it will be delightful.

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At a glance

■ Propeller

222 Queen Victoria Street

North Fremantle

Phone 9335 9366

■ Opening times

8.30am to 11.30pm

Monday to Sunday

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Mediterranean

■ wine –small wine list

■ Chef – Kurt Sampson

■ Owners – Hamish Fleming

and Siobhan Blumann

■ feel – Casual cool

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entre – $9 -$23

Mains – $12 – $36

Dessert – $15

■ all in all – A cool, airy

venue with attentive service

and interesting, tasty food.

 

Bathers Beach House – Fremantle

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Sunday afternoons are made for Fremantle. For me, they started in the early 1980’s, when my family would take a drive to Freo for some fish n chips, an ice cream and a wander around the markets. Little has changed. Though these days, the food choice at the Fishing Boat Harbour has changed dramatically from what was a simple choice between “Kailis or Cicerellos”.IMG_9816

Bathers Beach House is found in the building opposite Bathers Beach, where McDonalds was for many years. There’s not much to remind you that it was once home to the golden arches – though they have up-cycled their wooden deking, as cladding for a rustic feature wall. Look closely and you might see a pickle stain!

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Bathers Beach House is one of the very few restaurants in the Perth metro area with an absolute beachfront view. If you like the sand between your toes there are sun loungers on the beach too. Inside, the modern restaurant is light and bright, with a wall of windows giving views out to the Indian Ocean. We gaze at a huge pelican surfing the waves, searching for a feed of fish.IMG_9757

I too feel like eating seafood. I look over the menu, which has a mostly casual, Modern Australian feel to it. Looking around the dining room it appears that many people are grazing. The share plates also double as starters. Chef and I chose an entree each, feeling like a more traditional “3 course” Sunday lunch.IMG_9758

The drinks menu is sizable and has plenty of local wines available. Searching for a little bit of summer, I choose a tipple from one of my favourite wineries, a Voyager Sangria ($10). The delicious mocktail is made from fruity Voyager Estate red grape juice, monin sangria syrup and freshly cut fruits.IMG_9772

Bacon hock, vintage cheddar & mustard Croquettes ($12) are crisp on the outside and wonderfully gooey on the inside. The tasty morsels have smoky notes and creamed cauliflower for dipping compliments the croquettes well.IMG_9779

I relish the caramelised belly of pork ($14). Though it’s not topped with crackle (an absolute weakness of mine) it is still very crisp. The moist meat sits upon sautéed bok choi, crisp nashi pear and is finished with a mouth-watering star anise reduction. Through the reduction are tiny specks of crackle, adding texture to the dish, though I would have preferred that it was left whole.Pork Belly

Little Chef gets his lunch served as our entrees come out. There is a good kids menu, made from quality ingredients. For $10 as well as his tasty fish and chips a drink and soft serve ice cream were included.IMG_9774

Chef enjoys the Flamed 200g brioche beef burger ($19) which is certainly much better than McDonald’s! The tender burger is layered with swiss cheese, cos lettuce, tomato, pickles & BBQ sauce and is served with a side of fries.IMG_9795

Seared salmon ($32) is served with creamed saffron potatoes and a curry spiced mussel & butternut chowder. This gluten free dish should please those with food intolerances, it is a little different and ticks all the boxes. I get my seafood fix – the salmon cooked perfectly medium rare and though I think the kitchen could have been a little more generous with the amount of plump muscles served.Salmon

We share a vanilla bean panna cotta ($12) for dessert. The panna cotta is as wobbly as it should be. The grenadine poached rhubarb gives a sharp contrast to the subtle vanilla. Unfortunately, the ginger snap doesn’t snap. It is far too thick and soggy. A disappointing end to what is otherwise a pleasant lunch.IMG_9806

Whilst nothing knocks our socks off, except for the view, the entire experience makes me think what an enjoyable venue Bathers Beach House is. The food is mostly good, the service is friendly – it will definitely be a spot to be seen at this summer.IMG_9814

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At a glance

■ Bathers Beach House

47 Mews Road

Fremantle

Phone 9335 2911

■ Opening times

Weekdays – 11am till late

Weekends – 8am till late

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine –many WA and

Interstate wines available.

■ Chef – Ross Tyre

■ Owner – Anthony Unmack

■ feel – cool coastal

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $8 to $72

Mains – $18 to $36

Dessert – $12 to $26

■ all in all – Friendly service,

modern venue & well cooked

food with a beautiful coastal vista.

May Street Larder – East Fremantle

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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!IMG_8359 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.IMG_8362 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.IMG_8355 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).IMG_8364 The idea is that dishes will be sent out fast-food style from the kitchen, with minimal waiting times. Great for takeaways!IMG_8379 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.IMG_8371IMG_8385 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.IMG_8387 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.IMG_8394 May Street Larder is open for brekkie and brunch – dinner should also be available in the future, once the liquor licence comes through.IMG_8400 IMG_8358Thanks 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!IMG_8403

Bread in Common – Fremantle

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I met one of my lovely besties, Ren, in Freo for a lunch date. Bread in Common has been on my “to visit” list for ages and it’s a great spot for a catch up. We found the hip restaurant in an old warehouse on a Freo side street – just around the corner from the Esplanade Hotel and park.IMG_6996

The aroma of freshly baked bread and coffee fills the air. The set-up of long communal tables, makes for a bustling atmosphere, there are a few smaller tables too and a few outside. Racks and racks of wine adorn the brick walls. We’re seated at a long table and order some juices to start.

IMG_6979The menu is a mix of brekkie, brunch and lunch foods. We opted for the lunch-y dishes. Also on the menu are gourmet sandwiches – I liked the look of the rump, cheese, horseradish, shallots and BBQ sauce. They even do a decadent chocolate, ricotta, honey and cinnamon toastie! This time though, we were not there for sandwiches. Ren and I decided to share our food as we both like to try a bit of this and that. The dishes are mostly in-between the size of an entrée and main – perfect for sharing a few plates.IMG_6966

Our waitress was warm and had a great memory. She took our 6 dish order without need of pen and paper. Maybe that’s not super impressive, but for someone who has a goldfish memory (like me), I certainly couldn’t do it. Our food comes out about 15 minutes later, just as we ordered:

IMG_6967Mushrooms, bitter leaves, coconut, almonds, thyme ($15)

IMG_6975Duck fat roasted potatoes, rosemary, garlic and ketchup ($13)

IMG_6973Salmon, cauliflower, goji berries, sunflower seeds ($26)

IMG_6978Prawns, char grilled cos, salami, orange, oregano ($24)

All the dishes were excellent. I really loved the mushroom dish which was packed full of nutty flavours. I also couldn’t go past the duck fat roasted potatoes – they were perfect and complimented by the sweet tomato ketchup.

IMG_6991We had a side of super fresh bread too – it would be rude not to!

IMG_6974They don’t have a kids menu at Bread in Common. To be fair there weren’t many kids there. They were more than happy to adjust their scrambled organic eggs & rocket (minus hazelnut dukka) $14 so it was friendlier for Little Chef. He relished the buttery eggs.

There is a reason why Bread in Common often sits at the top of the Urbanspoon “Talk of the Town – top 5”. It has the trifecta of fantastic food, great service and casual vibes down pat. It’s also a cool wine bar by night.IMG_6983