After a day spent soaking up the rays along the Cappuccino Strip, relaxing at the park, and drinking plenty of coffee, there’s no reason not to enjoy a delicious meal while in Fremantle. Freo’s buzzing restaurant scene caters to everyone’s needs, from the meat-lovers to the vegans. To help narrow down your choice for the next night out, we’ve discovered Freo’s best restaurants.
Bread in Common
During the day a flood of natural light shines through the restaurant and bakery of this 1898 heritage building where Bread in Common is located. Producing a selection of hand-molded, nourishing wood-fired bread, sandwiches, and handmade treats, the hand-built ovens, affectionately named Hansel and Gretel, will win you over with their delights. Not only are the artisanal breads something to indulge in, but so are their gluten-free dishes, offered all year round. Whether you want to enjoy warm ricotta and truffle, pork belly, or a flourless chocolate cake, BiC never disappoints.
Located along Freo’s iconic Fishing Boat Harbour, the Gold Plate-award-winning steak and seafood restaurant Char Char Bull offers fabulous water views over chargrilled prime beef and local fish, prawns, oysters, and mussels. Of course, you can’t miss a taste of their pork belly and their crispy-fried squid, but you must also save room for a taste of their dessert. With lighter options available, and entrees big enough to serve as a sharing dish, everything is cooked to perfection, so all you have to do is choose and relax on the decked terrace.
Bringing the best of local produce with a distinct Mediterranean flare is the trendy, yet quirky restaurant Habitué. Relax with friends as you enjoy the good food and wine while local and international musicians perform. This restaurant caters to all foodies, from the zucchini flowers to chargrilled cuttlefish and chocolate and fudge marquis to lemon posset. While hidden away in North Freo, Habitué encourages regular visitors with the name meaning “one who frequents a place of pleasure,” so how could you not return?
Manuka Woodfire Kitchen
With an authentic woodfire oven leading to the kitchen, it is hard not to be in love with the passionate team and homely experience of Manuka Woodfire. This fully licensed restaurant, bar, and alfresco not only serves food—and in particular woodfire pizza—from the best local produce, but also offers local beer, wine, cider, and coffee to accompany your meal. While everything can be shared, you can easily take a pizza for yourself and keep the rest for tomorrow. Manuka will ensure you leave happy, full, and more than satisfied.
A stone’s throw away from the Cappuccino Strip lies a charming heritage building serving up authentic Italian cuisine. At Nunzio’s, they cook with only the freshest local produce, serving homemade pasta. With a specialized pastry chef, you will be tempted to ensure you have enough room for dessert. The menu features truffle pate and ricotta agnolotti with truffle sauce and the fish of the day served in chardonnay wine with baked crispy mash.
Even after a move to the iconic Cappuccino Strip, Sandrino still serves up delicious and affordable Italian food. Their large servings make them ideal to share or indulge in yourself, from salads and beer-battered chips to a variety of pizzas and seafood. Sandrino is always a safe bet that will make even the fussiest of eaters happy with their food choice. For the vegans out there, Sandrino also allows you to change ingredients in the meals to cater your preference.
The east end of Freo brings a bustling hub that allows you to get the best of every world by eating, drinking, working, and playing all under the roof of a beautifully historic warehouse. The Mantle houses several restaurants, cocktail bars, and an incubation kitchen perfect for your morning coffee, dinner, and even late-night drinks. Combining Asian-infused flavors and dishes from the Nikkei Cuisine lies Don Tapa and nearby speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar, Alter Ego, serving up drinks to kick-start your night. Alongside an authentic Italian pizza restaurant, The Mantle has something for everyone.
Mother (formerly The Raw Kitchen)
Located in an original 1920s warehouse, this hip kitchen takes its focus toward progressive plant-based cuisine. The Raw Kitchen serves up raw and vegan meals, focusing on the quality, the taste, and the style of the dishes, without using any dairy, gluten, refined sugar, or additives. Not only do the unique flavors served up here change seasonally, but upstairs there is a yoga and studio space that add to the uniqueness of the kitchen. From kale chips to organic blue corn tortillas and organic, sustainable, and locally produced wine, this is the new go-to place.
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