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George Street Bistro |
This groovy eatery fits right in with the
vibe of funky Fremantle.
If you re tired of the same old haunts, get down
to George Street. Anyone who has been there lately
agrees, it s got a great boho feel. There s a fantastic
wine store, eclectic boutiques, specialty shops, cafes
and restaurants. And right in the middle you ll find
the renowned George Street Cafe.
Owners Sabine Treder and Soren Koberstein
have created a unique dining and shopping experi-
ence. Tables are set, lighting dimmed and they
are more than happy to let us sit outside at one
of the two tables on the pavement. It s all very
European and not hard to see why this place has
become something of an institution in Fremantle.
While there, drop into the adjoining George Street
Merchant (see below).
Chef Soren s menu changes weekly, some-
times daily, depending on what produce has been
sourced. We started with the sugar-cured salmon
($23). Cured in-house and cut a little thicker than
usual, which I quite liked, it is superb. The tang of
the honey and mustard dressing gives it all balance
but doesn t overpower the dish.
A prawn, vermicelli and mango salad was, once
again, lifted by the quality of the ingredients.
Fresh, plump prawns, sweet mango and a hint of
tamarind that hits you at the back of the throat --
it s a taste sensation. For something different, we
opted for the tandoori beef in filo pasty. Filo pastry
is so fickle and can be tricky to keep buttery and
flakey, especially when the filling is moist. The beef
had just the right amount of spice, and was well
accompanied by creamy grilled eggplant, which
had that slightly smoky taste. Well worth a try.
Maybe it was the cool breeze we were enjoy-
ing sitting outside, or the fact I had recently seen
Julia and Julie, but I just couldn t go past the beef
bourguignon for my main ($38). Slow cooked in a
rich, flavour-packed pinot noir sauce with bacon,
mushrooms and onions, it s a true casserole. It was
beautifully cooked, with the meat falling apart, just
as it should. The caper mash was an interesting
addition with the capers giving the whole dish a
little more oomph. The almond broccoli was a tad
overpowering and I would have preferred to have
had it simply steamed with a squeeze of lemon.
However, it is refreshing to have a
main come complete, without the need
to order any sides. The wine list is well
thought out and reasonably priced, with
a good selection of local and international
varieties. Finish off your meal with a crème
brulee or the pavlova, both $12.
The George Street Bistro is fully licensed and is open
Tuesday 6pm-late, Wednesday to Thursday 11am-late,
Friday to Saturday 9am-late and Sunday 9am-5pm.
Make sure to book -- it s busy most nights and Sunday
brunch is hugely popular. 71-75 George Street, East
Fremantle (08) 9339 6352, george-street.com.au.
The George Street Merchant is adjacent to the
bistro. It stocks a big variety of international
cheeses, smallgoods and deli items, as well as
Belgian chocolates, condiments and cook-
books. All their cakes and pastries are made
in-house using free-range eggs and gluten-free
options are available. There are also a number
of ready to eat items such as arancini balls,
frittatas and meatloaf, which all means that it is
nigh on impossible to leave empty handed.
Open Mon-Sat 8am - 6pm and Sun 8am - 5pm.
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