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EATING OUT restaurant reviews
Clint Nolan is one of the coolest cats on the Perth
dining scene. He’s the guy behind the much-
awarded Harvest and the ultra-hip-it’s-almost-
grunge Who’s Your Mumma bar, both in Fremantle.
Clint’s newest venture is a fabulous, fun space of
exposed wood, perspex in the floorboards revealing
the cantina beneath and the requisite groovy looking
crowd. Noisy and energised, it’s staffed by charming
waiters with languid, South American accents.
No bookings are taken, so expect to wait for a
table at a bar to the left, where you can order drinks
and tapas while you wait. Don’t expect anything
fancy here. Some of the seats are milk crates and
our little table seemed no more than a couple of
pieces of wood nailed together but, somehow,
miraculously, it all works.
We start with mini tostadas. At $6 for three,
they’re great value. The shells themselves, cooked
279 William Street, Northbridge (08) 9227 9238. Open for dinner until late Wednesday-Sunday
in the restaurant’s woodfired oven, are hot and
crisp when they arrive.
Toppings are generous and flavours subtle.
Crab and avocado is simply seasoned with salt,
pepper and lemon. Beef tartare features quality
meat that has been well trimmed, ground and
piled on the tostada with a sprinkling of salt and
a squirt of lemon.
All sauces, condiments and wrappings,
from the taco shells to the tortillas served with
their excellent guacamole, are created on the
premises from scratch.
There is a variety of larger main meals on offer,
such as whole market fish and wood-roasted pork
hock, all priced at around $26. The restaurant
stocks an impressive range of tequila and offers its
beer with chilli and lime.
Not all the food at La Cholita hits the mark,
but who cares? This place is about so much
more than the food. It also represents great
value. Our meal with beers and margaritas set
back our ladies-only group $40/head. Couple
that with those sexy waiters and this place is sure
to toast your tostada!
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