An airy north Freo room maintains its crowd-pleaser status as the spot to eat creative Modern Middle Eastern.
Open since 2016, this North Fremantle restaurant has only gotten better over the years. The leafy, airy dining room that’s grown out of an old bus garage is comfortably casual, as is the friendly and unpretentious service. Chef Kurt Sampson mixes Spanish, Turkish, North African and modern Australian influences to lovely effect.
Slow-cooked lamb shines thanks to its accompaniment of fennel and sweet and earthy beetroot borani.
Start with one of the manoushe flatbreads, or even better, a fatayer stuffed with lightly bitter greens, tangy cheese and a perfectly runny egg. Sampson really shows his creative chops when handling vegetables: broccoli is charred on a barbecue and served with a nutty, sweet walnut red pepper sauce; parsnips are roasted to fudgy perfection and paired with feta, cardamom honey and hazelnuts. Vegetables play a major role in the success of heartier dishes, too – slow-cooked lamb shines thanks to its accompaniment of fennel and sweet and earthy beetroot borani.
In warmer weather, the patio that adjoins the courtyard of the old North Fremantle Town Hall becomes the neighbourhood living room, a fantastic spot for a cocktail or coffee.