It’s been a few months since I’ve blogged – call it writers block or laziness, I’m not sure which it is but I’m back with my opinions (for what they’re worth) on our local WA eateries.
Mark is currently taking 6 months annual leave from work and I now have every second Friday off. This gives us plenty of extra time and excuses to check out new and favourite local bars and restaurants.
Little Creatures, like many other venues, is one we’ve tended to avoid on our weekend’s off as you literally have to be waiting for them to open to secure a seat. Having these extra little ‘long weekends’ means we are finding ourselves able to once again enjoy them.
This iconic brewery is located south of Perth in Fremantle and I cannot imagine any visitor to WA hasn’t at least heard of this brewery let alone visited it. Originally established in 2000 the Brewery boasts a large bustling open ‘warehouse’ with various seating arrangements, a large bar and fantastic views of the kitchen and beer tanks. There is also an upstairs galleried seating area, a front garden area and a sunny ‘back deck’ overlooking the harbour. The Brewery has grown significantly over the years and is now accompanied by the Brewhouse bar and Creatures NextDoor.
The Brewhouse bar is located just next door and is the place to go if you want a more relaxed atmosphere to enjoy a drink & food from the Brewery Menu, it is also where you can purchase those all important six packs and ‘Souvies’ to take home.
Creatures NextDoor is the latest venue to open and is the perfect place to relax, take in the views of Fremantle Harbour, enjoy a drink and work your way through their all day Tapas menu. Creatures NextDoor also hosts a variety of entertainment including Live Comedy and Jazz and has been added to my ‘must visit’ list!
Mark and I had been on a shopping trip for holiday clothes for me – it’s still 3 months, 22 days, and twelve hours before we leave but you can never prepare too early for such a trip! Being close to Fremantle we decided to drop into Little Creatures for a couple of drinks and some lunch as, being a Friday, we knew we would be able to get a good seat. The place was still pretty busy with locals and tourists and we decided to brave the risk of rain and got a seat in the sun while it was still shining (though not for long – we did have to huddle under the umbrella to avoid watering down my wine once the heavens opened!)
Mark drinks enough of their Pale Ale to keep the average pub open so opted for a Midi of their Shift Brewers Stash – Amber Amber ($6) for a change. This was a good light summer beer, but did not hit the flavour notes of their award winning Pale Ale and reverted to a pint of the Pale for the next round.
Being a Brewery the wine on offer is pretty limited so I chose the Beaumont Sauvignon Blanc Semillion ’14 SA ($9) which was perfectly OK (though not in the NZ league) and was served in a pitifully small 1970’s wineglass!
The food Menu is very much geared around share plates as well as a good selection of Woodfired Pizzas.
I opted for the Cured Beef, Rocket & Bocconcini Pizza ($23). This was a very ‘grown up’ pizza – i.e. not smothered in BBQ sauce and Pepperoni so not to Mark’s taste! It was a lovely woodfired bianca base topped with slices of cured beef, fresh rocket and torn Bocconcini lightly drizzled with olive oil. As much as I loved the clean freshness of this pizza, with all the toppings being cold it was more like eating a plate of Antipasti and, in my opinion, would have benefited from a few seconds back in the fire to warm and melt the cheese a little.
Mark was toying between the Salami, Dried Tomato, Green Chilli & Pecorino Pizza ($22) and the Beef Nachos ($24). The Nachos won! When they arrived he was given a fair warning that the dish was piping hot, and it was, sadly the Nachos were not. The corn chips were however accompanied by spicy beef chilli mix & a small amount of melted cheese and was piled high with Guacamole, Sour Cream and a good scattering of Jalapenos and fresh tomato. Very nice but not amazing.
We had to have a side order of the Frites & Aioli ($9.50). These took a while to arrive but was so worth the wait. The Frites were perfectly hand cut delights, piping hot, crisp on the outside and fluffy in the middle. The Aioli is one of the best we have had – smooth and creamy with just the right amount of garlic. These Frites are addictive – we had to move the bowl away to stop us from devouring the lot!
The Seaguls were displaying a synchronised flyby waiting patiently for any scraps which may fall – luckily for them I managed to ‘drop’ a few bits!
Little Creatures ~ 29th April 2016 (#19)