Thursday, March 12, 2009
I’ve just returned home from a quick trip to Perth, my other favourite city on the west coast of Australia. These kinds of trips always seem to go too quickly, before I’ve had enough of a fix of this vibrant little city I’m starting to love more and more. I have been wanting to tell you about Little Creatures for a long time now, since we stopped in there on a whim on the trip before last. It is a brewery and restaurant located in a converted warehouse in Fremantle, on a beautiful little spot right near the water. The atmosphere at lunchtime is relaxed and easygoing but I can imagine it would be a fun place to spend a Friday or Saturday night.
The restaurant is popular with locals and tourists alike. Since I visited the first time, their Pale Ale has become my favourite Australian beer and my favourite topping for home made pizza (potato and rosemary) was inspired by my trip to the Fitzroy Dining Hall last October. The menu consists of shareable goodies such as pizzas and a variety of dishes showcasing Western Australia’s finest produce. If beer isn’t your thing, they also have an impressive list of local wines from Margaret River. The staff are casual, friendly and with full tableside service, leaving you free to soak up the sunshine and watch the group a few tables over, dressed up as pirates for a birthday gathering.
The frites were fried to crisp perfection and served with skin on, which is just the way I like them. They were served with a tasty aioli that was a nice change from tomato or sweet chilli sauce. The portion size is perfectly suited to sharing. The chorizo, sweet corn and fetta pizza was an interesting melding of flavours you might not expect to see together but which somehow work in harmony to create a delicious combination – spicy, creamy and sweet with the occasional juicy pop of a corn kernel in your mouth. It is also a treat to walk past the kitchen and watch the pizzas being made, fresh.
Another notable meal from the trip was at TigerTiger in the city, a quirky little place – half café, half bar that I’d heard about from Reemski. Their website said they served an all-day breakfast but when we arrived we were given new menus with a variety of delectable lunch and brunch options including savoury tarts and a steak and merlot pie. But when our waiter returned, he told us that their oven was on the fritz so the pastries weren’t available. I settled for a CBLT – chicken, bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich – and a long black and the boy had poached eggs on sourdough toast.
The coffee was excellent, and served with irregular shaped raw sugar cubes. I was a bad blogger and forgot to take a photo before I started eating. You see, it was nearly 12.30pm and I hadn’t eaten anything all day! But the CBLT was delicious, and huge, and even now I am surprised I managed to finish it all. Word has it, the eggs were good, but a little runnier would have been better for the toast soak up. I loved the mismatched furniture that looked like it had been collected from second hand shops, but I especially liked all of the posters on the wall, their abstract and colourful style appealed to the graphic design geek in me. I would like to visit again one day, if not only to try the pie but to see how this little place grows over time. Perth seems to change so much every time I visit, and I can’t wait for the next trip.