I haven’t tried everywhere in Fremantle yet, but from my limited experience, I can’t exactly say that it’s a foodie destination. There are lots of cafes and eateries, but finding a good one seems to be a bit of a chore, and after going to a local’s favourite restaurant, I found myself feeling bloated by some of the worst Italian food I’ve had in a while.
So I get excited when I find places like Blink Coffee, which bills itself as the smallest coffee bar in Freo and has the slogan “If you’re not pissed with the world, you’re not paying attention.” Yes, this is fine coffee served with attitude, but attitude in a nice, relaxed, friendly way. They also use a quality local bean supplier, Fiori, keeping up the boutique feel.
Perth is a restaurant wasteland, the proprietor readily told me, recommending Perth’s Star Anise and little else. He seemed to not want to get my hopes up about the food here, and neither did most other people I spoke to about the restaurant scene. Maybe so, we’ll see, but for now it was great to have a fine cuppa poured here, amid a coffee bar that prominently features rubber duckies and a miniature VW van.
I did fine one enjoyable meal in Fremantle, and that was a walk-by dinner at Maya, a lovely Indian restaurant that’s also memorable for the designer dresses that hang on its walls. Apparently it’s from the former co-tentant, who’s now opening up her own store across the road. In any case, the room was packed with locals and a large table of Indians tucking into one of the banquet feasts. The feasts sounded terrific, but you need a minimum of four people, so Sarah and I settled for a chicken Mumbai and a dahl, and then polished it off with dessert. Sometimes finding a decent meal when you travel means keeping it simple.