Perth & Western Australia: Fremantle


1) Kailis Fish Market Cafe

Driving out of the Margaret River region, we arrived at Fremantle, a port city located at the mouth of the Swan River and about 30mins drive out of Perth City.
Technically there aren’t many sights in Fremantle to cover. My friend kept telling me I could do Fremantle in half a day and zip back to Perth city. However as I was reading up on Fremantle, I had a feeling we should just stay longer there.
It turned out…I really love Fremantle. It’s a city with heritage architecture, lovely harbour, cafes and fresh seafood.

Lunch was by the harbour with a view like this….
It was love at first sight.. I liked Fremantle already.

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Said to serve one of the best fish and Chips…

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Erm..this is not awful to eat for sure. But Best? I’m not too sure on that. I probably had my expectations raised too high from all the raves?

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We also ordered a BBQ platter (AUD79+..pegged to market price) which was a platter of awesome goodness!!
ALL my favourites are in here (except for the fries. I am not a chips person).

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Fresh prawns which I de-shell and dipped in soy sauce before sending it to my mouth. Reminds me of the steamed prawn dish we typically have at Chinese Wedding dinners.
Skewers of fish kebabs. Oh! fresh, moist cubes of fish…
BBQ squids. Love them!
4 oysters…a tad small but oh so fresh! The hub does not usually take to oysters so I thought I could have all 4 to myself but alas…he decided to make my life a little more miserable and we each had 2. Too little! *cries*
Half a lobster. It was a taste of Heaven! I worked really hard to dig out every morsel of lobster meat stuck in the shell. I just can’t let any bit of that buttery goodness go to waste, can I?

 

Lovely harbour view, seagulls gliding, fresh seafood, cool breeze…what more can one ask for? At that moment, one can only feel contentment.

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I was looking forward to something here…it’s been keeping me excited for a while.
Introducing…the Fish & Chips Gelato!!!

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I can imagine your stunned look. Like Fish & chips flavour ice cream?? Serious?? No joke??
But of course people…now, pick up your dropped jaw and read on.

First off. No..no fishy taste. I affirm that, which sorta brings us to the conclusion that it does not taste like what it is suppose to taste (fish!). Do I feel cheated? Yeah..sort of. But hey, I guess this ending was in a good way.Honestly, I’m not quite sure if I would have liked an ice cream that taste like fish?! Would you??

The taste of the ice cream is …somewhat indescribable. The texture is creamy and it taste kinda like vanilla..but yet not quite vanilla. The brown flakes itself (supposedly the chips) are a tad salty. But overall, this ice cream does not taste salty.I know I’m not helping much with words..and that leaves you with a reason to come try it for yourself one day if you are intrigued enough.

It might be something of an acquired taste but all 4 of us liked it! Like a colony of seagulls pecking at the leftover food as soon as someone leaves the table, my gelato was attacked mercilessly by the 2 little beings as soon as I finished taking the pictures.

 

2) Fremantle Market

After a heavy and satisfying lunch and a brisk walk at the harbour, we hopped over to the Fremantle Market to browse.

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It is a market with stalls selling toys, fresh produce, crafts, jewellery pieces, cakes, cookies, spices etc. I like such markets!

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I found a gem here!
Meltingly good honey cake which was pure joy to eat. The hub said it was nice but too sweet for him.

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3) Esplanade Hotel Frementle, by Rydges

Our stay for the night in Fremantle.  Love the architecture.

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Experience with counter staff was not that good. They first gave us a smaller room (not the bigger one we had booked beforehand) and then failed to remind us that we have breakfast prepaid already (we forgot about it when we checked in)  Furnishings in the room was looking tired.
However, location of the hotel was good. Walking distance from Fremantle market and cafe streets.

 

The trio rested in the hotel while I picked up my coat and left to explore the streets. I took slightly more than an hour, longer than what we had agreed on because I was carried away by what I had seen.  I walked, saw, took pictures…it was a good me-time spent.

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4) San Churro

I ducked into a cafe to have some churros. This was the plain with icing (the other being cinnamon flavour). I think this was average. I prefer the one I had in Seoul.

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5) Dosukoi

After a short rest in the hotel, we ventured out for dinner at Fremantle Market again at Dosukoi ramen. There was no queue (like I had read) in the tiny eatery. I was skpetical if this was the much raved about ramen stall.

We all ordered the original ramen (the first one in the menu. About AUD9).

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When the piping hot bowl of ramen was placed in front of me, I was convinced this would all go wrong. It just didn’t look that appetizing to me. Maybe the standard had dropped drastically now, maybe the good reviews were not true…I thought to myself.

No matter how I look at it, I didn’t feel this would live up to my expectations.

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Begrudgingly, I took the first mouth, ready to be grumpy and shoot the hub that scornful look. Lo and behold….it took me a few seconds to come to terms. The ramen was Good!
The broth was flavourful but not salty, which most ramen stalls/shops I have tried are guilty of. Hence, the reason why ramen was never quite my preferred kind of food.

Slurrrrrp….

Dosukoi only serves 9 types of ramen and 2 side dishes (takoyaki balls and fried chicken). But I’d say, if you offer good food, it does not matter if your menu is not extensive. 3 types of goodness outbids 25 types of disaster. Get the reasoning?

 

6) The Honey Cake

I was not hungry and I absolutely don’t have the habit of having supper. But I was lusting over this piece of honey cake I had gottten from the Fremantle market earlier on.

This is a delectable piece of cake with honey flavoured layers and smooth milky caramel filling topped with ground walnuts.

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Apparently, there is no artificial colours, flavours and preservatives. Cakes are handmade using free range eggs as well.  It tastes of a combination of honey and caramel which is so soft and creamy, each bite sort of melts in your mouth. So divine!!

 

1) Kailis Fish Market Cafe

Address:

Fishing Boat Harbour 46 Mews Rd Fremantle WA 6160
Tel: +61 8 9335 7755

Opening Hours:

Open 7 days fr 8am

 

2) Fremantle Market

Address:

Corner South Terrace & Henderson Street, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Tel: +61 8 9335 2515

Opening Hours:

The Yard

Fri: 8am – 8pm; Sat & Sun: 8am – 6pm

The Hall

Fri: 9am – 8pm; Sat & Sun: 9am – 6pm

 

3) Esplanade Hotel Fremantle- By Rydges

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – By Rydges, Corner Marine Tce & Essex St, Fremantle
WA 6160.

Tel: +61 8 9432 4000

 

4) San Churro

Address:

91 Market St, Fremantle WA 6060 Australia

Tel: +61 8 9336 7557

Opening Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 9.30am-10pm

Fri-Sat: 9am-11pm

Sun: 9am-10pm

 

5) Dosukoi Ramen

Fremantle Market, Shop number 7

 

6) The Honey Cake

Fremantle Market, Shop number 40 (the Hall section)

Opening Hours:

Fri: 9am-8pm

Sat/Sun: 9am-6pm

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