GEORGE STREET BISTRO, Fremantle
by JENNY D’ANGER:
Owner, manager, and dishwasher is how George Street Merchants and Bistro owner Alison Thorburn describes herself.
The Kiwi-born chef was the heart and soul of Limones for 11 years before deciding she needed a break from cooking and opened gourmet delicatessen George Street Merchants six years ago, just down the road.
But hailing from a long line of foodies (including cousin Peter Gordon, a UK celebrity chef) she couldn’t help getting back into it, taking on the bistro next door last year, with the help of head chef Mitchell Hill.
“I’m back into cooking and loving it,” Ms Thorburn told the Herald.
The gourmet deli and bistro are co-joined, with customers able to buy food to go, or dine-in, and of course browse the fascinating goodies on the shelves.
With links to NZ there’s a range of super-soft wool/possum jumpers, scarves and gloves amongst the Australian and imported comestibles.
But the D’Angers were there to eat.
The roast beef dinner special ($20) with roast spuds, cauliflower cheese and Yorkshire pudding was a best-seller on a cold, rainy day—and sold out—our delightful waiter told us.
Given we don’t eat beef and had already decided on the seared barramundi ($24) this news didn’t faze us.
The huge chunk of fish arrived sitting atop a pile of chips, with a sizable salad on the side and a delectable creamy home-made tartare sauce.
The barramundi was cooked perfectly, the flesh firm while the skin had a delicious crispy, flame-grilled taste and crunch.
I loved the chips, but D’Angermouse was nonplussed by the fact they weren’t the usual deep fried version, but deliciously soft morsels, that appeared to me more slow oven-baked.
Switching to our separate dessert stomachs we ordered a rhubarb, apple and macadamia tart and a lemon meringue ($6).
The meringue was a great mix of sweet and lemon sharpness, while the tart was sweet with a pleasant nuttiness.
George Street Bistro has a series of special nights, including a regular Thursday steak night, with a choice of black angus beef, scotch fillet and T-bone, with hand-cut chips, roasted tomato, field mushies and salad ($25).
Or check out the breakfast menu which includes black pudding, so loved by the poms (for those who don’t know, this blood-and-fat sausage is not a dessert).
If fried haemoglobin is not for you there’s corn and zucchini fritter with bacon, tomato sugo and creme fraiche ($16) along with the usual brekky fare, including my fav, pancakes ($16).
George Street Bistro (and Merchants)
71 George St, East Fremantle
open 7 days for breakfast and lunch, dinner Tues to Sat