Tabella a tasty treat

THE street was hustling with workers, students and the odd out-of-tune busker, but inside Tabella Italian restaurant it was peaceful.

My dining companion and I were offered a table either outside where the chilly midday breeze would fight over our comfort with the warming sun, or inside where the temperature was near-perfect and the pace a bit more relaxed; we chose the latter.

Soon a bottle of water and glasses were on our table and we ordering; my companion went for the barramundi burger ($17) and a flat white while I opted for the spinach and ricotta ravioli ($17.50) and an orange juice.

The restaurant’s artwork, including decorative chairs hanging from the ceiling, give it a homey feel, and it wasn’t long before the lure of the dessert cabinet drew my attention.

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Amazing

It was filled with delicious-looking cakes that promised me home-made scrumptiousness.

Quickly after our meals came and the bright colours, fresh-looking ingredients and simple presentation made me even hungrier to tuck in.

One forkful into my ravioli and there was a sudden and delicious pop of cherry tomato, followed by the creaminess of the ricotta which worked well as a combination.

The pasta sheets were well cooked, though the dish could have been a few degrees warmer.

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My dining partner’s burger elicited a simple response: “This is amazing.”

He said the filling was generous and the barramundi batter was crispy.

I had to nick one of his chips, finding them the perfect ratio of potato to batter; crunchy and delightful.

Although my dining partner had to leave, I decided to splurge on a dessert.

I ordered the homemade chocolate cheesecake which was complemented with a delicate cream and chocolate sauce.

The icing was a thick layer of chocolate and the base was a crumbly biscuit with a smooth chocolate cheesecake centre, not too sweet and not too rich.

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Once again the serving was generous, so much so I had to take half of it to go — well, I wasn’t going to leave something that sweet and yummy behind.

While I got my sugar fix, the friendly staff continued bustling around the restaurant, helping a couple with seasonings and giving the low-down on the fish of the day. They’d been like that the whole time and it made the meal ever more pleasant.

Tabellas is a fitting restaurant for lunch or dinner if you want to feel comfortable and accommodated. It’s got a licensed bar, BYO is allowed and there’s a wide range of wines to help you wind down after a long day.

by MEAGAN BARRETT

Tabella Italian Restaurant
7 South Terrace, Fremantle
9335 3215
Lunch and dinner every day

35 Leopold Hotel 10x3 35 Kiosk 10x3 35 Vivisen 10x3

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