LUNCH was taking a while and my colleague and I were getting sweaty about being out of the office too long.
Then we calmed down because good food is not fast food, and the dishes at Freo newbie Cafe D Freo are made fresh in-house.
Chatting to punters on the nearby tables is always a good idea for differing take on an eatery’s meals.
A couple of English tourists raved about the veal parmigiana ($22) saying it was tasty and filling.
The chicken risotto ($22) got the thumbs up for being moist and delicious.
I’d ordered the spinach, mushroom and ricotta ravioli ($22).
The ravioli pieces were the size of a dinner plate, and resembled nothing as much as a flying saucer.
Cooked al dente they were slightly chewy and smothered in a tangy sugo (a slow cooked tomato sauce).
The filling was a delicious mix of zucchini, mushroom cherry tomatoes and of course spinach, while ricotta added a creamy softness to the balance.
My lunch companion was less impressed with her lamb and aubergine ravioli ($26), which despite the sage butter and pistachio sauce needed more oomph.
But the texture was good and the meat tender, she said.
Cafe D Freo’s menu is small but but there’s something for everyone, although the vegetarian dishes are limited to mushroom risotto ($20), a bruschetta ($12) the spinach ravioli or a couple of salads.
Too full for a whole dessert my mate and I shared a tiramisu cake ($7), a massive slice that was part sponge with lashings of coffee-flavoured creaminess and a rich chocolate topping.
It really didn’t need the cream on the side, but what the hey, no point it going to waste.
It was washed down by a creamy cappuccino ($3.50) for my friend and an earl grey tea ($3) for me.
All was right with the world and nobody at the office had noticed our absence.
by JENNY D’ANGER
Cafe D Freo
19 Essex Street, Fremantle
open 7 days 7am to 10pm