AFTER a torrential downpour last Friday morning there was a half day of warming sunshine which started around lunchtime.
Thankfully so, as I’d much prefer to sit out in the Tradewinds’ stunning alfresco area taking in its breathtaking harbour views than being inside – although the interior is equally impressive.
The bar and restaurant also doubles as a boutique hotel which Kylie and I fantasised about spending a night or two at for an upcoming wedding anniversary. The very modern and very white venue would be perfect for such an occasion.
We were tempted by almost everything the recently updated menu has to offer. After much consideration it was the beef cheek ravioli ($25) and the cider battered snapper which eventually won us over.
For a cheeky starter we ordered some Barra bites ($19) which we’re told comes from Cone Bay just north of Broome.
Barramundi has a denser flesh compared to other flakier offerings which makes it perfect for these delicious, savoury nugget-sized bites. They came with a buttermilk aioli which wasn’t anything special – it’s runnier than a traditional aioli and doesn’t coat well.
Kylie devoured her Snapper with the help of our one-year-old Chloe who loves to suck on chips which makes her easy to please, and keep quiet, when we take her out.
It was a generous and well presented meal but Kylie was disappointed with the small portion of fennel slaw. It’s nice to have something fresh and citrusy to cut through such a deep fried overload.
The hero of the day was my braised beef cheek ravioli. Flawless.
The pasta was perfectly al dente and it was chock-full of tender beef which had me pounding the table with pleasure. Kylie had serious food envy, so I allowed her a forkful.
I know it’s just spinach, but I’ve never had better than the just-wilted mound that crowned this dish. It was unbelievably fresh and perfectly seasoned.
I’ll be thinking about the rich and earthy porcini cream sauce for days.
I wonder if it comes in a pint?
by MATTHEW EELES
59 Canning Hwy, Fremantle
Phone 9339 8188