Surf ‘n’ turf

WHAT’S big, bold and orange, looks like a sea container and has great food?

The Orange Box in North Fremantle, of course.

You can forget about all those beach kiosks with daggy sausage rolls and greasy meat pies, this is classy food at beach prices, with the ambience of a summer holiday.

Which is just what owner Trevor White set out to achieve, having turned his back on running high-end eateries in the UK.

“I wanted a place where people can come in bare feet in a wet costume,” he says.

He also wanted something unique: so along with deck chairs, there’s cricket and croquette sets to use on the adjacent parkland, and guitars, banjos and a mandolin if you fancy a strum.

“The council bin man turned up recently and started playing–he was brilliant,” White says.

It was warming up when the D’Angers arrived for lunch, and a fine mist from the overhead cooler and a couple of freshly squeezed juices ($8) were a cool welcome.

A couple of women at the other end of our bench table were tucking into a chicken burger ($12.50) and kimchi eggs ($18.50). The eggs were on thick slices of sourdough bread topped with avocado and spicy kimchi.

“Great,” was the verdict for both meals.

Impressed by the size and look of the burger, D’Angerous Dave opted for the veggie version ($12.50) with a side of chips ($6).

And when his mouth wasn’t full, he couldn’t stop raving about the great flavour and juiciness of the Mexican black bean patty, the turmeric yoghurt dressing and the pleasant crunch of the lightly- toasted roll.

Not to mention the perfectly cooked chips. My roast veggie stack ($13.50) was magnificent—a tower of flavoursome mushrooms, half tomatoes and perfectly poached eggs on sourdough bread.

Mango sorbet and tiramisu ice creams (both $4.50) were a fitting end to an enjoyable beachside lunch.

by JENNY D’ANGER

The Orange Box
14 Leighton Beach Boulevard,
North Fremantle

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