BREAD in Common, the Stable Hands and the sophisticated Strange Company make up a golden triangle of eateries in Freo’s historic West End.
Out of the three, Strange Company boasts the most inviting drinks menu with interesting tap beers like the gin-infused IPA, cocktails with ice blocks that could sink the Titanic and a plethora of reds, whites and bubbles.
I’d say the range of drinks and stylish ambience is the reason Strange Company is at near-capacity most nights.
On paper their food menu is equally exciting, but some of what’s dished up could do with more TLC, especially the pork belly ($22).
Available at almost every restaurant in Perth in one form or another, Strange Company’s offering was tough and dry with an unpalatable chewy skin.
Thankfully the disappointing pork was up first and redemption was found in the remaining dishes.
The luscious, slow cooked beef cheeks ($23) were delicious and tender.
They’re served with a well-seasoned celeriac puree, chargrilled spring onions and a liberal drizzle of rich jus.
A tangy mandarine jam and an earthy beetroot relish helped cut through the sharpness of the rillettes ($14), which were some of the best we’ve ever had.
Similar to paté and commonly made with just pork, these rillettes had an engrossing gamey flavour thanks to the inclusion of luxurious duck meat.
As ubiquitous as they are, the oysters ($4) are worth a mention. They were sharp, salty and sweet, and basically ticked all the opulent boxes.
Strange Company is a stylish part of Freo’s maturing dining scene. If you’ve never been, check it out – chances are you’re going to love it.
By MATTHEW EELES
5 Nairn St, Fremantle
12pm – 12am 7 Days