PERTH’S rooftop bar scene is booming.
While most of the new ones are great, the new rooftop bar at the National Hotel in Fremantle is nothing short of breathtaking.
While the venue is nowhere near as sophisticated as hipster haunts like The Sherry at The Flour Factory or The Reveley at Elizabeth Quay, the National can comfortably claim it has the best views in town.
The gorgeous vistas stretch all the way to Garden and Rottnest Islands, and provide a whole new perspective of Freo’s historic streetscapes and bustling harbour.
I recommend you order your food as soon as you get there as it may take some time to get over the beauty of your surroundings.
With no direct access to the kitchen, the rooftop menu is limited to platters, which suited us fine.
There’s nothing like sharing a big plate of food with close friends, and we got stuck into the “Oh my God” seafood platter ($45) as soon as it hit the table.
The chilli mussels were very good: The perfectly balanced flavours where enhanced by the sweet juices of the molluscs and the rich, spicy tomato broth.
Deep-fried calamari rings are like the Holden Barina of the seafood world, but these were absolutely spot on.
The squid wasn’t stringy, chewy or over-battered and went well with the Thai dipping sauce.
But the hero of the platter was the Fremantle octopus and chorizo salad.
A forkful of the rocket, grilled pumpkin, tomato, pickled octopus and smokey chorizo was sheer heaven.
Four flakey fish fillets and eight plump prawns bulked out the rest of the platter.
The charcuterie board ($25) was made up of tasty cured meats, pickles and grilled bread slice, but the three minuscule dots of mustard were inadequate and felt like a spicy tease.
There’s still a few teething issues with the National’s new rooftop bar, but there’s no doubt this will become an Instagram hotspot once they are ironed out and summer finally hits.
by MATTHEW EELES
98 High St, Fremantle
11am – 9pm 7 days
Phone 9335 6688