THE bar at Fremantle Markets was a live-music institution and when its lease wasn’t renewed in 2016 a lot of locals were gutted.
Thankfully it’s reopened on Essex Street – just down from Luna On SX cinema – and still features great live bands.
The D’Angers dropped in for lunch at the new Market Bar and were impressed from the off.
The alfresco’s white shutters, limestone walls and curved translucent ceiling are reminiscent of a Mediterranean taverna, and all that’s missing is an ocean view.
The dark green wall and stained glass window look identical to the ones in the old bar. Turns out they’re not original, but it was a nostalgic moment nonetheless.
Owners Michelle and Paul Abbott, who ran the original bar, wanted to create a menu with a wide range of affordable dishes.
“We didn’t want to be like every other pub serving lasagna and parmigiana,” Michelle says.
Chef Gustav Fredriksson has come up with something to suit everyone from loaded fries with maple bacon, four-cheese sauce and jalapenos ($14) to a panko-crumbed cauliflower cheeseburger ($15).
D’Angerous Dave spotted the bruschetta with Fremantle sardines ($13) and knew instantly what he was having.
“The sardines were nice and fresh and very moreish, and the bread was thick and chewy and great for mopping up the vinaigrette,” he said.
My Moroccan honey pumpkin ($17) was like a colourful Picasso painting with golden brown squash, a grilled orange quarter, bright-red blistered tomatoes, greens and plenty of buttered hazelnuts.
Drizzled with orange juice, the tender pumpkin burst into life on my tongue.
Our efficient and helpful waiter recommended we ordered a dark chocolate mousse cake ($7).
Its tart brandy berry centre contrasted nicely with the rich chocolate, and the pistachio and orange cream was good enough to eat on its own.
By Jenny D’Anger
The Market Bar
13 Essex Street, Fremantle