First day back at work and I’m already wishfully thinking of packing my bags (again) and heading south (again). What I’d give to have a idyllic day out by Fisherman’s Wharf, devouring a platter of the freshest seafood, while enjoying the endless blue skies and basking in the warmth of the Australia sun. Really, what I’d give for just another “no worries” day.
Everyone has a favourite Fish ‘n’ Chips restaurant. Mine just happens to be most of everyone’s favourite since 1903, Cicerello’s is located down by the Fremantle’s Fishing Boat Harbour. And to some extend it’s also every seagull’s favourite hangout too.
The Brits may have invented and introduced the fish ‘n’ chips, but the Western Aussies sure as hell perfected the art of making it. Unlike their “gourmand” eastern cousins who prefers delicate slices of sashimi nestled on a bed of rockets and a few potato slices masquerading as chips, the western coast just simply can’t stop churning out perfect servings of fish ‘n’ chips.
We’re talking about white paper wrappings (lots of it), brown or white vinegar (if you like), a mountain of non-soggy fries (with a good mix of shapely long ones and crispy stubby ones), a decent bit of flaky fish (batter mustn’t be too thick or pillowy), a wedge of lemon (my favourite), some salt and a huge side of tartar (like how McCutie likes it) and that’s it. Perfecto. Now your challenge is to guard all of these from the evil buzzard-like gulls right above you. And only if you must, in such health-conscious time, you may opt for grilled over the great beer batter with a side of salad (just do it and stand up defiantly like I did)!
Whether it’s a shared-around feast for the whole family, a romantic sunset affair for two, or just to be enjoyed by yourself while you people watch, this Freo’s favourite dish is such a humble yet perfect meal to be enjoyed. And if you feel like lounging more after lunch or dinner, there’s a mini-brewery – Little Creatures – just round the corner where you can enjoy a glass (or two) cold beer with your mates in a chic-industrial-warehouse setting. They even have a little shady spot outside where you can bring your dogs to enjoy ‘em beers too. Not to be missed when you’re kicking back in Freo.
Yea, what I’d give to just have a day there, again.
Fisherman’s Wharf, 44 Mews Road, Fremantle WA 6160
Tel: (+61)8 9335 1911
Fisherman’s Wharf, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle WA 6160
Tel: (+61)8 9430 5555