Cicerello’s, Fremantle: Western Australia’s Most Loved Seafood Spot

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.

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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)!

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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

Little Creatures
Fisherman’s Wharf, 40 Mews Road, Fremantle WA 6160
Tel: (+61)8 9430 5555

13 Responses to Cicerello’s, Fremantle: Western Australia’s Most Loved Seafood Spot
  1. Life for Beginners
    June 22, 2010 | 1:59 am

    The description of the buzzard-like, ever-hungry gulls remind me of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds… this is a much friendlier, happier version, fer sure. ;)

  2. CUMI & CIKI
    June 22, 2010 | 2:29 am

    wow, Cicerello's looks amazing! I like the grilled fish one! also the ambiance and the vibe must be really cool .. lots of ppl watching to be done :)

    great post munkey !!

  3. Lyrical Lemongrass
    June 22, 2010 | 3:08 am

    I've been meaning to go to Fremantle to eat fish and chips since 1998, but somehow, the plans got postponed. Looks lovely, munkey. I remember doing the same in Sydney – we'd buy fish n chips and sit by the Corso at Manly…it's a wonderful, carefree feeling.

  4. Sean
    June 22, 2010 | 3:54 am

    yikes, do the gulls actually swoop down and steal people's food? now i'm thinking of those birds from 'finding nemo' :D
    i think u're making EVERYONE who reads this wish they could escape their dreary offices and head to fremantle…

  5. J
    June 22, 2010 | 4:04 am

    Niiiiice. Looks like such a luvverly place to have a bite. :)

  6. "Joe" who is constantly craving
    June 22, 2010 | 7:27 am

    wat? u didnt eat the PROPER fish n chips, fried with beer batter and in lots of oil..noooo..

  7. Adelene
    June 22, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    There's a sign that says, 'Please don't feed the seagulls or they'll S.O.Y (shit on you!)

  8. fufu
    June 23, 2010 | 2:34 pm

    wow it makes me wanna have my lunch there right now…

  9. J2Kfm
    June 24, 2010 | 5:22 am

    Know what? I can almost sense your longing to go on a holiday again and again … the post-hols blues strike hard eh?
    Weekend soon, no worries. :)

  10. vialentino
    June 24, 2010 | 7:01 am

    wow….nice food pics!

  11. HairyBerry
    June 24, 2010 | 3:45 pm

    i lurve fish and chips with lotsa vinegar and pepper! i like the ones i had in london before but not the ones in perth. wait, that's cos i've never been to perth! :( must make it a point to visit this gem one day!!!

  12. NekoHime
    June 27, 2010 | 8:27 am

    urgh… i so miss perth now… Love Cicerello's …. there used to be a good italian restaurant in Freo, sadly, it's closed as the owner died a few years back. Best Filet Mignon i had :P

  13. qwazymonkey
    June 27, 2010 | 4:41 pm

    LFB: Actually they're just as scary with their red eyes staring right into my soul! Eeck

    C&C: I knew you'd approve the grilled one.

    LL: Awww, I'm sure one day you'll be able just chill by Fisherman's Wharf. I'll be glad to show you around too while we people watch together. I love laid back Manly too!

    Sean: They do! We have a saying that all you'd have to do is throw a piece of fish at somebody you hate and let the gulls to the rest.

    J: I heart Freo

    Joe: Haha, it was a tough choice. I let McCutie have the real thing while I do the healthier choice

    Adelene: That's just hilarious!

    Fufu: I think it's making all of us feel the same too

    J2KFM: You know, you're not entirely wrong. Given the choice, I'd be on the next plane out

    Vialentino: Thanks for the compliments

    Hairy: Let's all go with the Queen in tow.

    NekoHime: I miss Perth too now looking back at these pictures. LOL