Crowded House, South Fremantle

Website: http://thecrowdedhouse.com.au

After reading a lovely review on Perth Munchkin’s website, I thought this would be a nice place to go. SK and I were due for a catch up, so I suggested this place, and off we went.

Tucked in a corner, it is actually quite easy to miss this little restaurant, but there is ample parking next door, and along the lanes from Douro Road in South Fremantle.

You wouldn’t think much of this place when you’re walking on the outside because of its unassuming nature, and its rather rustic look from the outside. But on entering, you begin to have this cosy feeling… those that you’d get when you enter someone’s house that has a fire place. Lovely. What I loved about this place was how it had such a contemporary feel to it (with the table settings), but yet maintained a homely feel (with random shelves, filled with items such as forks/knives, etc.

I was warmly greeted by the waitress, and was shown to my table, which I had booked some days before. Whilst waiting for SK, I took the opportunity to snap some photos – the restaurant was quite empty as I booked for an early table for lunch (what is new)… I saw people still having coffee/tea at the time I entered, which means brekkie had just finished!

 

Before long, SK arrived, and we contemplated our orders for the meal. There was a 4 course set menu but we decided against it because we did want to go for a little session at Little Creatures after.

 

After some moments, we decided on:

  • Two glasses of white wine (cannot remember which range we decided on now!)
  • Lamb (rack, suet pie, spinach, lentils) – $37
  • Chicken (peppers, green beans, polenta, smoked almonds) – $34
  • Lavender Yoghurt Tart (Hulbert St honey sorbet, pistachio) – $14
  • Chocolate Cake (chocolate ganache, chocolate mousse, berries, rosemary crackle) – $14

Yum yum yum! We waited in anticipation of a good lunch.

We were served our mains, and it came out looking absolutely fantastic. It had been a while since I had seen good presentation on a dish, and I was indeed happy chappy when our dishes came out looking quite pretty.

I am no lamb connoisseur but it certainly looked as though it was cooked very nicely with a nice redness to the meat, and the rack laid nicely on the side dish. SK enjoyed the lamb, and I had a taste of it, and not a great lover a lamb because of the side effects it does have on me when I consume too much of it, I actually enjoyed the meat. Nice and tender.

My chicken came out looking so appetising I just wanted to grab that meat by the drumstick and devour it without care for how I look. But I was with someone, so I had to be a little considerate *wink* I was a little apprehensive about how the meat will be because the skin was nice and crispy but sometimes, this would cause the meat to go dry if not cooked properly. How wrong I was!! It was nice and juicy, and seasoned so well. I thoroughly enjoyed the dish. Together with the peppers, green beans, etc. It made for a great dish. I would order this again if they had it on the menu again.

 

 

We ordered desserts after finishing the mains, and was looking forward to tasting the two we ordered because of how unique (tart) and decadent (chocolate cake) they sounded.

The lavender tart was nice and refreshing in that the aroma of the lavender really did stand out in the dish and brought a nice little twist to the usual tart that you’d eat. The thing I really loved was how well the honey sorbet went with the tart – amazing stuff! I love.

The chocolate cake, which was actually just a combination of the mouse and choc ganache was decadent alright, and with those little mulberries and blueberries laid on the plate… so pretty! The choc items were nice, and it had flavours of dark chocolate, so you can’t go wrong there. I don’t think it was a ‘wow’ dish, but it was a nice way to end off a meal for sure.

 

 

The service was great, with the waitress giving us explanations for items we didn’t quite understand, and was patient with our deliberations. We weren’t overly bothered, but we didn’t have to stretch our necks to get attention either.

Overall, great little place for a nice meal for a decent price, and with good service, I will definitely be back to try some of the other dishes they have to offer! And more of that honey sorbet please!!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg

Crowded House
Telephone: (08) 9336 4147
Address: 25 Douro Road, South Fremantle

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