THE MANTLE, 1 JAMES STREET, FREMANTLE
The Mantle is a brand new eating and drinking hub located down the east end of Fremantle. Housed in a big, old warehouse, the space contains restaurants, a cocktail bar, art space and an ‘incubation kitchen’.
I visited Don Tapa earlier in the year when it was a pop up at the E Shed Markets, it is now a permanent fixture at The Mantle. The cuisine is Latin American, serving up ceviche, pulled pork tacos and the Brazilian stew feijoada, as well as great cocktails and wine.
Alter Ego is a cocktail bar, taking its inspiration from prohibition-era speakeasy bars. Magna Pizza serve bruschetta, antipasto, a wide variety of pizzas including a dessert pizza and Italian dessert staples tiramisu and panna cotta.
The feature I am most excited about is the incubation kitchen, aptly called The Kitchen. Available to rent by the hour, The Kitchen is a fully equipped commercial kitchen and dining space – perfect for experimental pop up restaurants!
The purpose of my visit on Saturday was to check out the pop up Top Dup Donuts. Based at Murdoch University, Top Dup are now regulars at the Kyilla Community Farmers Markets in North Perth. Fantastic coffee and of course I had to buy their full selection of donuts on offer!
There were four different flavoured donuts on Saturday – boysenberry glaze with organic cacao nibs, butterscotch with banana cream, boston creams with dark choc glaze & blueberry sauce and organic butter glaze. Butterscotch scraped through as the favourite, I definitely preferred the filled donuts, but did also love the slightly bitter cacao nibs with the boysenberry.
Exciting times for Freo, The Mantle is laid back and relaxed, offers variety, is visually appealing with the great pieces of artwork on the walls – and it is fantastic to have a venue actively supporting the industry by giving very small producers and people just starting out the chance to get their food out there.