Restaurant Guide

Bread in Common: Restaurant review

There's a generosity of spirit at this warehouse, a carefully restored 1898 heritage-listed building where diners sit at long tables overlooking the open kitchen.

Address

43 Pakenham St
Fremantle, Perth, WA

Hours

Breakfast Sat-Sun 8am-noon;
Lunch daily noon-4pm;
Dinner daily 5pm-10pm

Prices

E $16-$19
M $24-$30
D $15

It's a given that the bread baked at this converted warehouse is very good, from the olive-studded ciabatta to rye and crusty white loaves. And while the baked stuff is an event in its own right, it plays incredibly nicely with the rest of the kitchen's cooking. Local produce might be all the rage, but a commitment to Western Australian farmers and an urban farm project in nearby Coogee speaks to an operation doing things right. Here's a set of kangaroo skewers showered with pomegranate seeds and fresh chilli. There's a dish of plump Fremantle sardines with pickled shallot and tomato. This connection to seasonal and waste-conscious deliciousness isn't so rigid that this mess hall-style diner doesn't have room for signatures (even if its famous lamb ribs might occasionally land on the dry side). Service, especially when it comes to bigger groups, can occasionally falter, but thoughtful drink choices – including plenty of house-made non-alcoholic options – great condiments and comforting sweets, like a chocolate délice with mint ice-cream, make forgiveness easy. A standard-bearer for the new "Fremantle casual".
Phone:
(08) 9336 1032
Bookings:
Bookings recommended
Features:
  • Outdoor dining
  • Private room
  • Wheelchair friendly
Accepted card types:
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa
Chef:
Chris Eales
This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.