I’ve started falling back in love with Fremantle. I love the old buildings, their architecture, the harbour, the beach and the laid back vibe. Add to that a few of my new favourite places to eat at, Bread in Common being one of them. Located in sleepy Pakenham street, a stones throw from the bustling South Terrace, is this warehouse-converted-bakery whose ovens are aptly named Hansel and Gretel. I’ve heard the news about how great the bread is and I’m not surprised as Gottard Bauer of Yallingup Wood-fired Bakery fame is a partner in the business. However, it’s still light outside when we arrive for dinner but after the sun sets I like the atmosphere of the room with its big open industrial space and dangling light pendants. All the tables are long and shared and it encourages brief conversations between those seated beside you.
Warmly greeted and offered a seat at one of the long share tables we’re given menus and we order Lemon, Lime and Bitters $5 whilst we read through the menu.
Of course we couldn’t resist ordering some Wood-fired Organic Flour Bread, especially at $2 per person. Our waiter chose a selection of different breads for us and we ordered Preston Grove Olive oil $0.50, house-churned Butter $0.50 and Hazelnut Dukkah $3.50. After much ooing and aahing over the bread we were conscious of filling up rather quickly and needed to leave room for what was to come. A very common problem for many diners, I’m sure!
Our shared meals were recommended by our waiter and we were not disappointed. First the Smoked Beef with grilled onion and watercress $26. The beef was perfectly cooked to my liking, still pink, tender and oozing with juices. The smoked flavour was not immediately obvious but the onions and watercress were a great combination and full of flavour too.
The Roast Pork with braised fennel, horseradish cream and sage $25 was divine. The gently roasted pork with a smattering of crackle pieces was topped with a dollop of the horseradish cream, not something I would have combined before but the flavours worked well together.
We also ordered the Duck Fat Roast Potatoes with rosemary and ketchup $12. Duck fat does something lovely to roasting potatoes and the added flavour of rosemary and garlic made them very moreish. The tangy ketchup was a great side accompaniment but not needed with the flavour of the potatoes.
Sweet-toothed hubby had eyed off the desserts and was trying to tempt me into sharing the Peanut Mousse with Chocolate ice-cream, Raspberry and Oreo $18. I succumbed to the pressure (too easily, I admit) and was surprised with the presentation of the dish. The mousse was scooped liked the ice cream and cream and placed on a bed of crushed oreo biscuits with blobs of raspberry jelly in-between. Pure genius in detail and taste, definitely something I’d come back for more of.
I look forward to my next (already planned!) visit to Bread In Common one late afternoon to order bread with a selection of their cured meats with a glass (or two!) of good vino. As with the new trend, Bread In Common does not take bookings. But don’t let that deter you, head to Freo and check it out soon!
Bread In Common
43 Packenham Street