Bib & Tucker, North Fremantle
I’ll let you in on a little secret.
One of the reasons why we wanted to pay a visit to Bib & Tucker was because we wanted to catch a glimpse of the Australian Olympic Swimmer and restaurant co-owner, Eamon Sullivan…
Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful on that part, but the food made up for it.
Recently, L and I embarked on a foodie day out. This comprised of visiting various restaurants that we have wanted to visit for a while… and taking the occasional break to make way for more food. Suffice to say, we did not need dinner that night.
After a slight detour attempting to find the restaurant, we finally found ourselves at the entrance of Bib & Tucker for lunch, and we were damn excited. Not just for the fact that Mr. Sullivan may well be inside, but the location was absolutely stunning. Bib & Tucker is located on Leighton Beach, overlooking the pristine seaside. It’s no wonder this small and quiet beach is well-known for being beautiful and relaxing. We came on a fairly sunny day, however, it began to pour down later that afternoon. The staff pulled the shades down outside so that diners would not get wet, but that did not diminish our experience.
We had to wait about 20 minutes for a table of two. The restaurant was full, surprising for a weekday. Whilst we waited, at least 5 more groups of people were also hoping for a table. With every diner that walked out, we were hoping it was our turn next. When the promised 20 minutes were up, we asked for our table, and they led us to the alfresco that overlooked the beach.
We were so full from the breakfast that morning that we could only order a few dishes plus one dessert. Our first dish was warm chargrilled octopus, kipfler potato, ajo blanco, and fresh herbs ($22) dressed on top. I am a huge fan of marinated octopus. The octopus was meaty, chunky, and flavoursome. The octopus helped palate the slight bitterness of the accompanying salad. The potatoes were soft, and the ajo blanco helped bring the dish together.
The fish tacos with charred corn salad, avocado, and chipotle mayonnaise ($15) were one of my favourites for the day. The deep fried fish was amazingly crispy, and the corn salad and avocado was fresh. Simple, yet tasty.
Smoked beef brisket sliders with celeriac remoulade, inside a crunchy brioche bun ($8 each) were the last of our mains. The beef was well smoked, the celeriac remoulade gave us the crunch we needed, and the brioche buns were just too adorable to be eaten.
My motto is, “There is always room for dessert.” We could not pass on the banana and salted caramel parfait sandwich with peanut praline ($15). The dish did not disappoint. I loved the banana flavour in the parfait, and I could tell L was enjoying the salted caramel aspect of the dish, as she recently proclaimed her love for salted caramel. The base of the sandwich was slightly bitter which we left unfinished but the peanut praline was deliciously crunchy and sweet.
Bib & Tucker have had a lot of slack regarding their customer service as per reviews on Urbanspoon, but on that day, we had no issues with it. They helped us move tables because we wanted to sit somewhere less windy, and they promptly returned with our dishes. I believe it could simply be a case of hit-and-miss. I’m not usually one to judge service harshly, but if something had happened, I wouldn’t be afraid to say it.
The prices were reasonable, but I felt that they could have charged less due to the portion sizes. The quality of the food was exceptional and made up for the prices. In saying that, I am eagerly anticipating my next visit for breakfast or dinner. We left the restaurant happily content and full of delicious food.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Address: 18 Leighton Beach Bvd, North Fremantle WA 6159
- Bib & Tucker is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner till late, every day except Mondays.
- Bookings are recommended, unless you like waiting. Call them at (08) 9433 2147.
- Gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options are available
- An interesting article written by Eamon Sullivan for The Australian about the woes of opening Bib & Tucker, and his passion for food.