Fremantle is currently my favourite place to be at the moment. Thankfully, I don’t live too far away from Fremantle (although I do live north of the river…), if you don’t consider a 20-30 minute drive to be long. I was trying to decide where to have dinner one night and consulted my wish list and decided to pick something in Fremantle (as my Freo wish list is quite large). X-Wray is located near the main Fremantle strip, South Terrace, on a small street called Wray Avenue, which is great to get away from the main crowd. X-Wray reminded me of being in a rainforest, but also slightly reminiscent of where backpackers would go. I did not actually expect this at all, so I had to disregard it and not let it ruin my experience. The seating area is sheltered by surrounding trees in different sizes, with graffiti decorated on the wall. There is also no table service, so you have to order at the bar.
The menu isn’t actually very large, so we took a while trying to decide what to have for dinner. We weren’t sure of the size of the mains as well, as we weren’t too ferociously hungry, because we had afternoon tea prior to dinner. However, it is safe to say that the mains aren’t small, but aren’t extremely big either – they were the perfect size for the night.
My boyfriend had the spiced and grilled lamb leg, young carrots, sugar snap peas, raddichio, tahini yoghurt and honey ($32), which he loved. The dish came presented on a wooden board, with a small pot of spiced and grilled lamb leg that was swimming in its own juices. The lamb was soft, tender and really juicy. The saf carrots, sugar snap peas and raddichio was also good and went beautifully well with the lamb, with the young carrots being soft and tender. The tahini yoghurt was also beautiful with the lamb.
My favourite kind of salmon is when the skin is crispy, and this was just what I needed. I had the crispy skin salmon (Tas), grilled asparagus, tabouli, watermelon, walnuts, and pancetta ($34), which was one of the nights’ specials. The skin was perfectly crispy on both sides, and salty. The tabouli (usually bulgur, which is a type of grain from the Middle East, tossed in various vegetables) was to-die-for. It may have been fetta, or goats cheese, but there were huge chunks of them in the tabouli which was a special treat. The watermelon and asparagus was fresh and great for summer. The walnuts were caramelised in honey, and provided the sweetness in the dish. The crispy pancetta was an added bonus to the dish – it was both salty and very crunchy. The whole dish itself was a perfect all-rounder meal for summer by the sea.
Don’t be deceived by its exterior, as X-Wray’s food was amazing. Reviews on Urbanspoon have said that the food is really good, and I have to wholeheartedly agree. X-Wray was quite casual, with the food served on wooden boards, making it a bit awkward to eat to try we were trying not spill anything on the table, but it was presented beautifully. I don’t have much to say about service, as I did not interact with the staff much, but when entering X-Wray, they did greet us straight away and informed us to order at the counter. I will definitely be back one day to try their breakfast menu.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Address: 3/13 Essex St, Fremantle 6160
- Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7am until 12am, and Sundays 7am until 10pm.
- Yes, they take reservations and they also allow dogs!
- X-Wray also provides live music from local artists.
- They also have EFTPOS facilities.