The port city of Fremanlte is home to a slew of fantastic drinking and eating houses, from secretive laneway gems to illuminated window-fronts along the main drag. And soon to be joining the seaside locale’s dining scene is Sailing For Oranges, a rustic bar and kitchen with the vision to take diners on a nostalgic trip across the Mediterranean coastline.
Brought to you by W1 Hospitality, who run the show at neighbouring sister venues, Warders Hotel, Gimlet Bar & Café, and Emily Taylor Bar & Kitchen; Sailing For Oranges is in the final stages of completion after the refurbishment of a historic space along the South Terrace precinct. The building previously hosted Pappa Luigi’s, followed by Miss Maud’s, the Mad Monk Brewery, and Kahuna Brewery.
The reimagined establishment sees the addition of a raised streetside al fresco deck and a shading roof structure which will allow diners to absorb Fremantle’s eclectic street activity through the changing of seasons. While the remainder of the exorbitantly large venue is set for function availability, during the stages of long-term planning which still needs a dose of conceptualising.
W1 Hospitality’s general manager, Tim Buckton says, “We specialise in seaside fare and an atmosphere strongly weighted towards a lively but discerning customer.”
“We are on the strip, so we want to be accessible to the breakfast, lunch and dinner crowd. After dinner we will also appeal to those that want to go out for a bit of fun within a more settled environment than what you might experience in some of the traditional bars in the area,” Tim shares.
Much like Emily Taylor, menu items will utilise only the best possible local produce, and has been finely curated by executive chef, Danny Feng and his team of 20 culinary artist. With the fare designed to be served with warm homemade breads; a range of dishes of all shapes and sizes are listed upon the Mediterranean-inspired menu.
Expect to feast on aperitivos with the likes of skewered anchovy with guindilla and olive; and leak and manchego croquete with black garlic. Salads which enlist cauliflower with fenugreek leaf and tahini; and cavelo nero with Ord River chickpeas. Snacks which see Fremantle octopus with thyme and chorizo; and chicken espetada with piri piri and curry leaf. While the plates and feasts sections lists delectable cuisine with the likes of Andaluz black sausage with wood roasted peppers; slow-roasted goat in fino with rosmary gremolata; and chargrilled whole fish with tangerine and soft herbs.
Fremantle Mayor, Hannah Fitzhardinge says, “Following the opening of Walyalup Kootre and FOMO, Freo has seen a resurgence of interesting new ventures across the hospitality and retail sectors. It’s a great time to rediscover our unique port city,” Mayor Hannah shares.
Sailing For Oranges have just opened their bookings with availability from Monday 28 November onwards, and walk-ins are more than welcome too. Join the swish new bar and eatery on any dang day of the week from 7am, with Sundays though to Thurdays until 1pm, and Fridays and Saturdays ’til 1am.
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