May Street Larder, East Fremantle

May Street Larder, sister café of Bib & Tucker, opened in January on the corner of May Street and busy Canning Highway in East Fremantle.

While Bib & Tucker’s got the stunning Indian Ocean views at Leighton Beach, May Street Larder’s got suburban car park. But if the crowd is any indication, taking over this ex-Red Rooster location was a shrewd decision by co-owners Chef Scott Bridger and WA Olympians swimmer Eamon Sullivan, pole vaulter Steve Hooker and hockey player Jamie Dwyer.

At just after 9am on Saturday morning, the car park was chockers, with more cars lining leafy May Street where we eventually parked, near a large but clearly necessary ‘PATIENT PARKING ONLY’ sign at the veterinary surgery next door. We expected breakfast to be bustling and that we’d have to wait for a table; surprisingly, there didn’t seem to be a system for managing the incoming punters. Thankfully, we only had to wait about 5 minutes.

The menu features so much that’s trendy now: local and seasonal produce; house-made, raw and organic foods; soul food and Mexican-style dishes; luscious drinks served in (those annoying) mason jars; the magic word ‘croquette’ combined with more magic words, ‘pulled pork’ and ‘kimchi’. Choose your comfort or indulgence and order at the counter.

The soul sandwich was a rugged beauty, a knife and fork job that quickly collapsed into a glorious mess. It’s tender and juicy boneless buttermilk fried chicken smothered with smashed avocado, spilling out between polenta waffles topped with smoked sour cream, pickled jalapeños that made all the difference, and a drizzle of chilli maple syrup. Jac’s smoked beef brisket hash with crispy potatoes, creamed corn, jalapeños and two soft-centred poached eggs was tasty and substantial, but she confessed to suffering dish envy after a taste of soul.

We shared a serving of CocoWhip – a vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free soft serve, made from coconut water. I can’t stand coconut water but I like soft serve – I wasn’t sure what to expect. This stuff is as creamy as a dairy-based dessert but to be honest, tasted pretty bland on its own. The salted caramel was smashing; without it, I’d have probably lost interest. At $7 for the CocoWhip and $1 for the salted caramel (other topping options were $2.50 for raw chocolate or $2 for lupinola – granola made with lupin flakes), it’s not cheap – but after my first spoonful, utterly irresistible.

The Larder is abundantly stocked: cakes, slices and tarts, sweet and savoury muffins, raw treats and fresh loaves of sourdough bread, jars of honey from Bib & Tucker’s rooftop beehives, and a range of May Street Larder products for sale, all preserved, pickled, cured and smoked in-house. On Saturday, there was jam, chilli oil, macadamia dukkah, pickled veggies, sauces and smoked salmon.

East Freo’s got itself a terrific neighbourhood café. It’s a bit of a trek for us but well worth the drive… though I think I’m hopelessly imprinted on the soul sandwich and will struggle to order anything else.

Raspberry, vanilla and lime housemade soda (AU$4), fresh organic orange juice (AU$7.50) and CocoWhip Original (AU$7) with salted caramel topping (AU$1). Stripey paper straws have twee appeal but are as impractical as they are photogenic - this one didn't last the entire jar of orange juice: liquid plus paper equals pulp. Raspberry, vanilla and lime housemade soda (AU$4), fresh organic orange juice (AU$7.50) and CocoWhip Original (AU$7) with salted caramel topping (AU$1). Stripey paper straws have twee appeal but are as impractical as they are photogenic – this one didn’t last the entire jar of orange juice. As you’d expect, liquid plus paper makes a soggy ineffective straw.

DSCF7028-3Soft serve for breakfast? Oh yeah!!! From our observations on Saturday morning, it seemed like every third table had ordered the CocoWhip breakfast bowl (AU$18), which is CocoWhip, strawberries, passionfruit and lupinola. CocoWhip is a Queensland invention, available at a number of locations across QLD and NSW. May Street Larder is currently the only WA reseller.

Soul sandwich (AU$22) - polenta waffles, buttermilk fried chicken, smashed avocado, smoked sour cream and jalapenos.Soul sandwich (AU$22) – polenta waffles, buttermilk fried chicken, smashed avocado, smoked sour cream, jalapeños, and chilli maple syrup. This is easily one of my favourite dishes of 2015.

Smoked beef brisket hash (AU$26) - crispy potatoes, creamed corn, jalapenos, poached eggs and brisket BBQ sauce. Smoked beef brisket hash (AU$26) – crispy potatoes, creamed corn, jalapeños, poached eggs and brisket BBQ sauce.

May Street Larder serves Campos coffee. It's good coffee but the cups are maddeningly tiny. The coffee is by Campos. It’s good coffee, but I find the Campos cups on the small side.

DSCF7061Help yourself to cutlery and napkins, water, jam, marmalade, tomato sauce and hot sauce from the station in the centre of the café. The big windows let in plenty of sunlight. The tables are well spaced.

May Street Larder

May Street Larder
Shop 23, 155 Canning Hwy (corner with May Street)
East Fremantle WA 6158
Open 7 days
Breakfast 7am to 11am, Lunch 12pm to 4pm
No bookings taken.

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  • Alice Yue

    The savoury polenta waffles are a creative idea. Looks very similar to chicken and waffles down south in the US.

  • clockmagicx

    that Soul sandwhich looks so dam good