I’ve always held a soft spot for Fremantle. I spent a lot of time in the hippy suburb in my uni days. I worked at a couple of different restaurants on the cappuccino strip, I (embarrassing) used to frequent Metro’s Freo most weekends and being a uni bum spent many hours wandering the markets with a coffee in hand. These days I live on the other side of the city, so Freo adventures are very special to me as they are (sadly) far and few between. With many new food options popping up around the town my friend L and I were tempted to try somewhere new, but we just couldn’t pass up a brunch date at well known Freo cafe Ootong & Lincoln.
Local artist Anya Brock‘s art covers the outside wall of the hip Freo cafe, and it’s not a trip to Ootong & Lincoln without stopping to snap the bright zebra splash. The interior of the cafe is kitsch, quirky and features mismatched couches, tables and chairs in a fun colour palette. I’m also a huge fan of the semi-industrial vibe – I love the usage of pipes in an artistic way! As well as being the perfect spot for lunch in Fremantle, a tiny organic store operates from within the cafe, so you are able purchase wonderful products post breakfast.
The menu features the usual breakfast suspects including healthy sweet options like the Quinoa Granola and homemade Bircher Museli as well as their own take on classic dishes. L went with the Middle Eastern Eggs with goats cheese and dukkah. Stacked intricately and featuring caramelised onion, the dish looked and smelt amazing. L was very happy with the goo factor of the fried eggs – more goo than my poached eggs! Thick cut Turkish bread brought the dish together and she was extremely pleased with her choice.
I went with the Salmon Potato Cake stack with hollandaise sauce, poached egg and wilted spinach. The fresh flavours were exactly what I needed on this warm day. The salmon was strong and tasty and worked well with the simple poached egg. The potato cake was thick and smooth, and the dish came together with a generous serving of delicious home made hollandaise.
Coffee is always on point at Oootong and Lincoln. My Soy Flat White was made with love (and featured a super cute heart on top) and the smooth blend was so easy to drink. They have both cup and mug options for whatever amount of caffeine you require. The juice menu was also very tempting (think Lychee and Elderflower concoctions) so I already know what I’ll be ordering next visit!
Ootong & Lincoln is the perfect spot for a relaxed morning with friends. It’s a bit of a one stop shop – great eats, a mini supermarket full of organic and local goodness and to die for art… Where else would you choose to dine?
What is your favourite Fremantle foodie spot?