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Published December 30th 2011
For traditional classic French cuisine, try the Great Mellie Restaurant in Fremantle. This quaint little restaurant is a hidden treasure and very popular with locals and visitors alike. It is like a special secret place nestled away in the heart of the Fremantle café strip.
Architecturally speaking this restaurant is a little slice of heaven. The interior looks a bit like a cavern and has all the rustic charm of the old style bistros of France. The lighting and décor gives the restaurant an intimate, warm and inviting atmosphere that is perfect for a tête à tête. The style inside the restaurant, although purely aesthetic, allows the patrons to believe that instead of dining in a small café, they are dining in an elegant bodega. After entering this restaurant you could easily believe that you have been transported from the busy, hectic streets of Fremantle to the alluring cosmopolitan boulevards of France.
The gifted chef was born and raised in Lyon, France and has worked in some of the best restaurants in Europe and Asia before coming to Fremantle in 2006 and opening the Great Mellie Restaurant soon afterwards. So you can be sure that the menu contains plenty of authentic recipes. It is obvious that the chef is truly passionate about his cooking and every dish that leaves the kitchen is perfect You can really taste the flavours of the world in his cooking and the heartfelt enthusiasm with which he cooks every morsel.
There are a couple of menus to choose from, the daily suggestions menu, the chef's discovery menu or the a la carte menu. There is also a special occasion menu available, obviously, only on special occasions such as Christmas. If you go to the Great Mellie Restaurant on one of these special occasions, the meal and the ambiance will certainly help you celebrate and you will have a brilliant experience.
The food is perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and the flavour is amazing. The mushroom soup, as a starter, was a triumph. All dishes were served with vegetables. For main meals, try the Duo of Lamb; seasoned roast lamb loin served with shiitake mushroom, potato and carrot ($42.00) or the Sirloin Steak; at $36.00 for 150g steak or $46.00 for 300g steak, which is cooked to perfection and comes with vegetables and a choice of pepper sauce or shallot sauce. The Chef's Nightmare is a pastry shell filled with mushrooms, zucchini and other seasonal vegetables ($32.00); this one is quite light and very tasty. If these are not to your liking, there are plenty of other options including fish and chicken dishes. For dessert perhaps you could be tempted by the Crème Brulee ($14.00) or the Warm Chocolate Tart ($15.00); both of these mouth-watering desserts are delicious. As a finishing touch, try the Cheese Plate; this is a selection of French cheeses served with walnut and raisin bread, and at $18.00 is the perfect end to a perfect meal.
The staff are very helpful and friendly and if you have specific dietary needs or allergies, they are only too happy to accommodate you in any way they can, but you need to give them notice in advance. It is obvious from the moment you enter the restaurant that the staff love what they do and their enjoyment translates to a vibe that cannot be duplicated or faked in any way. After you have eaten your meal make sure you pass on your compliments to the chef. After all who doesn't love to be complimented on their hard work?
Open for lunch or dinner, the Great Mellie Restaurant is not very big with seating for only about 40 people and quickly becomes crowded, so bookings are essential. There is parking just outside the restaurant and plenty of other parking close by. The Great Mellie Restaurant is BYO and but soft drinks, mineral water and hot beverages are available at varying prices.
Serving top quality food in a relaxing atmosphere, the Great Mellie Restaurant is the perfect place for a quiet dinner for two or a meal with family or friends. You simply must try it, and as the French say "Bon Appetit".