Full time mum and stay at home wife (aka Domestic Goddess)
Published May 24th 2015
Eating out is an irregular occurrence for me. With a family of 6, I just don't do it all that often. Going out with friends seems to be even rarer but last weekend I went out for a girl's night out. Living at opposite ends of the metro area, my friend and I decided to meet halfway and visit Salt on the Beach at Port Beach in North Fremantle. We had eaten here before so we knew we could expect an enjoyable meal.
It possibly wasn't the nicest day to dine at a beach side restaurant with the cold and the rain. Apparently others agreed because the restaurant was rather quiet. Our table was in an enclosed veranda. I was a little worried we would be cold but despite the chilly weather outside I found it was a comfortable temperature inside. In summer I'm sure it would provide stunning views but at 6:30 pm in winter, there wasn't much to see. I noticed they had changed their decor since I last visited. Gone were the white table cloths and formal settings. Instead they seem to be embracing their location and have gone with a rustic beach theme. I quite enjoyed the new casual atmosphere of the restaurant.
The new winter menu consisted of share plates, pizza and dessert. I noticed their kid's menu was limited to only 2 choices but fortunately I didn't have to worry about that on this occasion. Personally I love share plates. You get to try more food so it makes the decision of ordering that much easier.
We chose to order the arancini rice balls on puttanesca tomato sauce, the crackle skin pork belly with native rye berry, caramelised scallops and celeriac cream, as well as the beef tenderloin brioche slider with truffled aioli and green papaya salad. We considered adding another side dish but the waiter recommended we would want to save room for dessert and suggested the sticky date pudding was to die for. He didn't need to tell us twice.
Whilst all three dishes were good, none of them were fabulous. The arancini rice balls were nice, but the sauce wasn't super tasty. The pork belly was my favourite meal of the night, but it wasn't really presented as a share plate. That was okay - we shared it anyway. The beef sliders were lovely and tender and had a hint of chilli in them which we weren't expecting but it made for a tasty surprise.
Now to the much anticipated dessert.
In keeping with the share plates, we decided to order two desserts and share them. Of course we had to order the sticky date pudding, and for our second dessert we tried a salted caramel cheesecake from their cake selection. Both desserts were presented well and we were eager to taste them. The sticky date pudding was somewhat disappointing and tasted more like a cake than a pudding. It was a little dry and not as delicious as we had hoped. The salted caramel cheesecake looked divine but didn't deliver on taste. For salted caramel, it was quite bland.
Overall, the restaurant was nice for a casual night out in a relaxed atmosphere. The food, whilst it wasn't amazing was still good. The wait staff were friendly and attentive, the food arrived quickly and the price was reasonable.