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Published December 5th 2018
Delicious Asian-inspired food and Insta-worthy desserts
I can't recall the last time I went to a bar, restaurant or venue that was as universally popular with a range of demographics as the Sweetwater Rooftop Bar and Restaurant in East Fremantle.
On the night I visited, it attracted couples out on a date, groups of young and young at heart eating dinner, friends enjoying cocktails and a hen's party.
It's easy to see why this new venue has been so well embraced in the couple of years since it opened. While there is the perpetually fashionable waterfront bar the Left Bank not too far away, the options along this stretch of Canning Highway are limited. With its stunning, modern decor, trendy cocktails and Asian-inspired menu, the Sweetwater is the ideal spot for drinks or dinner.
I don't really get out to these stylish, swanky places very often, but I certainly wasn't disappointed. From the friendly wait staff to a delicious dinner and the most delectable dessert boards you have ever seen, this place is worth a visit.
Our booking was for 8pm and there are various places you can sit and wait if you are early (for a change, like me.) I decided to take refuge at our table, since most of the bar and casual lounge areas were already taken. There were plenty of wait staff available to take drinks ordered, so I ordered a glass of white from their wine list and browsed the menu.
The kitchen is headed up by Leigh Power of Melbourne's Gingerboy fame. Power is said to be a fan of the hawker-style street food, and the result of this passion is a distinct Asian flavour peppered throughout the menu and you can take a look at the current menu here, although I have noticed it does not include some of the meals we chose when we visited and has possibly since been updated to include more summer dishes.
The menu is split into two simple choices - small and big, plus a selection of sides. Some of the smalls include salt and pepper cuttlefish, steamed prawn and ginger dumplings and seared scallop. The dishes we ordered among our table from the 'big' menu included the pork belly, 'hot and numbing' beef ribs and my choice, the red curry with crispy chicken.
If you enjoy your food with an oriental twist, you won't be disappointed. I did hesitate in ordering the red curry, given it tends to be on the hot side and a struggle for me to eat, but I was assured it was a mild dish, and I was glad that I asked. It was absolutely divine - the red curry sauce was perfectly complimented by the Thai basil and shallots. We all received serves of rice with our dishes.
Between them, my friends ordered the crispy pork belly and the hot and numbing boneless beef ribs. There were certainly no complaints about any of our meals or the pink spritz cocktails. The cocktail menu is a fantastic hybrid of gins, martinis and plenty of combinations of drinks and flavours you nor I could come up with.
Now let me talk about these Insta-worthy dessert plates. There are four desserts on the plate and even these can't escape the Asian-inspired themes, with a salted peanut parfait, chocolate brownie-esque dish, apple and vanilla spring roll and a coconut, black liquorice and mandarin concoction. Yes, that last one sounds a little strange but it was actually quite amazing!
The bar is closed on Monday and Tuesday but open late from Wednesday to Saturday. On Sunday, you can even indulge in a spot of Yum Cha!
We all left with the kind of buzz you feel after a night spent with good friends and quality food, drinks and service. So if you're looking for somewhere stylish for a delicious meal, delightful cocktail or to-die-for dessert, the Sweetwater is one to check out.