Our best meal so far this year – admittedly it is only February but Propeller has set a high bar – it was a delightful visit. Not far from North Fremantle train station – and our mode of transport to and fro – and in the midst of an exciting strip of restaurants, bars, clothing and antique shops, and one of the best bottle shops in Perth, Old Bridge Cellars, Propeller’s Middle Eastern cuisine is outstanding.
The building – a blend of old and new and the skilful use of sea containers – it is Fremantle after all – is light, airy, with a relaxed and inviting ambience.
The menu is designed to share in the traditional Middle Eastern style and we began with a dish of seared scallops, plump, juicy, sitting on a daub of nutty, earthy white bean purée and a smear of zesty chilli sauce – beautiful combination of flavours.
From the Garden section of the menu came one of the best vegetable dishes I have had in recent times – baby courgettes, char grilled, crunchy and crisp, mixed through with chopped smoked almonds, crushed air dried tuna adding a salty note, and a sprinkle of parsley to add more colour – a must have if you are dropping in to Propeller.
Potato and leek brik – crisp pastry enclosing a mix of potato and leek, seasoned with spices, and on top a blob of matbucha – a mix of roasted tomato and capsicum, garlic and chilli cooked to a consistency of thick ketchup – gee, it was good.
And our final dish – a sort of Lebanese pizza – manoushe cooked in the oven, and crisp pastry based topped with meaty, juicy mushrooms, blue cheese and garlic – again everything just came together so well, the flavours, the textures, the look of it on the plate.
They have a snappy little drinks list and we began with a glass or two of Singlefile Chardonnay from Denmark and I finished with a refreshingly crisp beer from Margaret River’s Black Brewing, Fresh Ale – both being fine companions to the style of food.
Propeller is one of the best reasons for heading towards the Port city – excellent food in fabulous surrounds, and with the rest of the North Fremantle strip beckoning, and a train on hand, you can have a great day out exploring the area.