We had 40 minutes or so to while away in Fremantle recently so popped into Bennys in the heart of the Cappuccino Strip in South Terrace. It’s been around for a few years now and I have eaten there on occasions past, but this day we only had a drink or two in mind.
There are a number of tables and chairs on the footpath and entering in it is quite a large cavernous space – the bar along one wall with seating at the bar, the rest of the room taken up with more tables and chairs. What I like are the seats right to the front – stools by the windows which open out onto South Terrace, and that is where we sat and watched the passing Freo parade go by – kids toting fishing rods and buckets, a wandering minstrel or two, shop assistants and office workers hurrying for lunch, families sitting at tables along the strip, tattooed ladies and bearded chaps – all those that make up Fremantle.
Bennys has a pretty solid drinks list, with a good selection of WA wines, including from Willoughby Park, Kalgan River, Alkoomi, Deep Woods, Rosily and Mount Trio. The beer selection is also wide ranging with the usual imports such as Corona, Stella, Peroni and Kirin, but also a good number of Australian and local brews – for example, Feral, Little Creatures and Vale as well James Squire and Crown.
Anyway we settled down with a glass each of the Willoughby Park Rosé; this winery is situated where West Cape Howe used to be, just out of Denmark, before they moved on to larger premises closer to Mount Barker. Made from Tempranillo, it is very pale pink with lovely lifted cherry aromas and distinct strawberry and cream notes on the palate but finishes dry and clean.
While we sipped we glanced at the menu; Bennys is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and for coffee or just for a drink. The menu is quite large, sort of pub style food but with a salute to Italian cuisine – with a good range of pasta dishes, seafood and steak and schnitzels. There are burgers for those who want a more casual meal.
We had finished our wine, and we had time for another – after all even if we missed the train another comes along soon. So we ordered another glass each, sticking with Willoughby Park but this time the Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a nice soft cool climate red; it has a lot of berry notes on the nose and is smooth with plummy characteristics on the palate.
Once we had finished this, it was time to go….so we fared Bennys goodbye. This is a nice spot for a drink or a feed, well situated, friendly staff and generally good, tasty, filling meals. It is not haute cuisine but doesn’t pretend to be – a good neighbourhood restaurant.