George Street in East Freo is this little foodie hub tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main city of Fremantle. There’s a handful of cafes and restaurants that are all worth visiting, but on this occasion I was there to dine at Young George.
Set in a typical heritage style building, this restaurant has a warm vibe and friendly staff to match. The open kitchen is great for watching the magic happen or to salivate from food envy as you watch the plates whisk by.
The coffee here is top notch. The beans are from Five Senses with their dark horse blend being the roast of choice. There’s also bespoke house pressed juices available, where customers can create their own combinations.
The menu changes regularly with chef Melissa Palinkas focusing on local seasonal produce. It skews savoury but there are still a couple of very decent options for those with a sweet tooth; such as the French toast… but more about that later! It’s obvious that they aren’t afraid of a bit of heat at Young George either. There’s dishes such as the spicy adobo with haricot beans, chorizo, slow eggs and feta ($22.50) or the baby heirloom tomatoes on toast with avocado, chilli, pepitas and goat feta ($17.50).
One dish that is a favourite with customers and a stayer on the menu is the son in law eggs ($21.50) served with crispy pork hash, sambal oelek mayo and herb salad. “What are son in law eggs” I hear you ask? It’s a Thai dish of soft boiled eggs that are then deep fried. The name apparently comes from when a mother thinks her son in law is not being a good husband to her daughter. She will cook these eggs as a warning – treat her daughter better or it’s his balls on the line!
Each of the three eggs were perfect with a crispy fried outer and a runny golden yolk. The julienned herb salad reminded me of something you would get off a street cart in Thailand – so fresh with slices of red chilli, cucumber, coriander and crunch from chopped peanuts. The hash has was made by pressing shredded pork into a cube so it was all killer no filler. Coupled with the punchy sambal mayo – hot heaven!
So, how about this French toast ($17.50)? Or is it apple pie? This breakfast could easily double as a dessert. It’s topped with warm apple pie filling, candy spiced pecans, crème fraiche and maple syrup.
The crème fraiche was perfect for cutting through the sweetness. Thin slices of fresh crisp apple gave bite and pecans added crunch. At first glance this dish looks on the small side, but there won’t be room for much else once you’re finished.
So if you’re thinking of heading Freo way for breakfast, stop short and head to Young George. It’s well worth a look.
48 George Street, East Fremantle
Breakfast served Fri to Sat 7am–11am, Sun 8am–11am