Meeting my bud Frenchy is always a great excuse to check out what’s happening in Freo. She lives in Coogee so I’m happy to head south and investigate foodie options in her territory. George St in East Freo is so cool with its cafes and wine bars in what is essentially a suburban street, and there’s plenty of parking. I just love the vibe here.
Meeting mid-afternoon on a Sunday means we’ve beaten the frantic morning brunch rush and have an excuse to drink a glass of bubbly. We’re not too hungry so choose a few items to share off the menu. We’ve scored a coveted booth seat so we can get super comfy and settle in for a few hours. We need some carbs to soak up our glasses of Prosecco so the two types of bread with extra virgin olive oil is first up.
You’ve got to love a place where the waiter fills our glasses to the absolute brim. Bless him. My glass minus a swig. No point mucking about is there?
The tempura prawns with a pot of home-made sauce tartare sound enticing, and with their light batter and large juicy flesh, they hit the spot.
Finally we decide on a bowl of olives, half stuffed with feta and half with sun-dried tomatoes. The olives are succulent and plump, and it’s a decent sized serve that keeps us nibbling for ages.
George St Bistro is an airy, expansive cafe with a providore store adjoining it. There are cakes, slices, tarts and quiches available from the counter if you don’t want to order from the lunch menu. The dinner menu choices sound interesting and varied. From Wednesday to Saturday dinner is an absolute bargain at $55 for three courses, and on Wednesday nights the Bistro also offers three curries for $25 a head. Our service was friendly and our food was simple but satisfying. On a glorious sunny Sunday afternoon, this quiet suburban gem certainly beats the mayhem of bustling South Tce just a few kilometres away.