Neighbouring the Freo Markets, the old warder’s cottages are iconic and it doesn’t get much better than throwing back a cocktail or two with some bao and dumplings in the huge leafy courtyard of Emily Taylor.
The restaurant is named after a ship that sailed from England to Fremantle, stopping in at various destinations around Asia to pick up spices and tea, so it’s fitting that Emily Taylor is the perfect nod to both Fremantle’s culture and the tastebud tingling flavours of Asia.
The menu is broken down into dumplings, buns and bites, share plates, and their signature Emily Taylor roast duck which you won’t want to miss. Cooked in local honey and served with mandarin pancakes, green onion, cucumber and condiments, it’s a treat for the senses.
In the dumplings, buns and bites sections, you’ve got goodies like lobster and Manjimup truffle served with sweet aromatic soy, oxtail dumplings, rendang filled crispy bao and more. For something bigger, check out crispy Xinjang style lamb, the mushroom mapo doufu or the charred beef short rib for serious flavour bombs.
In great news for Freo locals and south-siders everywhere, Emily Taylor will also be dishing up yum cha with bubbles and bottomless tea.
The drinks list is filled with both traditional drops alongside pet nats, skin contact wines and natural roses and chilled reds—perfect for summer. There’s also a short but sweet cocktail list that you’ll want to work your way through, from the American in Beijing—Campari, sweet red vermouth and yuzu soda—to the Rivera Fizz—sloe gin, sparkling wine and lemon juice. Gin lovers are well catered for with 15 different kinds of gin available to be mixed with your choice of Fever Tree tonic.
There’s also plenty of beer on tap and a bunch of non-alcoholic agua frescas and iced teas that look so good they might just tempt you away from the hard stuff.
If this doesn’t sound like the perfect summer destination for all your Christmas catch ups, we don’t know what is.
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