Image Credit: Louise Coghill
Unfortunately, at this stage, you only have t-minus five days to get down to check it out before it pops out of sight (but hopefully not for good).
A collaboration between the Ginger Morris’ owners and Melbourne’s food and wine dream team, Kate Christensen (sommelier) and Mal Meiers (chef), the Food + Wine Pop Up celebrates local and organic produce put together artfully, plus wine of course. All of that translates to really, really, really good food and perfect wine pairings.
Perched under a big tree on a share table in the back garden of Ginger Morris, we arrived at the Food + Wine Pop Up just as the sun was going down. The place was packed out, so it’s no surprise bookings are essential.
It’s got all the Freo feels and a sprinkling of European flair with twinkly candles, a big chandelier hanging in the barn and vines creeping up walls all over the place. Some kind of jazzy swing music plays in the background and while you wait for dinner you can watch the chefs work their magic in the big, industrial open kitchen. It’s the kind of place you could easily spend a few hours sipping on wine and grazing on share food.
The menu is short but the food was astounding, highlights being the Margaret River cheddar croquettes with salted mushrooms and caramelised onion and the Cone Bay barramundi with white gazpacho, charred baby leeks and Semillon pickled sultanas. I’m not normally a huge sultana fan, but I could chow down on these plump beauties all day long. The fish was paired perfectly with a glass of Blind Corner Two Brothers rosé.
Not on the menu was the BBQ local asparagus with a slow cooked Swan Valley duck egg and whipped Margaret River Brie. The duck egg had me questioning why I don’t eat duck eggs all the time and the whipped brie made me instantly gain 5 kilos. Delish!
Oh and of course, we could not pass up the Wild bread and butter. They put something in that butter which I highly suspect is some kind of highly addictive drug because I polished off the entire dish (probably also one of the culprits that made me gain 5 kilos overnight).
For dessert, it was tough to pick between the raw beetroot mud cake and the caramelised banana parfait with chai custard and pistachio oat crumble, but we went with the parfait because, caramelised banana is just so good and as we’ve already established, we were not having a healthy night!
We’re really hoping this little pop up can become a permanent fixture on the Freo dining scene. If you make it down, be sure to sign the petition they’ve got going so they can hopefully stay open for good.
Open Wednesday to Sunday, the Ginger Morris Food + Wine Pop Up finishes on 18 October.
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