Nestled in the heart of uber-cool George Street, Young George is a late night bar and kitchen, as well as a boutique bottle shop. With a menu focussing on local and seasonal ingredients, a killer wine, craft beer and cocktail list and some of the best wait staff in Perth, it’s highly likely you’ll never want to leave.
Walking into Young George on a summery Saturday evening, we knew we were in for a real treat. The atmosphere was buzzing yet relaxed, cool but not pretentious—just the kind of vibe you would expect from a George Street restaurant.
We cosied up to a seat by a window where our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter gave us the hot tip on what to order—everything!
First up we ordered the jalapeno and cheddar pops and some milk buns with ramen fried chicken. The pops were topped with a sweet corn remoulade and some crunchy spring onion which cut through the creaminess. The milk buns were the standout—the fried chicken was some of the freshest I’ve eaten, the buns were sugary soft and then there was the tangy Caesar mayo and fermented slaw—talk about delicious!
For mains we ordered the octopus slaw, smoked kangaroo and the lamb shoulder. The octopus slaw was super crunchy and very zesty, while the kangaroo was tender and juicy, perched perfectly on a doughy potato pancake with nectarine chutney and some of the most moorish onion fries I’ve ever eaten.
But it was the lamb shoulder which stole our hearts when it came to the mains. It was melt-in-your mouth delicious, served with eggplant, yoghurt pearls and a tasty mix of Middle Eastern herbs which took the dish to another level.
Once mains were all done and dusted we thought we were ready to call it a night. Our bellies were full and tastebuds were satisfied—until we saw the dessert menu of course. There was no way we were leaving without ordering the peanut butter parfait!
Imagine a giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup topped with honey, banana, cookie chunks and chocolate pop rocks and you’ll come close to understanding how amazing this was. It was a party in your mouth kind of dessert. The parfait was buttery and dense and after a few bites the sugar shakes had well and truly set in. We rolled out onto George Street feeling very full and extremely satisfied.
Young George in East Fremantle is the kind of place you will want to go back to time and time again. What a little gem!
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