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Deca Bodega – Fremantle

UPDATE – Deca Bodega is now permanently closed.

Deca Bodega Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Deca Bodega was buzzing when we arrived. Centrally located in Freo’s restaurant hub, it has tables outside and in and is busy brash and noisy. When we arrived we were allocated an outside table right on the pavement, but the waitress kindly agreed to move us to a quieter inside table. It is an interesting corner building with a spiral staircase inside. The dining tables are at street level, but the spiral staircase leads down to a lounge area which could have possibly been a purpose built bodega previously.

Deca Bodega

The menu has tapas and ‘bigger plates’, so we chose three smaller tapas plates and the ribs as our ‘bigger’ plate.

The first dish that arrived was mixed mushrooms – a lovely dish containing a variety of mushroom types with parsley and soft roasted garlic. The remaining juice was delicious and I should have ordered bread to mop it up.

Mixed Mushrooms

Then our fish tacos arrived, nice fish goujons with a slaw. I thought they were quite enjoyable but quite expensive for the amount on the plate.

Fish tacos

Next our large plate arrived – pork ribs with pomegranate sauce and a cabbage slaw accompaniment. The ribs were tender and tasty, but again, I would have liked more on my plate for $30+

Ribs with pomegranate sauce

We had to remind the waitress about our missing prawn dish, but she was very quick to remedy the situation, and we decided to order an extra dish of patatas bravas. These lovely crispy spicy potatoes were served with a chipotle and were one of the best dishes of the evening.

Patatas Bravas

The last dish to arrive was a bowl of garlic prawns. Really tasty, they were served with zucchini slices.

Garlic prawns

So Deca Bodega – what is the verdict? The food is definitely very nice and good quality, but I think that it is a little overpriced for the portion sizes. The waitresses are friendly and efficient – I can’t fault the service.

The reason I tried Deca Bodega is because I had a 50% off food offer and this made the bill very reasonable at $50. I am not sure that I would have been happy to pay $100 for the same food, especially as Freo is quite a drive for me. For diners living nearby it is a neighbourhood gem and definitely worth a try for the atmosphere and the wine selection. I also noticed some delicious looking churros being served at nearby tables – they would be worth testing.

Jamie’s Italian, Perth

Jamie's Italian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I tried to book online for Jamie’s… well okay I left it a bit late, but couldn’t get a booking for Sunday lunch, however the website said that some tables are reserved for walk-ins, so we just turned up and were told that the wait time was 45 minutes. This was not a major problem as the restaurant is in the heart of Perth and you can easily while away an hour browsing the shops or visiting a nearby coffee bar. We returned after 30 minutes only for my phone to ring to let me know that a table was ready.

The restaurant is large, busy, and warehouse style with a huge chandelier in the middle, quirky napkins that look like Jamie tea towels, and wooden plank tables.

Jamie's

Our waitress was a delight – she enthusiastically explained all 4 ‘specials’ to us and quickly organised some non-alcoholic ginger beer mojitos.

Ginger beer mojito

Ginger beer mojito

For starter we chose to share a crab and avocado bruschetta. This was really nicely done, served on a plank, the bread was sourdough topped with a lovely crab mash with apple, mint, chilli and lemon. If you were hungry you would probably want this whole starter to yourself, but it suited us as a share option.

Crab and Avocado Bruschetta

Crab and Avocado Bruschetta

For mains we both chose the special of pork belly with crispy crackling, served with salad leaves and roast potatoes. This was really nice, the pork was succulent and fell apart and the crackling was crispy and tasty.

Crispy Pork Belly

Crispy Pork Belly

For dessert I chose the tutti-frutti lemon meringue pie with limoncello and crunchy pistachio brittle. This was a lovely big serving, nice tart lemon offset by the sweet fluffy meringue and complemented by the crunchy nut brittle.

Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue

My companion chose the chocolate brownie with amaretto ice cream and caramelised popcorn – this was a luscious dark chocolate fix and the amaretto ice cream was superb. A very yummy dessert.

Chocolate Brownie

Chocolate Brownie

The toilets here have old fashioned Victorian style cisterns but alas no chain – I think that the cisterns are there for decor, the flush is push-button, but they were quirky nevertheless.

The meal was very nice and I would love to return to try some of Jamie’s pasta. The bill was quite reasonable too – not as expensive as you may expect. Some of the waiters are from Essex – which reminded me of home, so maybe I have a soft spot for this place. It is definitely a favourite in Perth, if you don’t mind waiting for your table.

UPDATE – we have now visited Jamie’s a few times and generally had great meals. Sadly the last visit was lacklustre and did not deliver. I understand that the chain is going through management changes – maybe this is why.

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