Sweetwater is a new rooftop bar in Silas Street, East Fremantle at the top of a swish apartment block. There’s parking outside and a lift that whisks you up to the 6th floor. It’s an indoor venue and has views that reach out to the ocean and across Fremantle and North Fremantle.
On the day we arrived, they seemed a little short staffed, and the service was a little haphazard, however we were seated by a window which was nice. We ordered the vegan yum cha menu – $45 per person for several dishes, and a glass of prosecco.
First to arrive from the yum cha menu were three dishes, all quite tasty and I think I liked the dumplings best:
This was followed by another three dishes – cauliflower, which was lovely , tofu and sambal, and a tempura eggplant. The sambal was quite hot which overpowered the caramel sauce with the tempura but all dishes were good.
The last dishes to arrive were the heartiest – a cauliflower rendang with wok fried rice and Asian greens. The rice arrive a good ten minutes after the other dishes and it would have been better to have it all together.
So overall, what did we think? The dishes were all very nice but I can’t think of any wow moments during the meal. It was great to have a completely vegan menu worked out for us, so that was a plus. I think they could have created a menu that didn’t have two cauliflower dishes, as much as I like cauliflower, maybe a zucchini or sweet potato dish would have been a nice alternative. I also think that any venue with a vista should have spotless windows, and the windows were quite dirty.
There were no soft drinks on the drink menu and I think that they are geared up for a young crown who come to have cocktails, it would be good to see some tea themed mocktails too, but all in all it was a nice place to while away a Sunday lunch. The staff were lovely, but rushed off their feet. I will revisit, but I may leave it a while to see if the menu changes.