My best friend Carly and I are creatures of habit. More often than not when we catch up over a meal out, it’s usually at one of our local go to’s like Little Sisto or Tropico. Or we treat ourselves to something a little naughty like Varsity Burgers and our more recent haunt, Hot Star Chicken.
Recently we decided to skip the norm and head down to Freo for lunch at Bib and Tucker after she had a rave dinner there with her husband. Her favourite item – the bombe alaska. So I made a cheeky enquiry with Head Chef Scott Bridger to order it ahead of time since it’s only available at dinner service normally. Lucky for us – he was happy to make an exception!
While we were both tempted to start our lunch with a cocktail, we decided we’d each have a watermelon and ginger smash ($9.00), which is made up of watermelon, lime, mint and ginger beer.
Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.
For her dish, Carly was quick to decide on the large tostada with quinoa, charred corn, avocado, pomegranate, orange tahini, fresh herbs ($23.00) and chicken added ($7.00). I’ve had this dish before, and it’s wonderfully fresh.
Pops of sweetness from the corn, creaminess from the crushed avo and a zingy flavour from the tahini. There’s crunchiness, a little saltiness and all other kinds of tasty goodness.
Though there were some big menu items calling my name, I ultimately decided on a couple small plates so I could have the best of both worlds. My first plate – the soft shell crab slider with avocado, green chilli and coriander ($9.00).
I love how this dish presents, and the golden crab was well seasoned and crunchy as promised. The meat inside was soft and juicy, and the bun was pleasingly fluffy. An all round yummy bite.
However as good as the crab was, I really only had eyes for one dish. The truffled steak tartare with sourdough wafers, watercress, fermented turnip and Manjimup truffles ($24.00). Seeing as we were at the end of truffle season, it felt right to indulge in one last earthy plate for the year – and I’m so glad I did.
The steak tartare was creamy and literally melt in your mouth. I loved how tender it was, and the balance of the dish thanks to the pickled turnips and peppery cress. The sourdough wafers were cut nice and thin, and provided an excellent vessel to scoop the meat onto without falling apart.
Ahh truffles. Of course they were wonderful and decadent too – but really the tartare shone even without these luxe additions.
Having already organised our dessert beforehand, I was still unprepared for the spectacle that would appear at our table! The banoffee bombe alaska with biscuit base, banana & toffee ice cream and toasted meringue ($17.00) is a big dessert, so I definitely recommend sharing it between two – it’s a rich, but wonderful plate of sugar.
When it arrived at our table (which was perfectly positioned to view the whales cruising by in the ocean at Leighton Beach), most of the diners around us turned around to ogle it. And I don’t blame them – it’s pretty incredible looking.
When I finally swished my phone through the meringue I could see why Carly had insisted we try it. The meringue was ethereally light, and had a lovely caramelisation. The banoffee combo inside was excellent – not too sweet, but very decadent. Just the kind of dessert you could imagine would be the ideal date night treat while sitting under the twinkling stars at night.
Bib and Tucker is a great place to eat. I love the view, had impeccable service and enjoyed our food so much I’ve already been back again. It’s a great place in Freo, and one I love taking visiting friends and relatives too for that really special atmosphere and menu.