I’ve been super busy lately. Work, work, work, Jeremy’s graduation and spending quality time with friends, family and Hugo. It’s so easy for life to get away from you, and I’m definitely guilty of this lately – so I haven’t been eating out much at all. Something that’s actually a struggle for a food blogger! All the events I’ve been invited to I’ve had to say no while I just focus on me. But with spring making an emergence, I decided I’d join it – and in the process enjoy a beautiful dinner at Propeller with the lovely ladies from Detail Marketing.
Propeller is situated in Fremantle, and has recently undergone a makeover to extend their indoor dining area into what was previously an outdoor space. The effect is lovely, modern and spacious – and a clever use of building structure and shipping containers. Perfect for an evening of cocktails and share dishes.
The lighting was low and moody (great for dinner, terrible for photos), and a nice fresh breeze wafted in from the seaside only a few minutes drive away.
I’d always mistakenly assumed Propeller was an Italian venue, but they actually are a modern approach at Middle Eastern flavours – something that’s right up my alley (I mean I literally eat at The Hummus Club every couple of weeks). Learning this, and enjoying a pomegranate cocktail and then a turkish delight one, it was all the makings of a lovely night out.
Plate after plate made it’s way to us, and my favourites were definitely the first three. Zaatar spiced bread with dip, sweet potato falafel and quail. All distinctly Middle-Eastern in flavour and well seasoned. I loved that bread with it’s oily ridges and it’s crisp edges.
The use of sweet potato in the falafel was an interesting twist too, one that I welcomed for a change of pace. Plus there was labne underneath – and that is one of my favourite ingredients used in this style of cuisine.
Scallops, kale salad and a hearty beef stew rounded out the savoury portion of the evening.
I didn’t love the scallops personally which was a bit surprising since I tend to gravitate towards seafood. I think I would have preferred them a bit less worked, as they’re such a beautiful ingredient they shine on their own. But the beef was beautiful – not necessarily the prettiest dish but it definitely made up for that in flavour and unctuous, rich texture. Yum.
And just like that it was dessert time – an orange blossom soaked semolina cake with turkish delight. For me, this was the highlight of the dinner… sweet, sticky and indulgent. Ideal to share, but no one would judge you if you tackled it on your own. I’m sure I ate the lion’s share of this one!
A lovely way to end my first time visiting Propeller.