– by Revathie Dhanabalan
X-Wray Café is one of those hidden gems in Perth’s town suburbs, where regulars would grab a coffee and cake on a daily basis, and sip cocktails alongside live music at night. Surrounded by hanging lanterns and beach style wooden tables lit by candlelight, X-Wray has a rustic and welcoming feel to it.
The venue is located within the Fremantle entertainment district, walking distance to Millennium Cinema and Market Street’s other hotspots. The outside balcony, made of old stone, wooden tables and plants, perfectly represents the atmosphere of the place. Inside, the place gets smaller with one bar and a few seats along it with armchairs and a small stage for a band to play.
The first step you will be taking past the outside gate will be directly followed by warm greetings from the staff waiting for you with a clipboard of menus. The menu serves up a combination of both café style and modern dishes, which includes; squid, burgers and salads, as well as a large selection of desserts with gluten free options.
One of the standout dishes for me was the well-seasoned ChimichuriCchicken with grilled corn, black bean and crispy coriander croquettes ($30). The Grilled Halloumi Burger with zucchini and pimento ($20) is a perfect alternative to a hearty veggie option. Another showstopper for meat lovers out there would the Beef Cheek dish. Shreds of dark braised meat resting on truffle-d cauliflower, accompanied with buttered young carrots, kale and red wine sauce ($32).
A live band playing alternative and indie music, complemented the laid back atmosphere with a mix of eclectic people from backpackers, families and groups of friends.
The X-Wray Café will be one of your most original and unique Freo experiences. Whether you head there for a relaxed weekend with your friends, family or on a date, you will always find satisfaction with delicious food to boot.
ADDRESS: 3/13 Essex Street, Fremantle WA 6160
PHONE: (08) 9430 9399
HOURS: Monday-Friday, 7am – Midnight