Emily Taylor Bar and Restaurant Review
Having been to Emily Taylors not long after it opened for a drink I had always said we must return for a meal. With a birthday to celebrate this was the place I choose for my birthday dinner. Having had the day off work, being a Tuesday, we headed into Fremantle about 4.30pm and when we got there, a few people were there but not a lot. But it did start to fill up soon after.
Emily Taylors is a part of the Warders Hotel on Henderson Street Fremantle, right behind the Fremantle Markets. There is accommodation at The Warders Hotel and also a café/bar called Gimlet. Emily Taylor is at the back of the property, you head down a limestone lane and it’s there at the end just before a door to the markets.
As you go in there is a lovely dining area and the bar, head through and you come to the courtyard which is where we decided to spend a couple of lovely hours on a beautiful autumn evening. The courtyard is decorated very casually with table and chairs, benches and high tables. There is a lot of shade and gorgeous Asian umbrellas everywhere, it was a truly lovely atmosphere.
Emily Taylor was named after a ship from the 1800’s that sailed from England to Fremantle, stopping through Asia picking up tea, spices and maybe just maybe opium. Immigrants were also brought to Fremantle. She was finally laid to rest off the coast of Fremantle. The restaurant likes to say: Like its namesake – Emily Taylor brings a unique Asian twist to the best and freshest of West Australian produce.
Its menu, in my opinion, is best eaten as tapas and sharing so that you can try a range of different dishes. Do not expect subtle flavours, all we ate had the most amazing strong Asian flavours. They have a deal where for $95 you get to choose 5 dishes from the menu, we went with this and choose 5 nice dishes: Lobster and Manimup Truffle, Shark Bay Scallop Dumplings, Tapioca Dusted Cone Bay Barramundi, Caramelised Sticky Pork Belly and Wok Tossed Asian Greens. They also do Emily Taylor Roast Duck, very much like a Peking Duck, this is their signature dish. Next time………..
Staff were great, very attentive without being intrusive. Drinks were served promptly and the food came out very very quickly, if I have one complaint it came out too quickly but that was because I was in no hurry and wanted to chill with my drink first. It may pay to mention that if you don’t want the food immediately. But all in all, it was a lovely night, can’t say we were really full but had eaten sufficient. I definitely will return and try their Roast Duck.
There is paid parking all around and an easy walk from anywhere in Fremantle.
19-29 Henderson Street Fremantle
Enter from Cnr Henderson Street and Market Lane
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