9 April 2014
Tabella is one of many Italian restaurants along the popular South Terrace road in Fremantle. We arrived with an awesome online coupon, but the regular menu prices are listed in this blog post.
We opted for the hustle and bustle of al fresco dining because the aircon was broken. While the indoor area of the restaurant looks comfortable enough, the outdoor seats are definitely the place for people-watching. We ordered and didn’t wait long until our food started arriving, woo!
Chinotto; Limonata; and Aranciata ($5.50 each); house red wine (~$7)
We mostly ordered soft drinks even though our voucher included house wines. Weirdly enough, none of us agreed on which Italian fizzy drink was the most palatable. I personally found the brown one gross but quite enjoyed the orange one. These drinks are usually expensive and the bottles are small, so choose carefully…
Gamberi all’ aglio ($20)
Highlight of the night! These garlic prawns were drop-dead delicious. We sponged up the garlic butter sauce with toasted garlic butter bread. Amazing. A decent serving and much better value than the substandard prawns at the once iconic Witch’s Cauldron.
Arancini continues to bore me. My friends seemed to enjoy hot cheesy balls in their mouth (haha) but I’m still not a fan of these heavy crumbed risotto balls.
Piatto di salumi ($26.50)
The platter had lots of ham, chorizo and salami slices, plus some large hunks of cheese. Honestly this platter was disappointing because I was craving prosciutto (which was stated on the menu description).
Maltagliati all’ anatra ($26.50)
We were split in our opinion of the duck pasta with pecorino. I enjoyed the rich flecks of duck meat and silky home-made pasta, but a couple of my friends found it too meaty and one-dimensional. It could have used more cherry tomatoes for sweetness or maybe some veg for texture.
Capretto al forno ($31)
The goat tasted better than it looked. A wholesome dish that was filling even though the goat pieces were mostly bone. Nothing incredible but a solid meal.
Guancie di manzo ($28)
Beef cheeks came highly recommended by our waiter. They were tender and sitting in a thick and very rich sauce (including sage, rosemary and thyme - too many different herbs?). I had trouble eating much of this dish after our heavy first course, but it was well-prepared. However, I did have a moment of food envy when I spotted the steak with creamy mushroom sauce on another table.
Risotto allo scoglio ($28)
We enjoyed all the mussels, clams, prawns, squid, and fish. Heaps of seafood! The flavour was decent but it didn’t top the risotto I enjoyed at Dux Cafe, which set high standards to beat.
Service was attentive, friendly and helpful (including providing us tap water and share plates). The waiter happily packaged our leftovers because there was so much food! A less huge meal at Tabella would usually cost about $35 - $45 and I would defs return for the amazing garlic prawns.
Likes: delicious garlic prawns, lovely service
Dislikes: no prosciutto on the meat platter *sadface*
Value for money: average
Overall: surprisingly good food in a prime touristy location
7 South Terrace
(08) 9335 3215