Lovely Larder

THE original May Street Larder in East Fremantle was so noisy I left without ordering, but thankfully the Mt Hawthorn incarnation is far more relaxing.

The eatery prides itself on using fresh, locally sourced ingredients and serves healthy and indulgent dishes.

I plumped for the ricotta gnocchi ($24) – which like Goldilocks’ porridge was just right – not too healthy and not too decadent.

If you’re feeling self-indulgent the polenta waffle, buttermilk fried chicken, smoked sour cream and maple syrup in the soul sandwich ($25) will hit the mark.

My soft, moist gnocchi was spot on with a lightly fried, crunchy coating.

The potato dumplings were served with a trio of roasted Manjimup mushrooms, including a trumpet and a yellow funghi, and cavolo nero leaves (a dark green Tuscan cabbage).

A terrific oily sauce redolent of hazelnuts was drizzled over the dish and tied the various flavours together. The sauce elevated the dish to an A+ and I’ll make sure I order this on my return.

At a nearby table a couple of ladies were grazing on hot-pink beetroot hummus, warm greens, red sauerkraut, turmeric cauliflower rice and beetroot lavosh with whipped tofu (nourish bowl $17).

“It’s really good, and very interesting, with lots of variety,” they said.

The third member of their table had the chicken schnitty sanga ($20).

She said it was tender but a bit too spicy, before raving about the “beautiful” coffee.

I finished my lunch with a honey and almond slice ($4.50) and a cup of probably the best earl grey tea ($4.50) I’ve ever had.

Sprinkled with gold leaf, the slice was moist and nutty with just the right level of sweetness. Perfection.

by JENNY D’ANGER

May Street Larder
1/148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mt Hawthorn

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