It felt like quite the adventure last week when I rugged myself up and ventured into Fremantle on a Monday night. Now I’ll be the first to admit is that Freo is no where near home. It’s a hell of a long drive away, so why, why was I driving so far? Well I had been invited along to a Yelp function. Yelp you say, what’s that? And I’ll admit that I didn’t really know too much about it, which was why I was keen to head along. Basically Yelp is a website that has quite a large presence elsewhere, ie: the US, and has recently made its move into the local scene. http://www.yelp.com.au/perth I’ve always been on board with urbanspoon, but with Yelp you get quite a diverse range of services reviewed. From florists to hairdressers to restaurants…. it gives you that first hand experience that people have had of local businesses, which is always very helpful.
So I headed along to one of the Yelp Elite Events to meet with other Yelp’ers and hear a little more about how it all worked. This event focused on the launch of the Winter menu at X-Wray in Freo. Now I had no clue where X-Wray was. I thought I knew where it was, but when I found myself outside the Sail and Anchor I suspected I had walked to far and after a quick google, wandered back down Essex St and found where I was looking for. Quite a quirky looking place with the essence of Freo feel to it, sort of trendified hippy, with its bright coloured walls and mismatched furniture. It was all very welcoming.
I spotted a few familiar faces and aligned myself with the blogger set and we stood and enjoyed a cheeky bevvy or two. Red wine or mojitos were the order of the day and I do adore the minty wonder of a mojito so I sipped on one of those, from the converted sugar dispensers that made perfect cocktail receptacles.
So while we enjoyed our food we perused the menu and i’ll be the first to admit that I was excited about the tasty morsels ahead.
To start with they set a few platters on tables – tempura vegetables, tomato and boccocini with fresh bread, cold meats and also some Turkish bread with amazingly delicious hummus. It was a solid start to proceedings.
Then there was the pork belly - melt in your mouth amazing.
They had started serving little individual plates to everyone, so it was at this moment that the bloggers made the wise decision to find a table. From there we then dug into the gnocchi. Some of the best gnocchi I had ever had. It was pillow soft and had a beautiful napolitaine sauce. We were told this was a family recipe from the chef’s nonna. She does great work – how incredibly fabulous it was!
There were a few chicken skewers to share next and then onto the beef cheek. Oh beef cheek! The meat just fell apart and then there was the indulgent creamy mash. And a crumbed carrot! Good times!
To round out the wonderful introduction to the new menu, we were treated to some home made biscuits. Gotta love a sweet treat! Would you believe I actually passed on a biscuit? They did look entirely amazing, but I was feeling fairly comfortable after the hour or so grazing on those delicious food!
So this was my first visit to X-Wray and honestly given what I had tried on this visit I would not hesitate to jump back in the car one day and try some more of their wonderful meals. Especially the gnocchi – with thanks to nonna for sharing her recipe!
It was great to say hello to some fellow foodies and also learn a little more to Yelp. Great to have a new place to head to for a little feedback on Perth businesses. Sharing (info) is caring :)