Lunch at The Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen, Fremantle

Monk Brewery

I was recently invited to visit The Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen in Fremantle to sample some of their lunch dishes and small batch beers.

Monk BreweryI was recently invited to visit The Monk Craft Brewery Kitchen in Fremantle to sample their lunch menu and also try their small batch beers, which are crafted on site using local ingredients. The Monk is located in the heart of Fremantle on South Terrace, in the building that used to be Miss Maud’s (showing my age here!)

Monk has recently revamped its brewing team and their new Head Brewer is Mal Secourable, formerly of Indian Ocean Brewery, who has won several awards for recreating archaic beer styles (!) He is joined by Rhys Lopez, a part-time distiller at local craft spirit producer Hippocampus, who is responsible for growing the bacteria and “infecting” the brewery.

Under the new team, Monk expects to release new products in 2016 including cider and mead, and introduce a barrel aging and sour beer programme.

Monk BreweryIt was a glorious Wednesday lunchtime when I visited, and I was greeted by a relaxed atmosphere and a restaurant full of happy customers. There is plenty of inside seating, but outside was the obvious choice today.

Monk BreweryUnsurprisingly, beer was top of the agenda! I’m usually more of a cider drinker, however the Monk’s own cider was still in production so my arm was twisted and I sampled these six beers (normally available for $20). As you can see, the sampler comes with an information card that tells you all about each beer that you’re drinking.

It was certainly an interesting experience sampling the different types of beer, and one I would recommend – especially if you’re usually unadventurous when it comes to such things. My favourite was the mid American pale ale, which had a very definite citrus flavour.

Monk breweryThe menu contains a good assortment of dishes, with a wide selection of mains and many suitable for grazing / sharing. I was allowed to take my pick from the menu and selected a couple of the smaller shared plates.

Monk breweryThe first dish I tried was the meatballs in “nap sauce” with pecorino and sourdough ($17) – moist and tasty in a rich sauce, I wouldn’t be sharing these with anyone!

Monk BreweryHow could I resist a huge bowl of onion bhajiΒ  – one of my favourite things on the whole planet – served with mint yoghurt? ($14) This was another great dish, not heavy or greasy as can often be the way with bhaji.

Monk BreweryI also had the opportunity to try – and photograph in all its glory – this beautiful double cheese burger ($22 with chips +$5 for the second burger patty).

It’s a simple affair – meat, cheese, salad and ketchup – but the quality of the ingredients really shine through. You can see from the photo how good this is, and Instagram thoroughly agreed when I originally posted this!

Monk BrewerySome unsuspecting tourists were also enjoying the meatballs, accompanyed by the chicken salad with coconut milk, roasted corn & mint ($25) and the carrot, beetroot & cashew nut salad ($21).

Monk BreweryComplicated brewing-type stuff.

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Monk BreweryMy host for the day was Carina from The Monk’s marketing team, and one of the things she shared with me was the “Monk Philosophy”, which is based around the concepts of honest, simple, craft and cultured. It’s not the kind of thing you expect to see from a small, independent business, but I could certainly see it demonstrated in everything I sampled and observed.

The Monk is a gorgeous place to sit and watch the world go by, and you can enjoy some great food & drink while you’re at it. The Monk also has private function rooms so keep it in mind for your wedding, next birthday party or other celebration.

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Martin

Martin was born in England but now lives in Perth, Western Australia. He has a passion for breakfast, coffee, hot curries & fast food, and is a cat & Dalek person.

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