PERTH | East Fremantle’s Ethos Deli + Dining Room was on my list when I visited Perth back in March, but time got the better of me and I wasn’t able to visit. This time around, I made sure that I popped in to check out a venue that’s bringing something unique to Perth.
It’s a cafe and deli, with a menu that’s evocative of the Jewish delis of New York City. There’s more to things than that, however, driven by modern Eastern European cooking, and the Hungarian and German heritage of head chef Meliss Palinkas. Combined with a focus on seasonal Western Australian produce, low food miles, and sustainability and zero waste principles, a visit to Ethos is well worth your time.
Visiting with family, I was able to try quite a few things, and enjoyed it all. Sandwiches are one of the things that Ethos is known for, and their hot pastrami sandwich is brilliant. If the chicken fried pork cutlet sandwich (think Euro katsu sando) is on the specials menu when you visit, make sure you get it.
Share plates and larger dishes come in the form of things like potato latkes with apple sauce, “my besties Babcia’s” potato & cheese pierogi, and chicken liver parfait with chow chow, a North American pickled relish. It’s all very good.
On the deli side of things, all of which can be purchased to go for your pantry, are things like house cured meats, pickles, and relishes; cheese, and more. It’s a made according to Ethos’ nose to tail philosophy. Nothing in the kitchen is wasted, and all packaging is biodegradable.
To drink, it’s sustainable, minimal intervention Western Australian wines, and no – alcoholic drinks and cocktails made using scraps from the kitchen that would have otherwise gone to waste.
Brilliant food and drink, great service, and forward thinking. Definitely worth heading into East Freo for.
Ethos Deli + Dining Room
88 George Street
Western Australia 6158
Sun: 8:00am to 2:30pm
Tue: 8:00am to 4:00pm
Wed – Sat: 8:00am to 3:30pm