La Sosta, Fremantle

Around six months ago we first went to La Sosta in Fremantle and were blown away by the varied menu, delicious food and great service. Don’t you hate it when you take friends to a restaurant that you have raved about and are then so disappointed?
This happened when we decided to return to La Sosta for lunch on Valentine’s Day. We had made a booking however when we walked in the waiter just pushed two tables together in a corner near the bar. It was quite a hot day and it did get uncomfortable where we were sitting and there didn’t seem to be any fans or air-conditioning turned on.
After showing us to our table our waiter returned a short while later with water and the menus but that was the last we saw of him for quite a long time. Eventually he returned and took our drinks order and they were bought out relatively quickly so we placed our meal order.
After another wait the entrée was finally bought out. We had all decided on trying the Bruschetta la Sosta. This consisted of tomato, red onion, goat cheese and a balsamic reduction. It was exceptionally tasty and we couldn’t get enough of the balsamic reduction.
Bruschetta la Sosta
Our mains came out fairly soon after and we ordered another couple of drinks. Again waiting, waiting then the beer was bought out but we were still waiting for a Lemon, Lime and Bitters, which we thought they must have still been making. Eventually Claude went to the bar to check and it was eventually bought out.
Two of us ordered the Grigliata di Pesce, this was grilled squid, king prawns and fish of the day and was served with roast capsicum, eggplant, potato and fresh tomato. I’m not sure what type of fish it was but it was cooked to perfection, with beautiful white, moist flesh. However my prawns were overcooked and the squid was as tough as shoe leather. The vegetables were fine except for the potato which was undercooked and hard.
Grigliata di Pesce
Claude ordered the Lasagnole le Gamberi e Pesto ali Pistachio. This was not a very large meal however it tasted divine. The handmade pasta was delicate, the prawns cooked perfectly and the pistachio sauce was luscious.
Lasagnole le Gamberi e Pesto ali Pistachio
My niece ordered Capretto al Forno described on the menu as oven baked baby goat served with roast potatoes and vegetables. We had joked that we hoped it wasn’t a whole baby goat but when we saw the plate it could have been. There was meat pilled high and not much else. It was an extremely unattractive meal, however the meat was tender and tasty, once more the potatoes were hard.
Capretto al Forno
Once again, after more waiting we finally got our dessert. Claude chose the Tiramisu and it was light and creamy. I ordered the Coconut and Ricotta Tart and was very happy with my choice but it could have been enhanced with just a dob of cream.
Tiramisu
Coconut and Ricotta Tart
The menu was different from our last visit, but still varied, however the food was hit and miss and the service mediocre. They need to be more consistent with their food and service. With so much choice of places to dine, especially Italian Restaurants, I don’t know if I would return, although I may be tempted when I think about my first meal at La Sosta and hope that maybe this experience was just a one off.

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  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately it seems to be the case with so many restaurants, once they get a good name and become popular the service and quality of food drops off. Fremantle is my stomping ground but I find that we have to go further afield if we want good service, quality food at affordable prices. This is pretty much the case for many tourist precincts as restaurants/cafe's tend to live off the popularity of the area rather than the reputation of their restaurant, food and service.

  • You're right. As a general rule the more isolated cafes and restaurants seem to try that bit harder.