Noteworthy noshin in Freo: The nom-noms at Simple Nosh

The simple things in life are always the best.  Hands up who’s with me?

This is something I agree with wholeheartedly.  Especially when it comes to what comes out of my kitchen.  It’s only fitting that a café with a name like Simple Nosh was on my “Must Eat” list.

Hubby and I walked into this charming cottage-cum-eatery towards the end of lunch service.  Bit past 2pm to be exact.  We found the display fridge to be pretty much bare –a good sign that business is booming.  A bad sign they had any vegan items left.  I was worried unnecessarily as there was still a lentil burger left – one with my name on it.  The veganised version of the Lentil Burger equates to ‘hold the mayo, hold the butter’.


Nosh on Norfolk

The chatty Lea took our orders and we grabbed a table on the outdoor patio.  Luckily, the sun was now peeking out through the previously gloomy clouds.  There’s an op-shop rustic feel to the place, with odd bod chairs and sofas giving it a cosy ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.

My drink (classic Green Smoothie) arrives quickly in an old-school mason jar.  We both take a sip and hubby says it’s the best green smoothie he’s had in a while – he likes his thick, creamy and sweet.  I find I need to water it down a tad but he can slurp it up like there’s no tomorrow.  We pass the time by flicking through the travel section of the weekend paper (I’m daydreaming of a getaway during Xmas *hint hint*) and before I can say “VietnamCambodiaLaos” the mains arrive at our table.

fritatta and potato salad

fritatta and potato salad

Hubby opted for the vegetarian fritatta with a side of potato salad.  He breaks off a generous piece and forks it into his mouth.  Comfort food at its best.  Echoing his statement about the green smoothie, he now claims the potato salad is the “best he’s ever had”.  Lea tells us Simple Nosh’s condiments are lovingly created by her mum.  Everything is made fresh on the premises – no store bought mayo at this place.

My burger arrives and what a burger it is.  A generously thick lentil pattie on top of a bed of spinach leaves, tomato and julienned carrot, topped with their signature homemade tomato chutney and chunks of avocado.  All this goodness is sandwiched between a toasted wholemeal bread roll.  I’m so over burger joints being cheap by dishing out razor thin patties between huge mounds of tasteless bread.

love my lentils

love my lentils

By this point I’m quite stuffed, and opt for a soy chai latte to finish off the meal.  However, if I was feeling so inclined, there were no vegan sweets available anyway.  Don’t worry everybody – Simple Nosh will be adding plenty more vegan delicacies to their repertoire.  Hubby orders a raspberry chocolate muffin together with a flat white.  The Five Senses coffees are just what you expect a coffee to be – especially in a suburb reputed to be the birthplace of the coffee strip.  Throughout our dining experience I overhear compliments to Leah and her mum on numerous occasions as other patrons pay their bill and leave.  “Amazing”… “Thank you, that was fantastic”… “Awesome cake, so delicious”….

Hubby is strangely quiet and I glance over to see it’s because he is busily stuffing his face with Simple Nosh’s nomnoms.  He says for food like this he’ll happily turned vego.  I know it sounds sappy, but he finds Lea’s mum Irene in the kitchen and tells her he can “taste the love in her cooking”.  Awww… cue puppy dog eyes and violins.

match made in heaven:  coffee + cake

match made in heaven: coffee + cake

As we make our way to leave, hubby is so impressed with our lunch he buys a takeaway slice of lemon coconut slice for later.

Lea tells me they’re dying to expand their vegan range.  Apparently they get queries all the time, however it’s a case of being restrained due to staffing resources.  As soon as they find another cook to help out in the kitchen, Simple Nosh will be putting more vegan fare on the menu.  And you my dear readers, will be the first to know!

Want to know more about Simple Nosh?  Run by a hard-working mother-daughter duo, this eatery has only been open for a year and a bit.  Even so, for a newbie kid on the block it already enjoys a loyal following of business patrons (weekdays) and local residents (weekends).  Nestled in the leafy Norfolk Street (in the old Sala Thai premises), it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Freo CBD.  Lea’s mum has years of experience in the kitchen, and prior to opening Simple Nosh she was resident cake baker for Ootong & Lincoln.  Lea gave up a career in the fitness industry to open the business with her talented mama.

Simple, honest, tasty food + friendly service + a good cuppa = smiles all round

Looking forward to revisiting when they have more vegan options!

Simple Nosh
12 Norfolk Street, Fremantle
Open 6 days week in winter (closed Sunday)
Breakfast from 7.30am, Lunch from 11.30am – 3pm

30 seconds with one half of Simple Nosh – Lea

Do you do catering? 

They take cake, muffin or pattie orders, just make sure you give them 2 days’ notice.

Simple Nosh version 2.0? 

Vegan range will be expanding, such as non-dairy smoothie options in the summer and more desserts.

In future you will be able to take Simple Nosh home with you – Mama Irene will sell her homemade jams, chutneys, preserves and other Made With Love goodies.  Watch this space!

Why did you decide to take the plunge and open a cafe?

?Both my mother and I have a passion for vegetarian food, also homemade food is hard to come by these days that has love and passion added to it (Freshbyfriska:  Amen sista!) We had an opportunity come to us and decided to take a risk and plunge into it 🙂 ”

Biggest learning experience?

“Didn’t realise how much hard work it would take.”

Life motto / philosophy:

If you never take a risk you will never get anywhere.

The fruits of Irene's baking

The fruits of Irene’s baking


2 thoughts on “Noteworthy noshin in Freo: The nom-noms at Simple Nosh

  1. What a lovely name, Simple Nosh?! It’s awesome that the staff’s mum created these condiments from scratch! How lovely that your Classic Green Smoothie came in an old-school mason jar. These are so cool looking. I don’t like mine creamy and thick either, but I like it slightly watered down. Hehe, I haven’t been to Vietnam, Cambodia or Laos, actually these are one of my lists of “Asia” places to visit in the near future. I nearly went to Vietnam, but the tickets didn’t work out (the whole visa craps is frustrating). I want some potato salad, it is one of my favorite side dishes in the entire universe (whether it’s vegan mayo-based or just olive oil). And yum on that Lentil Burger, looks like you had a great time there! Great food, great service and lovely smiles! 🙂 Damn it, I need to go to Oz, can we eat there together someday?! x

    • It’s a date. We’ll go on a vegan nosh-fest if you ever come here. Oh and I have ALWAYS wanted to go to Portland. Saw a documentary about its sustainability philosophy which resonates through everything they do: public transport / infrastructure, town planning, recycling, health and wellness, education etc.. I hope to some day visit you too. Heard your farmers’ markets are awesome. x

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