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Under the Bridge - Freo Food Trucks

Hands up if you’re stuck for dinner inspiration as you start a new week? Well, hello, and welcome to the club! Hands up again if you could ditch the cooking altogether, go out and get social? Yes? Cool! Then come along for an awesome adventure of food and tunes with wicked views and community vibes, all by the river in a delicious collective that just screams everything that Freo is famous for.

Say hello to “Under the Bridge”, a travelling group of food trucks and musicians – four trucks and one band to be precise – all of whom gather down at the East Street Jetty to serve up a myriad of culinary and audible treats. Yes, this actually happens EVERY. MONDAY. NIGHT from 5pm to 9pm {last meal is cooked around 8pm}. Yes, dinner is sorted! Followed by dancing, if you want, too!

There were around 100 people when I visited on a pretty chilly Monday night {hello Perth what is up with this weather?!} and the vibe was both friendly and relaxed. Think milk crates that double as tables, groups of mis-matched chairs {if you get there early}, paper plates and plastic cutlery. The four trucks are parked in a huge carpark which faces the river and the band fits snuggly in the middle.

The hardest thing you’ll need to do after arriving is simply decide just what to eat. Lucky there’s heaps of choice which means everyone in the fam can enjoy something different or, in true Freo style, pitch plates in together and share.

Choose from:
• Comida do Sul which serves up awesome Brazilian fare;
• Eat no Evil which has, quite simply, the freshest local produce and amazing flavour combos;
• Gary’s Diner with yummy burgers and curly fries; and
• Flying Falafels aka fantastic Lebanese street food.

I had a burrito bowl dip plate with black beans, guacamole and yogurt for $12 {delicious and huge} from Eat no Evil and my 4 year old devoured a beef burger and a huge serve of fries {$16}.

Food takes around 10 minutes as it’s cooked and served fresh but time is relative when you’re kicking back to the tunes or meandering around talk to others who are enjoying the community vibe too. We enjoyed the folky mix from the Galloping Foxleys, and even joined in a for a sing-a-long with other tables and the cooks from the trucks too!

Organiser Jose Flauzino said the season runs until the end of Summer and is only set to get bigger and better as the weather warms. “We’ll be ramping it up from December with extra seats and tables but we also like the idea of people just bringing their own gear or simply sitting on the kerb!”

If you’ve got little ones, they will love the latter option as it means climbing on the rocks that line the river. Word on the street too is that on Thursday nights the team also head to the South Beach Dog Beach and, as Jose says, “That’s a serious vibe!”.

Say hello to Under the Bridge at East Street Fremantle. It runs every Monday from 5pm – 9pm with the last meal served at 8pm. And please come say hi when you see me!

We’d love to see your pics of Under the Bridge {and feature some too} so don’t forget to tag #perthhappenings on your social channels!

Jo Newman

Hello! I’m Jo and I so excited to be your go-to Freo gal for Perth Happenings. It’s quite possibly the best gig because me and Freo, we go together like fish and chips.

Freo is our most eclectic and colourful and vibrant and charismatic city. It reeks of character yet effortlessly pulls off a modern uniqueness and a vibe unlike anywhere else in Perth. Anything goes and often does because surprises are around every corner. It’s a cool part of the world that I have been lucky enough to explore and live in for the best part of 30 years.

Long summer nights spent on Port Beach, fish and chips with the seagulls, coffees on the strip, scouring the markets for trinkets and treasures, chilling under the huge trees that line the Esplanade, dancing at The Clink and Metros nightclubs and watching the sunset from Monument Hill… you name it, I’ve done it. And you know what? I’m still doing it. But this time it’s with my husband and through the eyes of my four year old son… and possibly the night clubbing only now happens in my dreams.

When I’m not writing or taking photos or drinking coffee you will probably find me in an op shop looking for vintage frocks or quirky pieces. If not there, I’ll be at the park {often up on the equipment with the kids}, sometimes the beach or hanging out in alleyways looking for the best local street art, feeding my addiction to shooting my little boy {not literally} in front of the cool and colourful walls that grace our city. Since becoming a mum, my car doubles as my nightclub especially as I am now the DJ and can choose the best 80s remixes, preferably set to loud to drown out my unbridled tone deafness.