What do you call a cafe where eggs on toast isn’t the most popular dish on the menu? In Fremantle’s west end, it goes by the name of Stable Hands, a cafe from brothers Phillip and Anthony Arnold, owners of Up Town in Cottesloe.
Head chef Maya Hope is driving the menu at both venues and her passion for using indigenous ingredients is paying off via brunch dishes such as black rice pudding with infused rhubarb, quandong compote and boab yoghurt, and slow-cooked lamb with spiced tomato, lentil and Davidson plum gel.
Working with interior designers AJCD, the Arnolds created a space that has a modern warehouse feel with a touch of opulence. The white marble and Scandinavian style chairs are offset by gold trim throughout. The Heritage-listed building was a wine and spirits store during the gold rush and horses would back carriages in to pick up the barrels. The cafe’s name is a nod to both this history and the steady-handed skill required to pour a coffee.
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