Renato and Enzo Hair, Fremantle

Having your hair cut and coloured at Renato and Enzo Hair is like having a true Italian expert shoemaker craft you a unique pair of boots. Each boot is tailored made just for you from the highest quality leather and with countless years of experience, intuition and creativity put into each tiny detail. I have been going to Renato and Enzo Hair in both Mosman Park and Fremantle for nearly 7 years now and I can honestly say I refuse to let anyone else lay a hand on my hair.

I visited the Fremantle salon this afternoon for a cut and colour with Renato. I had been feeling somewhat flat recently and was craving a bit of a hair change. I was a little early to my appointment, but even so, I was immediately seated and offered a coffee, which was very tasty. The first thing you notice when entering the Fremantle salon is its unique and rustic Fremantle inspired interior, which is fantastically juxtaposed with quality modern salon furniture. The open space and exposed walls let you know that you are in a one of a kind space, which is then similarly reflected in the service you receive.

Here you will not receive a stock-standard cut and colour, nor will you ever be made to feel like a number. The stylists take pride in taking the time to get to know you, your personality and your hair. They work with you to help you select the perfect hair colour and cut that not only fits your stylistic wants, but leaves you with hair that puts a smile on your face every day. Each step of the cut and colour process is explained thoroughly, reinforcing the stylist’s expertise and offering comfort to anyone who might fear a visit to the standard hairdresser.

Once I discussed with the stylist what I was after, which to be honest normally consists of me saying ‘you’re the expert, so you tell me’, he explained to me the ideas he had in mind for me. I was then taken through his colour recommendations in detail. Using a colour sample book, I was shown the colours he had in mind as well as explaining where they would be placed on my head and what the outcome of that would be. We had a lovely chat during the colour application, and during the conversation he once again explained to me the application process and the what he was trying to achieve with the colour.

Once the colouring was completed I was politely asked if I would like another coffee or tea and asked to sit back and relax for 30 minutes or so whilst the colour worked its magic. After my colour was ready I was seated to have my hair washed. What could have been a simple hair wash was turned into truly extraordinary experience. I was so relaxed during the wash that I nearly drifted off. As for the head massage I received as part of the service, it was simply stunning. Once my hair was washed and wrapped I was taken back to my seat for the cut. Once again I was talked through the whole processes, which I can imagine would prove invaluable to those who fear having their hair cut. Once my hair was dried, products were then specifically selected for my hair and explained to me prior to their application. With my hair now complete, I was shown the back of my hair in the mirror and my face immediately lit up. My hair had been revived, and I felt confident and ready to show it off to the world.

And even though I must be honest in saying that I don’t ask many questions any more due to my visiting frequency, I do know from past experience that any final questions about after-care and/or products or recommendation are thoroughly answered before you leave. And to top it all off, the quality, expertise and customer service you receive all comes in at a very competitive price when compared to other salons in the same market space.

Hair is a persons finest accessory as it is on display for everyone to see every day. With so many competitors in the market and with consumers becoming savvier and expecting more from their products and services, I highly recommend giving Renato and Enzo Hair a try. Their attention to detail, customised services and wonderful customer service set a high standard of quality I hope more salons in the industry will start to take note of and begin to strive for.

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Pizza Bella Roma, Fremantle

Pizza Bella Roma, Fremantle
Not my cup of tea.
Cuisine: Italian/Pizza

I frequently indulge and have dinner in Fremantle. I came here after looking at the vast pizza and pasta selection on the menu and I thought I would give it a try.

Atmosphere: I found the décor was very unpleasant like a cheap café, and the food was not any better.

Food: I ordered garlic bread and a vegetarian pizza with pumpkin and olives only to find all of it extremely bland.

Price: The pricing of this bland pizza did not sit well with me.

Being in the centre of Fremantle there are many surrounding restaurants offering much more appetizing food with a more pleasant experience. With its 3 pizza sizes ranging from small to family and basic pizza I can see why the restaurants clientèle was mostly families with young children.

Summary: Pizza Bella Roma is the perfect to bring your children for dinner, but if you are after a warmer atmosphere, a nice glass of wine or food with flavour this really will not be your cup of tea and it really isn’t mine.

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The Crowded House, Fremantle

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The Crowded House, Fremantle
You get what you pay for & it’s fantastic!
Cuisine: Modern Australian/European

You get what you pay for and it’s fantastic!

The Crowded House is a must if you love food and are in the Freo area.
I was taken here by my friend for a Friday night dinner & I’m already wishing I was back there. What looks like a home has been transformed into a lovely, quaint restaurant. From the moment we entered the door the service was immaculate and continued to be throughout the evening.

The menu consisted of several entrees, mains & desserts; concise but there’s something for everyone. Starting with the fresh home-baked bread was the best decision we could have made & I highly recommend it for anyone eating here. I appreciate a good bread & I can honestly say that it is some of the best bread I have has to date. It was extremely soft on the inside & extremely crispy on the outside. I simply can’t express how great it really is. The waitress recommended the fish for mains & it didn’t disappoint. A meaty piece of fish with a crispy skin, cook perfectly served with incredible flavour combinations such as black-eye pea, carrot & tomato broth for ($44). The wine list has something to please everyone; I had the 2012 Frankland Estate Riesling ($12).

I highly recommend The Crowded House for anyone who loves quality food, quality service and of course a quality restaurant.

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Sandrino – A Little Afternoon Fremantle Delight

A never ending gift from my ex, Sandrino’s in Fremantle is still one of my favourite, go-to restaurants in Perth.

I met with my girlfriends on a particularly indecisive Satuday. It was chilly outside, and here were 5 indecisive girls, all with 5 vague yet contrasting ideas of what they wanted for lunch. My solution – Sandrino. Of course the fact I was craving chilli mussels in a Napolitana sauce had no impact on my emphatic proposal that we go to Sandrino *cough cough.

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As always we were greeted and seated. The menus were waiting, the specials were a list of dishes buzzing with various flavours and our waiter was on the ball… A little quirky, but great.

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IMAG0394I ordered the Half Kilo – Chilli Mussels – $19 with Monique following suit. Chloe ordered the Greek Salad – $9.50 and Orange Juice. Megan has the Chicken Caesar Salad – $23 along with an Orange Juice and Elle ordered Pizza #16 – Mushroom, olives, eggplant and roasted capsicum with an additional 3 other various toppings $19.50 + 3x $1.50 and a Latte.

Whilst indulging in a chat about Grand Designs and all the grand concepts we have for our own dream homes our food began to arrive to our table. Our jaws dropped at the sight of two enormous bowls of what I believe was half a kilo of chilli mussels coming towards us. We couldn’t believe the size. I was glad I only ordered the half a kilo as the whole kilo order would have had to be served in a bucket. The salads looked crisp and the pizza was a gourmet treat the diameter of my elbow to my fingers.

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Whilst our mouths drooled -we did one of the most detested things any hipster could do in a restaurant- all our phones came out. The food just looked that good! We quickly took our photos and dived into our dishes. They were delicious. Not only were the portions great, but the flavours were even greater. Needless to say the only person left eating after 15 minutes or so was me, struggling to finish my giant mound of mouth-wateringly juicy mussels. Needless to say everyone who could stomach another bite was more than willing to lend a helping mouthful. The remaining mussels were devoured and the bowl of sauce remaining sloshed up with mussel shells being used as makeshift spoons.

IMAG0391 Content with what we had accomplished we headed off, but not before we bypassed the tip jar and slipped a tip straight to our waiter… After all, he was more than willing to indulge us after a meal with a little ‘how to make the best chili mussel sauce’ chat.

Sandino – 95 Market St, Fremantle.
A great go-to restaurant for any day, night, week or weekend.
Good for either lunch or dinner.
Prices are varied and reasonable.
And you’ll always be able to find something on the menu.