Mod Café on Wray Ave may be relatively new on the scene, but its busy atmosphere and regular clientele suggests that it has quickly become a local favourite. We went down to find out why.
Mod is owned by Carolyn and Paul, who carefully renovated the space with a 1960s Mod theme. Paul, I was told, was a Mod in his youth and wanted to reflect the Mod culture here in Fremantle. The stark white walls behind the 60’s inspired artwork and logo and row of gorgeous scooters out the front, certainly recreates the look and feel of the time.
After working as a chef and running kitchens all through Europe and the UK, Carolyn wanted to bring her passion for food and community alive here in Fremantle.
Mod serves the usual café favourites, but with a tasty modern twist and, notably, Mod provides keto and vegan options.
Scrambled eggs is one of my favourites when cooked right, and Mod has brought my expectations to a new and higher level. I tried the Scrambled free range eggs ($15) with mature cheddar, chives and toast. Everything was perfect: the texture, the cheesy flavour, the butter on the toast (you do not want to miss out on the butter) and the bread itself.
A butty is usually just bacon on a roll or sandwich with, maybe, a little HP steak sauce if you’re lucky. However, the Modfather crispy bacon butty ($14) is a little more special than that and has been adapted for a modern Australian appetite. It starts with an activated charcoal roll, loaded with an abundance of bacon, fried egg and kim chi aioli. Julie said she enjoyed Mod’s adaptation of the butty even more than the ones she devoured back home in the UK.
After consuming a couple of coffees from Mod, I have to say that their barista has the skill to produce perfectly delicious coffee consistently. Mod uses Crema Coffee and a blended premium chai.
While Julie was enjoying my coffee ($3.80 for a cup), a young couple and their baby came over to chat, saying they came every day for their morning coffee and loved how Mod was adding to the local community feel. And speaking of community, Mod is more than just locally located, it supports the following local and small businesses: Princi Butchers, Abhis Bakery, Fremantle Milk, Sealanes, European foods, Fremantle Eggs, Galati & Sons and Rudi Rooster.
Personally I had no idea what ‘the Mod scene’ was until Julie schooled me that it was actually a subculture. For anyone not brought up around the 1960s, Mod originated in London and then spread through the UK and the world, influencing music and fashion. It apparently began with a small group of stylish London-based lads who were listened to modern jazz and who were termed “modernists”. Mod subculture includes tailor-made suits, motor scooters and soul, ska and real R&B (not Beyoncé and Rhianna) music. Of course, over time, as with any subculture, Mod revived and was adapted in the early 1980s and now includes skinny jeans and pop art.
We will be back to Mod for the food, coffee and for the lovely vibe.
Mod is located on 20 Wray Ave, directly behind the free public space and opposite Pekho.
Open all days apart from Monday | Hours Opening 6.30 – 3pm | Coffee served from 6.30am and food served 7am till 2pm. For bookings, call / text 0400 601 569 or Facebook message.