FREMANTLE local Nimrod Kazoom is a food artisan of the highest order having transformed the café at Fremantle Arts Centre into something very special.
Hailing from the Middle East, Nimrod has recently launched Canvas with a menu he’s been developing over the past year, focusing on the earthy and rich flavours of northern African and Spanish Basque cuisines.
The name refers to “Taboola Rasa”, an Arabic term meaning “empty canvas”, and belies Nimrod’s artistic ethos where food is not just a thing we consume but also an expression of culture, community and togetherness.
His flavours are aromatic, spice-driven and truly unique yet traditional.
Most dishes are served with Moorish bread and using your hands is more than allowed – ask Nimrod about his special technique for scooping up ingredients using only your hand and the bread.
Lovingly baked from 5am each day, the spicy Moorish sourdough – an unmissable part of sharing a meal at Canvas – is yeast-free and made from organic wheat and rye.
It’s served with the Shakshuka signature dishes – impressive meals served in a frying pan (a tradition in Africa) with your choice of eggs or additions such as prawns or chorizo.
The Red Shakshuka features eggs poached in an eight-hour cooked tomato sauce while the green version offers spinach, eggs poached in a herb blossom and creamy fetta.
Both are beautifully presented and great for sharing or guzzling solo.
Nimrod’s mother’s food wisdom also features with a selection of creative dips all made on the premises, including labneh and hummus.
Set within the tranquil grounds of the art centre, Canvas is the perfect place for sharing a unique, quality meal but make sure you go with an empty stomach.
At a Glance
TEL 9432 9562
ADDRESS 1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle
OPEN 8am - 4pm every day