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St. Alma

The Alma crew has arrived in Freshwater with al pastor pork belly tacos and fermented chilli octopus.
By Ben Hansen
May 02, 2022
By Ben Hansen
May 02, 2022

Freshwater has welcomed a new Mexican eatery that boasts an expansive set menu of food and drink. A sibling to Avalon's Alma, St. Alma joins the long-standing venue in the northern beaches 30-minutes south from the OG eatery.

Located on Albert Street, the restaurant joins a bustling food and drink neighbourhood, with a host of bars, cafes and restaurants occupying the same corner and Freshwater favourites Harbord Hotel and Pilu just down the road.

"What people don't know is we signed a lease in Freshwater back in 2017 before opening Avalon, but unfortunately it fell through," owner Jack Leary. "Ever since Freshwater has been on our wish list for a restaurant venue – you can't beat the location for its beach vibe and sense of community."

At St. Alma you can start with freshly prepared chips and guac ($14), crab tostadas ($3 each) and your choice of chicken tinga or corn truffle empanadas ($3).

Continue down the menu and you'll find a selection of tacos. Choose between al pastor pork belly with grilled pineapple, oregano-rubbed ling, pulled jackfruit with black bean hummus or achiote chicken (all $7 per taco).

While the majority of the menu is set up for a banquet-style experience, there is a spread of impressive larger mains on offer that can be served as a personal feast or work as the centrepiece to a table of share plates. Think agave short ribs ($39), whole roasted cauliflower ($32), grilled octopus covered in fermented el diablo chilli ($37) and crispy pork belly ($36).

The drinks list stretches on just as far as the food. If you're prepared for a big night, tasting flights are an ideal place to start, offering up four tequilas and other Mexican spirits for you to try ($30–40)

Seasonal cocktails (all $18) are separated into three categories: 'For the Fruity', 'Something Sour' or 'Stirred and Strong'. Try the Wattleseed Cafe Negroni which pairs gin, vermouth and campari with coffee liqueur and wattleseed; or opt for Honey Beehive with whiskey, rosemary, citrus and a honey agave blend.

Of course, there's also a range of classic and inventive margaritas that can be made with either Blanco Tequila for $18 or the Premium Herradura Tequila for $22.

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