It Just Has To Be Delicious

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Bib and Tucker – smoked salmon, poached egg, salsa, fennel and potato cake, broccolini

Fine Dining:

La Petite Mort, Shenton Park (amazing degustation)

St Michael 6003, Highgate (quality French food with some good value pricing options)

The Boatshed, South Perth (great food and amazing city views)

Nobu, Crown (next level Japanese food)

Rockpool, Crown (amazing steak, and great menu variety)

Smart-Casual Dinners

Satsuki, Subiaco (tuna tataki to die for)

Duende, Leederville (great tapas)

Neho Asian Tapas, Victoria Park (quirky and fun)

La Vida Urbana, Leederville (great Mexican)

Hunter and Barrel, Whitfords (good ribs)

Bivouac, Northbridge (great Middle Eastern options)

Casual and yummy:

Scents of Siam, Joondalup (amazing roti and mussaman curry)

Shou Japanese Cafe, Greenwood (wonderful value Bento boxes and great sashimi)

Katsuya, Joondalup (great katsu chicken curry and good sashimi)

Bunn Mee, Leederville (several wonderful authentic dishes from Masterchef’s Jenny)

Sun Kwong, Whitfords Mall (great noodle soups and fried kway teow)

Shehnai, Ocean Reef (the best curries in Perth)

Brunch and Brekkie

F5 Cafe, Belmont (great nasi goreng)

Chinta, North Perth (a zen oasis with quality innovative food)

The Little Pantry, Subiaco/Shenton Park (everything is lovely)

Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle (great views, good choice, and good allergy options)

The Shorehouse, Swanbourne (crab omelette is a must)

May Street Larder, East Fremantle (good for allergies)

Voyage Kitchen, Sorrento (feelgood atmosphere, Norma’s Salsa is a signature dish)

Sayers, Leederville (consistently serves great quality dishes, good menu choices)

Pixel, Leederville (wonderful breakfast options, beautiful presentation)

tbsp, Bayswater (Korean cafe serving great brekkie and a superb kim-cheese burger)

Good Things, Mosman Park (nice breakfast options in leafy surroundings)

Moore and Moore, Fremantle (wonderful menu in an art gallery)

Duck Duck Bruce, Fremantle (inventive dishes with an Asian twist, fun atmosphere)

Bread in Common, Fremantle (quality food, made with love)

Gordon Street Garage, West Perth (brilliant brekkies, crab omelette is amazing)

Best Gelato and Desserts

Gusto, Leederville (sublime gelato, has several dairy free and gluten free options)

The Milk Barrel, Hillarys (tiramisu gelato is amazing)

Measure, Mt Lawley (fine dining desserts from Masterchef’s Karmen)

 

Tao, Joondalup

Tao Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tao sits on the corner of Boas Avenue and Grand Boulevard in Joondalup and was quite busy on the Sunday afternoon that we visited.

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The restaurant is dominated by a sushi train, and food offered on the menu is predominantly Japanese with Thai and Vietnamese options. I always wonder why restaurants offer a variety of cuisines rather than sticking to one and making it really good, however, I had heard good things about Tao and wanted to give it a try.

I ordered fresh coconut to drink, which arrived in the coconut shell, so it was lovely and fresh.

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While we perused the menu we chose some crab claws from the sushi train. The flavour was good, but they had been on the train too long and were cold, which detracted from our enjoyment. We also chose a crab/potato cake plate which was quite nice, and again could have been warmer.

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Eventually we decided on a mixed tempura, a karaage bento and a crazy crab roll.

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The tempura was a bit bland. The prawns were fresh, but the veggies and ponzu sauce were a bit tasteless and I added plenty of wasabi to ramp up the flavours. I like tempura when you get a little heap of grated radish to add to the sauce, but sadly this was missing, and I have had much better tempura than Tao provided.

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The bento box was dominated by orangey yellow sauces – chilli mayo for the karaage and an odd dressing for the salad (which had separated making the salad quite wet). The miso was good, and the karaage was okay but could have been crispier.

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The crab roll was lovely – nice tasty flavours, but not very tightly wrapped, so it fell apart while eating it. It was accompanied by deep fried soft shell crab in the middle of the plate, but this could have been crispier, it was a bit oily and soggy.

Despite a fairly lacklustre meal, I was impressed with the array of cakes in the display cabinet and on the sushi train. They really looked appealing.

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The wait staff were a little mixed, the guy was lovely and apologised profusely that the freshly prepared ordered items were taking a while (I didn’t actually mind – I prefer to wait for fresh food), whereas the lady was a bit brusque and not very attentive. It was a cold night and we were seated close to the door, so every times somebody came in or out, we felt a draught and had to keep getting up to close the door.

I probably wouldn’t go back to Tao. It’s not cheap, but portions are large. Sadly the big portions are not matched by big flavour, and it was a meal that I didn’t really enjoy enough to return. If I did come back, it would be for tea and cake.

Francois Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Francois is a cute tea and coffee shop hidden away from the main Leederville strip in the car park off Newcastle Street.

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The array of cakes and pastries is mouthwatering, and Francois also sell savouries and a variety of teas, coffee and drinks. Apologies for the reflection on the photos of the cabinet.

I chose the Raspberry Blast:

I would have preferred raspberries on top, however the strawberry was quite nice and the raspberry mousse and gel filling was lovely. The base was a biscuit which was quite hard to cut through, so I scraped the cake off the biscuit and ate the biscuit later.

My partner chose the Carameline:

He thought it was wonderful, lots of nice gooey caramel and chocolate which reminded him of eating a Double Decker chocolate bar.

Tea was served in post with strainers – I chose a green fruit tea.

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Francois is definitely worth a try to get your posh cake fix. I think there are better patisseries, but nonetheless it was a pleasant distraction to have afternoon tea there.

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Vietnamese Hot Food Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

In the heart of Wanneroo Markets is a food stall that is always busy. Vietnamese Hot Food is the real deal, catering not only for the public but also to the several Vietnamese retailers at the markets.

We often go there for a nourishing pho or bun, and the stall sells all of the popular versions plus spring rolls, fried fish, chicken wings and fish skewers. It’s sometimes hard to get a table, and tables are a little cramped and canteen style. The slight inconvenience is worth it though because the soups are incredibly good. I’ve always wondered ho they get so much flavour into the clear and unassuming broth that goes with the pork and prawn bun.

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The beef brisket broth is rich and chunky with tender beef and carrots and a warming spicy mouthfeel.

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Both soups are packed full of green veggies, onions and herbs as well as having a hearty serve of noodles underneath. The regular condiments are also provided, and there is a fridge full of soft drinks.

Next time you are passing, pop in and try some authentic and tasty Vietnamese food.

20190616_193530.jpgThis recipe is based on my peanut butter and chocolate chip cookies, they really are simple to make and taste very good. The ginger chunks add a nice dimension and they are based on my memories of M&S extremely chocolatey biscuits. You just need a food mixer, a hand held one is fine, and the ingredients are really straightforward.

Start off by lining a few baking trays with baking parchment – you will need 2 large or 3 small baking trays.

Set the oven to 190 deg C.

You need:

180g plain flour

half a teaspoon of baking powder

a pinch of salt

150g butter or dairy free spread e.g. Nuttelex

60g soft brown sugar (you can also use caster but brown sugar adds gooeyness)

1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

1 large egg

125g of chopped crystallised ginger (or the uncrystallised naked ginger works well) I use Buderim ginger, but please don’t use raw ginger – it’s not the same!

Optional: you can also include a handful of chocolate chips to the dry mix and a scoop of Nutella or peanut butter to the wet mix if you want an extra richness,

For the coating – approx 200g chocolate of your choice – I like dark 70-80% cocoa

1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl – flour, baking soda and salt. Add the ginger chunks (and choc chips if using them). Stir well.

2. Beat the sugar and butter together using the food mixer. If including a scoop of peanut butter or Nutella, wait until it is nicely combined and fluffy then add the Nutella/peanut butter and whisk again.

3. Now beat in the egg and vanilla, it may curdle a little but don’t worry the flour will sort that out.

4. Now mix in the dry ingredients and beat again – the dough should stiffen up quite a bit and you may need to add a little water to soften it, but don’t add too much because it needs to hold together on the baking tray. It should be a kind of plasticine consistency so that you can shape it into balls.

5. Now take a dessert spoon of mixture and roll it into a ball. If it sticks to your hands, just wet your hands a little. Put all of the balls on the baking trays to make sure that they are roughly equal in size, then press them either with fingers or the base of a glass, squashing them into round biscuit shapes. Keep a few centimetres distance between each biscuit because they will spread out. You should get around 12-14 cookies.

6. Bake for approx 12-15 minutes until they are slightly golden and still a little soft in the middle.

7. Once they are cool, melt the chocolate over a double boiler (or in a bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water – if you do this the bowl must fit tightly and not touch the water).

8. Either pour some of the melted chocolate over the biscuits or dip them half into the molten chocolate, then place on baking parchment to set. Put them in the fridge to speed up the setting. Don’t forget to taste one just to check they are ready.

 

Hobart Deli Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Hobart Deli is a North Perth favourite, child friendly, dog friendly, brunch and lunch spot, opposite a playground on Hobart Street.

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It has an open kitchen, and a hipster wooden cafe interior. The cake and savoury cabinets will have you drooling.


Our coffees were great – full bodied South American beans from Leftfield Roasters.

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With a selection of brekkie favourites plus a few more interesting options, my partner chose the chorizo rosti.

The chorizo was spicy and flavoursome with great poached eggs. The rosti could have been crispier, but was still tasty.

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I chose the pancakes with blueberry compote, whit choc chips, and maple syrup. I asked for the ice cream to be left off – they didn’t have a non-dairy alternative such as coconut sorbet or coconut yogurt. They were lovely pancakes, but did need that little extra moisture, and a dollop of coconut yogurt would have been perfect.

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I liked Hobart Deli, the food is good. Our table wasn’t wiped down in all the time we were there, and it would have been nice to have some better table hygiene from the wait staff, however this did not detract from our enjoyment.

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Click here to find out more about Hobart Deli

 

Chakra Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’ve been meaning to try Chakra for a while, it’s one of those restaurants that keeps popping up in my newsfeeds, and I was intrigued by their modern take on Indian cuisine.

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It’s an impressive modern restaurant on the corner of Beaufort Street and Seventh Avenue, with tables inside and out, and gas heaters for winter. The fit out is very stylish, with low lighting and candles – lovely for a romantic dinner. We were warmly greeted by the manager who seated us by the window, and it was nice touch to have a place card set up for me.

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We chose a glass of Jim Barry JB Clare Valley Riesling while we perused the electronic tablet style menu, and a very nice drop it was too wit citrus and ginger notes.

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Everything can be ordered by the hand held tablet, or you can order from the wait staff. We found the tablet quite easy to use, but did have to order everything individually rather than building up a menu and just pressing the ‘order’ button once.

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We were also given some crispy nibbles to start with a tamarind dip, and they were quite moreish.

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The manager explained that Chakra make everything fresh and are ‘not like other Indian restaurants’, then he went on to explain the menu and pointed out some of the signature dishes. We chose a signature Pav Bhaji Fondue to start – a spicy vegetable mousse with olives, crispy bread, onion and tomato.

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It was tasty, but a little gimmicky in the fondue format, and we soon ditched the fiddly fondue forks for regular forks.

Next came the main courses, including a chicken biryani which was the star of the meal. I have had a similar biryani before in a pot with a naan style dough topping, but this one was outstanding – really separate grains of rice, great curry flavour, tender melting chicken – just wonderful. When we tapped through the dough crust, the aroma was amazingly good.

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It came with a raita dressed with beetroot.

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We also chose a prawn madras  which was a good standard curry with lots of sauce to dip our naan.

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Our side dish was bhindi masala – well cooked and tasty.

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All in all it was a good meal and we will definitely return for the great biryani. I like that Chakra are doing something different, and the menu is also very vegan/vegetarian friendly.

Click here to find out more about Chakra

 

Little Cultures Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Little Cultures is a healthy superfood and dessert bar on Rokeby Road in the heart of Subiaco. If you are on a dairy free or paleo diet, there are plenty of options to choose from, and there is seating inside and on the pavement.

The menu consists of yoghurt bowls and smoothie bowls with all of the health freak ingredients like acai, goji berries and raw cacao. You can also order a smoothie to drink or for dessert a Hong Kong/Macao style egg waffle puff. The waffle puffs are a hexagon of bumpy puffy batter, dressed with all kinds of goodies like banana, strawberry and caramel. You can also have the waffle puff folded into a cup and filled with ‘yolato’ or other goodies. Yolato is yoghurt gelato.

I chose the strawberry fields waffle with coco yolato, nutella and whipped cream.

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My partner chose the popcorn cookie party – with cookie crumbs, caramel and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, and caramel popcorn.

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Both were nice, I loved the eggy waffle, it was more interesting than a regular waffle. The yolato didn’t blow me a way, but the rest of the ingredients were good quality. After a while, I found the whole thing a bit sickly and it would have been nice to have a half serve.

I would like to return to try some of the other offerings like the superfood bowls.

Click here to find out more about Little Cultures.

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Pho 4 U, Malaga

Pho 4 U Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pho 4 U is a casual cafe in amongst the parade of shops between Illawara Crescent and Beach Road facing Alexander Avenue. It is clean and modern, with a stereo that plays pop and emits coloured lights while you eat. The staff are lovely and helpful, and the food is good. The menu is quite extensive, with the usual Vietnamese favourites as well as Chinese style sharing dishes.

While we perused the menu, the waitress brought us some peanuts – nice slightly spicy peanuts.

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We chose some crab claws and stuffed chicken wings to start.

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These were really tasty and cooked to order. The wings stuffed full of filling and the crab claws nice and generous.

For mains we chose fried prawns with salt and chilli. Beautifully cooked, crispy, spicy, and with those lovely fried onion and chilli bits, we ate them hungrily. We also ordered some boiled rice.

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We also chose stir fried chicken with vegetables and sambal sauce. The sauce wasn’t as spicy as I hoped but the vegetables were fresh, colourful and tasty, and the chicken was very nicely cooked.

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All in all it was a very nice and generous meal, and I will definitely go back to try some more traditional dishes like pho.

Lo Quay, Wilson

Lo Quay River Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Lo Quay is in an excellent location by the river at Wilson. Even on a winter’s day it was pleasant to sit outside and the staff helpfully lit the gas heaters to keep us comfortable. Dogs are also welcome at the outside tables, which was great because our friend Kaz has a new dog who was keen to join us.

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The menu is basic breakfast fare and we chose coffees while we deliberated. The soy cappucino was delicious, smooth and just chocolatey enough. The soy decaf flat white was equally good.

For my food I chose a bruschetta with tomato, avocado rocket and shaved parmesan. This was really good.

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My partner chose the zucchini and corn fritters with poached eggs. Interspersed with rocket, avocado and feta, they were very tasty and the eggs delightfully gooey.

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Kaz also had the fritters. I chose fresh orange as another drink during the meal, and it was a wonderful mix of orange and mandarin which gave the drink a lovely mixed citrus flavour.

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We really enjoyed our breakfast by the river, and Briar agrees that we should go back soon for another great meal.

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Sayers Sister Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I haven’t been to Sayers Sister for a few years now and wondered if it was as good as before. It is affiliated with Sayers in Leederville – a cafe that consistently serves great food and a brunch stalwart in Perth.

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When we arrived there was a queue and we were told that the wait time was 15-20 minutes. They very kindly gave us a lovely chocolate and strawberry muffin to eat while we waited. Once we got seated we ordered coffee which was a lovely smooth rich blend.

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The menu was full of delicious sounding options like baked apple waffles, zucchini and tomato bread with minted ricotta and zucchini flowers, leek and parmesan croquettes, but I chose my favourite potato rosti with poached eggs, bacon, spinach, rocket, parmesan, mustard, and apple/thyme chutney.

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This was such a perfect brunch dish, and every ingredient added value. Quality oozy eggs, perfectly cooked bacon and the oh so yummy rosti with a little piquancy from the mustard – this was everything that I wanted on that chilly morning.

My partner chose the coriander and cumin beans tagine with babaganoush, walnut pesto, poached egg and toasted linseed. There were a variety of beans which made it interesting, the linseed bread was tasty and wholesome, the egg was nicely cooked and the babaganoush sublime. He loved every mouthful.

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Sayers Sister is still delivering one of the best brunches in Perth – no wonder there’s a queue. Consistent quality and beautiful ingredients is a surefire winner here.

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