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Cornerstone Ale House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Cornerstone Ale House is in the northern suburb of Jindalee, a little way north of the end of the Mitchell Freeway, a modern area where the architects have included pretty lakes, ponds and fountains.

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I was invited to review the Cornerstone bistro, and we were given a quiet table overlooking the outdoor deck and one of the nice ponds.

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The menu is quite varied with many pub favourites like pasta, chicken parmi, bangers and mash, lamb shanks and steak, but it also includes some more sophisticated options like pork belly, thai chilli crab and beef cheeks. There is also a specials menu, and the special curry of the day was beef vindaloo.

We started with a glass of New Zealand Southern Skies sauvignon blanc – very reasonable at $6.50 a glass, and a nice fruity sauvi which we enjoyed very much.

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For starters we chose the pork belly bites served on pulled pork and onion jam and the buffalo wings with BBQ marinade and coleslaw.

The pork belly bites were perfect. Beautifully cooked pork and a lovely crunch on the crackling, just a nice amount of onion jam, and 4 nice chunks of pork. I would order these again in a heartbeat. I would even think about ordering a double portion for my main – they were so good.

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The buffalo wings were also very nice, sticky and well cooked. We were provided with a finger bowl and extra serviettes. the marinade was slightly sweet for my tastes, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of them. I do love coleslaw, and the house made slaw was a good quality version and a nice backdrop to the meaty wings. Yum.

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For main my partner chose the special beef vindaloo which he thoroughly enjoyed. It was nicely spicy with well cooked beef and a dish that he would choose again. It was a generous portion of curry, but a small portion of rice, maybe in future we would ask for extra rice.

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I was intrigued to try the chilli crab which came as a very generous portion of two spanner crabs with prawns (there were at least 6 large prawns) in a spicy red coconut curry sauce. At $29 for this dish, I wondered how they make any money on it – it was a very generous portion for the price.

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I was provided with shell crackers and a meat picker, and found eating the crabs a very messy but enjoyable experience. This is definitely not a first date dish and I did wonder if others might choose it from the menu thinking that the crab meat would be already prepared and de-shelled, so it could be worth a slight change for the menu to state that the crab is ‘in the shell’. I didn’t mind though, and I loved it and made a complete mess of the table. Again, despite the generosity of everything else, the rice portion was a bit small, and I could have done with a little more.

For dessert we chose to share the sticky date pudding.

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This was a delightfully gooey dessert with a lovely caramel ice cream, and a great finish to a lovely meal.

The wait staff were lovely throughout, after each course they checked to make sure that we were ready for the next course, and they made sure that we had enough table water and serviettes. The food portions were generous and very good value, and everything was tasty and well prepared.

I expected standard pub fare (which is generally hearty but often pre-packaged frozen food), and was surprised to receive food that was prepared with care, definitely home-made, and very tasty. I will be back soon to try some of the other dishes.

 

Pacific Marketplace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Pacific Marketplace is an eatery on the ground floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Bay. Hotels are notoriously expensive for dining, but the Pacific Marketplace is a way to dine at a more reasonable price without breaking the bank.

Offering a variety of local and international dishes, the cafe also serves high tea and has a wonderful patisserie. During our stay we tried the patisserie on a few occasions and were very happy with the standard and presentation of cakes.

Chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, banana cheesecake, black forest gateau, key lime tart:

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Salted caramel eclair, manjari cafe(coffee) gateau, matcha lychee gateau, gula melaka:

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Fruit danish:

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Pralines:

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Strawberry cake and blueberry cheesecake:

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Ivory raspberry:

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These are the cakes that we tried:

Salted caramel eclair – wonderfully smooth caramel filling where the salt flavour came through, beautifully tempered chocolate and dreamy ganache. Very very nice.

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Chocolate fudge cake. A really lovely chocolate hit without being too sickly sweet.

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Key lime tart. Beautifully presented and delicate. It could have taken a bit more lime flavour, but was still very good.

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Carrot cake. Pleasant and good carrot flavour, but could have had a better cake to carrot ratio in the mix.

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All in all, this is a beautiful top end patisserie, and I recommend Pacific marketplace for a stunning afternoon tea.

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If you’re looking for a fine patisserie in Singapore, head for Sweet Spot located in the hotel lobby of tower 3 at the Marina Bay Sands hotel. You can’t miss the hotel – it’s in Marina Bay and dominates the skyline with its three towers and boat like structure at the top. It’s quite a nice idea to walk across the Helix Bridge and then visit the patisserie for some coffee and cake at the end of the walk.

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A vast array of breads, pastries, cakes, macarons and chocolates is on display in the never-ending chilled cabinet and it is really hard to make a choice. The cakes are perfectly presented, and the Danish selection is innovative and tempting.

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The cafe serves coffee and tea, and the charismatic staff take care to ensure that your drink order is executed exactly as requested.

I chose a raspberry danish which was beautifully made, fresh and delicious.

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My partner chose an apple cinnamon bun – again very nicely spiced with great dough/pastry.

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Sweet Spot is well worth a visit, well several visits, because it’s so very difficult to choose just one cake, and the quality of the goods is outstanding.

 

Choux Café Pâtisserie Française Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Choux is famous for its macarons, and used to be managed by the celebrated French chef Emannuel Mollois before his sad passing from bone cancer in 2017. It had been a while since our last visit and we decided to pop in for some takeaway afternoon tea following a brunch at the beach.

As we arrived, the pastry chef was just transporting a huge and very delicious looking gateau to a client’s car – it looked amazingly good.

The cabinet was full of those signature macarons, but our eyes were drawn to the wonderful perfect cakes.

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They also have savouries and croissants.

and wonderful flans….

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After much deliberation we opted for the blueberry and lemon ‘Iris’. A wonderful slice with layers of zingy lemon curd and rich blueberry compote.

We also chose a Gianduja – hazelnut, chocolate and feuillantine (which adds a wafery crunch).

Both slices were beautifully presented, not overly sweet, thoughtfully constructed and textured, and an example of some of the best patisserie in Perth.

This place is highly recommended, if you choose to dine in, the atmosphere is a French country kitchen. Very nice and in a beautiful area.

Neho Asian Tapas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Everything about Neho is fun. Booking is easy – online, no fuss, the wait staff are lovely, and the quirky signs and decor of the place puts you right into a carefree, fun state of mind before you even look at the menu.

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The signs are great examples of how meaning gets ‘lost in translation’, and the owners have chosen some really funny illustrations of this.

Before ordering we were presented with a bowl of great crispy prawn crackers which had a superb intense flavour and got our tastebuds tingling. The drinks menu is full of wonderful choices and great cocktails – we chose a Great Southern Riesling which was apple-y, slightly smouldering and a little musty, a fine example of how many keynote flavours a Riesling can have and very good value for $11 – very very drinkable.

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The menu is tapas style as the name of the restaurant suggests with small plates and large plates all designed for sharing. We really wanted to try everything, it all sounded so yummy, and there’s also a ‘feed me’ option where you can let the chef choose for you, but we plumped for 3 small dishes, a veggie dish and a main dish. The waitress thought we might not manage it all, but we decided to give it a go and get a doggie bag if we had leftovers.

The first dish to arrive was a duo of Macao pork sliders with Toasted Brioche, Crumbed Pork, Garlic Aioli, Pineapple Relish, Lettuce. They were really tasty, lovely tender pork and great aioli, and I did wonder if were going to manage all of the meal as they were very satisfying.

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Next came the garlic tomyum prawns. Three giant prawns that had been split and grilled with a tomyum oil, coconut cream and herbs. So crispy and delicious that I ate some of the shell as well.

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The meal was nicely paced and the wait staff held back on other items until we had finished what was on the table – I like this approach – much better than having a table full of food that you are racing to eat before it all gets cold.

The next dish was an absolute star – Folded Arms in Red Oil – Pork & Cabbage Dumplings, Szechuan Chilli Dressing, Chilli & Scallion. We could have eaten a trough of these – they were so good.

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For the fourth dish we ordered Cauliflower goreng – Deep Fried Cauliflower, Pickle Shallots, Sambal Aioli, Pork Crackling. This was an absolute revelation. Who thought that cauliflower could taste so wonderful, and the crackling was beautifully crisp – probably my favourite dish of the evening.

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The last dish was the signature 36 hour rendang ribs – 36 Hour Beef Short Ribs, Rendang Curry, Toasted Coconut. The waitress suggested a rice accompaniment which was perfect because we needed something to soak up the lovely rendang sauce. We were full, but couldn’t stop eating these amazing ribs – wow – what a dish.

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We were really keen to try the desserts, but we simply had no room left in our tummies. We will be back to try the banana doughnut, the pandan panacotta or the creme caramel custard cake very soon. This is one of Perth’s finest – make sure you give it a try.

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Kabalason Indian Cafe & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We popped into Kabalason one evening on a whim. The last time we dined here was many years ago and we ate thali which was nice, but not amazing. I remember the flavours as being very strong and the spices a bit raw. Anyway, that was ages ago and last time we walked past Kabalason there were many people dining and we felt that it was worth another try.

We were quite early, and there was one other diner. A buffet was laid out under heat lamps, but our experience of buffet food is not good, so we decided to eat a la carte. The waitress did try to persuade us to have buffet ($24.50) but we wanted something freshly cooked and relatively light.

We chose chicken tikka, seekh kebab, cauliflower capsicum masala curry and two garlic naans.

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The tikka was served with a limp looking salad and a mint yoghurt sauce. The meat was a bit tough and didn’t taste as if it had been freshly cooked. It tasted more like a part cooked tikka that had been warmed up, the flavour was okay, but the mouthfeel was dense and I have had much better tikkas.

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The seekh kebab was better than the tikka, but again served with a limp salad that we didn’t touch. I suspect that the salad had been made up quite some time earlier and left in the fridge. The meat was nicely spiced, and a bit on the salty side, but a nice flavoured kebab.

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The cauliflower capsicum masala started off okay, but as I ate more of it I found it quite strongly spiced, and the spices had a raw edge to them as if they had not been cooked through. One of the secrets of a great curry is to cook it long and slow so that the spices really get a chance to develop and lose their hot rawness. The first few spoonfuls were okay, but as I ate more, I found it salty, hot and overbearing and I left most of it.

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The garlic naans were nicely flavoured but variable in texture. One was soft and a little doughy, but the better of the two. The other one was quite crisp and stiff, so I couldn’t wrap my curry in it.

So will I go back to Kabalason ? Probably not. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that they make a lot of food in advance for the buffet and then just reheat as required. Other than the naan nothing tasted really fresh and bright, and the constant throat-clearing and sneezing coming from the kitchen was quite off-putting. We spent over $60 on a very average meal.

Hunter and Barrel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Hunter and Barrel is one of the restaurants at the new hub in Whitfords Shopping Mall. It occupies quite a large space with an open kitchen and friendly staff. Every time I had previously tried to book, the restaurant was pretty much fully booked, so it was nice to finally get a table.

The ‘barrel’ menu is a very impressive wine, beer and spirits list with seasonal specials and tempting cocktails.

The ‘hunter’ menu showcases steak, ribs and skewers, with a few sharing ‘feast’ options and several hearty pub fare options like pie, lamb shoulder, and schnitzel. there is a  vegetarian skewer options, but this is not really a venue for non-meat eaters.

For starters we shared (between three of us) some chicken wings and flatbread with dukkah.

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The chicken wings were outstanding (6 in a portion), very very meaty and with a light honey glaze that wasn’t too sweet. They were perfectly cooked. The flatbread and dukkah was also nice with quality olive oil to dip.

For mains, ribs were the order of the day and I chose half a rack of pork ribs with chunky chips and aioli and a side of pickled red cabbage.

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Everything on the platter was incredibly good – nice fall-apart ribs with a great bbq glaze, smooth aioli, crispy fluffy chips and lovely pickled red cabbage with sweet sultanas.

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My male companions chose the beef short ribs – one portion with chilli:

and the other with bbq sauce

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They also enjoyed the mushroom dipping sauce for the chips

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All in all it was a really tasty meal, very fulfilling, and we left with happy tummies. This is definitely the best rib venue in the Northern suburbs.

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Kinky Lizard Espresso Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kinky Lizard is located on Royal Street, near Haig Park. Just a stroll from the riverfront, it’s a magnet for cyclists stopping by for their morning coffee and locals alike. The cafe has been around for years which is a testament to its quality offerings.

There is an outdoor seating area that is somewhat protected, as well as indoor tables. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, and everything is prepared with care and love.

Coffee is smooth and rich, the flat white and soy cappuccino were both delicious.

The chalkboard had a range of tempting smoothies on offer – I must try the peanut butter brownie version soon.

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The menu was full of great choices, I probably could have chosen anything and I would have been happy with it, but I settled for a Kinky Bruschetta with pulled pork, red pepper spread, capsicum, labne and pomegranate salsa. I also had a choice of bread and I chose rye. This was a beautifully constructed dish, the pulled pork nicely cooked, with a lovely spicy backdrop of peppers, and the slightly sweet pomegranate contrast, the labne was thick, creamy and moreish, and altogether the plate was one of the best plates that I have tasted for brunch. My only criticism would be that the bread was slightly soggy in places and it would have been nice to have an additional slice on the side to add the crunch element.

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My partner chose an eggs benny with bacon. As eggs benny goes, it was a classic, well prepared dish with great crispy bacon and perfectly poached eggs.

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This is one of East Perth’s finest. Make sure that you drop in next time you are here for a riverside stroll.

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

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In a heritage building located on leafy Royal Street in East Perth, sits Cravings Cafe. It has plenty of seating inside and out, and I popped in for a quick lunch one day. The food in the cabinets looked awesome, everything fresh and appealing, with some beautiful home made pies and pasta dishes under the heat lamps.

I chose a pulled pork and slaw roll which the owner toasted for me – he was really friendly and helpful. I noted that they serve Karvan coffee and clearly have their coffee afficionado regulars.

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My pulled pork and slaw roll was everything I expected – tasty plentiful pork (although it was squashed down by the toaster), and delicious slaw, tasty bread – a very very nice lunch.

I eyed up the home made treats like muffins bikkies and slices, but decided to come back on another occasion to try them out. Cravings is a lovely gem in an attractive area with plenty of office trade. Highly recommended.

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

Leapfrogs is a cafe at Wanneroo Botanic Golf which in the evening transforms to a twinkly fun venue with a wood fired pizza oven. They recently started to advertise roast dinners and we decided to try a Sunday roast there.

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At first we were not sure if the roast was on the menu. The menu that we were presented with did not mention it, but after asking the waitress she said yes, today’s roast was beef.

We ordered this and sipped on some drinks while we waited. Even though a winter’s evening, the heaters and blinds kept the venue toasty warm.

When the roast arrived, we had a little ramekin of horseradish sauce, two yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes, carrots, squash and three generous slices of beef.

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The beef was great quality, melt in the mouth and really tasty. All of the vegetables were well cooked and the yorkies were crispy on the outside with a little stodge in the middle, and well flavoured.

Minor criticisms – I would have liked some green vegetables in amongst the plate – beans, peas or brussels would have been nice, and I would have liked a little more gravy. All in all though, it was great value and we left with clean plates and full tummies.

 

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