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)

Best Dairy Free Selection

Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

May Street Larder, East Fremantle

Tartine Cafe, Trinity Arcade

F5 Cafe, Belvidere St, Belmont

Chakra, Inglewood

 

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

Propeller is a great venue tucked away on Queen Victoria Street in North Fremantle. It’s a nicely designed building with a quaint sea container for a bar, and there is seating inside and outside. We came for brunch and were impressed by the range of options on the menu.

We ordered coffees while we mused over the choices and coffee was delicious – beans provided by Twin Peaks.

 

I was very tempted to try the rose rhubarb apple porridge, the chocolate, date and pear brik, or the mushrooms on toast with lentils, but I decided on the sardine brik for something a little different.

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This dish was packed with flavour. The slow roast tomatoes were rich, the sardines good quality, the egg was just oozy and the pickles added a nice piquancy. The brik pastry stuffed with potatoes had a nice texture, and herbs added another layer. These flavours were strong and punchy, but not so overwhelming that I couldn’t finish, and I loved the way that the dish set me up for the day. It was really delicious.

My partner chose the turkish spiced baked beans with duck egg, kale and grilled bread.

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The bread was absolutely delicious, the beans nicely cooked, again big rich flavours with the spices and kale adding depth. A citrus backdrop gave it freshness.

We loved Propeller. It’s not your regular breakfast venue, and all of the flavours are great. We also chose a brownie and chocolate almond croissant for afternoon tea at home, and they were equally great quality. We’ll be back.

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Sawadee Thai Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sawadee is an unassuming Thai restaurant in a bit of an out of the way place on Harrogate Street in West Leederville. It’s friendly and welcoming with nice clean decor.

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The menu has many of the traditional Thai favourites, and it’s a licensed premises with some good wine choices.

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We chose the Tung Tong pork and peanut parcels to start. Lovely delicate dumplings with a great sauce and served on lettuce leaves (also great to wrap the dumplings in the leaves).

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We also had the grilled barramundi with tamarind sauce – another winner – great fresh fish and good tamarind flavour.

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The star of the meal was the green chicken curry – a beautiful thick sauce with plenty of chicken, great with simple boiled rice.

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This is a neighbourhood gem – it’s a shame that the location isn’t more prominent, but if you are seeking good traditional Thai, give Sawadee a try.

Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Perth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I attended the IPAA awards at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. I know that it can be difficult to cater satisfactorily for hundreds of diners at an event like this, but everything was organised very well and the food was delivered to the table hot and well presented.

I didn’t sample the bread basket, but my colleagues enjoyed their rolls and butter.

The starter was chicken breast with quinoa, celery, peas, tabbouli and local feta salad. This was a delight with a generous portion of succulent chicken and tasty accompaniments with real depth to the flavours.

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The main was Amelia Park medallion rib beef with Pommes Anna, mushroom, kale, pumpkin puree and Madeira jus. The beef was beautifully tender, and the vegetables again had really good depth of flavour, obviously having been prepared with care.

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We finished off with tea, coffee and some handmade biscuits. A really good example of how to do conference catering – congratulations on a great meal.

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Mashawi Currambine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mashawi in Currambine is the newest branch of the Middle-Eastern Mount Lawley favourite, and perched above Farmer Jack’s it has a sumptuous interior with both balcony and interior tables. Staff are friendly, and the menu is large and varied with kebabs, tagines, and a surprisingly good variety of vegetarian options.

We were given a basket of breads, crispbreads, olives and pickles while we read the menu, but we ate them before I could take a photo. I chose a glass of Castelli gewurztraminer to start and it had a complex fruity, rose, and orange bouquet, typical of the perfumed aroma that the grape variety yields.

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We decide to share the lamb and okra tagine on couscous – this was rich and delicious – perfectly cooked.

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We also chose chicken skewers with chips and salad – we could have had rice, but it was a chippie kind of day. There were two skewers, but again, we ate one beofre remembering to take a picture. The chicken was meltingly delicious, and well-marinated.

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I like Mashawi – it’s got something for everybody – great food, well presented, and friendly staff.

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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

 

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