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

Moments cafe is on Davidson Terrace in Joondalup, an area that is a little hub of eateries outside of the main shopping centre area. Nestled in between an Indian cafe and a Chinese restaurant, not far from Dome and the newly opened Paper Avenue, it has quite a lot of competition. Moments is quite popular and always busy.
The menu is huge and consists of all day breakfast, toasties, sandwiches, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps, cakes, various options in the chilled cabinet and some hot options like noodles and Asian fare in ready to go takeaway containers. We chose to dine in and our food was cooked fresh. Everything is lovingly prepared and ‘no frills’ style. The drinks menu is equally enormous, and I ordered a chilled soy chai.

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My partner ordered a pot of tea which arrived on quirky spotty crockery. The whole cafe is filled with quirky posters and ornaments and they have a thing about moustaches.

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I fancied a bacon and egg muffin, which was very nice, and they asked if I wanted HP sauce (of course I do – I’m of English heritage), which was a nice touch. This was tasty with good quality ingredients and certainly made a nice light lunch.

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My partner chose a cheese, tomato and chicken toastie. Again simple and nicely made with a good amount of filling and very tasty too.

Moments is a sweet little cafe and certainly worth a visit. Strangely it’s not open on Saturdays, but it is open every other day, and definitely a local favourite.

Last Visit Date – April 2018

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Miss Chow's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Miss Chow’s is one of a group of new restaurants that have opened in the last 12 months at Whitfords shopping centre. They all seem quite popular with the locals, and we decided to try Miss Chow’s for Sunday lunch after a morning visit to the cinema.
It’s a large open area for dining and we chose to eat inside, although it was a bit chilly with the aggressive air con and fans running.
We didn’t want to order a huge amount, just some dumplings and ribs.
I chose a fresh iced lemon tea to drink. This was lovely, and I could taste the tea as well as the lemon. It had just the right amount of sweetness.

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We ordered three lots of dumplings. No dipping sauce was provided other than with the fried dumplings. There was soy sauce on the table but no small dishes to put the soy into for dipping. The siu mai prawn and pork dumplings – four in a portion. These are very traditional Chinese dumplings served with almost every dim sum meal. they were very tasty and enjoyable. Sorry about the photo, we ate two of them before I remembered to take a photo.

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We also chose the traditional partner of siu mai – har gow which are crytsal prawn dumplings. Again a portion of four, but they tasted quite bland, the flavour of the prawn did not come through.

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The pan fried dumplings were pork and vegetable (like our favourite War Tip), and served with a sweet chilli oil type sauce, but it didn’t have any real heat to it. The flavour was okay, but not as nice as the previous dim sum restaurants that I have visited.

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The best item that we ordered were the caramelised spare ribs. Served with black vinegar caramel, pineapple, bell peppers and fresh mint, they were succulent and fell off the bone. I wasn’t too keen on the large mint leaves – they could have been shredded. After a while the ribs felt a little too sweet, but generally they tasted quite good.

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So would I go back to Miss Chow’s ? Maybe for the ribs or to try something else from the menu, but not for the dumplings. I have had better dumplings in Northbridge and won’t settle for bland ones.

Visit Date – March 2018

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Matilda Bay Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Matilda Bay Restaurant is right on the Swan River. It’s a popular area for families with many people jogging, walking dogs and picnicking in the vicinity. The view from the restaurant is lovely – yachts and ducks, with King’s Park and Mounts Bay Road as a backdrop.

The thing that immediately struck me was that the service was haphazard. The waitress showed us to our table, only to decide that it wasn’t as expected, and ushered us to an alternative table. We then waited for 20 minutes before being offered a drink. I chose a mocktail (I chose the only one that was compatible with my food intolerances), and my companion chose a mocktail too, explaining that we would not be drinking alcohol. The drinks were nice and well-presented, but the waiter insisted on trying to sell us some wine despite our earlier conversation about not drinking alcohol.

Cranberry and Elderflower mocktail:
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When the bread arrived, it was accompanied by butter, which I cannot eat, so I asked for some olive oil instead. Two waiters told me that the olive oil was on it’s way, but it didn’t arrive until I reminded them again, and 20 minutes later, my bread was cold.
The starters, however, were very good.

I had kingfish sashimi with squid noodle salad:

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My only minor criticism was that there was a bit much of the squid noodle salad. The wasabi was lovely and hot, and the kingfish very fresh.
My companion chose prawns in a chick pea crust with a tomato salad and a spicy aioli:

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The prawns could have been a bit larger, but overall it was a very pleasant dish. For main course I chose a trio of seafood – prawns, marron and crayfish:

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My companion chose a steak – black Angus rump:

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Both main courses were overcooked to some degree. The steak should have been medium rare, but it was more like medium to well done.
The seafood was varied – the prawns were perfect, the marron was nice but not amazing, and the crayfish was overcooked. Such a shame because the cray should have been the star of the dish, and it was a real disappointment.
Matilda Bay need to step up their game if they want my custom again. I am so glad that we had an Entertainment Book Card which gave us 25% discount. I would not have been happy to spend $200 on this meal. The service could be much better, and the chefs need to pay a bit more attention – cooking seafood and steak is not difficult.

Visit Date – December 2012

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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.

Visit Date – April 2018

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Lily Paris Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lily Paris is a little coffee shop and patisserie just on the edge of Fremantle markets in South Terrace. They are only open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, like the rest of the markets. Famous for their macarons, an array of beautifully presented cakes and macarons is on display.

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Lily Paris also provides savoury snacks, paninis and toasties.

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After much deliberation we chose two cakes to take away – a lemon meringue croughnut which the lady made up fresh and blow-torched right there and then, and a chocolate caramel tart.

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This was delicious, a lovely crispy croughnut with a tangy lemon curd filling and a soft meringue. Yum.

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The chocolate caramel had thin short pastry with a rich dark chocolate ganache, nice dark caramel which wasn’t too sweet, and delectable truffle balls all round with a crispy chocolate disc on top. Equally yum and a very grown up dessert.
When you are in Freo on the weekend, save your sweet treat for Lily Paris – you won’t be disappointed.

Visit Date – April 2018

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Mr. Munchies Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I was very keen to try out this new sushi bar in Mount Lawley – everybody seems to be talking about it. I am still lamenting the management change that happened to Yuzu just around the corner – and since the ‘old’ Yuzu went, I have missed good quality, exciting, consistent sushi.
The reservation was quite difficult – the staff did not seem to understand me, but I managed to make a reservation eventually – good job that I did because it is a very small place. It is not really a place to linger – very canteen style, and they serve you quickly to maintain a good turnover of customers. You can invent your own sushi, but I decided to choose from the menu.

Karaage Chicken:

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Tuna and Avocado Roll:

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Spider roll with soft shell crab:

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The portions were generous, and I found them difficult to eat. I like my sushi portions to be mouthful – if I have to bite into them they invariably fall apart and make a mess on the plate. I liked the variety – it annoys me when sushi bars serve mainly salmon and cooked tuna.
The sushi was nice, but nothing outstanding, and certainly not good enough to have me trekking back to Mount Lawley on a regular basis like Yuzu used to.

Visit Date – December 2012

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Kobe Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kobe sushi has been serving up great Japanese options for many years at Whitford City Hillarys. There are a few vegan things on the menu – delicious vegetable tempura, and vegetable sushi rolls. There are bento box options and donburi as well as items in the cold cabinet. I chose the tempura with udon noodle soup. This was freshly made to order.

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The tempura veggies were beautifully crispy, a selection of onion, potato, broccoli, zucchini, and sweet potato served with a tentsuyu sauce. The noodles were nicely soft and in a delicious broth.

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Kobe is definitely a good choice for lunch when you are shopping at Whitfords.

Last Visit Date – January 2020

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.

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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.

Last Visit Date – February 2018

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

Katsuya is a wonderful Japanese restaurant/cafe in the centre of Joondalup CBD located in the Central Walk area between Reid Promenade and Boas Avenue.
It is quite spacious inside with plenty of seating, and has a busy takeaway service and a faithful lunch patronage. The menu consists of many regular japanese starters – gyoza, spring rolls, octopus balls, agedashi tofu, crab claws etc. They also provide a range of sushi rolls, sashimi, tempura, bento boxes and katsu/teriyaki sets. Unlicensed, there is a range of soft drinks and Asian drinks in the fridge, and the waiters are always happy to provide chilled tap water.
We chose some spring rolls and gyoza to share. There are 5 in each portion but I forgot to take the spring roll picture before we ate some.

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The spring rolls were nice, served with a sweet chilli sauce, and the gyoza were plump and juicy. A very good start.
I chose a high protein meal of agedashi tofu and mixed sashimi. The agedashi consisted of three large pieces of tofu and some tempura vegetables in a lovely tentsuyu broth. The silken tofu is dusted with potato starch and deep fried giving a lovely contrast of textures.

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The mixed sashimi was beautifully fresh and skilfully cut, served with spinach,
light soy and wasabi. Some of the best sashimi I have tasted worldwide.

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My companions ate teriyaki salmon bento and a katsu curry set.
The bento boxes contained a portion of teriyaki salmon with rice, salad, edamame, and miso soup. Every element was well presented and tasty, the salmon very fresh, and the sauce sweet and luscious.

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The katsu curry was also well presented. The chicken was a nice thickness in a lovely crispy crumb with a mild and fruity flavoured curry sauce. It was accompanied by a miso soup and a bowl of salad.

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The staff at Katsuya are very helpful and willing to answer all questions about the menu. Everything is served with a smile and created with care. This restaurant serves food of a high standard and is well loved by the locals. I will definitely be a regular at Katsuya.

Last Visit Date – March 2020

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Imli, Joondalup

IMLI Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Imli is an Indian restaurant on Reid Promenade in Joondalup. They have an extensive menu which includes several vegetarian and vegan options. We found that asking the wait staff to make the dishes dairy free, they substituted coconut milk and coconut yoghurt where they could.
Veggie samosas are a great starter option, but quite filling.

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Dhal is always a favourite and good for providing protein. Tarka dhal is delicious.

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Mushroom muttar is a delicious spicy curry of mushrooms and peas.

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The naans are great and beautifully prepared – pillowy and delicious. We choose methi naans with fenugreek leaves.

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The rice is always beautifully cooked too – lovely separate grains.

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Other vegan favourites are bhindi masala (okra) probably my go to dish on the whole menu. The bhindi is always fresh, not tinned or frozen.

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We also like the aloo gobi – potatoes and cauliflower.

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Imli has a great vegan and vegetarian selection and is consistently good. They also have the standard meat options for those who eat meat, so there is something for everybody and you won’t be disappointed.

Last Visit Date – February 2020

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