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Fine Dining:
La Petite Mort, Shenton Park (amazing degustation)
Hearth at the Ritz Carlton, Elizabeth Quay (great views)
The Boatshed, South Perth (great food and amazing city views)
Nobu, Crown (next level Japanese food)
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, mussaman curry, fish specials, great front of house from Dan)
OEC Sushi, Joondalup (everything is amazing)
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) – moving to Currambine
Kallaroo’s Curry House, Kallaroo (good curry)

Brunch and Brekkie
F5 Cafe, Belmont (great nasi goreng)
Miller and Baker, Northbridge (fab bread and pastries)
Chinta, North Perth (a zen oasis with quality innovative food)
The Little Pantry, Shenton Park (everything is lovely)
The Shorehouse, Swanbourne (crab omelette is a must)
May Street Larder, East Fremantle (good for allergies)
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)
Propeller, North Fremantle (middle eastern bold flavours)
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)
Le Papillon, Joondalup (wonderful cakes)
Bites by D, Mount Hawthorn (amazing cakes)

Best Afternoon Tea
Bites by D, Mount Hawthorn
Treasury Lounge at the Como, Perth CBD
Peninsula Tea Gardens, Maylands
Pan Pacific, Perth CBD
C Restaurant, Perth CBD

Best Dairy Free Selection
Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle
Pearfect Pantry, Herdsman
May Street Larder, East Fremantle
The Little Pantry, Shenton Park
Tartine Cafe, Trinity Arcade
F5 Cafe, Belvidere St, Belmont
Chakra, Inglewood

Based at the iconic Swan Brewery in Perth, and right on the river, there couldn’t be a better location for dinner. Previously this restaurant was Zafferanos, a stuffy and lacklustre Italian based joint that seemed stuck in the 70s with its cheese and cream heavy menu, so I am pleased to say that Cooee’s fresh, friendly approach to Modern Australian food is a breath of fresh air to this establishment. With head chef Alan Wise in place, the menu is appetising and delicious, and the vibe is definitely more upbeat, smart-casual and welcoming.

We booked fairly late in the proceedings and were offered a place on the long table with stools, or a small table at the back with high chairs with backs in them. Comfort is everything to me when eating, and I like my chair to have a back in it, so we chose the higher chairs. It was fine, but the waitress then offered us another table with a better view as long as we vacated it in time for the next occupants – we agreed to the deal and ended up on a nice table overlooking the river.

We were intrigued by some of the the wines on the menu and asked to try the vermentino, but when sampled, we weren’t keen, so decided to go for a Great Southern La Violetta sparkling rose, which was very drinkable. The waitress was very patient while we perused our choices.

The menu is designed for sharing or not, with smaller plates and larger plates. I love it when I can’t decide because the choices all seem so nice, and Cooee didn’t disappoint. I could have gone for vegan or vegetarian choices (both were available), but decided to go with a fish based meal. Choices for small plates included oysters, mussels, sashimi, pork belly, mushrooms, cauliflower etc. and larger plates included chicken, leeks, zucchini, steak, fish and wagyu.

I started with Fremantle octopus with vietnamese mint, lime and chilli. Beautifully cut slivers of octopus in a piquant dressing. This was lovely and fresh, clean and nourishing – the raw chilli was a little hot for me, but my partner happily stole my chilli to add to his own dish.

My partner chose the vegan mushroom tartare with radish and potato crisps (and my added chilli of course!). Again a delicious starter, and how can you go wrong with crisps on a plate – he was in heaven.

We both chose the fish for main which was Rankin cod with lemon, lentils, chives and capers. Sides were broccolini with crispy shallots and a hearty bowl of chips, skin on and perfectly fried. Everything was good – the fish was fresh and delicious, with a great balance of piquancy from the capers, lemon and chives.

We looked at the dessert menu and decided to pass as everything, tempting as it was, contained dairy. It would have been nice to see a non-dairy dessert option, but we were fairly full anyway.

Staff were friendly and inviting, and I enjoyed my experience here – will definitely be back for another visit.

Last visit date – February 2021

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Ten Acre Block is located in the Pan Pacific where Uma Bar used to be. The tables are nicely spaced out and romantic, and the menu is a vegan degustation. The bar menu includes vegan and vegetable based cocktails as well as non alcoholic spirits. Wait staff are enthusiastic and pleasant to deal with, our waitress explained the menu and advised that we could slow it down or speed it up as we wished.

I started proceedings with a lovely Lemon Drop cocktail and waited for the procession of dishes to arrive.

The first dish to arrive was sweet potato tartines with macadamia labneh and heirloom radish. These were lovely, with nicely matched flavours, and very good start to the meal.

The second dish was the star of the show – chargrilled apricots, heirloom tomatoes and asparagus in Romesco sauce – absolutely delicious. The only problem was that there was a lot of sauce left and we could really have done with a hunk of bread to soak it all up. I mentioned this to the waitress who said “Yes, we’re looking into it” and whisked the plates away. Why not just bring a bread basket??

After the success of dish two the next course was a little disappointing – roast parsnips with kumquats and tera-miso and ginger. The central filling was a little stodgy, but the crispy outside was nice.

Next came a palate cleanser – camomile kombucha. It was a bit of an odd taste and not something that I would order.

The ‘main’ of the degustation came next – eggplant, demi-glace, leek confit and legume sprouts. The eggplant was just underdone, and the leek sauce a little bland. The whole dish really needed some seasoning.

I was really looking forward to the pear and chocolate tart dessert – it’s one of my favourite combinations, but again this was a disappointment – the tart was dense and hard to eat, the pears were undercooked, and the core was an unpleasant thing to manoeuvre, I wish they had removed it before serving.

Petit fours were nice, the grapefruit tart was light and lovely and would have made a much better main dessert. The chocolate cup was just peanut butter in a cup and I would have preferred a lighter whipped filling – maybe with peanut butter and cashew cream.

We gave feedback on leaving and found out that they were still ‘trying dishes out’ and tweaking the menu. Surely the menu should be piloted before giving it to the general public. This is an expensive way to be somebody’s food experiment!

Will I return? Probably not until they refine the menu – it’s nice to have a vegan degustation, but it also has to deliver with every dish, not just a few of them.

Last visit date – January 2021

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Vietnomese is a fairly new Vietnamese cafe on Charles Street in North Perth. Part of a complex of shops and cafes, it has an adequate car park which can be approached via Kadina Street. The menu seems to be based on Vietnamese street food with bahn mi, pho, spring rolls and salads.

We were greeted by friendly staff who seated us outside for our dinner. I chose a hone lemon iced tea to start which was absolutely delicious and had just the right amount of sweetness.

We selected mum’s vegetarian spring rolls – perfectly crispy with a good tasty filling.

We also chose crispy tofu with eggplant in tomato sauce, another very tasty dish.

To go with this we selected the crispy barramundi with tamarind dipping sauce.

We enjoyed all of our dishes, the service was really good, and the flavours went well together. I would like to return to try the bahn mi and pho. This is a real neighbourhood gem.

Last visit – November 2020

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Japanese Cafe OEC Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

OEC Sushi is a venue that I have been meaning to try for a long time, but the cafe only opened mid week. It is now open at weekends, and we excitedly visited for breakfast a few weeks ago. The cafe is a little outside of Joondalup town centre, at the end of Regents Park Road, and has seating inside and on the pavement.

Service is friendly and enthusiastic, and the menu is full of wonderful options that make you want to try them all. On the first visit, my partner was feeling a little under the weather with a cold, and we both chose the udon noodle soup with vegetarian tempura. This was absolutely delicious, and even though the tempura were served half in the soup and had softened, they still had a crispness to them and a wonderful umami flavour.

On our next visit we both chose chicken dishes (it’s rare for us to eat chicken, preferring vegetarian options, but we both wanted chicken on this occasion). I chose the crispy chicken bowl with crispy kale, pickles, salad and rice.

My partner chose the spicy chicken bowl which was not overly spicy, but very delicious with pickles, rice and salad.

We also chose vegetarian gyoza, which were good and tasty with kewpie mayo.

All dishes were amazingly good, and we can’t wait to go back and try other menu options. This cafe is sure to be a weekend favourite for us.

Visit date – January 2021 – this is a local favourite now – we are always visiting!

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Bayside Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bayside Kitchen is in a lovely location, right on Matilda Bay, and we attended for a retirement lunch with a dear colleague one sunny Friday. The menu is quite varied with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. There should be something on the menu to suit most palates.

The drinks menu has a variety of juices, coffees, wines etc, I chose a Morning Glory juice – orange, apple and mint, and this was lovely, bursting with fresh flavour.

I chose the mushroom bruschetta with feta, poached egg, kale and candied walnuts. The flavours were really good. It was a little heavy on the bread, but otherwise a nice lunch.

My colleague chose the chilli mussels with white wine and sugo, which he really enjoyed, and he had just eht right amount of bread to soak up every last drop of the wonderful sauce.

Another colleague chose a vegetarian pumpkin salad which she thoroughly enjoyed.

The location is everything here, the staff are friendly, and the cafe has a warm vibe about it. The food is good but not amazing, however it is definitely worth a visit to while away time with friends on a sunny Perth afternoon.

Last Visit – December 2020

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

Dragonfly is a popular cafe on Carnarvon Street in Broome with plenty of exciting menu options.

We visited for a quick brunch and were pleasantly surprised to see some vegan and vegetarian menu options.

Coffees were good and rich. We chose a flat white and a soy iced latte.

I chose the vegan pancakes. They were absolutely scrummy with berries and coconut ice cream, almonds and white chocolate, but not too sweet. A perfect amount too and I would definitely choose them again.

My partner chose the popcorn fritters with herb salad, jalpenos, pickled cabbage, smashed avocado and poached egg. He loved this dish, every element being tasty and well suited to the overall combination of flavours.

I would definitely return to Dragonfly, the service is good, the food is great quality, and it’s a great vibe.

Last Visit – November 2020

  
The Zookeepers Store Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Zookeepers Store is on the site of an old zoo and used to be called the Old Zoo cafe. It’s always been great, and again proved to be exceptional in providing quality coffees and muffins.

The are currently not serving meals due to Covid-19, but you can sit inside or out and order drinks from the counter and food items from the cold cabinet. They are also preparing some special orders freshly cooked, but they are presented takeaway style and it’s your choice whether you eat in or go.

Coffee is provided by Micrology coffee roasters, and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. Happy to provide decaf and alternative milks as well as healthy juices, this cafe will suit everybody. Equipment is recyclable and sustainable, with recyclable coffee cups decorated in beautiful designs.

The muffins – oh my goodness – the muffins are amazing. Freshly baked in house, with delicious fruity flavours. Throughout our stay we tried peach, apple and berry flavours, always perfectly cooked and just the right amount of sugar and ripe fruit.

Well worth a visit if you are in Cable Beach and definitely a local gem.

Last Visit – November 2020

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

The Wharf is in Sanctuary Road in Cable Beach, and is a seafood specialist restaurant. The menu is full of all types of seafood, and it’s one of those places where you go up and pay first and then wait for your food to arrive.

We tried the Wharf for lunch one day and shared a plate of chilli prawns and chips with aioli. This was really good and absolutely hit the spot for lunch.

We returned for an evening meal. My partner chose crab spring rolls to start which were very tasty with a lovely dip.

I chose the oysters with wakame dressing – lovely and fresh, and really good.

For main my partner chose the barramundi coconut curry with steamed rice, which he really enjoyed. It was fragrant and tasty like a malaysian style curry.

I chose slipper lobster and chips with aioli. The portion size included 6 slipper lobsters which was plenty, and they were happy to cook them with oil instead of butter for me.

We really enjoyed Wharf. The staff are friendly, and the produce is good quality and fresh. It’s not cheap but well worth the expense for some of the best seafood that Broome has to offer.

Last Visit Date – November 2020

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Ginreab Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ginreab Thai is in the centre of Broome on Carnarvon Street, part of the Paspaley Plaza complex. It’s a casual and friendly place, with a good range of menu items including some vegetarian and vegan options. It is also BYO, and has some picturesque dinnerware.

We started with their fish cakes and were not disappointed. They had a lovely depth of flavour and a great dipping sauce.

For mains we chose prawn pad thai and fish penang with steamed rice. I didn’t get a picture before we mixed up the pad thai and served it up, but it was a lovely pad thai. The fish penang was also very good, nicely spiced with good fresh fish.

We liked it so much that we visited again several days later. This time we chose the thai dumplings to start. They were amazingly good with a lovely sweet soy dressing.

For main we chose the pad thai again (better picture this time) and the choo chee curry (chef’s special) which we expected to have a thick sauce, but it was pretty much the same as the penang we had earlier. Everything was still very tasty, its just a shame that we didn’t really get to try something completely different.

On my next visit to Broome I will definitely come back to Ginreab. It’s good food, nice and authentic, with friendly service.

Last Visit – November 2020

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Bali Hai, Broome

Bali Hai Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Located in the attractive Bali Hai resort in Murray Road, is the swish Bali Hai restaurant. Service is friendly, the location is romantic, and the food is well presented.

We shared a lovely glass of Riesling to start while we perused the menu.

We shared some tempura prawns and whiting as an entree, and this came with very nice dipping sauces.

For my main I continued with the tempura theme and chose tempura tofu and vegetables with pawpaw and pomegranate. This was a good selection of veggies – potato, squash, broccoli, green beans, etc and tasted quite nice.

My partner chose the crispy skin Cone Bay barramundi with Thai red curry cream, bean shoots, coriander and mango gel. Nicely cooked and good flavours.

All dishes were tasty and good quality. The staff were also very helpful when we asked about the dairy content of the food.

It wasn’t rock your world amazing, but it was certainly a very nice meal and well worth a visit if you are at Cable Beach.

Last visit date – November 2020

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