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)

 

Woku, CBD

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Woku is a new little cafe near Perth Mint on Hay Street. It’s all about flavour here, and they offer a great range of pastries and savouries as well as coffee and healthy smoothies.

I popped in for a lunch special – satay, salad and sticky rice, and I wasn’t disappointed. This was the real deal, great authentic peanut sauce, tender marinated chicken and gret texture on the rice cubes. At $9 it was pretty good value for a CBD cafe.

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Staff are friendly and keen to meet customer’s expectations. I’ll definitely be back to try more of the menu.

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

Zafferano is situated on the Swan River by the Old Swan Brewery. The views of the city are amazing, and it seems to be a restaurant that you visit for a special occasion.

I was really looking forward to trying some good seafood here.

The first thing I noticed was the car parking – it’s expensive! Not only do you have to pay premium prices for food, you have to pay to park there, which seemed to me a bit rough.

When we walked in, we expected the restaurant to be full, but it wasn’t. Quite surprising for a Saturday night – it should have been buzzing with clientele. It was a chilly night and we were seated near a heater, which was great, still with good views of the city, but not right by the window.

We started with a glass of wine – Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc – $17 per glass. It was okay, but I have tasted much better Marlborough sauvignon blanc. It didn’t have the wonderful pineapple and gooseberry bouquet that you often get with sb, although it did have a citrus feel, and probably could have been served a bit colder.

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I found the menu quite uninspiring and a bit reminiscent of the 70’s. There was a lot of seafood, as that is the speciality, but with dishes like caesar salad, duck with cherries, and scampi – I wondered if they were aiming for an older clientele. The menu wasn’t really clear about entrees and mains, it seemed that most dishes could be served as entree or main, but it would have been good to have a demarcation on the menu.

We decide to go for mains only. I chose grilled pink snapper with mango chutney, lemon and olive oil. I chose this dish because it was one of the few dishes on the menu that wasn’t served in butter or with parmesan. They seem to put parmesan on everything! I did mention my dairy issue on booking, but none of the waitstaff mentioned it or gave me any guidance or alternatives that could be served.

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So this dish was $49.50 ad to be honest it didn’t warrant that price tag. The snapper was overcooked, and I was not convinced of its freshness. The mango chutney didn’t really go with it, a nice fennel and tomato salad would have been a better accompaniment. I didn’t finish the dish because I didn’t really enjoy it, the flavours just weren’t there.

My partner chose the Crispy Skinned Barramundi:

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Served with dukkah roasted potatoes, herbs and beurre blanc. The skin wasn’t really that crispy, it was quite light on the beurre blanc. The potatoes were nice and the fish generally was well cooked and fresh, but that crispy skin was a disappointment. This dish was $48.50.

We chose a ‘special’ side dish of a peach salad with chorizo and this was probably the star of the meal (we didn’t know the price, but sides are round the $17-18 mark).

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The chorizo was unnecessary and could have been left off. To be honest the chorizo skin was a little tough and unpleasant, and chorizo is too strong a flavour to complement delicate peach. The peaches were beautifully grilled with flaked almonds, the ubiquitous parmesan, rocket, and a raspberry/balsamic vinaigrette. I couldn’t detect the vinaigrette, but this was a nice dish in amongst a poor meal.

We perused the dessert menu, but it was disappointingly dairy heavy and at $25.50 per dessert, we didn’t want to risk another let down.

When we left, nobody asked if we were okay. The head waitress took my phone away to get my Entertainment Book voucher ‘authorised’ by the chef, which I found a bit disturbing (do they not trust their staff/customers?).

Not a great experience, we won’t be going back. Zafferano is hideously overpriced and not really that good.

Tea Woks Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tea Woks is another little casual cafe on Hay, and this one sells Malaysian food. They also serve great value bubble tea. The menu has a tempting list of Malay favourites, noodles, chicken wings, bak kut teh etc.

On this occasion I chose Hainanese chicken rice. The chicken was lovely – melt in the mouth, and had been cooked really well, The rice had the wonderful chicken flavour, and the chilli sauce was a great accompaniment. The soup was a little weak though and could have been better.

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This is definitely a popular cafe, especially with workers and locals. I’ll be back to try the noodles!

Here are some pictures from my second visit. I had combination rice which was yummy.

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Peoples Inn Dumpling House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

People’s Inn is at the East end of Hay Street, and serves a variety of traditional dumplings and soups. All dumplings are hand made, you can see them being made as you walk in. It’s a casual cafe, where you order first and then sit down.

This is a fairly short post because I tried the fried cabbage and pork dumplings for my lunch one day.

The steamed dumplings look really tempting, but they come in a portion size of 12, which is a bit much for me for lunch, so I chose the fried ones.

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They were really delicious, the table had a good supply of soy, red vinegar and chilli sauce to accompany them.

This cafe also serves pies like pork and leek pie – and the soups being served to other tables looked really generous. I must return so that I can update this post with more pictures and thoughts.

Chutney Mary's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It’s been a while since I visited Chutney Mary’s which is one of the stalwart establishments in the heart of Subiaco on the corner of Hay Street and Rokeby Road.

The menu is a blend of traditional Indian fare with some specialities like goat curry.

The staff were very welcoming and there were three of us dining on this occasion. After perusing the menu, we decided to go straight for main courses.

The portions were really generous too! We chose a king prawn masala, which was nice and spicy, with a great tomato flavour. The prawns were good but did taste frozen, and I think that fresh prawns would have made this really superb.

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We also selected makhani dhal which was delicious. I would have liked more lentils though – the sauce was quite runny. It didn’t need the cream garnish.

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The star dish for me was the kadhai chicken – lovely and rich with tomato and capsicum.

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We also shared basmati rice – beautifully separate grains as you would expect from the rice-making experts, and a keema naan. The keema kept falling out of the naan, but it was very tasty nonetheless.

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Our fellow diner chose a butter chicken. He’s from Mumbai and he craves this dish – he really enjoyed it. He also chose a butter naan. I didn’t try either of these because I prefer to avoid butter, but there’e no better recommendation than a man from Mumbai enjoying Indian food in Perth.

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Chutney Mary’s has stood the test of time and it’s easy to see why. Great Indian food in a busy location, with some great lunch specials too – one of Subi’s best.

 

Peppermint Green Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Peppermint Green is a lovely cafe just off Winton Road in Delage Street. As soon as you walk in, you can see that it is clean, bright, and welcoing.

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We stopped off for a small bite before shopping. I ordered an orange and cinnamon iced tea which was lovely. They also offer allergy friendly options, and various different milks if you don’t do dairy.

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My partner chose good old English Breakfast tea, served with a cute Teddy biscuit.

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I accompanied my tea with some raspberry and pear bread. This was lovely and i really enjoyed it.

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My partner chose raisin toast – again a great fruity rich option with lost of nice spices.

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The cake cabinet is very tempting ad nicely laid out:

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I have revisited since and found that staff were very accommodating in preparing scrambled eggs and bacon for me with no cream or butter.

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My partner had smashed avocado on toast with feta, which was nicely prepared and a good texture.

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This coffee house is a local gem, well worth a visit. They also have a nice homewares section to browse through.

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Heng's Asian Cuisine Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We visited Heng’s on a recommendation from a work colleague. It’s a no frills Chinese restaurant in Edgewater, nestled in amongst the shops on Edgewater Drive.

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It was quite empty when we arrived, but soon filled up with local diners, and the phone rang non-stop for takeaway orders.

We were given some very tasty prawn crackers to start.

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Our starters were prawn toasts and chicken satay. Both very flavoursome, and the prawn crackers arrived with the traditional red gloopy sweet and sour sauce.

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For mains we chose prawns with ginger and spring onion:

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Chicken with black bean and capsicum:

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Special fried rice:

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The rice had that lovely charred wok flavour, portions were generous, and the other dishes were pleasant to eat – standard Chinese restaurant fare.

I wouldn’t say the food was amazing, but if you want good, cheap Chinese food, this a reasonable local option.

Must Winebar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

It’s been a few years since we visited Must, and last time was a great experience, so we were really looking forward to a classy meal.

The first thing that we noticed was that the layout had changed and the area was divided into a restaurant and a busy noisy winebar. There was a DJ playing and the noise of the music was intermittently loud, then quieter, and impossible to escape, so it was really hard to have a conversation during the meal.

Anyhow, we started with a glass of Margaret River Riesling which was zesty and fruity. We perused the menu which is modern Australian, and felt good about the range of tempting choices.

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I chose scallops for my entree, and they were very tasty with a pork shoulder contrast. I would have liked the corals to be left on though.

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My partner chose the manna crab pasta, which was a larger portion than it looks like in this picture – the bowl is deeper than it looks. This was lovely and he really enjoyed it.

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Shortly after the starters, the lights were turned down, hence the poor quality of the next pictures, and the music continued to be loud along with very noisy chatter from the wine bar next door.

For main I chose salmon with seasonal vegetables, a very nice plate of food.

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My partner chose the confit Wagin Duck Leg, with braised lentils, radicchio, grapes, and pickled raisins. Again, he really enjoyed the nice combination of flavours.

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For a side dish we chose the charred sesame broccoli with shichimi (a chilli dressing) – this was nicely cooked and tasty. One of my pet hates though – there were 3 pieces! Why do chefs give portions of 3 to tables for 2? I like our food to be easy to divide.

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So was Must a hit? The food was nice, but probably not amazing enough to warrant the top notch prices being charged. The ambience was a complete let down though, and I think they really need to decide if they are a wine bar or a classy restaurant – maybe a gastropub would be a better option for this establishment.

 

All Things Delicious Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We popped in to All Things Delicious on Easter Sunday for coffee and cakes. It certainly had a very tempting cake display and as we sat there, several yummy looking cakes and pastries appeared from the kitchen.

The cafe soon filled up and it was buzzing with diners looking forward to their food. Several people seemed to be having the scrambled eggs which looked very nice and is clearly a signature dish.

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We ordered coffees which were very nice, but the main reason that I felt compelled to blog this cafe, was the absolutely perfect raspberry chocolate tart.

The pastry was short and tasty, the chocolate filling dark and luscious, and the raspberries soft and slightly sweet. It was an absolute triumph of a cake, definitely worth a visit just for this.

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

Up on Dempsey Hill in Singapore, there’s a nice little hub of restaurants and a gourmet grocery store – it’s a really chilled place to spend an evening.

In amongst them is Candlenut, a one Michelin star establishment specialising in Peranakan cuisine. It’s a place that although sophisticated, feels comfortable – not too stuffy like some of the other cheffy restaurants.

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We were also given some yummy crispy nibbles and dipping sauce:

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It was really hard to choose with lots of tempting options like swimmer crab and chicken balls, crab curry, and beef rib rendang, but we eventually opted for ngoh hiang and pork neck satay to start.

The pork neck satay came first and it was sublime – there was so much flavour in the tender melting pork, and the satay sauce coating was perfect.

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I did wonder how good ngoh hiang could be, but this version was amazingly good. The combination of pork, prawn, shiitake mushroom and water chestnut was just right, and I would have been in heaven with several plates of these and nothing else.

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For mains we chose the chef’s mum’s chicken curry, “four heavenly kings”, and a king prawn gula melaka. Sorry the pictures are not great – the lighting was dim, and I must have been keen to eat!

The curry was lovely, warm, and rich with potato and kaffir lime, very nice with the brown rice that we ordered.

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The four heavenly kings was a combination of eggplant, wing beans, okra and taro, garnished with crispy whitebait. Absolutely wonderful. I could have again eaten several plates of this dish – the perfect vegetable accompaniment.

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The king prawn gula melaka was where curry meets dessert – a sweet coconut based curry with beautiful fresh prawns – again a perfect dish.

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We didn’t have room for dessert, but this meal was every thing we could have wished for. When we are back in Singapore we will definitely return for more goodies in this sophisticated dining room. A great meal, great service and wonderful atmosphere.

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