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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)
Andly Private Kitchen (You pay a fixed price and get the best dishes of the day)

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

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

We have dined at the C before and had high tea there before but never a vegan high tea, and on a lovely Easter Sunday, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try one of the few vegan high teas available in Perth. To be honest, it didn’t really have to be vegan, but it did have to be dairy free, so sometimes with a dairy heavy option like high tea, it’s easier to go vegan. If you don’t already know, The C is on the 33rd floor of St Martin’s Tower on St George’s Terrace, and it revolves, so you get a full view of the Swan, King’s Park and beyond as you rotate around at the top of the CBD.

We were seated by the window and given water, but it was some time before we were offered tea. My partner chose to have coffee instead, wanting a soy decaf flat white, and we were quickly told that this ‘wasn’t included in the high tea package’, only percolated coffee was included and we would have to pay extra. At the end of the meal we found out that this was a full price coffee, not the difference in price between percolated and other coffees, which seemed a bit mean of them. Anyhow, I chose a green sencha tea which was very good.

When the three tier stand arrived, we anticipated a lovely tea.

The savouries consisted of rice paper rolls, spring rolls and sliders. The first one we tried was a slider with vegan cheese and tomato. The roll was nice but the filling was under-seasoned and a little bland. The spring rolls were filled with mainly cabbage but some other vegetables, but again seasoning was lacking and we sought out a salt pot to help. The rice paper rolls contained tofu, noodles, carrot, onion and cabbage, and came with a dipping sauce, but again they were bland. The fourth item was a roll with avocado and grated carrot. I didn’t try this but my partner said that the roll was tasty and the avocado nicely ripe.

Scones were good, with a choice or fruit or plain, served with jam and coconut cream. The coconut cream was quite runny, but the scones were nice and I enjoyed them.

The desserts were a bit of a mixed bag. Fruit kebabs were simple but nice. The cashew cheesecake was grainy and not really pleasant to eat. The chocolate caramel slice was sweet and heavy.

So what was the verdict? It was nice but not special, and to be honest a bit of a lazy menu. They really could have made a few minor tweaks to make it a great menu. Instead of vegan cheese and tomato in a roll, how about a vegan tart with caramelised onions, vegan cheddar and tomato. How about a slice of crispy tofu bahn mi – that would have been so tasty! A finger sandwich with vegan pesto and roasted veggies would have been superb. Some tasty mushrooms in the spring roll and some more seasoning would have elevated it to another level.

Instead of dense vegan cakes, we could have had a little vegan lemon meringue, the fruits could have been arranged on a little vegan flan, the cheesecake could have been whipped strawberries and coconut cream. Vegan isn’t all about grated carrot and dense nutty desserts!

Will we go back? I doubt it, unless they lift their vegan game.

Last visit date – April 2021

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The Point Bar and Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

On Riverside Drive, near the Causeway, is a little oasis of restaurants right on the river with a view of Heirisson Island at Point Fraser. One of them is a bar and grill upstairs with a great glass balcony. We were seated with a fab view of the river and were looking forward to a classy lunch.

The menu is Modern Australian with lots of nice options. We chose some dukkah olives and kingfish to start.

Olives were varied and plentiful, and the kingfish was superbly fresh with pickled enoki, yuzu, miso, chilli, coriander and wasabi. There was a nice dollop of a romesco style sauce which was quite nice as a dip for the olives!

For main I chose pork belly with scallops, pea puree, apple, fennel and jus. It was very nice, and not overly fatty, but I would have preferred the crackling to be a little crispier. Scallops were divine, and the pea and apple had a nice depth of flavour.

My partner chose the beef cheek with crushed potato, peas, bacon, scorched onion, and pumpkin. It was lovely meltingly soft piece of beef cheek. We also chose a summer leaf salad, but I forgot to take a picture – this was a beautiful salad and really nice dressing.

All in all it was a great lunch with a lovely view, and some great flavours. I would definitely pay a return visit.

Last visit date – April 2021

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Andly Private Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Andly Private Kitchen is in West Leederville, a bit away from the main eating and drinking areas of Leederville and Subiaco, but quite close to a few local breweries. Parking is fairly easy, but it’s not a place that you can just drop in. you have to book in advance, convey your dietary requirements and pay a deposit as well as choosing a price per head starting at $100 and increasing in $50 increments.

When you arrive it really is like walking into a treasure trove of a room, rich with artworks, oriental furniture and ornaments, it has a cosy feel like dining in somebody’s home lounge. We were seated on a long shared table sitting opposite each other, but far away enough from the next couple to maintain intimacy. We chose the $150 per head menu and looking around the room as dishes arrived it seemed that most had chosen either $100 or $150. We also asked for ours to be dairy free and minimal meat. The restaurant is ‘bring your own;’ for a small corkage charge, but we chose to stick with water on this occasion.

The kitchen is fairly open and you can see chef preparing everything. He clearly loves what he does, and when we arrived he was making the most perfect looking dumplings.

Our first dish to arrive was a scallop in crispy thin noodles with an apple salad. The scallop was perfectly cooked and nice and thick (not a half scallop that some chefs slice horizontally). The apple salad delicate and crisp with some tiny tomatoes and corn. This was a great start to the feast.

The next dish is where the dumplings came into play. Patagonian toothfish dumplings in a chicken broth – excellent intense broth, beautifully soft dumplings. Another really excellent dish, I just needed a tiny bread roll to scoop out the remnants of the broth from the bowl.

If you know me you will know that crispy aromatic duck is one of my favourite meals. In Australia, it tends to be Peking duck which is similar, but the duck is roast and not deep fried. We watched chef roll the pancakes, and they arrived in a perfect bamboo basket with a wonderful portion of sliced duck breast, some hoisin sauce and mango, cucumber and spring onion. To prepare the pancake you just put a little of everything in the pancake, roll it up and eat. This didn’t disappoint, and every item was perfectly prepared.

Fourth was probably my favourite dish (although finding a particular favourite among such a high standard was hard) – pork spare ribs with vinegar sauce, fig and pineapple. I can’t remember better ribs than this, soft and sticky and cooked just right.

Next came a whole lobster cooked in crispy floss with herbs and we were given some disposable gloves so that we could eat the lobster without getting messy fingers. I noticed that some other diners had prawns rather then lobster, so maybe this was one of the differences with the price point of the menu. The lobster was beautifully fresh and we really enjoyed the dish bit were beginning to feel quite full.

Finally dessert was fresh fruits with mango sorbet, again perfectly presented, and really refreshing. We noticed that other diners (the ones eating dairy) received a luscious looking slice of cake type dessert, and so this was the only course where I felt a little short-changed. Although the fruit was lovely, it was very simple and I know it’s not difficult to make a dairy free cake. Anyhow, the mango sorbet was intense and soft, and I did enjoy the jewel like appearance of the dessert.

So what did we think? Yes it was an amazing meal, where the ingredients were the star. Nothing seemed overly fussy, it was all simple food, well constructed and presented. The chef has an eye for menu creation and he certainly has access to some good produce. I wouldn’t be visiting Andly every week, but it is definitely a good venue for a special treat and a unique experience.

Last Visit Date – March 2021

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Ootong & Lincoln Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ootong and Lincoln sits on the cafe strip of South Terrace in South Fremantle. It’s a quirky place with colourful zebras painted on the outside walls. The menu is quite friendly for customers with special diets and we settled down to check out the brunch dishes. There were quite a few tempting options on the menu, and I chose an elderflower mint and apple slushie to drink. This was a nice refreshing change to regular drink items, I really enjoyed.

My partner chose a decaf flat white which was nice and rich – he enjoyed it.

For my meal I chose the potato cake with mushrooms which was lovely and quite a huge portion. The mushrooms were nicely flavoured and they helpfully put my hollandaise on the side so that I could have just a little. the poached eggs were beautifully cooked to a perfect level of dippiness. The dish comes in several variations including bacon, chorizo, and smoked salmon for omnivores.

My partner chose the shakshuka. The bread was amazingly good. The coddled eggs were sadly overcooked, and the spicy tomato sauce was nice but could have taken a little more spice. The metal dish was nuclear-fusion hot which probably contributed to the overdoneness of the eggs. However, despite this, my partner did enjoy the meal, he would have liked a slightly bigger portion.

The staff were nice and helpful and this cafe is definitely a neighbourhood gem. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Last Visit Date – March 2021

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

We had heard good things about Paste Thai and were keen to try it, so we headed down to Applecross one Saturday evening for a nice Thai meal. The first obstacle with this venue is parking. It’s located in Kearns Crescent and the parking is chaotic, especially on a busy Saturday evening. I wasn’t sure if I had parked in a suitable space, so asked the waitress, but communication was a little difficult and she just nodded, so I left the car where it was and hoped for the best. The restaurant was equally as chaotic as the parking, busy, noisy, hot and humid, but we took this as a good sign and were looking forward to food.

We were seated near a wooden feature wall which was really quite dirty, it was covered in dust, and the crevices were full of grime and bits of rubbish. It does worry me when a restaurant does not keep the dining area scrupulously clean – it makes me curious about the state of the kitchen. Anyway, we went ahead and ordered.

The first dish to arrive was an entree of vegetarian curry puffs. There was absolutely nothing ‘curry’ about the puffs and I could not identify the vegetable inside – it may have been cabbage or potato, but either way, they were parcels of deep fried blandness. The pastry was nice, and the dip was good, but both were let down by the rest of the dish.

For our main course we ordered the chilli basil noodles with prawns and a chicken panang with steamed rice.

The panang was the best of the dishes but the chicken was small and overcooked, and there were no traditional thai eggplants in the dish, and no back flavour of thai basil, although the veggies were nice.

The noodles were okay-ish – quite hot – but not a lot of other flavours going on but we ate them anyway until the awful moment when my partner found a long black hair in the noodles. After this we both felt quite queasy and didn’t want to continue with eating.

We informed the wait staff about the hair and they apologised. On payment, the waitress gave us 10% discount which only amounted to $5 – we really should have had a full refund for the noodles. She promised that it would be better next time, but there won’t be a next time. Applecross is quite a trek for us, and not worth the time and effort to be let down by lacklustre dishes and poor hygiene.

Last visit date – March 2021

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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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