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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 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)
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)
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)
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

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Hearth is the new kid in town to the Perth fine dining scene. Situated in the super luxe, brand new Ritz Carlton and headed up by Jed Gerrard, the chef with a pedigree including Wildflower, Post, and Bilson’s, I was looking forward to a delicious experience.

Please excuse the photo quality, the lighting in the restaurant is subdued, which is cool because it enhances the beautiful views of the lights around Elizabeth Quay.

The menu is brief but well considered, and there is a set price for three courses, with a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The staff are also helpful and accommodating with dietary requirements.

We chose a glass of WA Pedestal chardonnay to start proceedings, a peachy, citrus and smooth drop that certainly hit all of the right notes.

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Cutlery is cute, and the fish knives look mildly scalpel like, which was different!

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My starter was Fremantle octopus with  fennel and nduja dressing, Nice chunks of meaty octopus on a plate where every flavour worked well and a very good start to the Hearth journey.

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My partner chose the smoked pink snapper with sesame custard, apple, and fig, served ceviche style and again a beautiful plate of food.

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For main my partner chose the duck with onion, rhubarb and duck jus. The duck was perfectly cooked and matched well with the rhubarb, great flavours and well presented.

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I chose the Rankin Cod which turned out to be one of the most memorable plates of food I have ever eaten. The cod was flavoursome with a slight char, enoki mushrooms, and a lovely sauce with squid ink crumb. Absolutely superb.

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The mains were accompanied by a simple but good gem lettuce salad.

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Desserts were all a bit dairy-heavy, so the waiter suggested an off-menu vegan blueberry cheesecake. This came with a candle for the birthday boy:

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Slices of the cheesecake were covered in poached pear slices and macthed with a sublime raspberry sorbet and Davidson plum gel.

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All in all a wonderful birthday meal, great views, lovely staff, and excellent quality food, perfectly executed. Hearth also serve breakfast and afternoon tea. We’ll be returning for sure.

Last Visit Date – August 2020

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

Sayers in Leederville is one of Perth’s leading brunch and lunch cafes, delivering consistently good food for many years.

Situated in Carr Place, it’s a bit of an awkward but charming design with a mixture of chairs, armchairs, bench seats and high seats inside, and quaint wrought iron tables in the laneway.

Coffees are always great and Sayers are happy to provide decaf and alternative milks.

The menu is one of those menus where everything sounds delicious, so it’s hard to choose. My go to favourite here has always been the potato rosti with spinach, eggs, parmesan and bacon, but on this occasion I chose the kedgeree.

The kedgeree was excellent – hot smoked salmon amongst perfect rice with poached eggs, chilli jam and green papaya salad.

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My partner chose the vegan pumpkin, cauliflower, and lentil dhal with poppyseed naan. He loved it, every mouthful was delicious.

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If you visit Sayers at the weekend, it can be busy, noisy and an assault on the senses, but if you go midweek, it can be an oasis of calm. Some of the tables are a little small and you will end up rearranging your dishes and coffee cups to make everything fit, and sometimes the tables in the laneway can get very hot in the summer, but Sayers is all about quality food, consistently delivered. You really can’t go wrong with this Leederville legend.

Last Visit – July 2020

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

This is just a short blog post about one of the better coffee outlets in Joondalup. CXpresso is on the ground floor near Woolworths and KMart. I have visited a few times and found the cakes and pastries to always be fresh (I hate it when cafes freeze muffins and then microwave them the next day to make them ‘seem’ fresh).

We ordered soy decaf, and as usual, this was no problem, we were presented with two very nice coffees.

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We shared a muffin, which was fresh as if it had just come out of the oven. Apple and cinnamon crumble – lovely texture, subtle cinnamon and a sweet hint of apple.

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Last Visit Date – July 2020

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Chullah, Hocking

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

Chullah is a large Indian restaurant nestled among the shops at Wyatt Grove. We had a fairly reasonable takeaway recently and decided to return for a sit down meal.

The restaurant is constantly busy with takeaway orders, and the phone didn’t stop ringing, however we were the only diners in the restaurant.

The menu has an extensive list of vegetarian options, but they are not all vegan, and you have to specify if you don’t want cream, butter or ghee. Many of the dishes mention a cashew nut gravy but I don’t think that means they are dairy-free.

We chose the black lentil Chullah di dal, a Sabji Sada Bahaar – mixed veg curry, a methi naan and some rice.

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The dal was a little sour and the sabji a little sweet, so together they made a good combination and were quite pleasant to eat, but I wasn’t keen on the dal on it’s own and I did wonder if the cream that they usually add would have tempered it a little. Maybe some coconut cream would have been a good alternative.

The methi naan wasn’t a lot different to a regular naan. I am used to the methi being integral rather than just sparsely sprinkled on top.

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Rice was good.

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So will we return? In common with many restaurants and cafes, it would be good if they offered coconut cream or Nuttelex alternatives to cream and butter. The food wasn’t unpleasant but it also wasn’t amazing – good average curry in an area where there isn’t a lot of competition. It’s worth a visit if you are passing.

Last Visit – July 2020

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Goose Bar & Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Goose is a very well located venue, in the heart of Busselton and overlooking the famous jetty. It’s quite a large restaurant, but also very popular, so make sure that you book ahead.

We popped in for breakfast, and liked the interesting menu options, there are also a few vegetarian options and vegan cakes in the cake cabinet.

Coffee was lovely and smooth, I really enjoyed my cappuccino.

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For breakfast I chose the smoked fish and crab cakes with poached eggs, spinach and roast tomatoes. I asked for the Hollandaise to be placed separately, which they happily did.

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Everything was really tasty and this was a good breakfast from the first mouthful to the last. Staff are friendly too. This definitely won’t be my last visit.

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Last Visit Date – July 2020

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

Drift is in Willmott Avenue, Margaret River, and we noticed the previous day that customers were queuing to get in, so it seemed like a good option for a brunch.

Luckily we arrived at a quite time and were seated easily. It’s a lovely ambience, with artwork adorning the walls, a tasty looking cabinet, and some vegan menu options. Staff are very welcoming too.

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Coffee is offered with decaf and alternative milk options. My soy decaf cappuccino was a little on the strong/bitter side for my palate, but still a good cup.

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My partner chose the vegan burrito. This had beans, avocado, tomato and sauce. It was a crispy taco and maybe a softer one would have been better, but the filling was tasty.

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I chose scrambled egg on toast with mushrooms. This was absolutely delicious.

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Drift is a cool cafe and definitely worth a try.

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Last visit date – July 2020.

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Morries Anytime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Morries is a lively cafe on the corner of Forrest Road and Bussell Highway. We arrived a little early on a chilly evening and were seated on a fairly small but romantic table for two.

The menu is Modern Australian, share plate style, and we chose a Tanqueray Gin and tonic while we perused the menu.

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We didn’t choose the insane sounding Barrel Aged Fog Cutter cocktail that was advertised on the wall!

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We chose 4 dishes and some bread. The first two dishes and the bread arrived in quick succession, and the staff struggled to fit them all on the table.

The bread wasn’t warm (which we expected as the menu mentioned that it was woodfired bread, but a staff member explained that it is cooked in a woodfired oven by their suppliers rather than being freshly cooked on site). It was tasty though, and they helpfully provided olive oil instead of butter for us.

Charred broccolini, romesco, toasted seeds, dried fruits and lemon oil was a lovely dish with great flavours.

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I loved the tempura cauliflower with cumin and miso aioli.

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Just as we were finishing these plates, the next two dishes came up, and it all felt a bit hurried.

We chose the shark bay prawns with szechuan pepper and pineapple sambal. The sambal was perfect with the crunchy prawns, which we ate shell-on. Yum.

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The last dish was soft shell crab with green pawpaw, nam jim salad and sriracha aioli. Another nice dish, but a bit of a mean serving with just one little crab to share.

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Within an hour of arriving, the meal was finished. We skipped dessert because all options seemed to be dairy-heavy. When we were paying, the waiter asked us how everything was and we explained that it was all a bit rushed, and he nodded, but didn’t apologise or say that he would pass on our feedback. In general the waitstaff were friendly, but busy, and some of the dishes were pretty much plonked on the table before they walked off. I also felt that portions were a bit small for the cost.

Will I go back? Probably not, there’s a lot of competition in the area and I think that Morries need to do a bit better with their service and portion sizes. Flavours are great, and it’s a shame that they are let down by the customer experience.

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Last Visit Date – July 2020

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Teddis Big Spoon is a Korean cafe in Margaret River in he main shopping area on Bussell Highway. We chanced upon it when looking for a lunch venue and we were attracted by the lunch specials.

We chose the fish special – other options included vegetarian, chicken, and beef.

The dish came up bento box style (without the box), a dish of tofu with soy and spring onion, a dish of pickles and caramelised beef chunks, a lovely slaw salad, and the main crispy battered fish on rice with a nanban style mayo sauce.

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The pickles and salad were great, the fish fresh and nicely flavoured. The beef wasn’t really for me because I don’t really eat meat, but the little bit that I tried was sweet and caramelised. The tofu was fairly bland. All in all it was a good value lunch and I enjoyed it. The restaurant was full of happy diners, and offers korean iced teas and mystery corn ice cream too. Well worth a try if you are in the area.

Last visit date – July 2020

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Miki's Open Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

When I booked Miki’s Open Kitchen, I didn’t really know what to expect as I hadn’t heard anything about it before. I assumed that it might be a Japanese Teppenyaki bar, or something similar.

The restaurant do two evening sittings, and we were booked into the 8:30 sitting. Beforehand we let them know our dietary requirements (no meat, no dairy), which they were happy to accommodate.

It’s set back a bit, on the Bussell Highway, in amongst the main Margaret River town shopping strip. As we walked in, we noticed that there were tables around the room and some seating around the kitchen. It wasn’t a teppenyaki bar, but as the name states, an open kitchen where you can see the team cooking and preparing your food.

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Menu’s are degustation style, with the choice of Miki’s Trust, Miki’s Complete, Hanami (sake discovery), and a children’s degustation menu. You can also choose wine matching with Miki’s Trust or Miki’s Complete, and they are all similar prices.

We decided to go for the Miki’s Trust without wine matching (as we didn’t fancy too much alcohol on this occasion), but we did choose a glass of WA Great Southern chardonnay to start. This was crisp and apple-y, but softened as it came to room temperature – a very nice local drop.

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Our first course – the Amuse – consisted of wasabi Nannup pear, tempura vegan halloumi, and pumpkin and roast sesame soup. Every element was superb and we knew that we had chosen a good venue to dine.

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Next came the cold entree: umami cured kabu (turnip), shira ae Geraldton kingfish, kimpira kohlrabi, and cuttlefish with grated daikon. Again all four elements tasted amazing – the kingfish was the best of the quartet, but that’s not taking anything away from the superb flavours of the other three. Kohlrabi was a delight, a vegetable that I don’t have very often.

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The warm entree consisted of tempura –  fillets of King George whiting,  ajishio (flavoured pepper), Albany celeriac, ume (plum sauce), and Abrolhos Island scallop. I love scallop and this did not disappoint, beautifully soft and delicate, but the King George whiting was amazing, fresh and flavoursome – a third plate of sublime food.

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For the main we chose the Kalbarri goldband snapper with surinagashi (a seasonal vegetable soup) and saltbush (lovely Aussie herb). Again, a marvellously well executed dish.

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When the waitress asked if we wanted to try Miki’s creation as an additional dish, we simply couldn’t refuse. The opportunity to have another amazing dish just couldn’t be turned down. The dish was miso cured scallop with rice and fermented and pickled daikon. The scallops, as ever were superb, but that little disc of daikon took the dish to another level.

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The last hot dish (known as shime in Japan) was a ramen broth with charcoal noodles and nori. Our non-meat version had some aburi salmon on top. Ramen is Miki’s favourite dish ever, but also notoriously difficult to perfect, and during the lockdown, he put it on the menu as a now-or-never option. The ramen was a roaring success and helped to get the restaurant through the lockdown crisis. It’s easy to see why. The whole dish was perfectly executed and tasted like no ramen I have ever tasted before – umami and then some.

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Dessert consisted of yuzu rice pudding, rhubarb and sake compote, and soba no mi (buckwheat). It was warm and delicious. I tasted each element individually before mixing them all together to get the multi-level effect.

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Miki is somebody who clearly cares very deeply about the food he serves, and with his team, he made this a meal that I will be talking about for years to come. Everything was perfection. If you don’t go anywhere else in Margaret River, make Miki’s your ‘must do’ restaurant.

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Last visit date – July 2020

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I have been wanting to try Bumplings for a while. This is the outlet run by Brendan Pang, an Australian Masterchef contestant known for his skills at making dumplings and noodles.

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The outlet is situated in Sunshine Harvester Works, just opposite the Fremantle  cruise passenger terminal on the corner of James Street and Beach Street. Open for just three days a week, we arrived early on a Saturday to make sure that we got fed before the supplies ran out. They open at 5pm, so we arrived at 5:20pm, using the large car park just along Beach Street, and already a long queue had formed.

We joined the end of the queue, and there was quite a lot of queue-jumping happening – people saving a place in the queue for 6 of their friends to arrive later and join them! So even though we joined the queue fairly early on, the number of people in front of us seemed to increase fairly often, and we didn’t get to the front of the van to be served until we had queued for an hour.

Getting seated was another mission. Bumplings is not the only outlet in this venue, and it seemed that several families had arrived early and grabbed all of the large tables. There is quite a lot of seating, but every seat was occupied and it was some time before a table became vacant.

The Bumplings menu is fairly brief, but what you would expect for a food truck.  Small dishes are Smacked cucumber salad, pang pang chicken, and mauritian pork and prawn spring roll. Dumplings on offer are Sichuan chicken wontons, veg dumplings in mushroom broth, and crispy pork wontons. Noodle dishes consist of cold shiitake mushroom noodle salad, spicy pork dan dan noodles, and bbq pork spring onion noodles. They also had a ‘special’ of crispy pork crackling.

Although we would have preferred just veggie dishes, we chose to go omnivore for the night and try a variety of the dishes – after all, we’d come all this way to eat food cooked by the Masterchef dumpling master.

Once we had ordered and paid, we were told that it would be another 40 minutes before we received our food, which was a little disappointing, and we were glad that we had put 3 hours on our parking ticket.

Fifty minutes later, the first dish to arrive was spicy pork dan dan noodles. The flavour was great, nice and spicy, slightly al dente noodles, but it was just lukewarm and would have been better if it were hotter.

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Next came the Mauritian pork and prawn spring roll which was really nice and hot, but very heavy on the pork, I couldn’t detect any prawn. The dipping sauce was really cold as if it had been refrigerated, whereas room temperature dip would have been fine. The filling was generous and this was probably the best value dish. The accompanying veg pickles were great.

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Lastly we tried the veg dumplings in the mushroom broth. Excellent broth with a really nice depth of flavour, but the dumplings were a little disappointing. The pastry was quite thick and the filling didn’t deliver on flavour, also the whole dish was lukewarm.

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So would I go back? Probably not. The whole venue could do with some better seating and queue organisation. It was great to experience Brendan’s food, but the 45 minute drive to get there, the hour in the queue and then the 50 minute wait for the food just made it all seem too hard. The food was good – the highlights were the mushroom broth and the chunky spring roll – but it wasn’t blow-me-away amazing, well, not enough to make me want to do it all again. I am pleased that Brendan’s business is booming – he was a great contestant and clearly loves making dumplings.

Last visit date – July 2020

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