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Pinchos, Leederville

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

We stopped off at Pinchos for some Sunday afternoon tapas. It occupies a corner position in the heart of the Leederville strip with tables outside as well as inside. When they first opened a few years back, they had a small shop, but have expanded into the shop next door, a move that was needed because they are always busy.

The menus are the type where you tick what you want – at least the wait staff can’t get your order wrong. There are Pinchos classics, small bites, salads, ham and cheese, grilled bread with toppings, tortillas, croquettes, tapas, and a few bigger plates.

We started off with Pan Arabe – flatbread, saffron labne, olives, beetroot, guindilla pickle, grpaes and dukkah. This was one of my favourites, a really nice combination, and the flatbreads were beautifully prepared. I could have happily eaten a very large plate of this and nothing else.

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Next came Berenjena – Grilled bread with eggplant, brie and pear chutney. This was nice but quite mildly flavoured and could have benefited from a bit more seasoning.

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Then my favourite Patatas Bravas – beautiful roasted potatoes with paprika, tomato and aioli. My only wish was that all of the potatoes were coated with the sauces.

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Then the salad arrived – Frutos Secos – rocket, confit nuts, pear, goats cheese and orange segments. A nice mixture that I thought went well together, but my companion wasn’t over-impressed – describing it as a ‘trail mix’ salad.

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The last dish was a tapas favourite Campinones con Queso Azul – grilled mushrooms with px vinegar, blue cheese and roasted candied almonds. This was probably the best dish – full of flavour and not too overpowering.

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It was a very nice late afternoon lunch, and Pinchos is a casual relaxed atmosphere where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. It’s very tempting to compare it with Duende which is just around the corner, but I think that they are two different vibes. Duende is much more polished and had more of a gourmet feel to it, whereas Pinchos is perfect for dropping by to eat simple but delicious bites. Both venues have a place in Leederville, and they are certainly well loved by the locals.

 

Shehnai, Ocean Reef

Shehnai Tandoori Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I haven’t been to Shehnai for over 3 years. It used to be our favourite local Indian restaurant, but we had a few lacklustre meals there, and just stopped going.

Today we decided to give it another try and were delighted to find that the food was good. The restaurant was full and everybody seemed to be a local regular. The wait staff were really friendly too and very helpful.

We just chose pappadoms and pickles for a starter, deciding to save ourselves for the mains.

First up was Chicken Korma, this used to be a favourite, and did not disappoint. Very rich, slightly sweet, with huge chunks of chicken and a nice coconut base, we made sure that we ate every last drop from the bowl.

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The pilao rice was light and fluffy and perfectly separated.

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Prawn Bombay had a rich tomato flavour and was brimming with juicy fat king prawns. A lovely succulent dish, beautifully spiced.

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We also chose a garlic naan – light slightly crispy at the edges and well flavoured with just a hint of garlic that wasn’t too overpowering.

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After all of that we were very full and didn’t have room for dessert. Whatever happened to Shehnai a few years back has now passed, and they are back in the game as one of the best Indian restaurants in the Northern suburbs. Highly recommended.

 

Baby Mammoth, Northbridge

Baby Mammoth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A work colleague told me about Baby Mammoth. She is vegetarian and raved about a cauliflower dish that they made in this funky little bar on William Street.

Baby Mammoth is in the heart of Northbridge, nestled amongst many Asian eateries between Newcastle and Aberdeen Street, it is indeed a funky little bar. Sporting contemporary artwork, intimate booths and mood lighting, you can come here for a first date or a cocktails and shots evening with friends – it is a very versatile venue. They advertise a plethora of international craft beers on a very large chalkboard as well as some innovative cocktails. The menu has a South African flavour and consists of smaller plates and larger plates, designed to be shared.

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We were pleased to be given a table for four even though there were only two of us – we like to have room for all of our dishes so that we can eat comfortably. The waitress was very helpful and non-intrusive. We ordered two glasses of Clare Valley Riesling and got down to studying the menu, deciding on two smaller dishes and two larger dishes.

The first dish to arrive was a tuna ceviche. Lots of plump tuna chunks, tomato, corn, red onion, chilli and lime juice – this was a stunning dish with a nice spice level. It really refreshed the palate without being too overpowering.

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Then came the smoked fried potatoes with chilli mayo. If you know me, you know that I am a bit of a potato-phile and nothing pleases me more than a perfectly cooked chip, jacket, or roast potato. Well…. baby Mammoth just took it up a level by smoking roast potatoes – who knew? I could have easily eaten the whole plate to myself – very tasty and heartwarming with a definite wow factor.

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Next we had the vegetarian bunny chow – lentil curry with pickled cauliflower, cashews and brioche. It was a South African curry, and we chose medium heat. To be honest, when ordering curries, I prefer them to be cooked according to the heat that they naturally should be, and not given a choice of heat strength because this indicates that the chef just uses more or less chilli. I like the appropriate spices to be well cooked throughout the curry, and for it to be presented as they present it in the country of origin. Having said that, this was a nice curry blend, and the lentils were good quality and well prepared. The brioche was soft and luscious.

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The last dish to arrive was a triumph. Spiced pork ribs with turmeric and ginger sauerkraut. Boneless and beautifully sticky, they had been cooked to perfection – had I not been so full, I would have ordered another plate of ribs.

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So did Baby Mammoth deliver ? Most certainly. I also realise that I didn’t try the cauliflower, date and barley dish recommended by my friend, so I must pay a return visit. There were at least 7 vegetarian options on the menu, and with the extensive drink menu and variety of non-veggie options, there is something here to please everybody.

Read more about Baby Mammoth here.

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