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Mouthful Duck, Ellenbrook

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Mouthful Duck is a modern Asian restaurant in the town centre of Ellenbrook with a big open kitchen and friendly wait staff. The menu offers fresh lemon iced tea, which is lovely and refreshing.

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Perusing the menu, there are quite a lot of tasty sounding options. Lots of sharing options to start, dumplings, buns, roast meats, and larger plates like pork belly, fillet of beef in black bean sauce, tamarind duck curry and seafood tempura.

We chose one of my favourite starters – prawn toasts. They didn’t disappoint, nice thick bread with a generous serving of prawn on top and a sweet soy dip.

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Next came DIY duck pancakes with tender sliced roast duck, apple, spring onions, plum sauce and hoisin. This was an interesting take on Peking duck with apple instead of cucumber, and I loved each mouthful.

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For mains we chose crispy skinned barramundi with kailan, rice on a bed of egg white and ginger. The barra was very fresh and nicely cooked and the kailan were in a delicious oyster/soy sauce.

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We also had some mee goreng with prawn, chicken, egg and vegetables in a spicy sambal sauce. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before we had eaten half of it, but it was presented very nicely and tasted lovely – quite spicy – with a very generous helping of prawns and chicken.

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Mouthful Duck is a nice experience – the menu is slightly quirky and everything was certainly very tasty. It’s a little on the expensive side, but well worth it for the quality ingredients and generous portions.

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May Street Larder, East Fremantle

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On Canning Highway just before you get to the Fremantle gateway sits May Street Larder (unsurprisingly at the junction of May Street). It’s a cafe with a very chilled vibe, and a very allergy friendly menu including some Cocowhip options (vegan friendly, dairy and gluten free). The coffee is Campo’s and the blend of the day was round and smooth on the palate.

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I chose a breakfast smoothie – bananas, dates, honey and almond milk – very yummy.

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The menu was full of tempting options – sweetcorn, coriander and lupin fritters; baked eggs with harissa, yoghurt, quinoa and herbs; chilaquiles; mushroom bruschetta; and a very yummy sounding multigrain porridge special with coconut milk and berries.

I couldn’t get past the beef brisket hash though, and oh my goodness it tasted amazing and certainly ticked all of the boxes for me. Crispy fried potatoes, soft poached eggs, onions, leeks and chilli hollandaise – perfectly put together with a nice serving of brisket.

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My partner chose the breakfast burrito with chorizo, feta, scrambled egg, white beans, herbs, coriander and jalapeno salsa. This was a gorgeous combination of flavours, very tasty with a nice bright fresh salsa.

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This is how our plates ended up:

 

It was very tempting to buy takeaway cakes for later, but we thought no, we’ll come back soon and try some of the other yummy menu options because this is definitely one of Perth’s finest cafes.

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Voyage Kitchen, Sorrento

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Voyage has been a favourite of mine for years, and never disappoints. Great coffee, fab salads, and the everpresent Norma’s Salsa (poached eggs, truss tomatoes, baby spinach, avocado, marinated feta and ciabatta) is always a joy.

It’s also in a great location overlooking Sorrento beach, and always busy for breakfast on the weekend, with some outdoor tables for the dog walkers.

We had breakfast there recently and noticed some changes to the menu. I chose the shark bay crab omelette with puffed rice salad and green chilli chutney. This was really good with lovely fresh eggs and sweet crabmeat. My only disappointment was that there could have been more crab, but all in all it was a lovely dish.

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My partner chose the house baked beans with smoked ham hock, spinach, poached egg and soldiers. This was a really nice bean dish, mellow and savoury and he thoroughly enjoyed it. The smokiness of the ham hock really stood out.

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Riding on the success of breakfast, we revisited Voyage on a Sunday evening for roast Sunday dinner. In the evening the cafe is transformed to romantic intimate venue, perfect for a beachside date. There were other menu options like lamb shoulder with pasta, vegetarian gnocchi, and fish, but we couldn’t go past the roast special which was lamb.

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Lovely tender slices of lamb with mint sauce, pumpkin, roast potatoes, peas, cauliflower cheese and gravy – an absolute triumph of a roast. We hungrily ate every mouthful and will definitely return for more.

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Freeman’s, Leighton Beach

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Freeman’s is a cafe at Leighton Beach in North Fremantle and is named after it’s location at Freeman Loop. There’s plenty of parking, and we didn’t have any trouble finding a table. The waitresses were really helpful in settling us in for brunch and organized coffee quickly.

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My coffee was good, but I drank it quickly because it was lukewarm, and it was quite a mellow blend. Coffee, like wine, is very much a personal choice, but I think that a bolder blend would probably be more of a crowd pleaser.

The menu was full of many tempting options like vegan granola, raspberry pancakes, and eggs benny, and I almost chose the dumplings in szechuan sauce, but eventually opted for the banana pancakes with maple syrup and bacon.

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The flavours were nice but overall the dish was very sweet. The bacon was nicely flavoured and a salty contrast to the sweetness, but it could have been crispier. The bananas were nicely caramelised, and I think that if the caramel sauce had been provided in a jug, I could have poured it as needed, but it was all too much and I couldn’t finish the dish.

One of my friends chose smashed avocado on sourdough with halloumi and rocket.

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This was beautifully presented and she thoroughly enjoyed it, but said that the chef had been a bit heavy handed with the balsamic vinegar.

Another friend chose a bacon sandwich with hash brown and chips. He loved the sandwich and the chips, but the chips were really salty.

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Another member of our group chose the full breakfast with chorizo, tomatoes, poached eggs, spinach, bacon, hash browns and bread. He enjoyed his meal – a good all round breakfast.

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Freeman’s is in a great location and the seating looks out onto the ocean. The food is nice, and the menu sounds lovely, but some of the dishes are not quite right, and they could be so much better if a little more care was taken with tasting and seasoning. The cafe has strong competition from Bib and Tucker nearby, and if Freeman’s are going to survive they need to step up their game. The ingredients are good, just a little more care with flavours and the balance of their dishes, and they will do well.

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Mount Street Breakfast Bar, Perth

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Mount Street is next door to King’s Park, a pretty leafy area of Perth, and it’s a very steep street. Luckily we visited on a Saturday when parking was free, but midweek the parking will set you back $4+ per hour.

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We ordered coffee while we perused the menu. The coffee was nice but quite rich and slightly bitter, suggesting a South American blend.

The menu is a mish mash of breakfast and lunch items but everything is very appealing. I had a shortlist of 5 things but ended up choosing the prawns with scrambled egg, garlic shoots, prosciutto and baguette. This was lovely but quite bold flavours and probably more of a lunch dish than a breakfast dish.20180609_095324

My partner chose the crushed avocado, with roasted paprika pepper, goat’s feta, rocket, soft boiled egg and multigrain. This was a nice combination of textures and flavours and he thoroughly enjoyed the meal.20180609_095342

Other menu items on my shortlist included:

  • pumpkin, potato hash, labneh dukka ball, crispy bacon, poached egg on rye bread
  • pan-fried yucca & spinach gnocchi with walnuts, shitake mushrooms, sage and egg yolk in a spicy, creamy peruvian sauce
  • french toast, caramelised banana, strawberries, crispy bacon, maple syrup
  • omelette: spinach, sweet onion& herbs, topped with sun blushed tomatoes, feta and pinenuts with pecorino tomato dip and turkish bread

Definitely a venue to return to with inventive dishes galore.

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Pho 4 U, Malaga

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Pho 4 U is a casual cafe in amongst the parade of shops between Illawara Crescent and Beach Road facing Alexander Avenue. It is clean and modern, with a stereo that plays pop and emits coloured lights while you eat. The staff are lovely and helpful, and the food is good. The menu is quite extensive, with the usual Vietnamese favourites as well as Chinese style sharing dishes.

While we perused the menu, the waitress brought us some peanuts – nice slightly spicy peanuts.

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We chose some crab claws and stuffed chicken wings to start.

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These were really tasty and cooked to order. The wings stuffed full of filling and the crab claws nice and generous.

For mains we chose fried prawns with salt and chilli. Beautifully cooked, crispy, spicy, and with those lovely fried onion and chilli bits, we ate them hungrily. We also ordered some boiled rice.

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We also chose stir fried chicken with vegetables and sambal sauce. The sauce wasn’t as spicy as I hoped but the vegetables were fresh, colourful and tasty, and the chicken was very nicely cooked.

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All in all it was a very nice and generous meal, and I will definitely go back to try some more traditional dishes like pho.

Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

Bib & Tucker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Bib and Tucker is located in North Fremantle, on Leighton Beach. It’s in a relatively secluded area with just a few residential apartments nearby and a surf club. Looking to the left you can see the cranes of Fremantle docks, looking to the right you can see along the coast to Scarborough and beyond, and looking out to the ocean you can see Rottnest Island.

When we arrived for brunch on a Saturday morning it was busy and lively with several patrons seated on the deck outside. As it was a slightly chilly, although sunny, winter morning we were glad to be seated inside with a beautiful view of the ocean by the window.

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We settled in and ordered coffee. This was nice but quite full bodied and slightly bitter, and I enjoyed it – beans from Campo.

The menu is full of yummy options and I had trouble deciding. The buttermilk and banana pancakes with salted caramel and pecan being served on a nearby table looked amazing. I was also very tempted by the green vegetable bowl – roasted vegetables, green hummus, sauerkraut, preserved lemon, quinoa and roasted seeds. In the end I chose the Bibs-burn addict – poached eggs, crispy pork hock, cornbread, smoked chilli hollandaise, crispy leeks and pickled chillies.

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This was beautiful. Lovely flavours, well matched, great cornbread and perfect poached slightly runny eggs. Yum. It was a good amount too – I couldn’t finish all of the bread.

My partner chose the huevos rancheros.

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Coal roasted tortillas, red beans, fried eggs, smoky tomato sauce, fresh corn salsa, feta and sour cream. There was a soft tortilla and a crispy one. The beans were not too spicy, very tasty, and all the flavours went well together. He thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.
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Bib and Tucker is definitely a venue that I will return to, maybe for dinner. Great location, great food and an amazing view.

 

 

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