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Archive for May, 2019

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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On another occasion the special was Nasi Campur – absolutely yummy – beef rendang, chicken curry, rice, salad, egg, peanuts and prawn crackers. It could have been a little warmer (temperature, not spice), but other than that it was great value for $10.

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Zafferano, Crawley

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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 and 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, Perth CBD

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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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Here’s a picture from my third visit – hokkien mee – great flavour, lovely noodles, prawns and chicken.

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People’s Inn Dumpling House, Perth CBD

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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, Subiaco

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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, Joondalup

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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, Edgewater

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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, Mount Lawley

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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.

 

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