Propeller is a great venue tucked away on Queen Victoria Street in North Fremantle. It’s a nicely designed building with a quaint sea container for a bar, and there is seating inside and outside. We came for brunch and were impressed by the range of options on the menu.
We ordered coffees while we mused over the choices and coffee was delicious – beans provided by Twin Peaks.
I was very tempted to try the rose rhubarb apple porridge, the chocolate, date and pear brik, or the mushrooms on toast with lentils, but I decided on the sardine brik for something a little different.
This dish was packed with flavour. The slow roast tomatoes were rich, the sardines good quality, the egg was just oozy and the pickles added a nice piquancy. The brik pastry stuffed with potatoes had a nice texture, and herbs added another layer. These flavours were strong and punchy, but not so overwhelming that I couldn’t finish, and I loved the way that the dish set me up for the day. It was really delicious.
My partner chose the turkish spiced baked beans with duck egg, kale and grilled bread.
The bread was absolutely delicious, the beans nicely cooked, again big rich flavours with the spices and kale adding depth. A citrus backdrop gave it freshness.
We loved Propeller. It’s not your regular breakfast venue, and all of the flavours are great. We also chose a brownie and chocolate almond croissant for afternoon tea at home, and they were equally great quality. We’ll be back.
Sawadee is an unassuming Thai restaurant in a bit of an out of the way place on Harrogate Street in West Leederville. It’s friendly and welcoming with nice clean decor.
The menu has many of the traditional Thai favourites, and it’s a licensed premises with some good wine choices.
We chose the Tung Tong pork and peanut parcels to start. Lovely delicate dumplings with a great sauce and served on lettuce leaves (also great to wrap the dumplings in the leaves).
We also had the grilled barramundi with tamarind sauce – another winner – great fresh fish and good tamarind flavour.
The star of the meal was the green chicken curry – a beautiful thick sauce with plenty of chicken, great with simple boiled rice.
This is a neighbourhood gem – it’s a shame that the location isn’t more prominent, but if you are seeking good traditional Thai, give Sawadee a try.
I attended the IPAA awards at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. I know that it can be difficult to cater satisfactorily for hundreds of diners at an event like this, but everything was organised very well and the food was delivered to the table hot and well presented.
I didn’t sample the bread basket, but my colleagues enjoyed their rolls and butter.
The starter was chicken breast with quinoa, celery, peas, tabbouli and local feta salad. This was a delight with a generous portion of succulent chicken and tasty accompaniments with real depth to the flavours.
The main was Amelia Park medallion rib beef with Pommes Anna, mushroom, kale, pumpkin puree and Madeira jus. The beef was beautifully tender, and the vegetables again had really good depth of flavour, obviously having been prepared with care.
We finished off with tea, coffee and some handmade biscuits. A really good example of how to do conference catering – congratulations on a great meal.
Mashawi in Currambine is the newest branch of the Middle-Eastern Mount Lawley favourite, and perched above Farmer Jack’s it has a sumptuous interior with both balcony and interior tables. Staff are friendly, and the menu is large and varied with kebabs, tagines, and a surprisingly good variety of vegetarian options.
We were given a basket of breads, crispbreads, olives and pickles while we read the menu, but we ate them before I could take a photo. I chose a glass of Castelli gewurztraminer to start and it had a complex fruity, rose, and orange bouquet, typical of the perfumed aroma that the grape variety yields.
We decide to share the lamb and okra tagine on couscous – this was rich and delicious – perfectly cooked.
We also chose chicken skewers with chips and salad – we could have had rice, but it was a chippie kind of day. There were two skewers, but again, we ate one beofre remembering to take a picture. The chicken was meltingly delicious, and well-marinated.
I like Mashawi – it’s got something for everybody – great food, well presented, and friendly staff.
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