Kailis has always been our ‘go to’ fish vendor. They always have such a great selection in the fish market, it’s fresh, great quality, and there are lots of extras around the store like roe, caviar, fishcakes etc. Next to the store is a cafe. and when I have looked at the menu before I thought it was expensive for fish and chips. However, we often dine here because it is so worth the money.
This is a relatively short post just to show a few dishes that we have had recently. Good old fish and chips – often it’s Spanish mackerel or snapper – always perfectly done with great chips.
I recently decided to go for something different so picked the lobster linguine with chilli, garlic and parsley. It really was one of the most perfect plates of pasta I have ever eaten. Just the right amount of sauce and really delicious.
I do love a beach cafe, and when I spotted Luna n Soul in Quinn’s, I knew that I had to give it a try. It has an enviable position right on the coast road with great views of the ocean.
The breakfast menu has some classics as well as a few interesting items like Coconut brioche french toast. We ordered some coffee, and a banana bliss smoothie which was good. We chose smoky beef benny, and eggs with tomatoes for our meals.
Then we waited and waited and waited for our meals. It seemed to take an age. I noticed that the table of four next to us had received two meals which looked suspiciously like our order, but they had started eating them, so I assumed they were the right order. Eventually we asked the waitress and she confirmed that there had been a mix up. She was very sweet and offered us complementary drinks as well as some coffee vouchers to use on another visit. So we had more drinks and waited again. The second coffee strangely seemed bitter compared to the first. It was odd to have such a variation.
The food finally arrived. It was okay, but didn’t blow my mind. The eggs were nice, and the tomatoes were okay but not seasoned as well as they could have been.
My partner’s beef benny was okay but overly sweet as the beef seemed to be coated in a thick sweet sauce. The cornbread was nice. The eggs were good, but the Hollandaise a bit bland.
A week later we decided to give it another try and cash in our free coffee vouchers. When we arrived, they had just decided to close up early for they day and would only allow us to order takeaway coffees. We were also told that we couldn’t order anything in the cold cabinet (cakes, sandwiches etc) because they had been ‘wrapped up in cling film’ for the day. It was quite disappointing, so we waited for our coffees. We took our coffees outside, but there was nowhere to sit properly because the chairs had been cleared away and stacked up. It wouldn’t have mattered though – I took a few mouthfuls of coffee and threw it in the bin – it was strong and bitter and frankly not very nice. My partner did the same.
What makes this such a shame is that the cafe is really nicely decorated, the staff are friendly, and the views are amazing. Just a bit of love and care with the food, service and coffee would make this a great cafe instead of a lacklustre one.
This little Malaysian cafe popped up a few months ago and has become a firm favourite. It’s in the Joondalup Square complex near Bunnings, and the word is obviously spreading. Even if we turn up early there is no guarantee of a table, and there is always a steady stream of takeaway customers coming and going. It was lovely that hostess Carina and her husband asked us what we thought of the food, it’s a place where they care about the food that they serve.
It’s one of the few places locally where you can find Lo Bak – the deep fried dish of minced pork/prawn in a beancurd skin. Wonderfully crispy and very tasty – this is always a dish that we order. There is always sweet chilli dipping sauce available:
Another great dish is salt and pepper prawns. It’s a generous serving of prawns with wonderfully crispy fried onion and chilli – yum:
Our go to favourite is the sambal prawns. Every family seems to have their own sambal recipe. Made with chef’s homemade special sambal sauce, it’s a wonderful blend of spice and piquancy:
Special fried rice is so good that you can eat it as a dish in it’s own right, but it’s also a great accompaniment to those sambal prawns:
Another great starter is prawn toast – generous prawn on superbly crispy toast meets all expectations nicely.
It’s definitely worth a try, because this neighbourhood gem serves some of the best Malaysian food in Perth.
Syiok is based in Wanneroo Markets in the main food hall area. Usually it’s the only stall with a queue and that’s a clear sign that the food is good. There are weekend specials where you can have a combination of curries veg and rice. There are also regular Malaysian favourites like Nasi Lemak, Kway Teow, Nasi Goreng, Roti Canai, Mee Goreng etc. I have tried the food many times and can confirm that everything is delicious.
Nasi Lemak with crispy chicken is so tasty. The sambal is perfectly balanced, and the eggs cooked just nicely hard boiled.
The weekend special on this occasion was chicken curry with turmeric cabbage and rice. As you can see very plentiful and absolutely delicious.
Syiok also sell desserts such as ondeh ondeh – those delicious glutinous balls with pandan flavouring. I definitely recommend giving Syiok a go – it’s casual, plentiful and incredibly good.