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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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Peppermint Green, Joondalup

Peppermint Green Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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All Things Delicious, Rochor, Singapore

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We popped in to All Things Delicious on Easter Sunday for coffee and cakes. It certainly had a very tempting cake display and as we sat there, several yummy looking cakes and pastries appeared from the kitchen.

The cafe soon filled up and it was buzzing with diners looking forward to their food. Several people seemed to be having the scrambled eggs which looked very nice and is clearly a signature dish.

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We ordered coffees which were very nice, but the main reason that I felt compelled to blog this cafe, was the absolutely perfect raspberry chocolate tart.

The pastry was short and tasty, the chocolate filling dark and luscious, and the raspberries soft and slightly sweet. It was an absolute triumph of a cake, definitely worth a visit just for this.

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Pixel Coffee Roasters, Leederville

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Pixel is a cafe that sits on Oxford Street about halfway down, away from the main Leederville hubbub and close to Bourke Street.

There are tables inside and out, but not a lot of them. We started off seated at the coffee bar and the moved to a table as one became available.

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The menu is quite varied with healthy bowls, chia pudding, and brunch options and Pixel are famous for their array of milks. If you don’t drink dairy, they have pretty much every other option you could need.

I chose the banana smoothies with coconut milk, a lovely thick banana honey smoothie with cinnamon – absolutely yum.

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My partner chose a decaf soy coffee, a Colombian blend which was rich and smooth, you couldn’t tell it was decaf by the flavour.

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I chose the Pix Plate to eat – a potato and herb hash with poached eggs, prosciutto, peas, sprouts, parmesan and lemon oil. What a lovely combination. The oozy eggs soaked over the potato hash, the parmesan added a salty piquant hit as did the prosciutto. Posh bacon and eggs with a twist.

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My partner chose the Mushroom Ragu, rich braised mushrooms with tomato and fennel, on two pieces of Mary St Bakery sourdough, with fried eggs, peas shoots, crushed walnuts and smashed avocado. He really enjoyed it.

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The staff were nice and really enjoyed serving the customers, and the cold take away cabinet looked very appealing. There was a steady stream of take away customers. I’d definitely go back to Pixel, it’s good honest healthy food, well prepared and nicely seasoned.

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The Wild Fig, Scarborough

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This appears to be the only survivor of the Fig group of cafes (the Naked Fig and the Pickled Fig seem to have closed), and it is in a great location on Scarborough Esplanade not far from the powder white sand and blue ocean.

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The menu is not overly inventive – it has many of the brekkie favourites – eggs, croissants, pancakes etc. but I liked that the menu offered several vegan and gluten free options. I can’t cope with much dairy – it’s good to have non-dairy alternatives, and this is where a vegan friendly menu helps me.

I chose a coco loco shake to drink – mango sorbet with coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and shredded coconut. This was very enjoyable and nice and thick.

My partner chose a soy decaf coffee, which he said was rich and tasty, very good for a decaf.

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For mains he chose Eggs on Fire – poached eggs, bacon, harissa, avocado, chorizo, sweetcorn potato cake and chilli salsa on ciabatta. This was a good meal where everything worked well together, and he enjoyed it.

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I chose the deluxe banana pancakes with caramelised pineapple, crushed pistachios and coconut syrup. When they arrived they had a quenelle of ice cream, and I tentatively tasted it. It tasted quite creamy, and I suspected that it was a dairy ice cream. I also tested some pancakes and they equally tasted  like regular pancakes with milk.

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When I checked with the waitress, she realised that there had been a mistake and she returned with the vegan pancakes which were brown in colour. It’s a good job that I am not majorly allergic to dairy otherwise I could have suffered a really bad reaction to the first plate. The second plate tasted good, but considering that they were sold as ‘deluxe banana pancakes’ I would have liked a bit more banana.

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All in all the meals were tasty, and it was good to have dietary choices, but nothing was outstanding – this cafe serves good, honest food, and that’s about it. Lovely staff, good location.

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Hylin, West Leederville

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Hylin sits on Railway Parade in West Leederville, not far from Subiaco. Parking is at a premium, so make sure that you plan your journey well if you are going to visit. I managed to find a meter across the road, and it was just outside of ‘paid parking’ time. so I was quite fortunate.

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There are tables inside and outside, and we chose to sit inside as it looked like rain was a possiblity. There are some stools near the kitchen, a few wooden tables and a high table, but all of them are quite cramped, and this was my main bugbear with Hylin. The staff and the food are lovely but the seating is very uncomfortable and it’s not a great place to sit and linger. The chairs are wooden – school style, and there is a constant stream of diners and wait staff pushing past.

Our coffees were great, coffee is supplied by Micrology Coffee Roasters, and it was a nice smooth blend. I was a little disappointed to find that the in house herbal iced tea wasn’t available, so I chose an iced coffee.

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The menu has many tempting options like healthy bowls, chorizo, egg and creamed corn, pulled pork burger, breakfast bruschetta, pancakes etc. I chose the spicy chicken burger.

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This was a very nice burger, the fried chicken was seasoned well, with great pickles and lettuce and some pretty awesome chips.

My partner chose the open breakky burger – eggs, smashed avo, bacon , and potato rosti in a bun.

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It was nice, with chipotle mayo, a bit smoky and spicy, and all ingredients went well. He said that he thought my chicken burger looked more appealing though.

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All in all, Hylin is a good cafe and the staff clearly care about what they do, and I think that if the layout inside was changed, and the seating more comfortable, it could be an amazing cafe. I am not sure it’s worth a special trek to West Leederville, but great if you are in the area.

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Cocolat, Scarborough

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Cocolat is a cafe, dessert bar at the heart of the newly refurbished Scarborough Beach esplanade. It is next to the lido, with wonderful views of the Indian Ocean.

I visited this weekend, with some friends. Previously I came here a year ago (and was not overly impressed – it was nice cafe, but didn’t have the wow factor).

This time I chose a pear and pistachio cake, but when it arrived it was quite dense and tasted a bit stale. I took the cake back and the staff replaced it with a chocolate mousse dome that was much nicer.

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My friends chose a lemon tart:

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A mango dome:

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A chocolate lamington and some berry sorbet:

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The desserts were presented well and tasted okay, but still did not deliver on that special something – it seems that squirty cream accompanies everything.  The staff made a few mistakes too, which they did rectify, but I felt that they were busy and not paying attention which probably detracted from this being a special afternoon. I haven’t changed my opinion of Cocolat – it’s okay, but it’s not amazing.

Below is an extract from my previous blog post:

You can choose tea, coffee, fruit drinks and smoothies, then there’s an array of gelato and cakes in the display cabinets.

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I chose a fruit smoothie and a raspberry melting moment.

The melting moment was a lovely combination of shortcake and raspberry buttercream which I thoroughly enjoyed.

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My partner chose the salted caramel cheesecake, which was nicely constructed. A biscuit base with caramel cheesecake filling and layers of sweet caramel.

The view was very nice, and although the sweets were nice, I wouldn’t travel all the way back to Cocolat to have them again – the food didn’t make us go “wow”.

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Bites by D, Mount Hawthorn

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This is an updated blog post about Bites by D, because I am already a fan, but for the first time I went to this beautiful cake shop for High Tea.
Bites is not a licensed venue, so you can bring your own bubbles, but if you forget there’s a liquor store nearby that gives discount for Bites by D customers.
Everything on the table was set out perfectly, and the china looked really great.

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The tea menu contains a good selection of loose leaf teas from T2, and when you order, the pot is quite generous. The High Tea includes unlimited tea and coffee, which you can order at any time.

The savouries platter included a lovely risoni pasta salad in a pot, and exquisite beetroot cream tart with pastry to die for, a beef slider, and a pumpkin scone with cream cheese and chive spread.

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It took quite a while to chomp our way through the savouries, and they were so so nice, the scones perfectly baked, and everything was made with care and finesse. After the savouries, we were presented with a raspberry sorbet, topped with freeze dried raspberries. This was lovely and bursting with raspberry goodness.

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Nothing could prepare us for the beauty of the sweet platter – oh my goodness, every piece looked so appetising.

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The top layer contained a rich buttery friand, topped with strawberry and buttercream, and a profiterole with a crunchy surface known as a choux au craquelin. Both of these were light and delicious.

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The bottom layer contained the signature summer delight which is gluten free, layers of vanilla and lemon Bavarian cream, almond and pistachio biscuit, raspberry and strawberry jelly. The star item for me was the golden chocolate cube with chocolate crumb, chocolate mousse, salted caramel cremeux, all dipped in chocolate and topped with meringue, raspberry and a golden praline.

They also provided a cupcake for my partner who was celebrating a birthday.

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We definitely felt very special having High Tea at Bites By D. This is definitely one of the best venues for afternoon tea in Perth.

 

This is my first blog post which I posted a year ago:

Ever since leaving Brisbane, I have been looking for a patisserie to match the finesse of Le Bon Choix. There are plenty of cake shops in Perth, but so far nothing has displayed the attention to detail and aesthetic pleasure that LBC did. Then I discovered Bites by D, a shop in Mount Hawthorn on Scarborough Beach Road and oh my goodness this place delivers.

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We just bought a few cakes for takeaway, but it was a really difficult decision with so many beautiful cakes on display – all freshly made on the premises.

We selected a toffee crunch eclair and a Ferrero Rocher cupcake. The eclair had a wonderful gooey but not too sweet salted caramel filling, great pastry with a lovely crunchy nut topping.

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The cup cake was like a cross between a cup cake and a brownie, wonderfully moist with a quality chocolate cream inside. Very nice.

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There is seating in the shop so you can sit and have a drink with your cake, and they also offer high tea, which sounds amazing. I can’t wait to go back for more.

Well we did go back for more and I took some better photos. I had coffee which was lovely – Five Senses.

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Tea served in a stylish pot:

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Chocolate Eclair – lush soft chocolate cream, not too sweet, in a delicate choux pastry eclair bun:

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Salted Caramel Cheesecake – lovely salty caramel filling:

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Winter Delight – layers of rhubarb and cream with a chocolate brownie base.

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Savouries on display:

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The eclair and macaron selection:

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Beautifully crafted cakes and pastries:

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Cupcakes too:

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Click here to find out more about Bites By D

F5 Coffee Co, Belmont

F5 Coffee Co Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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F5 Coffee Co is an unassuming cafe in amongst some local shops on Belvidere Street in the airport suburb of Belmont. It’s clean and tidy with an appealing cake and sandwich cabinet and a menu with an Asian twist. They serve 5 Senses coffee which is a bonus, and today’s blend was a special roast (made especially for the cafe) of Ethiopian and Brazilian beans. It was smooth and delicious – no sugar needed to sweeten this coffee – and we loved our soy latte and soy flat white.

It was hard to choose something from the menu because everything sounded great, from toasted bagels and big brekky, to Lamington style French toast , zucchini, corn and sweet potato fritters, tom yum salad, and truffled mushroom ragu.

Eventually I settled for a nasi goreng and oh my goodness it didn’t disappoint. Served with a wedge of lemon and sriracha sauce, it was beautifully spicy, but not overly so, and contained the most delicious selection of capsicum, beans, chilli, chicken and prawns, all topped off with a wonderfully dippy fried egg. I ate the lot and enjoyed every mouthful.

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My partner chose the pulled pork benny, served on sourdough toast with a sriracha hollandaise, bbq sauce, and perfectly cooked poached eggs. The pulled pork was soft and melting, the combination of flavours on each forkful really complimentary, sweet, hot and savoury. Absolutely delicious.

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We really enjoyed our visit to F5 and will definitely return next time we are down in Belmont. The service was friendly and it’s a place where the locals all know each other and get a warm welcome from the staff. Ooh that Lamington French toast – I can’t wait to try it !

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Pacific Marketplace, Pan Pacific, Singapore

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The Pacific Marketplace is an eatery on the ground floor of the Pan Pacific Hotel, Marina Bay. Hotels are notoriously expensive for dining, but the Pacific Marketplace is a way to dine at a more reasonable price without breaking the bank.

Offering a variety of local and international dishes, the cafe also serves high tea and has a wonderful patisserie. During our stay we tried the patisserie on a few occasions and were very happy with the standard and presentation of cakes.

Chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake, banana cheesecake, black forest gateau, key lime tart:

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Salted caramel eclair, manjari cafe(coffee) gateau, matcha lychee gateau, gula melaka:

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Fruit danish:

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Pralines:

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Strawberry cake and blueberry cheesecake:

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Ivory raspberry:

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These are the cakes that we tried:

Salted caramel eclair – wonderfully smooth caramel filling where the salt flavour came through, beautifully tempered chocolate and dreamy ganache. Very very nice.

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Chocolate fudge cake. A really lovely chocolate hit without being too sickly sweet.

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Key lime tart. Beautifully presented and delicate. It could have taken a bit more lime flavour, but was still very good.

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Carrot cake. Pleasant and good carrot flavour, but could have had a better cake to carrot ratio in the mix.

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All in all, this is a beautiful top end patisserie, and I recommend Pacific marketplace for a stunning afternoon tea.

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