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Bangkok Brothers, Whitfords

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Bangkok Brothers is one of the new restaurants located at Whitfords Mall on the cinema ‘strip’. It’s a large area with seating inside and out, and a modern twist on a traditional Thai menu. I was looking forward to my meal.

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It took a while to get served, the staff seemed busy rearranging tables and settings in a restaurant that was only 10% occupied, and it was hard to catch their attention. Eventually a waitress attended the table, and she was quite pleasant. To start we chose to share some traditional Thai prawn cakes – minced pork and prawn in a crispy coating – deep fried. They were served with a sticky plum sauce. This was a generous portion and the cakes were tasty. The sauce was quite sticky and sweet, and I would have liked a lime citrus contrast.

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We drank pink lemonade, which I was expecting to be raspberry flavoured lemonade – subtle and a little sharp, but again, this was cloyingly sweet – think supermarket brand cherry soda and then double the sweetness – I found it hard to drink this.

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For mains we picked the soft shell crab with som tum – two of my favourite things, and a green chicken curry with rice.

Sadly the soft shell crab did not deliver – the batter tasted strange, and the crab was soft and a little soggy. The som tum was a fairly standard papaya salad, but had some large chunks of chilli in it and was quite astringent, so it made my mouth sore. I have eaten som tum on several occasions, and sometimes it can be quite hot and sour, but this was quite extreme.

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The crab was accompanied by some very sweet Thai chilli sauce. Sadly I left most of the crab because of the strange batter – I wondered if it had been cooked in the same oil as chicken wings.

When the green curry arrived, there wasn’t much room on the table, so my partner picked his plate up, and the waiter pretty much threw the curry down on the table and walked off without attempting to help rearrange the table. It seemed really rude.

The green curry was equally disappointing. It was under-seasoned and the veggies were raw. I don’t mind blanched veggies in my Thai curry, but these veggies were solid and not pleasant to eat. I was disappointed that the curry omitted eggplant, which is the traditional veg that you would see – instead there was broccoli, zucchini and mangetout.

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We left most of the food. The staff didn’t ask if the meal was okay, and the service was mostly somewhere between rude and non-existent. I won’t be wasting my money in here again.

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Nando’s, Clarkson

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I’m not a great lover of ‘fast’ food, but I am quite partial to Nando’s sometimes. I find that the different outlets can be quite variable, but one that seems to be consistently good is the Clarkson branch which sits in Ocean Keys Boulevard on the outside part of Ocean Keys shopping centre.

If you are not familiar with the offerings, there are various forms of grilled basted chicken – quarters, halves, whole chickens, wraps, burgers, salads etc. and you choose the heat of your basing from mild to extra hot, or the mild and fruity flavours lemon and herb, and mango and lime.

The Clarkson restaurant is usually quite clean, although some of the booth seating is beginning to look worn.

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On this visit we chose to share churrasco bbq thighs basted with mild sauce, a chicken quarter basted with mango and lime, peri chips (the peri salt is a spicy seasoning), perinaise dip and corn on the cob.

The thighs were succulent and the chicken breast was tasty. I believe that Nando’s pre-marinate and cook the chickens, so they are always cooked through, then they finish them off on the grill with the basting of your choice. The marinade is probably why the meat is always so juicy and tender.

The corn was nice, although the portion sizes of corn are larger in the UK version of Nando’s, but the chip portion sizes are more generous in Australia.

 

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I really enjoyed the food and will continue to go to this branch in future.

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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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Fee Fi Pho Fum, Subiaco

Fee Fi Pho Fum Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I found myself in Subi one lunchtime with an hour to kill and chanced upon Fee Fi Pho Fum, a Vietnamese cafe on the main Rokeby Road strip.

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The lady at the till greeted me warmly and gave me a menu which contained all of the vietnamese favourites – rice paper rolls, stuffed chicken wings, pho, bun, stir fries, fried rice, noodles and salads. There’s also jelly tea, coffee, and complimentary vietnamese highland tea at lunchtime.

I chose the vietnamese chicken salad, and I wasn’t disappointed. Lovely fresh tender chicken strips, coriander, mint, cabbage, carrot, and nuts along with a home made dressing. It was bright, zingy and thoroughly delicious.

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Shortly after I arrived, the cafe filled up with local workers and is obviously a popular spot. They also serve dinner.

I was quite impressed with the serve yourself counter where you can get beansprouts, mint, chilli, and all of the other accompaniments for the soups. It’s nice to be able to take just what you need.

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I’d like to go back to Fee Fi Pho Fum and try some of the other dishes. It was authentic and yummy – definitely worth a try.

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The Apple Daily Bar and Eating House

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The Apple Daily Bar and Eating House is part of the Print Hall complex in Brookfield Place on St. George’s Terrace in Perth CBD. We had some difficulty finding it and couldn’t see a signpost, so I asked one of the bouncers at the downstairs bar, and he directed me up the stairs to the first floor. Even on the first floor it wasn’t obvious that the restaurant was Apple Daily, and we had to check again as we walked in.

We were directed to our table, and sat down to peruse the menu. We ordered a Xabregas Riesling while we were deciding, and it was a really lovely crisp apple flavour with a soft honey citrus and apricot bouquet – one of the best rieslings I have tasted.

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The menu is a mixture of small, medium and large plates, and we chose the raw kingfish with black bean and ginger dressing, green onion and coriander.

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This was a lovely dish. The onions had been marinated in the dressing so they weren’t too hot and overpowering, and the black beans weren’t too salty. It was really fresh and flavoursome.

We also chose pork spare ribs with tamarind, lime and chilli. The flavours were really good, but the pork needed a little more cooking time. It didn’t have that satisfying ‘fall off the bone’ quality, but the ribs were very enjoyable nonetheless.

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We also chose the duck with spring onion, cucumber, hoisin and flower bun. I think I would have preferred pancaked because it was difficult to wrap the long slices of duck in the thin bun dough. The duck was also a bit tough in places and hard to digest, but the majority of it was nice.

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For the main dish we chose the lamb shank mussaman curry with sweet potato, confit shallot and peanuts. The curry was a nice flavour, and the lamb was still on the bone, but it was lacking something, maybe a squeeze of lime would have helped.

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We also ordered a green papaya salad, which was lovely and fresh if a little hot, and a roti and some rice.

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All in all it was a good meal, and a little on the expensive side, but with a bit more attention to detail it could have been a fantastic meal.

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Low Key Chow House, Leederville

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Low Key Chow House is on the main Oxford Street strip in Leederville, and is a sister restaurant of Mount Lawley’s Dainty Dowager. The menu is designed for sharing, a mixture of small, medium and large plates.

We had an early booking, which means that we had the table for 2 hours, the downside of table time limits is that the staff tend to rush your order through.

We were seated, offered water, and chose a nice drop of Eden Valley Riesling while we perused the menu.

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We were given a small bowl of peanuts and candied anchovies to start – the anchovies were really good – quite unusual – sweet and salty.

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For our small plates we chose the spring rolls with sweet potato noodles, and the house dumplings – chicken and vegetable.

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The spring rolls were very generous and tasted good with a lovely tamarind dipping sauce.

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The dumplings were fried with a soy dip, nice but they needed the dip to season them.

Our mains included soft shell crab in singapore chilli sauce with okra. This was a lovely dish, with a nice sauce, quite spicy too.

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We also chose the beef shortribs with pear and apple marinade, kimchi and sesame sprouts. The kimchi was very spicy, but very very tasty, and the sauce with the ribs was also quite hot, but we enjoyed it. The ribs were well cooked, good quality and very flavoursome – it was quite a generous dish.

We also chose some plain noodles with ginger and spring onion.

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It was a good meal with a tempting menu, the staff were friendly, and it’s definitely a popular spot with the locals, however, we did feel that the meal was a bit rushed, and also quite expensive. I will probably go back at some point to try some of the other dishes, maybe not on a Saturday night.

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F5 Coffee Co, Belmont

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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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Lot One Kitchen, Hillarys

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Away from the main resort area of Hillarys, along Whitfords Avenue at the corner of Angove Drive, sits Lot One Kitchen, a busy cafe with seating inside and out. We arrived on a blustery Sunday morning and it was full. We were glad that we had booked and secured a table inside.

The menu had the usual favourites – eggs benny, full brekkie, pancakes, french toast etc. and some brunch options too. There were also specials on the board, and some breakfast cocktails (it’s a licensed cafe).

We ordered coffee, which unusually arrived after the food. The coffee was okay, but a little bitter (or maybe burnt) for my liking. I don’t usually add sugar to coffee, but I did sweeten this cup.

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I chose the brisket hash with zucchini, capsicum, fried egg and chimichurri. It was nice, the brisket was fall-apart tender, and the egg nicely runny. It sat atop a hash brown which was soft mash potato with a crispy edge, which also had a hint of cheese about it.

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My partner chose ‘The Lot’ breakfast with tasty sausage, maple bacon, poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, house made beans, hash brown and ciabatta. He really enjoyed it – a lovely breakfast. The beans really stood out, and could have formed a dish on their own with some chorizo and eggs.

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The cafe is very noisy and we were seated quite close to the counter, so we had a constant flow of people and wait staff pushing past which did detract from our enjoyment quite a bit. We also felt a bit rushed – our dishes and cups were whisked away as soon as they were empty and the staff kept asking if we wanted anything else. As soon as we stood up, another couple were seated before we’d even paid our bill.

The array of savouries, cakes and muffins looked good.

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This cafe is a good option if you want something away from the main Hillarys area, and the food was nice quality, but it’s not the best place for conversation due to the noise. I wonder if with a bit of thought the tables could be arranged in a better format to avoid that awkward claustrophobic feeling when people are standing too close. They serve dinner too – maybe we’ll try dinner one evening.

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Good Things, Mosman Park

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Good Things is a cafe set in a parade of shops on leafy Wellington Street in Mosman Park. We arrived for breakfast on a Sunday morning and felt that the cafe had a really good vibe with seating inside and out. It’s big, clean and airy, and pet friendly – they happily provide a bowl of water for dogs.

We started with a coffee while perusing the menu. Wow the coffee is really good, with beans from Micrology coffee roasters. I chose an iced soy coffee and my partner had a soy flat white – both delicious.

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The menu has a slight Korean influence with items like Kimchi and sweet potato fritters, as well as some breakfast favourites such as muesli, hotcakes, eggs and some really healthy looking bowls – The Hulk contains avocado, peas, mint, pickles red onion, whipped feta, seeds and sourdough.

Eventually I plumped for the Chilli scrambled eggs with Korean sambal, soy caramel bacon, crispy shallots and roti. This was a very tasty plate of food. On it’s own the bacon was a bit sweet for my tastes, but combined with the eggs and roti, it was really good. I also had a side of kale.

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My partner chose the Weekend Waffles with southern fried chicken, bacon, chilli, butterscotch and waffle. Again, he felt that the butterscotch was sweet, but including all of the elements in each mouthful tasted really nice and it was a dish that got better and better as he ate it.

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There was a board of lunch specials which looked really nice for our next visit:

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We really liked Good Things. The staff are lovely, the coffee amazing, the food quirky and tasty, and the environment clean and bright. They play some pretty good chilled music too. I loved everything about this cafe.

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