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Mount Street Breakfast Bar, Perth

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Mount Street is next door to King’s Park, a pretty leafy area of Perth, and it’s a very steep street. Luckily we visited on a Saturday when parking was free, but midweek the parking will set you back $4+ per hour.

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We ordered coffee while we perused the menu. The coffee was nice but quite rich and slightly bitter, suggesting a South American blend.

The menu is a mish mash of breakfast and lunch items but everything is very appealing. I had a shortlist of 5 things but ended up choosing the prawns with scrambled egg, garlic shoots, prosciutto and baguette. This was lovely but quite bold flavours and probably more of a lunch dish than a breakfast dish.20180609_095324

My partner chose the crushed avocado, with roasted paprika pepper, goat’s feta, rocket, soft boiled egg and multigrain. This was a nice combination of textures and flavours and he thoroughly enjoyed the meal.20180609_095342

Other menu items on my shortlist included:

  • pumpkin, potato hash, labneh dukka ball, crispy bacon, poached egg on rye bread
  • pan-fried yucca & spinach gnocchi with walnuts, shitake mushrooms, sage and egg yolk in a spicy, creamy peruvian sauce
  • french toast, caramelised banana, strawberries, crispy bacon, maple syrup
  • omelette: spinach, sweet onion& herbs, topped with sun blushed tomatoes, feta and pinenuts with pecorino tomato dip and turkish bread

Definitely a venue to return to with inventive dishes galore.

Click here to find out more about Mount Street Breakfast Bar.

Pho 4 U, Malaga

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Pho 4 U is a casual cafe in amongst the parade of shops between Illawara Crescent and Beach Road facing Alexander Avenue. It is clean and modern, with a stereo that plays pop and emits coloured lights while you eat. The staff are lovely and helpful, and the food is good. The menu is quite extensive, with the usual Vietnamese favourites as well as Chinese style sharing dishes.

While we perused the menu, the waitress brought us some peanuts – nice slightly spicy peanuts.

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We chose some crab claws and stuffed chicken wings to start.

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These were really tasty and cooked to order. The wings stuffed full of filling and the crab claws nice and generous.

For mains we chose fried prawns with salt and chilli. Beautifully cooked, crispy, spicy, and with those lovely fried onion and chilli bits, we ate them hungrily. We also ordered some boiled rice.

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We also chose stir fried chicken with vegetables and sambal sauce. The sauce wasn’t as spicy as I hoped but the vegetables were fresh, colourful and tasty, and the chicken was very nicely cooked.

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All in all it was a very nice and generous meal, and I will definitely go back to try some more traditional dishes like pho.

Bib and Tucker, North Fremantle

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Bib and Tucker is located in North Fremantle, on Leighton Beach. It’s in a relatively secluded area with just a few residential apartments nearby and a surf club. Looking to the left you can see the cranes of Fremantle docks, looking to the right you can see along the coast to Scarborough and beyond, and looking out to the ocean you can see Rottnest Island.

When we arrived for brunch on a Saturday morning it was busy and lively with several patrons seated on the deck outside. As it was a slightly chilly, although sunny, winter morning we were glad to be seated inside with a beautiful view of the ocean by the window.

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We settled in and ordered coffee. This was nice but quite full bodied and slightly bitter, and I enjoyed it – beans from Campo.

The menu is full of yummy options and I had trouble deciding. The buttermilk and banana pancakes with salted caramel and pecan being served on a nearby table looked amazing. I was also very tempted by the green vegetable bowl – roasted vegetables, green hummus, sauerkraut, preserved lemon, quinoa and roasted seeds. In the end I chose the Bibs-burn addict – poached eggs, crispy pork hock, cornbread, smoked chilli hollandaise, crispy leeks and pickled chillies.

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This was beautiful. Lovely flavours, well matched, great cornbread and perfect poached slightly runny eggs. Yum. It was a good amount too – I couldn’t finish all of the bread.

My partner chose the huevos rancheros.

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Coal roasted tortillas, red beans, fried eggs, smoky tomato sauce, fresh corn salsa, feta and sour cream. There was a soft tortilla and a crispy one. The beans were not too spicy, very tasty, and all the flavours went well together. He thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.
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Bib and Tucker is definitely a venue that I will return to, maybe for dinner. Great location, great food and an amazing view.

 

 

Goong, East Perth

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Goong is in a great location at Majestic Quay on East Perth’s riverside. It’s a Korean BBQ restaurant where the food is cooked at a barbecue which is an integral part of the table.

The staff are great and explain the menu in detail – which consists of set meals for two, BBQ sets for one and various a la carte options. There is also a nice drinks menu which contains wine, spirits, and soft drinks like aloe vera.

We chose the beef set, which usually contains beef short ribs, but on our visit they had been substituted with spicy beef.

Our BBQ was lit, and we were ready to go!

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We were presented with some pickles and dips. The pickles can be eaten as an entree or combined with the BBQ meats. Pickles included onion, kimchi and beansprouts.

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We were also given a small salad and a steamed egg called gyeran-jjim. The salad had a beautiful spice paste dressing and the egg was light and delicate, flavoured with spring onion.

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The waitress served a spicy soup with zucchini and fermented soya bean paste called dwenjang-jjigae. Nice and warming.

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One of my favourite dishes was the Korean glass noodle salad called japchae. Such beautiful flavours in a cold dish with slivers of egg,mushroom and carrot, and a marinade including dark soy, rice wine and sesame.

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The waitress started the BBQ with vegetables, pumpkin, mushroom, white onions and spring onion. Then she added the fattier cuts of beef brisket – chadolbagi – to give a nice flavour to the BBQ as the fat rendered down.

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Then came the traditional bulgogi wafer thin marinaded beef followed by the spicy beef. The beef was beautifully tender, and the waitress showed us how to wrap it in lettuce leaves and add rice, noodles, salad and other accompaniments to make a nice lettuce wrap. We were also given rice, which was great to soak up the meat juices and sauces.

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All in all our beef set was a good meal with lots of variety, and it all felt very healthy too. A Korean BBQ set is a great introduction to Korean cuisine and Goong certainly provides great food. Next time I’d like to try the crunchy chicken wings – we saw another table order them and they looked insanely good.

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Moments Cafe, Joondalup

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Moments cafe is on Davidson Terrace in Joondalup, an area that is a little hub of eateries outside of the main shopping centre area. Nestled in between an Indian cafe and a Chinese restaurant, not far from Dome and the newly opened Paper Avenue, it has quite a lot of competition. Moments is quite popular and always busy.

The menu is huge and consists of all day breakfast, toasties, sandwiches, gourmet sandwiches, burgers, wraps, cakes, various options in the chilled cabinet and some hot options like noodles and Asian fare in ready to go takeaway containers.

We chose to dine in and our food was cooked fresh. Everything is lovingly prepared and ‘no frills’ style. The drinks menu is equally enormous, and I ordered a chilled soy chai.

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My partner ordered a pot of tea which arrived on quirky spotty crockery. The whole cafe is filled with quirky posters and ornaments and they have a thing about moustaches.

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I fancied a bacon and egg muffin, which was very nice, and they asked if I wanted HP sauce (of course I do – I’m of English heritage), which was a nice touch. This was tasty with good quality ingredients and certainly made a nice light lunch.

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My partner chose a cheese, tomato and chicken toastie. Again simple and nicely made with a good amount of filling and very tasty too.

Moments is a sweet little cafe and certainly worth a visit. Strangely it’s not open on Saturdays, but it is open every other day, and definitely a local favourite.

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Wild Swan, Mandoon Estate, Caversham

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Mandoon has a lot going on. The estate is a winery in the heart of the Swan Valley, and they have cellar door tastings, a brewery, an art gallery, a fine dining restaurant, an outdoor area where they sell pizza, craft beer, and hot dogs, and a deli where they sell exceptional sausage rolls. They also have a hotel called The Colony, rooms which look out onto the Swan River, some with balconies and mezzanine bedrooms.

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Having sampled a glass of wine earlier, I decided to start with a cocktail and chose a cosmopolitan. This was nicely made with lovely cranberry tones.

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My partner chose a ginger apple mocktail. He said that it was a lovely blend.

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I chose the marron to start served with watermelon, lime and papaya. It wasn’t a particularly flavoursome dish and I imagine that it had been prepared in advance and refrigerated. I couldn’t really detect the lovely marron and papaya flavours that I expected.

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My partner chose the Geraldton kingfish with young coconut, umibudo, daikon and lime. It was a good blend of flavours, bright clean and tasty.

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The starters arrived fairly quickly, followed by our bread, which I think was a bit of a mistake, but the bread was a very welcome arrival to help mop up some of the leftiver sauces, and was served with whipped butter and a very moreish fennel salt.

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For main I chose the blue fin tuna with cauliflower, green raisin, pinenut and olive. This was delicious, served medium rare, good quality fish with really good accompanying flavours.

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My partner chose the Moojepin mutton with canneloni, borlotti, lettuce and raspberry. Mutton is generally tougher than lamb, and he expected it to be slow roast to make the most of the cut, but it came seared like a steak and was a bit chewier than he would have liked although it was very tasty. All of the accompaniments were rich, hearty and comforting and he enjoyed the dish.

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We also chose side dishes of broccoli, snow peas and beans, and zucchini fries. Both sides were beautifully cooked and we ate them hungrily.

We somehow found room for dessert, but before that I sampled a glass of Mandoon Estate sparkling, which put me in mind of a good prosecco.

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I chose the matcha, lychee, yuzu and caramel, a nice combination of matcha cake with lychee sorbet and dried lychees with blobs of caramel and oblong shaped yuzu cream.

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My partner chose the peach, pistachio, vanilla and sorbet, a beautifully balanced combination of textures and tastes. A vanilla panacotta with blobs of pistachio paste and peach puree.

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All in all, Wild Swan was a good experience – good modern Australian cooking with friendly unobtrusive service, and wines made on the premises. An excellent choice if you want to stay somewhere in the Swan Valley that has everything at your fingertips.

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Jezebelle, Guildford

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Opposite Alfred’s Kitchen in the heart of Guildford sits Jezebelle, a much acclaimed cafe that is a tapas bar in the evening and one of Perth’s hottest brunch spots at the weekends. I have been wanting to try Jezebelle for a while and popped in for brunch.

Coffee here is smooth and delicious, and they happily serve it with dairy or non-dairy milks.

For my brunch I chose the Spanish Omelette. the waitress helpfully explained that it was chunky style – like a quiche without pastry. It came with some delicious bread and some leaves. The leaves were dressed on top, but I would have liked the dressing to be spread throughout. The omelette was very good, quality ingredients, a little under-seasoned, but generally a very nice breakfast.

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My partner chose the eggs benny with ham, and every layer was nicely placed, the parma ham adding an extra level of seasoning. The eggs were supremely yellow and delicious and he really loved the meal.

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Jezebelle certainly delivered. I loved the bread – it was really tasty, and I would be happy to come back and try the tapas.

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Garum, Perth

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Garum is the place that everybody is talking about in Perth. Celebrated Aussie Italian chef Guy Grossi, famous for his cook books, appearances on Masterchef, and fine Melbourne osterias, has opened this Roman restaurant in Perth at the Westin.

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Everything is faithfully Roman, including the wine list where the wines are listed in order of colour. We chose a ‘yellow’ wine to start – a Flametree chardonnay from Denmark, WA. This was a fine chardonnay with pear and melon notes and lovely subtle oak backdrop – the sommelier here knows their chardonnay.

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The menu contained entrees, pasta dishes (which could serve as entrees or light mains) and mains with lamb, veal, fish, steak and an interesting lucanian sausage dish for two.

Bread was served with moretum – a herb ricotta spread with oil. This was a nice change from the usual butter or whipped butter.

For starters I was very tempted by the crudo, but decided to go for octopus, because I don’t usually order octopus. There’s a reason for this – when poorly prepared it can be very chewy and unpleasant, but I suspected that Guy wouldn’t let me down and wow did he deliver. The octopus was served Gaeta style (Gaeta is a coastal city just south of Rome) with crispy sourdough, olives, capers and tomato. Every mouthful was a joy to eat and the octopus was tender, meaty and delicious.

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My partner chose one of the pastas to start – the bucatini with pancetta, tomato and chilli. The pasta was al dente and well made with a rich spicy sauce, not too hot, served with some shreds of parmesan, and described by my partner as ‘a really good bowl of pasta’.

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For the main course I decided to go with the fish of the day – swordfish, served with crab, celery, ginger, spinach and coriander. The fish was beautifully cooked, with a buttery sauce and a charred lemon, and there was plenty of crab and prawn accompanying the mild ginger/celery dressing.

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My partner chose the Arkady lamb with parsley, capers, anchovy and radicchio. The lamb was delicious, nicely seasoned with a fresh herby sauce. The radicchio was quite a strong flavour and another vegetable might have been more enjoyable.

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We also chose a cauliflower salad to go with our meals. This was an absolute gem. Charred and served with raisins and grains, the cauliflower was perfectly cooked complete with its leaves – not mushy, but not hard either, and finished off with blobs of a labne style dressing. i could have eaten this whole plate as my meal.

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We didn’t have room for dessert, so will have to go back to review them. Garum delivered a beautiful meal, great wine, and a very full tummy. It was a bit loud and noisy as the evening went on, the location is Hibernian hall, a wonderful historic Perth venue, but also large and a place where sound carries. The wait staff were helpful and professional, and we had a great evening. Glad to see Guy Grossi bringing his talent to Perth.

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Health Freak Cafe, Joondalup

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If you are on a special diet, or have food allergies, Health Freak provides a range of foods that you can eat – Vegan, Vegetarian, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free – there’s something for everybody.

With a range of healthy burgers, salads, dessert bowls, juices, smoothies and fries the menu is tempting for the dietary-challenged customer, and it’s nice to read it and think “oh I can eat almost everything here” rather than the regular process of picking just one or maybe two items that fit one’s brief. Options include Pulled pork BBQ jackfruit burger, the ultimate vegan burger, sweet potato fries which can be loaded with jackfruit, keto waffle egg benedict, dairy free ice cream, natural iced teas, acai bowls, caffeine free lattes…the list goes on.

We popped in to the Joondalup branch for a healthy treat and chose a peanut butter slice:

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This was nice but could have been a bit sweeter – agave syrup is a good sweetener. The peanut section was quite thick and crumbly and could have been nicer to eat if it was softened with maybe some vegan cream substitute. The chocolate a biscuit layers were very nice.

We also chose a chocolate brownie square:

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This was a nicer texture than the peanut butter slice and much more chocolatey but had a bit of a bitter aftertaste.

I chose a red apple tea which consisted of rooibos tea with freshly squeezed apple and mint. It was nice, but I didn’t get much of the tea flavour.

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All in all the healthy treats were okay, but they also didn’t blow us away, and it was quite expensive – not surprising really, because healthy does seem to equate to costly.

I will probably try Health Freak again for a main course – stay tuned.

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Fibber McGee’s, Leederville

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As an ex UK resident, English born, I sometimes pine for a wonderful Sunday roast. I can cook lovely roasts at home, but sometimes I want to be the guest and have it cooked for me. We tried our local pub last year, but the carvery was dire, pre-cooked, pre-carved meats in metal containers – everything was overcooked and tasteless.

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I had seen Fibber McGee’s on several occasions, being a Leederville regular, but I didn’t realise that it was much more than a quaint Irish pub. Fibbers have their own organic farm, and they provide their own dry aged beef and organic produce for the restaurant.

The restaurant is an old fashioned room with leather seats with the homely feel of somebody’s lounge, but also very typical of an Irish pub that you would find in any town in Eire. The friendly staff are all Irish, and extremely helpful.

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For the Sunday roast we had the choice of beef (medium rare), lamb, or pork, and we chose the classic roast beef. Other options on the menu included chicken and leek pie, Irish breakfast and fish and chips. Fibbers also provide a range of veggie options on a separate menu.

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The beef was beautiful, sitting on top of a heap of stuffing, with a delightfully crispy but slightly stodgy Yorkshire pudding, perfectly cooked veggies and crispy tasty roast potatoes. The vegetables were firm enough to hold together but soft enough to slice easily with a knife, and the cauliflower was perfectly cooked with a lovely coating of cheese sauce. Our only disappointment was that they had run out of horseradish sauce.

We were offered the dessert menu, but refused on the basis that we were about to collapse into a food coma. The four dessert options were ice cream, sticky date pudding, banoffee pie, and chocolate brownie. I may have been tempted if there was a crumble option. We also had a very generous Entertainment book voucher, so got one of the main courses free.

Fibbers have an impressive wine list too – it’s not extensive but every choice is a good one, and when I return I will have a hard time choosing a wine to accompany the meal.

I will return, because that was a great Sunday lunch and I can’t wait to try some of the other menu options.

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