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Vietnomese, North Perth

Vietnomese is a fairly new Vietnamese cafe on Charles Street in North Perth. Part of a complex of shops and cafes, it has an adequate car park which can be approached via Kadina Street. The menu seems to be based on Vietnamese street food with bahn mi, pho, spring rolls and salads.

We were greeted by friendly staff who seated us outside for our dinner. I chose a hone lemon iced tea to start which was absolutely delicious and had just the right amount of sweetness.

We selected mum’s vegetarian spring rolls – perfectly crispy with a good tasty filling.

We also chose crispy tofu with eggplant in tomato sauce, another very tasty dish.

To go with this we selected the crispy barramundi with tamarind dipping sauce.

We enjoyed all of our dishes, the service was really good, and the flavours went well together. I would like to return to try the bahn mi and pho. This is a real neighbourhood gem.

Last visit – November 2020

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OEC Sushi, Joondalup

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OEC Sushi is a venue that I have been meaning to try for a long time, but the cafe only opened mid week. It is now open at weekends, and we excitedly visited for breakfast a few weeks ago. The cafe is a little outside of Joondalup town centre, at the end of Regents Park Road, and has seating inside and on the pavement.

Service is friendly and enthusiastic, and the menu is full of wonderful options that make you want to try them all. On the first visit, my partner was feeling a little under the weather with a cold, and we both chose the udon noodle soup with vegetarian tempura. This was absolutely delicious, and even though the tempura were served half in the soup and had softened, they still had a crispness to them and a wonderful umami flavour.

On our next visit we both chose chicken dishes (it’s rare for us to eat chicken, preferring vegetarian options, but we both wanted chicken on this occasion). I chose the crispy chicken bowl with crispy kale, pickles, salad and rice.

My partner chose the spicy chicken bowl which was not overly spicy, but very delicious with pickles, rice and salad.

We also chose vegetarian gyoza, which were good and tasty with kewpie mayo.

All dishes were amazingly good, and we can’t wait to go back and try other menu options. This cafe is sure to be a weekend favourite for us.

Last Visit – December 2020

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Bayside Kitchen, Crawley, Perth

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Bayside Kitchen is in a lovely location, right on Matilda Bay, and we attended for a retirement lunch with a dear colleague one sunny Friday. The menu is quite varied with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. There should be something on the menu to suit most palates.

The drinks menu has a variety of juices, coffees, wines etc, I chose a Morning Glory juice – orange, apple and mint, and this was lovely, bursting with fresh flavour.

I chose the mushroom bruschetta with feta, poached egg, kale and candied walnuts. The flavours were really good. It was a little heavy on the bread, but otherwise a nice lunch.

My colleague chose the chilli mussels with white wine and sugo, which he really enjoyed, and he had just eht right amount of bread to soak up every last drop of the wonderful sauce.

Another colleague chose a vegetarian pumpkin salad which she thoroughly enjoyed.

The location is everything here, the staff are friendly, and the cafe has a warm vibe about it. The food is good but not amazing, however it is definitely worth a visit to while away time with friends on a sunny Perth afternoon.

Last Visit – December 2020

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Dragonfly Cafe, Broome

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Dragonfly is a popular cafe on Carnarvon Street in Broome with plenty of exciting menu options.

We visited for a quick brunch and were pleasantly surprised to see some vegan and vegetarian menu options.

Coffees were good and rich. We chose a flat white and a soy iced latte.

I chose the vegan pancakes. They were absolutely scrummy with berries and coconut ice cream, almonds and white chocolate, but not too sweet. A perfect amount too and I would definitely choose them again.

My partner chose the popcorn fritters with herb salad, jalpenos, pickled cabbage, smashed avocado and poached egg. He loved this dish, every element being tasty and well suited to the overall combination of flavours.

I would definitely return to Dragonfly, the service is good, the food is great quality, and it’s a great vibe.

Last Visit – November 2020

The Zookeepers Store, Cable Beach, Broome

  
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The Zookeepers Store is on the site of an old zoo and used to be called the Old Zoo cafe. It’s always been great, and again proved to be exceptional in providing quality coffees and muffins.

The are currently not serving meals due to Covid-19, but you can sit inside or out and order drinks from the counter and food items from the cold cabinet. They are also preparing some special orders freshly cooked, but they are presented takeaway style and it’s your choice whether you eat in or go.

Coffee is provided by Micrology coffee roasters, and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. Happy to provide decaf and alternative milks as well as healthy juices, this cafe will suit everybody. Equipment is recyclable and sustainable, with recyclable coffee cups decorated in beautiful designs.

The muffins – oh my goodness – the muffins are amazing. Freshly baked in house, with delicious fruity flavours. Throughout our stay we tried peach, apple and berry flavours, always perfectly cooked and just the right amount of sugar and ripe fruit.

Well worth a visit if you are in Cable Beach and definitely a local gem.

Last Visit – November 2020

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The Wharf, Broome

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The Wharf is in Sanctuary Road in Cable Beach, and is a seafood specialist restaurant. The menu is full of all types of seafood, and it’s one of those places where you go up and pay first and then wait for your food to arrive.

We tried the Wharf for lunch one day and shared a plate of chilli prawns and chips with aioli. This was really good and absolutely hit the spot for lunch.

We returned for an evening meal. My partner chose crab spring rolls to start which were very tasty with a lovely dip.

I chose the oysters with wakame dressing – lovely and fresh, and really good.

For main my partner chose the barramundi coconut curry with steamed rice, which he really enjoyed. It was fragrant and tasty like a malaysian style curry.

I chose slipper lobster and chips with aioli. The portion size included 6 slipper lobsters which was plenty, and they were happy to cook them with oil instead of butter for me.

We really enjoyed Wharf. The staff are friendly, and the produce is good quality and fresh. It’s not cheap but well worth the expense for some of the best seafood that Broome has to offer.

Last Visit Date – November 2020

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Ginreab Thai, Broome

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Ginreab Thai is in the centre of Broome on Carnarvon Street, part of the Paspaley Plaza complex. It’s a casual and friendly place, with a good range of menu items including some vegetarian and vegan options. It is also BYO, and has some picturesque dinnerware.

We started with their fish cakes and were not disappointed. They had a lovely depth of flavour and a great dipping sauce.

For mains we chose prawn pad thai and fish penang with steamed rice. I didn’t get a picture before we mixed up the pad thai and served it up, but it was a lovely pad thai. The fish penang was also very good, nicely spiced with good fresh fish.

We liked it so much that we visited again several days later. This time we chose the thai dumplings to start. They were amazingly good with a lovely sweet soy dressing.

For main we chose the pad thai again (better picture this time) and the choo chee curry (chef’s special) which we expected to have a thick sauce, but it was pretty much the same as the penang we had earlier. Everything was still very tasty, its just a shame that we didn’t really get to try something completely different.

On my next visit to Broome I will definitely come back to Ginreab. It’s good food, nice and authentic, with friendly service.

Last Visit – November 2020

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Bali Hai, Broome

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Located in the attractive Bali Hai resort in Murray Road, is the swish Bali Hai restaurant. Service is friendly, the location is romantic, and the food is well presented.

We shared a lovely glass of Riesling to start while we perused the menu.

We shared some tempura prawns and whiting as an entree, and this came with very nice dipping sauces.

For my main I continued with the tempura theme and chose tempura tofu and vegetables with pawpaw and pomegranate. This was a good selection of veggies – potato, squash, broccoli, green beans, etc and tasted quite nice.

My partner chose the crispy skin Cone Bay barramundi with Thai red curry cream, bean shoots, coriander and mango gel. Nicely cooked and good flavours.

All dishes were tasty and good quality. The staff were also very helpful when we asked about the dairy content of the food.

It wasn’t rock your world amazing, but it was certainly a very nice meal and well worth a visit if you are at Cable Beach.

Last visit date – November 2020

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Hearth, Ritz Carlton, Perth

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Hearth is the new kid in town to the Perth fine dining scene. Situated in the super luxe, brand new Ritz Carlton and headed up by Jed Gerrard, the chef with a pedigree including Wildflower, Post, and Bilson’s, I was looking forward to a delicious experience.

Please excuse the photo quality, the lighting in the restaurant is subdued, which is cool because it enhances the beautiful views of the lights around Elizabeth Quay.

The menu is brief but well considered, and there is a set price for three courses, with a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The staff are also helpful and accommodating with dietary requirements.

We chose a glass of WA Pedestal chardonnay to start proceedings, a peachy, citrus and smooth drop that certainly hit all of the right notes.

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Cutlery is cute, and the fish knives look mildly scalpel like, which was different!

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My starter was Fremantle octopus with  fennel and nduja dressing, Nice chunks of meaty octopus on a plate where every flavour worked well and a very good start to the Hearth journey.

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My partner chose the smoked pink snapper with sesame custard, apple, and fig, served ceviche style and again a beautiful plate of food.

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For main my partner chose the duck with onion, rhubarb and duck jus. The duck was perfectly cooked and matched well with the rhubarb, great flavours and well presented.

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I chose the Rankin Cod which turned out to be one of the most memorable plates of food I have ever eaten. The cod was flavoursome with a slight char, enoki mushrooms, and a lovely sauce with squid ink crumb. Absolutely superb.

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The mains were accompanied by a simple but good gem lettuce salad.

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Desserts were all a bit dairy-heavy, so the waiter suggested an off-menu vegan blueberry cheesecake. This came with a candle for the birthday boy:

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Slices of the cheesecake were covered in poached pear slices and macthed with a sublime raspberry sorbet and Davidson plum gel.

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All in all a wonderful birthday meal, great views, lovely staff, and excellent quality food, perfectly executed. Hearth also serve breakfast and afternoon tea. We’ll be returning for sure.

Last Visit Date – August 2020

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Sayers, Leederville

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Sayers in Leederville is one of Perth’s leading brunch and lunch cafes, delivering consistently good food for many years.

Situated in Carr Place, it’s a bit of an awkward but charming design with a mixture of chairs, armchairs, bench seats and high seats inside, and quaint wrought iron tables in the laneway.

Coffees are always great and Sayers are happy to provide decaf and alternative milks.

The menu is one of those menus where everything sounds delicious, so it’s hard to choose. My go to favourite here has always been the potato rosti with spinach, eggs, parmesan and bacon, but on this occasion I chose the kedgeree.

The kedgeree was excellent – hot smoked salmon amongst perfect rice with poached eggs, chilli jam and green papaya salad.

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My partner chose the vegan pumpkin, cauliflower, and lentil dhal with poppyseed naan. He loved it, every mouthful was delicious.

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If you visit Sayers at the weekend, it can be busy, noisy and an assault on the senses, but if you go midweek, it can be an oasis of calm. Some of the tables are a little small and you will end up rearranging your dishes and coffee cups to make everything fit, and sometimes the tables in the laneway can get very hot in the summer, but Sayers is all about quality food, consistently delivered. You really can’t go wrong with this Leederville legend.

Last Visit – July 2020

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