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Kitsch, Leederville

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Kitsch is an Asian style bar and restaurant on Oxford Street, but a bit north of the main strip – close to the Re-store, Pappagallo, Pixel and the Bourke Street community.

We had an early Friday evening booking and were seated at a comfortable table for two. The menu is quite varied with lots of good-sounding options. We chose the lotus chips with wasabi mayo to start. Unfortunately there was no wasabi mayo (we were too early for chef to make it), so we had sriracha chilli mayo, which was nice, but a shame because I was really looking forward to the wasabi, and it would have been nice for them to tell us before delivering the dish.

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We chose several plates to share and the first to arrive was a plate of eggplant sambal. The eggplant was well cooked, soft, but not squishy, however the whole dish needed more seasoning.

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The next plate contained Korean sweet and salty chicken wings. They were simply delicious – definitely the best dish of the evening. They came with a spicy mayo  and were nice plump and meaty with a gorgeous sticky coating. We were also given some wet towels to wipe our sticky fingers.

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Next to arrive was a bowl of spicy mince with green beans – similar to a larb salad. This was tasty and had some nice gravy at the bottom. We didn’t eat it all though – it was good to start but the flavours didn’t carry through for the whole meal and we became a bit bored of it.

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Then came crispy skin pork belly in a red thai curry broth with lychees and pineapple. This was another star dish that we really enjoyed. We also had rice to soak up the lovely sauce.

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So Kitsch – is it a winner? They definitely have some fabulous dishes, but they also have some mediocre dishes too and it’s not cheap to eat there. The staff were friendly but I found it a bit strange that in an empty restaurant they chose to seat a table of three right next to us when there was plenty of other seating available. It also seems to be a venue where you go for a drink and cocktails, and I heard the lady on the next table singing the praises of the gin. Maybe we’ll give Kitsch another go, but there’s a lot of competition in Perth, so watch this space..

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Vans, Cottesloe

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I’ve been meaning to try Vans for a long while, and it’s definitely a popular location, situated in Napoleon Street behind Boatshed Markets. I immediately loved the vibe of the cafe – friendly staff, a great looking cake cabinet, jazzy music and nice decor, and it had quite a buzz about it but wasn’t so loud that you needed to shout.

I chose fresh orange to start which was good and vibrant – great flavour.

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My partner chose a decaf soy flat white which was smooth and little thin maybe because of the soy.

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It was difficult to choose a main – there were way too many delicious options, but in the end I plumped for the potato cake with smoked salmon, spinach and poached egg. It usually comes with lemon butter, but I asked for that to be left off because of my dairy allergy. This dish was perfection on a plate – the potato cake tasty with a bit of crunch, the egg perfectly gooey, and the smoked salmon was good quality fare – not the usual gelatinous packet bought version.

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My partner chose the cheesy jalapeno cornbread with bacon, poached eggs, smashed avocado and a black bean and corn salsa. The poached eggs were perfect, the cornbread very tasty and the bacon – like my salmon – was good quality and yummy. There was a nice zingy lime backdrop to the avocado smash.

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The cake cabinet looked very tempting but we decided to save that for another day. The raspberry brownies looked particularly good.

 

Vans is definitely worth a try – one of Cottesloe’s jewels.

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Shingle Inn, Joondalup

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I fancied a sandwich for lunch, and Shingle Inn at Lakeside Mall always has nice gourmet sandwiches. I had eaten here before and found the food a little uncaringly constructed, but decided to give it another go, and this time we were pleasantly surprised.

I chose a turkey and cranberry sandwich on multigrain. They helpfully made it without butter and spread mayo instead. It was really good with a nice quantity of avocado and turkey in the sandwich and a great side salad with honey mustard dressing.

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My partner chose the club sandwich which was equally good.

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He chose an orange juice. It would have been nice if it were freshly squeezed, but he ended up with a bottled variety.

I chose a mint and lime frappe which was tasty but had a slightly fake manufactured flavour. It would be really easy to make this with fresh lime and mint, but it was okay.

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The sandwiches here have definitely improved, but the restaurant still needs some care and organisation. There were lots of tables that needed cleaning and nobody really seemed to be attending to them. It’s nice here but it could be so much better.

Satay On Charcoal, South Perth

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Satay on Charcoal is small, and not the easiest restaurant to find, but when you find it, it’s a real treasure because the food is authentic and delicious. It’s on Mends Street but behind the South Shore mall and behind the Windsor Hotel, in the car park, nestled in between the pub and mall next to a pizza joint. We walked past twice before we finally located the cafe.

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The seating is all outside but under a canopy, so you won’t get wet if it rains, and it’s very much cheap and cheerful cafe style where you go up and order when you know what you want.

The menu was full of Malaysian favourites and it was really hard to choose because everything sounded lovely, but we went for curry puffs to start and the house special nasi goreng ‘soc’.

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The curry puffs were good, thick pastry and a chunky potato filling.

For main I chose the special with chicken rendang. This was accompanied by fried egg, prawn crackers, and chicken satay, The curry was delicious, on the bone, and nicely rich. The satays were out of this world delicious and when I go back, I’ll be having a plate of satays to start!

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My partner chose the version with beef rendang, and this was equally amazing, the rendang beautifully cooked to that fall apart melt in the mouth texture.

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So will I go back to Satay on Charcoal? Absolutely yes. It’s not the place to wear your finest clothes, but it’s one of the best outlets for Malaysian food in Perth, and the staff are really friendly. They are also open for lunch. Definitely a place where you leave with a smile and a happy tummy.

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The Little Pantry, Subiaco

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In a delightful leafy location on the edge of Shenton Park sits The Little Pantry. There is seating inside and out through the back conservatory, and it’s a peaceful homely space – ideal for a leisurely brunch.

The menu contained lots of yummy options and I started with a lovely spring smoothie while I browsed the menu.

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My partner chose a soy decaf flat white, which he says was tasty, smooth and delicious.

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After much deliberation over fried cauliflower, coconut panacotta, truffle scrambled eggs and the like, I opted for the patatas bravas with aioli, tomato, and poached eggs. The potatoes were a delight – wonderfully crispy, the eggs nicely gooey, and the tomatoes fresh and summery. This was a great dish and one that I would have again in a heartbeat.

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My partner chose the kimchi dashi rice bowl – an artwork of kimchi with fried eggs, radish, lotus root, gochujang (hot pepper paste), sesame and herbs. The kimchi was the star of the dish with great companion flavours from the other ingredients, making for a stellar combination.

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As we left, we perused the cake cabinet, and it looked very appetising. We’re already planning a return visit to this little oasis in Shenton Park. Fabulous food and a relaxed setting – highly recommended.

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Mister Walker, South Perth

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You couldn’t wish for a better location. Right on the Swan River on Mends Street Jetty with views of the city and King’s Park, sits Mister Walker, a restaurant with tables inside and out. On our Sunday brunch visit we were fortunate enough to be seated by the window.

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The menu has some attractive options and I really liked the idea of the grilled peaches and dosa. Other options include eggs, waffles, benny, beans and corn bread.

The waitress took our order and didn’t write anything down. Our coffees arrived okay, but she had to come back to confirm the brunch dishes.

The coffees were a bit weak for our liking which was a shame because they were nicely presented.

I ordered the grilled peaches but was disappointed to find out that they were off the menu so I chose the potato gems, egg and pickles instead. When the dish arrived the waitress asked if I would like a plate as the dish was served on a little skillet. I didn’t want to trouble her so I declined, but on second thoughts I should have transferred the whole dish to a plate. The skillet was quite warm and wilted the leaves, overcooked the eggs which had dribbled down, and generally it was a bit awkward to eat from.

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The first few potato gems were nice, but after a while I had that ‘fried food overload’ and felt that there were too many of them compared to the pickles and eggs. This is a dish that could have benefited from a rasher of bacon or prosciutto. There was a small amount of chorizo crumble, but not enough to make a big impact.

My partner chose the uncle benny on a charcoal brioche. The brioche was very nice and not too crispy like other charcoal breads. The menu had advertised sriracha hollandaise, but there was no sriracha in sight, and it all seemed a little bland.

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This is a restaurant that could do really great things especially with a location to die for, but sadly it was all a little lacklustre.

Grill’d Joondalup

Grill'd - Joondalup Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Of all the burger joints in Perth, Alfred’s Kitchen is my favourite, but when I don’t want to make the trek to Guildford, Grill’d is probably the best chain around. I like that they offer a low carb superbun, and the patties are always fresh, lean and tasty.

My go to option tends to be mustard and pickled, but I spotted a wagyu version on the menu and decided to try the Bonfire BBQ (minus the cheese) – the menu description is: Premium wagyu pattie with native Davidson plum barbeque sauce, crispy bacon, Dijon mustard, pickle, aged cheddar, Spanish onion & egg mayo.

It was very good, the dijon and plum sauce add a nice piquant but sweet twist.

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My partner chose the Moroccan lamb – Grass fed lean lamb, roasted peppers, tzatziki, salad & relish. This was nicely spicy, very tasty and a great combination with the smooth contrast of the tzatziki.

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We also chose the herby chips and a chilli mayo dip. Grill’d always delivers on flavour choice and great service.

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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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Mon Taste of Japan, Leederville

Mon Taste of Japan Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mon is a cosy Japanese cafe in Newcastle Street just off the main strip. It always seems busy and we decided to give Mon a try.

The first thing we noticed was that the staff were not particularly welcoming or attentive, probably because they were busy, rushing back and forth between the kitchen constantly. The menu looked good though and there were plenty of specials like chicken and prawn gyoza, mackerel don with ginger and soy flavoured rice, tuna karaage, triple chicken don. It all sounded really good and authentic.

We chose the gyoza to share, I chose the mackerel special and my partner chose the chicken katsu curry. We also opted for some miso soup. After waiting for quite a while, it became clear that all of the food would be arriving as it was cooked. Usually the wait staff ask if you want some of it as a first course, but this didn’t seem to be an option.

Our miso came first, mine was okay, a nice flavour but tasted a bit grainy and had a lot of residue at the bottom of the bowl.

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My partner then received his chicken katsu curry, which he quite enjoyed. He did say that it wasn’t amazing, but an okay katsu.

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There was a bit of a wait before my mackerel dish arrived and it came up with the gyoza.

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The gyoza were nice and succulent with a good dipping sauce. The bowl was a bit small to dip them, but they were good gyoza and we enjoyed them.

The mackerel was little different. When it arrived the waitress said to be careful because the claypot was very hot. It was. It was searingly hot, and a bit unstable on the wooden base, so it kept shifting and despite my best efforts, I did keep burning my hands on the bowl almost every time I dipped the spoon in. The other aspect of the extremely hot dish was that it made the rice incredibly dry and a lot of the rice stuck to the pot. The mackerel was good and succulent, but not very ‘saucy’, so it really was a fairly dry dish, and with the constant awkwardness of trying not to burn my hands, it wasn’t easy to eat.

So will I try Mon again – probably not. It was authentic, but not outstanding food, the service was lacklustre, and my dish was the stuff that health and safety nightmares are made of. I dread to think what might have happened if it was served to a child or somebody with poor coordination. There’s a lot of competition in Leederville and if Mon continue with that level of service, they won’t last.

 

FortySevenKirwanStreet, Floreat

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FortySevenKirwanStreet is unsurprisingly on Kirwan Street in Floreat, a nice leafy location in suburbia. I first came here quite a few years ago and was underwhelmed, but decided to give it another try based on recent really good reviews.

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The coffees were very good, nice, mellow and freshly roasted beans.

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For my brunch I chose the pulled duck benedict on a brioche bun. This was really good. I wasn’t really expecting a charcoal brioche, but it was quite nice, the eggs were cooked really nicely, and the accompanying cherry tomatoes had an amazing depth of flavour.

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My partner chose the beans with chorizo with poached eggs and garlic bread. They had a good depth of smokiness to them, and all of the elements worked well together.

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All in all this was a lovely brunch, and we very much enjoyed our return visit. Fortysevenkirwanstreet is one of the stars of Floreat.

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