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Propeller, North Fremantle

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Propeller is a great venue tucked away on Queen Victoria Street in North Fremantle. It’s a nicely designed building with a quaint sea container for a bar, and there is seating inside and outside. We came for brunch and were impressed by the range of options on the menu.

We ordered coffees while we mused over the choices and coffee was delicious – beans provided by Twin Peaks.

 

I was very tempted to try the rose rhubarb apple porridge, the chocolate, date and pear brik, or the mushrooms on toast with lentils, but I decided on the sardine brik for something a little different.

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This dish was packed with flavour. The slow roast tomatoes were rich, the sardines good quality, the egg was just oozy and the pickles added a nice piquancy. The brik pastry stuffed with potatoes had a nice texture, and herbs added another layer. These flavours were strong and punchy, but not so overwhelming that I couldn’t finish, and I loved the way that the dish set me up for the day. It was really delicious.

My partner chose the turkish spiced baked beans with duck egg, kale and grilled bread.

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The bread was absolutely delicious, the beans nicely cooked, again big rich flavours with the spices and kale adding depth. A citrus backdrop gave it freshness.

We loved Propeller. It’s not your regular breakfast venue, and all of the flavours are great. We also chose a brownie and chocolate almond croissant for afternoon tea at home, and they were equally great quality. We’ll be back.

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Sawadee, West Leederville

Sawadee Thai Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sawadee is an unassuming Thai restaurant in a bit of an out of the way place on Harrogate Street in West Leederville. It’s friendly and welcoming with nice clean decor.

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The menu has many of the traditional Thai favourites, and it’s a licensed premises with some good wine choices.

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We chose the Tung Tong pork and peanut parcels to start. Lovely delicate dumplings with a great sauce and served on lettuce leaves (also great to wrap the dumplings in the leaves).

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We also had the grilled barramundi with tamarind sauce – another winner – great fresh fish and good tamarind flavour.

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The star of the meal was the green chicken curry – a beautiful thick sauce with plenty of chicken, great with simple boiled rice.

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This is a neighbourhood gem – it’s a shame that the location isn’t more prominent, but if you are seeking good traditional Thai, give Sawadee a try.

Hyatt Regency, Perth CBD

Cafe at the Hyatt Regency Perth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I attended the IPAA awards at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom. I know that it can be difficult to cater satisfactorily for hundreds of diners at an event like this, but everything was organised very well and the food was delivered to the table hot and well presented.

I didn’t sample the bread basket, but my colleagues enjoyed their rolls and butter.

The starter was chicken breast with quinoa, celery, peas, tabbouli and local feta salad. This was a delight with a generous portion of succulent chicken and tasty accompaniments with real depth to the flavours.

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The main was Amelia Park medallion rib beef with Pommes Anna, mushroom, kale, pumpkin puree and Madeira jus. The beef was beautifully tender, and the vegetables again had really good depth of flavour, obviously having been prepared with care.

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We finished off with tea, coffee and some handmade biscuits. A really good example of how to do conference catering – congratulations on a great meal.

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Mashawi, Currambine

Mashawi Currambine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mashawi in Currambine is the newest branch of the Middle-Eastern Mount Lawley favourite, and perched above Farmer Jack’s it has a sumptuous interior with both balcony and interior tables. Staff are friendly, and the menu is large and varied with kebabs, tagines, and a surprisingly good variety of vegetarian options.

We were given a basket of breads, crispbreads, olives and pickles while we read the menu, but we ate them before I could take a photo. I chose a glass of Castelli gewurztraminer to start and it had a complex fruity, rose, and orange bouquet, typical of the perfumed aroma that the grape variety yields.

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We decide to share the lamb and okra tagine on couscous – this was rich and delicious – perfectly cooked.

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We also chose chicken skewers with chips and salad – we could have had rice, but it was a chippie kind of day. There were two skewers, but again, we ate one beofre remembering to take a picture. The chicken was meltingly delicious, and well-marinated.

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I like Mashawi – it’s got something for everybody – great food, well presented, and friendly staff.

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Tao, Joondalup

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Tao sits on the corner of Boas Avenue and Grand Boulevard in Joondalup and was quite busy on the Sunday afternoon that we visited.

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The restaurant is dominated by a sushi train, and food offered on the menu is predominantly Japanese with Thai and Vietnamese options. I always wonder why restaurants offer a variety of cuisines rather than sticking to one and making it really good, however, I had heard good things about Tao and wanted to give it a try.

I ordered fresh coconut to drink, which arrived in the coconut shell, so it was lovely and fresh.

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While we perused the menu we chose some crab claws from the sushi train. The flavour was good, but they had been on the train too long and were cold, which detracted from our enjoyment. We also chose a crab/potato cake plate which was quite nice, and again could have been warmer.

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Eventually we decided on a mixed tempura, a karaage bento and a crazy crab roll.

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The tempura was a bit bland. The prawns were fresh, but the veggies and ponzu sauce were a bit tasteless and I added plenty of wasabi to ramp up the flavours. I like tempura when you get a little heap of grated radish to add to the sauce, but sadly this was missing, and I have had much better tempura than Tao provided.

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The bento box was dominated by orangey yellow sauces – chilli mayo for the karaage and an odd dressing for the salad (which had separated making the salad quite wet). The miso was good, and the karaage was okay but could have been crispier.

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The crab roll was lovely – nice tasty flavours, but not very tightly wrapped, so it fell apart while eating it. It was accompanied by deep fried soft shell crab in the middle of the plate, but this could have been crispier, it was a bit oily and soggy.

Despite a fairly lacklustre meal, I was impressed with the array of cakes in the display cabinet and on the sushi train. They really looked appealing.

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The wait staff were a little mixed, the guy was lovely and apologised profusely that the freshly prepared ordered items were taking a while (I didn’t actually mind – I prefer to wait for fresh food), whereas the lady was a bit brusque and not very attentive. It was a cold night and we were seated close to the door, so every times somebody came in or out, we felt a draught and had to keep getting up to close the door.

I probably wouldn’t go back to Tao. It’s not cheap, but portions are large. Sadly the big portions are not matched by big flavour, and it was a meal that I didn’t really enjoy enough to return. If I did come back, it would be for tea and cake.

Vietnamese Hot Food, Wangara

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In the heart of Wanneroo Markets is a food stall that is always busy. Vietnamese Hot Food is the real deal, catering not only for the public but also to the several Vietnamese retailers at the markets.

We often go there for a nourishing pho or bun, and the stall sells all of the popular versions plus spring rolls, fried fish, chicken wings and fish skewers. It’s sometimes hard to get a table, and tables are a little cramped and canteen style. The slight inconvenience is worth it though because the soups are incredibly good. I’ve always wondered ho they get so much flavour into the clear and unassuming broth that goes with the pork and prawn bun.

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The beef brisket broth is rich and chunky with tender beef and carrots and a warming spicy mouthfeel.

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Both soups are packed full of green veggies, onions and herbs as well as having a hearty serve of noodles underneath. The regular condiments are also provided, and there is a fridge full of soft drinks.

Next time you are passing, pop in and try some authentic and tasty Vietnamese food.

Hobart Deli, North Perth

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Hobart Deli is a North Perth favourite, child friendly, dog friendly, brunch and lunch spot, opposite a playground on Hobart Street.

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It has an open kitchen, and a hipster wooden cafe interior. The cake and savoury cabinets will have you drooling.


Our coffees were great – full bodied South American beans from Leftfield Roasters.

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With a selection of brekkie favourites plus a few more interesting options, my partner chose the chorizo rosti.

The chorizo was spicy and flavoursome with great poached eggs. The rosti could have been crispier, but was still tasty.

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I chose the pancakes with blueberry compote, whit choc chips, and maple syrup. I asked for the ice cream to be left off – they didn’t have a non-dairy alternative such as coconut sorbet or coconut yogurt. They were lovely pancakes, but did need that little extra moisture, and a dollop of coconut yogurt would have been perfect.

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I liked Hobart Deli, the food is good. Our table wasn’t wiped down in all the time we were there, and it would have been nice to have some better table hygiene from the wait staff, however this did not detract from our enjoyment.

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Chakra, Inglewood

Chakra Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’ve been meaning to try Chakra for a while, it’s one of those restaurants that keeps popping up in my newsfeeds, and I was intrigued by their modern take on Indian cuisine.

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It’s an impressive modern restaurant on the corner of Beaufort Street and Seventh Avenue, with tables inside and out, and gas heaters for winter. The fit out is very stylish, with low lighting and candles – lovely for a romantic dinner. We were warmly greeted by the manager who seated us by the window, and it was nice touch to have a place card set up for me.

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We chose a glass of Jim Barry JB Clare Valley Riesling while we perused the electronic tablet style menu, and a very nice drop it was too wit citrus and ginger notes.

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Everything can be ordered by the hand held tablet, or you can order from the wait staff. We found the tablet quite easy to use, but did have to order everything individually rather than building up a menu and just pressing the ‘order’ button once.

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We were also given some crispy nibbles to start with a tamarind dip, and they were quite moreish.

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The manager explained that Chakra make everything fresh and are ‘not like other Indian restaurants’, then he went on to explain the menu and pointed out some of the signature dishes. We chose a signature Pav Bhaji Fondue to start – a spicy vegetable mousse with olives, crispy bread, onion and tomato.

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It was tasty, but a little gimmicky in the fondue format, and we soon ditched the fiddly fondue forks for regular forks.

Next came the main courses, including a chicken biryani which was the star of the meal. I have had a similar biryani before in a pot with a naan style dough topping, but this one was outstanding – really separate grains of rice, great curry flavour, tender melting chicken – just wonderful. When we tapped through the dough crust, the aroma was amazingly good.

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It came with a raita dressed with beetroot.

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We also chose a prawn madras  which was a good standard curry with lots of sauce to dip our naan.

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Our side dish was bhindi masala – well cooked and tasty.

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All in all it was a good meal and we will definitely return for the great biryani. I like that Chakra are doing something different, and the menu is also very vegan/vegetarian friendly.

Click here to find out more about Chakra

 

Little Cultures, Subiaco

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Little Cultures is a healthy superfood and dessert bar on Rokeby Road in the heart of Subiaco. If you are on a dairy free or paleo diet, there are plenty of options to choose from, and there is seating inside and on the pavement.

The menu consists of yoghurt bowls and smoothie bowls with all of the health freak ingredients like acai, goji berries and raw cacao. You can also order a smoothie to drink or for dessert a Hong Kong/Macao style egg waffle puff. The waffle puffs are a hexagon of bumpy puffy batter, dressed with all kinds of goodies like banana, strawberry and caramel. You can also have the waffle puff folded into a cup and filled with ‘yolato’ or other goodies. Yolato is yoghurt gelato.

I chose the strawberry fields waffle with coco yolato, nutella and whipped cream.

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My partner chose the popcorn cookie party – with cookie crumbs, caramel and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, and caramel popcorn.

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Both were nice, I loved the eggy waffle, it was more interesting than a regular waffle. The yolato didn’t blow me a way, but the rest of the ingredients were good quality. After a while, I found the whole thing a bit sickly and it would have been nice to have a half serve.

I would like to return to try some of the other offerings like the superfood bowls.

Click here to find out more about Little Cultures.

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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.

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