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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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Trang’s Vietnamese, Girrawheen

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There’s a whole Vietnamese community shopping centre on Marangaroo Drive, dominated by Vietnamese cafes and my nail technician swears they are the best in Perth.

We visited Trang’s on a Friday night, and it was really busy with a constant stream of visitors waiting for a table.

Once seated, Vietnamese tea is complementary, which had a nice toasted coconut fragrance to it.

20190118_184843.jpgWe chose some spring rolls to share, nice succulent veggie rolls, thin and crispy too.

I chose the Bun Rieu – crab and pork special, a rich soup with fried tofu puffs, minced crab and pork balls, pork blood cubes and sliced pork. Full of nutritious veggies and herbs, it had a lovely depth of flavour. The broth has a tomato base, and we were given a mountain of cabbage, beansprouts, mint, and chilli to add to our taste. I tried the blood cubes, but I wasn’t overkeen – they are authentic, but also an acquired taste. The minced crab and pork balls were delicious and the noodles a nice bland backdrop to the flavours of the soup.

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My partner chose the spicy pork and beef bun. It was well spiced but had quite a lot of fat included, which he put to one side. He did enjoy it and ate it hungrily.

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We also had some fresh lemon soda.

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It was a great authentic meal. Trang’s is cash only though, so make sure you have enough cash before you visit.

 

D’s Authentic Japanese, Connolly

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In the middle of Connolly shopping centre, not far from Connolly golf course, sits a wonderful oasis of Japanese food called D’s Authentic Japanese. It’s been on my radar to try D’s for a while, but I’ve been put off by the pricey menu, wondering if this food can really be as great as Perth stalwarts like Ha-Lu and Satsuki.

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We arrived for a 6:30pm table expecting the restaurant to be almost empty, but it wasn’t. A steady stream of diners arrived and were seated, as we sat and perused the menu to the jazzy sounds of the background music.

Not all of the menu is designed for sharing, so we asked for some advice from the friendly waiters and decided to go for pickles, dengaku and sashimi to start, followed by beef tataki and assorted tempura for mains.

We opened proceedings with a cheeky, delicious, (and reasonably priced) glass of prosecco.

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The pickles were crunchy and delicious consisting of daikon, celery, cauliflower, cucumber, carrot, and another unidentified vegetable which I suspected to be turnip or sweet potato.

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Sashimi consisted of 10 pieces, a mixture of John Dory, Ruby snapper, yellowfin tuna, Tasmanian salmon, and kingfish. Every morsel was fresh and tasty with a generous serving of good quality wasabi provided on the platter. For me, the ruby snapper was the star.

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The Garden Dengaku – twice cooked eggplant with miso flakes and microherbs was absolutely divine. I would have been perfectly happy with a main course version of this and nothing else! The eggplant was the perfect texture and full of flavour and struck all of those umami notes that I like about Japanese food.

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The tempura was a great assortment – prawns, potato, different types of mushroom, green beans etc. Great tempura batter and a lovely dipping sauce and a green tea spice powder.

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The beef tataki with ponzu and spring onion was equally delicious. Delicate slices of good quality beef beautifully presented. The chef came out to make sure that we were enjoying everything – he seemed very happy that we polished off the whole meal.

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We also had some miso and rice. The miso was great – warming, delicious and umami.

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So what’s the verdict on D’s Authentic Japanese? The quality of food and ingredients is clear, everything was made with care, well presented and very very tasty. The location is a bit unusual, and the prices are undeniably expensive. If I spent the same at one of my other favourite Japanese restaurants, I would definitely have received more food, however the quality at D’s is outstanding, and the restaurant is a hit with the locals. I’ll go back for more, but keep this one up my sleeve as a ‘special occasion’ restaurant.

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Bunn Mee, Leederville

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Bunn Mee is a little cafe on the main Leederville Oxford Street strip selling Vietnamese street food. Run by Masterchef’s Jenny and her family, it is busy, bustling and friendly, with Jenny working hard to ensure that everybody has what they need.

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The main item is bahn mi, the Vietnamese-French fusion baguette rolls with choices of pate, chicken, pork and vegetarian fillings. The cafe also serves Vietnamese favourites such as bun, pho, broken rice, shaking beef, noodle salads and Vietnamese pancake.

We started off with a serve of spring rolls to share, and they were the most perfect spring rolls that I have ever tasted, beautifully crisp with a nice meaty pork filling and sublime dipping sauce. A very nice introduction to the meal.

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Juices and drinks are freshly made, my partner chose a fresh pressed orange juice and I chose a young coconut juice. Both were full of flavour.

For main course, my partner chose a bun broth with pork and beef, which was wonderful and very very flavoursome. Accompanied with condiments like beansprouts, lemon, mint, and chilli, he finished every last drop. Jenny’s dad explained the mashed chilli condiment – it’s a special dried chilli mashed with oil, and a particular accompaniment to the bun.

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Intrigued by the pancake, I chose it to see how it compared with my homemade Saigon pancakes, and realised that I’ve been doing it wrong. The waiter explained that I need to tear off pieces of the pancake, lay them on a lettuce leaf, add some pickles and mint, and roll them up, dip them in sauce and eat. The lettuce leaves were some kind of wasabi derivative with a lovely mild wasabi flavour that really added to the dish. The turmeric pancake was full to bursting with beansprouts, prawn and pork and it was a nice size too. Absolutely yum.

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Artwork and decor around the cafe is the work of Jenny’s dad – Minh Nguyen.

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Bunn Mee is definitely the best Vietnamese food for miles, well worth the visit.

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La Vida Urbana, Leederville

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Urbana is a sister restaurant to El Publico in Mount Lawley, and is situated in Carr Place Leederville, quite close to Sayers and Duende. The food is authentic Mexican, and if you love Tequila, Mescal and Agave spirits, this is definitely the place for you.

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We started off with a Hibiscus soda and a glass of Riesling.  Both nice drinks while we perused the menu.

Most of the starters are tacos of differing types, but they also serve nachos, black bean dip and chicharron (puffed pork crackling). We opted for a few tacos – the carnitas taco with salsa roja, pineapple and chicharron, and the battered fish taco with cucumber, avocado, and charred lemon. They arrived with two tortillas, but both tortillas were underneath a heap of filling. It would have been easier to share if each tortilla had filling on top, but we worked it out and divided them up.

 

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We also received some chilli jam and hot green sauce.

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Both tacos were really tasty, but the hot green sauce (which was very hot) and the chilli jam were the stars – wow such lovely beautifully put together condiments.

We also chose street corn which was amazing. If you are wondering how good corn can be, well this is the dish to prove that it can be incredibly good. Perfectly cooked and charred corn with queso fresco on top. Absolutely yum. (Unfortunately dairy doesn’t agree with me and I did suffer a bit the next day due to the queso fresco, and if they could prepare this dish with vegan cheese, I would be in heaven).

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Next came the kingfish crudo. with orange, habanero, mezcal, hibiscus and tostadas. The waiter helpfully showed us how to dip the crispy tostadas (crispy tacos) into the sauce to wet them before loading up with the fish. This dish was sublime and I loved every mouthful. My only bugbear is that they gave us just 3 tostadas. We could have had two each really, and a bit of care from the waitstaff and kitchen would have made this much easier to share. I didn’t touch the sliced habaneros – I’ve had those sneaky little chillies before and unless your chilli game is really strong, they will leave you with a long lasting mouth tingle.

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Our last dish was the chicken mole as recommended by the waitress. Beautifully tender and moist chicken breast (I think it had been cooked sous-vide and then pan fried), with a mole sauce, red arroz and tortillas. The mole sauce was bittersweet and a good contrast to the rest of the ingredients.

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This was a very good meal. I wish there were more cheeseless dishes on the menu, or options to removed the dairy so that I could have tried a wider ranger of dishes. A few of the dishes are vegan, but they only form a minority of the menu, so this is more of a restaurant for meat eaters. I would happily return for another feast – lovely yummy Mexican food.

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New Asian Delights, Mandurah

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In Mandurah there are so many nice looking cafes and it can be difficult to choose. We found ourselves on Dolphin Quay, hungry for some lunch, and looking for a quick nutritious meal.

New Asian Delights seemed a good option with plenty of Asian noodle and rice favourites – a pan-asian mix of Chinese, Malay, Indonesian, and Singaporean.

I was drawn to the Chicken Mee Goreng, which was a delicious spicy mix of egg noodles, vegetables and tender chicken. The whole plate was really delicious.

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My partner chose the Singaporean chicken curry with rice. Again this was delicious, nicely spicy, and he ate it all with a big smile on his face.

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If you are in Mandurah and fancy some Asian food, New Asian Delights is well worth seeking out.

Swan Valley Cafe, Millendon

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The Swan Valley cafe sits on Great Northern Highway in the heart of the Swan Valley and serves vegetarian food. It’s a cosy, homely place with a varied menu. They offer lots of teas as well as an iced tea special.

My partner chose a decaf flat white which was quite a nice blend.

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The waitress was very helpful, but did indicate that several things on the menu had run out or were close to running out which was a little disappointing. I chose the nasi goreng with tempeh. This was quite tasty but did need a little extra seasoning, and I could have chosen an egg to add to the dish.

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My partner chose the veggie burger which he very much enjoyed – a chick pea and quinoa pattie with spinach, tomato, cucumber, caramelised onion, pickled beetroot, chutney and Asian slaw. He did eat it with a knife and fork because it was difficult to pick up in the usual way with a burger.

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It was quite an enjoyable lunch, a little expensive, but in my experience that’s fairly typical for vegetarian and gluten free food. I think that the tables could have been a little cleaner (ours was quite sticky), but the staff were really nice and the food was tasty.

 

 

The Wild Fig, Scarborough

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This appears to be the only survivor of the Fig group of cafes (the Naked Fig and the Pickled Fig seem to have closed), and it is in a great location on Scarborough Esplanade not far from the powder white sand and blue ocean.

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The menu is not overly inventive – it has many of the brekkie favourites – eggs, croissants, pancakes etc. but I liked that the menu offered several vegan and gluten free options. I can’t cope with much dairy – it’s good to have non-dairy alternatives, and this is where a vegan friendly menu helps me.

I chose a coco loco shake to drink – mango sorbet with coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and shredded coconut. This was very enjoyable and nice and thick.

My partner chose a soy decaf coffee, which he said was rich and tasty, very good for a decaf.

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For mains he chose Eggs on Fire – poached eggs, bacon, harissa, avocado, chorizo, sweetcorn potato cake and chilli salsa on ciabatta. This was a good meal where everything worked well together, and he enjoyed it.

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I chose the deluxe banana pancakes with caramelised pineapple, crushed pistachios and coconut syrup. When they arrived they had a quenelle of ice cream, and I tentatively tasted it. It tasted quite creamy, and I suspected that it was a dairy ice cream. I also tested some pancakes and they equally tasted  like regular pancakes with milk.

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When I checked with the waitress, she realised that there had been a mistake and she returned with the vegan pancakes which were brown in colour. It’s a good job that I am not majorly allergic to dairy otherwise I could have suffered a really bad reaction to the first plate. The second plate tasted good, but considering that they were sold as ‘deluxe banana pancakes’ I would have liked a bit more banana.

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All in all the meals were tasty, and it was good to have dietary choices, but nothing was outstanding – this cafe serves good, honest food, and that’s about it. Lovely staff, good location.

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Ria Malay Kitchen, Leederville

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Ria Malay kitchen has been in Leederville for many years now, and has expanded over the years into a very well patronised joint on the main Leederville strip.

Once seated we chose the pork nibbles to start. Lovely mini ribs in a gooey sweet and sour sauce – they were moreish and we ate them hungrily. It would have been good to have some finger bowls or wet wipes for afterwards.

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For mains we chose the lemongrass fish with prawns, with cashews and beans. This was a lovely dish, not too spicy, with a smooth coconut milk based sauce.

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We also chose the Nyonya chicken curry, which was rich and delicious, well spiced and tasted beautiful. There were only four pieces of chicken though, which was a bit mean for a $27.50 dish.

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We also had mixed vegetables in sambal sauce, which for me was the star of the meal and the most authentic dish. A great selection of vegetables.

The meal was nice, but not as stunning as I remember from previous visits. I also found that the wait staff ignored us after the initial seating/ordering – they topped up the water of our neighbouring table but ignored us. Maybe it’s because we weren’t drinking alcohol – this often seems to happen in restaurants when we are not spending on drink.

This is my previous review of Ria from January 2018:

I haven’t been to Ria for quite a few years and I think it is bigger than before. It looks like they have expanded into the shop next door. I love Malaysian food, and thought that it would be nice for my parents to try something different, so we booked a table for four.

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The restaurant is at the heart of the Leederville strip close to the car park and has tables inside and outside. The waitresses were very welcoming and showed us to our table, providing tap water for the group without being prompted. The menu is fairly typical Malaysian, some of the dishes have a bit of a twist to them, but all of the favourite curries are there.

I would have liked to order some veggie sides, and we did end up ordering kailan, but it had crispy pork in it which made the dish quite expensive. It would have been nice to see some sides on the menu that were purely veggie and reasonably priced.

To start we chose chicken satay and ribs.

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The satay was delicious with a really yummy peanut sauce and some very authentic rice cubes. The ribs were nice but not amazing, I think they could have been seasoned a bit better, but they were very tender and well cooked and accompanied by a sweet soy dipping sauce.

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For mains we chose our favourite beef rendang. The beef was really tender and well cooked, but it could have taken a bit more spice and was more bland than the rendangs that I am used to eating in Malaysia and cooking at home.

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We also had fish and prawns with coconut and lemongrass. I couldn’t fault this dish – it was delicious, with perfectly cooked fish, some beans and a lovely mild sauce that hit the right notes of sweet, sour and mildly spicy.

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The kailan was beautiful, cooked with chillies in ketjap manis, it had a real depth of flavour, and included crispy pork, which was nice but not necessary.

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The rice was good, fluffy and well cooked.

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I thought that Ria was a really nice experience and I will revisit this restaurant. There is a good range of beers and wine on the menu and the wait staff are all very friendly and helpful. I am not sure it is as fully authentic as they claim because I think that they hold back on the spice and sweeten some dishes up to suit the Australian palate. That said, it was a very pleasant meal and I left with a nicely full tummy and a smile on my face.

TWG Tea on the Bridge, Singapore

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TWG certainly know their teas, and this elegant establishment in the heart of the Shoppes Mall adjacent to Marina Bay Sands is a delightful way to while away a few hours sipping tea or having lunch. We have eaten dessert here before, but this time we just needed to rest our weary legs from shopping. As we sat and watched the dishes come out for other diners, every meal looked sublime, especially the crispy skinned fish.

It’s a place to be seen, locals dress up to dine here or have afternoon tea, and the wait staff look immaculate.

We were offered a range of menus – food, specials, and tea, as well as a tea catalogue to describe each tea on perfect detail. There are hundreds of teas on offer, and I chose an iced Apricot tea, where my partner chose a hot Kenilworth orange pekoe.

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We also chose some macarons to nibble on – the dark one was a Napoleon tea and caramel, and the red one was a black tea and blackcurrant.

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As you would expect, everything was perfectly presented and delicious. My apricot iced tea was served with a sugar syrup in a jug so that I could add as much as needed.  The apricot flavour was lovely and made for a really refreshing drink. The Kenilworth was clean and flavoursome. Macarons were made with care and the flavours really shone through.

TWG is synonymous with style and elegance, this is the perfect place for afternoon tea.

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