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Old Faithful Bar and BBQ, CBD

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Old Faithful is a pub and BBQ restaurant at the Wellington Street end of King Street. Walking in, it looks like a typical bar with wooden tables and chairs, and we received a friendly greeting as we were allocated a table.

The menu is full of grill bar favourites, ribs, burgers, sandwiches etc. and there are beer specials on the chalkboard.

We chose to share a rack of pork ribs, 100g of brisket, fries, coleslaw and pickles. The food arrived on a platter to share, and everything was full of flavour.

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The brisket was the star with a lovely smoky flavour, and the smoked and char grilled ribs were really good, although just a little longer would have seen the meat falling off the bone. They were the kind of ribs that you have to chew off the bone. Nonetheless, the ribs were full of flavour, very slightly dry, but I think that was due to the cooking method.

Fries were spicy and tasty, coleslaw was good quality and the pickles all disappeared very quickly thanks to my pickle-addict companion.

I really enjoyed Old Faithful and will definitely return for more barbecue creations.

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Tsunami, Mosman Park

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We visited Tsunami on Saturday night – it’s one of a few restaurants on Glyde Street in Mosman Park. It’s quite large inside with seating at the front and back and some outdoor seating too with pretty fairy lights. We were seated in the back section which was quite dimly lit.

The menu is interesting – a selection of sharing dishes, hot and cold, sushi, sashimi, hot stone dishes and hotpots. The menu also indicates that some dishes are ‘not recommended’ and just on the menu because people ask for them, which is a bit of an unusual approach. Click here for the menu link

We ordered a low alcohol yuzu highball to start – a lovely citrus drink with a hint of alcohol.

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We ordered five dishes from the menu – first to arrive was the mixed tempura. This was really delicious – prawns, mushroom, sweet potato and seaweed, beautifully fried with the lightest batter and a great ponzu dip.

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Next came the spicy tuna roll, probably the best spicy tuna roll I have tasted with quality minced tuna inside, aburi tuna on top and nice ginger, scallion, and avocado flavours.

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Next came the marinated black cod – a very yummy dish, but not easy to share, and not a lot of food for $22.

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We also had miso soup, which I did not photograph – it had a nice depth to it and lots of seaweed and tofu to enjoy.

Then came the lamb ribs, one of the highly recommended dishes. It was okay, but nothing really special. The ribs had a membrane on them which was not pleasant to eat, but the meat was nice and tender and the capsicum puree tasted good.

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Then we waited, and waited and waited… The wait staff seemed to ignore us for a very long time and after a few attempts to attract their attention we eventually managed to get a waiter to replace our water bottle. It was more than 30 minutes before our last dish arrived, which was strange considering that the meal had been nicely paced up to this point.

We waited patiently for our Ishiyaki volcanic rocks stone grill, and when it finally arrived we asked the waiter to replace our plates which were dirty with the previous dishes. He took them away and never came back ! The meat on the stone grill was scallops and wagyu but it had been put on the rock in the kitchen, so by the time it got to our table the scallops were hard and rubbery and the meat had stuck to the stone. There was no oil or anything to lubricate the meat. The wagyu wasn’t very tasty and the whole thing was a disappointment. Trying to share rice and potato salad with no share plates was difficult.

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We didn’t hang around for dessert. Nobody asked us if we enjoyed our meal. It was a real shame – it started off with so much promise, but ended up not being worth our 45 minute car journey to get there.

 

Le Rebelle, Mount Lawley

Le Rebelle, on Beaufort Street near the Astor Theatre, is the new French kid in town amongst the hustle and bustle of the Mount Lawley strip.

It looks a bit like a a converted pub and is on two levels. As we walked in, we were seated on the lower level. My first observation was that the seating is not very comfortable, in fact it is really uncomfortable. A mixture of booths where the seat is too deep to lean back comfortably and stools with no back. Upstairs there are tall tables with tall stools, so not much better up there.

My second observation was that we had to shout to have a conversation. The music was quite loud and other diners were shouting to be heard above the music, which made the noise levels even worse. Even the waitresses had to shout.

My third observation was the darkness of the venue – it was impossible to read the menu without using my phone light, and I understand that the lighting is important for ambience, but I also like to see what I am eating, and I didn’t find the dimness appealing.

The waitresses were lovely, and the menu full of tempting options.

We started with blue manna crab on toast, with lemon mayo and pickle. This was really good and probably my favourite dish of the meal. The toast was fresh and buttery, and the crab also fresh and good quality.

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This was accompanied by double spiced crispy shrimp with slaw and cocktail sauce. Nice big shrimp, cooked well and great crispy slaw to go with it and a hint of wasabi throughout.

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Kingfish crudo with apple, kohlrabi and poppyseed continued the deliciousness. Again fresh, quality ingredients, well constructed and thoughtfully executed.

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We had a bit of a wait for our last two dishes, and while we sat and shouted conversation to each other, some guys a few tables away (who had been swearing very loudly) got up to greet some friends right behind us, and were continually bumping our table and my companion, and it was quite an uncomfortable situation. I understand that the owners of the venue put the tables close to create a fun intimate atmosphere – that works great when everybody is friends – not so great when your neighbours are drunk, loud and clumsy. It was all a bit awkward.

When we eventually received the aged beef fillet with sauteed mushrooms and peppercorn sauce, it was a delight. A great variety of mushrooms, and perfect melting steak.

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We chose the salad to go with it – endive with pumpkin and a citrus dressing – absolutely yummy.

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So in summary – the food was great, really good, and it’s clear that the ingredients are quality and the dishes well thought out. My personal experience of the rest of the meal was uncomfortable. It’s no good serving top class food if your guests aren’t comfortable in their seats, and I am sure I can’t be the only one who left with an aching back and sore throat.

A few simple changes would make this an amazing venue.

Mullaloo Beach Hotel, Mullaloo

We popped into Mullaloo for breakfast at the weekend. We hadn’t been to Mullaloo Beach Hotel for some years, and the last breakfast experience was not a good one, but we decided to give it another try.

As we arrived we were informed that breakfast was finishing in 20 minutes, so with some urgency we took our seats by the window and chose from the menu. The menu is great for diners with food allergies. There are lots of options as well as a whole separate vegan menu.

There was a bit of a muddle with our coffee order, but when we eventually received the correct drinks, they were quite good.

We chose the dairy free vegan pancakes from the vegan menu with caramelised banana. The pancakes were really good for vegan pancakes – light and fluffy, the coconut ice cream was delicious, and the caramelised banana gooey and sweet. I would have liked some more nut and coconut sprinkles, but on the whole it was a really good brunch.

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Mullaloo Beach Hotel has great views and not a massive amount of competition locally, but it is looking old and tired and in need of refurbishment. The toilets were a bit grim, which is never a good sign, but the food did taste nice and I was happy with the options. The staff were lovely – it’s a nice place, but has the potential to be so much more than this.

Coode Street Cafe, Mt Lawley

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It’s been a while since I visited Coode Street Cafe and we decided to give it another try based on their yummy looking Facebook pictures. As we walked in, it wasn’t very busy, but there was an array of lovely baked goods on the counter.

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We ordered coffee while we perused the menu – the coffee was nice but not outstanding.

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Looking at the menu, it didn’t really inspire me. I like a menu where I have to agonise over several choices, but the basic options plus a croque madame and a croque monsieur were not particularly to my taste. I discounted the croques due to my dairy intolerance, and arrived at the conclusion that it had to be the fruit on toast or the mushrooms on toast.

I went for the rhubarb and strawberries on fruit toast with ricotta (I am okay with ricotta – because it is casein-free). This was really nice, I loved the fruity flavours and serving it on fruit toast was a nice twist.

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My partner chose the mushrooms on toast (without the feta), which again was a nice dish and tasty through to the last mouthful, but he commented that $20+ for mushrooms on toast was a little steep.

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I think that with a few tweaks the menu could be amazing. Offer dairy free or vegan options would be great – no need to invent new dishes, but just variations to the existing dishes. Nuttelex instead of butter, coconut yoghurt instead of cream, non-dairy milks… it doesn’t take a lot. The menu could also do with a nice brisket and potatoes or savoury mince and egg dish – something hearty and tempting.

Maybe it’s just me and my dairy intolerance that have skewed my view of this cafe, I think they have a lot to offer, just a bit more thought over the menu would make it amazing. There’s no doubt that the cabinet goods looked great though – I just couldn’t try them due to the overwhelming butter/cheese/cream content.

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Blacksmith, Highgate

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Blacksmith, on Beaufort Street is deceptively large. It looks like a single shop front but spreads back quite a way and is family friendly with a children’s play area out back.

We stopped by for Sunday brunch and were impressed by the menu options. Coffee is supplied by Locale, and the blend was quite good but not as smooth as other beans I have tried.

Menu offerings include a breakfast board, smashed avo, brioche hotdog, lamb benny and eggs on fire.

My partner chose the tuscan beans – beans, Italian sausage, basil, poached eggs and sourdough. He really enjoyed it – a large portion of food with good rich flavours and nice bread.

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I chose the brisket benedict – beef brisket hash, poached eggs, sourdough and tarragon hollandaise. This was problematic. If the hollandaise had been served on the side, I wouldn’t have had it – it was sour, overly vinegary, and really not very nice, but unfortunately the whole dish was covered in it. The brisket hash patties were crumbed and deep fried but unfortunately they had taken on the flavour of whatever was last cooked in the oil, and they had an odd taint to them as well as being underseasoned. The bread was very nice, but I really didn’t eat much of the eggs because of the all-pervasive hollandaise. It was a shame because this could have been an excellent dish.

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On the whole, two very different plates, and we probably won’t go back – there are better brunch venues nearby.

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Uma, Pan Pacific, Perth

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At the Lobby Level of Perth’s Pan Pacific Hotel sits Uma, a Peruvian restaurant and bar, and we chose to dine in the restaurant – it was somewhere that we had wanted to try for some time.

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We were met by Eric, a charismatic sommelier who we know from Co-Op Dining, and he recognised us which was nice. Charming as ever, he seated us, chatted for a while and suggested a Pisco Sour to start which was absolutely cracking. The citrus burst and the hint of warming brandy-style backdrop was a mouthful of pleasure, complete with three drops of bitters on top.

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Next, a Peruvian waitress explained the dishes to us and suggested, two small plates, a larger plate and some vegetables. We already knew that we wanted to try the ceviche, so we chose the ceviche Peruano, which was kingfish with leche de tigre (the citrus marinade), charred sweetcorn and caramelised sweet potato. This was delightfully good, and the star of the menu.

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We also chose alpaca croquettes with a fermented chilli sauce. Alpaca is a bit like beef cheek – a rich meat, and the chilli sauce was a great accompaniment.

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We also chose some Yuquitas – cassava potato chips with shaved parmesan and huancaina (queso fresco and chilli) sauce – lovely crispy and addictive.

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For the main dish we chose slow braised lamb shoulder with adobo sauce, heirloom carrots and shallots. We also chose Salpicon de vegetales to go with it, a medley of vegetables on pureed quinoa. Together they made a hearty main with plenty of lamb meat to share, and lots of nice textures and flavours.

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We finished with picarones – sweet potato and pumpkin doughnuts with roasted quinoa ice cream and fruit molasses. A case of vegetable meets dessert, not overly sweet, but with some good unusual flavours.20190727_203320

We also chose some Alfajor Peruano, corn shortbread with Peruvain caramel. They were like the lightest and shortest melting moments you have ever tasted with sublime gooey caramel –  a really good dessert.

We left the restaurant with happy tummies and good memories – it’s a great place to try something different. Elegant and friendly, Uma is a star in the CBD.

Afternoon Tea at Treasury Lounge, The Como

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The Treasury Lounge at the Como Hotel is set in the State Buildings on St George’s Terrace. Steeped in history, the lounge is elegant and sophisticated, and we were seated at a table overlooking the terrace and the Council House.

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Afternoon tea must be booked in advance and can be taken with a glass of Taittinger Brut Reserve champagne, a glass of sparkling Great Southern Australian wine (from Denmark), or alcohol free. All versions include unlimited Mano a Mano coffee, and tea, with a choice of Assam breakfast, Earl Grey, chai, peppermint, oolong, white peony, jasmine pearls or long jing with teas supplied by Jing. Prices range from $55 to $80 per person.

We settled in with some tea – I chose jasmine pearls which arrived in a see through pot, and as the tea brewed the pearls opened up in the most beautiful way.

Assam breakfast tea was clean and nicely flavoured, arriving in a more traditional pot.

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The menu is designed around the best local ingredients, and I chose to suffer my sneezes and go with a traditional menu rather than choose a non-dairy version. I did ask them to leave the quail egg off my egg sandwich though as I am severely allergic to quail eggs.

The savouries were perfection. Egg mayonnaise sandwich with caviar (and quail egg if you eat them), made with Baldivis free range eggs; a shark bay prawn roll with wasabi tobiko and kipfler chips; roast chicken, smoked bacon (from Linley Valley pork) and vintage cheddar roulade.

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The quality of the ingredients was clear with strong fresh flavours, and so much care in the presentation.

Next came wonderful light scones – one plain and one with sultanas, cream and jam – again a really pleasurable experience.

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The cakes were the crowning glory of the afternoon tea – all very thoughtful creations, again using local ingredients.

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The Tarte au Citron, using lemons from Gingin, consisted of a hazelnut sable biscuit base with topped with citrus cream, Swiss meringue and a zingy citrus compote.

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The gold dusted profiterole hid a coffee cremeaux, a dulce de leche and caramelized pecan – beans supplied by WA coffee roasters Mano a Mano.

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The mandarin mousse made with mandarins from Moora, consisted of almond biscuit, streusel, mandarin toffee, Bavarian chocolate and feather light mandarin mousse.

Every mouthful was delicious and this is certainly one of the best afternoon teas in Perth.

The thought and care that has gone in to each creation is clear – a real Treasury of taste.

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.

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