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Pearfect Pantry, Herdsman

Pearfect Pantry Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Pearfect Pantry is a gem of a cafe near Herdsman Lake. It’s a bit hard to find, just off of Herdsman Parade. There is parking around the back by the lake and in some of the side streets off Herdsman Parade. Once you find it, it is a cave of vegan delights with numerous options for breakfast and great cakes. It’s quite quaint and casual – a place where the food is made with love.

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I chose coffee and a vegan lemon cake.

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On another occasion we chose the vegan Big Mack. This was really nice and came with hash browns and a great vegan sweet chilli/sour cream sauce. The bun was great, nice patty and tasty vegan cheese.

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We also chose the vegan nachos, made with jackfruit, lots of chilli, onions, avocado and pickles and tasty nacho chips. The pulled jackfruit was a little soft, but tasty and the vegan sour cream delicious.

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Here are some pictures of the food on offer.

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Kobe Sushi, Whitfords

Kobe Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kobe sushi has been serving up great Japanese options for many years at Whitford City Hillarys. There are a few vegan things on the menu – delicious vegetable tempura, and vegetable sushi rolls. There are bento box options and donburi as well as items in the cold cabinet. I chose the tempura with udon noodle soup. This was freshly made to order.

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The tempura veggies were beautifully crispy, a selection of onion, potato, broccoli, zucchini, and sweet potato served with a tentsuyu sauce. The noodles were nicely soft and in a delicious broth.

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Kobe is definitely a good choice for lunch when you are shopping at Whitfords.

 

Imli, Joondalup

IMLI Indian Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Imli is an Indian restaurant on Reid Promenade in Joondalup. They have an extensive menu which includes several vegetarian and vegan options. We found that asking the wait staff to make the dishes dairy free, they substituted coconut milk and coconut yoghurt where they could.

Veggie samosas are a great starter option, but quite filling.

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Dhal is always a favourite and good for providing protein. Tarka dhal is delicious.

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Mushroom muttar is a delicious spicy curry of mushrooms and peas.

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The naans are great and beautifully prepared – pillowy and delicious. We choose methi naans with fenugreek leaves.

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The rice is always beautifully cooked too – lovely separate grains.

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Other vegan favourites are bhindi masala (okra) probably my go to dish on the whole menu. The bhindi is always fresh, not tinned or frozen.

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We also like the aloo gobi – potatoes and cauliflower.

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Imli has a great vegan and vegetarian selection and is consistently good. They also have the standard meat options for those who eat meat, so there is something for everybody and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Mashawi Currambine

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

Mashawi continues to be a firm favourite for middle eastern fare in Currambine.

Vegetarian and vegan options are plentiful, although they have stopped providing pickles with the breads which is a shame. Hummus and baba ghanoush are great dip options, and vegan soups also appear on the menu.

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20191211_175024Hot tapas include a vegan moussaka and shakshouka, although we found the okra a little disappointing.

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There are several vegan tagines and our favourite is mujaddara, rice and lentils with caramelised onions and crispy cauliflower.

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Other tagine options include vegetable couscous, cauliflower and potato, sweet potato and zucchini, and black fez (tomatoes and eggplant with couscous).

Mashawi also provide non dairy smoothies. Lots of great options for plant based dining here.

 

The Beehive, Horringer, Suffolk, UK

The Beehive is a typical English country pub in Horringer, Suffolk. It’s a very pretty location, very chocolate box-worthy.

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We visited for lunch on a lovely sunny day and enjoyed the old pub atmosphere and the warm welcome.

I chose thai style chicken which came with egg fried rice. It was nice but a little heavy on the salt.

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My partner chose lamb shank with mustard mash. This was absolutely delicious, and probably the best meal of the three.

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Our auntie chose a seafood linguine, which was good, but very hands on, with lots of seafood in the shell. She enjoyed it but found it quite messy to negotiate and it would have been good if the menu had mentioned that the seafood was shell-on.

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For dessert the chef made me a dairy free ice cream sundae with berries which was very good.

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My partner chose the sticky date pudding which he thoroughly enjoyed.

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The Beehive is a great location for an English pub lunch, and the food is prepared with love.

 

Delpuerto Bar and Tapas, Mil Palmeras, Spain

If you are at Vocal Booth Weekender, staying at the Palmera Apartments, you will most likely take the short walk up the hill to the supermarket at some point. Next door the the supermarket is a large bar and tapas cafe called Delpuerto.

We stopped off for a quick lunchtime bite and were pleasantly surprised to find lots of options on the menu. Bread is a given – fresh and local, served in a basket.

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We picked three dishes from the tapas menu. First to arrive was the prawn salad. This wasn’t quite as expected, mainly crabstick with just a few fresh prawns, but it was tasty nonetheless and really nice with the bread.

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I love potatoes and had a real hankering for some patatas bravas. Again they weren’t quite what I had in mind, but they were really tasty with a lovely spicy dressing.

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Our third dish was bbq chicken wings, which were the star of the show – crispy, delicious with a great sauce. I would order them again without hesitation.

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Delpuerto is well worth a visit – relaxed, friendly and a good selection of dishes.

El Pony, Campoamor, Spain

El Pony is an elegant and good quality fish restaurant in Campoamor. The menu is quite varied and you get much more food than you would expect.

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We weren’t feeling particularly ravenous so decided to just share a salad and have a main each. We perused the menu over a glass of chardonnay.

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Although we chose our salad to go with the main course, it came as a starter with the bread which was ok. It was ensalada de canonigos which consisted of lamb’s lettuce, cherry tomatoes, parmesan, apple and candied nuts.

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The bread was fresh, warm and plentiful, served with a tomato dressing and aioli.

My partner chose sea bass for his main which was really fresh and tasty, served simply with potatoes and garlic.

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I chose the baked hake with green sauce, which came with prawns and clams and potatoes.

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It was a quiet sophisticated atmosphere, easy to talk to each other. The staff were friendly, and there were several groups of friends and families enjoying their evening meals. A lovely place, reasonably priced with quality food.

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Fish Bowl, Campoamor, Spain

In Campoamor, just down from the Hotel Montepiedra is a restaurant with a sea view called Fish Bowl. It’s a favourite with VBW attendees and we visited twice during our stay. It’s pretty essential to book, but on our first visit the staff accommodated us at a table by the bar for tapas.

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We chose the duck and truffle croquettes to start, a sublime combination of shredded duck, fried in breadcrumbs, with a creamy foie gras dip.

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Next came the tuna tartare with wasabi ice cream and a Vietnamese dressing. This was really tasty and great quality.

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Our third dish was a beef salad with chilli, cashew nuts, sesame and red pepper – a half serve was plenty for us, and again this was a really tasty dish – we were already talking about a return visit.

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The next dish to arrive was scallops with a seasonal garnish of mango and chilli. I didn’t expect the scallop meat to be chopped, but it was fresh and delicious and served with a cleansing citrus sorbet.

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Our last dish was slow cooked beef cheek with truffle potatoes and Guinness jus – yet again a delicious dish prepared with care.

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When we came back a few days later, I chose from the fixed price menu and my partner chose a la carte.

I had pulled pork tacos to start, which were tasty, but I would have liked some salad in them.

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My partner chose the half serve of duck salad. Like the beef salad we had on the previous occasion, this was nicely prepared and very tasty.

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For my main I chose the beef fillet with dauphinoise potato and pumpkin mash. This was beautifully cooked, and I really enjoyed the meal.

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My partner chose the crab and prawn risotto, which had a nice amount of crab and prawn but could have been a little softer. It was all nicely seasoned.

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For dessert we chose the Bakewell tart with rhubarb ice cream – another great dish.

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Fish Bowl is definitely one of the finer restaurants in Campoamor and well worth a visit.

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Old Faithful Bar and BBQ, CBD

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Tsunami Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

 

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