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Sayers, Leederville

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Sayers in Leederville is one of Perth’s leading brunch and lunch cafes, delivering consistently good food for many years.

Situated in Carr Place, it’s a bit of an awkward but charming design with a mixture of chairs, armchairs, bench seats and high seats inside, and quaint wrought iron tables in the laneway.

Coffees are always great and Sayers are happy to provide decaf and alternative milks.

The menu is one of those menus where everything sounds delicious, so it’s hard to choose. My go to favourite here has always been the potato rosti with spinach, eggs, parmesan and bacon, but on this occasion I chose the kedgeree.

The kedgeree was excellent – hot smoked salmon amongst perfect rice with poached eggs, chilli jam and green papaya salad.

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My partner chose the vegan pumpkin, cauliflower, and lentil dhal with poppyseed naan. He loved it, every mouthful was delicious.

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If you visit Sayers at the weekend, it can be busy, noisy and an assault on the senses, but if you go midweek, it can be an oasis of calm. Some of the tables are a little small and you will end up rearranging your dishes and coffee cups to make everything fit, and sometimes the tables in the laneway can get very hot in the summer, but Sayers is all about quality food, consistently delivered. You really can’t go wrong with this Leederville legend.

Last Visit – July 2020

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Chullah, Hocking

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Chullah is a large Indian restaurant nestled among the shops at Wyatt Grove. We had a fairly reasonable takeaway recently and decided to return for a sit down meal.

The restaurant is constantly busy with takeaway orders, and the phone didn’t stop ringing, however we were the only diners in the restaurant.

The menu has an extensive list of vegetarian options, but they are not all vegan, and you have to specify if you don’t want cream, butter or ghee. Many of the dishes mention a cashew nut gravy but I don’t think that means they are dairy-free.

We chose the black lentil Chullah di dal, a Sabji Sada Bahaar – mixed veg curry, a methi naan and some rice.

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The dal was a little sour and the sabji a little sweet, so together they made a good combination and were quite pleasant to eat, but I wasn’t keen on the dal on it’s own and I did wonder if the cream that they usually add would have tempered it a little. Maybe some coconut cream would have been a good alternative.

The methi naan wasn’t a lot different to a regular naan. I am used to the methi being integral rather than just sparsely sprinkled on top.

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Rice was good.

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So will we return? In common with many restaurants and cafes, it would be good if they offered coconut cream or Nuttelex alternatives to cream and butter. The food wasn’t unpleasant but it also wasn’t amazing – good average curry in an area where there isn’t a lot of competition. It’s worth a visit if you are passing.

Last Visit – July 2020

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Goose Bar and Kitchen, Busselton

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Goose is a very well located venue, in the heart of Busselton and overlooking the famous jetty. It’s quite a large restaurant, but also very popular, so make sure that you book ahead.

We popped in for breakfast, and liked the interesting menu options, there are also a few vegetarian options and vegan cakes in the cake cabinet.

Coffee was lovely and smooth, I really enjoyed my cappuccino.

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For breakfast I chose the smoked fish and crab cakes with poached eggs, spinach and roast tomatoes. I asked for the Hollandaise to be placed separately, which they happily did.

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Everything was really tasty and this was a good breakfast from the first mouthful to the last. Staff are friendly too. This definitely won’t be my last visit.

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Last Visit Date – July 2020

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Drift Cafe, Margaret River

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Drift is in Willmott Avenue, Margaret River, and we noticed the previous day that customers were queuing to get in, so it seemed like a good option for a brunch.

Luckily we arrived at a quite time and were seated easily. It’s a lovely ambience, with artwork adorning the walls, a tasty looking cabinet, and some vegan menu options. Staff are very welcoming too.

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Coffee is offered with decaf and alternative milk options. My soy decaf cappuccino was a little on the strong/bitter side for my palate, but still a good cup.

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My partner chose the vegan burrito. This had beans, avocado, tomato and sauce. It was a crispy taco and maybe a softer one would have been better, but the filling was tasty.

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I chose scrambled egg on toast with mushrooms. This was absolutely delicious.

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Drift is a cool cafe and definitely worth a try.

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Last visit date – July 2020.

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Teddis Big Spoon, Margaret River

Teddis Big Spoon is a Korean cafe in Margaret River in he main shopping area on Bussell Highway. We chanced upon it when looking for a lunch venue and we were attracted by the lunch specials.

We chose the fish special – other options included vegetarian, chicken, and beef.

The dish came up bento box style (without the box), a dish of tofu with soy and spring onion, a dish of pickles and caramelised beef chunks, a lovely slaw salad, and the main crispy battered fish on rice with a nanban style mayo sauce.

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The pickles and salad were great, the fish fresh and nicely flavoured. The beef wasn’t really for me because I don’t really eat meat, but the little bit that I tried was sweet and caramelised. The tofu was fairly bland. All in all it was a good value lunch and I enjoyed it. The restaurant was full of happy diners, and offers korean iced teas and mystery corn ice cream too. Well worth a try if you are in the area.

Last visit date – July 2020

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Bumplings, Fremantle

I have been wanting to try Bumplings for a while. This is the outlet run by Brendan Pang, an Australian Masterchef contestant known for his skills at making dumplings and noodles.

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The outlet is situated in Sunshine Harvester Works, just opposite the Fremantle  cruise passenger terminal on the corner of James Street and Beach Street. Open for just three days a week, we arrived early on a Saturday to make sure that we got fed before the supplies ran out. They open at 5pm, so we arrived at 5:20pm, using the large car park just along Beach Street, and already a long queue had formed.

We joined the end of the queue, and there was quite a lot of queue-jumping happening – people saving a place in the queue for 6 of their friends to arrive later and join them! So even though we joined the queue fairly early on, the number of people in front of us seemed to increase fairly often, and we didn’t get to the front of the van to be served until we had queued for an hour.

Getting seated was another mission. Bumplings is not the only outlet in this venue, and it seemed that several families had arrived early and grabbed all of the large tables. There is quite a lot of seating, but every seat was occupied and it was some time before a table became vacant.

The Bumplings menu is fairly brief, but what you would expect for a food truck.  Small dishes are Smacked cucumber salad, pang pang chicken, and mauritian pork and prawn spring roll. Dumplings on offer are Sichuan chicken wontons, veg dumplings in mushroom broth, and crispy pork wontons. Noodle dishes consist of cold shiitake mushroom noodle salad, spicy pork dan dan noodles, and bbq pork spring onion noodles. They also had a ‘special’ of crispy pork crackling.

Although we would have preferred just veggie dishes, we chose to go omnivore for the night and try a variety of the dishes – after all, we’d come all this way to eat food cooked by the Masterchef dumpling master.

Once we had ordered and paid, we were told that it would be another 40 minutes before we received our food, which was a little disappointing, and we were glad that we had put 3 hours on our parking ticket.

Fifty minutes later, the first dish to arrive was spicy pork dan dan noodles. The flavour was great, nice and spicy, slightly al dente noodles, but it was just lukewarm and would have been better if it were hotter.

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Next came the Mauritian pork and prawn spring roll which was really nice and hot, but very heavy on the pork, I couldn’t detect any prawn. The dipping sauce was really cold as if it had been refrigerated, whereas room temperature dip would have been fine. The filling was generous and this was probably the best value dish. The accompanying veg pickles were great.

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Lastly we tried the veg dumplings in the mushroom broth. Excellent broth with a really nice depth of flavour, but the dumplings were a little disappointing. The pastry was quite thick and the filling didn’t deliver on flavour, also the whole dish was lukewarm.

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So would I go back? Probably not. The whole venue could do with some better seating and queue organisation. It was great to experience Brendan’s food, but the 45 minute drive to get there, the hour in the queue and then the 50 minute wait for the food just made it all seem too hard. The food was good – the highlights were the mushroom broth and the chunky spring roll – but it wasn’t blow-me-away amazing, well, not enough to make me want to do it all again. I am pleased that Brendan’s business is booming – he was a great contestant and clearly loves making dumplings.

Last visit date – July 2020

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Curry Munchers, Leederville

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In the heart of Leederville, almost on the corner of Newcastle and Oxford Street, is Curry Munchers, a modern Indian restaurant.

The staff are friendly, and we were seated quickly at a comfortable table. As well as some usual Indian favourites, the menu contains a good selection of vegan and vegetarian options. The drinks menu is also quite extensive with cocktails and wines galore.

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We went with vegan options – bhindi dopiaza – a lovely combination of okra and onion in a tasty curry sauce:

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Tarka dhal:

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Kulcha naan:

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Peas pilau:

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Everything was thoroughly delicious and a perfect amount for two hungry people. Curry Munchers often have special offers, so look out for their happy hour deals. Definitely a go to option for your curry fix in the Leederville area.

Last Visit Date – July 2020

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2 Fat Indians, Joondalup

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This Joondalup restaurant is one of the latest venues in the 2 Fat Indians chain. Bold and brash, it occupies a large area near the station concourse.

We originally had several takeaways from here when our local favourite Imli closed during the Covid pandemic, and found the food to be good quality with plenty of vegan/veggie options.

This was our first sit-down experience and the restaurant was busy with customers keen to return after the lockdown. Takeaway business was booming with several UberEats bags stacked up ready for collection, and we perused the menu looking for some vegan and vegetarian favourites.

We chose a pappadom basket to start with tamarind pickle and mint sauce. This was a little dissapointing, some of the pappadoms were underdone, and a bit tough – not the lovely crispy bubbly rounds that I am used to. The pickles were good.

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For mains we chose a Diwani Handi – mixed vegetables in a medium curry sauce with fenugreek. A wonderful mix of carrot, corn, sweet potato and peas – thoroughly delicious.

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We also chose tadka dhal which is a good staple of red lentils with turmeric and spices to give it the lovely yellow hue.

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The naan was a garlic naan – a delicious mix of soft and crispy.

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Jeera rice was served in a little pot.

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All in all the meal was good quality, the service was very quick which meant that we didn’t linger in the restaurant. You definitely get larger portions when you order a takeaway, but the meal was certainly enough for two and we really did enjoy our visit.

Dusit Dheva by the Sea, Hillarys

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I used to go to Dusit Dheva in James Street fairly regularly and was interested to visit the new kid in town at Hillarys to see if the quality and authenticity was the same. The restaurant is near the Breakwater Tavern on Sorrento Quays boardwalk, there is plenty of parking around.

We have now been back a second time and found the quality of ingredients, choice and service to be excellent. We found plenty on the menu to suit our pescatarian/vegetarian diets, and the flavours are so good, it’s hard not to be delighted.

The first time we visited we tried one of the signature dishes of soft shell crab and watermelon. What an absolute star of a dish, crunchy crab, refreshing watermelon and a lovely umami background flavour.

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We followed this with a vegetable green curry, which had a great depth of flavour and a really authentic flavour enhanced by thai basil.

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The third plate was prawn pad thai – again authentic, tasty, plump and plentiful prawns – we loved it.

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Here are some similar but different pictures from our second visit:

Prawn and pineapple curry – amazingly good – this inspired me to make my own at home:

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Vegetable pad thai:

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We really love this place for Thai food – it is in a great location, the guys serving are friendly and helpful, and you will leave here very satisfied. Premises are licensed, however you can BYO wine for a corkage fee.

Last Visit Date – May 2020

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Chinese Orchid, Joondalup

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Chinese Orchid is on the top floor of Joondalup Lakeside shopping centre, and they serve all of your Asian favourite comfort foods – noodles, soups, rice as well as having a serve yourself buffet that includes incredibly good barbecue meat options and sticky wings.

My go to vegan option dish is the veggie Singapore noodles, the one in the picture is cabbage based, but you can also have the dish with a mixture of other vegetables like broccoli and capsicum:
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Singapore noodles with mixed veg:

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The nasi goreng is incredibly good:
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My partner likes the mee goreng.
Veggie mee goreng:
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Chicken mee goreng:
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Seafood kway teow:
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Seafood Singapore noodles:
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Wanton noodle soup with bbq pork:
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Chinese Orchid has something for everybody, and the service is always friendly. Totally recommended.

Last Visit Date – June 2020

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