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Coode St Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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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Bar Uma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

Treasury Lounge and Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

 

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 Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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 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.

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 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

Tao Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

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

Francois is a cute tea and coffee shop hidden away from the main Leederville strip in the car park off Newcastle Street.

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The array of cakes and pastries is mouthwatering, and Francois also sell savouries and a variety of teas, coffee and drinks. Apologies for the reflection on the photos of the cabinet.

I chose the Raspberry Blast:

I would have preferred raspberries on top, however the strawberry was quite nice and the raspberry mousse and gel filling was lovely. The base was a biscuit which was quite hard to cut through, so I scraped the cake off the biscuit and ate the biscuit later.

My partner chose the Carameline:

He thought it was wonderful, lots of nice gooey caramel and chocolate which reminded him of eating a Double Decker chocolate bar.

Tea was served in post with strainers – I chose a green fruit tea.

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Francois is definitely worth a try to get your posh cake fix. I think there are better patisseries, but nonetheless it was a pleasant distraction to have afternoon tea there.

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