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Ootong & Lincoln Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Ootong and Lincoln sits on the cafe strip of South Terrace in South Fremantle. It’s a quirky place with colourful zebras painted on the outside walls. The menu is quite friendly for customers with special diets and we settled down to check out the brunch dishes. There were quite a few tempting options on the menu, and I chose an elderflower mint and apple slushie to drink. This was a nice refreshing change to regular drink items, I really enjoyed.

My partner chose a decaf flat white which was nice and rich – he enjoyed it.

For my meal I chose the potato cake with mushrooms which was lovely and quite a huge portion. The mushrooms were nicely flavoured and they helpfully put my hollandaise on the side so that I could have just a little. the poached eggs were beautifully cooked to a perfect level of dippiness. The dish comes in several variations including bacon, chorizo, and smoked salmon for omnivores.

My partner chose the shakshuka. The bread was amazingly good. The coddled eggs were sadly overcooked, and the spicy tomato sauce was nice but could have taken a little more spice. The metal dish was nuclear-fusion hot which probably contributed to the overdoneness of the eggs. However, despite this, my partner did enjoy the meal, he would have liked a slightly bigger portion.

The staff were nice and helpful and this cafe is definitely a neighbourhood gem. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Last Visit Date – March 2021

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Paste Thai Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We had heard good things about Paste Thai and were keen to try it, so we headed down to Applecross one Saturday evening for a nice Thai meal. The first obstacle with this venue is parking. It’s located in Kearns Crescent and the parking is chaotic, especially on a busy Saturday evening. I wasn’t sure if I had parked in a suitable space, so asked the waitress, but communication was a little difficult and she just nodded, so I left the car where it was and hoped for the best. The restaurant was equally as chaotic as the parking, busy, noisy, hot and humid, but we took this as a good sign and were looking forward to food.

We were seated near a wooden feature wall which was really quite dirty, it was covered in dust, and the crevices were full of grime and bits of rubbish. It does worry me when a restaurant does not keep the dining area scrupulously clean – it makes me curious about the state of the kitchen. Anyway, we went ahead and ordered.

The first dish to arrive was an entree of vegetarian curry puffs. There was absolutely nothing ‘curry’ about the puffs and I could not identify the vegetable inside – it may have been cabbage or potato, but either way, they were parcels of deep fried blandness. The pastry was nice, and the dip was good, but both were let down by the rest of the dish.

For our main course we ordered the chilli basil noodles with prawns and a chicken panang with steamed rice.

The panang was the best of the dishes but the chicken was small and overcooked, and there were no traditional thai eggplants in the dish, and no back flavour of thai basil, although the veggies were nice.

The noodles were okay-ish – quite hot – but not a lot of other flavours going on but we ate them anyway until the awful moment when my partner found a long black hair in the noodles. After this we both felt quite queasy and didn’t want to continue with eating.

We informed the wait staff about the hair and they apologised. On payment, the waitress gave us 10% discount which only amounted to $5 – we really should have had a full refund for the noodles. She promised that it would be better next time, but there won’t be a next time. Applecross is quite a trek for us, and not worth the time and effort to be let down by lacklustre dishes and poor hygiene.

Last visit date – March 2021

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Based at the iconic Swan Brewery in Perth, and right on the river, there couldn’t be a better location for dinner. Previously this restaurant was Zafferanos, a stuffy and lacklustre Italian based joint that seemed stuck in the 70s with its cheese and cream heavy menu, so I am pleased to say that Cooee’s fresh, friendly approach to Modern Australian food is a breath of fresh air to this establishment. With head chef Alan Wise in place, the menu is appetising and delicious, and the vibe is definitely more upbeat, smart-casual and welcoming.

We booked fairly late in the proceedings and were offered a place on the long table with stools, or a small table at the back with high chairs with backs in them. Comfort is everything to me when eating, and I like my chair to have a back in it, so we chose the higher chairs. It was fine, but the waitress then offered us another table with a better view as long as we vacated it in time for the next occupants – we agreed to the deal and ended up on a nice table overlooking the river.

We were intrigued by some of the the wines on the menu and asked to try the vermentino, but when sampled, we weren’t keen, so decided to go for a Great Southern La Violetta sparkling rose, which was very drinkable. The waitress was very patient while we perused our choices.

The menu is designed for sharing or not, with smaller plates and larger plates. I love it when I can’t decide because the choices all seem so nice, and Cooee didn’t disappoint. I could have gone for vegan or vegetarian choices (both were available), but decided to go with a fish based meal. Choices for small plates included oysters, mussels, sashimi, pork belly, mushrooms, cauliflower etc. and larger plates included chicken, leeks, zucchini, steak, fish and wagyu.

I started with Fremantle octopus with vietnamese mint, lime and chilli. Beautifully cut slivers of octopus in a piquant dressing. This was lovely and fresh, clean and nourishing – the raw chilli was a little hot for me, but my partner happily stole my chilli to add to his own dish.

My partner chose the vegan mushroom tartare with radish and potato crisps (and my added chilli of course!). Again a delicious starter, and how can you go wrong with crisps on a plate – he was in heaven.

We both chose the fish for main which was Rankin cod with lemon, lentils, chives and capers. Sides were broccolini with crispy shallots and a hearty bowl of chips, skin on and perfectly fried. Everything was good – the fish was fresh and delicious, with a great balance of piquancy from the capers, lemon and chives.

We looked at the dessert menu and decided to pass as everything, tempting as it was, contained dairy. It would have been nice to see a non-dairy dessert option, but we were fairly full anyway.

Staff were friendly and inviting, and I enjoyed my experience here – will definitely be back for another visit.

Last visit date – February 2021

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Ten Acre Block is located in the Pan Pacific where Uma Bar used to be. The tables are nicely spaced out and romantic, and the menu is a vegan degustation. The bar menu includes vegan and vegetable based cocktails as well as non alcoholic spirits. Wait staff are enthusiastic and pleasant to deal with, our waitress explained the menu and advised that we could slow it down or speed it up as we wished.

I started proceedings with a lovely Lemon Drop cocktail and waited for the procession of dishes to arrive.

The first dish to arrive was sweet potato tartines with macadamia labneh and heirloom radish. These were lovely, with nicely matched flavours, and very good start to the meal.

The second dish was the star of the show – chargrilled apricots, heirloom tomatoes and asparagus in Romesco sauce – absolutely delicious. The only problem was that there was a lot of sauce left and we could really have done with a hunk of bread to soak it all up. I mentioned this to the waitress who said “Yes, we’re looking into it” and whisked the plates away. Why not just bring a bread basket??

After the success of dish two the next course was a little disappointing – roast parsnips with kumquats and tera-miso and ginger. The central filling was a little stodgy, but the crispy outside was nice.

Next came a palate cleanser – camomile kombucha. It was a bit of an odd taste and not something that I would order.

The ‘main’ of the degustation came next – eggplant, demi-glace, leek confit and legume sprouts. The eggplant was just underdone, and the leek sauce a little bland. The whole dish really needed some seasoning.

I was really looking forward to the pear and chocolate tart dessert – it’s one of my favourite combinations, but again this was a disappointment – the tart was dense and hard to eat, the pears were undercooked, and the core was an unpleasant thing to manoeuvre, I wish they had removed it before serving.

Petit fours were nice, the grapefruit tart was light and lovely and would have made a much better main dessert. The chocolate cup was just peanut butter in a cup and I would have preferred a lighter whipped filling – maybe with peanut butter and cashew cream.

We gave feedback on leaving and found out that they were still ‘trying dishes out’ and tweaking the menu. Surely the menu should be piloted before giving it to the general public. This is an expensive way to be somebody’s food experiment!

Will I return? Probably not until they refine the menu – it’s nice to have a vegan degustation, but it also has to deliver with every dish, not just a few of them.

Last visit date – January 2021

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Vietnomese is a fairly new Vietnamese cafe on Charles Street in North Perth. Part of a complex of shops and cafes, it has an adequate car park which can be approached via Kadina Street. The menu seems to be based on Vietnamese street food with bahn mi, pho, spring rolls and salads.

We were greeted by friendly staff who seated us outside for our dinner. I chose a hone lemon iced tea to start which was absolutely delicious and had just the right amount of sweetness.

We selected mum’s vegetarian spring rolls – perfectly crispy with a good tasty filling.

We also chose crispy tofu with eggplant in tomato sauce, another very tasty dish.

To go with this we selected the crispy barramundi with tamarind dipping sauce.

We enjoyed all of our dishes, the service was really good, and the flavours went well together. I would like to return to try the bahn mi and pho. This is a real neighbourhood gem.

Last visit – November 2020

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Japanese Cafe OEC Sushi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

OEC Sushi is a venue that I have been meaning to try for a long time, but the cafe only opened mid week. It is now open at weekends, and we excitedly visited for breakfast a few weeks ago. The cafe is a little outside of Joondalup town centre, at the end of Regents Park Road, and has seating inside and on the pavement.

Service is friendly and enthusiastic, and the menu is full of wonderful options that make you want to try them all. On the first visit, my partner was feeling a little under the weather with a cold, and we both chose the udon noodle soup with vegetarian tempura. This was absolutely delicious, and even though the tempura were served half in the soup and had softened, they still had a crispness to them and a wonderful umami flavour.

On our next visit we both chose chicken dishes (it’s rare for us to eat chicken, preferring vegetarian options, but we both wanted chicken on this occasion). I chose the crispy chicken bowl with crispy kale, pickles, salad and rice.

My partner chose the spicy chicken bowl which was not overly spicy, but very delicious with pickles, rice and salad.

We also chose vegetarian gyoza, which were good and tasty with kewpie mayo.

All dishes were amazingly good, and we can’t wait to go back and try other menu options. This cafe is sure to be a weekend favourite for us.

Visit date – January 2021 – this is a local favourite now – we are always visiting!

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Bayside Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bayside Kitchen is in a lovely location, right on Matilda Bay, and we attended for a retirement lunch with a dear colleague one sunny Friday. The menu is quite varied with breakfast, brunch and lunch options. There should be something on the menu to suit most palates.

The drinks menu has a variety of juices, coffees, wines etc, I chose a Morning Glory juice – orange, apple and mint, and this was lovely, bursting with fresh flavour.

I chose the mushroom bruschetta with feta, poached egg, kale and candied walnuts. The flavours were really good. It was a little heavy on the bread, but otherwise a nice lunch.

My colleague chose the chilli mussels with white wine and sugo, which he really enjoyed, and he had just eht right amount of bread to soak up every last drop of the wonderful sauce.

Another colleague chose a vegetarian pumpkin salad which she thoroughly enjoyed.

The location is everything here, the staff are friendly, and the cafe has a warm vibe about it. The food is good but not amazing, however it is definitely worth a visit to while away time with friends on a sunny Perth afternoon.

Last Visit – December 2020

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

Dragonfly is a popular cafe on Carnarvon Street in Broome with plenty of exciting menu options.

We visited for a quick brunch and were pleasantly surprised to see some vegan and vegetarian menu options.

Coffees were good and rich. We chose a flat white and a soy iced latte.

I chose the vegan pancakes. They were absolutely scrummy with berries and coconut ice cream, almonds and white chocolate, but not too sweet. A perfect amount too and I would definitely choose them again.

My partner chose the popcorn fritters with herb salad, jalpenos, pickled cabbage, smashed avocado and poached egg. He loved this dish, every element being tasty and well suited to the overall combination of flavours.

I would definitely return to Dragonfly, the service is good, the food is great quality, and it’s a great vibe.

Last Visit – November 2020

  
The Zookeepers Store Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Zookeepers Store is on the site of an old zoo and used to be called the Old Zoo cafe. It’s always been great, and again proved to be exceptional in providing quality coffees and muffins.

The are currently not serving meals due to Covid-19, but you can sit inside or out and order drinks from the counter and food items from the cold cabinet. They are also preparing some special orders freshly cooked, but they are presented takeaway style and it’s your choice whether you eat in or go.

Coffee is provided by Micrology coffee roasters, and nothing is too much trouble for the friendly staff. Happy to provide decaf and alternative milks as well as healthy juices, this cafe will suit everybody. Equipment is recyclable and sustainable, with recyclable coffee cups decorated in beautiful designs.

The muffins – oh my goodness – the muffins are amazing. Freshly baked in house, with delicious fruity flavours. Throughout our stay we tried peach, apple and berry flavours, always perfectly cooked and just the right amount of sugar and ripe fruit.

Well worth a visit if you are in Cable Beach and definitely a local gem.

Last Visit – November 2020

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Wharf Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Wharf is in Sanctuary Road in Cable Beach, and is a seafood specialist restaurant. The menu is full of all types of seafood, and it’s one of those places where you go up and pay first and then wait for your food to arrive.

We tried the Wharf for lunch one day and shared a plate of chilli prawns and chips with aioli. This was really good and absolutely hit the spot for lunch.

We returned for an evening meal. My partner chose crab spring rolls to start which were very tasty with a lovely dip.

I chose the oysters with wakame dressing – lovely and fresh, and really good.

For main my partner chose the barramundi coconut curry with steamed rice, which he really enjoyed. It was fragrant and tasty like a malaysian style curry.

I chose slipper lobster and chips with aioli. The portion size included 6 slipper lobsters which was plenty, and they were happy to cook them with oil instead of butter for me.

We really enjoyed Wharf. The staff are friendly, and the produce is good quality and fresh. It’s not cheap but well worth the expense for some of the best seafood that Broome has to offer.

Last Visit Date – November 2020

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