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

Chatime is one of several outlets now selling bubble tea in Perth. Bubble tea has really taken off in a big way – you get to choose green or black tea, milk or non-milk, fruit options and then jelly or popping pearls to add another dimension of flavour. The combinations are endless. The tea is then sealed in the contained and you pop your straw in and suck up the jelly pieces with the drink.

Chatime also offers a mousse topping, something that I hadn’t seen at other outlets.

I chose grapefruit green tea with coconut jelly and mousse.

Unfortunately I knocked it over and it went everywhere, all over the table and floor! However the lovely man serving gave me a free replacement tea and he cleared up the horrible mess that I made. I was so embarrassed.

After all of the kerfuffle, I loved my bubble tea – Chatime is a good option, and the staff are great.

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This is the version with mousse:

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Kitchen Inn Express Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kitchen Inn Express is a favourite with the Asian community in Karawara. Situated in Waterford Forum, this cafe serves up the kind of Chinese-Malaysian fare that you would find in Borneo. It’s one of the few places in Perth where you can find good Loh Bak, so obviously we started with a plate.

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Crispy, tasty, meaty and with a delicious chilli sauce this was a lovely starter.

I chose fried kway teow as my main, which was full of flavour, had three large juicy prawns and lots of sliced fish cake. It definitely satisfied my hunger.

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There was also a pot of rocket hot chilli oil to add some spice.

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My partner chose the chicken rendang rice which came with a fried egg – again very tasty with a nice rich sauce.

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We’ve been here several times and will definitely go back again when we’re south of the river. It’s casual, cheap and cheerful, and the seating is looking a little tired now, so the restaurant could do with a makeover, however the staff are lovely and it’s a real gem in Karawara.

The Modern Eatery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Modern Eatery specialises in aburi sushi – the lovely charred, flame seared sushi that you see in several outlets now. It’s a very clean and minimalist restaurant, more cafe style than first date material.

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We chose a yuzu drink to start with – yuzu, citrus, lime and mint – very refreshing.

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We chose a crunchy salad to open proceedings  – leaves with lotus roots, crunchy sweet potato shreds, and sesame dressing. This was lovely – a nice contrast of flavours and textures.

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Next came a selection of signature aburi sushi, some salmon and some tuna, all really good.

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We finished off with tempura prawns and vegetables, very nicely cooked with a great ponzu dip.

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I loved Modern Eatery – it was clean, tasty and reasonable and the staff were really welcoming. Definitely one of Mount Lawley’s best.

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White Salt Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

White Salt in Sorrento is a beach cafe in a nice position where you can look out on the ocean. I have been here for evening meals quite a few years ago, but decided to give the cafe a go for breakfast.

The first thing that we noticed was the service, it wasn’t really happening, and despite booking in advance, we stood at the reception area for a good five minutes before anybody acknowledged us. Eventually we were seated by the window at a good table, but slightly let down by the grubby appearance of the window area and the sticky table. Tables need a good clean between guests, not just a cursory wipe, and it wasn’t very comforting to have a sticky table.

Anyway, we ordered drinks. My partner chose a soy decaf in a mug (which we noticed was an extra $1.50 – 50c each for soy, decaf and the mug!), I asked for the peanut butter and banana smoothie with coconut milk, but unfortunately there wasn’t any coconut milk, so I settled for almond milk.20190413_093625

The smoothie was a little disappointing, not really flavoursome from the banana or the peanut butter, all a bit bland. My partner’s coffee was okay.

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For main I chose the sweet potato and quinoa hash with bacon, spinach and poached egg. This was nice, the bacon was good, the portion of hash was quite small though. The tomatoes add a nice piquant flavour.

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My partner chose the cassoulet with pork and fennel sausages and poached egg. Again this was nice, but quite meat heavy as the cassoulet contained meat.

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So did we like White Salt? It was okay, but nothing special, and it really needs a good clean. I think I prefer the menu options at Voyage Kitchen next door – Voyage was packed out, White Salt had tables to spare – it’s quite obvious why really.

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

Chinta is a zen oasis on Scarborough Beach Road (at the North Perth end), and the moment you walk in, you feel relaxed – it’s like being inside an exotic garden of delights.

The staff are lovely and found us a table straight away. We perused the menu and found it to be one of those menus where you can’t decide because everything sounds amazing.

The juice bar has every flavour you can imagine, and my partner chose a Garden Brew smoothie – bursting with berries, orange, apple, passionfruit and mango.

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I chose the strawberry, hibiscus and rosehip iced tea, served in a deceptively large brass mug which stayed cool to the last drop. the flavours were incredibly good.

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Spoilt for choice with options of nasi goreng, rendang, big breakfast, muesli, French toast and ribs, I finally decided on the swimmer crab omelette which was definitely a good choice. Accompanied by a chilli sambal and a beautiful fennel salad, I enjoyed every single mouthful.

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My partner chose the Nasi Campur – a veritable collection of beef rendang, chicken satay, rice, fried chicken soft egg and sambal. He said that it was wonderful- the rendang cooked well and all items nicely spicy.

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After all that we didn’t have room to sample the cake cabinet so will save that for next time. Chinta serves breakfast, lunch, and high tea. It was a little more expensive than our regular brunches, but definitely well worth it for quality innovative food in a wonderful setting.

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Bivouac Canteen & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bivouac, in the heart of Northbridge on William Street offers a variety of Middle Eastern and Meditteranean fare. The food is designed for sharing, including small plates and larger plates.

We started with a mocktail – a citrus based fruity delight with a hint of sourness.

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From the small plate section we chose the Israeli duck liver pate with mustard kasundi, pickles and matzah crackers. This was such a beautiful dish, really rich and flavourful. the pickled radishes were incredibly good.

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For larger dishes we chose the 9 spice Palestinian Chicken Musakhan, again a wonderful combination of flavours with fennel, toasted buckwheat and smoked garlic yoghurt.

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Mint and chilli eggplant was exquisite. Perfectly cooked eggplant with chickpea msabaha,  herbed vegan yoghurt, fermented paprika, and crispy shallot.

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We also chose a Syrian potato salad with fennel, almond, chilli, lemon and herbs – probably the best potato salad I have eaten.

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Bivouac really does deliver a feast of flavours, and it’s nice to try dishes from different regions of the middle east – there really is a shortage of restaurants delivering this type of cuisine in Perth. I really couldn’t fault any dish and I will definitely return for more.

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

Kitsch is an Asian style bar and restaurant on Oxford Street, but a bit north of the main strip – close to the Re-store, Pappagallo, Pixel and the Bourke Street community.

We had an early Friday evening booking and were seated at a comfortable table for two. The menu is quite varied with lots of good-sounding options. We chose the lotus chips with wasabi mayo to start. Unfortunately there was no wasabi mayo (we were too early for chef to make it), so we had sriracha chilli mayo, which was nice, but a shame because I was really looking forward to the wasabi, and it would have been nice for them to tell us before delivering the dish.

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We chose several plates to share and the first to arrive was a plate of eggplant sambal. The eggplant was well cooked, soft, but not squishy, however the whole dish needed more seasoning.

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The next plate contained Korean sweet and salty chicken wings. They were simply delicious – definitely the best dish of the evening. They came with a spicy mayo  and were nice plump and meaty with a gorgeous sticky coating. We were also given some wet towels to wipe our sticky fingers.

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Next to arrive was a bowl of spicy mince with green beans – similar to a larb salad. This was tasty and had some nice gravy at the bottom. We didn’t eat it all though – it was good to start but the flavours didn’t carry through for the whole meal and we became a bit bored of it.

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Then came crispy skin pork belly in a red thai curry broth with lychees and pineapple. This was another star dish that we really enjoyed. We also had rice to soak up the lovely sauce.

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So Kitsch – is it a winner? They definitely have some fabulous dishes, but they also have some mediocre dishes too and it’s not cheap to eat there. The staff were friendly but I found it a bit strange that in an empty restaurant they chose to seat a table of three right next to us when there was plenty of other seating available. It also seems to be a venue where you go for a drink and cocktails, and I heard the lady on the next table singing the praises of the gin. Maybe we’ll give Kitsch another go, but there’s a lot of competition in Perth, so watch this space..

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Vans, Cottesloe

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

I’ve been meaning to try Vans for a long while, and it’s definitely a popular location, situated in Napoleon Street behind Boatshed Markets. I immediately loved the vibe of the cafe – friendly staff, a great looking cake cabinet, jazzy music and nice decor, and it had quite a buzz about it but wasn’t so loud that you needed to shout.

I chose fresh orange to start which was good and vibrant – great flavour.

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My partner chose a decaf soy flat white which was smooth and little thin maybe because of the soy.

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It was difficult to choose a main – there were way too many delicious options, but in the end I plumped for the potato cake with smoked salmon, spinach and poached egg. It usually comes with lemon butter, but I asked for that to be left off because of my dairy allergy. This dish was perfection on a plate – the potato cake tasty with a bit of crunch, the egg perfectly gooey, and the smoked salmon was good quality fare – not the usual gelatinous packet bought version.

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My partner chose the cheesy jalapeno cornbread with bacon, poached eggs, smashed avocado and a black bean and corn salsa. The poached eggs were perfect, the cornbread very tasty and the bacon – like my salmon – was good quality and yummy. There was a nice zingy lime backdrop to the avocado smash.

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The cake cabinet looked very tempting but we decided to save that for another day. The raspberry brownies looked particularly good.

 

Vans is definitely worth a try – one of Cottesloe’s jewels.

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Shingle Inn Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I fancied a sandwich for lunch, and Shingle Inn at Lakeside Mall always has nice gourmet sandwiches. I had eaten here before and found the food a little uncaringly constructed, but decided to give it another go, and this time we were pleasantly surprised.

I chose a turkey and cranberry sandwich on multigrain. They helpfully made it without butter and spread mayo instead. It was really good with a nice quantity of avocado and turkey in the sandwich and a great side salad with honey mustard dressing.

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My partner chose the club sandwich which was equally good.

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He chose an orange juice. It would have been nice if it were freshly squeezed, but he ended up with a bottled variety.

I chose a mint and lime frappe which was tasty but had a slightly fake manufactured flavour. It would be really easy to make this with fresh lime and mint, but it was okay.

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The sandwiches here have definitely improved, but the restaurant still needs some care and organisation. There were lots of tables that needed cleaning and nobody really seemed to be attending to them. It’s nice here but it could be so much better.

Satay on Charcoal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Satay on Charcoal is small, and not the easiest restaurant to find, but when you find it, it’s a real treasure because the food is authentic and delicious. It’s on Mends Street but behind the South Shore mall and behind the Windsor Hotel, in the car park, nestled in between the pub and mall next to a pizza joint. We walked past twice before we finally located the cafe.

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The seating is all outside but under a canopy, so you won’t get wet if it rains, and it’s very much cheap and cheerful cafe style where you go up and order when you know what you want.

The menu was full of Malaysian favourites and it was really hard to choose because everything sounded lovely, but we went for curry puffs to start and the house special nasi goreng ‘soc’.

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The curry puffs were good, thick pastry and a chunky potato filling.

For main I chose the special with chicken rendang. This was accompanied by fried egg, prawn crackers, and chicken satay, The curry was delicious, on the bone, and nicely rich. The satays were out of this world delicious and when I go back, I’ll be having a plate of satays to start!

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My partner chose the version with beef rendang, and this was equally amazing, the rendang beautifully cooked to that fall apart melt in the mouth texture.

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So will I go back to Satay on Charcoal? Absolutely yes. It’s not the place to wear your finest clothes, but it’s one of the best outlets for Malaysian food in Perth, and the staff are really friendly. They are also open for lunch. Definitely a place where you leave with a smile and a happy tummy.

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