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

Ginreab Thai is in the centre of Broome on Carnarvon Street, part of the Paspaley Plaza complex. It’s a casual and friendly place, with a good range of menu items including some vegetarian and vegan options. It is also BYO, and has some picturesque dinnerware.

We started with their fish cakes and were not disappointed. They had a lovely depth of flavour and a great dipping sauce.

For mains we chose prawn pad thai and fish penang with steamed rice. I didn’t get a picture before we mixed up the pad thai and served it up, but it was a lovely pad thai. The fish penang was also very good, nicely spiced with good fresh fish.

We liked it so much that we visited again several days later. This time we chose the thai dumplings to start. They were amazingly good with a lovely sweet soy dressing.

For main we chose the pad thai again (better picture this time) and the choo chee curry (chef’s special) which we expected to have a thick sauce, but it was pretty much the same as the penang we had earlier. Everything was still very tasty, its just a shame that we didn’t really get to try something completely different.

On my next visit to Broome I will definitely come back to Ginreab. It’s good food, nice and authentic, with friendly service.

Last Visit – November 2020

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Bali Hai, Broome

Bali Hai Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Located in the attractive Bali Hai resort in Murray Road, is the swish Bali Hai restaurant. Service is friendly, the location is romantic, and the food is well presented.

We shared a lovely glass of Riesling to start while we perused the menu.

We shared some tempura prawns and whiting as an entree, and this came with very nice dipping sauces.

For my main I continued with the tempura theme and chose tempura tofu and vegetables with pawpaw and pomegranate. This was a good selection of veggies – potato, squash, broccoli, green beans, etc and tasted quite nice.

My partner chose the crispy skin Cone Bay barramundi with Thai red curry cream, bean shoots, coriander and mango gel. Nicely cooked and good flavours.

All dishes were tasty and good quality. The staff were also very helpful when we asked about the dairy content of the food.

It wasn’t rock your world amazing, but it was certainly a very nice meal and well worth a visit if you are at Cable Beach.

Last visit date – November 2020

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Sweetwater Rooftop Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sweetwater is a new rooftop bar in Silas Street, East Fremantle at the top of a swish apartment block. There’s parking outside and a lift that whisks you up to the 6th floor. It’s an indoor venue and has views that reach out to the ocean and across Fremantle and North Fremantle.

On the day we arrived, they seemed a little short staffed, and the service was a little haphazard, however we were seated by a window which was nice. We ordered the vegan yum cha menu – $45 per person for several dishes, and a glass of prosecco.

First to arrive from the yum cha menu were three dishes, all quite tasty and I think I liked the dumplings best:

Mushroom dumplings with black vinegar
Charred corn with sesame crumb and tofu curd
Crispy vegetable rice paper roll

This was followed by another three dishes – cauliflower, which was lovely , tofu and sambal, and a tempura eggplant. The sambal was quite hot which overpowered the caramel sauce with the tempura but all dishes were good.

Sesame crusted cauliflower with cashew nut cream
Sichuan crusted silken tofu with sambal
Tempura eggplant with chilli caramel

The last dishes to arrive were the heartiest – a cauliflower rendang with wok fried rice and Asian greens. The rice arrive a good ten minutes after the other dishes and it would have been better to have it all together.

Cauliflower Rendang
Steamed Asian greens
Wok Fried Rice

So overall, what did we think? The dishes were all very nice but I can’t think of any wow moments during the meal. It was great to have a completely vegan menu worked out for us, so that was a plus. I think they could have created a menu that didn’t have two cauliflower dishes, as much as I like cauliflower, maybe a zucchini or sweet potato dish would have been a nice alternative. I also think that any venue with a vista should have spotless windows, and the windows were quite dirty.

There were no soft drinks on the drink menu and I think that they are geared up for a young crowd who come to have cocktails, it would be good to see some tea themed mocktails too, but all in all it was a nice place to while away a Sunday lunch. The staff were lovely, but rushed off their feet. I will revisit, but I may leave it a while to see if the menu changes.

Last Visit – November 2020

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Hearth is the new kid in town to the Perth fine dining scene. Situated in the super luxe, brand new Ritz Carlton and headed up by Jed Gerrard, the chef with a pedigree including Wildflower, Post, and Bilson’s, I was looking forward to a delicious experience.

Please excuse the photo quality, the lighting in the restaurant is subdued, which is cool because it enhances the beautiful views of the lights around Elizabeth Quay.

The menu is brief but well considered, and there is a set price for three courses, with a choice of 3 entrees, 3 mains and 3 desserts. The staff are also helpful and accommodating with dietary requirements.

We chose a glass of WA Pedestal chardonnay to start proceedings, a peachy, citrus and smooth drop that certainly hit all of the right notes.

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Cutlery is cute, and the fish knives look mildly scalpel like, which was different!

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My starter was Fremantle octopus with  fennel and nduja dressing, Nice chunks of meaty octopus on a plate where every flavour worked well and a very good start to the Hearth journey.

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My partner chose the smoked pink snapper with sesame custard, apple, and fig, served ceviche style and again a beautiful plate of food.

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For main my partner chose the duck with onion, rhubarb and duck jus. The duck was perfectly cooked and matched well with the rhubarb, great flavours and well presented.

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I chose the Rankin Cod which turned out to be one of the most memorable plates of food I have ever eaten. The cod was flavoursome with a slight char, enoki mushrooms, and a lovely sauce with squid ink crumb. Absolutely superb.

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The mains were accompanied by a simple but good gem lettuce salad.

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Desserts were all a bit dairy-heavy, so the waiter suggested an off-menu vegan blueberry cheesecake. This came with a candle for the birthday boy:

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Slices of the cheesecake were covered in poached pear slices and macthed with a sublime raspberry sorbet and Davidson plum gel.

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All in all a wonderful birthday meal, great views, lovely staff, and excellent quality food, perfectly executed. Hearth also serve breakfast and afternoon tea. We’ll be returning for sure.

Last Visit Date – August 2020

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

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

This is just a short blog post about one of the better coffee outlets in Joondalup. CXpresso is on the ground floor near Woolworths and KMart. I have visited a few times and found the cakes and pastries to always be fresh (I hate it when cafes freeze muffins and then microwave them the next day to make them ‘seem’ fresh).

We ordered soy decaf, and as usual, this was no problem, we were presented with two very nice coffees.

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We shared a muffin, which was fresh as if it had just come out of the oven. Apple and cinnamon crumble – lovely texture, subtle cinnamon and a sweet hint of apple.

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Last Visit Date – July 2020

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Chullah, Hocking

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

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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