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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.

Mouthful Duck, Ellenbrook

Mouthful Duck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mouthful Duck is a modern Asian restaurant in the town centre of Ellenbrook with a big open kitchen and friendly wait staff. The menu offers fresh lemon iced tea, which is lovely and refreshing.

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Perusing the menu, there are quite a lot of tasty sounding options. Lots of sharing options to start, dumplings, buns, roast meats, and larger plates like pork belly, fillet of beef in black bean sauce, tamarind duck curry and seafood tempura.

We chose one of my favourite starters – prawn toasts. They didn’t disappoint, nice thick bread with a generous serving of prawn on top and a sweet soy dip.

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Next came DIY duck pancakes with tender sliced roast duck, apple, spring onions, plum sauce and hoisin. This was an interesting take on Peking duck with apple instead of cucumber, and I loved each mouthful.

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For mains we chose crispy skinned barramundi with kailan, rice on a bed of egg white and ginger. The barra was very fresh and nicely cooked and the kailan were in a delicious oyster/soy sauce.

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We also had some mee goreng with prawn, chicken, egg and vegetables in a spicy sambal sauce. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture before we had eaten half of it, but it was presented very nicely and tasted lovely – quite spicy – with a very generous helping of prawns and chicken.

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Mouthful Duck is a nice experience – the menu is slightly quirky and everything was certainly very tasty. It’s a little on the expensive side, but well worth it for the quality ingredients and generous portions.

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The Mint Asian Cafe, CBD

The Mint Asian Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Mint is a canteen style Asian cafe on Hay next to Perth Mint on the corner of Hill Street. On a rainy day I was given a lovely welcome and I perused the menu for something warming.

Tempted by pretty much all of the options – laksa, fried rice, gyoza, salt and pepper prawn etc. I eventually settled for a fried chicken kway teow.

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It was really nicely cooked with the charred wok flavour running through, and a perfect mix of chicken, onion, egg, beansprouts and greens. I loved it and was quite happy with the $11 lunch price tag.

This won’t be my last visit to Mint, it’s another Hay Street winner.

Kitsch, Leederville

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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Saigon Palace, Clarkson

Saigon Palace Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This restaurant is on an elevated section a short walk from the main Ocean Keys shopping centre. It’s definitely a neighbourhood gem with lots of regulars and families walking in when we visited.

The menu is pan-Asian rather than strictly Vietnamese, so don’t go expecting several varieties of Vietnamese soup, although they do serve Pho as a chef’s special.

On our visit we chose a few starters. Vietnamese rice paper rolls and chicken satay.

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The rolls were beautiful, nicely packed with noodles, lettuce, mint, spring onion and prawn with a nice warm hoisin dip. The satay was succulent and flavoursome with plenty of coconut and peanut sauce. Yum.

For mains we chose the chef’s special salt and pepper fish. It was nice, but I think that they use frozen fish as it was a bit on the firm side. The little crumbs of garlic, onion and chilli were great.

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We also chose a Thai yellow curry with chicken which was lovely complete with authentic Thai basil. Really good.

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Served with a generous tub of steamed rice.

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The portions are a good size, and the food here is very tasty which is why the locals keep coming back time and time again. Well worth a visit when you’re in Clarkson.

Low Key Chow House, Leederville

Low Key Chow House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Low Key Chow House is situated on the main Oxford Street strip in Leederville, and is a sister restaurant of Mount Lawley’s Dainty Dowager. The menu is designed for sharing, a mixture of small, medium and large plates.

We had an early booking, which means that we had the table for 2 hours, the downside of table time limits is that the staff tend to rush your order through.

We were seated, offered water, and chose a nice drop of Eden Valley Riesling while we perused the menu.

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We were given a small bowl of peanuts and candied anchovies to start – the anchovies were really good – quite unusual – sweet and salty.

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For our small plates we chose the spring rolls with sweet potato noodles, and the house dumplings – chicken and vegetable.

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The spring rolls were very generous and tasted good with a lovely tamarind dipping sauce.

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The dumplings were fried with a soy dip, nice but they needed the dip to season them.

Our mains included soft shell crab in singapore chilli sauce with okra. This was a lovely dish, with a nice sauce, quite spicy too.

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We also chose the beef shortribs with pear and apple marinade, kimchi and sesame sprouts. The kimchi was very spicy, but very very tasty, and the sauce with the ribs was also quite hot, but we enjoyed it. The ribs were well cooked, good quality and very flavoursome – it was quite a generous dish.

We also chose some plain noodles with ginger and spring onion.

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It was a good meal with a tempting menu, the staff were friendly, and it’s definitely a popular spot with the locals, however, we did feel that the meal was a bit rushed, and also quite expensive. I will probably go back at some point to try some of the other dishes, maybe not on a Saturday night.

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Click here to find out more about LKCH

Neho Asian Tapas, Vic Park

Neho Asian Tapas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Absolutely everything about Neho is fun. Booking is easy – online, no fuss, the wait staff are lovely, and the quirky signs and decor of the place puts you right into a carefree, fun state of mind before you even look at the menu.

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The signs are great examples of how meaning gets ‘lost in translation’, and the owners have chosen some really funny illustrations of this.

Before ordering we were presented with a bowl of great crispy prawn crackers which had a superb intense flavour and got our tastebuds tingling. The drinks menu is full of wonderful choices and great cocktails – we chose a Great Southern Riesling which was apple-y, slightly smouldering and a little musty, a fine example of how many keynote flavours a Riesling can have and very good value for $11 – very very drinkable.

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The menu is tapas style as the name of the restaurant suggests with small plates and large plates all designed for sharing. We really wanted to try everything, it all sounded so yummy, and there’s also a ‘feed me’ option where you can let the chef choose for you, but we plumped for 3 small dishes, a veggie dish and a main dish. The waitress thought we might not manage it all, but we decided to give it a go and get a doggie bag if we had leftovers.

The first dish to arrive was a duo of Macao pork sliders with Toasted Brioche, Crumbed Pork, Garlic Aioli, Pineapple Relish, Lettuce. They were really tasty, lovely tender pork and great aioli, and I did wonder if were going to manage all of the meal as they were very satisfying.

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Next came the garlic tomyum prawns. Three giant prawns that had been split and grilled with a tomyum oil, coconut cream and herbs. So crispy and delicious that I ate some of the shell as well.

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The meal was nicely paced and the wait staff held back on other items until we had finished what was on the table – I like this approach – much better than having a table full of food that you are racing to eat before it all gets cold.

The next dish was an absolute star – Folded Arms in Red Oil – Pork & Cabbage Dumplings, Szechuan Chilli Dressing, Chilli & Scallion. We could have eaten a trough of these – they were so good.

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For the fourth dish we ordered Cauliflower goreng – Deep Fried Cauliflower, Pickle Shallots, Sambal Aioli, Pork Crackling. This was an absolute revelation. Who thought that cauliflower could taste so wonderful, and the crackling was beautifully crisp – probably my favourite dish of the evening.

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The last dish was the signature 36 hour rendang ribs – 36 Hour Beef Short Ribs, Rendang Curry, Toasted Coconut. The waitress suggested a rice accompaniment which was perfect because we needed something to soak up the lovely rendang sauce. We were full, but couldn’t stop eating these amazing ribs – wow – what a dish.

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We were really keen to try the desserts, but we simply had no room left in our tummies. We will be back to try the banana doughnut, the pandan panacotta or the creme caramel custard cake very soon. This is one of Perth’s finest – make sure you give it a try.

Click here to find out more about Neho

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Sun Kwong, Whitfords Mall

Sun Kwong Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sun Kwong is a shopping mall food counter that I have been happy to use for over ten years. I tend not to have the pre-cooked dishes that are kept warm, I like to order the ‘made-to-order’ dishes such as the noodle soups and the char kway teow. You pay for them in advance and get a numbered ticket, and within ten minutes you will be given a most delicious meal.

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I would say that the char kway teow is authentic, and the wanton noodle soup delicious and nourishing. The char kway teow is certainly as good as any that I have tasted in Malaysia and Singapore.

This the wanton noodle soup – great value – lots of wantons and noodles and a delicious broth full of veggies:

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They also provide chilli oil in a little pot if you prefer things a little hotter.

The staff are friendly and helpful, and the fridge has a plentiful supply of soft drinks.

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There is always a plentiful suply of dumplings, spring rolls and dishes ready to take away.

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I definitely recommend Sun Kwong for your lunch while you are shopping at Whitfords and your ‘go to’ place for your northern suburbs char kway teow fix.

 

Quick Singapore style noodles

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I had a bit of a craving for Singapore Noodles the other day and decided to make something similar from pretty much leftovers.

I had some leftover roast chicken from a Sunday roast and some leftover greens which were ideal for the job. Sometimes the best dishes are made form leftovers.

You need:

3 tablespoons of Rendang paste (you can use any curry paste but this one gives it that authentic Singaporean flavour)

1 tablespoon coriander

Half a tablespoon cumin

Half a teaspoon turmeric

Some protein of your choice – tofu, chicken, beef, pork, prawns etc.

A bag of bean sprouts

A fresh chopped chilli (or some dried chilli that you can crush and flake into the mixture)

An onion finely sliced

A clove of garlic finely sliced

A few mushrooms sliced

Some cherry tomatoes sliced

Some ‘straight to wok’ thin Singapore egg noodles

Something green thinly sliced (I used a few leaves of spring greens, but pak choi or similar will be good)

Optional extras – chunks of omelette, capsicum, small slices of carrot, fresh coriander, crispy fried onions.

Method:

Fry the onion, chilli and garlic in a little groundnut oil until they begin to soften. Add the curry paste and dry spices and stir well. Cook for 2 -3 minutes. Add water if necessary to keep some sauce happening.

Add the protein and mushrooms. Stir fry for approx 5 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, half of the beansprouts and the noodles. Stir well and stir fry for another 2 -3 minutes to ensure that everything is coated in sauce. Stir in some fresh coriander.

When warm through, serve on a plate or in a bowl. Add some raw beansprouts and some crispy fried onions to finish.

YUM.

Saigon Shack – 114 MacDougal St, Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York

Saigon Shack Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saigon Shack is a small bustling cafe in Greenwich Village just off Bleecker Street. It is a cash only establishment and regularly has a queue outside.

We popped in for lunch and were lucky enough to be seated pretty quickly.

Our starter was summer rice paper rolls with prawns – they were very nicely filled with veggies, noodles and prawns and served with a tasty sauce.

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Rice paper rolls

I chose rice with shrimp. The shrimp were a little on the sweet side but nicely char grilled and came with a sweet chilli dipping sauce and plenty of salad/

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Rice with shrimp

My companion chose the Saigon spicy beef brisket pho. This was full of flavour and nicely spiced with herbs, vegetables and noodles making for a heartwarming meal. Very welcome in the sub zero temperatures of winter.

Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

Beef Brisket

Saigon Shack is definitely a neighbourhood gem with a nicely varied menu and good service. The food is good quality authentic vietnamese, just remember to take cash because they do not accept cards.

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