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Kinky Lizard, East Perth

Kinky Lizard Espresso Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kinky Lizard is located on Royal Street, near Haig Park. Just a stroll from the riverfront, it’s a magnet for cyclists stopping by for their morning coffee and locals alike. The cafe has been around for years which is a testament to its quality offerings.

There is an outdoor seating area that is somewhat protected, as well as indoor tables. They serve breakfast, brunch and lunch, and everything is prepared with care and love.

Coffee is smooth and rich, the flat white and soy cappuccino were both delicious.

The chalkboard had a range of tempting smoothies on offer – I must try the peanut butter brownie version soon.

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The menu was full of great choices, I probably could have chosen anything and I would have been happy with it, but I settled for a Kinky Bruschetta with pulled pork, red pepper spread, capsicum, labne and pomegranate salsa. I also had a choice of bread and I chose rye. This was a beautifully constructed dish, the pulled pork nicely cooked, with a lovely spicy backdrop of peppers, and the slightly sweet pomegranate contrast, the labne was thick, creamy and moreish, and altogether the plate was one of the best plates that I have tasted for brunch. My only criticism would be that the bread was slightly soggy in places and it would have been nice to have an additional slice on the side to add the crunch element.

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My partner chose an eggs benny with bacon. As eggs benny goes, it was a classic, well prepared dish with great crispy bacon and perfectly poached eggs.

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This is one of East Perth’s finest. Make sure that you drop in next time you are here for a riverside stroll.

Click here to find out more about Kinky Lizard.

Cravings, East Perth

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

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In a heritage building located on leafy Royal Street in East Perth, sits Cravings Cafe. It has plenty of seating inside and out, and I popped in for a quick lunch one day. The food in the cabinets looked awesome, everything fresh and appealing, with some beautiful home made pies and pasta dishes under the heat lamps.

I chose a pulled pork and slaw roll which the owner toasted for me – he was really friendly and helpful. I noted that they serve Karvan coffee and clearly have their coffee afficionado regulars.

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My pulled pork and slaw roll was everything I expected – tasty plentiful pork (although it was squashed down by the toaster), and delicious slaw, tasty bread – a very very nice lunch.

I eyed up the home made treats like muffins bikkies and slices, but decided to come back on another occasion to try them out. Cravings is a lovely gem in an attractive area with plenty of office trade. Highly recommended.

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Goong, East Perth

Goong Korean BBQ Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Goong is in a great location at Majestic Quay on East Perth’s riverside. It’s a Korean BBQ restaurant where the food is cooked at a barbecue which is an integral part of the table.

The staff are great and explain the menu in detail – which consists of set meals for two, BBQ sets for one and various a la carte options. There is also a nice drinks menu which contains wine, spirits, and soft drinks like aloe vera.

We chose the beef set, which usually contains beef short ribs, but on our visit they had been substituted with spicy beef.

Our BBQ was lit, and we were ready to go!

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We were presented with some pickles and dips. The pickles can be eaten as an entree or combined with the BBQ meats. Pickles included onion, kimchi and beansprouts.

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We were also given a small salad and a steamed egg called gyeran-jjim. The salad had a beautiful spice paste dressing and the egg was light and delicate, flavoured with spring onion.

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The waitress served a spicy soup with zucchini and fermented soya bean paste called dwenjang-jjigae. Nice and warming.

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One of my favourite dishes was the Korean glass noodle salad called japchae. Such beautiful flavours in a cold dish with slivers of egg,mushroom and carrot, and a marinade including dark soy, rice wine and sesame.

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The waitress started the BBQ with vegetables, pumpkin, mushroom, white onions and spring onion. Then she added the fattier cuts of beef brisket – chadolbagi – to give a nice flavour to the BBQ as the fat rendered down.

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Then came the traditional bulgogi wafer thin marinaded beef followed by the spicy beef. The beef was beautifully tender, and the waitress showed us how to wrap it in lettuce leaves and add rice, noodles, salad and other accompaniments to make a nice lettuce wrap. We were also given rice, which was great to soak up the meat juices and sauces.

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All in all our beef set was a good meal with lots of variety, and it all felt very healthy too. A Korean BBQ set is a great introduction to Korean cuisine and Goong certainly provides great food. Next time I’d like to try the crunchy chicken wings – we saw another table order them and they looked insanely good.

Click here to find out more about Goong.

Heirloom, East Perth

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

Heirloom is a restaurant in the swish Fraser Suites in East Perth. Pete Evans is apparently the executive chef, but I’m not so sure that he has seen the latest menu.

We were directed to a nice table near the window, and given the menu which is extremely limited and quite ordinary. The kind of menu that I love is one where I can’t decide what to eat because everything sounds so delicious. This menu was the opposite. I struggled to find something that appealed to me. Appetizers were bread and dip, or olives with chorizo, hmm not that inspiring. Small plates were calamari, chicken and avocado tacos, arancini with prawns, duck leg salad or falafel. We ordered drinks while we deliberated over the best option.

I asked for a mocktail, and the very helpful waitress Nicole showed me a choice of two. I picked a lychee version only to be told that they had run out of lychees but the barman would make up a coconut version. I ended up with coconut water containing a few sprigs of mint, lots of cucumber, and a hint of lime. It was plain weird.

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I asked the waiter about the size of the starters and he said that they were about 200 grams each, which I thought was a strange way of describing them. He said that if we ordered arancini, we’d get just three arancini balls and three prawns, and he seemed to be recommending the tacos, so we decided to share the chicken and avocado tacos to start. In my head I imagined soft tacos with lovely slices of green avocado, crispy chicken, and some kind of mayo. What we actually received were 3 crispy tacos with a sandwich style filling, a few diced mango pieces on top, and a lettuce leaf with some further filling. They tasted okay, but the mango wasn’t really enough to come through, and they could have looked so much more appealing. I also asked the waiter if there were any specials, but he said no, the menu was brand new, and that’s all that was available.

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Nicole came back and asked me how I was enjoying my cocktail. I said that it was a bit odd, and she very helpfully asked if I would like to try a strawberry daiquiri style mocktail instead. I said yes that sounded much better, so she disappeared and then came back and offered me a virgin mojito instead, so I settled for that. When it came up it was much better than the previous cucumber water style effort, although I am not sure if it was very mojito-ey.

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The choice of large plates was equally as dull as the small plates. The waiter told us that the macadamia crusted schnitzel was a very popular option (not my idea of fine dining), but he also advised us to order side dishes because he said that there weren’t many vegetables with the mains. Other options were barramundi, salmon, sirloin steak, lamb rack, mushroom fettucine plus a veggie tian option. My partner chose the barramundi and I chose the sirloin. At this stage I was regretting that we didn’t walk out after first seeing the menu.

When the mains arrived they were beautifully presented and very tasty. My steak was cooked well, it came with some nicely presented carrots, some charred onions, a fondant potato, and a mushroom puree. As instructed, we also ordered a side of sauteed vegetables which was a nice selection, cooked well.

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The barramundi was again nicely cooked, tasted good and came with a cumin spiced potato galette (the cumin was not detectable), a nice snow pea salad, braised fennel, and a quenelle of preserved lemon and pesto.

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The mains were tasty, and well prepared, but not amazing. There was nothing to give them a wow factor, and I am glad that I had 25% discount voucher. We looked at the dessert menu and chose not try the lemon tart, orange honey parfait or the coffee creme brulee.

It was an odd meal and Nicole the waitress did a great job of trying to make everything as good as it could be, but I can’t say that it was memorable, and I won’t go back. It was okay, just boring, very limited, and not the standard that I expected for a restaurant that is claiming serve ‘beautifully crafted’ food.

Blackbird, East Perth

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

We haven’t been to Blackbird for quite a few years and decided to go on a Saturday night to try their Chef’s Choice menu. Quite good value at $50 per head for 3 starters, 2 mains and a dessert.

The restaurant is right on the river at East Perth, a beautiful and chilled setting with seating inside and outside. It’s quite intimate and as evening falls, it really comes into it’s own with candle lighting around the windows and on the tables.

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Our waitress was very friendly and helpful and seemed quite enthusiastic that we had chosen the chef’s choice menu. We ordered drinks and snacked on a small bowl of warm popcorn, seasoned with their homemade salt mixture. We chose a chardonnay from South Australia.

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The first starter was prosciutto et croutes, a small piece of crispy bread with apple, prosciutto and goats cheese, drizzled with a little truffle oil. It was nice, and just a small mouthful to get us started.

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After this came a plate of vegetable croquettes with some capsicum and thyme mayonnaise. They were quite filling, mainly consisting of pumpkin, and we enjoyed eating them.

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The next starter was a bowl of garlic and butter clams, probably something that we would not usually order. The clams were fresh although some of the shells were closed which seemed a bit of a waste, and the sauce was nice. We mopped up the sauce with some bread, but it would have been nice to have more bread to do this.

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The first of the mains was a ravioli of rocket and parmesan with blue cheese cream and spinach. This was the best dish of the night, the sauce really brought the pasta to life and I would have been very happy to have this as an a la carte dish.

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The second main was sous vide chicken with orange jus, Israeli couscous, corn, spinach and chorizo. The Israeli couscous are quite large pearls of couscous. I expected the chicken to be more orange-flavoured, considering that it had been cooked with the orange and that the jus was made with the meat juices and orange. It hadn’t really intensified that much and I would have liked it to penetrate the whole piece of chicken.

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Finally, the dessert was served. A small piece of brownie, a small panna cotta, and a caramel ice cream. Each element was nice, but not outstanding. I think that the portions could have been slightly bigger.

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We had a nice meal in a beautiful setting, and it was certainly good value for $50 each. I left feeling that they could do so much better though. Everything was nice, but nothing out of the ordinary, and if this menu is showcasing the main menu, then it didn’t wow me. It wasn’t bad either, everything was perfectly edible, but I didn’t feel that I need to rush back to try other items on the menu. The setting is amazing though, it’s a great place for an intimate date.

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Click here to read more about Blackbird.

Co Op Dining – Photo Diary

Here is a photo diary of a recent visit to Co-Op Dining, East Perth.

Drinks

Marron cooked on a hot salt block with radish and marron crackers

Marron cooked on a hot salt block with radish and marron crackers

Cuttlefish, chorizo, ink gnocchi

Cuttlefish, chorizo, ink gnocchi

Smoked macadamia, garlic, pea/spinach puree

Smoked macadamia, garlic, pea/spinach puree

Barramundi, fennel, apple, samphire

Barramundi, fennel, apple, samphire

Lamb sweetbreads, tomato, nasturtium

Lamb sweetbreads, tomato, nasturtium

Hoggett merguez, artichoke, garlic

Hoggett merguez, artichoke, garlic

Asparagus, egg yolk, mushrooms

Asparagus, egg yolk, mushrooms

Beef, piccalilli, pickles

Beef, piccalilli, pickles

Blackbird – East Perth

 

I hadn’t heard of Blackbird before, but decided to give it a try and take advantage of a 50% discount offer – I was quite impressed with the Urbanspoon rating so thought it would be above average.

We went on a Sunday lunchtime, and the restaurant is in a lovely setting right on the river just behind Royal Street.

Blackbird river view

Blackbird river view

The interior of the restaurant was casual and cosy, and the waitresses were cheery and welcoming. I liked that the drinks list offered some mocktails, and decided to opt for a no-jito, an alcohol free mojito, which was very good.

No-jito alcohol free mojito

No-jito alcohol free mojito

The menu options were fairly limited (4 choices for each course) but all sounded appetising. We chose to have some bread, and the waitress was very helpful in allowing me to have olive oil with balsamic vinegar rather than the usual Parisian butter. The bread was fresh and crusty – good quality. We decided to share a tasting plate starter.

Tasting Plate

Tasting Plate

This consisted of a slice of beef with blue cheese on bread, tomato and mushroom crostini, polenta with a capsicum sauce, and an arancini ball with pumpkin puree. They were all tasty and good quality – very enjoyable.

For main course I chose the fish of the day which was snapper in a light batter with chips, tartare sauce and a fennel and orange salad:

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Fish and chips

The chips were excellent, crispy and tasty, the salad was also very good and complemented the fish well. The snapper was good quality and fresh.

My companion chose beef medallions with sugar snap peas, roast potatoes, pumpkin puree, balsamic onions and mushroom duxelle:

Beef medallions

Beef medallions

The beef was cooked perfectly, all of the elements worked well and the textures complemented each other well.

For dessert I chose chocolate pudding with cherries and coffee ice cream:

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Chocolate pudding

It was a huge portion of chocolate pudding and quite rich, but very very good. I would have liked another scoop of ice cream – it was home made and had a really rich coffee flavour.

My companion chose chocolate truffles and coffee.

Chocolate truffles

Chocolate truffles

Coffee - flat white

Coffee – flat white

So will I go back to Blackbird ? Yes I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and felt pleasantly full afterwards. It is a nice environment, good quality food and friendly service. The only thing that let them down slightly was serving a chipped plate, but I think that the food made up for that faux pas.

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