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Bangkok Brothers, Whitfords

Bangkok Brothers Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Bangkok Brothers is one of the new restaurants located at Whitfords Mall on the cinema ‘strip’. It’s a large area with seating inside and out, and a modern twist on a traditional Thai menu. I was looking forward to my meal.

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It took a while to get served, the staff seemed busy rearranging tables and settings in a restaurant that was only 10% occupied, and it was hard to catch their attention. Eventually a waitress attended the table, and she was quite pleasant. To start we chose to share some traditional Thai prawn cakes – minced pork and prawn in a crispy coating – deep fried. They were served with a sticky plum sauce. This was a generous portion and the cakes were tasty. The sauce was quite sticky and sweet, and I would have liked a lime citrus contrast.

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We drank pink lemonade, which I was expecting to be raspberry flavoured lemonade – subtle and a little sharp, but again, this was cloyingly sweet – think supermarket brand cherry soda and then double the sweetness – I found it hard to drink this.

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For mains we picked the soft shell crab with som tum – two of my favourite things, and a green chicken curry with rice.

Sadly the soft shell crab did not deliver – the batter tasted strange, and the crab was soft and a little soggy. The som tum was a fairly standard papaya salad, but had some large chunks of chilli in it and was quite astringent, so it made my mouth sore. I have eaten som tum on several occasions, and sometimes it can be quite hot and sour, but this was quite extreme.

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The crab was accompanied by some very sweet Thai chilli sauce. Sadly I left most of the crab because of the strange batter – I wondered if it had been cooked in the same oil as chicken wings.

When the green curry arrived, there wasn’t much room on the table, so my partner picked his plate up, and the waiter pretty much threw the curry down on the table and walked off without attempting to help rearrange the table. It seemed really rude.

The green curry was equally disappointing. It was under-seasoned and the veggies were raw. I don’t mind blanched veggies in my Thai curry, but these veggies were solid and not pleasant to eat. I was disappointed that the curry omitted eggplant, which is the traditional veg that you would see – instead there was broccoli, zucchini and mangetout.

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We left most of the food. The staff didn’t ask if the meal was okay, and the service was mostly somewhere between rude and non-existent. I won’t be wasting my money in here again.

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Lot One Kitchen, Hillarys

Lot One Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Away from the main resort area of Hillarys, along Whitfords Avenue at the corner of Angove Drive, sits Lot One Kitchen, a busy cafe with seating inside and out. We arrived on a blustery Sunday morning and it was full. We were glad that we had booked and secured a table inside.

The menu had the usual favourites – eggs benny, full brekkie, pancakes, french toast etc. and some brunch options too. There were also specials on the board, and some breakfast cocktails (it’s a licensed cafe).

We ordered coffee, which unusually arrived after the food. The coffee was okay, but a little bitter (or maybe burnt) for my liking. I don’t usually add sugar to coffee, but I did sweeten this cup.

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I chose the brisket hash with zucchini, capsicum, fried egg and chimichurri. It was nice, the brisket was fall-apart tender, and the egg nicely runny. It sat atop a hash brown which was soft mash potato with a crispy edge, which also had a hint of cheese about it.

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My partner chose ‘The Lot’ breakfast with tasty sausage, maple bacon, poached eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, house made beans, hash brown and ciabatta. He really enjoyed it – a lovely breakfast. The beans really stood out, and could have formed a dish on their own with some chorizo and eggs.

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The cafe is very noisy and we were seated quite close to the counter, so we had a constant flow of people and wait staff pushing past which did detract from our enjoyment quite a bit. We also felt a bit rushed – our dishes and cups were whisked away as soon as they were empty and the staff kept asking if we wanted anything else. As soon as we stood up, another couple were seated before we’d even paid our bill.

The array of savouries, cakes and muffins looked good.

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This cafe is a good option if you want something away from the main Hillarys area, and the food was nice quality, but it’s not the best place for conversation due to the noise. I wonder if with a bit of thought the tables could be arranged in a better format to avoid that awkward claustrophobic feeling when people are standing too close. They serve dinner too – maybe we’ll try dinner one evening.

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Hunter and Barrel, Whitfords

Hunter and Barrel Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Hunter and Barrel is one of the restaurants at the new hub in Whitfords Shopping Mall. It occupies quite a large space with an open kitchen and friendly staff. Every time I had previously tried to book, the restaurant was pretty much fully booked, so it was nice to finally get a table.

The ‘barrel’ menu is a very impressive wine, beer and spirits list with seasonal specials and tempting cocktails.

The ‘hunter’ menu showcases steak, ribs and skewers, with a few sharing ‘feast’ options and several hearty pub fare options like pie, lamb shoulder, and schnitzel. there is a  vegetarian skewer options, but this is not really a venue for non-meat eaters.

For starters we shared (between three of us) some chicken wings and flatbread with dukkah.

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The chicken wings were outstanding (6 in a portion), very very meaty and with a light honey glaze that wasn’t too sweet. They were perfectly cooked. The flatbread and dukkah was also nice with quality olive oil to dip.

For mains, ribs were the order of the day and I chose half a rack of pork ribs with chunky chips and aioli and a side of pickled red cabbage.

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Everything on the platter was incredibly good – nice fall-apart ribs with a great bbq glaze, smooth aioli, crispy fluffy chips and lovely pickled red cabbage with sweet sultanas.

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My male companions chose the beef short ribs – one portion with chilli:

and the other with bbq sauce

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They also enjoyed the mushroom dipping sauce for the chips

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All in all it was a really tasty meal, very fulfilling, and we left with happy tummies. This is definitely the best rib venue in the Northern suburbs.

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The Milk Barrel, Hillarys

There’s nothing like a great ice cream, and with so many parlours to choose from, it can be difficult to find a parlour that provides the right balance.

Many establishments are geared up towards children offering an array of sauces, sprinkles and chocolate bar additions, and although nice occasionally, I generally find them quite sickly.

Gusto in Leederville is a great parlour – the guy who owns it took the trouble to go to Italy and learn the true artisan craft of gelato making. Thus far it has been my favourite. When I saw that Milk Barrel had won awards at the Perth Royal Show, I thought it was worth a try and was very pleasantly surprised – the gelato is certainly as good a standard as Gusto.

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I chose the Tiramisu gelato, which was beautiful. With sponge pieces, gooey chocolate and a not too sweet creamy coffee gelato backdrop, it was really well constructed and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

One of our group chose the pavlova special, which tasted just like a pavlova with raspberry, passionfruit and chunks of meringue.

The lemon and lime bitters sorbet tasted exactly like lemon and lime bitters, wonderful and refreshing.

The cookies and cream was again not too sweet, but tasty and creamily delicious.

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It’s great to see a good quality gelato bar in the northern suburbs, I look forward to going back to try the other flavours.

Click here for more information on the Milk Barrel

Portside Grill, Hillarys

The Portside Grill at Hillarys is a busy, casual restaurant that provides great value for money. Offering several specials each week, we decided to go for the steak special night where you can get a rump steak, chips and slaw for just $14.

The range of beers, ciders and wine is quite extensive and it is nice to see Custard and Co cider on tap.

The menu consists of all of the grill type favourites – steak, ribs, burgers, wings, salads, and fish as well as a range of share boards which offer a nice selection for those who can’t decide.

I chose the barramundi, not expecting it to be amazing, as I didn’t think it would be their speciality, however I was pleasantly surprised to be presented with a beautifully cooked portion of fish, some tasty seasoned chips, and a wonderful salad with great additions like sun dried tomatoes and olives.

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One of our group chose the steak special, and found it to be really good quality and great value for money with great chips and a very tasty slaw.

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We also ordered ribs which were beautifully cooked and fell off the bone. Portside certainly know how to cook ribs and we could see that the membrane had been carefully removed. The sauce was rich and tasty. Much much better than ribs I have tried at Lone Star and Spur.

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Portside is popular, busy and noisy and has a selection of regular tables, high tables and barrels that you can sit around. It was a shame on our visit that all of the regular tables were taken, I find that high tables for eating food can be uncomfortable. However, it was a surprisingly good meal and we all enjoyed it very much.

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Mia Cucina, Hillarys

Mia Cucina Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

We stopped by Mia Cucina for a Sunday brunch with family. It’s an Italian restaurant on the North side of Hillarys marina with great window views across the boat harbour.

The waitress was friendly and provided table water promptly. The brunch menu is not huge, and includes favourites like eggs benny, breakfast croissant, pancakes, as well as a full brekkie (Eggs with benefits) where you get given eggs (your choice of style) on toast and then you choose your other items from a table of sides e.g. bacon, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns, beans.

The coffee was very good, I had a soy cappuccino. The beans are prepared by local Perth roasters Karvan, and I was quite impressed with the house blend.

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I chose Eggs Benny with ham which came with spinach, cress and hollandaise. The portions were quite variable – mine had a few slices of ham whereas others in the group had much more ham than me. The eggs were cooked well, nice and gooey in the middle and the ham was okay but not particularly tasty. It was shaved ham, and I think that a nice slice of thick premium leg ham (as stated in the menu!) would have added more to the dish. The bread was disappointing – everybody on the table found it hard to get through the sourdough bread, and most of us ended up leaving a considerable amount of it. I would have preferred a good old English muffin.

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One companion chose the Eggs with benefits, and enjoyed the meal but was disappointed to note that there were no beans on the buffet table. Hmm Mia Cucina should really provide the items as stated in the menu ! My companion had to ask for another portion of butter, as the amount provided was not sufficient for the large slices of bread. The items on the plate were good and tasty and the eggs cooked well.

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Another member of our party ordered the ‘breakfast schetta’, a bruschetta with tomatoes, onion, basil, bacon and poached egg. It was nice, but again the bread proved to be a problem, hard to carve through, and difficult to get to the soft middle part.

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All in all, we enjoyed the meal, but I think that Mia Cucina should reconsider their bread choices. It seems that sourdough was the only option and it would be nice to have a choice. The menu clearly states that items on the breakfast dishes cannot be changed, so it seems that they organise breakfast to be easier for the kitchen rather than suited to the diner. It is definitely one of the better eateries at Hillarys, but I also feel that with a bit more care they could do so much better.

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Voyage Kitchen, Hillarys

I have been to Voyage before for breakfast, I remember it being a smaller restaurant so wondered if they had extended into the shop next door.

The staff were lovely. It was exceedingly busy but we were assured that a table would be available within 20 minutes, and they were right, we didn’t have to wait long.

The menu contained most of the regular breakfast options, including bircher muesli, buttermilk pancakes with mixed berries, an interesting breakfast board containing a choice of options, full breakfast, mushroom bruschetta, eggs on toast and herby braised beans.

I chose a local favourite called Norma’s Salsa, which is poached eggs on ciabatta with truss tomatoes, avocado, wilted spinach and marinated fetta:

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Norma’s Salsa

 

Wow this was really good, everything on the plate was packed full of flavour and the eggs were cooked to perfection, just dippy enough to run over the bread – I enjoyed mopping up the egg with the other ingredients. The fetta was very flavoursome and probably the nicest fetta I have tasted. Voyage use only genuine free range ingredients and you can taste that on the plate.

The coffee was perfect, not a hint of bitterness, and probably the best soy latte I have tasted in a long time.

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Voyage coffee – soy latte

Will I go back to Voyage – you betcha. It’s right on the coast road, just south of Sorrento beach – there’s nothing like having breakfast just a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean.

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