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Francois, Leederville

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Francois is a cute tea and coffee shop hidden away from the main Leederville strip in the car park off Newcastle Street.

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The array of cakes and pastries is mouthwatering, and Francois also sell savouries and a variety of teas, coffee and drinks. Apologies for the reflection on the photos of the cabinet.

I chose the raspberry blast:

I would have preferred raspberries on top, however the strawberry was quite nice and the raspberry mousse and gel filling was lovely. The base was a biscuit which was quite hard to cut through, so I scraped the cake off the biscuit and ate the biscuit later.

My partner chose the Carameline:

He thought it was wonderful, lots of nice gooey caramel and chocolate which reminded him of eating a Double Decker chocolate bar.
Tea was served in pots with strainers – I chose a green fruit tea.

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Francois is definitely worth a try to get your posh cake fix. I think there are better patisseries, but nonetheless it was a pleasant distraction to have afternoon tea there.

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Visit Date – June 2019

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Fibber McGee’s, Leederville

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As an ex UK resident, English born, I sometimes pine for a wonderful Sunday roast. I can cook lovely roasts at home, but sometimes I want to be the guest and have it cooked for me. We tried our local pub last year, but the carvery was dire, pre-cooked, pre-carved meats in metal containers – everything was overcooked and tasteless.

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I had seen Fibber McGee’s on several occasions, being a Leederville regular, but I didn’t realise that it was much more than a quaint Irish pub. Fibbers have their own organic farm, and they provide their own dry aged beef and organic produce for the restaurant.
The restaurant is an old fashioned room with leather seats with the homely feel of somebody’s lounge, but also very typical of an Irish pub that you would find in any town in Eire. The friendly staff are all Irish, and extremely helpful.

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For the Sunday roast we had the choice of beef (medium rare), lamb, or pork, and we chose the classic roast beef. Other options on the menu included chicken and leek pie, Irish breakfast and fish and chips. Fibbers also provide a range of veggie options on a separate menu.

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The beef was beautiful, sitting on top of a heap of stuffing, with a delightfully crispy but slightly stodgy Yorkshire pudding, perfectly cooked veggies and crispy tasty roast potatoes.
The vegetables were firm enough to hold together but soft enough to slice easily with a knife, and the cauliflower was perfectly cooked with a lovely coating of cheese sauce. Our only disappointment was that they had run out of horseradish sauce.
We were offered the dessert menu, but refused on the basis that we were about to collapse into a food coma. The four dessert options were ice cream, sticky date pudding, banoffee pie, and chocolate brownie. I may have been tempted if there was a crumble option. We also had a very generous Entertainment book voucher, so got one of the main courses free.

Fibbers have an impressive wine list too – it’s not extensive but every choice is a good one, and when I return I will have a hard time choosing a wine to accompany the meal. I will return, because that was a great Sunday lunch and I can’t wait to try some of the other menu options.

Visit Date – May 2018

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Pinchos, Leederville

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We stopped off at Pinchos for some Sunday afternoon tapas. It occupies a corner position in the heart of the Leederville strip with tables outside as well as inside. When they first opened a few years back, they had a small shop, but have expanded into the shop next door, a move that was needed because they are always busy.
The menus are the type where you tick what you want – at least the wait staff can’t get your order wrong. There are Pinchos classics, small bites, salads, ham and cheese, grilled bread with toppings, tortillas, croquettes, tapas, and a few bigger plates.
We started off with Pan Arabe – flatbread, saffron labne, olives, beetroot, guindilla pickle, grpaes and dukkah. This was one of my favourites, a really nice combination, and the flatbreads were beautifully prepared. I could have happily eaten a very large plate of this and nothing else.

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Next came Berenjena – Grilled bread with eggplant, brie and pear chutney. This was nice but quite mildly flavoured and could have benefited from a bit more seasoning.

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Then my favourite Patatas Bravas – beautiful roasted potatoes with paprika, tomato and aioli. My only wish was that all of the potatoes were coated with the sauces.

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Then the salad arrived – Frutos Secos – rocket, confit nuts, pear, goats cheese and orange segments. A nice mixture that I thought went well together, but my companion wasn’t overimpressed – describing it as a ‘trail mix’ salad.

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The last dish was a tapas favourite Campinones con Queso Azul – grilled mushrooms with px vinegar, blue cheese and roasted candied almonds. This was probably the best dish – full of flavour and not too overpowering.

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It was a very nice late afternoon lunch, and Pinchos is a casual relaxed atmosphere where you can sit outside and watch the world go by. It’s very tempting to compare it with Duende which is just around the corner, but I think that they are two different vibes. Duende is much more polished and had more of a gourmet feel to it, whereas Pinchos is perfect for dropping by to eat simple but delicious bites. Both venues have a place in Leederville, and they are certainly well loved by the locals.

Last Visit – October 2018

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Pictures from other visits:

Flatbread, pickles, labne, olives, grapes:
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Spanish pate with bread:
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Mushrooms with blue cheese, PX vinegar and almond crumb:
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Roast pork belly with cumin and lemon:
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Gusto Gelato, Leederville

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Gusto Gelato is the brainchild of Sean Lee, a gelato enthusiast who decided to learn his craft in the Italian town of Bologna. He uses traditional artisan techniques and the result is a smooth creamy dreamy gelato which tastes divine.
The parlour is in Leederville at the top end of Newcastle Street, a bright cheery place with pastel coloured tables and chairs so that you can eat in. Sean and his staff are friendly and knowledgeable and they serve the gelato with love and care, washing the scoops in between each flavour.
His flavours are not overly sweet and sickly, he has the balance of sweetness just right and the flavours are full and precise. I chose the Salted Caramel – which tasted exactly like salted caramel – salty but not overly so and caramel but not cloyingly sweet – absolutely delicious. I also had the Brittle Sweet Symphony – honey gelato with almond brittle and dark chocolate pieces – again just divine.
It’s not cheap at $8 for 2 scoops, but you get what you pay for and this is the best gelato in Perth.


Vegan flavours include – Dark chocolate, Coconut and mango, sour cherry, raspberry, lemon, orange and passionfruit and mango. Sometimes they have a fab lemon and lime bitters flavour.

If you also want to learn how to make great gelato, Gusto run classes!

Last Visit – May 2020

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Duende, Leederville

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It had been more than two years since my last visit to Duende – always a nice spot for tapas, a lively atmosphere and an extensive drinks menu. It is on the junction of Carr Place and Newcastle Street, just off the main Oxford Street strip, but still in a lively position.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable, and gave good advice on wine, drinks and the food and portion sizes.
Our first dish to arrive was a sharing plate of longaniza, chorizo, jamon Serrano, caperberries and pickled chillis with bread and olive oil. Everything on the plate was tasty and good quality – the caperberries added a wonderful savoury piquancy.

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Next we chose a ceviche of white fish with orange and grapefruit jelly with ribbons of cucumber, radish and aioli. Again very good quality and a plate of nice fresh flavours.

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Then we had a salad of baby cos lettuce with roasted cauliflower, manchego and chorizo crumb. An unusual dish but a nice combination of flavours that went well together.

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Finally we chose whitebait and patatas bravas. Both simple plates but extremely well executed. The whitebait were plentiful, crispy and served with a chipotle aioli.

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The patatas were cooked traditionally with paprika and smoked tomato aioli. Absolutely delicious, perfectly crispy with just the right amount of spice.

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This visit to Duende proved that the standard has got better and better. Always a favourite, it is now one of Perth’s finest tapas eateries, producing quality food cooked with thought and precision. I can’t wait for the next visit.

Last Visit Date – June 2018

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Here are some pictures from previous visits:

Sloe Gin Fizz:
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Anchovies and Tapenade (pureed olives, capers and anchovies):
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Mushrooms, walnuts, and gorgonzola:
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Roast pork belly, grapes, pine nuts, pomegranate:
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Jamon Serrano:
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Amani Bar and Kitchen, Leederville

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Opposite the Luna Theatre on Oxford Street, sits Amani Bar and Kitchen. We visited after work and it was already filling with Friday night socializers. A combination of high tables, a few lower chairs and tables, and a long bar, there’s a perch to suit everybody, and the music is retro funky, perfect for setting a carefree mood.
We had heard that their vegan/vegetarian selection was good, so we chose a range of tapas style dishes.
Starting off with a superb glass of Castelli Riesling while we perused the array of choices.

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The first dish was most likely the star of the show – a beautifully soft and gooey mushroom parfait with onion jam and generous fingers of toasted focaccia.
Everything melted into a wonderful combination on the tongue, and I would have
been happy of this were my only dish of the evening.

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The next dish was cauliflower and walnut tacos with guacamole and a preserved lemon cabbage slaw. Again, each mouthful – pure joy.

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Next came miso glazed eggplant with hummus and coconut ‘bacon’, perfectly cooked, soft and luscious, and another tick in the excellent column.

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Our last serve was non-veggie – cajun prawns with charred corn salsa, guacamole, and white corn chips. Excellent finger food, plentiful prawns, and every scoop a delight.

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We had a really good time at Amani, there was a great friendly vibe, and the food was outstanding. There’s certainly plenty of dishes to suit most palates and diets, other dishes on the menu include charred pork shoulder, scallops, chicken liver parfait, fried chicken and maple bacon sliders, plus a variety of cheeses and dips. I’ll definitely be back.

Visit Date – March 2020

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Bunn Mee, Leederville

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Bunn Mee is a little cafe on the main Leederville Oxford Street strip selling Vietnamese street food. Run by Masterchef’s Jenny and her family, it is busy, bustling and friendly, with Jenny working hard to ensure that everybody has what they need.
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The main item is bahn mi, the Vietnamese-French fusion baguette rolls with choices of pate, chicken, pork and vegetarian fillings. The cafe also serves Vietnamese favourites such as bun, pho, broken rice, shaking beef, noodle salads and Vietnamese pancake.
We started off with a serve of spring rolls to share, and they were the most perfect spring rolls that I have ever tasted, beautifully crisp with a nice meaty pork filling and sublime dipping sauce. A very nice introduction to the meal.
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Juices and drinks are freshly made, my partner chose a fresh pressed orange juice and I chose a young coconut juice. Both were full of flavour.

For main course, my partner chose a bun broth with pork and beef, which was wonderful and very very flavoursome. Accompanied with condiments like beansprouts, lemon, mint, and chilli, he finished every last drop. Jenny’s dad explained the mashed chilli condiment – it’s a special dried chilli mashed with oil, and a particular accompaniment to the bun.
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Intrigued by the pancake, I chose it to see how it compared with my homemade Saigon pancakes, and realised that I’ve been doing it wrong. The waiter explained that I need to tear off pieces of the pancake, lay them on a lettuce leaf, add some pickles and mint, and roll them up, dip them in sauce and eat. The lettuce leaves were some kind of wasabi derivative with a lovely mild wasabi flavour that really added to the dish. The turmeric pancake was full to bursting with beansprouts, prawn and pork and it was a nice size too. Absolutely yum.
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Artwork and decor around the cafe is the work of Jenny’s dad – Minh Nguyen.
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Bunn Mee is definitely the best Vietnamese food for miles, well worth the visit.

Visit Date – Jan 2019.

Other dishes include this amazing lace spring roll salad (vegan) – the spring rolls contain yam and shiitake mushrooms – they are incredibly good.

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Crispy chicken:

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Banh mi of course:

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La Vida Urbana, Leederville

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Urbana is a sister restaurant to El Publico in Mount Lawley, and is situated in Carr Place, Leederville, quite close to Sayers and Duende. The food is authentic Mexican, and if you love Tequila, Mescal and Agave spirits, this is definitely the place for you.
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We started off with a Hibiscus soda and a glass of Riesling. Both nice drinks while we perused the menu.

Most of the starters are tacos of differing types, but they also serve nachos, black bean dip and chicharron (puffed pork crackling). We opted for a few tacos – the carnitas taco with salsa roja, pineapple and chicharron, and the battered fish taco with cucumber, avocado, and charred lemon. They arrived with two tortillas, but both tortillas were underneath a heap of filling. It would have been easier to share if each tortilla had filling on top, but we worked it out and divided them up.
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We also received some chilli jam and hot green sauce.
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Both tacos were really tasty, but the hot green sauce (which was very hot) and the chilli jam were the stars – wow such lovely beautifully put together condiments. We also chose street corn which was amazing. If you are wondering how good corn can be, well this is the dish to prove that it can be incredibly good. Perfectly cooked and charred corn with queso fresco on top. Absolutely yum. (Unfortunately dairy doesn’t agree with me and I did suffer a bit the next day due to the queso fresco, and if they could prepare this dish with vegan cheese, I would be in heaven).

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Next came the kingfish crudo. with orange, habanero, mezcal, hibiscus and tostadas. The waiter helpfully showed us how to dip the crispy tostadas (crispy tacos) into the sauce to wet them before loading up with the fish. This dish was sublime and I loved every mouthful. My only bugbear is that they gave us just 3 tostadas. We could have had two each really, and a bit of care from the waitstaff and kitchen would have made this much easier to share. I didn’t touch the sliced habaneros – I’ve had those sneaky little chillies before and unless your chilli game is really strong, they will leave you with a long lasting mouth tingle.
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Our last dish was the chicken mole as recommended by the waitress. Beautifully tender and moist chicken breast (I think it had been cooked sous-vide and then pan fried), with a mole sauce, red arroz and tortillas. The mole sauce was bittersweet and a good contrast to the rest of the ingredients.
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This was a very good meal. I wish there were more cheeseless dishes on the menu, or options to removed the dairy so that I could have tried a wider ranger of dishes. A few of the dishes are vegan, but they only form a minority of the menu, so this is more of a restaurant for meat eaters. I would happily return for another feast – lovely yummy Mexican food.

Visit Date – Jan 2019

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