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Portofinos, Mindarie

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Portofinos is a large restaurant at the Quinn’s end of Mindarie, and it has the advantage of overlooking the ocean. We went there on a Friday evening and it was quite busy and noisy with lots of families dining.
We were directed to a table fairly close to the large windows with a panoramic view of the ocean. The waitress seated us, but it was quite a while before we were offered some drinks.

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The menu includes tapas style plates as well as larger mains. We decided to choose some tapas to share. We also chose a glass of Jim Barry Lavender Hill Riesling each, which was okay, but not the best Riesling that I have sampled.
We started with a sharing plate of chicken wings, halloumi, arancini, smoked sausage, mixed pickles, vegetable frittata, olives, dip and flatbread. The bread was nicely made and cooked, and the wings were quite tasty. The halloumi was overly salty and not pleasant to eat and the chorizo was very strongly spiced. In contrast, the frittata needed some seasoning and the other items were okay. The dip was quite nice.

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We also chose whitebait – nice standard fare, quite tasty.

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Next came a duck spring roll and this was definitely the best dish of the meal, but a bit pricey at $12 for one roll which was cut into 3 pieces (sorry I ate one before taking the pic).

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Lastly a chicken pate with pear chutney and turkish bread. The pear chutney really didn’t add anything to the plate. The pate was quite nice though.

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So what was the verdict on Portofinos ? It certainly has a great view, and if you have a family it is very child-friendly. It’s not a great place for a date though, because it is noisy and brash. The food was okay, but expensive considering that it wasn’t amazing. The duck spring roll was very nice, but everything else was pretty average.

Visit Date – October 2017

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Union Kitchen, Mindarie

Union Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Union Kitchen is located at Mindarie Marina next to the Boat pub, and is on the site of the old Waterfront cafe.
We visited on Christmas Eve for tea and cake and loved the muffins, so we decided to return for breakfast.
I chose the vanilla coconut chia trifle which was a very pleasant surprise. Each spoonful revealed more yumminess from the top layer of granola and yoghurt, through the berry compote and down to the depths of the soft chia. It was accompanied with a fresh fruit salad and ticked all of the healthy boxes for me.

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I also ordered a detox green juice with apple, cucumber, lemon and kiwi. It was very refreshing and tasty.

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One companion ordered the poached eggs on granary with a side of bacon. Simple but delicious and prepared with care.

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My other companions ordered the blueberry buttermilk pancakes which arrived with lots of squirty cream and a blueberry and banana compote. The pancakes also had blueberries in the batter, and started off quite promising, but as each mouthful was consumed they became a little sickly and we ended up with two unfinished plates. It would have been better to contrast the pancakes with something less sweet, or to just reduce the overall amount of sugar. Maybe a lemon yoghurt instead of cream would have helped.

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Tea was well presented with nice pots and all of the usual paraphernalia, and a little complimentary biscuit:

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So what was the verdict on Union Kitchen ? It’s a great cafe in a wonderful location, the pancakes were good, but too sweet, and everything else was satisfactory. Definitely worth a visit.

Visit Date – January 2018

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