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Nasi Lemak Corner, Como

Nasi Lemak Korner Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I managed to get past my annoyance that they spelled corner with a ‘k’ (pet hate of mine), and decided to book a table. It’s in a busy little area of Como with shops and a cinema close by. There are high and low tables, and it’s a BYO establishment.

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The menu is full of tempting Malaysian favourites, and we chose fairly traditional dishes. We started with a chicken satay (3 sticks per serve). This was nice, good satay with juicy chicken, but I have had a lot of satay before and it wasn’t the best or tastiest version I have ever tried. It was a good start to the meal though.

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We also chose some drinks – the sour cherry and lime drink. This was more sweet than sour and full of ‘ais’ which was quite nice as it melted into the flavours.

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I chose good old nasi lemak for my main with the chicken sambal. The waitress warned me that it would be hot and spicy, but I decide to go with it anyway. It was hot, but also quite sweet. The chicken had been cooked for a while and had lost some of it’s juiciness, but I did eat it all. The dish was accompanied by the traditional, egg, cucumber, anchovies, peanuts, and sambal sauce – flavours and textures which all work well together. If I tried this dish again, I would choose a different protein style – maybe the fried chicken or the beef rendang because the chicken was a too sweet for my tastes.

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My partner chose the beef rendang with rice. This was beautifully cooked and tender, rich and moderately spicy, a very nice version of rendang – this was the best dish on the table. The rice was served with pickles and sambal sauce.

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We also chose some roti breads served with the traditional lentil (dhal) dip. They were nice and a good contrast to the spice, but again, not the most amazing roti I have ever tried.

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When I booked, I was informed that I could have the table for 90 minutes, so it’s not the kind of place that guests linger. The tables are quite small and the seats are not the most comfortable, however, it is a very popular local cafe and definitely hits the mark by giving guests a taste of Malaysia (which is quite scarce in Perth). Our neighbours on the next table chose the murtabak and a lovely looking laksa soup with crispy prawns on top – I definitely had food envy from their choices.
So, will I return ? I’m not sure I’ll rush back here, but if I am in the area, I will definitely pop in to try some of the other offerings.

Visit Date – October 2018

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The Boatshed, South Perth

The Boatshed Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Boatshed certainly has stunning views of the city. Situated at the foreshore end of Coode Street in South Perth, with a convenient car park, it’s a really nice space with lots of sofas and casual seating where you can have a drink before you are shown to your table. There is also a large dining area for parties that looks like it can be partitioned off from the rest of the dining room. With an array of tables next to the vista window, and plenty of other tables that still enjoy the great riverside view, the restaurant has a sophisticated but feelgood vibe.

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We started with a glass of riesling and I was surprised to be offered two choices of riesling by the glass – and we chose the local Whicher Ridge Frankland River riesling which had all the fruity, lime, floral, and crisp qualities of this grape variety.

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For starters I chose half a dozen oysters, 3 natural and 3 with nuoc mam. The vietnamese dressing was on the spicy side, and may be uncomfortable for some diners, but I enjoyed it. The oysters were good quality, fresh, and real taste of the ocean.

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My partner had the Thai spiced fishcakes with wakame (seaweed) and soba noodle salad, and pineapple and green mango salsa. These were very good and plentiful, the noodles had a lovely lime dressing, and the salsa another great taste and texture.

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For main course I chose the crispy pork belly with scallops. The scallops were fresh, perfectly cooked, slightly sweet, and high quality. The pork belly was also well cooked, the soft meat flaked apart, the fat was completely rendered, and the crispy crackling was crunchy and satisfying. Served on a bed of corn and golden beetroot with a lovely rich jus, this was a triumph of a dish.

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My partner chose the beef cheek, which he thoroughly enjoyed. The meat again soft and succulent, falling apart and served with a chervil potato puree, sugar snaps, and heirloom carrots.

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Although full, we opted for dessert, hoping that it would be as good as the rest of the meal, and it certainly was. It was a difficult choice, but I selected the PB&J dessert – peanut butter mousse, raspberry sorbet, peanut brittle, peanut butter cookie dough, raspberry gel and freeze dried raspberries. It certainly delivered – wonderfully smooth mousse on a chocolate soil, great crispy brittle, and the gel was so concentrated, it was pure raspberry gorgeousness.

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My partner chose the sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch sauce, vanilla ice cream and chocolate soil. This was lush, sweet and sticky and everything that you could want from a sticky toffee pudding.

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The Boatshed gave us a very memorable meal. The staff were spot on – helpful but not intrusive, and every dish was made with care and beautifully presented. Highly recommended for great food and great views.

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Last Visit Date – September 2018

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Satay on Charcoal, South Perth

Satay on Charcoal Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Satay on Charcoal is small, and not the easiest restaurant to find, but when you find it, it’s a real treasure because the food is authentic and delicious. It’s on Mends Street but behind the South Shore mall and behind the Windsor Hotel, in the car park, nestled in between the pub and mall next to a pizza joint. We walked past twice before we finally located the cafe.

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The seating is all outside but under a canopy, so you won’t get wet if it rains, and it’s very much cheap and cheerful cafe style where you go up and order when you know what you want.
The menu was full of Malaysian favourites and it was really hard to choose because everything sounded lovely, but we went for curry puffs to start and the house special nasi goreng ‘soc’.

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The curry puffs were good, thick pastry and a chunky potato filling.
For main I chose the special with chicken rendang. This was accompanied by fried egg, prawn crackers, and chicken satay, The curry was delicious, on the bone, and nicely rich. The satays were out of this world delicious and when I go back, I’ll be having a plate of satays to start!

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My partner chose the version with beef rendang, and this was equally amazing, the rendang beautifully cooked to that fall apart melt in the mouth texture.

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So will I go back to Satay on Charcoal? Absolutely yes. It’s not the place to wear your finest clothes, but it’s one of the best outlets for Malaysian food in Perth, and the staff are really friendly. They are also open for lunch. Definitely a place where you leave with a smile and a happy tummy.

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Visit Date – March 2019

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Mister Walker, South Perth

Mister Walker Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

You couldn’t wish for a better location. Right on the Swan River on Mends Street Jetty with views of the city and King’s Park, sits Mister Walker, a restaurant with tables inside and out. On our Sunday brunch visit we were fortunate enough to be seated by the window.

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The menu has some attractive options and I really liked the idea of the grilled peaches and dosa. Other options include eggs, waffles, benny, beans and corn bread. The waitress took our order and didn’t write anything down. Our coffees arrived okay, but she had to come back to confirm the brunch dishes.

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The coffees were a bit weak for our liking which was a shame because they were nicely presented.
I ordered the grilled peaches but was disappointed to find out that they were off the menu so I chose the potato gems, egg and pickles instead. When the dish arrived the waitress asked if I would like a plate as the dish was served on a little skillet. I didn’t want to trouble her so I declined, but on second thoughts I should have transferred the whole dish to a plate. The skillet was quite warm and wilted the leaves, overcooked the eggs which had dribbled down, and generally it was a bit awkward to eat from.

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The first few potato gems were nice, but after a while I had that ‘fried food overload’ and felt that there were too many of them compared to the pickles and eggs. This is a dish that could have benefited from a rasher of bacon or prosciutto. There was a small amount of chorizo crumble, but not enough to make a big impact.
My partner chose the uncle benny on a charcoal brioche. The brioche was very nice and not too crispy like other charcoal breads. The menu had advertised sriracha hollandaise, but there was no sriracha in sight, and it all seemed a little bland.

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This is a restaurant that could do really great things especially with a location to die for, but sadly it was all a little lacklustre.

Visit Date – February 2019

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Mends Street Cafe, South Perth

Mends Street Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Mends Street Cafe always seems to be busy when I go next door to La Patisserie. I even saw Manu Feildel in there once when the Good Food show was on at the Convention Centre. Today I went to La Patisserie for a last coffee and almond croissant before the New Year diet starts and was disappointed to find it closed. I decided to go next door to Mends Street cafe for something brekkie-ish.
The area around Mends Street is very nice – it’s a little bit of a cafe strip with a quaint nearby arcade, and the South Perth foreshore at the bottom of the street, and the Transperth ferry jetty close by. It is usually a very good photo opportunity and today was no exception – a lovely sunny New Years Day.

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I chose a soy chai latte and a plate of blueberry pancakes. My companion chose a full brekkie and a flat white.
The waitress brought the wrong drinks to the table, and when we said that we had not ordered cappuccinos, she looked at us as if we must be in the wrong. Eventually the correct drinks were served.
The coffee was a little bitter (which usually means that the beans are not fresh), but I was pleased to see my chai latte served in a glass with a handle. Nothing annoys me more than hot coffee served in a glass with no handle. You then have to wrestle with the glass and a napkin to avoid burned fingers – in my opinion glasses are for cold drinks (unless they have a handle).

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I did have to send the chai latte back though – it was incredibly weak and tasted like hot milk. I didn’t get any kind of apology – the waitress just said that the chai they use is a very weak one…. hmm…. why not use more of it then ? or use a stronger version?

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Blueberry pancakes were nice – I could have had cream, but as I am minimising my dairy intake, I chose syrup alone. Nice, but not wow. I know when food is delicious when I already start planning my next trip to the restaurant, whereas today, I was just reinforcing my disappointment that next door’s cafe was closed.
My companion’s full brekkie was underwhelming too – the eggs were nice, but one was a bit hard, the fried potatoes were a nice touch, but the bacon and sausages were average and the whole dish underseasoned.
Will I rush back to Mends Street cafe ? Not really – there are way better cafes in Perth – it’s time that Mends Street picked up their game.

Visit Date – September 2011

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La Patisserie, South Perth

La Patisserie South Perth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

This cafe seems to be another outlet of Nedlands favourite La Galette de France. This is one of the few cafes in Perth that consistently delivers good
coffee and good pastries. Known for their almond croissants, they produce simply the best almond croissants that you will find in Perth. I have tried to reproduce them at home, and although I have made a good attempt, I cannot make croissants with the same crispiness and flavour.

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When you ask for coffee in a mug, you get a decent sized mug, the iced coffee is amazing, and the hot chocolate is pretty awesome too. They managed to make me a lovely soy hot chocolate, and every hot drink comes with a little sweet palmier biscuit. The coffee is always good quality – not always the same brand though – I have known them to use blends from Antz inya Pantz as well as Five Senses among others. For the uninitiated, Antz inya Pantz is a coffee shop in Vic Park on the Albany Highway which was opened by a guy who just loves good coffee – he really goes the extra mile to source the best beans.

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As for pastries, it is so hard to decide because they all look delicious, danishes, macarons, tarts etc., and if that wasn’t enough they have a crepe menu too.
The staff are mainly young and French, their lovely accents adding an extra touch of delight to the whole experience. I can’t praise this cafe enough, I have been coming here for years, making the journey down to South Perth, and I truly believe that this is the best of the La Galette outlets. It is just a short stroll from the South Perth foreshore, and parking is relatively easy.
If you make the journey too, you won’t be disappointed.

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Last Visit Date – September 2019 

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