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Hunter and Barrel, Whitfords

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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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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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The Fox and Hounds Hunsdon

I went to the Fox and Hounds in Hunsdon which is a little village in Hertfordshire just north of Harlow. I didn’t expect much but was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a gastropub serving excellent steaks and seafood.

The atmosphere was warm and welcoming, a quaint village pub with a good sized car park at the rear.

Starters all seemed appetising and included

  • burrata (creamy mozzarella), tomato and rocket
  • smoked mackerel, beetroot, watercress and horseradish
  • lobster linguine with chilli, garlic and parsley
  • black pudding, mushroom and fried duck egg
  • melon and ham
  • veal, rabbit and bacon terrine, chutney, pickles and toast

I chose the delicious crab tacos with mango salsa, guacamole and sriracha chilli sauce

Crab Tacos

Crab Tacos

Mains included:

  • Skate with spinach and brown shrimps
  • Wild sea bass with pepperonata, borlotti beans and rocket
  • Rabbit leg confit
  • Chateaubriand
  • Scotch black Angus cote de boeuf

I chose half a lobster with garlic and herb butter and chips

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Chips

Chips

Some of my fellow diners had the steak

Steak

Steak

Everybody enjoyed their meals. The only difficulty was that one of our group is vegetarian and the vegetarian options were quite limited, but the chef very obligingly provided a vegetarian pasta dish.

The lobster was fresh, good quality and seasoned beautifully, the steak was delicious, well rested, and succulent.

For dessert I chose the chocolate and hazelnut torte which was like a chocolate brownie with whole nuts in it. The texture was a little dry on the outside but gooey in the middle and there were probably too many nuts in it. I would have preferred a chocolate orange version.

Chocolate hazelnut torte

Chocolate hazelnut torte

Some of my friends chose the strawberry sundae which by all reports was delicious

strawberry sundae

strawberry sundae

I loved the meal – the atmosphere was great and the food was top notch. The pub also has a comprehensive wine and beer menu. A great place which will see me returning very soon.

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Matilda Bay Restaurant and Bar, Crawley

Matilda Bay Restaurant is right on the Swan River. It’s a popular area for families with many people jogging, walking dogs and picnicking in the vicinity. The view from the restaurant is lovely – yachts and ducks, with King’s Park and Mounts Bay Road as a backdrop.

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The thing that immediately struck me was that the service was haphazard. The waitress showed us to our table, only to decide that it wasn’t as expected, and ushered us to an alternative table. We then waited for 20 minutes before being offered a drink. I chose a mocktail (I chose the only one that was compatible with my food intolerances), and my companion chose a mocktail too, explaining that we would not be drinking alcohol. The drinks were nice and well-presented, but the waiter insisted on trying to sell us some wine despite our earlier conversation about not drinking alcohol.

Cranberry and Elderflower mocktail

Cranberry and Elderflower mocktail

When the bread arrived, it was accompanied by butter, which I cannot eat, so I asked for some olive oil instead. Two waiters told me that the olive oil was on it’s way, but it didn’t arrive until I reminded them again, and 20 minutes later, my bread was cold.

The starters were very good.

I had kingfish sashimi with squid noodle salad:

Kingfish sashimi

Kingfish sashimi

My only minor criticism was that there was a bit much of the squid noodle salad. The wasabi was lovely and hot, and the kingfish very fresh.

My companion chose prawns in a chick pea crust with a tomato salad and a spicy aioli:

Chick pea crusted prawns

Chick pea crusted prawns

The prawns could have been a bit larger, but overall it was a very pleasant dish.

For main course I chose a trio of seafood – prawns, marron and crayfish:

Trio of seafood

Trio of seafood

My companion chose a steak – black Angus rump:

Black Angus rump

Black Angus rump

Both main courses were overcooked to some degree. The steak should have been medium rare, but it was more like medium to well done.

The seafood was varied – the prawns were perfect, the marron was nice but not amazing, and the crayfish was overcooked. Such a shame because the cray should have been the star of the dish, and it was a real disappointment.

Matilda Bay need to step up their game if they want my custom again. I am so glad that we had an Entertainment Book Card which gave us 25% discount. I would not have been happy to spend $200 on this meal. The service could be much better, and the chefs need to pay a bit more attention – cooking seafood and steak is not difficult.

Rockpool Bar and Grill – Burswood

I like Rockpool Bar and Grill. It’s classy, it’s big but feels intimate, the waiters are nice, and the menu is varied.

It has a reputation for the best steaks in town, and I must say that the steaks here are exceptional, however, there is so much more to the menu. There’s seafood, caviar, salads, sashimi, garlic prawns, calamari, fish and chips, pasta, fish from the charcoal oven, chicken, tagine, sweetbreads, meat from the wood fired grill including short ribs, lamb, chicken and partridge as well as the famous steak.

It’s one of those menus that you look through, and think “I’d like to try that” to 90% of the items on the menu, so then you have the task of whittling it down to your favourites.

One of my very favourite locations for special occasion dining – the drinks menu is also impressive and has some amazingly good cocktails.

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The first time I visited, I had ‘Four raw tastes of the sea’ to start, a lovely sashimi style dish, and I had the grass-fed rib eye for main.

Last time I had the grain-fed fillet. The grass-fed tastes more ‘meaty’ and the grain-fed tastes silkier and more subtly beefy. The grass-fed is cheaper, but I think that I prefer it.

If you want to you can go the whole hog and pay $119 for a wagyu rib-eye.

The desserts are amazing, I have tasted the most wonderful lemon curd doughnuts and peanut butter and chocolate tart. Mmm – what a dilemma – have starter or dessert ? Maybe pace yourself and have all three courses.

Starter – leek tart with onions and caramelised walnuts and aioli:

Yellow fin tuna tartare with Moroccan eggplant and cumin mayonnaise:

Grain fed fillet steak:

Grass fed t-bone steak:

Potato and cabbage gratin:

Mushroom medley:

Entrance to the restaurant – pretty impressive:

Ladies washrooms with lovely Aesop soaps and hand cream – also very impressive:

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