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Little Cultures, Subiaco

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Little Cultures is a healthy superfood and dessert bar on Rokeby Road in the heart of Subiaco. If you are on a dairy free or paleo diet, there are plenty of options to choose from, and there is seating inside and on the pavement.

The menu consists of yoghurt bowls and smoothie bowls with all of the health freak ingredients like acai, goji berries and raw cacao. You can also order a smoothie to drink or for dessert a Hong Kong/Macao style egg waffle puff. The waffle puffs are a hexagon of bumpy puffy batter, dressed with all kinds of goodies like banana, strawberry and caramel. You can also have the waffle puff folded into a cup and filled with ‘yolato’ or other goodies. Yolato is yoghurt gelato.

I chose the strawberry fields waffle with coco yolato, nutella and whipped cream.

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My partner chose the popcorn cookie party – with cookie crumbs, caramel and chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream, and caramel popcorn.

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Both were nice, I loved the eggy waffle, it was more interesting than a regular waffle. The yolato didn’t blow me a way, but the rest of the ingredients were good quality. After a while, I found the whole thing a bit sickly and it would have been nice to have a half serve.

I would like to return to try some of the other offerings like the superfood bowls.

Click here to find out more about Little Cultures.

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Fee Fi Pho Fum, Subiaco

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I found myself in Subiaco one lunchtime with an hour to kill and chanced upon Fee Fi Pho Fum, a Vietnamese cafe on the main Rokeby Road strip.

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The lady at the till greeted me warmly and gave me a menu which contained all of the vietnamese favourites – rice paper rolls, stuffed chicken wings, pho, bun, stir fries, fried rice, noodles and salads. There’s also jelly tea, coffee, and complimentary vietnamese highland tea at lunchtime.

I chose the vietnamese chicken salad, and I wasn’t disappointed. Lovely fresh tender chicken strips, coriander, mint, cabbage, carrot, and nuts along with a home made dressing. It was bright, zingy and thoroughly delicious.

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Shortly after I arrived, the cafe filled up with local workers and is obviously a popular spot. They also serve dinner.

I was quite impressed with the serve yourself counter where you can get beansprouts, mint, chilli, and all of the other accompaniments for the soups. It’s nice to be able to take just what you need.

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I’d like to go back to Fee Fi Pho Fum and try some of the other dishes. It was authentic and yummy – definitely worth a try.

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Satsuki, Subiaco (revisited)

Satsuki Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I have blogged about Satsuki before, but this is the first time that I have written about the newly refurbished restaurant. The large overbearing sushi counter is gone, leaving more room for tables, and a tatami room. The outdoor area has been floored and is more part of the main restaurant, than a courtyard (which used to get quite chilly in winter).

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We perused the menu, glad to see that our favourites were still there – scallop nanban and their signature tuna tataki. The presentation is slightly different but the tastes are still there.

Yuzu chu-hai is always a winner, but it’s alcoholic so you have to be careful not to have too many. The punch of yuzu flavour is incredibly good.

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The miso soup served here is always exquisite, rich and nourishing.

The first dish to arrive was tuna tataki, as good as ever with great quality raw tuna, daikon, and spring onion.

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Then we ordered one of the specials – sea pollock with some tempura beans and an agedashi broth – lovely rich agedashi and fresh fish.

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Our next item was duck and potato which is very similar to a duck and aubergine dish that we have had before at Ha-Lu (the sister restaurant). Beautifully prepared duck with fried leek and salted onion, and very helpfully divided into two portions with a nitsume sauce reduction (eel broth, mirin, soy, and sugar).

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Then came the scallop nanban, scallops in a light batter, fried with crispy lotus root and tobiko, and a smattering of chilli powder. One of our absolute favourites – the scallops are so fresh and meaty.

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The last dish to arrive was aubergine dengaku. A roast aubergine half topped with a sweet miso and minced teriyaki chicken paste. This is another good nourishing dish with lots of flavour and thoughtful preparation.

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I still rate Satsuki as a great Japanese restaurant, and definitely somewhere to go if you want more than the regular sushi train offerings. My only gripe is that they serve the food quite quickly – for all the thought that goes into the dishes, there is no consideration of how to pace a meal, giving the diners a chance to digest a dish and chat before the next dish arrives. If they can nail the service aspect, Satsuki will be hard to beat.

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Chutney Mary’s, Subiaco

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It’s been a while since I visited Chutney Mary’s which is one of the stalwart establishments in the heart of Subiaco on the corner of Hay Street and Rokeby Road.

The menu is a blend of traditional Indian fare with some specialities like goat curry.

The staff were very welcoming and there were three of us dining on this occasion. After perusing the menu, we decided to go straight for main courses.

The portions were really generous too! We chose a king prawn masala, which was nice and spicy, with a great tomato flavour. The prawns were good but did taste frozen, and I think that fresh prawns would have made this really superb.

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We also selected makhani dhal which was delicious. I would have liked more lentils though – the sauce was quite runny. It didn’t need the cream garnish.

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The star dish for me was the kadhai chicken – lovely and rich with tomato and capsicum.

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We also shared basmati rice – beautifully separate grains as you would expect from the rice-making experts, and a keema naan. The keema kept falling out of the naan, but it was very tasty nonetheless.

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Our fellow diner chose a butter chicken. He’s from Mumbai and he craves this dish – he really enjoyed it. He also chose a butter naan. I didn’t try either of these because I prefer to avoid butter, but there’e no better recommendation than a man from Mumbai enjoying Indian food in Perth.

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Chutney Mary’s has stood the test of time and it’s easy to see why. Great Indian food in a busy location, with some great lunch specials too – one of Subi’s best.

 

Hylin, West Leederville

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Hylin is located on Railway Parade in West Leederville, not far from Subiaco. Parking is at a premium, so make sure that you plan your journey well if you are going to visit. I managed to find a meter across the road, and it was just outside of ‘paid parking’ time. so I was quite fortunate.

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There are tables inside and outside, and we chose to sit inside as it looked like rain was a possiblity. There are some stools near the kitchen, a few wooden tables and a high table, but all of them are quite cramped, and this was my main bugbear with Hylin. The staff and the food are lovely but the seating is very uncomfortable and it’s not a great place to sit and linger. The chairs are wooden – school style, and there is a constant stream of diners and wait staff pushing past.

Our coffees were great, coffee is supplied by Micrology Coffee Roasters, and it was a nice smooth blend. I was a little disappointed to find that the in house herbal iced tea wasn’t available, so I chose an iced coffee.

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The menu has many tempting options like healthy bowls, chorizo, egg and creamed corn, pulled pork burger, breakfast bruschetta, pancakes etc. I chose the spicy chicken burger.

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This was a very nice burger, the fried chicken was seasoned well, with great pickles and lettuce and some pretty awesome chips.

My partner chose the open breakky burger – eggs, smashed avo, bacon , and potato rosti in a bun.

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It was nice, with chipotle mayo, a bit smoky and spicy, and all ingredients went well. He said that he thought my chicken burger looked more appealing though.

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All in all, Hylin is a good cafe and the staff clearly care about what they do, and I think that if the layout inside was changed, and the seating more comfortable, it could be an amazing cafe. I am not sure it’s worth a special trek to West Leederville, but great if you are in the area.

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Satsuki – Subiaco

I love Satsuki. It is the sister restaurant to Ha-Lu, and is always consistently good. The menu is not identical to Ha-Lu but the principle is the same – tapas style sharing plates of food, high quality, and not the standard Japanese fare. To have a reasonable sized dinner, I would recommend 6 dishes between two people.

I would say that Satsuki’s signature dish is the spicy tuna tataki, which is always delicious. The menu has had a recent makeover, and this time we had lots of new dishes to try. Here is a photo diary of our meal.

Yuzu chuhai

Yuzu chuhai

I always like to have a Yuzu chuhai – it is a Japanese alcoholic drink made with shochu (japanese spirit) and usually has jelly pieces in it. This one had no jelly but still tasted delicious.

Carpaccio of white fish, salmon and scallop

Carpaccio of white fish, salmon and scallop

The carpaccio was fresh and tasty, with an ume plum glaze and delicious caviar balls which burst in your mouth.

Spicy tuna tataki

Spicy tuna tataki

The signature dish, this is always a star with spring onion, daikon, sesame seeds and a hint of chilli.

Tori Tempura

Tori Tempura

This was a new dish – chicken breast wrapped in nori (seaweed) and tempura batter, served with ume plum sauce and a ponzu dip. Very very tasty.

Salmon and Sea Bass

Salmon and Sea Bass

The quality and freshness of the fish was amazingly good, served in a light sweet broth.

Egg yolk tempura, lotus roots and bacon salad

Egg yolk tempura, lotus roots and bacon salad

When you get this salad, you break open the tempura egg to coat the other pieces in the lovely egg yolk. It is a mouthful of contrasting textures, crispy lotus root slices, crispy salty bacon, soft leaves and the tempura egg. Yum.

Duck and Wagyu beef

Duck and Wagyu beef

This dish was very nice and well presented – 4 chunks of quality wagyu, served with slices of duck, wasabi, mustard, spring onion pickle. It is a little similar to the Ha-Lu signature dish of duck with aubergine and Madeira. Personally I think that the Ha-Lu dish is better – somehow the Madeira really makes the dish. This version was an interesting alternative.

So yet again, another delicious meal at Satsuki. The environment is quite good too, you can sit outside in the courtyard, inside, or at the sushi bar. It is well situated in the square near Subiaco station, so lots of bars and nightlife available nearby.

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