Monthly Archives: December 2013

Tuck Shop Cafe - Lamb, Rosemary & Vegetable Pie with Mushy Peas

Tuck Shop Cafe – 18 Dec 2013

Well after finally visiting the popular Tuck Shop Cafe, I had a pie and chips. Ok, sounds pedestrian, but our table munched on 2 bowls of yummy chips with delicious aioli while we waited 30 minutes for the freshly made pies to cook in the oven. The delay is courtesy of the popularity of the restaurant causing a delay on lunch from the breakfast session. The menu comprises strongly of brunch items pairing egg with some interesting concoctions. The lunch specialty is their pies so I ate a beef, bacon and cheese pie which appeared small at first but proved to be deceptively filling and well packed. At just $12.50, one can enjoy a delicious pie full of flavour, lots of tender beef in a lovely gravy, gooey cheese, salt kick from the bacon, encased in a flaky pastry. A solid offering, I might have to order a brunch item and forgo the egg just to see what their brunch creations are like. I rather did fancy the baked beans with smoked ham hock.

Varnish On King - Twice Cooked Ribs

Varnish on King – 5 Dec 2013

Back for another visit and the twice cooked ribs were ridiculously tender. A very generous serving of tender, juicy, succulent meat, with a lovely flavour of rosemary to present a really hearty and earthy dish. The treacle reduction adds so much flavour to the meat, slight bitterness of the Brussels sprouts adds another dimension, and the acidity from the delicious chimmi churri helps cut through the meatiness. I really loved this dish and it’s very filling. I passed on a side of vegies which is in all likelihood needed, but I instead oped for the Whiskey “Sweet & Sour” dessert. Unique, interesting, creative. A promising dessert with different layers and textures let down by the overly sweet lemon curd. However, the tartness of the lemon, strong smoked meringue and Italian meringue, whiskey jelly and acidity from the cherries made for a tasty finish. The mains were once again perfection in execution, the dessert, not as well executed but I really enjoyed my lunch. I’ll have to return to try their other imaginative, creative, and flavour packed dishes.

Grill'd - Hot Hombre Burger & Chips

Grill’d @ East Victoria Park – 3 Dec 2013

I was a little apprehensive about accepting an offer to visit the new Grill’d store at East Victoria Park, with complimentary burger and drinks provided, after my first visit to Grill’d produced a rather underwhelming burger. However, this was not the case this time around and the three burgers I sampled were delicious. Grill’d serve decent sized burgers that pack a punch in terms of flavour and that also extends to their herbed chips. The burgers are cooked perfectly, nice and moist, tender, well filled and not at all messy. The summer sunset was delicious but a little sweet due to the presence of the pineapple. The hot hombre certainly lived up to it’s name providing plenty of chill kick. But the burger that did it for me was the Baa Baa Lamb burger. Wow, that was fantastic! I had an excellent experience as did my friends. What was really great is giving Grill’d a second go certainly changed my mind as to what they’re all about and I certainly would come back to try their other burgers, especially that Baa Baa Lamb burger – not just a taste, the whole experience. I can see why Grill’d is popular as many of my work colleagues head down to the Shafto Lane store. I think I’ll be heading their soon too.

Rydges Hotel @ Peth CBD - Waffles

Rydges Hotel @ Perth CBD – 3 Dec 2013

Sitting outside in cool surrounds enjoying a quiet coffee with breakfast while the city workers pass by is a nice way to start the day. It was also convenient meeting our clients and discussing matters over breakfast. There is a nice selection of items on the breakfast menu but I was immediately sold on the waffles. I enjoyed sips from the glass of tasty hot chocolate during the meeting before breakfast was served. The waffles had good depth, were firm in shape but soft in texture. With a delicious vanilla mascarpone cream, a little stewed pineapple and syrup, and the odd explosion of sweetness from crystallised caramel crumbs, this dish was outstanding! Excellent presentation, well balanced, not too sweet, all elements working in harmony. Excellent start to the day and a very filling meal.