Monthly Archives: May 2014


Sawadee - Siam Chicken

Sawadee Thai Restaurant – 31 May 2014

I remember eating the best fried rice I’d ever eaten as a kid at Sawadee’s and while tonight’s dinner didn’t bring back the same memories, it still serves a very authentic fried rice which is among the best I’ve eaten in Perth. For entrees we enjoyed fish patties with a strong Thai basil flavour, and Siam Chicken which was mild and barbecued and required the sweet chilli sauce to provide some extra bang in flavour. The fried rice as mentioned was delicious, but the star of the meal was the masaman curry enjoyed with steamed rice. Lovely creamy coconut flavoured curry immersing chunks of tender beef and potatoes absorbing the flavours like a sponge, this dish was delicious. The pad thai was excellent too, a lovely sweet flavour was evident in the thin noodles enjoyed with chunks of chicken and prawns. The chicken with chilli and basil was not chilli hot but did carry some spiciness which contrasted nicely to the sweeter pad thai and creamy masaman curry. The tastes I had of the sago pudding and coconut ice cream were delicious, as too the sticky rice with custard in a not too sweet creamy coconut sauce. The flavours of the dishes were delicious and representative of Thai cuisine, but my only criticism would be the serving size which is more on the smaller size for what you’re paying. Hence, the dinner provides reasonable value but this becomes even better value if you have the Entertainment Book’s Gold Card which gives you 25% up to $30.


Equateur - Creole Vegetable Salsa

Equateur – 29 May 2014

I love trying new things and Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes were fantastic! From the moment you walk in the door, you are warmly welcomed by the friendly Mickael who looks after his customers very well, which is refreshing in Perth. I started with an amuse bouche of pea soup with creole flavoured onions, a delicious starter that oozed flavour. The entree of creole vegetable salsa stuffed inside the crispy spring onions were delicious, as too the cabbage and sesame salad which was so unboring! The aniseed and cinnamon flavoured beef bourguigon was tender, just pulling apart and was enjoyed with the sauce and potato mousseline. To finish, the chocolate fondant was indulgent, oozing thick gooey chocolate. Along with the orange and honey syrup, vanilla ice cream, and mint, this was a truly delicious dessert to end what was an excellent dining experience. The 3 course meal at $50 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael, I can see why this place is booking out regularly. A new experience in cuisine and service for Perth diners. Booking is essential.


Grill & Chill - Chilli Honey Cauliflower

Grill & Chill – 25 May 2014

The second time visit was just as enjoyable as the first. While we had our mind set on certain dishes from the menu, we were persuaded by the manager, Vikas, to instead take some of his recommendations over dishes we had initially selected. This turned out to be an excellent decision and I’d recommend you do the same. Apparently there must be a secret menu as several dishes we ordered weren’t on the restaurant nor online menu. One such dish, a signature of Grill & Chill (how does a restaurant have a signature dish that isn’t even on the menu?) is the chilli honey cauliflower that is an absolute knockout! It doesn’t taste anything like cauliflower and resembles in look, sweet & sour pork, but has completely different flavours surrounding a crunchy batter encasing the firm but tender cauliflower. The minty fusion presented tender chicken marinated for 2 days in a lovely array of spices and the tandoor oven imparts more flavour. The tandoori fish also has a tandoor imparted flavour but a different spice mix providing more flavours. The naans were delicious once again and were enjoyed in sopping up the delicious curries. The goat curry was delicious, as too the cashew based fish korma. But the other dish not on the menu, the mughlai chicken, was the standout dish from the mains. The almond based curry presented a rich creamy flavour with sweetness and a flavour profile different to curries I’ve eaten previously. The chicken biriyani was pretty good too. Plenty of chicken surrounded by flavoursome rice typical of a biriyani. The second time visit provided consistency in service, friendliness, servings, and flavour. Fantastic!


Theobroma Chocolate Lounge - Waffles With Ice Cream

Theobroma Chocolate Lounge – 23 May 2014

Second time visit to Theobroma Chocolate Lounge, but this time for the food. I ordered waffles with ice cream and also a hot chocolate for breakfast. The waffles were delicious, contained ample delicious thick melted chocolate, and was topped off with the scoops of vanilla ice cream. I certainly brought a little bit of food envy around the table and it tasted as good as it looked. Very indulgent. I also had a hot chocolate made with milk chocolate and it was delicious. Not too milky or too chocolatey, just right. A great start to the day at Theobroma.


Chez Pierre - Creme Brulee

Chez Pierre – 22 May 2014

It’s been a long time since my visit to Paris and I haven’t eaten food that comes close. While tonight’s meal didn’t blow me away, I was satisfied with the consistency of the flavours in each dish. The roasted tomato veloute is something I haven’t eaten before and I really liked the creativity of this pocket dynamo. It packed a punch, full of intense flavour and sweet acidity. The tender succulent escargot and mushrooms in a rich delicious sauce made the dish superb. The perfectly cooked lamb may have seemed initially underwhelming but when paired with the sweet tomato flavour of the ratatouille, the dish was transformed. To finish, the creme brulee had the perfect amount of caramelisation and the spoon cracked through the thin, not thick, top, revealing a rich, vanilla flavoured custard that was fantastic. Considering the lovely setting, the efficient service, the delicious and well executed quality of the dishes served, for $58.50, the experience is a steal. I can see why this restaurant packed out so quickly. And this is a fine dining restaurant.


Adelphi Grill - Wagyu Beef Burger & Chips

Adelphi Grill – 15 May 2014

It’s been a long time since I made a visit to one of my favourites which has now relocated and been refurbished. Adelphi Grill may be in a new environment but the excellent service is still upheld and the menu hasn’t changed too drastically which is great to see. I went with one of the signatures to my mind – the homemade beef burger. This version is Wagyu and it’s a chunky, dense, tasty patty just lacking seasoning. Along with bacon and melted cheese, some saltiness was provided and the burger was delicious but needed more sauce. I really loved the chips which were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. With the herbs added for additional flavour, they were fantastic. So some things might have changed but the food is still delicious and the dining experience still pleasant.


Kuditj Cafe - Bush Experience Platter

Kuditj Cafe – 9 May 2014

Kuditj Cafe is quiet and simple cafe but offers a variety of items on their menu showcasing native Australia. They are open for breakfast and their menu includes burgers, Aussie Specials, wraps, and breads. I ordered the bush experience platter for $9.95 which should easily carry a higher price tag given the generous quantity of meat packed into this dish. There’s loads of variety with crocodile best enjoyed with their delicious aoili and a squeeze of lime, emu enjoyed with a unique spicy tomato sauce, a fantastic wild chicken sausage roll which I could keep on eating, an intense gamey kangaroo meatball, a chunky tender kanagaroo packed flavoursome stew upon a small amount of rice (well it appears that way when the stew is overflowing with kangaroo), a salad and dried damper crisps. I didn’t find the native Australian meats hugely different to what I’ve normally eaten but the kangaroo is quite intense via the meatball, but so completely different in the stew. It was unfortunate that some of the meats were a little tough but I really liked the generosity, the different flavours, and a new experience. I might have to come by to try a few of the other menu items which offers lots of choice. I haven’t seen much use of native Australian elements in cooking apart from a brief session on MasterChef but there are some items for purchase like lemon myrtle.


Pancake Manor - Regular Stack with Cream & Ice Cream

QLD, Brisbane – Pancake Manor

Pancake Manor doesn’t just serve pancakes. The Charlotte Street venue is open 24 hours so they serve all kinds of meals and they’re available anytime. I ordered the regular stack and received 3 much larger than the picture in the menu pancakes that were soft, fluffy and light. They were really tasty and went extremely well with maple syrup, cream which is rich, and ice cream. Delicious.