Monthly Archives: August 2014


Grill and Chill - Course #3 - Mackerel Magic M2

Grill & Chill – Indian Degustation – 28 August 2014

Who thought an Indian degustation could work? A culinary experience that does not stray away from it’s Indian roots but doesn’t carry the intensity normally associated with Indian cuisine. Rather the spices are carefully selected in creating each unique dish, lending flavour, but creating a different profile to anything you’ve previously eaten. At the same time, it doesn’t become too much like fusion. I really liked the food and the concept is different and interesting and hasn’t been done before. So why not? I can only see this being successful. With the dishes they rolled out, I enjoyed every one of them. While I was guest of the restaurant, the tweaks were minor and mainly concerned with the sauces or condiments. The very essence of each creation was left intact. For the time being, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled as plans are underway to make this a more frequent event. Check their website http://www.grillandchill.com.au/ and their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mygrillandchill for potential details.


The Belayse - Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Belasyse – 26 Aug 2014

The Belasyse is another offering on the popular Shafto Lane offering a casual vibe and atmosphere with The Mistress Cafe providing breakfast, coffee and snacks inside the main restaurant, while The Belasyse provides lunch and dinner options. The lunch menu takes on an American theme with pulled pork, New York corned beef. and salmon bagels gracing the menu. Being a big fan of pulled pork, I was hoping this version would relive my US travel memories, but while providing perfectly prepared soft, moist, pulled pork, the overall meal lacked punch and flavour. They’ve chosen to pair pork with apple via a julienned apple and cabbage with a lovely herbed mayo providing moisture to the greens, but the absence of a sauce to compliment the pork let the open sandwich down. The chips were average but the soft warm fluffy potato had a certain likeness which were enjoyed with a rather unusual tomato sauce. A few tweaks and the meal can fulfil it’s true potential.


La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - Very Berry Waffle

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 26 Aug 2014

There are many coffee shops and cafes about Perth, but La Veen has a different feel, friendly staff, and a breakfast menu boasting different options. Not being a fan of eggs, I was happy to see that the breakfast menu wasn’t the usual eggs, eggs, eggs but carried other dishes which are completely different, like bagels, shakshuka, and rosti. The latter are from different cultures and it’s great to see this diversity reflected in menus as it’s very rare. For me, while I went with waffles, the presence of cream cheese was very unusual and piqued my interest. Along with a dash of honey, I was wondering what an unusual combination of ingredients to go with a waffle. However, the chefs have done a brilliant job of creating something unique. The tartness of berries, the light berry cream, the slight richness of the cream cheese, and a touch of sweetness from the honey makes this a dish that works wonders. All elements work together in creating a different take on the usual waffle, no one element dominates and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the refreshing celery, carrot, ginger & apple juice.


Red Basil Thai Cuisine - Fish Cakes

Red Basil Thai Cuisine – 22 Aug 2014

Red Basil Thai is a small Thai restaurant that is obviously popular with the local lunchtime crowd as it was packed out. There’s a nice range of dishes to choose from and takeaway is available. I chose Thai fish cakes as an entree which was delicious, especially after being dipped into the sweet chilli sauce. For mains, I chose chicken Thai fried rice which came piled on a plate. The fried rice had a distinctive flavour from the Chinese version and this dish was delicious, I couldn’t get enough. Really enjoyable and flavoursome and oh so full. Cash only.


Equateur - Creole Snapper Curry

Equateur – 21 Aug 2014

My second visit to Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes was just as good as the first. The ever smiling Mickael looks after his customers very well and provides excellent service. I started with an amuse bouche of an Emmenthal filled samosa with a creole vegetable salsa which was delicious. The entrée of pumpkin & choko gratin was an interesting pairing of elements with juicy tiger prawns and those lovely strands of intensified sweet potato. The chunk of creole snapper curry was tender, succulent and contained an interesting mix of flavours – tomatoey, acidic, spicy. With the spiced rice, lentils, and tomato onion chilli salsa, there was plenty to amuse the tastebuds. To finish, the vanilla crème brulee was nothing short of superb. A definite favourite, this version was unusually not rich which made it easy to eat and I truly polished it off with much glee. The 3 course meal at $60 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael and quality flavoursome dishes, I can see why booking is essential.


Le Vietnam - Bahn Mi and a Profiterole

Le Vietnam – 19 Aug 2014

Situated on Barrack Street lies Le Vietnam, a Vietnamese cafe with a chic interior serving coffee, Vietnamese bahn mi, and French patisserie items like profiteroles. I had the pork bahn mi and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious bread holding the Asian slaw contents of julienned carrots along with refreshing cucumber and greens. The tender pork was flavoursome but I liked the chilli sauce which added a real kick to the meal. I ordered a chocolate profiterole which was superb. A lovely light choux pastry filled with a delicious smooth, light, chocolatey custard that made you savour each morsel. So yum. A delicious cheap eat with dessert included.


Metro Indian Restaurant - Fish Amritsari

Metro Indian Restaurant – 17 Aug 2014

The second visit to Metro Indian Restaurant was just as enjoyable as the first. The service was once again friendly and efficient despite it being a busy night. Plenty of people kept arriving at the restaurant and given the quality of food served as well as the generous servings and excellent pricing, you can understand why. For entrees I really enjoyed the fish amritsari once again, the spiced crisp batter encasing succulent fish with mint chutney was delicious. I also loved the hariyali kebab with the delicious tamarind sauce. The tender goat curry was the highlight for me, and I really enjoyed the milder lamb palak in spinach. The tandoor cooked chicken tikka masala has it’s own unique flavour and was enjoyed with a creamy malai kofta. The cheesy cheese naan was different but enjoyable to sop up the curry and I had a small taste of each of the desserts that were tasty. I enjoyed my night out and left felling full but not stuffed, along with the leftovers in takeaway containers.


Jus Burgers - Onion Rings

Jus Burgers – 14 Aug 2014

After an invite to try out the new refreshed menu, there was one burger I hadn’t tried from the diner style burger section – South East Asian Burger. And some onion rings. The onion rings were perfectly deep fried, coated in a golden brown batter and thoroughly enjoyed with the creamy garlic aoili. But the star is the burger and it didn’t disappoint. You have the choice of protein – vegetarian, beef, chicken, and lamb. I went with the latter and after it was served, my mouth salivated as I dove in. The glistening brioche buns are really tasty and hold all the ingredients together. The sweet chilli relish is THE element providing the South East Asian inspiration in tying all the ingredients together. The sweet and chilli kick adds so much flavour to the salad and Asian slaw, while you slowly savour the perfectly cooked flavoursome lamb patty. The coconut lime dressing adds further zing to the salad and the crunchy bits of shallots and garlic are another surprise waiting to be discovered. A big thumbs up from me. Totally satisfied.


Canton Bay Chinese - Pork Belly

Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar – 10 Aug 2014

I think most people would have driven past and not realised Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant lies secluded from the main road. Walking inside you will be greeted by the pleasant decor, low ceilings, and neatly laid out tables where you will be provided efficient and professional service. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu and fresh seafood is a major feature with several dishes at market price. For entrees, the diced duck in lettuce was tasty with hoisin sauce but the bland lettuce detracts from the flavour of the filling. The soft shell crab was delicious, a light golden brown batter encasing crab. For mains, I really loved the melt in your mouth tooth-fish tossed in chilli pepper and salt. I also liked the chicken fillets in a delicious Szechuan sauce with crunchy peanuts. The super tender pork belly in black bean sauce was tasty but I would have preferred a different flavour combination. The fried riced with minced beef in XO sauce was moist, flavoursome and moorish. For dessert, while the pancake was perfectly cooked, the red bean filling lacked something which didn’t make the dish as enjoyable. The food is pretty solid without being spectacular though the fish and chicken dishes were standouts. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re lucky to snag an offer, or you want a business meeting or a romantic dinner, this place will fit the bill. You could also get some takeaway after you’ve completed Jacob’s Ladder.