Monthly Archives: September 2014


The Painted Bird - Panko Fried Oysters

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 25 Sep 2014

My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal.


Bangkok On William - Stuffed Prawns

Bangkok On William – 23 Sep 2014

The latest addition to Northbridge, Bangkok on William is a newly opened restaurant serving Thai food in lovely surrounds with really nice and friendly service. Our waitress wasn’t pushy and suggested we order some steamed rice and brought a sufficient quantity for the dishes ordered. She returned at a later stage to offer more for the leftovers which we accepted. We started with fish cakes and stuffed prawns for our entrees which were both delicious and thoroughly enjoyed with sweet chilli sauce. The stuffed prawns were unique, a minced chicken and prawn filling surrounded by crunchy rice paper. For mains, we enjoyed a chicken green peppercorn stir-fry which was kind of like a curry and paired with steam rice, went down a treat. Lots of tender slices of chicken and a flavoursome creamy sauce. The deep fried fish fillets packed some bite with more chilli than sweet emanating from what looked like sweet chilli sauce but was clearly not. A little longer in the deep fryer would have added more colour and crunch to the batter. We couldn’t go past the pad thai and the version presented was delicious. Soft silky noodles with just the right touch of sweetness. For dessert I thoroughly enjoyed the fried ice cream which had a lovely crunchy outer that kept it’s crunch right to the end and didn’t go soggy. A really good night out leaving us full and satisfied.


Papparich - Roti Canai Curry Chicken

Papparich Northbridge – 18 Sep 2014

Papparich offers patrons a lovely modern comfortable interior to enjoy a variety of Malaysian dishes from their extensive menu. Just write down the dishes on the notepad, press the buzzer, and your order will be whipped away to the kitchen by the friendly staff. We sampled a variety of dishes during our lunch. We started with the satay chicken which was super tender and moist and enjoyed with a lovely satay sauce. Next up, the delicious roti dipped in with the flavoursome dhal, spicy chilli mix, and of course the chicken curry made for a treat. There was plenty of tender pieces of chicken to enjoy which were very tasty. I really liked the soft rice noodles of the char koay teow with the plump and juicy prawns. The prawn mee was an interesting dish resembling what looks like laksa but is not. The mix between prawn infused broth and curry presents a unique set of delicious flavours to be enjoyed with perfectly cooked thick Hokkien noodles, chicken slices, and prawns. This was a very tasty dish. You can’t go past the array of milk drinks home to Malaysia so I enjoyed iced teh tarik with my meal. After all that, I couldn’t squeeze in dessert but had a taste of my colleagues who ordered a very warm, soft, smooth, soothing dessert. The fermented soy bean is like soft coconut flesh immersed in a slightly sweet syrup. It’s such an unassuming dish that just ends the meal perfectly. I really enjoyed my visit to Papparich and would be happy to return. While a guest of the restaurant which I appreciate, I think the only criticism I would reserve would be in terms of pricing – it’s a little pricey for an Asian restaurant (~$35 per head) and there’s also an inconsistency between dishes. An example is the roti with chicken curry costs the same as 6 satay skewers. The roti delivers more bang for your buck, and at $13 dollars, is rather pricey for satay chicken skewers.


Durty Nelly's - BBQ Chill iBeef Short Ribs

Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub – 17 Sep 2014

Durty Nelly’s offers up some pretty hearty pub food. Today was no exception with delicious BBQ Chilli Beef Short Ribs that were packed with meat and had a lovely chilli marinade that packed some bite. Along with the wedges which were a bit disappointing, even despite a dunk into the sour cream, the meal was pretty good and left me pretty stuffed.


Red Basil Thai - Garlic Chilli Chicken

Red Basil Thai Cuisine – 13 Sep 2014

Second visit to Red Basil Thai, but for takeaway so I could order more dishes and have more variety. I ordered satay chicken skewers, tamarind fish, garlic chicken, and Masaman beef curry. I was famished and really enjoyed the tender chicken skewers covered in satay sauce. The crunchy batter encasing the succulent, perfectly cooked tender fish in a sweet tamarind sauce was so delicious. Next up, the deep fried chicken covered in garlic was excellent. The garlic had infused into the oil and there was sufficient garlic flavour in the dish without it being too intense. The Masaman beef curry carried enough flavour but there wasn’t enough curry which was disappointing. There was plenty of beef but some chunks where a little overdone while others were tender. Apart from the lack of curry, the dishes are really delicious and hits the spot for takeaway. Cash only.