Monthly Archives: January 2015


Koko Black - Mango and Vanilla Ice Cream Spectacula

Koko Black – 29 Jan 2015

Koko Black’s new Summer Oasis range introduces patrons to two new items – salted caramel iced chocolate and, mango and vanilla ice cream spectacular. Today I returned to try the latter after enjoying the former last week. A very tasty, vanilla flecked ice cream combines superbly with the delicious refreshing mango coulis. The crunch provided by the caramelised wafer on top of the ice cream and the crunch of the coconut crumble at the base of the glass add different textures, flavours, and levels of sweetness to make this an excellent dessert for summer. I really enjoyed it.


Chez Pierre - Floating Island

Chez Pierre – 27 Jan 2015

Second visit to Chez Pierre and they just blew me away with superb French cuisine. In a smart tasteful setting with excellent service right from being huided into a parking bay to being taken to your table and served your dishes, the experience is nothing short of excellent. The 5 course set menu proved to be popular and as the restaurant was packed to the brim, everyone seemed to have the same idea, it’s excellent value at this quality. We started off with the butternut pumpkin veloute, a flavour packed smooth pumpkin soup to warm the senses. This was followeed by light, flaky, home-made puff pastry encasing a delicious sauce and tender prawns and squid. The bread and butter at the table is also delicious, and excellent for mopping up the delicious sauce. A refreshing ice cool apple flavoured sorbet followed to effectively cleanse the palette. Mains served up a chunk of veal rib, perfectly cooked, seasoned, and tender veal was complimented by a delicious sauce, garlic butter beans, and the most delicious stack of finely sliced potatoes with bacon adding another dimension. A super b dish followed by the floating island dessert. Soft, light, airy, cloud like meringue with a crystallised caramel on top and a cold, creamy, crème anglaise on the bottom of the glass, what a fantastic dessert to end a fantastic meal. I miss Paris but at least I can get something close to it thanks to Chez Pierre.


Public House Kitchen & Bar - Ecuadorian Tart

Public House Kitchen & Bar – 24 Jan 2015

A visit to Public House Kitchen & Bar will provide you with an array of dishes from South America to be enjoyed in comfortable, casual surrounds, with friendly service to boot. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share, starting with the empandas – a fish and corn filling surrounded by a lovely pastry. The house made chorizo with smoked lime was excellent, and the classic ceviche refreshes the palette with the acidity of the lime juice cured fish. For something more substantial, the 18 hour pork cut like butter, tender and succulent, but lacking a touch of seasoning or a sauce. The coffee and honey lamb ribs were disappointing compared to my prior visit. The lamb was tough and the honey and coffee flavours muted. The tomato, palm heart, and mozzarella salad was a welcome partner to the pork and ribs, cleansing the palette of the meaty flavours. Lastly, for indulgence, the Ecuadorian chocolate tart, chocolate ice cream, and macaron like alfajore with salted caramel were excellent. Lots of variety on the plate, lots to enjoy. I certainly did.


CaffeItalia - Saporita Pizza

CaffeItalia – 23 Jan 2015

I stopped by for takeaway at CaffeItalia where I got a pizza, pasta, and a dessert. The saporita pizza had a nice light thin base with plenty of gooey mozzarella cheese, soft juicy capsicum and chunks of spiced potato. A tasty pizza. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in a four cheese sauce presented soft ravioli parcels in a thin tomato cream sauce, but lacked seasoning. A dash of salt lifts the dish but the lack of a salty punch from the cheese makes the dish pretty tasty rather than something more. The tiramisu is light and is very creamy. A huge portion presented allows you to enjoy the sponge coffee soaked fingers which is a lovely finish to the meal. Solid Italian food but could be better.


Koko Black - Salted Caramel Iced Chocolate

Koko Black – 22 Jan 2015

Koko Black’s new Summer Oasis range introduces patrons to two new items – salted caramel iced chocolate and, mango and vanilla ice cream spectacular. Tough choice but I went with the former. The first suck gives a bitter aftertaste, with high cocoa content chocolate used in making the iced hot chocolate. This is counteracted with the creamy vanilla ice cream, sweeter chocolate flakes, and of course, the caramel. It’s a very satisfying and decadent dessert that is also very filling. Probably for the price of a milkshake elsewhere, you can enjoy this piece of oasis in summer. I loved it and was just what I needed.


Two Man's Kitchen - Chicken Katsu

Two Man’s Kitchen – 21 Jan 2015

Japanese cuisine is characterised by freshness, excellent presentation right down to the knife skills (depending on what you order), and anything deep fried is always golden brown with a crunchy batter or crumbed exterior. Two Man’s Kitchen offers up the lunchtime crowd around East Perth some lovely fare. The salmon sashimi dipped in soy sauce and wasabi is a lovely start to the meal, the light fresh flavours help liven up the palette for the main meal. My chicken katsu was tasty, a golden brown crisp crumb surrounding well cooked chicken. However, while I quite enjoy the mayonnaise that typically accompanies this dish, I found the mayo a bit too rich, not even the blandish cabbage could tone it down enough. Just a bit too creamy for my liking but all in all, a tasty meal which doesn’t hurt the back pocket.