Alain Fabrègues’ Bistro des Artistes brings a slice of Paris right to the heart of Subiaco. The experience feels authentic from the internal setting to the French staff on hand. The menu offers a good range of dishes but the set menu specials of 2 courses for $45 or 3 for $50 represent excellent value. I decided to try the charcuteries board for the first time which presents a lovely array of little items. I particularly liked the chicken liver pate and the chicken rilletes enjoyed with bread and olive oil. For mains, I chose the Loose Box Beef Cheek which just cuts like butter. The super tender beef cheek takes on the subtle flavour of the red wine though it carries a slight sourness which detracts from the dish. It’s also under-seasoned but fixed with a dash of salt, the smooth mashed potatoes and carrot add further earthiness to the dish but it’s a little underwhelming, though makes a typical winter warmer. For dessert, I chose the creme brûlée though this version also had raspberry. I thought this element spoiled the rich creamy custard as the tartness took over but effectively cut through the richness. When the raspberries disappeared, you could savour the rich creamy vanilla flecked custard, however, it was very rich but really delicious.
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Blackbird. The service was warm and friendly and the food was excellent, well worth the money (even at full price) given the quality of the dishes. The samples of the perfectly cooked juicy scallops and croquette were excellent. I really enjoyed my entree of calamari which was soft and tender. It was enjoyed with an interesting fennel, olive, and caper filling. For mains, I really enjoyed the risotto which was soft and creamy and had sufficient seafood to add meatiness to the meal, along with the bits of chorizo which also add a touch of saltiness. To finish, the assiette de dessert presented a range of small dessert offerings which were a little mixed given the high standard of dishes served to this point. The large serving of lemon and coconut cake carried nice flavour but was dense and a tad dry. The profiteroles with English cream were lovely but lacked chocolate sauce to add that touch of sweetness. The thick rich caramel chocolate tart had a lovely dense flavour. The chocolate mousse and vanilla semifreddo were super delicious and really finished the night off strongly.
I was really happy to stop by and grab some lunch before heading off to Ikea and the nearby Spud Shed for some shopping. I really enjoyed my visit last time and this time was no different. Whilst very busy, it was only a 5 minute wait before I could drool over the plentiful dishes coasting by on the conveyor belt. I had my sights set on the popcorn prawn and was surprised to see it on the conveyor belt so I jumped on that one and really enjoyed the light crumb, but particularly, that slight hum of chilli which takes it to another level. After that I enjoyed some salmon nigiri sushi, 3 mix sashimi, and slightly torched mackerel on rice. I also ordered one of the highlights of the meal, deep fried tofu surrounding rice and lobster. This dish was superb, so full of flavour and moistness. I was pretty full after that selection and left very happy. Quality meal.
The menu presents a range of dishes spanning entrees, soups, bulgogi, and Korean BBQ. I should try Korean BBQ but I opted for the combo which afforded the opportunity to choose some fried dumplings from the entree section and get some beef bulgogi. The fried dumplings are tasty and encase a vegetable filling. The beef bulgogi is tender and delicious, the marinade and juices can be soaked up by the steamed rice. Being a rich dish, the rice, salad, kimchi, soup and refreshing pickled bean sprouts help to take the edge off and add additional flavours, like the slight spicy chilli hit from the kimchi which is excellent. The price is ridiculously cheap for the generous serving and while I polished it off, it was more to not waste food. I was totally stuffed but I was satisfied with my meal and the experience. The venue is lovely and you can people watch while you eat.
I’d recently travelled to Japan and had a wonderful time. I went on an Intrepid food tour to discover Japanese cuisine, the history, and culture. We also attended a few cooking classes along the way so I can try and recreate some of the delicious dishes we came across. If […]
BeauVine: Meat – Wine – Music – Art An magnificent medley of decadence and delight is set to pop-up on Beaufort Street this October, as BeauVine, Perth’s new meat, wine, music and art festival comes to life. Brought to you by JumpClimb Events, the team behind The Beaufort Street Festival and award winning Fringe World venue Noodle Palace, BeauVine brings together […]
I’ve been to a few Thai restaurants and while I’ve heard good things about Dusit Thai, I didn’t feel the experience lived up to the reputation built up. There are much better Thai restaurants than this. I thought that some of the dishes are not worth the price and there was an inconsistency in execution. The entrees were a great start to the night, different, and were tasty. The beef Massaman curry was tasty but required a ramp up in intensity of flavour, while the deep fried fish fillets in tamarind sauce, while cooked well, could have presented more crunch and more depth of flavour in the tamarind sauce. The papaya salad was really disappointing, moist, but chewy and quite dry in the mouth. The best dish of the night which would do itself proud in any Thai restaurant was the Pad Thai which was delicious. The desserts were a bit of a mixed bag with strong call outs to the delicious mor gang and pumpkin custard, but the thick chewy sticky rice was a let down. Despite getting a 50% discount, I certainly wouldn’t be happy to pay full price from a food perspective. The atmosphere and service though is commendable.
Bay 33 Cafe is a lovely pleasant cafe overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Indian Ocean. There’s ample parking on the street and indoor and outdoor seating which won’t obstruct your view. The menu offers a range of dishes without an expensive price tag given the view. It’s a casual cafe which appeals to those who just want to drop in for a coffee or grab a meal. Takeaway coffee orders is accommodated and there’s a range of sweet treats available to all. I really enjoyed the fusion of the Middle Eastern Dukkah spice mix encrusting perfectly cooked moist salmon. Paired with a Mexican like avocado salsa which was refreshing and Indian pappadums for crunch and slightly creamy cooling yoghurt, all three cultures combine to produce a tasty and refreshing meal. I also had room for dessert and enjoyed the tart boysenberry with apple crumble like filling in a tart. The vanilla ice cream brings it all together and left me satisfied.
Following the success of the inaugural event, Wolf Lane will run another Cocktail Masterclass on 17th Sept. This class will take a Spring theme, with divine drinks matched with edible flowers. Tickets are $40 and available from www.wolflane.com.au
Grand in name and grand in looks, the flashy bar and sleek classy interior downstairs in the bar and upstairs in the restaurant area, does not carry the grand price you might expect. Instead there are a range of dishes that are reasonably priced and each of the dishes we had were quite generous in serving and excellent value for money. Along with a relaxing ambience and excellent friendly service to boot, a visit here for any occasion is recommended. To start I ordered the pork belly which was very tender and tasty with a lovely balsamic vinegar glaze. Plump juicy scallops were also enjoyed and pair effectively with the pork belly. I also had a taste of the Panko crumbed tiger prawns and crab croquettes which were delicious. I also sampledthe mains, first trying some delicious cajun coated swordfish with a delicious salad. I particularly liked the strips of buffalo chorizo but felt the cajun intensity could be ramped up a few notches. The sirloin steak was tender and juicy and enjoyed with a not too peppery, pepper sauce. For my mains, I rather enjoyed the rich melt in your mouth beef cheek surrounded by soft ravioli in a Parmesan sauce that lent it’s flavour but was not too cheesy. For dessert I liked the subtle flavour of the light but dense coffee mousse which was offset by the refreshing strawberry and chocolate cones. I also had a taste of the moist but dense dark chocolate fondant, counteracted with the light creme anglais and tasty mars ice cream. Really full but satisfied.