Monthly Archives: October 2015


Darlings Supper Club - Roast Duck Nasi Goreng

Darlings Supper Club – 28 Oct 2015

The Darlings Supper Club offers a fusion of Asian cuisine but the dishes offered still stay close to it’s roots. The balance and execution of the dishes were generally excellent, complemented perfectly with a dipping sauce or salad. These latter elements were crucial to keeping the dish in check, the perfect balance of acidity, sweet, sour or spicy helped compliment or counteract any richness or strong flavours. A few of the dishes were over salted which was disappointing. While I enjoyed the food and the service, if you’re going to set up shop in Northbridge you’re going toe to toe with all the other Asian restaurants. Darlings Supper Club matched them on flavour, but failed miserably on price. A yum cha restaurant a few blocks away would not charge $10 for 4 prawn dumplings. A typical nasi goreng wouldn’t push $14, half the price of Darlings version, albeit with roast duck, at $28. Darlings is not your typical Asian restaurant, it’s proposition is different but I felt the pricing is on the high side for comparable dishes available close by at other Northbridge restaurants. The total bill was just under $150, just under $100 after the voucher.


East Cafe and Vietnamese Bistro - #14 Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong

East Café and Vietnamese Bistro – 27 Oct 2015

This looked like a dish I’d see in Vietnam, and when I tasted it, it took me right back. The mint sprigs are the identifying feature, the crunchy spring rolls dipped in a slightly sour sauce another. The rice vermicelli noodles were nice and soft, contrasted against the crunch of spring rolls, peanuts, and a slight crispness on the grilled pork. Packed with flavour, it takes me to my time in Vietnam. Absolutely fantastic and filling!


Maruzzella Restaurant - Porchetta with Vegetables

Maruzzella Restaurant – 22 Oct 2015

A new offering to East Perth is Maruzzella Restaurant which serves coffee in the mornings, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The menu offers a range of dishes from pasta to pizza and also offers takeaway. They have specials each month so I tried the business special for $29.90 which includes a main and a choice of dessert. The roasted porchetta was generous in serving, beautifully cooked, moist, and had a crunchy crackling. Served with a delicious sauce, a few vegetables, olive oil with crushed garlic and chilli for additional flavour, this was a superb dish. For dessert I ordered the wobbling chocolate panna cotta. One bite of the smooth silky panna cotta took me to chocolate heaven! A truly fantastic dessert which is definitely not one to share. Be greedy and devour immediately upon serving. Superb value, delicious, served and eaten within the hour.


Goreng2 - Char Kway Teow

Goreng2 – 20 Oct 2015

Goreng2 presents diners with a range of Malaysian inspired dishes that are made fresh to order for you to enjoy in the casual relaxed surrounds or as takeaway. I was really hungry and I ordered the char kway teow which was served in a jiffy. I loved the char kway teow with lots of juicy prawns and tender squid rings. The noodles had a lovely flavour and the whole dish was satisfying. Yum!


Old Cathay Chinese - Dong Po Style Pork Belly

Old Cathay Chinese Cuisine – 15 Oct 2015

I’ve been to many Chinese restaurants but visiting Old Cathay presented dishes that I haven’t eaten before and were very different to that previously experienced. The fried rice was moist and delicious, full of flavour, and I really enjoyed the slightly crunchy chicken coated in a light marmite sauce. A slightly different flavour to what one is used but it’s tasty and really gets you hooked. The patagonian toothfish is a lovely fish served in a subtle garlic and ginger sauce but it lacked oomph. The cut like butter super tender pork belly in that lovely soupy sauce was also delicious, particularly enjoyed with the Chinese buns, mantau. For dessert, I enjoyed fried ice cream, the batter while not crispy, coconut and vanilla ice cream combine for a lovely finish to an excellent meal.


Palsaik Namoo - Korean BBQ: Raw Beef Brisket

Palsaik Namoo – 9 Oct 2015

When I was in Seoul I had my first taste of the Korean BBQ experience which is lots of fun. I’ve yet to try it here in Perth so I chose the marinated Wagyu beef brisket which comes with a bunch of sides to enjoy with the meal. After the raw meat and marinade is dumped over the gas stove, about 5 minutes later the beef is cooked. Take a piece and dunk it in the marinade, the yummy seaweed salt, and this other amazing sauce and I was enjoying this amazing taste sensation! Wow, what flavour! Along with the sides they help balance out the meatiness. I also spooned a bit of the marinade and beef juices over the plain steamed rice for additional flavour. One should keep turning the meat as it can get burnt but I ended up with some crunchy bits like bacon which added even more flavour. I also ordered an entree of marinated pork belly, bossam, which was tasty but carried a much more mellow flavour. That chilli infused dressing in the salad contained a major chilli kick and was quite interesting but had me downing down lots of water!


Sakari Japanese Restaurant - Japanese Pancake

Sakari Japanese Restaurant – 7 Oct 2015

For $32.90 per head which is similar to a lot of mains at several restaurants, you can instead enjoy a variety of Japanese cuisine by visiting Sakari Japanese Restaurant for their all you can eat buffet. There are a range of pre-prepared sushi varieties and salads available from the self-serve section while the other items are cooked made to order. The serving size of each item is generally one piece so this allows you to satisfy your appetite while not being stuck with a big dish, and experience a variety of items. I enjoyed sashimi, tempura, seared sushi, and teppanyaki. I particularly loved the Japanese pancake and tako yaki octopus balls, with green tea ice cream finishing off a lovely experience. The edamame seaweed salad was also a favourite. The price represents excellent value while the quality of items served from the 40+ strong menu is to a solid standard. While not a fine dining restaurant, the quality, execution, and presentation of dishes is not compromised in a lovely setting overlooking William Street with friendly service to boot. Family friendly, a quiet night for 2, or just catching up with friends, a visit to Sakari is well worth your time and tastebuds.


Bartholomews Meadery

Earlier in the year I took a road trip through the South West of WA and had a wonderful time discovering the various sights and delicious produce available. On my way to Denmark I stopped in to Bartholomews Meadery. They sell all kinds of natural honey, honey variants like chocolate honey (they […]