The Standard offers an open spaced venue and a garden out the back to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or too and munch on some dishes from their tapas menu. I chose the garlic clams which were tasty and thoroughly enjoyed in a delicious rich creamy sauce with garlic and chives. The toasted sourdough slices were used to mop up the sauce from the clam shells and then I proceeded to clean the dish. Then it was on to dessert and I settled on the passion parfait with lychees which was a stunning dish. The flavour of the passiionfruit comes through in the smooth light parfait but without the sweetness, just melting in your mouth. The dehydrated lychees carry all the flavour but without the sharp sweetness from the fresh version. I particularly enjoyed this element and it pairs perfectly with the parfait presenting delicious summer flavours. The gel carries more lychee flavour, moistness, and a slight burst of sweetness but is well controlled. The caramelised glass shards add a touch of richness via the sesame seeds and all elements tie together in producing an excellent finish to the meal.
Big Els presents a range of dishes to share amongst the table giving variety and a bit of a chilli kick amongst the delicious flavours presented. I enjoyed the crunchy popcorn prawns in jalapeño tinged tartare sauce before moving on to the quesadillas which were my favourite of the night. Two thin but crispy pancake like layers encased a delicious vegetable filling which was supplemented with gooey cheese and aioli to liven things up. The coxinhas didn’t have as crunchy an outer as I was expecting but the filling was delicious, soft and mellow before getting the spicy chilli kick which added oomph to the dish. The chicken was a little tasteless on it’s own but when rolled into the soft taco shell with guacamole, salsa, and 2 sauces, each mouthful came alive and was delicious. Lastly, the lamb cutlets presented plenty of tender succulent meat with a light spice and acidic chimmichurri to add plenty of flavour. For dessert I indulged in the chocolate bar chimichangas which have a chocolate bar filling encased by a tortilla type pastry thoroughly enjoyed with caramel sauce, vanilla ice cream, and more chocolate. An excellent dining experience with delicious flavoursome food, great service, and in a relaxing environment.
Newly opened in September, Twisted Chopsticks offers dishes of an Asian influence, mainly from Japan and Korea. They serve alcohol and have early bird specials. I got a take away order of okonomiyaki, a savoury Japanese pancake, and angry duck which appears one of their signature dishes. The Japanese pancake is light, soft and moist, slightly gooey with the cheese, and contains delicious tender thin slices of pork with a lovely sweetness from the BBQ sauce. The angry duck carries quite a chilli kick and has strong intense flavours. This is tempered by the plain steamed rice and the salad. There’s a fair amount of boneless duck, though some pieces are a little dry while others are moist and tender. A brave bold dish that is anything but subtle.
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Dux functions as a cafe during the day and turns into a restaurant serving quality food at night. While the menu is more on the fine dining side, the appeal of the venue and relaxing surrounds make it casual yet intimate. We started with the Dux Tasting Plate which offers 3 entrees which change regularly. While crowded on the plate, each element was excellent. I really liked the Persian feta and fig tart with a lovely salad, the fig providing a nice sweetness against the backdrop of the rich creamy Persian feta. The chicken ballotine was really tender and tasty, also paired with a salad, the acidity of the beetroot offsetting any richness of the chicken, goat’s curd and almonds. The seared scallops were perfectly cooked and paired cleverly with pulled pork and apple. For mains I enjoyed the pork trio though the grilled pork loin was a tad dry, as too the pork belly. Nonetheless, they were tasty elements with a creamy cauliflower purée and kale in balsamic and orange glaze, though a little too sweet. The rillette, though, was fantastic! Rich soft and tender on the inside, nice and crunchy on the outside. For dessert I indulged in the peanut butter parfait which was smooth but carried the peanut butter flavour effectively. It was starkly contrasted against the strong flavour of the dark chocolate, though the goat’s milk yoghurt added a freshness to the dish. A very enjoyable experience.
The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience.
Nom nom nom. Yep, a visit here will have you slurping on delicious ramen. Newly opened there are 3 ramen varieties on offer and I chose the black version which is soy sauce based. A big bowl of tasty thin noodles is to be enjoyed with a broth offering depth of flavour and while a little intense, the broccoli and pickled bean sprouts help take the edge off, the latter, refreshing the palette. Tender pork adds meatiness to the meal and richness via the fatty part which is delicious. I also got the chasu pork bun and it was amazing! I loved the fatty pork giving a burst of flavour while the blend of spices deliver the flavour punch. To finish off, smooth black sesame ice cream was thoroughly enjoyed, cooling the mouth and contrasting in texture with the crunch of the black sesame seeds.
I’ve been checking out a few restaurants in East Perth and today’s visit is to Charm Restaurant which serve Japanese and Korean cuisine. It’s conveniently located outside red cat stop 6 and with summer approaching, sitting in the restaurant with all the glass doors open creates an open inviting and relaxing atmosphere. They have quite a selection of dishes for lunch and dinner. Lunch specials are also offered so I chose one. After quite a short wait a large bowl of noodles with a deep dark sauce was presented. It also came with a duck egg but I still don’t like eggs despite eating it. The noodles are really tasty and I’m happy the black bean sauce is not salty. The sauce is well controlled and flavoursome and despite the absence of meat, the diced cucumber and zucchini are really tasty. A pleasurable meal.
I was back again at The Craftsman and so were many other people who packed out the venue on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the gnocchi ragu which presented a huge serving. The gnocchi was well cooked, soft and delicious and submerged in a flavoursome ragu sauce. I also enjoyed the chunks of lamb which was super soft after being braised long and slow in red wine. I was determined to grab dessert and the trio of desserts was clearly too much for one person, with no warning given by the waitstaff. Nonetheless, I polished off the sticky date pudding in a delicious caramel sauce, before making my way through nearly all the thick chocolate sauce surrounding the chocolate pudding which was very yum. The apple crumble is much more subtle and lighter in flavour which is much needed to compliment the other desserts. So stuffed! You definitely won’t go home hungry and you definitely get your money’s worth, just ensure you rock up with a big appetite otherwise your plate will be far from empty.
After the setting the bar really high on my last visit, the challenge is to sustain it. Tonight didn’t reach the same highs but the food was still delicious. I loved the flavours of the perfectly seasoned calamari but it was a tad chewy. The ravioli contained a lovely soft ricotta and spinach filling and the tomato sauce was bursting with energy and flavour which took it to another level. The tiramisu was also delicious and a lovely way to finish off the night with a generous serving once again, of light moist tiramisu. I’m really glad to see a quality Italian offering in East Perth.