Monthly Archives: February 2016


Kazoomies - Dukkah and Harissa Prawns

Kazoomies – 28 Feb 2016

Chef Nimrod Kazoom and his staff provide a friendly atmosphere to enjoy the delicious array of Middle Eastern cuisine packed with flavours. The braised beef tongue is super tender and the richness is contrasted with sweet roast pumpkin. The squid ink chorizo dulled the spicy tones of the chorizo I was expecting. The spice and dukkah flavoured pumpkin pastilla encased by light filo pastry was delicious. The lamb 8 ballers presented a lovely lamb flavour in the moist meatballs but lacked oomph via acid or a sauce. The dukkah and harissa tiger prawns were oozing flavour and were absolutely fantastic. Packed full of flavour, the prawn flesh was tender and the flatbread soaked up the marinade. The sea shakshuka was also fantastic, the herbed garlic butter and spinach was unbelievable, perfect for sopping up with flatbread before moving on to the delicious eggplant and turmeric infused Barramundi. These latter two dishes were absolute knockouts. For dessert, I thoroughly enjoyed a blueberry cheesecake. Hiding away in the E Shed markets, Kazoomies is a hidden gem which should be on Market Street or South Terrace for the masses to discover and enjoy.


Lido Restaurant - Fried Crocodile

Lido Restaurant Northbridge – 23 Feb 2016

I can’t say that many of the dishes on the menu were recognisable to my time in Vietnam though there are some typical dishes and also a fusion with Australian produce too. The rice paper rolls were solid though lacked that burst of freshness typically associated with Vietnamese cuisine and the rice paper was a bit chewy, though it did come with an excellent dipping sauce. The satay skewers, while grilled with a lovely flavour were a little dry and despite a delicious satay sauce, a bit uninspiring. The sang chou bow, however, was an excellent entree with a very flavoursome fine beef mince filling. For mains, the chef’s special seafood dish was excellent, providing plenty of tender seafood served in a lovely sauce. Special call out to the ultra tender squid. The marinated roast chicken carried lovely flavours though was dry. In comparison, the chef’s special of fried crocodile was moist and tender and was the highlight of the night. In the vein of salt and pepper squid, crocodile was encased in a golden brown light batter, deep fried, and seasoned with salt and pepper, enjoyed with onions, greens, and chillies. Absolutely fantastic! I did have a small taste of ice chendol which was lacking palm sugar syrup and was disappointing. I enjoyed a tasty fried ice cream with a lovely crispy coconut batter. A mixed bag of dishes, some fantastic, others disappointing. The dishes here are more tempered to Western palettes rather than the authentic cuisine Vietnamese can deliver.


Twilight Hawkers Markets; Arepa - Tostons

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 19 Feb 2016

What: Twilight Hawkers Markets – Perth’s original & biggest Street Food Market When: every Friday 4:30-9:30pm, till 29 April 2015 Where: Forrest Chase in Perth adjacent to Wellington St and the Murray St Mall More Info: http://twilighthawkersmarket.com/ The great thing about the Twliight Hawkers Markets in Forrest Chase is being able to try different […]


Nao Japanese - Miso Ramen

Nao Japanese – 18 Feb 2016

I’ve walked past many times and wondered why this place was so busy all the time. I know now as Nao’s ramen is well known and after one slurp, I can see why. I chose the miso ramen and a large steaming hot bowl was presented in no time. This dish is all about the broth which carries all the flavour. The miso adds a subtle touch to the broth but plays a distant second fiddle. The ramen noodles are tasty, especially when eaten with the broth, bean sprouts and seaweed. Delicious. I can’t go past green tea ice cream and the version here was soft, creamy, and light. I particularly enjoyed the ice cream with the sweetened cream. What a hearty lunch. Totally satisfied.


Meeka Restaurant - Pork Belly Tajine with Cous Cous

Meeka – 17 Feb 2016

I’ve gone to a few Middle Eastern type restaurants on the east coast but not in Perth. Meeka Restaurant’s Moroccan cuisine really impressed me. Generous servings big on flavour and taste are what Meeka offers up. I thoroughly enjoyed the super soft pork belly tajine which cut like butter, but the delicious and fragrant spice mix was the engine room of this dish, delivering all the flavour. The soft sweet potato has absorbed these flavours like a sponge and the apple salad is an excellent partner to pork. I loved the dish, as too the rich buttery pearls of Israeli cous cous. I also ordered dessert and the savoury doughnuts with a touch of tartness form the lemon curd balanced the doughnuts nicely. The dessert is not too sweet, despite the variety on display. The Persian fairy floss brings out the inner kid in you, before revealing a rich creamy ice cream. Some popcorn to round things out and I left very very full but very satisfied.


Nomstar Ramen - Miso Ramen

Nomstar Ramen – 6 Feb 2016

It may have been a hot day but slurping down a big bowl of delicious ramen with miso flavoured broth was a great way to enjoy lunch. The miso has a strong distinctive flavour that permeates the broth and is contrasted against the peppery cabbage, rich bursts of juicy sweet corn, the slightly fatty flavour of the chasu pork, the rich gooey slightly runny egg yolk, crunchy bean sprouts and seaweed. Before the ramen, I enjoyed the soft tender parcels of pork gyoza which present a lovely soothing texture before your tastebuds are woken up by the tones of ginger and soft pork filling. I was also presented with a sample of a new dish to the menu, karaage chicken, which happens to also be a personal favourite. The batter is very light and crunchy, encasing juicy tender chicken enjoyed with spicy sauce, housemade mayo, and shredded cabbage. Way too full, definitely no room for dessert, very satisfied.


Roll'd - Roast Pork Bahn Mi

Roll’d – 5 Feb 2016

I got back to my desk and surveyed the well filled bahn mi. First bite in presented lots of fresh sliced carrots, cucumber, roast pork, and crunchy pork crackling. Chilli is optional but I definitely asked for it. The coriander is distinctive and the bahn mi is tasty, though, lacking in a few areas. The bun is nice though is not like the baguettes made at Le Vietname which are amazing. There is a spread of mayo and pate, though the pate is undetectable. The bahn mi appears a little dry whereas it should be moist. It’s not a bad representation, though it could be better. The iced coffee was excellent though.


Francoforte Spaghetti - Kangaroo Ragu

Francoforte Spaghetti Bar – 3 Feb 2016

Francoforte Spaghetti Bar keeps things simple by focusing on a range of spaghetti dishes with a few other Italian entrees and sides also available. I had the Kangaroo Bolognese which was really delicious. The sauce had lovely sweet tones from the tomato, a slight saltiness from the Parmesan, and some real kick from the spicy Italian pork pate, N’Duija. The N’Duija is an optional extra and recommended with this dish and I think it’s a must. There’s plenty of the kangaroo Bolognese which is mixed in amongst the tender well cooked spaghetti. Kangaroo has a gamey taste but presented in this dish as a mince, it’s not noticeable. If I’d known complimentary bread was offered I would have ordered the smaller sized dish and maybe had some room for dessert. Maybe next time!