Monthly Archives: March 2016


Must Winebar - Duck Leg Confit

Must Winebar – 30 Mar 2016

I’m a real fan of French food and I can see the French influences in the cuisine. I started the night with rabbit rillettes which were soft and juicy and oozing flavour. The char of the baguette presents a lovely contrast against the richness, as too the acidic pickling juices of the grapes. For mains I ordered the slow roasted Moroccan spiced lamb rump which presented 4 juicy thick slices of slightly pinkish lamb, flavoured by slightly fruity spices which had formed a slight crust on the outside and permeated inside the flesh. Quite tasty, though I really loved the chargrilled courgettes which were simply fantastic. For dessert I ordered the white chocolate mousse which was light and airy almost like eating cream. The richness was contrasted with citrus fruits like grapefruit which while sour, partner well with the elements on the plate. Pretty good but it didn’t wow me. Sometimes one can choose dishes which are better than what others ordered. I had a small taste of the duck which left me envious and I also had a taste of the tiramisu which was excellent and had me wishing I had ordered that instead. Well crafted food that was solid rather than spectacular, in an excellent atmosphere with equally good service to boot.


Sushia Izakaya - Rabatayaki Pork Rib

Sushia Izakaya & Bar – 23 Mar 2016

Sushi Izakaya’s 3 course Eat Drink Perth special was certainly special. I love deep fried foods and the Japanese are renowned for their light crispy crunchy batters and this was evident with the popcorn prawns which were delicious. A common theme throughout the dishes is a fusion of cuisines outside of Japan. With the prawns, they’ve added jalapeño to the mayo which adds a lovely hum of chilli. For the mains, a typically American dish of a rack of pork ribs has had an Asian influence with a spicy momoko sauce. The glaze is excellent and the touch of spiciness keeps things interesting. The soft sweet potato chips, whilst not crunchy, are perfect as they are and provide a relief and contrast against the spicy meaty flavours. These were very enjoyable. To finish, a slightly gooey black sesame ice cream was enjoyed with other elements such as a delicious vanilla ice cream which easily overshadowed the black sesame ice cream, and the Chantilly vanilla flecked cream on a plank of chocolate. The dessert was delicious and an excellent finish to an impressive 3 course meal.


Red Cabbage - Course 1 - Farm

Red Cabbage Food + Wine – 22 Mar 2016

I was really impressed with the 7 course degustation Red Cabbage presented and I can see why they’re highly renowned. Dining in an intimate atmosphere with quality crafted food, there were several dishes that were absolute knockouts. The first of these was the amuse bouche of pickled prawns which presented delicious sweet prawn flesh, plump tender mussels, and a delicious chilli tinged thick fermented tomato like sauce. The second course presented cured prawn which was too sour for my liking but the plump juicy scallops were enjoyable. The third course oozed a strong coal smoked odour which added plenty of flavour to the marron, with the proscuitto like pork jowl providing the seasoning. Another highly impressive dish. The blow torched ocean trout was super tender and enhanced by the sweet pickled cucumber but it was the shitaki dashi which was flavoursome, particularly impacting the clams which were superb. This was followed by a masterfully crafted and presented cheese course which was fantastic. Cashel blue cheese was paired with a biscuit like cheddar crumb, a touch of sweetness from the carrot ganache, and more sweetness from the white chocolate and refreshing pear sorbet. The pre-dessert coconut sorbet with cherry jam underneath was excellent, but those chocolate pistachio shards were even better. The smoked Jersey milk pannacotta tasted like a fluffy cloud of milk with other elements providing the flavour, though a little over-influenced by the caramel. To finish, a set of chocolates was presented which was delicious. Fantastic dining experience well worth the money (even at full price).


Grand Bar & Bistro - Salt & Pepper Squid

Grand Bar and Bistro – 18 Mar 2016

The multifaceted Grand Bar and Bistro is the perfect venue for a variety of occasions. Upstairs is the restaurant where you can enjoy an intimate dinner, downstairs is a bar to grab a few drinks and enjoy some well crafted dishes. To the far left in the deck area is a cafe to enjoy a lighter lunch in casual surrounds. We dined in a semi basement area associated with bar and I ordered two entrees for lunch. The first was a delicious salt & pepper squid which was super tender and perfectly seasoned. The sweet chilli sauce dressed the salad and added additional flavour to the squid. The second entree presented crunchy topped pork belly which was tender and delicious with the sauce provided, but I wanted more sauce. The earthy parsnip puree is an excellent partner to the pork and I also loved the succulent scallops. A very well crafted meal and very filling. Satisfied.


Atoday Night Noodle Markets opening night.

Perth Night Noodle Markets 2016

In 2015 more than 115,000 people flocked to the inaugural Perth Night Noodle Markets held at the Perth Cultural Centre.

This year Fairfax Events has moved the 2016 Night Noodle Markets to the newly opened Elizabeth Quay where it is expected to attract even bigger crowds and will run from March 30 to April 10.

For the first time Night Noodle Markets will be part of Fairfax’s highly successful WAtoday Good Food Month presented by Citi.

Good Food Month is Australia’s largest food festival held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra and now comes to WA to showcase its world-class food and wine scene, vibrant culinary diversity and fantastic local produce.

WAtoday Good Food Month will run from March 30 to April 30 and will bring to Perth some of Australia and the world’s best chefs for two iconic events.

Night Noodle Markets will be a cornerstone of Good Food Month and as part of the plan to cater for bigger crowds organisers have increased the number of food stalls from 20 to 26.


RiverBank Estate Winery & Restaurant - Peach , Vanilla

RiverBank Estate Winery and Restaurant – 11 Mar 2016

Last week’s blogger’s dinner gave me a taste of what Chef Darren King and his team can produce. One look at the degustation menu the following week had me quickly making a booking. The night started with a mushroom soup with flavours tempered and magnified by the truffle upon the bruschetta which was excellent. A tuna and avocado tartare was then served up which was am interesting pairing of creaminess balanced against the taste of the sea. The saffron linguine was just swimming in wonderful flavours and the bug was perfectly cooked and allowed to shine as the star of the dish. The emu chorizo in the next course is one of the best chorizo versions I have eaten. The super tender and not gamey kangaroo slices were delightful, along with the crispy potato rosti and sweet tones of bush tomato chutney. Definitely the favourite savoury dish of the night. To cleanse the palette, an in your face lemon granita did the job before tucking into a super tender, moist, and pinkish beef fillet which was enhanced by the jus, rich foie gras and duxcell. The juicy mushrooms around the side were also delicious. The first dessert course served up a summery poached peach which paired well with mint, mascarpone, a peach custard and a fine crumb which added depth. I loved the vanilla panna cotta but was disappointed at the mini portion on the side which was a tease! The next dish presented a coffee panna cotta with a kahlua syrup layer and cream foam that had me in dessert heaven. An absolute knockout dessert, it’s how you want to finish the night on a high. Fantastic experience in a lovely ambient setting with excellent service.


Lord Of The Fries - Peanut Butter Milk Shake

Lord of the Fries – 10 Mar 2016

From food truck to bricks and mortar, to franchised stores in Melbourne, then Sydney, and now Perth, I wasn’t sure of what to make of a vegetarian only fast food chain. However, after trying a sample of their offerings, I was pleasantly surprised by the food on offer. I started off with a soy based peanut butter milkshake which was delicious. The burgers were really tasty too, somehow, and it’s the genius of the chickpea and mushroom patties, is that they closely resemble the flavour of beef or chicken, when they are clearly vegetarian. In that regard, the burgers taste like their carnivorous counterparts to a great extent. I liked the spicy burger, but was more won over by the chick’n. The chips were pretty tasty and enhanced greatly by the spicy Vietnamese sauce. While I rarely go out for fast food, I would be more than happy to stop by for a meal at Lord of The Fries.