What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.
I’ve driven past here before but never visited so I popped by on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I was keen on the Paris Café, a French bistro, but they open for dinner. There’s plenty of food stalls to choose from so I had a look around and settled on Malaysian Hawker. After placing an order at the cash only stall, you take a number, go to the center and grab cutlery, find a table and wait. Your food is brought out to you. I started with lor bak which is like a sausage with a crispy crinkly skin. The pork filing is really delicious, especially with a touch of sweet chilli sauce. It also comes with creamy silken tofu with a lovely skin. Very tasty. I’m a real fan of kway teow and so this was an easy choice. Lovely soft noodles with Chinese sausage, bean shoots and prawns, I was hungry and it was demolished in no time. Yum. Takeway is also available and there’s plenty of food stalls to choose from (Chinese, dim sum, Japanese, Indian, Australian, French, and Singaporean), including a drinks stall. Plenty of free parking, lots of tables inside, if you’re looking for something different then it’s certainly worth a visit.
Decanter are an American tapas style restaurant and bar not far from Centro Vic Park. We started off with the jalapeno poppers which are large, croquette like, crispy outer shell encasing cheddar cheese and slightly hot jalapeno chilli which is really delicious and supplemented with sour cream to take the edge off. For something milder, the tequila prawns and soft and juicy, enjoyed with a dash of lime juice and the salad. A lovely dish but could have had more flavour. The crispy chicken waffles deliver on the flavour stakes. The crunchy crispy chicken bites are delicious, particularly with the sticky whiskey maple syrup. However, the dish was let down by the thick doughy waffles which should be light and crispy. The crispy pork belly bites have a lovely crispy crackling, soft well cooked meat with the fat rendered down perfectly. The pork belly is excellent, more so with the awesome honey glaze and tasty relish. Lastly, we had pork ribs which present a large quantity of slow cooked tender meat just falling off the bone, immersed in a delicious sweet and slightly sour marinade which adds heaps of flavour and will leave you licking your fingers. Heaps of food and a very enjoyable night out seated in a lovely interior with friendly service to boot.
RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers is a casual dining American styled eatery serving burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, tater tots, mac & cheese, and shakes among American classics on their menu. Not gourmet, but not greasy fast food, this is something in between. Good honest food that will satisfy. I got the chicken RoyAl burger which had a lovely shiny gloss on the top of the bun. Biting in, there’s an actual chunk of perfectly moist chicken thigh covered in a crispy crunchy coating. The fancy sauce does the trick in livening up the lettuce and tomato, making the combination of ingredients in each bite one to enjoy. I also got a side of tater tots which I’ve never eaten before. They’re like nugget sized hash browns, nice and crunchy on the outside, soft potato on the inside. A nice accompaniment to my burger. I was eyeing desserts but the pecan pie is no longer so I went with the cronut filled with chocolate custard, ice cream atop and cherry ripe. Decadent, indulgent, naughty, and so bad, yet so good. Yes, this dessert has it all. The rich buttery croissant with salty explosions and the doughnut feel combines perfectly with the ingredients to work together in creating a tasty morsel with each bite. So yum, so full with a friendly bunch of guys to make the visit one to enjoy.
Chee Tayeb is a relatively new addition to the Perth CBD. Located on Murray St, they serve a range of coffees and teas but they also serve Lebanese cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, I popped in for lunch. I decided on the tawouk, marinated chicken skewers that were removed from the skewer and served with super light soft warmed pita bread, a rocket salad, tender slices of thick grilled potatoes, and the chicken of course which was moist, tender, and carried a light subtle marinade. The flavour wasn’t overpowering and a touch of the mayo added more pep to each bite. Deceptively filling. I was also keen on dessert and the customers next to me got something interesting that wasn’t on the menu. I got it too, knafeh, a semolina dessert with a most delicious gooey stringy elastic cheese topped with a fine crumb and served with a touch of syrup and pistachios and walnuts for some crunch. Oh wow, what a delicious dessert! Cheese is unusual in a dessert, but while rich, the touch of sweetness works wonders in this wonderful traditional Lebanese creation. Excellent service, pop in for a coffee, a takeaway wrap or come in and taste the menu.
Maylands welcomes Mr Hawker, a Malaysian style eatery offering all the dishes one will find at a bargain price. I hopped on the train and chose a few dishes as part of my takeaway order. The first was deep fried pork belly. Whilst not eaten straightaway at it’s optimum, I didn’t think pork belly worked well being deep fried despite it being tender and tasty with that spicy nam ju chilli sauce. For me pork belly cooked long and slow or roasted is preferable. I also got a serve of Penang style kway teow which presented super silky ribbons of flat rice noodles in a very spicy chilli mix. The kway teow was tasty but I would have like more flavour. Thankfully I also chose another dish being much milder in flavour, the rice flour roll with mushrooms and shredded pork. It’s a noodle dish and once again the rice noodles were super tender. The flavour is quite tasty with the mushrooms and shredded pork adding additional body. I also got a soothing cup of hot teh terik which was really delicious. The flavours of the food at Mr Hawker are pretty good though lacking a bit in intensity. Mornings and late afternoons serve certain dishes such as roti canai, other dishes are available all day.
If you’re intrigued by Peruvian cuisine then why not discover the wonderful dishes Peru has to offer at the Long Table Peruvian Dinner matched with South American wines on the 3rd of September. Details about the degustation and how to book are below.
Perth Meets Peru are a group of people interested in promoting Peruvian cuisine in Perth. The group started demo Peruvian cooking classes earlier this year hosted by Chef Luis Vergara and Esperanza Roberts. From travelling, I’m quite intrigued by the different flavours on offer that I’ve eaten at different Latin American style restaurants. The degustation is a natural extension of the cooking classes, giving people the chance to taste rather than cook while also being introduced to the Peruvian culture.
To find out more about this great event check out the Perth Meets Peru Facebook page or email Esperanza directly. If you also are interested in the demo cooking classes, keep an eye out for the next class on the Facebook page and feel free to try your hand at the ceviche recipe below.
A restaurant like Juniper & Bay is a hidden gem. Unpretentious, yet based in a classy intimate setting with excellent warm friendly service, the food on offer is nothing but quality from execution to presentation to flavour. We chose the fixed price option of 3 courses for $54 which allowed us to choose the dishes we want and also share them for extra variety. The night started off with a delicious smoked pumpkin and honey soup full of depth and flavour, with the peppercorn providing a peppery bite which is just what the soup needed. For entree, the tender honeycomb tripe was immersed in a stew like Burgandy sauce full of flavour and enjoyed with a crispy puff pastry. For mains I had the pulled lamb shank that was super tender, just falling apart. Partnered with a delicious meaty jus and an array of roasted vegetables atop a tomato paste like sauce, the deconstructed ratatouille was very cleverly executed. For dessert I particularly enjoyed the eye catching beautifully presented tonka bean ice cream with toasted macadamias for crunch. A smooth vanilla like ice cream partnered well with the creme de cassis, the mint, cream, strawberries, tuile, and the candied crown. Fantastic food at exceptional value, I’d be happy to come here anytime.
Lalla Rookh are an Italian style restaurant featuring dishes of a more traditional, regional, home style type feel. I’ve dated at a lot of Italian restaurants but the cuisine here is quite unique. The venue features many different spaces, stools at the bar, tables for that special occasion, or out in the beer garden with your mates. There’s also a wine store too, but the wine is also available with your meals. Sometimes choosing items from the menu is too hard. Thank goodness for the ‘il capo’ feed me menu which we chose. For $65 per head, this features 6 courses of dishes chosen by the chef to feed the table. Two different focaccia varieties were presented which were well seasoned bringing out the herb flavours and I enjoyed the crunchy and slightly chewy crust. The first dish of the night presented duck liver parfait which is normally rich, but served with an Italian wine reduction, nullified any richness but not the flavour. Enjoyed with the buttery lightly toasted brioche, it was excellent. Next up were crostoli, a crispy pastry, holding light creamy buffalo mozzarella balanced with the acidity from blood orange which made for an excellent combination. Steamed Norwest tiger prawns were perfectly cooked, but significantly enhanced by the amazing fennel and chilli sauce. A pasta dish of handmade pockets of fusilli holding a delicious rabbit and liver mixture was the next dish presented which was enjoyed thoroughly. Certainly full at this point, like an Italian nonna full of generosity and hospitality, there is more to come with a meat dish of baby goat and a bean ragu. One bite of the succulent baby goat has one’s appetite immediately revived, but the green bean ragu is simply stunning, so so flavoursome, one wouldn’t think beans could taste so good. For dessert, two were presented. The first was a vanilla semi freddo which was soft and creamy, served with a soft nougat for a chew texture, and macerated apricots provided a different texture and sweetness. The other dessert is none other than panna cotta, an Italian icon, and this didn’t disappoint. Smooth and very creamy, the slight bitterness from the caramel sauce helped to cut through the richness. The walnut and fruit mixture adds a lovely textural contrast. A simply fantastic dining experience, dishes full of flavour, generous, and certainly not leaving hungry, rather the opposite!
I’d met with a client and we decided to head out for a bite so I chose Petition Kitchen where we had our team lunch earlier in the year. With a lovely casual yet inviting interior, we started with some lovely house bread with whipped butter before moving on to mains. A little dish of spiced deep fried chickpeas was also provided which are really moorish. I ordered the sweet spiced pork collar which also comes with an iceberg lettuce salad. I thought the pork had a bone but it’s all flesh as there’s one very large chunk of very delicious, tender, succulent pork immersed in a slightly gooey sweet Asian inspired sauce. Each bite is really delicious and I also like the crunchy pork shavings. The flavours get a little strong so the iceberg lettuce salad with a sesame dressing is a welcome relief. We had also ordered butter beans, sauce gribiche, fried curry leaves. The mayonnaise like mustard sauce covering the butter beans are so delicious, they’e turned the humble vegetable into something really tasty in it’s own right. I nearly ate through all my pork but decided to leave full rather than stuffed. A really well crafted meal which I enjoyed. My client was also impressed with the venue and enjoyed his meal too. It’s great that Perth can impress the out of towners.