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Gami Chicken & Beer - Fried Chicken Wings

Gami Chicken and Beer – 14 Oct 2016

Gami time means fried chicken time! What better way to lead into the weekend. Nom nom nom. Fried chicken is a big thing in Korea and Gami Chicken are another Korean fast food type restaurant offering an array of items (not just fried chicken but Korean dishes too) on their menu. I went with the 8 fried chicken wings for $10 which also comes with a slaw and pickled daicon radish. For $1 I also got a honey mustard sauce. The takeaway order comes nicely packaged in a lovely carry bag which was a bit of a surprise before sitting down to devour the fried crispy batter coated chicken wings which were delicious. I really like the pickled cubes of daicon radish which aid digestion and the acidic tang adds a nice balance to the fried nature of the chicken. A tasty delectable lunch.

Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern - Mixed Grill

Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern – 13 Oct 2016

Mashawi offers a range of dishes representing Moroccan and Middle Eastern cuisine. With an inviting atmosphere, friendly service and delicious, flavoursome, well balanced cuisine, I really enjoyed my experience here. The mixed tapas presents a range of items to share. I liked the filo encased cheese and spinach cigars, the fried kibbeh is tasty and well balanced, not too salty, I loved the falafel which is spiced but subtle and not too intense with a lovely crunch, and the sambousek is kind of like a curry puff with a delicious filling. All enjoyed with some tasty dips. For mains, I really enjoyed the chicken, olive and potato tagine as well as the seafood tagine. Generous serving, tasty, flavoursome and moist tender proteins cooked perfectly served with loose moorish cous cous. I also liked the mixed grill which presented a range of skewered meats perfectly cooked, moist, tender and flavoursome with a delicious rice pilaf and refreshing salad. The sausages were also interesting and unique. I couldn’t help myself in obtaining a selection of baked sweets on the way out and really enjoyed them, particularly, the baklava.

Shak Shuka - Lamb Koftas

Shak Shuka’s Website Launch Event – 6 Oct 2016

A family business coming from a passion for food, the chef, Riki Kaspi, used to run a North Perth restaurant for 12 years before starting The Cooking Professor in Mt Hawthorn. The night is all about the new website launch of Shak Shuka which featured different Moroccan canapés as well as featuring some other small businesses and their products. The venue actually comprises 4 businesses in one:

A Professional Cooking School – learn to cook from a range of cuisines
Catering – for special events like weddings, corporate events, birthdays, as well as running the Shak Shuka stall at various markets around Perth
Event Hire – cocktail night, hens & bucks nights, corporate team building
Commercial Kitchen Hire – access to one of two professional kitchens to prepare dishes for an offsite event, market etc

Society Bar & Kitchen - Confit Duck in Brik Pastry

Society Bar & Kitchen – 23 Sep 2016

Had lunch across the road at Society Bar & Kitchen, inside the Mantra on Murray Hotel. They have a standard menu but also offer an express lunch option of 2 courses for $19, with lots to choose from under each course. I chose the confit duck in brik pastry for entree and the cajun shrimp tortilla for mains. I really loved the confit duck which was absolutely amazing! Such delicious succulent tender and well flavour duck encased by a delicious crunchy pastry. I relished each bite. We were told the tortilla is filling and it certainly was a generous serve. I like the light crunch from the tortilla and pretty tasty filling. I didn’t care too much for the shrimp though. The tortilla wasn’t too bad but no match for the duck. Several people at the table chose the steak sandwich and by all reports it was really tasty and enjoyed by all. If you’re after a quick and relatively cheap meal which is still tasty, has good service, and is quiet and relaxing, stopping by here isn’t a bad choice.

Fraser's Restaurant Rib Eye Steak

Fraser’s Restaurant – 21 Sep 2016

Fraser’s Restaurant is an excellent classy venue that played host to a work function. With beautiful views of the Perth City by night and a large area with lots of room for tables, a stage, and a dance floor, the venue caters to a variety of events. I expected a high standard of cuisine and while the food was well executed in technique, it was let down by the balance of elements and in flavours at times. The food was uninspiring, too safe and didn’t give the diner anything special from the experience to warrant a return visit.

The goat’s cheese gnocchi was an interesting creation but the flavour of the goat’s cheese didn’t shine through. The tartness of the roasted pepper sugo, however, was an excellent element to pair and compliment the dish. A cave man sized chunk of perfectly cooked rib eye was served for mains but was really plain and unimaginative with a well cooked potato, caramelised onion for some sweetness, and a delicious jus to add flavour. Such a dish doesn’t need to wow but it needs some creativity rather than the pedestrian effort served up here. The sides were contrasting, a very standard salad which one could better at anyone’s home, and some really delicious smashed potatoes with rosemary and garlic. For dessert, Fraser’s have their take on an Eton Mess and this version was promising, with lovely vanilla ice cream, smashed meringue, blueberries and cream. I like cream but there was so much here it was sickening and I left the dessert. The last thing served was a cheese platter paired with crackers and fruit bread, which was a lovely finish to the meal.

Very generous in quantity, I certainly didn’t go home hungry, but was disappointed they couldn’t have lifted the balance of flavours to match the service and standard of the venue. I’m not sure if Fraser’s has fallen into one of those venues around the world which offer amazing views but can’t offer the food fitting for what you’re paying for.

La Belle Sweets - Passionfruit & Mandarin Cruffin and Matcha Croissant

La Belle Sweets – 17 Sep 2016

How did you start your weekend? I popped into La Belle Sweets being a lover of patisseries and baked goods. Situated in a quiet suburban area of Lathlain, several people drop by for a coffee, a baked item or a sweet treat. Looking at the display cabinet had me drooling over what I should get. There’s lots to choose from and they also have hot items like quiches for example. We’ve got cronuts, now they have cruffins – a croissant type pastry formed into the shape of a muffin and filled with something special. With several fillings to choose from, I chose a cruffin with a passionfruit and mandarin cream and really enjoyed this delicious creation. The croissant is firmer and has a slight salty tinge like those in Paris. The cream filling is tasty but swings from too overpowering to perfect. The mandarin and passionfruit flavour work extremely well together. I also had a delicious croissant filled with matcha cream. I’m not sure if they meant to overcook the croissant but it adds crunch and the slight smoky flavour contrasts nicely with the rich matcha (green tea) flavoured cream. Yum yum yum.
I couldn’t wait till the afternoon and dove into the creme brulee Danish. Lovely crispy flaky pastry, delicious vanilla flecked custard, soft apple cubes hiding underneath. Very yum! They didn’t have a name for the last item picked up, I call it an almond chocolate gateau, but it has an almond layer followed by a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts and chocolate cream, topped with a white macaron and silver. Pretty good though the different elements and flavour need a bit more balance. Some interesting creations, excellent execution, just need a little more work on balancing the flavours. If you’re local, definitely a spot to swing by but get there early as the items disappear fast.

Malt Supper Club - Fish Cakes

Malt Supper Club – 15 Sep 2016

The Malt Supper Club is a late night supper venue serving food into the early hours of the morning (3am). Available for private functions, hens night and the like the venue has several private rooms, booths, a large open space that can accommodate a dance floor or a long table degustation, as well as an upstairs area. Aimed at a mature clientele, the venue has an interesting feel from a bygone era but still maintaining a link to the present day as seen via the many sleek bars.

A new chef straight from the UK, Stephen Rowe, has 35yrs of experience and was waiting to try his new creations on us. The night featured 5 dishes over the course of the night, including drinks. First off was bruschetta and this had loads of crunch but it was the caramelised balsamic vinegar which stole the show with lovely sweet tones to compliment the creamy feta, red onion, tomato and basil. Next was golden brown arancini balls filled with soft risotto and gooey stringy cheese and delicious shredded pork. Twice cooked pork belly with a delicious apple jus was the next dish presenting tender flesh, crunchy perfectly salted crackling and thin crispy root vegetable chips. The fourth dish was fish cakes but these weren’t ordinary. A golden brown crunchy crumb encasing smoked cod without being too fishy, the dash of lemon and creamy pea puree were perfect partners to this dish. Lastly, we finished with a thin crunchy tempura batter encasing goat’s cheese, though a tad too salty for my liking. However, the honey orange blossom was a stroke of genius and paired perfectly with the goat’s cheese.

The tapas items available may look simplistic but have been taken to a new level without the pretentiousness. There’s a range of alcoholic drinks to choose from and we were well looked after by the staff. The food is delicious and not short on flavour, subtlety crafted dishes to enjoy late in the night or early hours with friends for company.

Honey Creme - Bacon with Chocolate Ice Cream Cup

Honey Creme – 14 Sep 2016

I had walked past Honey Creme on my way to work and was wondering what this place was. An international chain originating in South Korea and Taiwan, Perth is the first store for their Australian venture. I made a visit during my lunch break to try some of their premium soft serve ice cream. Available in a cone or cup, there’s plenty of options from the menu to choose from. I selected the unusual sounding Bacon with Chocolate. Bacon goes with anything right? A bit steep in price but what isn’t expensive these days? Delicious creamy soft serve with a very slight honey flavour, the chocolate and subtle touch of saltiness from the bacon balances out any richness. I like the crunch of the bacon bits too. Yum! Screw winter, ice cream is good in any weather!