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Swings Taphouse & Kitchen - 3 Mar 2015

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen are a brewery but they also serve quality food without the hefty price tag in a casual relaxed environment. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoked hock terrine which was full of flavour and was complemented by the slightly sweet rhubarb. The sourdough bread helped take the edge off the strong meaty flavour. For dessert, the salted caramel chocolate tart was excellent. The chocolate wasn’t too rich and allowed the salted caramel to shine through. It was paired with honeycomb and a slightly too sweet but tart raspberry ice cream. Excellent meal. Very happy. . . . → Read More: Swings Taphouse & Kitchen – 3 Mar 2015

Leeuwin Estate Restaurant - 3 Mar 2015

Leeuwin Estate - Course 5 - Black Angus Beef

Cuisine: Seafood, Modern Australian, Winery Location: Margaret River

For my final lunch in Margaret River I headed to Leeuwin Estate and chose the 6 course degustation.

 

Course #1 – Amuse Bouche Freshly Shucked Tasmanian Rock Oysters

Leeuwin Estate Restaurant – Amuse Bouche: Tasmanian Rock Oysters

Started with two Tasmanian . . . → Read More: Leeuwin Estate Restaurant – 3 Mar 2015

Vasse Felix - 2 Mar 2015

Vasse Felix - Emu Tartare

What a fantastic meal! Enjoying such delicious fare from the second story overlooking the vineyards with excellent service to boot. The emu tartare was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten. Bursting with freshness, moisture, and flavour, this is a superbly executed dish. The pork for mains presented a tender square of pork, allowing the flavours to shine through, the other elements adding seasoning and flavour. The chorizo crumb, dehydrated chorizo mix, and the dense tender octopus provided the dash of salt required. The refreshing sweet cucumber, fennel, and super sweet oven roasted tomato refreshed the palette. The Manchego cheese paired with the blackcurrant jelly was a stroke of genius. The sweet counteracting the hard flavours of the cheese, as too the raisins, what a lovely finish to the meal. . . . → Read More: Vasse Felix – 2 Mar 2015

Laundry 43 - 28 Feb 2015

Laundry 43 - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ravioli

Laundry 43 offers patrons a share plate style menu but one can still dine solo. I ordered the special of the day, the smoked Wagyu beef ravioli. The presentation was excellent and the regional produce exuded flavour and freshness along with the delicious meaty sauce. I wasn’t that impressed with the ravioli filling which had a consistency like quiche and contained less Wagyu beef than I was expecting. The meaty Wagyu flavour was also overpowered by the sourness of the pickling juices of the onions. The ravioli was a lovely consistency and service was very friendly. For the price, I expected a little more and expected to be comfortably full. . . . → Read More: Laundry 43 – 28 Feb 2015

The Generous Squire - 24 Dec 2014

The Generous Squire - Beef Brisket

Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food Location: Perth CBD, Shafto Lane

Christmas Eve and we were hungry so one of my colleagues who was leaving was in search of a pub serving pints. Problem is after visiting several pubs, all were full. We finally ended up at The Generous Squire where it . . . → Read More: The Generous Squire – 24 Dec 2014

Lot Twenty - 19 Nov 2014

Lot Twenty - Lamb Ribs with Tamarind Glaze

Lot Twenty presents a really inviting, relaxing and casual outdoor area to grab a drink and a meal, perfect for afterwork drinks / functions. The menu offers a range of reasonably priced meals and they also have desserts for $3-$5 or so, or you can grab the $16 dish which features 4 desserts. They also offer home made ice cream at $3 a scoop. I ordered the lamb ribs which contained plenty of tender succulent meat with an excellent gooey sticky tamarind glaze. An excellent dish, the only thing that spoilt it was the lack of protection against the hot sun! If dining for lunch and you don’t get a seat under the few umbrellas outside or a seat in the limited seating area inside, I’d advise against coming here. Please, look after your patrons and do something!!! . . . → Read More: Lot Twenty – 19 Nov 2014

Country Road Cafe - 11 Nov 2014

Country Road Cafe - Pesto Mushrooms with Wilted Spinach on Toast

Not being a fan of eggs severely limits my breakfast choices on any menu. I chose the pesto mushrooms with wilted spinach on toast which sounded rather simplistic but was anything but. Country Road Cafe offer several vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options which my dish ticked on all fronts. From not expecting much, I was pleasantly surprised and then really impressed with a deliciously crafted meal. The Turkish bread is really lovely, warmed through and enhanced by the oil from the pesto. The pesto adds additional flavour to the wilted spinach and there were plenty of well cooked and seasoned mushrooms to provide meat to the dish. Along with a salad to balance any richness or fat from the pesto, and then washed down with a lovely warming honey, cinnamon, red chai latte, my breakfast provided plenty of fuel and energy for the day and left me impressed and satisfied. Even though I’m not a vegetarian, vegan or gluten intolerant, I’d be happy to eat this dish anytime for breakfast. Full marks for creativity and great value. . . . → Read More: Country Road Cafe – 11 Nov 2014

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen - 15 Oct 2014

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen - Chicken Roulade

On my first visit I was pleasantly surprised with the unassuming dishes waiting to surprise, packing flavour, elements carefully paired, flavours balanced. Today’s experience didn’t quite live up to the high standards set. The small taste of the pulled pork parcels were perfectly executed with soft tender pork surrounded by a dark golden brown crunchy crumb, but the dish was let down by the lack of seasoning. The small taste of the chicken roulade was excellent, well cooked chicken paired with a delicious pistachio filling. My mains of beef cheek was also under-seasoned and lacked punch, despite being super tender with the meat breaking away with the touch of the tip of a knife. The gnocchi was excellent and couldn’t be faulted. The fondant potatoes wee good but didn’t wow. The small sample of mango panna cotta was superb, silky smooth and full of flavour. The passionfruit mousse was also excellent too. This dessert was easily the best dish of the lunch, but my dessert wasn’t to be disgraced. The banana parfait contained a lovely soft banana flavour which went down well, but I didn’t care for the crumb of chewy peanut brittle. The dark flavours of the chocolate mousse were an excellent finish to the meal, but it probably didn’t pair as well with banana parfait as another element. Then again, who can say no to chocolate! . . . → Read More: The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen – 15 Oct 2014

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 25 Sep 2014

The Painted Bird - Panko Fried Oysters

My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 25 Sep 2014

Durty Nell's Irish Pub - 17 Sep 2014

Durty Nelly's - BBQ Chill iBeef Short Ribs

Durty Nelly’s offers up some pretty hearty pub food. Today was no exception with delicious BBQ Chilli Beef Short Ribs that were packed with meat and had a lovely chilli marinade that packed some bite. Along with the wedges which were a bit disappointing, even despite a dunk into the sour cream, the meal was pretty good and left me pretty stuffed. . . . → Read More: Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub – 17 Sep 2014