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Le Vietnam - 19 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - Bahn Mi and a Profiterole

Situated on Barrack Street lies Le Vietnam, a Vietnamese cafe with a chic interior serving coffee, Vietnamese bahn mi, and French patisserie items like profiteroles. I had the pork bahn mi and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious bread holding the Asian slaw contents of julienned carrots along with refreshing cucumber and greens. The tender pork was flavoursome but I liked the chilli sauce which added a real kick to the meal. I ordered a chocolate profiterole which was superb. A lovely light choux pastry filled with a delicious smooth, light, chocolatey custard that made you savour each morsel. So yum. A delicious cheap eat with dessert included. . . . → Read More: Le Vietnam – 19 Aug 2014

Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar - 10 Aug 2014

Canton Bay Chinese - Pork Belly

I think most people would have driven past and not realised Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant lies secluded from the main road. Walking inside you will be greeted by the pleasant decor, low ceilings, and neatly laid out tables where you will be provided efficient and professional service. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu and fresh seafood is a major feature with several dishes at market price. For entrees, the diced duck in lettuce was tasty with hoisin sauce but the bland lettuce detracts from the flavour of the filling. The soft shell crab was delicious, a light golden brown batter encasing crab. For mains, I really loved the melt in your mouth tooth-fish tossed in chilli pepper and salt. I also liked the chicken fillets in a delicious Szechuan sauce with crunchy peanuts. The super tender pork belly in black bean sauce was tasty but I would have preferred a different flavour combination. The fried riced with minced beef in XO sauce was moist, flavoursome and moorish. For dessert, while the pancake was perfectly cooked, the red bean filling lacked something which didn’t make the dish as enjoyable. The food is pretty solid without being spectacular though the fish and chicken dishes were standouts. It’s a bit pricey but if you’re lucky to snag an offer, or you want a business meeting or a romantic dinner, this place will fit the bill. You could also get some takeaway after you’ve completed Jacob’s Ladder. . . . → Read More: Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar – 10 Aug 2014

VIC, Melbourne - Chin Chin #2

Chin Chin - Pad Thai

Once again I was fortunate to gain a seat at Chin Chin after my initial dinner choice was full up. I was really looking forward to trying some of the other dishes after yesterday’s excellent experience. Unfortunately tonight’s dining wasn’t up to the same standard as yesterday from a food point of view. The suckling pig pancakes had a lovely freshness and the succulent pork was tasty but it didn’t create the same kind of enjoyment as Peking duck pancakes. Maybe some more sauce would have made a big difference. The pad thai wasn’t that great as it lacked the sweet element which is crucial to the dish. There’s a generous serving and I really loved the juicy moist prawns, the crunch of the chopped peanuts, moisture from the cucumber, the tenderness of the noodles, and the freshness from the coriander. As a whole, it didn’t live up to the expectations of a pad thai. I’m really shocked at the change in consistency. Maybe I picked the two dud dishes on the menu because yesterday’s experience left me very impressed. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Chin Chin #2

VIC, Melbourne - Chin Chin

Chin Chin - Coconut Sago & Sweet Corn Ice Cream

I was fortunate to grab a seat at the hugely popular and very busy Chin Chin. There’s large queues and long wait times to try the various dishes on the extensive menu. The place is buzzing and there’s lots of very busy staff where ever you look. I loved my small entrée of Miang which just had delicious flavours in the two mouthfuls. Excellent balance of Asian flavours – sweet, sour, acidity. The beef rending was extremely tender, generous, and absolutely flavour packed. The spice mix just oozed flavour, carried intensity and a slight chilli kick, but was best enjoyed with the steamed rice. The dessert was just fantastic. Soft, creamy, fresh, crunch. A great balance of flavours. After eating these meals you know the chefs have clearly got some skill in delivering perfectly executed flavours. I’m impressed. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Chin Chin

New Zealand, Auckland - Live Fish Seafood Restaurant

Live Fish - Fried Fish in Thai Sauce

Considering I chose this place at random, the dining experience was pleasant. There was so much to choose from one didn’t know where to begin but in the end, the fried fish with a tangy chilli Thai sauce with a salad was an excellent choice to sample quality fish. The whole fish was large and there was plenty of fish to be enjoyed with the delicious sauce. The light crispy batter was delicious as was the salad too. An excellent value meal and a different way to enjoy fish while looking out into the harbour. . . . → Read More: New Zealand, Auckland – Live Fish Seafood Restaurant

Four Seas - 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - Large Combination

I’m quite a sucker for deep fried food and my eyes lit up when I saw the honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and fish. The latter contained too much batter relative to the contents, but were okay with nice sweet and sour flavour. The honey chicken was crispy, crunchy, and had a lovely honey flavour. I really enjoyed it. The simple fried rice and Hokkien noodles were good and went well with the black pepper chicken and lemon grass beef. Simple dishes with enough flavour to get by. It’s a good cheap eat and obviously a favourite among the resident office crowd. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Four Seas – 29 Oct 2012

Good Fortune Roast Duck House - 3 Sep 2012

I thought for $11.50 I received a generous serving of roasted duck and BBQ pork with steamed rice, buk choy, and pickled cabbage which provided a complete meal. The roast duck was tender and moist and tastier of the two, but still lacked the intensity of flavour I was expecting. So too the BBQ pork, which was a little tough. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of dishes to try and dining in to experience an array of dishes would be a better measure of the food served here than one takeaway order. . . . → Read More: Good Fortune Roast Duck House – 3 Sep 2012

Esther's Cake Shop & Cafe - 2 Sep 2012

Cuisine: Asian Bakery Location: Northbridge Address: Shop 4/ 364 William St, Northbridge WA 6003 Phone: (08) 9228 8783

While waiting outside S & T Thai Gourmet Cafe, I spied Esther’s Cake Shop & Cafe across the road. After another delicious lunch at S & T Thai Gourmet Cafe, I headed across the road . . . → Read More: Esther’s Cake Shop & Cafe – 2 Sep 2012

Tak Chee House - 27 Apr 2012

I loved the entrees of lo bak and satay chicken which were full of flavour and tasty. The small sample I had of the char kuey teow was authentic and so too the ice kechang. I loved the crispy, flaky roti and wished I got served another but with the generous serve of chicken curry, I was stuffed. I enjoyed my meal and appreciated the friendly warm service. The bill did add up quickly so maybe a little bit overpriced. Cash only. Bookings essential. . . . → Read More: Tak Chee House – 27 Apr 2012

Korner Cafe - 13 Apr 2012

The chilli chicken curry with steamed rice was quite tasty but lacking something in flavour to make it excellent. A decent serving which left me comfortably full and good value at just $11.95. Nice relaxed setting. . . . → Read More: Korner Cafe – 13 Apr 2012