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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.

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.

Juniper & Bay - Tonka Bean Ice Cream with Creme de Cassis & Toasted Macadamias

Juniper & Bay – 28 Jul 2016

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.

Petition Kitchen - Sweet Spiced Pork Collar

Petition Kitchen – 25 Jul 2016

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.

C Restaurant - Course #3 - MushroomCannelloni

C Restaurant – Manjimup Truffle Degustation – 13 Jul 2016

The limited time offering of a 6 course Manjimup truffle degustation menu had me very interested and so I made a booking to enjoy the lowly night time views of Perth in a wonderful ambient setting and excellent service to boot. The night started with an amuse bouche of a delicious, rich, and very creamy ham hock soup with an excellent ham and cheese croquette. The next course served two perfectly cooked and seasoned scallops enjoyed with a soft tortellini encasing a lovely marron filling. The black squid ink cracker was also a very enjoyable element. The third course saw a lovely crumbed jacket, covered in shaved slices of truffle, encasing juicy mushrooms and enjoyed with a very creamy celeriac puree. A wonderful earthy dish. The main course continued on with the earthy theme, drawing upon earthy winter elements to present a very hearty dish based around a sous vide Angus beef tenderloin chunk which just pulled apart. The different mushroom textures allowed mushroom to be enjoyed in a number of ways, enhancing the beef. With all the food served, thankfully a light dessert was presented, a most fabulous macaron filled with a sumptuous milk chocolate ganache and a touch of passionfruit which was amazing. The chocolate soil simulated the crunch of passionfruit seeds, a clever textual play, even though the passionfruit sorbet was seedless, smooth and flavoursome. The final course presented a cheese board enjoyed with quince paste which was a lovely finish to the meal. A very impressive experience from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience and definitely recommend the degustation or even just a meal here from the set menu or al a carte menu.

Northbridge Brewing Co - Southern Fried Chicken

Northbridge Brewing Co – 1 Jul 2016

It’s fantastic we have a brewery right in the heart of the city serving a range of brews, beers, and ciders. With a multi level venue including a roof top bar overlooking the city and the green grass of the Northbridge Piazza, it’s a casual relaxed spot to enjoy a pint or munch on the meals from the menu. I took a seat outside and ordered the southern fried chicken. It was a cold start to the day but the spices on the southern fried chicken start to warm you up. I really enjoyed the crunchy crispy perfectly cooked chicken coated in a light batter. There are three sauces served to liven up the delicious chicken. I particularly liked the first red chilli hot sauce which has a little extra bite, but the blue cheese sour cream is very soothing and the sweet chilli sauce is more on the sweet side to change tack. There’s a generous serve of chicken which left me comfortably full and satisfied.

Clarke's of North Beach - Swordfish, Charred Octopus, Spiced Pumpkin, Chorizo Smoked Yoghurt

Clarke’s of North Beach – 22 Jun 2016

Clarke’s of North Beach presents a soft warm ambience to enjoy the fine dining experience on offer. I opted for the 6 course degustation which started with an amuse bouche of a delicious crunchy mushroom croquette finished off with a sandalwood smoke. The very lightly marinated swordfish presented delicate flavours paired with the char from the octopus. Sous vide chicken was the next dish to arrive which presents a very different texture to what one is used to, but the tender succulent breast is delicious with the crisp skin attached. The deep fried skin is too intense and leaves a burnt taste in the mouth which detracts from the dish. However, the sweetcorn veloutte is brilliant and so delicious, perfect for winter. Lamb backstrap was the hero of the next course, also sous vide, succulent, tender, and the lamb flavour is a little more intensified than usual which is excellent. There’s plenty of flavoursome jus to tip over and enjoy and the parsley sponge helps to mop up the jus that you can’t get onto the cutlery. The coffee crumb and beets help balance the meaty flavour and the fatty flavours from the lamb riblet are excellent. Pre-dessert presented a tonka bean pudding which is small in stature but very rich with the sticky golden syrup. However, the vanilla anglaise is a wonderful addition and partners perfectly to offset the richness and make this into a very satisfying dish. The last course presents rhubarb compote which has a touch of sweetness and acidity to contrast against the very creamy panna cotta. The rhubarb sorbet also cuts through the richness and is refreshing to the palette. A finely crafted and well thought out menu with elements that compliment each other and deliver a wonderful dining experience.

Greenhouse - Smoked Ocean Trout with 62C Egg

Greenhouse – 14 Jun 2016

I’ve been to Greenhouse on a number of occasions and headed there for a team breakfast. I chose the house smoked ocean trout atop toasted rye bread, which was served with a apple and watercress salad and a 62 degree egg. I really enjoyed this delicious breakfast. I love smoked trout and the apple and dressing helps to cut through the slight richness of the trout. The dense rye bread is great for soaking up the runny egg yolk. The sous vide effect ensures the egg is cooked perfectly, but I would prefer 63° sous vide egg which is less runny and the white is a tad firmer. With a cup of mocha, yummy breakfast and great start to the day!

ChefHire - 09 Smoking Gun

Chefhire Atelier – 2 Jun 2016

Bradley Backhouse is the executive chef and owner of ChefHire and ChefHire Atelier. They run a cafe and restaurant, operate a range of cooking classes, hire out chefs and other hospitality staff for events and the like. As ChefHire offer staff for training, they’re always on the lookout for experienced staff. However, even if you’re looking to begin or switch careers into the world of food, they also train apprentices and trainees in working in the kitchen and in a hospitality environment.

We got the chance to experience the Modern Techniques cooking class and prepare a three course meal. This class covers the use of some modern equipment such as sous vide bath, thermal circulators, foam guns and a few interesting techniques such as spherification and some different types of foam.