Dux Restaurant - 19 Nov 2015

Dux Restaurant - Pork Trio

Dux functions as a cafe during the day and turns into a restaurant serving quality food at night. While the menu is more on the fine dining side, the appeal of the venue and relaxing surrounds make it casual yet intimate. We started with the Dux Tasting Plate which offers 3 entrees which change regularly. While crowded on the plate, each element was excellent. I really liked the Persian feta and fig tart with a lovely salad, the fig providing a nice sweetness against the backdrop of the rich creamy Persian feta. The chicken ballotine was really tender and tasty, also paired with a salad, the acidity of the beetroot offsetting any richness of the chicken, goat’s curd and almonds. The seared scallops were perfectly cooked and paired cleverly with pulled pork and apple. For mains I enjoyed the pork trio though the grilled pork loin was a tad dry, as too the pork belly. Nonetheless, they were tasty elements with a creamy cauliflower purée and kale in balsamic and orange glaze, though a little too sweet. The rillette, though, was fantastic! Rich soft and tender on the inside, nice and crunchy on the outside. For dessert I indulged in the peanut butter parfait which was smooth but carried the peanut butter flavour effectively. It was starkly contrasted against the strong flavour of the dark chocolate, though the goat’s milk yoghurt added a freshness to the dish. A very enjoyable experience. . . . → Read More: Dux Restaurant – 19 Nov 2015

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 18 Nov 2015

The Painted Bird - Broccolini Pangrattato

The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 18 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - 7 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - Trio of Homemade Desserts

I was back again at The Craftsman and so were many other people who packed out the venue on a Saturday afternoon. I ordered the gnocchi ragu which presented a huge serving. The gnocchi was well cooked, soft and delicious and submerged in a flavoursome ragu sauce. I also enjoyed the chunks of lamb which was super soft after being braised long and slow in red wine. I was determined to grab dessert and the trio of desserts was clearly too much for one person, with no warning given by the waitstaff. Nonetheless, I polished off the sticky date pudding in a delicious caramel sauce, before making my way through nearly all the thick chocolate sauce surrounding the chocolate pudding which was very yum. The apple crumble is much more subtle and lighter in flavour which is much needed to compliment the other desserts. So stuffed! You definitely won’t go home hungry and you definitely get your money’s worth, just ensure you rock up with a big appetite otherwise your plate will be far from empty. . . . → Read More: The Craftsman – 7 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - 4 Nov 2015

The Craftsman - Chicken Galliano

Stopping by for a movie, a few drinks, watching a sporting event, or to enjoy the live entertainment, The Craftsman serves a variety of dishes to suit a range of tastes in a lovely relaxed atmosphere with friendly service to boot. The dishes are very generous so I was really disappointed to pass on dessert which I eyed from the beginning. I shared an entree of sizzling garlic prawns smothered in a butter, onion, and bacon mix which was delicious. The juicy plump pawns were enjoyed with rice and a tangy salad with an excellent dressing. For mains I ordered the chicken Galliano which presented two well cooked chicken pieces wrapped in prosciutto. Each bite was delicious with the creamy vanilla infused mushroom sauce adding another facet to the dish. It was paired with risotto which was an unusual choice and while I enjoyed rich creamy food, the dish lacked balance via a salad, an acidic element, or steamed veggies to compliment the dish. Despite that, the hearty generous serving left me stuffed but satisfied. Aside from the menu, they have meal days like ribalicious Monday’s and there’s a variety of events on too. . . . → Read More: The Craftsman – 4 Nov 2015

Bay 33 Café - 5 Sep 2015

Bay 33 Cafe - Dukkah Crusted Salmon

Bay 33 Cafe is a lovely pleasant cafe overlooking the beautiful blue waters of the Indian Ocean. There’s ample parking on the street and indoor and outdoor seating which won’t obstruct your view. The menu offers a range of dishes without an expensive price tag given the view. It’s a casual cafe which appeals to those who just want to drop in for a coffee or grab a meal. Takeaway coffee orders is accommodated and there’s a range of sweet treats available to all. I really enjoyed the fusion of the Middle Eastern Dukkah spice mix encrusting perfectly cooked moist salmon. Paired with a Mexican like avocado salsa which was refreshing and Indian pappadums for crunch and slightly creamy cooling yoghurt, all three cultures combine to produce a tasty and refreshing meal. I also had room for dessert and enjoyed the tart boysenberry with apple crumble like filling in a tart. The vanilla ice cream brings it all together and left me satisfied. . . . → Read More: Bay 33 Café – 5 Sep 2015

Grand Bar and Bistro - 2 Sep 2015

Grand Bar & Bistro - Coffee Mousse

Grand in name and grand in looks, the flashy bar and sleek classy interior downstairs in the bar and upstairs in the restaurant area, does not carry the grand price you might expect. Instead there are a range of dishes that are reasonably priced and each of the dishes we had were quite generous in serving and excellent value for money. Along with a relaxing ambience and excellent friendly service to boot, a visit here for any occasion is recommended. To start I ordered the pork belly which was very tender and tasty with a lovely balsamic vinegar glaze. Plump juicy scallops were also enjoyed and pair effectively with the pork belly. I also had a taste of the Panko crumbed tiger prawns and crab croquettes which were delicious. I also sampledthe mains, first trying some delicious cajun coated swordfish with a delicious salad. I particularly liked the strips of buffalo chorizo but felt the cajun intensity could be ramped up a few notches. The sirloin steak was tender and juicy and enjoyed with a not too peppery, pepper sauce. For my mains, I rather enjoyed the rich melt in your mouth beef cheek surrounded by soft ravioli in a Parmesan sauce that lent it’s flavour but was not too cheesy. For dessert I liked the subtle flavour of the light but dense coffee mousse which was offset by the refreshing strawberry and chocolate cones. I also had a taste of the moist but dense dark chocolate fondant, counteracted with the light creme anglais and tasty mars ice cream. Really full but satisfied. . . . → Read More: Grand Bar and Bistro – 2 Sep 2015

The Brisbane Hotel and Stand Up Comedy at Lazy Susan's

The Brisbane Hotel - Confit Duck Leg

I was expecting a visit to the Brisbane Hotel to be the usual pub food but was pleasantly surprised that the menu is a little more upmarket. I took a particular liking to the chicken liver parfait and also enjoyed the arancini balls. The sausage rolls seem a bit out of place on any menu but were tasty but the beef cheek taco’s were a bit on the bland side and didn’t go with the creamy guacamole. For mains, I throughly enjoyed the confit duck leg where a decent portion of juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned duck is presented. I enjoyed each and every bite which carried moistness and flavour. I also loved the mushroom filling in the tortellini which carried a real earthiness, though, I’m not sure why the tops of the tortellini were crisped. The ensuing comedy show at Lazy Susan’s is fantastic and if you love comedy then I recommend a visit and definitely recommend you get the duck. . . . → Read More: The Brisbane Hotel and Stand Up Comedy at Lazy Susan’s

C Restaurant - 8 Apr 2015

C Restaurant - Potato Gnocchi

Cuisine: Modern Location: Perth CBD – St Martins Tower

As part of the Eat Drink Perth food festival, the program guide contains the Passport, a list of offers to use at various restaurants, such as C Restaurant. I think the last time I went here was when I was a little kid and . . . → Read More: C Restaurant – 8 Apr 2015

The Generous Squire - 19 Mar 2015

The Generous Squire - Lamb Ribs with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

I did use the Entertainment Book to get a discount but for 3 dishes at a full price of $46, or $23 each, it’s pretty good value considering we got variety and some tasty food. I really liked the vegetable tart which had a lovely well balanced filling between the pumpkin and blue cheese. The slow cooked beef brisket was tender within the sliders though needed a bit of a boost in flavour and the tomato sauce helped moisten things up. The onion rings contained a lovely crunchy crisp light batter and were delicious. The lamb ribs were very tender and tasty and didn’t require the chipotle barbecue sauce. Lovely all round meal. . . . → Read More: The Generous Squire – 19 Mar 2015

Degustation Dinner With Todd Stuart, Petite Morte Chef, Matched To Singlefile Wines

Singlefile Wines - Duck Breast, Duck Neck Sausage, Fig

Cuisine: Cafe, Winery Location: Denmark (Scotsdale)

As part of the IGA Great Southern Taste food festival, one of the events which caught my eye was the Degustation Dinner With Todd Stuart, Petite Morte Chef, Matched To Singlefile Wines. It was another drive to Denmark which is home to several wineries. I was . . . → Read More: Degustation Dinner With Todd Stuart, Petite Morte Chef, Matched To Singlefile Wines