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The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - Panko Crumbed Oysters

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 14 Jan 2016

I enjoy coming to this restaurant which presents a stylish smart interior with delicious food prepared and presented. Eyeing the dessert menu I decided to skip mains and load up with three entrees instead. The chef’s tasting plate was a little mixed with an absolutely amazing pork and miso soup, and I also loved the sweet and roasted flavours of the pumpkin puree which paired effectively with delicious succulent salmon and crisp skin. The other two items of falafel and a kimchi slider weren’t as impressive. I also ordered a couple of the panko crusted oysters which were their usual deliciousness and I also enjoyed an intense but growing on me with each bite, black pudding. For dessert I ordered the lemon, almond and polenta cake which sounded a bit unusual to me but presented a normal cake which was soft and light, freshly baked and had a lovely crust. The tangy yoghurt ice cream was interesting, an enjoyable dessert though a little uninspiring. One does look to dessert for that big finish to the meal.


Petition Kitchen - Chopped Broccoli, Puffed Grains

Petition Kitchen – 7 Jan 2016

At roughly $20 per head after sharing 5 dishes between the 5 of us, we were quite satisfied, though I would have liked to have had dessert if not for running out of time. The service was excellent but the pace of the dishes was a little too slow for my liking, not that I wanted the experience to be rushed. We started with the the duck liver parfait which was smooth and creamy, enjoyed with grilled slices of bread which added a nice contrasting flavour. Next I really enjoyed the succulent tender squid in a lovely salad and dressing. The acidic pickled radish was excellent. The vegetarian chopped broccoli with puffed grains was a standout dish. I really liked the crunch and texture of this surprising dish full of flavour. The roasted mushrooms looked like something you would find in a forest, beautifully presented, and allowing the different flavours of the mushroom varieties to shine through. Lastly, the chunk of sirloin was a little disappointing, some pieces were tough and dry, others perfectly tender and pink. The romesco sauce was excellent and I loved the charred asparagus spears. An excellent array of flavours, presentation, and creativity.


Heirloom - Braised Beef Short Rib

Heirloom – 27 Dec 2015

First time visit to Pete Evans Heirloom restaurant at Fraser Suites in East Perth. I’m not familiar with the paleo inspired dishes but I didn’t find them a significant departure from the usual, in fact, they’re more healthy. For entree I had a delicious flavoursome bone broth which took on a slightly sweet Asian influence. The braised beef brisket and veggies were also excellent. I also had a small taste of the pork belly which is amazing. For mains I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious braised beef short rib which was super tender. With well cooked Asian greens, a salad, fresh chilli, and miso dressing, it went down very well. I also had a small taste of the roasted barramundi which was perfectly cooked and immersed in a creamy tasty sauce. I also tasted the slow roasted lamb which took on the deep flavours of the red wine but the dish was quite muted and subtle. For dessert I had a raw raspberry and cashew cheesecake which resembled more of a coconut slice type dessert, definitely not cheesecake. I also had a taste of the panna cotta which was delicious and the baked chocolate mousse which is a very dense dessert. I really enjoyed the experience, their strengths are the entrees and mains, executing delicious dishes, many with Asian flavours. The desserts I was less enthused about though we were later told the orange and almond cake is excellent. The dishes are quite pricey, though, I was fortunate to get a 50% offer from Dimmi.


St Michael 6003 - Pork Neck, Octopus, Saffron, Capsicum

St Michael 6003 – 22 Dec 2015

St Michael’s offers patrons a classy understated intimate interior with excellent service and beautifully presented dishes that are delicious. I really enjoyed the fried squid which was super tender, had the perfect level of seasoning and batter, and while a tad rich, was paired effectively with the cucumber kimchi. The house bread with vegemite infused butter surprised on the upside, even though I can’t stand vegemite. The pork neck entree was falling apart, delicious, and rich but counteracted by the slightly sour mustard sauce. While the octopus could have been more tender, the strong smoky flavour also partnered nicely against the rich pork neck and acidity from the capsicum salad. The venison for mains was just a touch overdone, spongey, though a bit difficult to cut through. The strong earthy flavours were enjoyed by the sweetness from the beetroot jelly and a slight richness from the cream and macadamias. The pickled beetroot added that slightly acidic element. The vanilla panna cotta didn’t carry the intensity of vanilla I was expecting and was rather muted, however the tart rhubarb offset any richness. The masterstroke of the dessert was the slightly sweet but salty crumble which brought all the elements together. The dessert was tasty but could have had a stronger finish. All in all well presented and thought out dishes, just lacking a little oomph and a bit more execution to take the dishes to the next level.


Dux Restaurant - Pork Trio

Dux Restaurant – 19 Nov 2015

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.


The Painted Bird - Broccolini Pangrattato

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 18 Nov 2015

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.


The Craftsman - Trio of Homemade Desserts

The Craftsman – 7 Nov 2015

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.


The Craftsman - Chicken Galliano

The Craftsman – 4 Nov 2015

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.


Bay 33 Cafe - Dukkah Crusted Salmon

Bay 33 Café – 5 Sep 2015

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.


Grand Bar & Bistro - Coffee Mousse

Grand Bar and Bistro – 2 Sep 2015

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.