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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.


Bar de Halcyon - Paella

Bar de Halcyon – 10 Apr 2015

Wolf Lane plays hosts to several restaurants and bars with Bar de Halcyon being one of them. They offer tapas but also have more substantial dishes too. I ordered the paella which contained a generous quantity for the price and consisted of juicy prawns, chicken, and chorizo. The rice was quite flavoursome though some parts needed a little more cooking. It carries a pretty good flavour though doesn’t seem as authentic as varieties I’ve eaten before. It’s still a tasty meal, especially with a squeeze of lemon. The tapas item of Spanish crumbed prawns was delicious. A lovely golden brown crumb surrounded tender prawns enjoyed more with a dash of lime and a dip into the cocktail sauce. The cucumber salad which appeared like noodles was a refreshing element to the prawns and paella.


Next Door At No 4 Blake Street - Beef Intercostal, Burnt Cauliflower, Parsley

Next Door @ No 4 Blake Street – 15 Mar 2015

No 4 Blake Street still presents fine cuisine at it’s restaurant, but has transformed a part of the restaurant into a casual wine bar with share plates of varying sizes called Next Door @ No 4. I went for this and there’s a feed me option (“Trust The Chef” at $50pp) where the chef selects bread, a couple of snacks, 2 of the smaller dishes, 3 of the larger dishes, and a dessert. This is a great option so you don’t have to worry about making the tough decisions. We received a nice variety of dishes which left us satisfied and comfortably full. The highlights for me were the crispy potato skins, duck and taleggio croquettes with hazelnut marmalade, and the beef intercostal. Casual, variety, taste, easy. A great option though a little pricey.


Laundry 43 - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ravioli

Laundry 43 – 28 Feb 2015

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.


The Laneway Lounge - Prawn Popcorn with Chilli Mayo

The Laneway Lounge – 19 Feb 2015

This classy 1940’s New Orleans venue offers patrons a seat at the bar, the high tables, private booths, and also has a live music room for local and international performances, particularly of a jazz or blues variety. Whiskey is on the drinks menu along with all kinds of beverages, and in keeping with the full table service available, the tapas menu offers something more than just the average bar food. I particularly enjoyed the golden brown popcorn prawn which was rich but had the edge taken off by the spicy chilli mayo. I also really enjoyed the chunks of pork belly surrounded by a light deep fried dough and coated ever so slightly with a maple syrup and bourbon glaze. These donuts were really something. While the desserts are quite pricey, I did have the amaretti & caramel custard tart which has the most delicious sensation! The palette cleansing banana gelato is very tasty but the rest of the dessert has elements which don’t quite gel well. I was pretty full and really liked the feel of the venue and the delicious food. A great place to stop by for any occasion, especially pre-theatre.


No Mafia - Swordfish

No Mafia – 19 Dec 2014

It’s great to see new additions to Perth and No Mafia offers patrons a completely different menu comprising dishes from southern Italy including wines from that region. There’s no pasta or pizza one might expect from a typical Italian restaurant, but a set of simple uncomplicated dishes, generally revolving around seafood, which allow the flavours to shine through. I started with bresoala, akin to proscuitto, air dried beef cut super thin you can see through it. Drizzled with a little olive oil, the cured meat is delicious. I really liked the simplicity of the swordfish crudo which allowed the taste of the sea to shine through with seasoning provided by anchovy oil, peppery parsley, salty capers, and a touch of seasoning. I also got some pickled vegetables, gardiniera, which were completely different to anything I’ve had previously, and pickled white anchovies which lost it’s salty intensity and presented a different mouth feel, the fleshy meat shining through with the acidic burst giving a freshness. For dessert it’s hard to go past cannoli and I liked the soft crunch of the pastry surrounding a lovely ricotta, pistachio and chocolate filling. A lovely end to the meal.


The Belayse - Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Belasyse – 26 Aug 2014

The Belasyse is another offering on the popular Shafto Lane offering a casual vibe and atmosphere with The Mistress Cafe providing breakfast, coffee and snacks inside the main restaurant, while The Belasyse provides lunch and dinner options. The lunch menu takes on an American theme with pulled pork, New York corned beef. and salmon bagels gracing the menu. Being a big fan of pulled pork, I was hoping this version would relive my US travel memories, but while providing perfectly prepared soft, moist, pulled pork, the overall meal lacked punch and flavour. They’ve chosen to pair pork with apple via a julienned apple and cabbage with a lovely herbed mayo providing moisture to the greens, but the absence of a sauce to compliment the pork let the open sandwich down. The chips were average but the soft warm fluffy potato had a certain likeness which were enjoyed with a rather unusual tomato sauce. A few tweaks and the meal can fulfil it’s true potential.


Canton Bay Chinese - Pork Belly

Canton Bay Chinese Restaurant and Bar – 10 Aug 2014

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.


Cumulus Inc - Smoked Salmon, Sorrell, Dill & Grapefruit Juice

VIC, Melbourne – Cumulus

Unfortunately a changed menu left me with little choice to the dish I really wanted. That said, there’s lots of choice on the menu, it’s just that since I don’t like eggs, there wasn’t an item on the menu that I really wanted. I chose the smoked salmon on toast and received a decent amount of smoked salmon which isn’t cheap. With a lovely horseradish, some greens and dill on top of a lovely thick piece of toast, it was a good meal. I liked the fresh grapefruit juice but thought the $27 bill was rather steep (I realise there’s probably a surcharge for the ANZAC Day holiday). Obviously a highly popular place.


Varnish On King - Twice Cooked Ribs

Varnish on King – 5 Dec 2013

Back for another visit and the twice cooked ribs were ridiculously tender. A very generous serving of tender, juicy, succulent meat, with a lovely flavour of rosemary to present a really hearty and earthy dish. The treacle reduction adds so much flavour to the meat, slight bitterness of the Brussels sprouts adds another dimension, and the acidity from the delicious chimmi churri helps cut through the meatiness. I really loved this dish and it’s very filling. I passed on a side of vegies which is in all likelihood needed, but I instead oped for the Whiskey “Sweet & Sour” dessert. Unique, interesting, creative. A promising dessert with different layers and textures let down by the overly sweet lemon curd. However, the tartness of the lemon, strong smoked meringue and Italian meringue, whiskey jelly and acidity from the cherries made for a tasty finish. The mains were once again perfection in execution, the dessert, not as well executed but I really enjoyed my lunch. I’ll have to return to try their other imaginative, creative, and flavour packed dishes.