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Grill'd @ Shafto Lane - 11 April 2014

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I entered the Grill’d Shafto Lane store with high expectations of that small bite I had of the Baa Baa Lamb burger. When it was served and I took my first bite I knew those expectations were met. A burger packed full of flavour and freshness, the sweet tomato relish sticks out immediately, but then the strong flavour of the cheese takes over with the soft avocado sticking to the cheese providing a creamy richness. The salad and herbed mayo add different flavours while the delicious wholemeal bun holding everything together is delicious. But the star of the burger is the lamb. A perfectly cooked and flavoursome patty, it just oozes flavour and I’d have to say lamb is far tastier than the beef variety. The burger hit the mark in all departments and I thoroughly enjoyed it. . . . → Read More: Grill’d @ Shafto Lane – 11 April 2014

Print Hall - 8 Apr 2014

Print Hall - Spiced Mead Baba

Unfortunately my lack of hunger prevented me from fully enjoying what Print Hall has to offer. However, in the dishes I chose I was happy to have what in the end were quite light meals but still carrying flavour. The cold served entree of yabbies and smoked mussels is a really refreshing dish that allows the freshness and flavours of the seafood to shine through without being overpowered by the fennel puree. It’s a very delicate dish that is well executed but could have contained more yabbies for my liking. The smaller main took preference over the larger meals in course 3 of the menu but I was more than happy with my choice of veal pastrami. Another dish with delicate flavours, allowing the braising of the veal to shine through and combining superbly with the slight sweetness of the pickled onions and the acidity of the pickling juices to lift what looks like a nothing dish to something special. I liked the re-invented amuse bouche of cheese and crackers and the palette cleanser was also interesting but maybe a little too complex. The dessert was interesting. I liked the light sponge baba and the passionfruit sorbet with crumble, but the foam contained an unusual flavour which spoiled the dish. Very professional service in an equally smart interior space to match where one can enjoy some very carefully crafted food. . . . → Read More: Print Hall – 8 Apr 2014

Metro Indian Restaurant - 7 Apr 2014

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Each Indian restaurant is unique as the cuisine is vast depending on which part of India you go. Metro Indian Restaurant is no different. The flavour profile is completely different to that of the last Indian restaurant I visited, Grill & Chill, but the curries are still tasty. I think what stands out about Metro is the friendly service, the generous serves, and value for money. The fish amritsari contained perfectly cooked barramundi surrounded by a delicious crisp spiced batter. The Metro Chicken 65 also contained a lovely spice mix and was thoroughly enjoyable. The butter chicken didn’t carry the authentic flavour I was expecting but was still tasty. The Malabari prawn curry contained juicy king prawns in a lovely coconut, tomato, and onion based curry which was delicious. The soft silken cubes of paneer in a lovely rich tomatoey sauce also was enjoyable. The highlight for me was the lamb palak which contained chunks of lamb that just fell away in to a slightly thick spinach curry which was delicious. To mop up the delicious curries, the naans and rice were excellent. To finish, the mango and pistachio kulfi ice creams were large in serving, flavoursome, and so delicious. You certainly won’t leave here feeling hungry. A delicious meal and enjoyable dinner. . . . → Read More: Metro Indian Restaurant – 7 Apr 2014

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

Smokies - Pulled Pork Roll & Slaw

What: Twilight Hawkers Markets When: every Friday 5-9pm, 8 November 2013 till 24 April 2014 Where: Forrest Chase More Info: http://twilighthawkersmarket.com/

As the afternoon wore on after my lunch at Public House Kitchen & Bar, I started to build up an appetite so a visit to the Twilight Hawkers Markets was . . . → Read More: Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 4 Apr 2014

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I decided to visit Public House Kitchen & Bar for lunch to check out their nose to tail dishes on offer for the month of April as part of the Eat Drink Perth 2014 food festival. This week’s dish is the braised pork cheek, crisp fried jowl, mango & chilli salsa with a bottle of custard & co apple and mango cider for $35. I happily ordered that and was pleased that since I didn’t want the cider as I don’t drink, without asking, the waitress checked with the kitchen and offered the same meal at a discounted price of $25. The deep fried golden brown crumbed delight encasing the smooth jowl was delicious, smooth, and rich. It paired perfectly with the tropical and well balanced salsa, providing a refreshing taste, acidity, sweetness, and bite through the chilli, to cut through the richness of the jowl. The braised pork cheeks were tender and delicious. The lovely juices and flavour of the cheeks were served with a puree and an earthy salad. A fantastic meal that I enjoyed thoroughly. I like the food served here where there is creativity, flair, and an intelligence demonstrated on the plate in the careful selection and pairing of elements that work beautifully together. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 4 Apr 2014

Grill & Chill - 22 Mar 2014

Grill and Chill - Lamb Masala and Chicken Kali Mirch

Another visit to an Indian restaurant and the flavours presented in the food we ordered was superb, and on reflection, the best I’ve eaten thus far. I’d say if you can’t tolerate the heat, stick with mild as the medium was quite pungent and interfered with my enjoyment of the deliciously crafted curries presented. The non-vegetarian platter delivered delicious tandoor imparted flavours to the moist tandoori chicken, lamb Seekh kebab, and milder herby resmi chicken. The lamb masala was a touch too salty but the flavours were delicious, as were the chef’s special chicken kali mirch in a thick but moist creamy curry. The highlight for me was the prawn Madras curry which was superb. I also loved the garlic and butter naans which were soft on top and crunchy on the bottom. The kulfi desserts were good but could be improved. Overall, I was impressed with the flavours presented and thoroughly enjoyed my dinner. I’d strongly suggest you make a booking as you’d be lucky to get a free table as a walk in, although, you could go with the take away option too. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 22 Mar 2014

The Trustee - 21 Mar 2014

The Trustee - Bone Marrow, Shredded Brisket, Kumera Puree, Parsley Salad

The Trustee offers some deliciously crafted food in a refined but relaxed atmosphere. Their dishes are hearty and generous and offer a level of uniqueness and creativity. My entree of bone marrow is something I have not ordered on a menu but was pleasantly surprised with dish served to me. It presents well, offers various elements that compliment each other, and delivered on flavour. The brisket was moist, succulent, and so delicious. It partnered effectively with the slightly rich, but not sweet smooth kumera puree and the slightly sharp flavour of the parsley salad contrasted to the meaty flavours on offer. The soft slices of bread to mop up the juices and the lovely marrow made the dish a great start to the lunch. Following the near main sized entree was a generous plate of braised venison surrounded by ribbons of parpadelle pasta. The venison was soft, tender, and full of flavour. It’s juices had seeped into the dish to moisten and add flavour to the peas and the bitter rocket. The saltiness of the pecorina was a perfect addition to the dish but more would have strengthened the overall flavour of the dish. A very earthy dish that became a little intense towards the end of the meal and required another element, maybe acidic, to balance the strong flavours. Despite this, it was a delicious meal that contained bold flavours and delivered on taste. . . . → Read More: The Trustee – 21 Mar 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 7 Mar 2014

Public House Kitchen Bar - Coffee & Honey Lamb Ribs

For $36 I was able to have a toned down 3 course meal. It wasn’t expansive nor too filling but a lunch that wasn’t heavy nor too light. Reflecting on all the dishes, the meals served up are generally quite inventive. They’re not the stock standard dishes you see on a lot of menus (mind you this is Latin American) but it’s something new, different, and the chefs aren’t afraid to push the envelope. The empanada is quite simple but the beef and olive filling is quite something. There are more expansive entrees on the menu, but a single empanada was perfect for me. The coffee and honey lamb ribs are unusual, yet the chef’s complete and careful control of both elements enable the dish to work in harmony, the coffee providing a strong distinctive flavour yet it’s intensity is dulled. Any bitterness is counteracted with the flavour of honey and yet it isn’t too sweet, quite on the mild side. The ability to brush your ribs with more of this interesting marinade is unique and the tender juicy lamb with the odd bits of salty explosion turn this into a wow dish without trying to be pretentious. A rather humble dish that tastes nothing like what it seems. The dessert also continued in a similar vein with the banana and coconut sorbet tasting just like a banana, while the soft rice pudding was nothing much to write home about. However, the dash of cinnamon, a little sorbet, and a pour of the bottle which oozes delicious flavours in the creamy vanilla and coconut potion, and you are taken to a new level of yum! The tropical themed elements combine to give a fantastic finish to the meal. I was pretty stuffed after the filling dessert, those yummy ribs and the empanada. A really delicious meal in comfortable surrounds and excellent service. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 7 Mar 2014

Saffron Indian Restaurant - 6 Mar 2014

Saffron Indian Restaurant - Chef's Platter

It’s been about a year since I last visited and the food was really enjoyable. The chef’s platter may be for 2 but it packs a punch with a generous serving of various items which are delicious and filling. The onion bhaja’s were the standout for me. As for the curries, I loved the flavours of the lamb malabari but the dish that stole the show was the chicken masala. This was amazing, containing plenty of moist tandoori flavoured chicken in a rich creamy tomato sauce. Some similarities to a butter chicken but the dish is unique and so enjoyable. The prawn jhal frezi has a completely different flavour profile, containing a thicker creamy sauce with good prawns and the palak paneer contained some lovely soft paneer but was overpowered by the intense English spinach. The rice and delicious garlic naans were lovely accompaniments to enjoy with your mains. I was comfortably full but not stuffed (important to know when to stop eating!) and really satisfied with some delicious Indian cuisine. . . . → Read More: Saffron Indian Restaurant – 6 Mar 2014

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 28 Feb 2014

Boss Hoss BBQ - Pulled Pork, Corn Bread, Potato Salad

I stumbled upon The Boss Hoss BBQ stall and was intrigued to see what they offered. Their menu presented 3 choices – ribs, brisket, and pulled pork. Whoo hoo pulled pork! I’m a real fan of pulled pork but have yet to come across a version that compares favourably to my travels in the US. The texture, spices, and flavours are important so for $10, with corn bread and a serve of potato salad (or coleslaw if you prefer), I thought why not. The ribs and brisket are other items I’d love to try from the US themed menu. I really enjoyed this snack which is quite filling, more something in between a snack and a meal. Now ribs or brisket next time around? . . . → Read More: Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 28 Feb 2014