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No Mafia - 19 Dec 2014

No Mafia - Swordfish

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. . . . → Read More: No Mafia – 19 Dec 2014

Superstar Waffles - 16 Dec 2014

Superstar Waffles - Strawberry Waffle with Chocolate Sauce

It’s been some years since I last visited and after the first bite, I knew what I was missing – amazingly delicious, crispy yummy waffles. With several varieties to choose from, I opted for the strawberry waffle with chocolate sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This is a feel good dessert and I loved every bite of it. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Superstar Waffles – 16 Dec 2014

A Fish Called Inglewood - 27 Nov 2014

A Fish Called Inglewood - Crab & Corn Croquettes

A Fish Called Inglewood offers patrons a casual restaurant serving an array of different seafood dishes at affordable prices. I had a lovely entree of crispy crumbed crab and corn croquettes with oozing cheese. Despite the slight richness from the corn and cheese, the spicy ketchup was a fantastic touch to add a spicy element. For mains, I enjoyed a lovely juicy piece of seared salmon and it was served with a cold oven roasted vegetable array with moist, fresh, creamy avocado. The cold vegies may seem a little jarring but for the warm weather, it goes nicely. For dessert, we skipped the home made ice cream sticks and instead took home a tub of home made mango ice cream. The ice cream had a lovely mango flavour and was smooth and creamy. It’s lovely to see a casual relaxed place serving quality food with friendly service to boot. . . . → Read More: A Fish Called Inglewood – 27 Nov 2014

V Burger Bar - East Victoria Park - 22 Nov 2014

V Burger Bar - Lambaabaa Burger

I stopped in to the East Vic Park store and ordered the lambaabaa and onion rings. The service out of the kitchen was quick and in no time I was feasting on golden brown, perfectly deep fried, not oily, delicious onion rings with aioli. The burger followed a short time later and it was very tasty with the relish and yoghurt providing flavour and moistness to the burger, along with the tasty Turkish buns. The lamb patty is chunky and well cooked, but lacking seasoning and punch. The other ingredients mask these deficiencies so the overall burger is tasty, but it could be so much more. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – East Victoria Park – 22 Nov 2014

Lot Twenty - 19 Nov 2014

Lot Twenty - Lamb Ribs with Tamarind Glaze

Lot Twenty presents a really inviting, relaxing and casual outdoor area to grab a drink and a meal, perfect for afterwork drinks / functions. The menu offers a range of reasonably priced meals and they also have desserts for $3-$5 or so, or you can grab the $16 dish which features 4 desserts. They also offer home made ice cream at $3 a scoop. I ordered the lamb ribs which contained plenty of tender succulent meat with an excellent gooey sticky tamarind glaze. An excellent dish, the only thing that spoilt it was the lack of protection against the hot sun! If dining for lunch and you don’t get a seat under the few umbrellas outside or a seat in the limited seating area inside, I’d advise against coming here. Please, look after your patrons and do something!!! . . . → Read More: Lot Twenty – 19 Nov 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant - 16 Nov 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese - Crispy & Spicy Pork Hock

With so many restaurants in Northbridge, it’s easy to miss this one which is slightly secluded in a enclave of shops and other restaurants, set back from William Street. Stepping in you will be greeted by the friendly staff and sit down to a table in an interior with plenty of open space. The Chinese food is Szechuan which means dishes are spicy – carrying chilli. While the menu does offer some of the usual dishes gracing the typical Chinese menu, there’s plenty of other dishes I haven’t seen before. I really loved the entree of golden fried garlic spare ribs which contained a fair amount of tender meat full of flavour. The crumbed prawns were fantastic, lots of prawns in a lightly coated crumb, a blob of mayo and crispy noodles to contrast against the soft prawn flesh. This was further topped by the highlight, a massive highlight, the crispy and spicy pork hock. This is a dish to rave about. It’s absolutely brilliant and once you sink your teeth into the fall off the bone flesh, the crispy, crunchy, salty, spicy skin, you will be blown away. A must order dish, it’s enjoyed with a delicious serving of fried rice. For dessert, the steamed and deep fried mini buns can be enjoyed with many, dipping them into the sweet custard. A different dessert than one expects but a delicious finish to a flavour packed meal. I’m impressed and look forward to trying some other dishes. . . . → Read More: Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant – 16 Nov 2014

2014 Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley

Baguette Me Not - Banh Mi

I missed out on last year’s Beaufort Street Festival in Mt Lawley so I made it a point not to miss out this year. After attending the opening of Menchies Frozen Yogurt in Subiaco and enjoying the free frozen yoghurt on offer, grabbing some shopping from the Subiaco Markets, I headed to the . . . → Read More: 2014 Beaufort Street Festival, Mt Lawley

Menchies Frozen Yogurt - Subiaco - 15 Nov 2014

Menchies Frozen Yoghurt

Menchies Frozen Yogurt on Rokeby Road

Cuisine: Frozen Yoghurt, Dessert Location: Subiaco, Rokeby Road

When I got an invite to the opening of Menchies first store in Perth, I had to ask myself who on earth is Menchies? Menchies are a US chain started by a husband and wife team in 2007 . . . → Read More: Menchies Frozen Yogurt – Subiaco – 15 Nov 2014

Grill & Chill - 14 Nov 2014

Grill and Chill - Lunch Buffet

I’ve eaten here on several occasions and chose the restaurant as a venue to be enjoyed as a team lunch for those interested in coming along. The lunch specials have been replaced with a delicious buffet for $14.99 which allows you the choice of three curries from the two meat and two vegetarian curries on offer, rice, and naan. The curries I had were the butter chicken, lamb rogan josh, and dhal (lentils) which carried a slight pungency bar the butter chicken. The meal was delicious and I particularly loved the fantastic naan. I really enjoyed the food as I have on many visits here and the lunch time buffet represents an excellent offering to the lunch time crowd. From the CBD it’s only a quick bus ride on one of the red or yellow CATs. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 14 Nov 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - 13 Nov 2014

Public House Kitchen & Bar - Peru

Cuisine: Latin American Location: East Perth, cnr Adelaide Tce & Victoria Avenue (opposite The Duxton)

I was fortunate to receive an invite to Public House Kitchen & Bar’s one year anniversary. Can’t believe its been a year already. Time flies. The theme of the night was exploring different South American cuisines by giving . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 13 Nov 2014