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Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine - 27 Oct 2014

Sahara Middle Eastern - Shish Kebab

In the most unassuming places one can stumble upon a gem. Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine offers up some fine dishes. I really enjoyed the different elements of the mixed platter, particularly, the hummus and falafel. The baba ghanouj was rich and creamy and the acidity of the pickles tempers the flavours of all three. With pita bread to enjoy, it’s a lovely dish to eat in summer. The shish kebab carried plenty of flavour, lots of tender lamb, had a bit of a chilli kick, and along with delicious spiced rice and a salad, this made for an excellent lunch. Very filling and totally stuffed. It’s worth the walk. . . . → Read More: Sahara Middle Eastern Cuisine – 27 Oct 2014

Johnny's Burger Joint - 24 Oct 2014

Johnny's Burger Joint - The Troublemaker

Not by design, but I’ve been visiting a few burger places of late so an invite to the soft opening of Johnny’s Burger Joint was just what the doctor ordered. I really liked the menu which takes on a distinctly American theme and offers items that you don’t see in Perth. A diner menu for the day plus burgers which keep on being served well into the night. Nothing fancy, just full of heart and flavour. They look that way and initially taste that way, but with each bite the burger’s ingredients transform into something special. It just keeps on getting tastier and tastier. Wash it down with a milkshake, grab some sides like cheese sticks, curly fries, cheese and bacon fries, chilli cheese fries or grab some buffalo wings, and you’re in heaven. . . . → Read More: Johnny’s Burger Joint – 24 Oct 2014

V Burger Bar - East Victoria Park - 18 Oct 2014

V Burger Bar - Piggy Back

After my invite earlier in the week to V Burger Bar in Floreat to try their new brioche line (priced at $14.50) comprising the Americana, Space Mushroom, and Piggy Back, I vowed to return. I enjoyed the Americana on the night, but missed out on the Piggy Back. The Piggy Back far surpassed the Americana. The sweet BBQ sauce, the chilli kick from the jalapeños, the moistness of the aioli, the freshness of the coleslaw, the tender flavoursome pork, the crunch from the battered deep fried onions, and the slight sweetness of the brioche bun made for a burger that I thoroughly enjoyed. If they just warm or toast the buns, the burger will be even better! V Burger Bar are having a special offer – half price on this new range for 17 -19 October 2014 only. Check their website for details. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – East Victoria Park – 18 Oct 2014

Pinchos - 17 Oct 2014

Pinchos - Paella Dish

I came for the paella but the chef was trying to promote another Spanish dish, the name which escapes me and is hard to pronounce. Instead, I settled for this interesting looking dish which I have never eaten. Instead of rice, it uses pasta but looks like chopped up vermicelli. For $12.50, a large pile was heaped into the mini paella dish and served hot with a wedge of lemon and a dollop of optional garlic aioli. At first, it became hard to eat much of it without spilling it and it was piping hot. After things cooled down, I really started to get into this dish. It tastes quite nice, but it has something about it that just keeps you coming back for more. The noodles are cooked well, they aren’t dry, and they are coated in a subtle mix of Spanish flavours and spices which produce an interesting taste. There’s a fair amount of seafood, mainly calamari, but the odd chunk of soft flaky fish is to be found. It’s quite a filling meal and while it might be heating up for summer, it’s a dish that you can’t pass on. And I experienced something new too. . . . → Read More: Pinchos – 17 Oct 2014

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen - 15 Oct 2014

The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen - Chicken Roulade

On my first visit I was pleasantly surprised with the unassuming dishes waiting to surprise, packing flavour, elements carefully paired, flavours balanced. Today’s experience didn’t quite live up to the high standards set. The small taste of the pulled pork parcels were perfectly executed with soft tender pork surrounded by a dark golden brown crunchy crumb, but the dish was let down by the lack of seasoning. The small taste of the chicken roulade was excellent, well cooked chicken paired with a delicious pistachio filling. My mains of beef cheek was also under-seasoned and lacked punch, despite being super tender with the meat breaking away with the touch of the tip of a knife. The gnocchi was excellent and couldn’t be faulted. The fondant potatoes wee good but didn’t wow. The small sample of mango panna cotta was superb, silky smooth and full of flavour. The passionfruit mousse was also excellent too. This dessert was easily the best dish of the lunch, but my dessert wasn’t to be disgraced. The banana parfait contained a lovely soft banana flavour which went down well, but I didn’t care for the crumb of chewy peanut brittle. The dark flavours of the chocolate mousse were an excellent finish to the meal, but it probably didn’t pair as well with banana parfait as another element. Then again, who can say no to chocolate! . . . → Read More: The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen – 15 Oct 2014

V Burger Bar - Floreat Forum - 13 Oct 2014

V Burger - Americana

I was pleased to received an invite to V Burger in Floreat to try their new brioche line comprising the Americana, Space Mushroom, and Piggy Back. The night was a lovely affair meeting the owners and other bloggers, enjoying a few of their sides in the delicious golden crumbed haloumi sticks and crumbed mushrooms with blue cheese sauce, before the tough choice, which of the 3 burgers to order. I went with the Americana which was delicious. The touch of sweetness in the brioche bun serves to highlight the savoury elements of the acidic tang from the pickles, the gooey melted cheese, and the chunky beef patty. Packed full of ingredients, the burger is delicious, more so with some lovely chips. I was also surprised to receive a gift bag and I thoroughly enjoyed the chocolate brownie which satisfied my craving for something sweet to finish off the meal. The burgers are priced at $14.50. V Burger Bar are having a special offer – half price on this new range for 17 -19 October 2014 only. Check their website for details. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – Floreat Forum – 13 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - 11 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - Nutella Supreme

I walked in and a look at the menu before settling on the Nutella Supreme $7.80 – Nutella, banana, strawberry, roasted almonds, oreos, peanut butter. After a reasonable wait the crepe was served. It looked really delicious! The crepe is quite a large size and well packed full of ingredients. The crepe itself is a little overdone, slightly crunchy, firm, leathery in some spots, and yet for the most part, it’s reasonably soft. I would have preferred my crepe to be cooked a little less. Having said that, each mouthful was delicious. The crepe’s filling contains lots of thinly sliced banana and strawberry pieces that are lovely and soft and warmed through. There’s a nice mix of nutella, adding just that touch of chocolate and sweetness, a bit more chocolate intensity from the crushed oreos, a bit of crunch from the flaked almonds, and a bit of gooeyness from the peanut butter. It’s a feel good dessert, big on the yum factor, big on comfort food. You leave with a smile and a full stomach. . . . → Read More: Maple Crepes Cafe – 11 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 9 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee Kitchen - Chicken Poppers

After enjoying a delicious breakfast on a previous visit, I popped by for lunch. I ordered chicken poppers and was shocked at the meal served, as it wouldn’t look out of place at a fine dining restaurant, but is not what you would expect to see from a cafe. The dish is beautifully presented but looks in between an entree and a main. I was quite hungry so I would have liked a bulked out version for a higher price tag, but for $14 the serving size is adequate. The chicken is surrounded by a firm crunchy crumb encasing the well cooked chicken. The chicken is separated and balanced by vegetables providing a bit of variety, acidity, and with the creamy mayo, a touch of richness. A spattering of potato crisps provide some crunch. It’s a pretty tasty meal that was demolished in no time so I grabbed some sushi later on to quell my hunger. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 9 Oct 2014

Festival India - 5 Oct 2014

Festival India - Poori

Festival India Indian Restaurant presents diners with a lovely interior decorated in North Indian designs, reflecting the cuisine, north Indian. We were well looked after by the friendly waitstaff and there’s plenty of dishes to choose from, including some which you don’t normally see on the menu of your typical Indian restaurant. However, while service was excellent, the kitchen was very slow to deliver. The butter chicken wasn’t representative of a typical butter chicken, lacking the tomato base and sweetness, but offering a cashew based creamy curry which was delicious. The goat curry contained slightly chewy meat despite coming off the bone easily but was over spiced, negatively affecting the flavour. The fish grilled in banana leaf fell short of it’s potential as the spice mix was too intense. A toned down version would seep into the tender fish and deliver a flavoursome dish. On a bright note, I really loved the huge pooris which puffed up strongly and were soft and crispy. . . . → Read More: Festival India – 5 Oct 2014

Pinchos - 2 Oct 2014

Pinchos - Roast Pork Belly and Croquettes

I might have originally arrived for the paella, but the Pinchos Spanish tapas menu serves up some delicious fare. With dishes ranging from $1 – $10, and a few at $32, there’s plenty of variety. Just write down the quantity of each dish you want and hand to the friend waitstaff. In no time, the kitchen was pumping out the dishes and I was lapping it up. I loved the chilled refreshing tomato soup with the acidic kick at the end. It’s the perfect start to a meal in the warm weather. The anchovy paired with olive and pickled chilli was excellent too. For something a little more substantial, I had the cumin dry rub encasing crunchy roast pork belly crackling and flesh. An interesting dish with plenty of flavour. I particularly enjoyed the thick, golden crunchy crumbed exterior of the croquettes. Open them up to let the steam escape and take in the aroma of the smoked ham. Then sink your teeth into the gooey cheesy chicken and smoked ham filling which is a tad rich but delicious. To finish, the honey covered mascarpone is an interesting pairing to the warm comforting winter warmer of the pear, quince and almond tart. Excellent dessert, excellent finish, excellent meal. . . . → Read More: Pinchos – 2 Oct 2014