Little Matcha Girl is a cafe on Preston St just past the Cygnet movie theatre. With seating inside and out, you can grab a coffee or drool over their dessert creations featuring matcha, the imported green tea powder straight from a farm in Kyoto, Japan. Whilst travelling through Japan matcha features in many desserts and carries a delicious flavour. My first choice was the matcha opera gateau with 7 layers. The flavours are tasty, though a little heavy with the chocolate. Just needs a little more of a balance and a lightness but very enjoyable. The other creation for my takeaway order was the matcha mousse. Oh wow! This blew me away. What an absolutely delicious array of matcha flavours! This has a delicious moist matcha sponge on the base, a matcha mousse which is light and airy and carrying a very authentic matcha flavour, and the matcha cream quinelle which is so yum. Amazing! With IGA just down the road there is no excuse not to swing by. Make sure it’s on your shopping list!
A restaurant like Juniper & Bay is a hidden gem. Unpretentious, yet based in a classy intimate setting with excellent warm friendly service, the food on offer is nothing but quality from execution to presentation to flavour. We chose the fixed price option of 3 courses for $54 which allowed us to choose the dishes we want and also share them for extra variety. The night started off with a delicious smoked pumpkin and honey soup full of depth and flavour, with the peppercorn providing a peppery bite which is just what the soup needed. For entree, the tender honeycomb tripe was immersed in a stew like Burgandy sauce full of flavour and enjoyed with a crispy puff pastry. For mains I had the pulled lamb shank that was super tender, just falling apart. Partnered with a delicious meaty jus and an array of roasted vegetables atop a tomato paste like sauce, the deconstructed ratatouille was very cleverly executed. For dessert I particularly enjoyed the eye catching beautifully presented tonka bean ice cream with toasted macadamias for crunch. A smooth vanilla like ice cream partnered well with the creme de cassis, the mint, cream, strawberries, tuile, and the candied crown. Fantastic food at exceptional value, I’d be happy to come here anytime.
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.
There’s nothing fancy about the place but the food is honest and you come away with a satisfying feeling. Excellent value.