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Side Door BBQ - SDB Platterfor2

Side Door BBQ – 26 Oct 2016

Second time visit to a restaurant which does justice to American barbecued meats, prepared the way it should be and tastes like it does in the US. I ordered the platter for 2 which comes with a heap of meats easily enough to feed 4. Generous, tasty, delicious marinade coated slow cooked tender meats, smokey flavours imparted, there’s plenty of flavour going on here. The pork belly was a little overdone, though carried a strong smokey flavour, as too, the delicious chicken wings. The tender brisket is enhanced by the house sauces, in particular, the expresso BBQ sauce. There’s pulled pork and pulled beef, both succulent, juicy and tasty, oozing flavour from the marinades they were prepared in and really yum. With polenta squares (hush puppies), a refreshing coleslaw, acidic pickled cucumbers and onion, and chips, there’s plenty of food to keep you satisfied. We had the leftovers packed away which meant room for dessert and the biscuit based key lime pie was tasty. We also got the blueberry pie, served hot with a thin pastry holding a stack of warmed blueberries and enjoyed with cream and optional house vanilla ice cream. Totally full and satisfied, another delicious feast at Side Door BBQ.


Chu Bakery - Matcha Yuzu

Chu Bakery – 17 Jul 2016

With a big queue of people hanging outside the small Chu Bakery, once you taste their creations, you know what all the fuss is about. I got the matcha yuzu which presents a most delicious green tea flavoured cream on a crunchy pastry which has a yuzu jelly inside for a change in texture. So yum. I also got a Boston cream bun which was a doughnut filled with a lovely rich creamy vanilla custard with a chocolate top, and I also got a chilli passionfruit doughnut which was dusted with chilli and filled with a gooey passionfruit filling which was delicious. Excellent way to start the day, serving coffee and a range of pastries that are so naughty but very satisfying.


Side Door BBQ - Brisket, Pulled Pork, Cornbread

Side Door BBQ – 14 Apr 2016

I’m pleased to say Perth finally has a restaurant which does justice to American barbecued meats, prepared the way it should be and tastes just like it does in the US. I ordered a serve of pulled pork which was fantastic. Tender, moist and coated in delicious spices the pulled pork is so delicious. I also ordered a serve of the beef brisket which cuts like butter and oozes meat juices and flavour. This went down a treat and the homemade sauces on the table can be utilised to add more flavour to each bite. I also got a serve of the cornbread mini loaf with maple butter which was so yum and enjoyable. I really loved the food and the New York couple running this place is doing America proud. The serves are, if anything, overly generous and exceptional value for money, so don’t order too much and if in a bind, you can ask for it to be packed away. Can’t wait to try the other items on the menu.


Must Winebar - Duck Leg Confit

Must Winebar – 30 Mar 2016

I’m a real fan of French food and I can see the French influences in the cuisine. I started the night with rabbit rillettes which were soft and juicy and oozing flavour. The char of the baguette presents a lovely contrast against the richness, as too the acidic pickling juices of the grapes. For mains I ordered the slow roasted Moroccan spiced lamb rump which presented 4 juicy thick slices of slightly pinkish lamb, flavoured by slightly fruity spices which had formed a slight crust on the outside and permeated inside the flesh. Quite tasty, though I really loved the chargrilled courgettes which were simply fantastic. For dessert I ordered the white chocolate mousse which was light and airy almost like eating cream. The richness was contrasted with citrus fruits like grapefruit which while sour, partner well with the elements on the plate. Pretty good but it didn’t wow me. Sometimes one can choose dishes which are better than what others ordered. I had a small taste of the duck which left me envious and I also had a taste of the tiramisu which was excellent and had me wishing I had ordered that instead. Well crafted food that was solid rather than spectacular, in an excellent atmosphere with equally good service to boot.


St Michael 6003 - Pork Neck, Octopus, Saffron, Capsicum

St Michael 6003 – 22 Dec 2015

St Michael’s offers patrons a classy understated intimate interior with excellent service and beautifully presented dishes that are delicious. I really enjoyed the fried squid which was super tender, had the perfect level of seasoning and batter, and while a tad rich, was paired effectively with the cucumber kimchi. The house bread with vegemite infused butter surprised on the upside, even though I can’t stand vegemite. The pork neck entree was falling apart, delicious, and rich but counteracted by the slightly sour mustard sauce. While the octopus could have been more tender, the strong smoky flavour also partnered nicely against the rich pork neck and acidity from the capsicum salad. The venison for mains was just a touch overdone, spongey, though a bit difficult to cut through. The strong earthy flavours were enjoyed by the sweetness from the beetroot jelly and a slight richness from the cream and macadamias. The pickled beetroot added that slightly acidic element. The vanilla panna cotta didn’t carry the intensity of vanilla I was expecting and was rather muted, however the tart rhubarb offset any richness. The masterstroke of the dessert was the slightly sweet but salty crumble which brought all the elements together. The dessert was tasty but could have had a stronger finish. All in all well presented and thought out dishes, just lacking a little oomph and a bit more execution to take the dishes to the next level.


P'tite Ardoise Bistro - Escargpt

P’tite Ardoise Bistro -19 Dec 2015

I really love French cuisine but P’tite Ardoise Bistro really didn’t do French cuisine the justice it deserves. I started with the escargot which served up 3 mini dishes, each containing 3 escargot immersed in a rich tomato base and a crunchy mini toast atop. The escargot were cooked well, nice and tender, some a tad spongey but tasty nonetheless. The crunchy mini toasts were tasty and the tomato base was good, though the dish was solid without being wow. I thought more flavour could have been delivered by additional parsley and potentially more garlic. The venison for mains was also perfectly cooked medium rare and served with a range of earthy vegetables which pair well. However, I felt the dish was underwhelming and quite pedestrian, really serving up meat and 3 veg. The French touches of a delicious sauce and flavour that is well represented in their dishes was lacking in this. I was quite disappointed with the outcome, particularly for the price paid, and passed on dessert.


The Brisbane Hotel - Confit Duck Leg

The Brisbane Hotel and Stand Up Comedy at Lazy Susan’s

I was expecting a visit to the Brisbane Hotel to be the usual pub food but was pleasantly surprised that the menu is a little more upmarket. I took a particular liking to the chicken liver parfait and also enjoyed the arancini balls. The sausage rolls seem a bit out of place on any menu but were tasty but the beef cheek taco’s were a bit on the bland side and didn’t go with the creamy guacamole. For mains, I throughly enjoyed the confit duck leg where a decent portion of juicy, tender, and perfectly seasoned duck is presented. I enjoyed each and every bite which carried moistness and flavour. I also loved the mushroom filling in the tortellini which carried a real earthiness, though, I’m not sure why the tops of the tortellini were crisped. The ensuing comedy show at Lazy Susan’s is fantastic and if you love comedy then I recommend a visit and definitely recommend you get the duck.