PFR Archives Mt Lawley



Paella Republic - Seafood Paella

Paella Republica – 18 Dec 2015

When you think Spanish two things come to mind – paella and churros. Paella Republica serves both, offering a range of paella’s to suit a range of tastes. I opted for the seafood paella and within a short moment was presented with a lovely array of seafood immersed in a fish stock cooked rice with lovely flavour. The seafood was tender and the meal was very hearty, the salad a nice touch to counteract any intenseness from the fish stock. I moved quickly on to dessert and thoroughly enjoyed the light golden brown crispy churros that was lightly dusted with sugar to give just enough sweetness. The churros were enjoyed in lovely liquid dark chocolate which I polished off. This is a lovely little eatery serving a slice of Spain. Yum!


Goreng2 - Char Kway Teow

Goreng2 – 20 Oct 2015

Goreng2 presents diners with a range of Malaysian inspired dishes that are made fresh to order for you to enjoy in the casual relaxed surrounds or as takeaway. I was really hungry and I ordered the char kway teow which was served in a jiffy. I loved the char kway teow with lots of juicy prawns and tender squid rings. The noodles had a lovely flavour and the whole dish was satisfying. Yum!


Thai Orchid - Deep Fried Fish Fillets with 3 Sauces

Thai Orchid – 9 Nov 2014

I really enjoyed each dish bar the dessert. The entrees of fish cakes and barbecued lamb racks were both flavoursome and enhanced by the accompanying sauces. The flying duck was very tender and paired superbly with the crispy noodles for crunch and helped to ease the intensity of the sauce. This was followed by a flavoursome Massaman beef curry which had chunks of tender beef and potatoes that had soaked up all that lovely flavour. The deep fried fish fillets were superb in a sweet and sour like sauce with a touch of heat. This was the standout dish for my mind. The pad Thai was also excellent, achieving the right balance of this dish and not leaning too heavily towards sweet. Lots of tender chunks of chicken to enjoy, the dish goes down like a treat. While all the dishes were of a high standard taste wise, the desserts were slightly disappointing. Just a few tweaks needed with the sticky rice to let the dish achieve it’s full potential. Other than that, I throughly enjoyed my experience here.


Three Coins - Quatro Stagioni Pizza

Threecoins Italian Trattoria – 29 Oct 2014

Threecoins Italian Trattoria is not a fancy restaurant but one that is family owned and run. This kind of venue presents an inviting atmosphere with good honest food served to patrons and judging by the business of the restaurant, it’s popular with the locals. Stepping in reminds me of my time in Rome and it probably wouldn’t look out of place with the checked red and white tablecloths. I really loved the pumpkin ravioli which was excellent, presenting silky smooth pasta in a lovely Parmesan sauce. The pizza was rather underwhelming for my mind. While it presents a lovely light wood-fired base with lovely toppings confined to separate quarters, it lacked seasoning, punch, and was rather flat. The beef cheeks also lacked a touch of seasoning but was super tender and thoroughly enjoyed with grilled polenta and a sharp salad. I thought they really excelled in their desserts with a delicious light tiramisu and a super smooth pannacotta made from yoghurt to produce a touch of sourness against the usual richness. The Nutella calzone was quite tasty, not too chocolatey and lovely with the ice cream. It’s a bit heavy as a dessert with all that dough. A dinner at Threecoins will present a solid meal in a lovely atmosphere, though, their food falls short in flavour compared to a few other Italian restaurants I’ve visited.


Burger Bistro Pop Up - USA Burger

The Burger Bistro Pop Up – 22 Feb 2014

The site at Beaufort Street for the Burger Bistro’s latest creation is unique, casual, relaxed but still comfortable and cool in the summer heat of the day. I was a guest of the Burger Bistro Pop Up restaurant which has a new concept focusing on prime ingredients with a completely different menu to their other locations, carrying a strong American theme. I ordered the USA Burger and it effectively represented the USA experience with the tart pickles, ketchup, strong flavour of thickly sliced cheese and that unique mustard taste transporting me back to my travels in the US. The slightly sweet brioche bun ties it all together and one can’t go paste the star of the burger, the delicious, moist, juicy beef patty. Along with shoestring fries and the fresh ingredients of the coleslaw shining through in a just coated dressing which isn’t sweet, I was pretty full. However, there’s always room for dessert and the pastry chef’s family recipe of tiramisu was delicious. Soft, light, tasty with the touch of bitterness from the sprinkled high quality chocolate, it was a dessert that once you have one spoonful you can’t stop.


Cantina 663 - Fried Veal Tongue

Cantina 663 – 16 Feb 2013

I was really happy to go to this place and was pleasantly surprised – on the upside. I don’t think any dish blew me away, but I really liked the solid consistency, the unique flavours, textual combinations, deliciousness. Ok, this place is a winner and with so much delicious food, how can one not be happy? The service was excellent and the night well paced. A very popular restaurant as there wasn’t a spare seat in the house. Plenty of late night bookings too. I’m glad to experience something different, something unique, flavours I haven’t experienced before. Top job Cantina 663.


Lawleys - Display Cabinet

Lawley’s Bakery Cafe – Mt Lawley – 19 Dec 2012

Lawley’s is a bakery and not a patisserie. Despite that, they still offer up delicious pastries. I wouldn’t rate the pastry itself as good as Choux Cafe or Scents of Taste but the fillings and flavours of each pastry work well. I really loved the chocolate tart which is easily the best I’ve eaten. You expect a strong dark chocolate flavour but it has a milk chocolate flavour instead and it melts in your mouth like chocolate heaven! The raspberry tart and the eclairs were also very enjoyable. I also like the pumpkin and spinach quiche which had a perfect balance of flavours. From all the patisserie like establishments I’ve visited, Lawleys are also the cheapest with a bill under $29 whereas I’d normally pay ~$35.


The Angry Moose Burger

The Angry Moose – 4 Dec 2012

I enjoyed The Angry Moose Burger in it’s entirety but felt let down by what could have been. If they had only cooked the beef patty longer instead of the very pink inside patty, it would have carried so much more flavour along with a little more seasoning. The beef from the local butcher is tasty and so too the local bakery’s ciabatta rolls. Good chips and all at quite a reasonable price. A solid offering but a not in the league of V Burger Bar, Jus Burgers, The Burger Bistro, or Flipside Burger Bar.