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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

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

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

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 25 Sep 2014

The Painted Bird - Panko Fried Oysters

My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 25 Sep 2014

Durty Nell's Irish Pub - 17 Sep 2014

Durty Nelly's - BBQ Chill iBeef Short Ribs

Durty Nelly’s offers up some pretty hearty pub food. Today was no exception with delicious BBQ Chilli Beef Short Ribs that were packed with meat and had a lovely chilli marinade that packed some bite. Along with the wedges which were a bit disappointing, even despite a dunk into the sour cream, the meal was pretty good and left me pretty stuffed. . . . → Read More: Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub – 17 Sep 2014

The Belasyse - 26 Aug 2014

The Belayse - Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Belasyse is another offering on the popular Shafto Lane offering a casual vibe and atmosphere with The Mistress Cafe providing breakfast, coffee and snacks inside the main restaurant, while The Belasyse provides lunch and dinner options. The lunch menu takes on an American theme with pulled pork, New York corned beef. and salmon bagels gracing the menu. Being a big fan of pulled pork, I was hoping this version would relive my US travel memories, but while providing perfectly prepared soft, moist, pulled pork, the overall meal lacked punch and flavour. They’ve chosen to pair pork with apple via a julienned apple and cabbage with a lovely herbed mayo providing moisture to the greens, but the absence of a sauce to compliment the pork let the open sandwich down. The chips were average but the soft warm fluffy potato had a certain likeness which were enjoyed with a rather unusual tomato sauce. A few tweaks and the meal can fulfil it’s true potential. . . . → Read More: The Belasyse – 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - Very Berry Waffle

There are many coffee shops and cafes about Perth, but La Veen has a different feel, friendly staff, and a breakfast menu boasting different options. Not being a fan of eggs, I was happy to see that the breakfast menu wasn’t the usual eggs, eggs, eggs but carried other dishes which are completely different, like bagels, shakshuka, and rosti. The latter are from different cultures and it’s great to see this diversity reflected in menus as it’s very rare. For me, while I went with waffles, the presence of cream cheese was very unusual and piqued my interest. Along with a dash of honey, I was wondering what an unusual combination of ingredients to go with a waffle. However, the chefs have done a brilliant job of creating something unique. The tartness of berries, the light berry cream, the slight richness of the cream cheese, and a touch of sweetness from the honey makes this a dish that works wonders. All elements work together in creating a different take on the usual waffle, no one element dominates and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the refreshing celery, carrot, ginger & apple juice. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 26 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - 19 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - Bahn Mi and a Profiterole

Situated on Barrack Street lies Le Vietnam, a Vietnamese cafe with a chic interior serving coffee, Vietnamese bahn mi, and French patisserie items like profiteroles. I had the pork bahn mi and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious bread holding the Asian slaw contents of julienned carrots along with refreshing cucumber and greens. The tender pork was flavoursome but I liked the chilli sauce which added a real kick to the meal. I ordered a chocolate profiterole which was superb. A lovely light choux pastry filled with a delicious smooth, light, chocolatey custard that made you savour each morsel. So yum. A delicious cheap eat with dessert included. . . . → Read More: Le Vietnam – 19 Aug 2014

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 30 Jul 2014

Painted Bird - Nougat Gelato, Brioche Doughnuts, Rhubarb Compote

Cuisine: Italian, French, Modern Australian Location: Perth CBD – Wesley Quarter

I have a more recent food review of The Painted Bird here.

Obviously the Perth dining scene is very competitive and it seems the sudden explosion of restaurants in Perth over the past few years is unsustainable with a slow down . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 30 Jul 2014

Mr Bun - 25 Jul 2014

Mr Bun - Dry Style Noodles and Pig Ears

I returned to Mr Bun to especially try the crispy pig ears marinated in five spice but received a dish which was different to my expectations, and the picture in the menu. It looked like a plate of bacon rind but had a range of textures from soft and glutinous, to chewy and crunchy. There was flavour present but quite mild. Fortunately, I also ordered a plate of the traditional Beijing dry style noodles which were delicious. You can really appreciate the care they take in making these delicious noodles by hand and mixing the black soy bean paste with minced beef through turns it in to something special. It’s quite a filling meal and while the pig ears didn’t hit the spot for me, the simplicity of this noodle dish shone through. I still love the beef in broth from last time, that’s their signature dish. . . . → Read More: Mr Bun – 25 Jul 2014