Had lunch across the road at Society Bar & Kitchen, inside the Mantra on Murray Hotel. They have a standard menu but also offer an express lunch option of 2 courses for $19, with lots to choose from under each course. I chose the confit duck in brik pastry for entree and the cajun shrimp tortilla for mains. I really loved the confit duck which was absolutely amazing! Such delicious succulent tender and well flavour duck encased by a delicious crunchy pastry. I relished each bite. We were told the tortilla is filling and it certainly was a generous serve. I like the light crunch from the tortilla and pretty tasty filling. I didn’t care too much for the shrimp though. The tortilla wasn’t too bad but no match for the duck. Several people at the table chose the steak sandwich and by all reports it was really tasty and enjoyed by all. If you’re after a quick and relatively cheap meal which is still tasty, has good service, and is quiet and relaxing, stopping by here isn’t a bad choice.
I had walked past Honey Creme on my way to work and was wondering what this place was. An international chain originating in South Korea and Taiwan, Perth is the first store for their Australian venture. I made a visit during my lunch break to try some of their premium soft serve ice cream. Available in a cone or cup, there’s plenty of options from the menu to choose from. I selected the unusual sounding Bacon with Chocolate. Bacon goes with anything right? A bit steep in price but what isn’t expensive these days? Delicious creamy soft serve with a very slight honey flavour, the chocolate and subtle touch of saltiness from the bacon balances out any richness. I like the crunch of the bacon bits too. Yum! Screw winter, ice cream is good in any weather!
I haven’t visited Jamie’s for a few year’s now since it first opened. We had lunch here with clients and I notice they have a Super Lunch offer of 2 courses for $25 or 3 courses for $30 which looked tempting. We started with garlic bread which presented a lovely soft bread filled with a delicious herbed garlic butter and garlic chips. I ordered Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta. The pork belly was very tender, though the crackling was a little tricky to cut through. The pork belly was soft and tasty and went well with the salsa verde and herbed garlic and chilli mixture. However, the apple sauce, while nice, dominated the pork and vegetables, to the point I left the sauce to the side. The meal was okay, not to the standard I had enjoyed on my first visits. The flavour balance is a bit off. I don’t think Jamie Oliver would be happy with the dish.
What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.
Chee Tayeb is a relatively new addition to the Perth CBD. Located on Murray St, they serve a range of coffees and teas but they also serve Lebanese cuisine. Open for breakfast and lunch, I popped in for lunch. I decided on the tawouk, marinated chicken skewers that were removed from the skewer and served with super light soft warmed pita bread, a rocket salad, tender slices of thick grilled potatoes, and the chicken of course which was moist, tender, and carried a light subtle marinade. The flavour wasn’t overpowering and a touch of the mayo added more pep to each bite. Deceptively filling. I was also keen on dessert and the customers next to me got something interesting that wasn’t on the menu. I got it too, knafeh, a semolina dessert with a most delicious gooey stringy elastic cheese topped with a fine crumb and served with a touch of syrup and pistachios and walnuts for some crunch. Oh wow, what a delicious dessert! Cheese is unusual in a dessert, but while rich, the touch of sweetness works wonders in this wonderful traditional Lebanese creation. Excellent service, pop in for a coffee, a takeaway wrap or come in and taste the menu.
Lalla Rookh are an Italian style restaurant featuring dishes of a more traditional, regional, home style type feel. I’ve dated at a lot of Italian restaurants but the cuisine here is quite unique. The venue features many different spaces, stools at the bar, tables for that special occasion, or out in the beer garden with your mates. There’s also a wine store too, but the wine is also available with your meals. Sometimes choosing items from the menu is too hard. Thank goodness for the ‘il capo’ feed me menu which we chose. For $65 per head, this features 6 courses of dishes chosen by the chef to feed the table. Two different focaccia varieties were presented which were well seasoned bringing out the herb flavours and I enjoyed the crunchy and slightly chewy crust. The first dish of the night presented duck liver parfait which is normally rich, but served with an Italian wine reduction, nullified any richness but not the flavour. Enjoyed with the buttery lightly toasted brioche, it was excellent. Next up were crostoli, a crispy pastry, holding light creamy buffalo mozzarella balanced with the acidity from blood orange which made for an excellent combination. Steamed Norwest tiger prawns were perfectly cooked, but significantly enhanced by the amazing fennel and chilli sauce. A pasta dish of handmade pockets of fusilli holding a delicious rabbit and liver mixture was the next dish presented which was enjoyed thoroughly. Certainly full at this point, like an Italian nonna full of generosity and hospitality, there is more to come with a meat dish of baby goat and a bean ragu. One bite of the succulent baby goat has one’s appetite immediately revived, but the green bean ragu is simply stunning, so so flavoursome, one wouldn’t think beans could taste so good. For dessert, two were presented. The first was a vanilla semi freddo which was soft and creamy, served with a soft nougat for a chew texture, and macerated apricots provided a different texture and sweetness. The other dessert is none other than panna cotta, an Italian icon, and this didn’t disappoint. Smooth and very creamy, the slight bitterness from the caramel sauce helped to cut through the richness. The walnut and fruit mixture adds a lovely textural contrast. A simply fantastic dining experience, dishes full of flavour, generous, and certainly not leaving hungry, rather the opposite!
I’d met with a client and we decided to head out for a bite so I chose Petition Kitchen where we had our team lunch earlier in the year. With a lovely casual yet inviting interior, we started with some lovely house bread with whipped butter before moving on to mains. A little dish of spiced deep fried chickpeas was also provided which are really moorish. I ordered the sweet spiced pork collar which also comes with an iceberg lettuce salad. I thought the pork had a bone but it’s all flesh as there’s one very large chunk of very delicious, tender, succulent pork immersed in a slightly gooey sweet Asian inspired sauce. Each bite is really delicious and I also like the crunchy pork shavings. The flavours get a little strong so the iceberg lettuce salad with a sesame dressing is a welcome relief. We had also ordered butter beans, sauce gribiche, fried curry leaves. The mayonnaise like mustard sauce covering the butter beans are so delicious, they’e turned the humble vegetable into something really tasty in it’s own right. I nearly ate through all my pork but decided to leave full rather than stuffed. A really well crafted meal which I enjoyed. My client was also impressed with the venue and enjoyed his meal too. It’s great that Perth can impress the out of towners.
Chilli King Chinese is a simple decor restaurant on Northbridge serving northern Chinese cuisine, some dishes from the Szechuan region. The clientele is Chinese and I got a few looks reminding me of my time in China at a “foreigner” entering the restaurant. I was greeted and taken to the table to peruse the extensive menu. The waitress came over which is a prompt to “you’d better be ready to order!” I was and I settled on the spicy soup noodles with beef brisket, perfect for the cold winter. After some time, a bowl arrived filled with a dark red broth with lots of chillies hidden under the thin noodles, chunks of beef brisket, and bits of buk choy. The broth is tasty but probably needs a bit more seasoning. However, there’s plenty of spiciness via the lip numbing Szechuan chillies which have a slightly numbing effect but aren’t that hot. Slurping the broth with the noodles is a tasty affair, one is warmed up pretty quickly. I really loved the super tender delicious chunks of beef brisket which melt in your mouth. It’s a great meal for this weather and I polished off the soup.
On a cold winter’s day I was happy to head into the warm inviting atmosphere of Angel Falls Grill for breakfast. I started with a drink of papelon, which is like a lemonade, made with organic sugar. It’s really refreshing, not at all acidic or sweet, and tasty. For breakfast, I chose the empanada degustation which presents 4 mini empanadas filled with a different fillings (or you can have them filled with one filling). Empanadas are made out of corn, a pastry pocket of sorts, holding a variety of fillings, then deep fried. The pastry is light and the first empanada of shredded beef is very tender and tasty. I particularly liked the shredded chicken and bacon filling which was very flavoursome and delicious. The third empanada was much more milder, tender shredded beef and black beans presenting a mild hearty filling. For lovers of cheese like me, the fourth empanada has gooey cheese oozing out and is delightful. The empanadas also come with a choice of sauce so I got the Venezulean chilli kick sauce to dip the empanadas in. Maybe too much of a chilli kick first thing in the morning! Though really delicious. I was certainly sipping on the papelon and water to cool the buzz of the chilli. A different type of breakfast to start the day but I was more than satisfied.
Being the first Venezuelan restaurant in Perth, the menu brings items not seen before at other restaurants. I thought I’d give the grilled meats a go as ‘grill’ is in the restaurant name. The AFG Parrilla presents lots of variety which most apealled to me so this was an easy choice and gives me a good idea of the type of food served and their execution. The Venezuelan version of chorizo doesn’t have the same paprika intensity as the Spanish variety, though this sausage happened to be a tad over salted. Despite that, the flavour is good and the chorizo is nicely cooked. I love the flavour the grill has imparted on the tender rump cap and porterhouse steaks. I was asked how I wanted my meat cooked and they delivered with two tender medium rare slices that were delicious and seasoned well. I thought the meat needed a sauce so the guasacaca, an avocado based sauce akin to guacamole, is a good match which brings moistness and freshness, though is a little unusual when paired with meat. However, it pairs exceptionally well with the grilled chicken making each bite that much better. One does have the option of ordering different salsas from the menu so the Venezuelan chilli kick would be my choice. Other Latin American cuisines have chimmi churri though I’m not sure if this is made in Venezuela too. The congri (rice, bacon and black bean mix) is very wintery. The soft rice grains with the soft black beans add lots of body to a dish dominated by meat. There’s only three yuca chips but it’s more than enough as each one is quite filling. I like the crunchy outer and soft, slightly starchy, yuca filling. They’re a bit like potato chips but different. I think yuca chips are really good though. I walked in hungry but left very full and satisfied. The interior is rustic and relaxed and the service very warm and friendly. I’m keen to try the other menu items so will be back to eat more Venezuelan cuisine.