The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 18 Nov 2015

The Painted Bird - Broccolini Pangrattato

The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 18 Nov 2015

Palsaik Namoo - 9 Oct 2015

Palsaik Namoo - Korean BBQ: Raw Beef Brisket

When I was in Seoul I had my first taste of the Korean BBQ experience which is lots of fun. I’ve yet to try it here in Perth so I chose the marinated Wagyu beef brisket which comes with a bunch of sides to enjoy with the meal. After the raw meat and marinade is dumped over the gas stove, about 5 minutes later the beef is cooked. Take a piece and dunk it in the marinade, the yummy seaweed salt, and this other amazing sauce and I was enjoying this amazing taste sensation! Wow, what flavour! Along with the sides they help balance out the meatiness. I also spooned a bit of the marinade and beef juices over the plain steamed rice for additional flavour. One should keep turning the meat as it can get burnt but I ended up with some crunchy bits like bacon which added even more flavour. I also ordered an entree of marinated pork belly, bossam, which was tasty but carried a much more mellow flavour. That chilli infused dressing in the salad contained a major chilli kick and was quite interesting but had me downing down lots of water! . . . → Read More: Palsaik Namoo – 9 Oct 2015

Palsaik Namoo - 18 Sep 2015

Palsaik Namoo - Beef Bulgogi Combo

The menu presents a range of dishes spanning entrees, soups, bulgogi, and Korean BBQ. I should try Korean BBQ but I opted for the combo which afforded the opportunity to choose some fried dumplings from the entree section and get some beef bulgogi. The fried dumplings are tasty and encase a vegetable filling. The beef bulgogi is tender and delicious, the marinade and juices can be soaked up by the steamed rice. Being a rich dish, the rice, salad, kimchi, soup and refreshing pickled bean sprouts help to take the edge off and add additional flavours, like the slight spicy chilli hit from the kimchi which is excellent. The price is ridiculously cheap for the generous serving and while I polished it off, it was more to not waste food. I was totally stuffed but I was satisfied with my meal and the experience. The venue is lovely and you can people watch while you eat. . . . → Read More: Palsaik Namoo – 18 Sep 2015

Grand Bar and Bistro - 2 Sep 2015

Grand Bar & Bistro - Coffee Mousse

Grand in name and grand in looks, the flashy bar and sleek classy interior downstairs in the bar and upstairs in the restaurant area, does not carry the grand price you might expect. Instead there are a range of dishes that are reasonably priced and each of the dishes we had were quite generous in serving and excellent value for money. Along with a relaxing ambience and excellent friendly service to boot, a visit here for any occasion is recommended. To start I ordered the pork belly which was very tender and tasty with a lovely balsamic vinegar glaze. Plump juicy scallops were also enjoyed and pair effectively with the pork belly. I also had a taste of the Panko crumbed tiger prawns and crab croquettes which were delicious. I also sampledthe mains, first trying some delicious cajun coated swordfish with a delicious salad. I particularly liked the strips of buffalo chorizo but felt the cajun intensity could be ramped up a few notches. The sirloin steak was tender and juicy and enjoyed with a not too peppery, pepper sauce. For my mains, I rather enjoyed the rich melt in your mouth beef cheek surrounded by soft ravioli in a Parmesan sauce that lent it’s flavour but was not too cheesy. For dessert I liked the subtle flavour of the light but dense coffee mousse which was offset by the refreshing strawberry and chocolate cones. I also had a taste of the moist but dense dark chocolate fondant, counteracted with the light creme anglais and tasty mars ice cream. Really full but satisfied. . . . → Read More: Grand Bar and Bistro – 2 Sep 2015

Mix - 28 Aug 2015

Mix - Korean Tacos

Mix presents a fusion of Korean and Mexican cuisine through tacos, burritos, and quesadillas. I had 3 tacos with fillings of beef bulgogi, spicy chicken, and pork. I also had the option of choosing a salsa and got tomato, tropical, and cucumber. Each bite was delicious and full of flavour. There’s a bit of a chilli kick and the salsa’s add additional flavour while the sour cream cools things down. Really tasty, service is quick but the eating is messy! Serviettes provided are much needed. A cheap eat that hits the spot. . . . → Read More: Mix – 28 Aug 2015

Ribs & Burgers - 21 Aug 2015

Ribs & Burgers - Old School Cheese Burger and Onion Rings

I visited to try the burgers after prior visits where I enjoyed the ribs. I ordered the Old School Cheese burger. I also got some onion rings which were not rings, looked more like soft shell crab, but were tasty. The American cheese in the burger shines through but is dominated by the sourness of the mustard. The sesame seed bun was tasty though cold, as were the contents of the burger which were luke warm at best. The beef patty was pink and a bit raw in places, lacking seasoning and flavour. I found the burger rather underwhelming and would recommend the gourmet burger joints like Grill’d or Jus Burgers as a better alternative. Come here for the ribs, especially the baby backed pork ribs. . . . → Read More: Ribs & Burgers – 21 Aug 2015

Southern Star Modern Vietnamese Cafe and Restaurant - 11 Aug 2015

Southern Star Modern Vietnamese - Roast Duck Lychee Red Curry

I guess the name of the restaurant says it all – “Modern”, not authentic, Westernised Vietnamese cuisine. While disappointed not to be eating the real thing, the fusion or mix of dishes from neighbouring countries, provided several dishes with interesting flavours. None of the dishes were poor, each one flavoursome and characterised by a sweet dressing of sorts which added further flavour. I particularly enjoyed the roast duck and lychee in red curry which was excellent. A close second was the Saigon chicken with crispy skin and tender flesh. The beef salad had a bit of kick and was quite fresh and the entrees of rice paper rolls and fish cakes were a lovely way to kick the night off. My steamed banana and sticky rice dessert in coconut milk was pretty good too. A lovely restaurant with a range of tasty dishes, wide open space, friendly service and takeaway also available. . . . → Read More: Southern Star Modern Vietnamese Cafe and Restaurant – 11 Aug 2015

Poppo Korean and Japanese - 6 Aug 2015

Poppo Korean & Japanese - Beef Bulgogi

It’s a little unusual to have a restaurant serving two completely different cuisines in Korean and Japanese but it gives the diner more choice. I went with the Korean seafood pancake which was light, crispy and delicious with the slightly salty sauce. I really enjoyed it and it was quite a generous serving. I was pleased to see that the seafood, in particularly, the squid, was very tender. For mains I chose the beef bulgogi which was excellent. The steamed rice helps to mop up some of the marinade and meat juices but the soft tender flavoursome beef is an excellent lunchtime meal for the cold of winter. It does become very meaty and rich due to the onions, but the miso soup, spicy kimchi, and refreshing pickled vegetables help to create balance and take the edge off. The crispy and slightly sugar coated seaweed was an interesting element too. . . . → Read More: Poppo Korean and Japanese – 6 Aug 2015

Ribs & Burgers - 31 Jul 2015

Ribs & Burgers - Lamb Ribs with Chicken and Beef Sliders

I chose the lamb ribs with a herb and lemon baste and also got beef and chicken sliders. The squeeze of lemon made all the difference to the ribs, the acidity balancing the meatiness and slight intensity of the marinade on the tasty tender lamb ribs. They were enjoyable, but not as good as the baby backed ribs. The chicken and beef sliders were tasty but lacked seasoning which let them down. I also chose the butcher’s salad which is very generous and contains plenty of dressing. A good choice along with the ribs. I’ll have to visit again to try the burgers. . . . → Read More: Ribs & Burgers – 31 Jul 2015

East Village - 17 Jul 2015

East Village - Reuben Sandwich

After a slightly disappointing New York Cheeseburger on my last visit, East Village redeemed themselves with a fabulous Reuben sandwich. I’ve not eaten a Reuben before but after the first bite I was sold. What a delicious sandwich! The toasted bread felt soothing in winter as it warmed my hands. The tender chunks of corned beef oozed flavour. The acidity from the pickles and saukraukt cut through the meatiness of the pork while the Swiss cheese rounds out the sandwich with it’s unique flavour. The Russian dressing is an important component in keeping the sandwich moist and it does the job tieing all ingredients together. I was really hungry and it is a mission to get through but I succeeded and enjoyed every bite. They also include a salad so I ate that too. It’s not necessary in my opinion as the sandwich is well packed and has some salad in the sandwich, however, the salad is a nice end to the meal. Unfortunately, way too full to even consider dessert. . . . → Read More: East Village – 17 Jul 2015