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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

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 in mining and cutbacks in corporate lunches. Hopefully things will pick up and . . . → 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

Mr Bun - 11 Jul 14

Mr Bun - Beef with Handmade Noodles

On a cold winters day I can definitely see myself coming to Mr Bun and ordering a big bowl of flavoursome spicy broth with chunks of oh so tender beef and tasty noodles. This is an unassuming place with delicious food. I think it’s a bit of a hidden gem. They may have a small menu but I really loved the noodle dish which was so full of flavour, hearty, tasty, spicy, delicious. At just $11 it’s a steal. The Chinese burger is quite different and interesting. I also enjoyed it but much prefer the bowl of noodles. . . . → Read More: Mr Bun – 11 Jul 14

Koko Black - 7 Jul 14

Koko Black - Chocolate Display

Koko Black, a specialty chocolatier, serve up a range of delicious hand crafted chocolate varieties for you to take away. Aside from the chocolates on display, they also offer a few savoury items as well as the sweet, along with coffee and hot chocolate for you to enjoy in their salon. The hot chocolate was delicious with a lovely flavour of quality chocolate, although, it’s a bit pricey at $6.50. The individual chocolates are $2.10 each and are well worth the money. There’s other chocolate items to sample including boxed sets. I think having Koko Black in the heart of the Perth CBD will make it super popular. And who doesn’t like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day? . . . → Read More: Koko Black – 7 Jul 14

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ - 4 Jul 2014

Old Faithful - Chopped Pig Sandwich, Corn Bread, Chicken Wings

The Old Faithful Bar & BBQ is one of Perth’s newest additions to the dining scene located on King St. Serving American barbecued meats in a casual relaxed vibe, it has a very different concept. Line up and order your meal, line up again at another counter for drinks, wait while your meal is prepared, and then be presented with a paper lined metal tray with your food. The casualness of the place is fine, the service is good, the metal trays are tacky. For a venue specialising in BBQ meats and American cuisine, this place is disappointing. I visited a similar type venue in New York which served slow cooked ribs, brisket and pulled pork that would blow Old Faithful out of the water. The chopped pig sandwich is a burger with well cooked pork which pulls apart, is moist, and combines well with the other ingredients. Even after I ate the burger at the end, it was still quite tasty but lacked an intensity of flavour I was so desperately searching for in trying to recreate my foodie experiences in the US. The chicken wings were pedestrian, and the cornbread was disappointing at best. The menu is very reasonably priced and they offer a good collection of American fare, but while the food wasn’t horrible they have failed to offer Perth diners what true American fare is. The Old Faithful is on to a winner if they can just execute their food in terms of flavour. I also asked my work colleagues what they thought and they weren’t really enamoured. Mixed reviews is being polite. . . . → Read More: Old Faithful Bar & BBQ – 4 Jul 2014

Adelphi Grill - 15 May 2014

Adelphi Grill - Wagyu Beef Burger & Chips

It’s been a long time since I made a visit to one of my favourites which has now relocated and been refurbished. Adelphi Grill may be in a new environment but the excellent service is still upheld and the menu hasn’t changed too drastically which is great to see. I went with one of the signatures to my mind – the homemade beef burger. This version is Wagyu and it’s a chunky, dense, tasty patty just lacking seasoning. Along with bacon and melted cheese, some saltiness was provided and the burger was delicious but needed more sauce. I really loved the chips which were crunchy on the outside and soft and fluffy on the inside. With the herbs added for additional flavour, they were fantastic. So some things might have changed but the food is still delicious and the dining experience still pleasant. . . . → Read More: Adelphi Grill – 15 May 2014

Grill'd @ Shafto Lane - 11 April 2014

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I entered the Grill’d Shafto Lane store with high expectations of that small bite I had of the Baa Baa Lamb burger. When it was served and I took my first bite I knew those expectations were met. A burger packed full of flavour and freshness, the sweet tomato relish sticks out immediately, but then the strong flavour of the cheese takes over with the soft avocado sticking to the cheese providing a creamy richness. The salad and herbed mayo add different flavours while the delicious wholemeal bun holding everything together is delicious. But the star of the burger is the lamb. A perfectly cooked and flavoursome patty, it just oozes flavour and I’d have to say lamb is far tastier than the beef variety. The burger hit the mark in all departments and I thoroughly enjoyed it. . . . → Read More: Grill’d @ Shafto Lane – 11 April 2014

Print Hall - 8 Apr 2014

Print Hall - Spiced Mead Baba

Unfortunately my lack of hunger prevented me from fully enjoying what Print Hall has to offer. However, in the dishes I chose I was happy to have what in the end were quite light meals but still carrying flavour. The cold served entree of yabbies and smoked mussels is a really refreshing dish that allows the freshness and flavours of the seafood to shine through without being overpowered by the fennel puree. It’s a very delicate dish that is well executed but could have contained more yabbies for my liking. The smaller main took preference over the larger meals in course 3 of the menu but I was more than happy with my choice of veal pastrami. Another dish with delicate flavours, allowing the braising of the veal to shine through and combining superbly with the slight sweetness of the pickled onions and the acidity of the pickling juices to lift what looks like a nothing dish to something special. I liked the re-invented amuse bouche of cheese and crackers and the palette cleanser was also interesting but maybe a little too complex. The dessert was interesting. I liked the light sponge baba and the passionfruit sorbet with crumble, but the foam contained an unusual flavour which spoiled the dish. Very professional service in an equally smart interior space to match where one can enjoy some very carefully crafted food. . . . → Read More: Print Hall – 8 Apr 2014

Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

Smokies - Pulled Pork Roll & Slaw

What: Twilight Hawkers Markets When: every Friday 5-9pm, 8 November 2013 till 24 April 2014 Where: Forrest Chase More Info: http://twilighthawkersmarket.com/

As the afternoon wore on after my lunch at Public House Kitchen & Bar, I started to build up an appetite so a visit to the Twilight Hawkers Markets was . . . → Read More: Eat Drink Perth – Twilight Hawkers Markets – 4 Apr 2014

The Trustee - 21 Mar 2014

The Trustee - Bone Marrow, Shredded Brisket, Kumera Puree, Parsley Salad

The Trustee offers some deliciously crafted food in a refined but relaxed atmosphere. Their dishes are hearty and generous and offer a level of uniqueness and creativity. My entree of bone marrow is something I have not ordered on a menu but was pleasantly surprised with dish served to me. It presents well, offers various elements that compliment each other, and delivered on flavour. The brisket was moist, succulent, and so delicious. It partnered effectively with the slightly rich, but not sweet smooth kumera puree and the slightly sharp flavour of the parsley salad contrasted to the meaty flavours on offer. The soft slices of bread to mop up the juices and the lovely marrow made the dish a great start to the lunch. Following the near main sized entree was a generous plate of braised venison surrounded by ribbons of parpadelle pasta. The venison was soft, tender, and full of flavour. It’s juices had seeped into the dish to moisten and add flavour to the peas and the bitter rocket. The saltiness of the pecorina was a perfect addition to the dish but more would have strengthened the overall flavour of the dish. A very earthy dish that became a little intense towards the end of the meal and required another element, maybe acidic, to balance the strong flavours. Despite this, it was a delicious meal that contained bold flavours and delivered on taste. . . . → Read More: The Trustee – 21 Mar 2014