I stopped by for a quick breakfast on the go. I’m a little too eager first thing in the morning for the dessert cabinet isn’t fully stocked and I decide I need something less sweet for breakfast. Examining the quiches and pies, the chicken and mushroom quiche fitted the bill. Nicely warmed, gooey cheese, soft mushroom and tender chicken, this was just what I needed. After my client meeting I had to make a return stop for morning tea before heading back to the city. Plenty to enjoy, I selected several eclairs, petit fours, and some macaroons. I like the choux pastry of the eclairs, particularly the coffee and chocolate varieties. And those macarrons are so yum! If you’re at the Subiaco train station or at Woolworths popping in for shopping at the Subiaco Square, you have no excuse not to indulge in the delicious pastry items both sweet and savoury.
I’ve gone to a few Middle Eastern type restaurants on the east coast but not in Perth. Meeka Restaurant’s Moroccan cuisine really impressed me. Generous servings big on flavour and taste are what Meeka offers up. I thoroughly enjoyed the super soft pork belly tajine which cut like butter, but the delicious and fragrant spice mix was the engine room of this dish, delivering all the flavour. The soft sweet potato has absorbed these flavours like a sponge and the apple salad is an excellent partner to pork. I loved the dish, as too the rich buttery pearls of Israeli cous cous. I also ordered dessert and the savoury doughnuts with a touch of tartness form the lemon curd balanced the doughnuts nicely. The dessert is not too sweet, despite the variety on display. The Persian fairy floss brings out the inner kid in you, before revealing a rich creamy ice cream. Some popcorn to round things out and I left very very full but very satisfied.
The Red Chair Cafe offers breakfast and coffee in the morning and a range of items for lunch, mainly of a Vietnamese, Asian theme. I ordered the bun bo zao and received a big bowl of yum. Delicious soft soothing rice noodles mixed in with pickled cucumber strips, thinly sliced carrots, tender slices of beef, and the sweet salty spicy mix of the dressing to add that flavour punch and life to the dish making it so enjoyable. I really like the crushed peanuts on top which add texture. The meal is light but filling. I can see why this place is such a popular choice amongst the lunchtime crowd.
Alain Fabrègues’ Bistro des Artistes brings a slice of Paris right to the heart of Subiaco. The experience feels authentic from the internal setting to the French staff on hand. The menu offers a good range of dishes but the set menu specials of 2 courses for $45 or 3 for $50 represent excellent value. I decided to try the charcuteries board for the first time which presents a lovely array of little items. I particularly liked the chicken liver pate and the chicken rilletes enjoyed with bread and olive oil. For mains, I chose the Loose Box Beef Cheek which just cuts like butter. The super tender beef cheek takes on the subtle flavour of the red wine though it carries a slight sourness which detracts from the dish. It’s also under-seasoned but fixed with a dash of salt, the smooth mashed potatoes and carrot add further earthiness to the dish but it’s a little underwhelming, though makes a typical winter warmer. For dessert, I chose the creme brûlée though this version also had raspberry. I thought this element spoiled the rich creamy custard as the tartness took over but effectively cut through the richness. When the raspberries disappeared, you could savour the rich creamy vanilla flecked custard, however, it was very rich but really delicious.
The desserts are a bit pricey but that’s the price you pay for indulgence. The caramel sandwich is delicious, a lovely cronut sandwiching the smooth creamy salted caramel gelato which goes down a treat. The whipped cream with salted caramel sauce is delicious and the dessert, while filling, is not sickening or dominated by too much caramel. I can see this being a hit in summer but any weather is good for gelato, right?
Cuisine: Frozen Yoghurt, Dessert Location: Subiaco, Rokeby Road When I got an invite to the opening of Menchies first store in Perth, I had to ask myself who on earth is Menchies? Menchies are a US chain started by a husband and wife team in 2007 that offer frozen yogurt. […]
My second visit to Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes was just as good as the first. The ever smiling Mickael looks after his customers very well and provides excellent service. I started with an amuse bouche of an Emmenthal filled samosa with a creole vegetable salsa which was delicious. The entrée of pumpkin & choko gratin was an interesting pairing of elements with juicy tiger prawns and those lovely strands of intensified sweet potato. The chunk of creole snapper curry was tender, succulent and contained an interesting mix of flavours – tomatoey, acidic, spicy. With the spiced rice, lentils, and tomato onion chilli salsa, there was plenty to amuse the tastebuds. To finish, the vanilla crème brulee was nothing short of superb. A definite favourite, this version was unusually not rich which made it easy to eat and I truly polished it off with much glee. The 3 course meal at $60 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael and quality flavoursome dishes, I can see why booking is essential.
The second visit to Metro Indian Restaurant was just as enjoyable as the first. The service was once again friendly and efficient despite it being a busy night. Plenty of people kept arriving at the restaurant and given the quality of food served as well as the generous servings and excellent pricing, you can understand why. For entrees I really enjoyed the fish amritsari once again, the spiced crisp batter encasing succulent fish with mint chutney was delicious. I also loved the hariyali kebab with the delicious tamarind sauce. The tender goat curry was the highlight for me, and I really enjoyed the milder lamb palak in spinach. The tandoor cooked chicken tikka masala has it’s own unique flavour and was enjoyed with a creamy malai kofta. The cheesy cheese naan was different but enjoyable to sop up the curry and I had a small taste of each of the desserts that were tasty. I enjoyed my night out and left felling full but not stuffed, along with the leftovers in takeaway containers.
After an invite to try out the new refreshed menu, there was one burger I hadn’t tried from the diner style burger section – South East Asian Burger. And some onion rings. The onion rings were perfectly deep fried, coated in a golden brown batter and thoroughly enjoyed with the creamy garlic aoili. But the star is the burger and it didn’t disappoint. You have the choice of protein – vegetarian, beef, chicken, and lamb. I went with the latter and after it was served, my mouth salivated as I dove in. The glistening brioche buns are really tasty and hold all the ingredients together. The sweet chilli relish is THE element providing the South East Asian inspiration in tying all the ingredients together. The sweet and chilli kick adds so much flavour to the salad and Asian slaw, while you slowly savour the perfectly cooked flavoursome lamb patty. The coconut lime dressing adds further zing to the salad and the crunchy bits of shallots and garlic are another surprise waiting to be discovered. A big thumbs up from me. Totally satisfied.
As I haven’t visited the actual venue itself, I’m not sure if this is your full blown restaurant or your neighbourhood gem which you pop down for the odd takeaway. Either way, the flavours of the food seemed to be lacking and was kind of disappointing compared to your typical Thai place. The mixed entree is a nice item on the menu providing variety. The curry puff was delicious, and so too the other items. The mains were a let down with the Kway Tiew Khee Mao presenting a very subtle flavour, the green curry was creamy and rich but lacked the flavour typical of a good green curry, and the Masaman curry needed greater intensity in flavour and a little bit more sweetness. The serving sizes of the two curries were on the small side and required more curry. For the price, I thought it didn’t represent the greatest value and for a takeaway, you can do better.