I’ve driven past here before but never visited so I popped by on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I was keen on the Paris Café, a French bistro, but they open for dinner. There’s plenty of food stalls to choose from so I had a look around and settled on Malaysian Hawker. After placing an order at the cash only stall, you take a number, go to the center and grab cutlery, find a table and wait. Your food is brought out to you. I started with lor bak which is like a sausage with a crispy crinkly skin. The pork filing is really delicious, especially with a touch of sweet chilli sauce. It also comes with creamy silken tofu with a lovely skin. Very tasty. I’m a real fan of kway teow and so this was an easy choice. Lovely soft noodles with Chinese sausage, bean shoots and prawns, I was hungry and it was demolished in no time. Yum. Takeway is also available and there’s plenty of food stalls to choose from (Chinese, dim sum, Japanese, Indian, Australian, French, and Singaporean), including a drinks stall. Plenty of free parking, lots of tables inside, if you’re looking for something different then it’s certainly worth a visit.
Maylands welcomes Mr Hawker, a Malaysian style eatery offering all the dishes one will find at a bargain price. I hopped on the train and chose a few dishes as part of my takeaway order. The first was deep fried pork belly. Whilst not eaten straightaway at it’s optimum, I didn’t think pork belly worked well being deep fried despite it being tender and tasty with that spicy nam ju chilli sauce. For me pork belly cooked long and slow or roasted is preferable. I also got a serve of Penang style kway teow which presented super silky ribbons of flat rice noodles in a very spicy chilli mix. The kway teow was tasty but I would have like more flavour. Thankfully I also chose another dish being much milder in flavour, the rice flour roll with mushrooms and shredded pork. It’s a noodle dish and once again the rice noodles were super tender. The flavour is quite tasty with the mushrooms and shredded pork adding additional body. I also got a soothing cup of hot teh terik which was really delicious. The flavours of the food at Mr Hawker are pretty good though lacking a bit in intensity. Mornings and late afternoons serve certain dishes such as roti canai, other dishes are available all day.
Unfortunately I had to work over the weekend on a project but that meant after putting in some hours, it was off for a feed to replenish the energy levels. The talk of chicken rice at Tak Chee House got the nod so we took a leisurely stroll and were fortunate to secure the only empty table in the packed restaurant. A quick look at the menu and the famed chicken rice was chosen by all. You have the option of choosing breast or leg so I went with the breast. A bowl of rice cooked in the water used to cook the chicken is presented, the rice carrying a lovely flavour of the chicken. The tender succulent breast is presented, chopped into pieces, looking very plain, but paired with the soy sauce and bean sprout mixture, it comes to life. It’s a really delicious and also a cheap meal that was polished off and left us all satisfied. Just a few doors down is Esther’s Cake Shop so I grabbed an egg waffle and also some freshly made warm Chinese egg tarts that were both delicious. I love baked goods and these met my sweet tooth cravings.
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.
With a big queue of people hanging outside the small Chu Bakery, once you taste their creations, you know what all the fuss is about. I got the matcha yuzu which presents a most delicious green tea flavoured cream on a crunchy pastry which has a yuzu jelly inside for a change in texture. So yum. I also got a Boston cream bun which was a doughnut filled with a lovely rich creamy vanilla custard with a chocolate top, and I also got a chilli passionfruit doughnut which was dusted with chilli and filled with a gooey passionfruit filling which was delicious. Excellent way to start the day, serving coffee and a range of pastries that are so naughty but very satisfying.
I visited the 2 Brown Men stall and got a crispy vadai as I’m a sucker for anything deep fried and also a plain prata which is served with fish curry gravy (no fish, just the curry). The vadai was the first to arrive with a little spiced coconut chutney which was a delicious accompaniment. The vadai is nice and crunchy and had a lovely soft center flavoured by the chutney. That disappeared in no time. A lovely tasty snack. Then the plain prata was served which easily tore apart. Crunchy on the top, slightly elastic inside, the soft dough was a delight to eat on it’s own, but even better with a flavoursome curry to dip into. I was in the zone tearing off a piece, dipping, and enjoying. I polished that off, literally, the final pieces reserved to leave the bowl clean of it’s contents. Awesome value for just $3!!! I must point out that the curry doesn’t contain fish, it’s just the curry or gravy, but that’s all you need with a roti prata. I came back for a takeaway order of chicken biriyani. The chicken biriyani had an excellent texture of nice loose rice grains with a lovely spice and delicious tender flavoursome chicken and curried vegetables. Yummy lunch.
Another visit to Toffee Cafe is a must and I ordered the currywurst with sauerkraut and mashed potato. I decided to grab a table and dine in this time. I’m always happy when I’m pleasantly surprised on the upside as with the first bite today. What a delicious flavoursome sauce, tasty sausage, smooth creamy mashed potato, and a slight touch of acidity from the sauerkraut. What a delightful winter warmer. It might appear as a simple meal but all elements were done perfectly. Extremely satisfied. I also appreciate the warm service and hospitality from the couple that run this place, a trait which is rare in Perth.
Toffee Cafe is a tiny cafe in Equus Arcade which is easy to miss but you’ll be the one missing out if don’t stop by. With very friendly service, the cafe is open for breakfast and lunch and serves coffee, pretzel rolls, croissant, and German dishes (like goulash and sausages) including daily specials. I visited for lunch and chose the daily special of smoked German chop with sauerkraut and mashed potato, an iced coffee, and an apple slice. I chose takeaway and my meal turned out to be the perfect winter warmer. A delicious tender pork chop was balanced by the slight acidity of the sauerkraut and who doesn’t love creamy mash? Add them all together with the gravy and each bite is just yum yum yum! For the price, this is unbeatable value as a lunchtime option. Having a sweet tooth, it was hard to resist the German apple slice which caught my eye in the display cabinet. I saved this for the 3 o’clock hump and it’s just like a crumble. A lovely delicious sweet treat to get me through the rest of the day. Mmm… Definitely will be coming back to try some of the other menu items.
Indonesia Indah is located downstairs and presents a calming relaxing atmosphere away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Offering al a carte, delivery, and lunch time meals, there’s lots to choose from. I chose the combination option of beef rendang and chicken, served with coconut rice, vegetables and potatoes. I really love beef rendang and this version was soft, tender, and full of flavour and was very very tasty. The chicken was covered in mild spices with coconut soaked into the skin and lightly fried producing a delicious flavour. The coconut rice has a touch of sweetness making each bite enjoyable and the vegetables and potatoes help to balance out the meal from the strong flavours. A hidden gem offering delicious Indonesian fare at excellent value.
From food truck to bricks and mortar, to franchised stores in Melbourne, then Sydney, and now Perth, I wasn’t sure of what to make of a vegetarian only fast food chain. However, after trying a sample of their offerings, I was pleasantly surprised by the food on offer. I started off with a soy based peanut butter milkshake which was delicious. The burgers were really tasty too, somehow, and it’s the genius of the chickpea and mushroom patties, is that they closely resemble the flavour of beef or chicken, when they are clearly vegetarian. In that regard, the burgers taste like their carnivorous counterparts to a great extent. I liked the spicy burger, but was more won over by the chick’n. The chips were pretty tasty and enhanced greatly by the spicy Vietnamese sauce. While I rarely go out for fast food, I would be more than happy to stop by for a meal at Lord of The Fries.