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Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville - 17 Oct 2014

Jean Claude Patisserie

I love visiting patisseries to enjoy fine French pastries. I found the chocolate eclair to be a little substandard to the type of eclair I was expecting in terms of the choux pastry. It appeared to contain chocolate mousse which was delicious though, as opposed to a chocolate custard. The millefeuille contained a lovely custard cream filling but the pastry layers were far too crunchy. I’ve never eaten escargot and this was quite enjoyable. I think the best pastry item of the lot was the chocolate ganache slice. It contained a lovely moist sponge which the perfect balance, not too sweet or not too chocolatey. Instead, the intensity was provided by the dark chocolate layer and the high quality chocolate dusting. I’ve visited several patisseries and while this one offered a range of items, I didn’t think it delivered on what French pastries can really offer. . . . → Read More: Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville – 17 Oct 2014

Pinchos - 17 Oct 2014

Pinchos - Paella Dish

I came for the paella but the chef was trying to promote another Spanish dish, the name which escapes me and is hard to pronounce. Instead, I settled for this interesting looking dish which I have never eaten. Instead of rice, it uses pasta but looks like chopped up vermicelli. For $12.50, a large pile was heaped into the mini paella dish and served hot with a wedge of lemon and a dollop of optional garlic aioli. At first, it became hard to eat much of it without spilling it and it was piping hot. After things cooled down, I really started to get into this dish. It tastes quite nice, but it has something about it that just keeps you coming back for more. The noodles are cooked well, they aren’t dry, and they are coated in a subtle mix of Spanish flavours and spices which produce an interesting taste. There’s a fair amount of seafood, mainly calamari, but the odd chunk of soft flaky fish is to be found. It’s quite a filling meal and while it might be heating up for summer, it’s a dish that you can’t pass on. And I experienced something new too. . . . → Read More: Pinchos – 17 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - 11 Oct 2014

Maple Crepes Cafe - Nutella Supreme

I walked in and a look at the menu before settling on the Nutella Supreme $7.80 – Nutella, banana, strawberry, roasted almonds, oreos, peanut butter. After a reasonable wait the crepe was served. It looked really delicious! The crepe is quite a large size and well packed full of ingredients. The crepe itself is a little overdone, slightly crunchy, firm, leathery in some spots, and yet for the most part, it’s reasonably soft. I would have preferred my crepe to be cooked a little less. Having said that, each mouthful was delicious. The crepe’s filling contains lots of thinly sliced banana and strawberry pieces that are lovely and soft and warmed through. There’s a nice mix of nutella, adding just that touch of chocolate and sweetness, a bit more chocolate intensity from the crushed oreos, a bit of crunch from the flaked almonds, and a bit of gooeyness from the peanut butter. It’s a feel good dessert, big on the yum factor, big on comfort food. You leave with a smile and a full stomach. . . . → Read More: Maple Crepes Cafe – 11 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 9 Oct 2014

La Veen Coffee Kitchen - Chicken Poppers

After enjoying a delicious breakfast on a previous visit, I popped by for lunch. I ordered chicken poppers and was shocked at the meal served, as it wouldn’t look out of place at a fine dining restaurant, but is not what you would expect to see from a cafe. The dish is beautifully presented but looks in between an entree and a main. I was quite hungry so I would have liked a bulked out version for a higher price tag, but for $14 the serving size is adequate. The chicken is surrounded by a firm crunchy crumb encasing the well cooked chicken. The chicken is separated and balanced by vegetables providing a bit of variety, acidity, and with the creamy mayo, a touch of richness. A spattering of potato crisps provide some crunch. It’s a pretty tasty meal that was demolished in no time so I grabbed some sushi later on to quell my hunger. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 9 Oct 2014

Pinchos - 2 Oct 2014

Pinchos - Roast Pork Belly and Croquettes

I might have originally arrived for the paella, but the Pinchos Spanish tapas menu serves up some delicious fare. With dishes ranging from $1 – $10, and a few at $32, there’s plenty of variety. Just write down the quantity of each dish you want and hand to the friend waitstaff. In no time, the kitchen was pumping out the dishes and I was lapping it up. I loved the chilled refreshing tomato soup with the acidic kick at the end. It’s the perfect start to a meal in the warm weather. The anchovy paired with olive and pickled chilli was excellent too. For something a little more substantial, I had the cumin dry rub encasing crunchy roast pork belly crackling and flesh. An interesting dish with plenty of flavour. I particularly enjoyed the thick, golden crunchy crumbed exterior of the croquettes. Open them up to let the steam escape and take in the aroma of the smoked ham. Then sink your teeth into the gooey cheesy chicken and smoked ham filling which is a tad rich but delicious. To finish, the honey covered mascarpone is an interesting pairing to the warm comforting winter warmer of the pear, quince and almond tart. Excellent dessert, excellent finish, excellent meal. . . . → Read More: Pinchos – 2 Oct 2014

Le Vietnam - 19 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - Bahn Mi and a Profiterole

Situated on Barrack Street lies Le Vietnam, a Vietnamese cafe with a chic interior serving coffee, Vietnamese bahn mi, and French patisserie items like profiteroles. I had the pork bahn mi and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious bread holding the Asian slaw contents of julienned carrots along with refreshing cucumber and greens. The tender pork was flavoursome but I liked the chilli sauce which added a real kick to the meal. I ordered a chocolate profiterole which was superb. A lovely light choux pastry filled with a delicious smooth, light, chocolatey custard that made you savour each morsel. So yum. A delicious cheap eat with dessert included. . . . → Read More: Le Vietnam – 19 Aug 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

Royal Siam Kitchen - 16 Jul 2014

Royal Siam Thai - Red Curry

Royal Siam Kitchen offers up a range of curry and noodle dishes for lunch and an expanded menu for dinner which includes entrees and desserts. I love red curry so I chose that and throughly enjoyed the meal. The red curry has a delicious red curry flavour, slightly creamy, slightly sweet, a lovely blend of spices to deliver an authentic flavour. The meal is pretty filling and great value. Maybe I’ll have to pop in after work for dinner. A lovely Thai restaurant. . . . → Read More: Royal Siam Kitchen – 16 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

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