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V Burger Bar - East Victoria Park - 18 Oct 2014

V Burger Bar - Piggy Back

After my invite earlier in the week to V Burger Bar in Floreat to try their new brioche line (priced at $14.50) comprising the Americana, Space Mushroom, and Piggy Back, I vowed to return. I enjoyed the Americana on the night, but missed out on the Piggy Back. The Piggy Back far surpassed the Americana. The sweet BBQ sauce, the chilli kick from the jalapeños, the moistness of the aioli, the freshness of the coleslaw, the tender flavoursome pork, the crunch from the battered deep fried onions, and the slight sweetness of the brioche bun made for a burger that I thoroughly enjoyed. If they just warm or toast the buns, the burger will be even better! V Burger Bar are having a special offer – half price on this new range for 17 -19 October 2014 only. Check their website for details. . . . → Read More: V Burger Bar – East Victoria Park – 18 Oct 2014

Grill & Chill - Indian Degustation - 28 August 2014

Grill and Chill - Course #3 - Mackerel Magic M2

Who thought an Indian degustation could work? A culinary experience that does not stray away from it’s Indian roots but doesn’t carry the intensity normally associated with Indian cuisine. Rather the spices are carefully selected in creating each unique dish, lending flavour, but creating a different profile to anything you’ve previously eaten. At the same time, it doesn’t become too much like fusion. I really liked the food and the concept is different and interesting and hasn’t been done before. So why not? I can only see this being successful. With the dishes they rolled out, I enjoyed every one of them. While I was guest of the restaurant, the tweaks were minor and mainly concerned with the sauces or condiments. The very essence of each creation was left intact. For the time being, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled as plans are underway to make this a more frequent event. Check their website http://www.grillandchill.com.au/ and their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/mygrillandchill for potential details. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – Indian Degustation – 28 August 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - Very Berry Waffle

There are many coffee shops and cafes about Perth, but La Veen has a different feel, friendly staff, and a breakfast menu boasting different options. Not being a fan of eggs, I was happy to see that the breakfast menu wasn’t the usual eggs, eggs, eggs but carried other dishes which are completely different, like bagels, shakshuka, and rosti. The latter are from different cultures and it’s great to see this diversity reflected in menus as it’s very rare. For me, while I went with waffles, the presence of cream cheese was very unusual and piqued my interest. Along with a dash of honey, I was wondering what an unusual combination of ingredients to go with a waffle. However, the chefs have done a brilliant job of creating something unique. The tartness of berries, the light berry cream, the slight richness of the cream cheese, and a touch of sweetness from the honey makes this a dish that works wonders. All elements work together in creating a different take on the usual waffle, no one element dominates and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the refreshing celery, carrot, ginger & apple juice. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 26 Aug 2014

Equateur - 21 Aug 2014

Equateur - Creole Snapper Curry

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. . . . → Read More: Equateur – 21 Aug 2014

Jus Burgers - 14 Aug 2014

Jus Burgers - Onion Rings

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. . . . → Read More: Jus Burgers – 14 Aug 2014

The Gaya Applecross - 28 Jun 2014

The Gaya Applecross - Japchae

Currently The Gaya Appelcross is the talk of the town on Urbanspoon and after visiting here, you can see why. The contemporary Korean fusion based cuisine offers Perth diners something they’ve never previously experienced. Korean food has it’s own take and is distinct from other Asian cuisines. From the dishes I sampled tonight, kimchi and pancakes feature in some form, but they are carefully combined with delicious sauces, finely sliced Asian stir fried vegetables, Korean salads, and chilli to provide that spice kick but not burn your mouth. I particularly liked the kimchi cheese jijimi and the 36 Pork. You can order al a carte or choose from the set menu, either option offers very well priced dishes. We had spent about $45 per head for a 3 course meal which is excellent value for the quality and taste of the dishes delivered. These dishes can be enjoyed in smart modern surrounds taking on a Korean character with service that is really nice and friendly. When the dishes were being served for mains we mentioned we would like to share and the waitress kindly brought out additional bowls and spoons for the seafood stew without asking. This is a nice touch, shows thoughtfulness and being proactive. So if you’re intrigued enough to come out and try Gaya, I strongly suggest you make a booking beforehand or be disappointed as the booked out tables fill up fast. . . . → Read More: The Gaya Applecross – 28 Jun 2014

Sushi Wawa - 23 Jun 2014

Sushi Wawa - Uramaki COB

If a place packs out during lunch you know this place is popular and the food is good. We had a short wait before being seated in the comfy booths and then proceeded to grab an array of dishes from the 62m long sushi train. From the 100+ dishes on the extensive menu with pictures to get your tastebuds salivating, there’s plenty of choice which makes it difficult in choosing what to take. The food was delicious with particular mention to the calamari, crab claws, the COB, and the lobster salad. The deep fried dishes have a lovely thin light crunchy batter, are not oily, and it’s contents are perfectly cooked – like the calamari. The sashimi is fresh and so too the sushi. The tempura has a lovely crunch. The flavours are excellent as demonstrated in the COB, an interesting creation of cream cheese, onion, beetroot, cucumber, and black sesame seeds. There is great care shown in each dish, carefully crafted and presented, precise and clean, epitomising Japanese cuisine. It’s a lovely relaxed family friendly venue and a great place to share a meal although some dishes are so yummy you could be excused for taking a dish all to yourself! . . . → Read More: Sushi Wawa – 23 Jun 2014

Equateur - 29 May 2014

Equateur - Creole Vegetable Salsa

I love trying new things and Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes were fantastic! From the moment you walk in the door, you are warmly welcomed by the friendly Mickael who looks after his customers very well, which is refreshing in Perth. I started with an amuse bouche of pea soup with creole flavoured onions, a delicious starter that oozed flavour. The entree of creole vegetable salsa stuffed inside the crispy spring onions were delicious, as too the cabbage and sesame salad which was so unboring! The aniseed and cinnamon flavoured beef bourguigon was tender, just pulling apart and was enjoyed with the sauce and potato mousseline. To finish, the chocolate fondant was indulgent, oozing thick gooey chocolate. Along with the orange and honey syrup, vanilla ice cream, and mint, this was a truly delicious dessert to end what was an excellent dining experience. The 3 course meal at $50 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael, I can see why this place is booking out regularly. A new experience in cuisine and service for Perth diners. Booking is essential. . . . → Read More: Equateur – 29 May 2014

Grill & Chill - 25 May 2014

Grill & Chill - Chilli Honey Cauliflower

The second time visit was just as enjoyable as the first. While we had our mind set on certain dishes from the menu, we were persuaded by the manager, Vikas, to instead take some of his recommendations over dishes we had initially selected. This turned out to be an excellent decision and I’d recommend you do the same. Apparently there must be a secret menu as several dishes we ordered weren’t on the restaurant nor online menu. One such dish, a signature of Grill & Chill (how does a restaurant have a signature dish that isn’t even on the menu?) is the chilli honey cauliflower that is an absolute knockout! It doesn’t taste anything like cauliflower and resembles in look, sweet & sour pork, but has completely different flavours surrounding a crunchy batter encasing the firm but tender cauliflower. The minty fusion presented tender chicken marinated for 2 days in a lovely array of spices and the tandoor oven imparts more flavour. The tandoori fish also has a tandoor imparted flavour but a different spice mix providing more flavours. The naans were delicious once again and were enjoyed in sopping up the delicious curries. The goat curry was delicious, as too the cashew based fish korma. But the other dish not on the menu, the mughlai chicken, was the standout dish from the mains. The almond based curry presented a rich creamy flavour with sweetness and a flavour profile different to curries I’ve eaten previously. The chicken biriyani was pretty good too. Plenty of chicken surrounded by flavoursome rice typical of a biriyani. The second time visit provided consistency in service, friendliness, servings, and flavour. Fantastic! . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 25 May 2014

Chez Pierre - 22 May 2014

Chez Pierre - Creme Brulee

It’s been a long time since my visit to Paris and I haven’t eaten food that comes close. While tonight’s meal didn’t blow me away, I was satisfied with the consistency of the flavours in each dish. The roasted tomato veloute is something I haven’t eaten before and I really liked the creativity of this pocket dynamo. It packed a punch, full of intense flavour and sweet acidity. The tender succulent escargot and mushrooms in a rich delicious sauce made the dish superb. The perfectly cooked lamb may have seemed initially underwhelming but when paired with the sweet tomato flavour of the ratatouille, the dish was transformed. To finish, the creme brulee had the perfect amount of caramelisation and the spoon cracked through the thin, not thick, top, revealing a rich, vanilla flavoured custard that was fantastic. Considering the lovely setting, the efficient service, the delicious and well executed quality of the dishes served, for $58.50, the experience is a steal. I can see why this restaurant packed out so quickly. And this is a fine dining restaurant. . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 22 May 2014