A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Nice. It started with a gnocchi lacking in flavour but partnering perfectly with a delicious rich lamb ragout with a ratatouille like mixture of vegetables that were pleasing to the taste buds. That was followed by a delicious palette cleanser of passionfruit, citrus, and strawberry sorbet which was more like a dessert. For mains I ate bouillabaisse for the first time and liked the lovely tomato and fish soup surrounding an array of delicious seafood. Special call out to the mussels which tasted like the sea and were super tender, just like the squid which was also melt in your mouth. For dessert the nougat parfait surprised on the upside as I didn’t think it would be that great but I was proved wrong with an interesting creation married with strawberries and orange peel for a contrast against the rich flavours. I’ve eaten here many a times and really love experiencing the cuisine from different areas of France.
I’ve eaten here several times and I really enjoy the different creations on offer. We ate the latest new creation, chicken lollipop, which is a rival to the honey chilli cauliflower. It was slightly crunchy and immersed in a delicious chilli sauce though it’s not hot. I also enjoyed the lamb cutlets with mint chutney for more flavour, and the light mild but slightly creamy Chicken Murgh Makhmali. It was then on to the curries where I enjoyed the Lamb Dhansak immersed in a mild curry with a touch of chilli which balanced against the plain lentils. The Chicken Achari Murgh carried a back of the palette bite despite being creamy. The goan fish curry immersed in a coconut base curry packed lots of spice and flavour. These were enjoyed with the delicious crunchy on the bottom soft on the top naans. Totally stuffed but satisfied, I’ve got my Indian fix and it was excellent.
The Painted Bird is a great choice for a business lunch and we started off with a selection of 4 dishes from the charcuterie section for just $18. The sourdough bread was delicious smothered with chicken liver parfait, the px syrup and raisins adding that sweet touch to offset the richness. I also liked the pork terrine which wasn’t too intense in flavour and balanced by the piccalilli, a relish. The chorizo was crunchy and had a less intense spicy flavour but other flavours shone through, and who doesn’t like indulging in some priscuitto. Along with our mains we enjoyed some broccolini that needed a little more cooking for my liking but it was paired with garlic butter and a crunchy pangrattato crumb. The smashed potatoes still held their shape despite being tender and the slight oiliness from the chimmichurri made it very yummy. As for my salmon, it was absolutely delicious! Perfectly cooked, tender, succulent, moist with a crisp skin, it was enjoyed with amazing parcels of gnocchi that were an absolute standout. Another excellent dining experience.
This looked like a dish I’d see in Vietnam, and when I tasted it, it took me right back. The mint sprigs are the identifying feature, the crunchy spring rolls dipped in a slightly sour sauce another. The rice vermicelli noodles were nice and soft, contrasted against the crunch of spring rolls, peanuts, and a slight crispness on the grilled pork. Packed with flavour, it takes me to my time in Vietnam. Absolutely fantastic and filling!
A new offering to East Perth is Maruzzella Restaurant which serves coffee in the mornings, lunch, dinner, and breakfast on the weekends. The menu offers a range of dishes from pasta to pizza and also offers takeaway. They have specials each month so I tried the business special for $29.90 which includes a main and a choice of dessert. The roasted porchetta was generous in serving, beautifully cooked, moist, and had a crunchy crackling. Served with a delicious sauce, a few vegetables, olive oil with crushed garlic and chilli for additional flavour, this was a superb dish. For dessert I ordered the wobbling chocolate panna cotta. One bite of the smooth silky panna cotta took me to chocolate heaven! A truly fantastic dessert which is definitely not one to share. Be greedy and devour immediately upon serving. Superb value, delicious, served and eaten within the hour.
I really enjoyed my dining experience at Blackbird. The service was warm and friendly and the food was excellent, well worth the money (even at full price) given the quality of the dishes. The samples of the perfectly cooked juicy scallops and croquette were excellent. I really enjoyed my entree of calamari which was soft and tender. It was enjoyed with an interesting fennel, olive, and caper filling. For mains, I really enjoyed the risotto which was soft and creamy and had sufficient seafood to add meatiness to the meal, along with the bits of chorizo which also add a touch of saltiness. To finish, the assiette de dessert presented a range of small dessert offerings which were a little mixed given the high standard of dishes served to this point. The large serving of lemon and coconut cake carried nice flavour but was dense and a tad dry. The profiteroles with English cream were lovely but lacked chocolate sauce to add that touch of sweetness. The thick rich caramel chocolate tart had a lovely dense flavour. The chocolate mousse and vanilla semifreddo were super delicious and really finished the night off strongly.
I was really happy to stop by and grab some lunch before heading off to Ikea and the nearby Spud Shed for some shopping. I really enjoyed my visit last time and this time was no different. Whilst very busy, it was only a 5 minute wait before I could drool over the plentiful dishes coasting by on the conveyor belt. I had my sights set on the popcorn prawn and was surprised to see it on the conveyor belt so I jumped on that one and really enjoyed the light crumb, but particularly, that slight hum of chilli which takes it to another level. After that I enjoyed some salmon nigiri sushi, 3 mix sashimi, and slightly torched mackerel on rice. I also ordered one of the highlights of the meal, deep fried tofu surrounding rice and lobster. This dish was superb, so full of flavour and moistness. I was pretty full after that selection and left very happy. Quality meal.
No 4 Blake Street is Tom Randolph’s vehicle to showcase his creativity in the kitchen. This is clearly on display through the 7 course degustation. On Sunday’s, a long table is held instead where new dishes are displayed and tweaked, influenced by feedback, some of which make their way to the main menu. For something less relaxed, a wine bar with tapas is available at Next Door at No 4, which is literally next door to the dining room. For tonight’s 7 course degustation, I particularly enjoyed the potato risotto which substituted rice for small rectangles of under seasoned potato, allowing the salty flavours of the sea and tender crab to shine through. While I normally avoid eggs, the 35° smoked hen’s egg with pearl barley for some meatiness to the dish and tuna Benito for seasoning was a dish that surprised on the upside. The pork costals was another highlight of the night, presenting tender succulent rib meat with a pork intensity off the scale. It needs an acidic element to balance out the meatiness and flavoursome lardo, but I loved it. It’s hard to pick a winner, especially when the night finishes strong with a fantastic dessert! The pistachio ice cream was a standout element amongst the Vahlrona chocolate soil, chocolate mousse, chocolate shards, and pistachio sponge. I also loved the sour dough bread and particularly, the duck fat spread. The creativity did deliver a few misses with some dishes that need a little balancing in my opinion, but I’d rather take creativity over safe and there were enough hits to leave me a thoroughly satisfied diner. Don’t let the rain keep you away when you can enjoy quality, creativity, and deliciousness in a comfortable soft ambient setting.
After a slightly disappointing New York Cheeseburger on my last visit, East Village redeemed themselves with a fabulous Reuben sandwich. I’ve not eaten a Reuben before but after the first bite I was sold. What a delicious sandwich! The toasted bread felt soothing in winter as it warmed my hands. The tender chunks of corned beef oozed flavour. The acidity from the pickles and saukraukt cut through the meatiness of the pork while the Swiss cheese rounds out the sandwich with it’s unique flavour. The Russian dressing is an important component in keeping the sandwich moist and it does the job tieing all ingredients together. I was really hungry and it is a mission to get through but I succeeded and enjoyed every bite. They also include a salad so I ate that too. It’s not necessary in my opinion as the sandwich is well packed and has some salad in the sandwich, however, the salad is a nice end to the meal. Unfortunately, way too full to even consider dessert.
It’s great to see the variety of restaurants springing up in Perth and Ribs & Burgers offers diners something new. I ordered the baby backed pork ribs with BBQ glaze, with chips (salad also available). The ribs are everything you would expect – tender, succulent, juicy, and delicious. There’s plenty of meat, manageable for one person, and I polished off each rib. The glaze has a lovely sweet sticky flavour without being too sweet and it makes the eating experience very enjoyable. Then there’s the golden brown crispy chips that are excellent and keep you coming back for more. They’re tasty at the beginning of the meal, the middle of the meal, and still at the end of the meal even if they have gone a bit cold. Totally stuffed but satisfied. I look forward to visiting again to try the other menu items.