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Bintang Cafe Indonesian Cuisine - 4 Apr 2015

Bintang Cafe must be pretty popular as they were a fair amount of Indonesians at the restaurant. I had visited once before several years ago but this time I ordered several dishes and was really impressed with the delicious flavours. The beef curry, while very runny, was extremely flavoursome and contained lots of tender beef. The gado gado is unbelievable, a fantastic slightly runny satay sauce transforming boring steamed vegetables into something else. Definitely comfort food. Lastly, the ayam baker pedas, contained a big chunk of grilled chicken covered in sambal which had some kick, but carried plenty of flavour making the chicken something to savour. There’s a range of dishes on the menu, the venue itself is simple but the food is delicious and excellent value. About $25 for all that. . . . → Read More: Bintang Cafe Indonesian Cuisine – 4 Apr 2015

Gourmandise & Co - 7 Mar 2015

Gourmandise - Quiches

The first quiche I dived into was a bacon and cheese quiche which was delicious. Lovely buttery pastry that is just divine encasing a lovely rich filling. I’m glad I ordered the sharp salad which took the edge off the richness. I really enjoy quiche and this was excellent. I also had a few bites of the smoked salmon quiche which is even better. I’ll save that for breakfast tomorrow along with a few other pastries I picked up. The next day I warmed the quiche up and it was amazing! I really love the flavour of the smoked salmon which is just like chunks of softened salmon, but with a smoky flavour, well complimented by the creamy avocado. I liked this quiche the best and also enjoyed my other pastries. . . . → Read More: Gourmandise & Co – 7 Mar 2015

Bushfood Factory and Cafe - 6 Mar 2015

Bushfood Cafe - Gourmet Native Platter

The Bushfood Cafe seems a hidden gem. What a way to be able to enjoy food using native Australian ingredients which are prepared in a variety of dishes. The gourmet native platter gives this variety and is excellent value considering the many items on the platter, the quality, and taste. The store has lots of different things to try out so don’t be shy, pick up some spices and give it a go. Oh, and grab some of their delicious food as well. Fantastic! . . . → Read More: Bushfood Factory and Cafe – 6 Mar 2015

Jades @ 14 Peels Place - 6 Mar 2015

Jade's - Pancakes with Bacon & Maple Syrup

Wow! What a serving. Three pancakes with heaps of bacon in a pool of maple syrup. The pancakes were delicious. Nice and soft and fluffy, you can’t ask any more from a pancake. The maple syrup adds just a touch of sweetness without being too sweet. There’s heaps of bacon on the plate which is filling. I personally like my bacon nice and crisp but while some bits are a little crunchy, others are moist. In Perth you would get two pancakes that aren’t as good and bacon is a rarity, maybe, two slender rashes. This dish is very generous. I should have got a tart juice to go along with this delicious dish. Excellent! . . . → Read More: Jades @ 14 Peels Place – 6 Mar 2015

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen - 3 Mar 2015

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen - Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart

Swings Taphouse & Kitchen are a brewery but they also serve quality food without the hefty price tag in a casual relaxed environment. I thoroughly enjoyed the smoked hock terrine which was full of flavour and was complemented by the slightly sweet rhubarb. The sourdough bread helped take the edge off the strong meaty flavour. For dessert, the salted caramel chocolate tart was excellent. The chocolate wasn’t too rich and allowed the salted caramel to shine through. It was paired with honeycomb and a slightly too sweet but tart raspberry ice cream. Excellent meal. Very happy. . . . → Read More: Swings Taphouse & Kitchen – 3 Mar 2015

Morries Anytime - 3 Mar 2015

Morries Anytime - Waffle Sandwich

I really enjoyed Morries waffle sandwich. There were several different elements on the plate and each showed technique. The orange flavour is a theme in this dish and it’s subtle flavour in the orange ice cream and panna cotta complements the other elements. A delicious waffle with Nutella, orange ice cream, and confit orange is a lovely combination along with some sweetness from the maple syrup. The orange panna cotta is rich, creamy, and smooth and very decadent. Who said you have to wait for dessert to enjoy this? Let’s start with breakfast, a delicious feel good meal to start off the day. . . . → Read More: Morries Anytime – 3 Mar 2015

Vasse Felix - 2 Mar 2015

Vasse Felix - Emu Tartare

What a fantastic meal! Enjoying such delicious fare from the second story overlooking the vineyards with excellent service to boot. The emu tartare was one of the best dishes I’ve eaten. Bursting with freshness, moisture, and flavour, this is a superbly executed dish. The pork for mains presented a tender square of pork, allowing the flavours to shine through, the other elements adding seasoning and flavour. The chorizo crumb, dehydrated chorizo mix, and the dense tender octopus provided the dash of salt required. The refreshing sweet cucumber, fennel, and super sweet oven roasted tomato refreshed the palette. The Manchego cheese paired with the blackcurrant jelly was a stroke of genius. The sweet counteracting the hard flavours of the cheese, as too the raisins, what a lovely finish to the meal. . . . → Read More: Vasse Felix – 2 Mar 2015

Morries Anytime - 1 Mar 2015

Morries Anytime is one of those places open till late where you can grab main dishes, or just go with the tapas menu. I just needed something in between a snack and a main so the Wagyu beef burger from the tapas menu was perfect. Since it’s a tapas item it’s not a full size burger. The burger is a little small but it’s well packed. First bite in and the burger is delicious. I like the brioche bun, the gooey melted Swiss cheese, the crispy bacon, and the perfectly cooked, moist, flavoursome, Wagyu beef patty. This was a really delicious burger and hit the spot. A little pricey though tapas items usually are. . . . → Read More: Morries Anytime – 1 Mar 2015

Voyager Estate - 1 Mar 2015

Voyager Estate - Harvest

What a wonderful journey I was taken on via the Discovery Menu which tells a story via food of the journey from seed to wine. The service, execution, presentation and quality of the dishes was excellent. Each course presented something special and I thoroughly enjoyed each course. Fantastic! . . . → Read More: Voyager Estate – 1 Mar 2015

Chez Pierre - 17 Feb 2015

Chez Pierre - Poached Pear

Chez Pierre’s Taste of France took me to Bourges where I started with a wintery warming pumpkin veloute with a touch of spice for added depth of flavour. The pork belly was super tender and carried a honey glaze which added a nice sweetness. It sat atop very creamy, mushroom infused, rich risotto which was excellent. After cleansing the palette with the refreshing apple sorbet, a chunk of fillet of beef was presented. Super tender, it combined nicely with the well controlled strong flavours of the Roquefort blue cheese sauce. The thickly cut zucchini slices was well cooked and the thickly cut frites were perfectly seasoned and very enjoyable. Dessert presented a tender poached pear with vanilla flecked ice cream which was rich and creamy. Along with the hot chocolate sauce, it certainly added a yum factor. The biscuit base and brittle added crunch to the dish in contrast to the smooth elements of the pear, ice cream, and whipped cream. Another fine French meal and dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 17 Feb 2015