The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 18 Nov 2015

The Painted Bird - Broccolini Pangrattato

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. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 18 Nov 2015

East Café and Vietnamese Bistro - 27 Oct 2015

East Cafe and Vietnamese Bistro - #14 Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong

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! . . . → Read More: East Café and Vietnamese Bistro – 27 Oct 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - 22 Oct 2015

Maruzzella Restaurant - Porchetta with Vegetables

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. . . . → Read More: Maruzzella Restaurant – 22 Oct 2015

Blackbird - 22 Sep 2015

Blackbird - Assiette De Dessert

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. . . . → Read More: Blackbird – 22 Sep 2015

Sushi Wawa - 19 Sep 2015

Sushi Wawa - Popcorn Prawn

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. . . . → Read More: Sushi Wawa – 19 Sep 2015

No 4 Blake Street - 30 Jul 2015

No 4 Blake Street - Pork Costals, Cauliflower Puree & Florets, Lardo

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. . . . → Read More: No4 Blake Street – 30 Jul 2015

East Village - 17 Jul 2015

East Village - Reuben Sandwich

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. . . . → Read More: East Village – 17 Jul 2015

Ribs & Burgers - 15 Jul 2015

Ribs & Burgers - Baby Backed Pork Ribs With BBQ Glaze

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. . . . → Read More: Ribs & Burgers – 15 Jul 2015

Chez Pierre - 26 May 2015

Chez Pierre - Risotto Aux Fruits De Mer

A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Beaume. It started with a delicious risotto with the flavour of the crab permeating throughout the creamy risotto. The crab and prawn bisque provided plenty of flavour and richness, but this was offset by the tomato and meatiness from the squid stuffed pork balls. The squid was a tad chewy but the subtle herb flavoured super soft pork meatballs were delicious. A highlight of the night. That was followed by a beef cheek which cut as tender as the soft creamy mash that lay underneath. This was melt in your mouth stuff, the beef combining superbly with a red wine full bodied sauce, slight saltiness from the bacon-like lardo, sweet shallots, and soft mushrooms. To finish the heavy meal, a light dessert was required and millefeuille fitted the bill. Easy on the stomach, but delicious on the tongue, the crispy layers of puff pastry encased Chantilly cream and a delicious creme patisserie, enjoyed with fresh strawberries. I particularly liked the tart raspberry coulis. Amazing! . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 26 May 2015

Grill & Chill - 29 Apr 2015

Grill and Chill - Chocolate Cherry Naan

For me the highlight of the meal was dessert where I loved the cherry and chocolate naan with vanilla ice cream. The creamy pepper chicken carried a completely different flavour to the other dishes I have eaten here previously. In contrast to the rich creamy chicken, the Achari gosht contained a fair pungency and was a very tasty lamb curry. The entrees were also excellent. Another excellent night out enjoying tasty flavoursome Indian cuisine. . . . → Read More: Grill & Chill – 29 Apr 2015