A restaurant like Juniper & Bay is a hidden gem. Unpretentious, yet based in a classy intimate setting with excellent warm friendly service, the food on offer is nothing but quality from execution to presentation to flavour. We chose the fixed price option of 3 courses for $54 which allowed us to choose the dishes we want and also share them for extra variety. The night started off with a delicious smoked pumpkin and honey soup full of depth and flavour, with the peppercorn providing a peppery bite which is just what the soup needed. For entree, the tender honeycomb tripe was immersed in a stew like Burgandy sauce full of flavour and enjoyed with a crispy puff pastry. For mains I had the pulled lamb shank that was super tender, just falling apart. Partnered with a delicious meaty jus and an array of roasted vegetables atop a tomato paste like sauce, the deconstructed ratatouille was very cleverly executed. For dessert I particularly enjoyed the eye catching beautifully presented tonka bean ice cream with toasted macadamias for crunch. A smooth vanilla like ice cream partnered well with the creme de cassis, the mint, cream, strawberries, tuile, and the candied crown. Fantastic food at exceptional value, I’d be happy to come here anytime.
Lalla Rookh are an Italian style restaurant featuring dishes of a more traditional, regional, home style type feel. I’ve dated at a lot of Italian restaurants but the cuisine here is quite unique. The venue features many different spaces, stools at the bar, tables for that special occasion, or out in the beer garden with your mates. There’s also a wine store too, but the wine is also available with your meals. Sometimes choosing items from the menu is too hard. Thank goodness for the ‘il capo’ feed me menu which we chose. For $65 per head, this features 6 courses of dishes chosen by the chef to feed the table. Two different focaccia varieties were presented which were well seasoned bringing out the herb flavours and I enjoyed the crunchy and slightly chewy crust. The first dish of the night presented duck liver parfait which is normally rich, but served with an Italian wine reduction, nullified any richness but not the flavour. Enjoyed with the buttery lightly toasted brioche, it was excellent. Next up were crostoli, a crispy pastry, holding light creamy buffalo mozzarella balanced with the acidity from blood orange which made for an excellent combination. Steamed Norwest tiger prawns were perfectly cooked, but significantly enhanced by the amazing fennel and chilli sauce. A pasta dish of handmade pockets of fusilli holding a delicious rabbit and liver mixture was the next dish presented which was enjoyed thoroughly. Certainly full at this point, like an Italian nonna full of generosity and hospitality, there is more to come with a meat dish of baby goat and a bean ragu. One bite of the succulent baby goat has one’s appetite immediately revived, but the green bean ragu is simply stunning, so so flavoursome, one wouldn’t think beans could taste so good. For dessert, two were presented. The first was a vanilla semi freddo which was soft and creamy, served with a soft nougat for a chew texture, and macerated apricots provided a different texture and sweetness. The other dessert is none other than panna cotta, an Italian icon, and this didn’t disappoint. Smooth and very creamy, the slight bitterness from the caramel sauce helped to cut through the richness. The walnut and fruit mixture adds a lovely textural contrast. A simply fantastic dining experience, dishes full of flavour, generous, and certainly not leaving hungry, rather the opposite!
I’d met with a client and we decided to head out for a bite so I chose Petition Kitchen where we had our team lunch earlier in the year. With a lovely casual yet inviting interior, we started with some lovely house bread with whipped butter before moving on to mains. A little dish of spiced deep fried chickpeas was also provided which are really moorish. I ordered the sweet spiced pork collar which also comes with an iceberg lettuce salad. I thought the pork had a bone but it’s all flesh as there’s one very large chunk of very delicious, tender, succulent pork immersed in a slightly gooey sweet Asian inspired sauce. Each bite is really delicious and I also like the crunchy pork shavings. The flavours get a little strong so the iceberg lettuce salad with a sesame dressing is a welcome relief. We had also ordered butter beans, sauce gribiche, fried curry leaves. The mayonnaise like mustard sauce covering the butter beans are so delicious, they’e turned the humble vegetable into something really tasty in it’s own right. I nearly ate through all my pork but decided to leave full rather than stuffed. A really well crafted meal which I enjoyed. My client was also impressed with the venue and enjoyed his meal too. It’s great that Perth can impress the out of towners.
Unfortunately I had to work over the weekend on a project but that meant after putting in some hours, it was off for a feed to replenish the energy levels. The talk of chicken rice at Tak Chee House got the nod so we took a leisurely stroll and were fortunate to secure the only empty table in the packed restaurant. A quick look at the menu and the famed chicken rice was chosen by all. You have the option of choosing breast or leg so I went with the breast. A bowl of rice cooked in the water used to cook the chicken is presented, the rice carrying a lovely flavour of the chicken. The tender succulent breast is presented, chopped into pieces, looking very plain, but paired with the soy sauce and bean sprout mixture, it comes to life. It’s a really delicious and also a cheap meal that was polished off and left us all satisfied. Just a few doors down is Esther’s Cake Shop so I grabbed an egg waffle and also some freshly made warm Chinese egg tarts that were both delicious. I love baked goods and these met my sweet tooth cravings.
I’ve eaten here several times and I really enjoy the different creations on offer. The hare bhara kebab is a vegetable cutlet that is crunchy on the outside but has a soft interior full of flavour with mild spices. These were really delicious and a great way to kick off the meal. Then it was on to the three curries ordered. The desi chicken evokes lovely deep red colours with tender succulent chicken immersed in a delicious curry. I really liked this curry and it goes very well with rice or naan. The fish korma presented tender fish covered in a thick rich creamy curry that is simply yum. The malai kofta is also immersed in a similar rich creamy curry but has a slightly different flavour. The malai koftas are cottage cheese and potato dumpling mixture full of flavour, more so with the creamy curry. I had a spinach and cheese naan which is soft and tasty, excellent for mopping up the different curries. Way to full for dessert but I had a taste of the other desserts ordered at the table which were kulfi, an Indian ice cream, which had lovely flavours of cardamom and pistachio. I’ve eaten at several Indian restaurants and this is by far the best Indian restaurant in Perth. The flavours are excellent, the dishes authentic, and the quality of ingredients, some of which are made on the premises, shows in the dishes.
The limited time offering of a 6 course Manjimup truffle degustation menu had me very interested and so I made a booking to enjoy the lowly night time views of Perth in a wonderful ambient setting and excellent service to boot. The night started with an amuse bouche of a delicious, rich, and very creamy ham hock soup with an excellent ham and cheese croquette. The next course served two perfectly cooked and seasoned scallops enjoyed with a soft tortellini encasing a lovely marron filling. The black squid ink cracker was also a very enjoyable element. The third course saw a lovely crumbed jacket, covered in shaved slices of truffle, encasing juicy mushrooms and enjoyed with a very creamy celeriac puree. A wonderful earthy dish. The main course continued on with the earthy theme, drawing upon earthy winter elements to present a very hearty dish based around a sous vide Angus beef tenderloin chunk which just pulled apart. The different mushroom textures allowed mushroom to be enjoyed in a number of ways, enhancing the beef. With all the food served, thankfully a light dessert was presented, a most fabulous macaron filled with a sumptuous milk chocolate ganache and a touch of passionfruit which was amazing. The chocolate soil simulated the crunch of passionfruit seeds, a clever textual play, even though the passionfruit sorbet was seedless, smooth and flavoursome. The final course presented a cheese board enjoyed with quince paste which was a lovely finish to the meal. A very impressive experience from start to finish. I thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience and definitely recommend the degustation or even just a meal here from the set menu or al a carte menu.
Another visit to Toffee Cafe is a must and I ordered the currywurst with sauerkraut and mashed potato. I decided to grab a table and dine in this time. I’m always happy when I’m pleasantly surprised on the upside as with the first bite today. What a delicious flavoursome sauce, tasty sausage, smooth creamy mashed potato, and a slight touch of acidity from the sauerkraut. What a delightful winter warmer. It might appear as a simple meal but all elements were done perfectly. Extremely satisfied. I also appreciate the warm service and hospitality from the couple that run this place, a trait which is rare in Perth.
Porkies Barbque is an authentic American barbecue meats eatery headed by two Perth chefs with North American roots and plenty of experience eating and cooking barbecued meats. There are a range of American items to choose from the menu (beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, meat platters), including sides (like mac & cheese), desserts, and drinks. I opted for the pulled pork which was moist, juicy and succulent and is perfectly prepared. There’s a lovely flavour from the smoking process, however, the pulled pork is served plain. There’s 3 house sauces at the table to help yourself to, to add the much needed flavour addition and bring out the genius of the pulled pork. I preferred the sweet BBQ sauce, but the boom boom sweet & tangy has a nice kick too. The fried onions and bread allow you to make sandwiches and it goes down a treat. The meat selections also come with a side and there are plenty to choose from. With a sweet tooth, I chose the peach cobbler. I’ve never eaten this before but all I can say is oh yum! A very unique taste, lovely soft peaches down the bottom, delicious cobbler, a little rich at times but the scoop of vanilla ice cream does the trick. Excellent way to finish the meal.
Chimek is another Korean fried chicken restaurant with a twist. They’ve fused American and Korean cusines in serving a range of fast food items which isn’t only about chicken, but also about burgers (eg black charcoal beef burger), sides (eg cheesy cayenne beer battered chips, Korean popcorn), and desserts. I was walking by and Chimek caught my eye so I popped in and ordered the Southern fried chicken which is what you need on a cold winters day. The chicken dishes are served as wings, but for $4 extra you can have them as boneless chicken pieces which is what I opted for. The chicken was served in a reasonable time and there’s a generous serve. The chicken was crunchy, crispy, not fatty or oily, perfectly cooked, moist chicken on the inside, it’s everything fried chicken should be and Chimek hit the mark. The cayenne and paprika spice is subtle but leaves your lips buzzing! It has quite an effect in delivering the Southern flavour. The wedges on the side are fantastic, crisp on the outside and soft potato on the inside. Tasty right to the end. The coleslaw is also tasty too. The complete meal which delivered and I was very satisfied. I can’t fault the dish.
I was invited to Alfred’s Pizzeria to get a sneak peak of the small bar and pizzeria before they officially open their doors to the public on Tuesday 26th April. Located opposite the State Buildings towards the corner of Barrack Street and St George’s Terrace, lies this hidden gem underground the Perth CBD. Formerly a record shop, the intimate space has been revamped to reflect an American gangster style hangout which goes with the theme of an American Italian club taking you back to the 80s and 90s. There’s guns, pizza, alcohol and rock n roll, with the venue adorned with memorabilia from the US, wall paper from the 60s, fake cash, weapons, handcuffs, and items encased in trapdoors. Seating up to 30 people, there’s a large selection of alcoholic beverages to choose from and lots of pizzas on the menu. They also offer pizza by the slice. If you’re really into cheese, there’s also a cheese board available. I really enjoyed the pizza’s and will be back to try the other items on the menu.