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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

QLD, Brisbane - Pancake Manor

Pancake Manor - Regular Stack with Cream & Ice Cream

Pancake Manor doesn’t just serve pancakes. The Charlotte Street venue is open 24 hours so they serve all kinds of meals and they’re available anytime. I ordered the regular stack and received 3 much larger than the picture in the menu pancakes that were soft, fluffy and light. They were really tasty and went extremely well with maple syrup, cream which is rich, and ice cream. Delicious. . . . → Read More: QLD, Brisbane – Pancake Manor

Qld, Brisbane CBD - Saj & Grill - 2 May 2014

It’s always wonderful to discover something new and different and while this may seem like any other Lebanese joint where you pick up a wrap and off you go, this is certainly not the case. The Saj is a traditional Lebanese bread cooked on a clay dome oven and the taste is just delicious. Nothing like the normal pita breads you get at the shops or eateries like this, but something completely different. It’s really tasty, light, and flavoursome. The filling was also delicious. Warm gooey melted cheese, tender chicken pieces with ample garlic flavour, succulent mushrooms, soft olives, and a moist delicious garlic sauce. I really enjoyed this meal for a late breakfast. Fantastic. . . . → Read More: Qld, Brisbane CBD – Saj & Grill – 2 May 2014

NSW, Sydney - Snag Stand

Snag Stand - Toulouse Haute Dog & Chips

A visit to Snag Stack was fruitful. There’s a nice variety on the menu to suit your tastes so I rather like French food so I chose the Toulouse and got a side of chips. I like what they’ve done – created delicious gourmet sausages, taken a little more effort to create some other ingredients to compliment the sausage (aka the sautéed onions and creamy sauce), placed it into a delicious bun and offered some excellent chips. There doesn’t seem to be a place that does hot dogs with a variety of delicious sausages so it’s excellent to see a place like this bob up. Just need more of these types of eateries in Perth. I like the play on words too – haute cuisine -> haute dogs. . . . → Read More: NSW, Sydney – Snag Stand

NSW, Sydney - Almond Bar

Almond Bar - Almond Selection: Cinnamon & Sugar, Caramelised, Smoked, Chilli & Sesame Seed

I haven’t eaten much Middle Eastern food so I’m keen to explore other cuisines. The staff are friendly and welcoming and helped advise what dishes would be a good choice. I was really surprised at the selection of almonds placed on the table. Their preparation to give different flavours was unique, something I’ve never come across before. That led me to buy a jar to take home with me. For entrée, I loved the tender calamari but the light mild spice mix really added a delicious flavour to the meal. The succulent tender and flavour infused beef cheek was superb. The red wine and grape molasses the beef is prepared in gives a rich vibrant flavour. For dessert, I tried booza which is an ice cream with an elastic texture and spiced with mastic. Rather foreign but enjoyable. I was really full and really enjoyed the delicious array of flavours in the dishes I sampled. I’d love to come back again but will have to save that for a future trip to Sydney. . . . → Read More: NSW, Sydney – Almond Bar

VIC, Melbourne - Mamasita

Mamasita - Ceviche De Yukaton

Mamasita is well recognised as an excellent moderately price eat on Urbanspoon and after a slightly rushed lunch I can see why. I would have like to tried some dessert but from the delicious fresh ceviche, the extremely flavour packed tacos, and the fresh cactus salad, the simplicity of Mexican cuisine shines through. The flavours of each dish are carefully controlled and the freshness is allowed to shine in the ceviche and salad, while the spice mix in the taco filling is flavour packed and carries a slight bite. The salsa helps cool things down. Another place in Melbourne with a casual vibe, friendly service, delicious flavour packed food. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Mamasita