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Old Faithful Bar & BBQ - 4 Jul 2014

Old Faithful - Chopped Pig Sandwich, Corn Bread, Chicken Wings

The Old Faithful Bar & BBQ is one of Perth’s newest additions to the dining scene located on King St. Serving American barbecued meats in a casual relaxed vibe, it has a very different concept. Line up and order your meal, line up again at another counter for drinks, wait while your meal is prepared, and then be presented with a paper lined metal tray with your food. The casualness of the place is fine, the service is good, the metal trays are tacky. For a venue specialising in BBQ meats and American cuisine, this place is disappointing. I visited a similar type venue in New York which served slow cooked ribs, brisket and pulled pork that would blow Old Faithful out of the water. The chopped pig sandwich is a burger with well cooked pork which pulls apart, is moist, and combines well with the other ingredients. Even after I ate the burger at the end, it was still quite tasty but lacked an intensity of flavour I was so desperately searching for in trying to recreate my foodie experiences in the US. The chicken wings were pedestrian, and the cornbread was disappointing at best. The menu is very reasonably priced and they offer a good collection of American fare, but while the food wasn’t horrible they have failed to offer Perth diners what true American fare is. The Old Faithful is on to a winner if they can just execute their food in terms of flavour. I also asked my work colleagues what they thought and they weren’t really enamoured. Mixed reviews is being polite. . . . → Read More: Old Faithful Bar & BBQ – 4 Jul 2014

Missy Moos Burgers - 7 Jun 2014

Missy Moos - Jack & Jill Burger

First time to Missy Moos Burger bar in Mt Hawthorn where I ordered the Jack & Jill. I received a well filled burger with a lovely bun encasing all the ingredients. The caramelised onions were delicious and the soft avocado provided a lovely moistness and a little bit of creaminess. The slight saltiness of the bacon provided additional flavour, but I found the well cooked beef patty lacking oomph in the flavour department and for me, was rather underwhelming. It was an enjoyable burger but I can’t say it’s one I’d go back for when there are other gourmet burger bars that produce a far tastier burger. . . . → Read More: Missy Moos Burgers – 7 Jun 2014

QLD, Brisbane - Embassy Bar

Embassy - BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs

Based on the comments from Urbanspoon, a visit to Embassy Bar is a good choice if you want some true American fare. The much talked about ribs is what I ordered but I found them really underwhelming. A lot of gristle and inedible stuff on the ribs, while the pork meat didn’t come off the bone easily. The marinade on the ribs was pretty good but it needs to increase it’s intensity in flavour. The cornbread is delicious, a lovely corn flavour with just that hint of sweetness. The green beans were a little crispy for my liking and would have preferred further cooking. It’s good value at $20 considering the serving, but an improvement on the cooking and cut of ribs would make this dish fantastic. . . . → Read More: QLD, Brisbane – Embassy Bar

VIC, Melbourne - Chin Chin #2

Chin Chin - Pad Thai

Once again I was fortunate to gain a seat at Chin Chin after my initial dinner choice was full up. I was really looking forward to trying some of the other dishes after yesterday’s excellent experience. Unfortunately tonight’s dining wasn’t up to the same standard as yesterday from a food point of view. The suckling pig pancakes had a lovely freshness and the succulent pork was tasty but it didn’t create the same kind of enjoyment as Peking duck pancakes. Maybe some more sauce would have made a big difference. The pad thai wasn’t that great as it lacked the sweet element which is crucial to the dish. There’s a generous serving and I really loved the juicy moist prawns, the crunch of the chopped peanuts, moisture from the cucumber, the tenderness of the noodles, and the freshness from the coriander. As a whole, it didn’t live up to the expectations of a pad thai. I’m really shocked at the change in consistency. Maybe I picked the two dud dishes on the menu because yesterday’s experience left me very impressed. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Chin Chin #2

Chik and Kent - 7 Feb 2014

Chik And Kent - Butter Chicken

Chik and Kent is a small cafe specialising in coffee located inside Cinnamon Club City which is the restaurantI serving Indian fusion cuisine. Both are new having opened in late December 2013. I chose the butter chicken for $20 which came with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. Unfortunately, the butter chicken was tasteless, lacking spice, tomato, sweetness and the typical flavour one expects of butter chicken. It was a real shame as there’s plenty of tender chicken and curry provided, but the curry is just creamy and rich, more on a western style sauce. Maybe that’s what they’re going for. The naan was delicious, a soft bread that pulled apart easily and had a lovely flavour from the ghee. There’s more than a generous serve of food and after polishing off the plate and using the naan to sop up any remaining curry, I was comfortably full. I’d like to come back and try one of their other curries to really see what their food is like. But if you’re after a really good butter chicken, I’d say steer clear based on my dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chik and Kent – 7 Feb 2014

Casa Del Amici - 29 Oct 2013

Casa Del Amici - Supremo Pizza

One is always going to compare restaurants and if I compared Cafe Nocello to Casa Del Amici, Cafe Nocello wins hands down across all dishes which I’ve eaten at both restaurants. Having said that, Casa Del Amici isn’t horrible by any stretch but I believe if you want Italian food in a relaxed environment, then Cafe Nocello is a more worthy choice. Casa Del Amici presents a warm friendly atmosphere and I liked the fried bocconcini balls and the chilli jam to start off with. The pink snapper fish limoncello was cooked perfectly, soft, tender and moist but I would have loved some more of that delicious butter sauce, and please, please add dressing to a salad because it is very dry and tasteless and gives salad a bad wrap. The tortellini was delicious but a little dry at times but the odd portions of pancetta infused fat added some lovely flavours to the dish. The pizza was a little disappointing to my mind. The base and flavour of the pizza was lacking compared to what a pizza can deliver. The small taste of tiramisu was excellent but the profiteroles were too firm and crunchy instead of being soft and moist. The light custard and gooey warm chocolate sauce only just saved the dish. It’s a lovely venue, obviously very popular, just a few small tweaks and the quality of the food can rise to a level worthy of honouring Italian cuisine in all it’s greatness. They’re not too far off the mark. . . . → Read More: Casa Del Amici – 29 Oct 2013

USA, San Francisco - Boudin Bakery & Boudin Bistro

Boudin Bakery - Bread Creatures

A visit to Boudin Bakery is a must if you’re visiting San Francisco. It’s as much a tourist attraction as a bakery, cafe, gift shop, museum, and full service restaurant via the Boudin Bistro upstairs. We had a good wonder about and came back the next day to dine for lunch at the bistro. The service was nice and the menu extensive, incorporating several sourdough products into the unexpected like tortillas and pizza bases. I enjoyed a delicious clam chowder that had a lovely flavour, wasn’t too rich or creamy, served inside a hollowed out sourdough loaf. We were also served delicious sourdough bread with butter. I also ordered a sourdough apple pie which was pretty good but the sourdough flavour negatively impacts upon the dessert. The sourness does take some getting used to especially when eating dishes that you normally would eat sourdough free. . . . → Read More: USA, San Francisco – Boudin Bakery & Boudin Bistro

USA, San Francisco - Gary Danko

Gary Danko - Baked Chocolate Souffle

Gary Danko’s presents a lovely setting but the tables are much closer together, resulting in a much louder noise level rather than the quiet lull at a fine dining service. Upon entering we were greeted and asked if we would like to check in any bags or items which we did. Since we were early we waited at the small bar area which was full and crowded. It might have been unusually busy but this aspect spoiled the ambience and initial impression of the restaurant. The service was excellent otherwise, however, I only got my water filled at the end of the dining experience for the first time. The food was solid but otherwise rather underwhelming, though I did think the lobster risotto was excellent. For the amount we paid this restaurant fell well short of my expectations. Certainly room for improvement or maybe I’ve been spoiled rotten in terms of the food I ate in Europe. . . . → Read More: USA, San Francisco – Gary Danko

USA, Los Angeles - Tony Roma's

Tony Roma's - Baby Backed Ribs

I would have expected Tony Roma’s which originated in the US to serve far tastier food in it’s home country than that which I have eaten at the Perth location in Australia, however, I was wrong. While the half slab of baby backed ribs were tender and moist, the marinade lacked intensity of flavour, but were saved with the addition of extra sauce provided. The coleslaw was tasty and I really loved their ranch beans which are just like what I’ve eaten in Perth. The onion rings that we shared were also tasty. Overall, a pretty good meal but Perth’s Tony Roma’s serves tastier food but it’s much more expensive. . . . → Read More: USA, Los Angeles – Tony Roma’s

USA, Washington DC - Rí Rá Irish Pub

Rí Rá Irish Pub - Standard Burger & Fries

I needed some entertainment so I headed to Rí Rá Irish Pub in Arlington which has free stand up comedy on Wednesdays from 8pm. It has an excellent atmosphere and some excellent acts. I wasn’t able to get a table during the show, so after I went for dinner where they have half price burgers. I chose the standard burger from the menu and received a pretty average burger with okay chips and a pickled onion. It’s not bad and didt the job at this late hour but I would have preferred something much tastier. . . . → Read More: USA, Washington DC – Rí Rá Irish Pub