Had lunch across the road at Society Bar & Kitchen, inside the Mantra on Murray Hotel. They have a standard menu but also offer an express lunch option of 2 courses for $19, with lots to choose from under each course. I chose the confit duck in brik pastry for entree and the cajun shrimp tortilla for mains. I really loved the confit duck which was absolutely amazing! Such delicious succulent tender and well flavour duck encased by a delicious crunchy pastry. I relished each bite. We were told the tortilla is filling and it certainly was a generous serve. I like the light crunch from the tortilla and pretty tasty filling. I didn’t care too much for the shrimp though. The tortilla wasn’t too bad but no match for the duck. Several people at the table chose the steak sandwich and by all reports it was really tasty and enjoyed by all. If you’re after a quick and relatively cheap meal which is still tasty, has good service, and is quiet and relaxing, stopping by here isn’t a bad choice.
How did you start your weekend? I popped into La Belle Sweets being a lover of patisseries and baked goods. Situated in a quiet suburban area of Lathlain, several people drop by for a coffee, a baked item or a sweet treat. Looking at the display cabinet had me drooling over what I should get. There’s lots to choose from and they also have hot items like quiches for example. We’ve got cronuts, now they have cruffins – a croissant type pastry formed into the shape of a muffin and filled with something special. With several fillings to choose from, I chose a cruffin with a passionfruit and mandarin cream and really enjoyed this delicious creation. The croissant is firmer and has a slight salty tinge like those in Paris. The cream filling is tasty but swings from too overpowering to perfect. The mandarin and passionfruit flavour work extremely well together. I also had a delicious croissant filled with matcha cream. I’m not sure if they meant to overcook the croissant but it adds crunch and the slight smoky flavour contrasts nicely with the rich matcha (green tea) flavoured cream. Yum yum yum.
I couldn’t wait till the afternoon and dove into the creme brulee Danish. Lovely crispy flaky pastry, delicious vanilla flecked custard, soft apple cubes hiding underneath. Very yum! They didn’t have a name for the last item picked up, I call it an almond chocolate gateau, but it has an almond layer followed by a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts and chocolate cream, topped with a white macaron and silver. Pretty good though the different elements and flavour need a bit more balance. Some interesting creations, excellent execution, just need a little more work on balancing the flavours. If you’re local, definitely a spot to swing by but get there early as the items disappear fast.
I had walked past Honey Creme on my way to work and was wondering what this place was. An international chain originating in South Korea and Taiwan, Perth is the first store for their Australian venture. I made a visit during my lunch break to try some of their premium soft serve ice cream. Available in a cone or cup, there’s plenty of options from the menu to choose from. I selected the unusual sounding Bacon with Chocolate. Bacon goes with anything right? A bit steep in price but what isn’t expensive these days? Delicious creamy soft serve with a very slight honey flavour, the chocolate and subtle touch of saltiness from the bacon balances out any richness. I like the crunch of the bacon bits too. Yum! Screw winter, ice cream is good in any weather!
Great to see an American style pizza joint open up on the popular Beaufort Street strip of eateries. They serve a range of 16″ and 22″ pizzas and also offer the option of half n half which I gladly took up. I placed a takeaway order and picked up a 16″ Big Tony’s Pepperoni pizza on one half and Buffalo Chicken on the other half. I also got a serve of the New York style cheesecake. The pizza is large and a few legs bolted on to the huge pizza box, and I’d have a mini table! Granted it was takeaway and not eaten at it’s optimum, I thought the pepperoni pizza fell a bit short. The pizza has a lovely thin base that holds it’s shape (it’s not floppy) and has a crunchy crust. The pepperoni is tasty with a lovely sprinkling of herbs to add additional flavour, though I found it a bit flat. If cheese is overcooked it becomes chewy and not the kind of chewy with stringy gooey mozzarella. On the other hand, the buffalo chicken is moist and intense. The blue cheese is the first flavour to smack you in the face, though the spiciness comes through as well. The different combination of cheeses create a moistness and soft cheesiness and makes it a really enjoyable pizza. Unfortunately the cheesecake didn’t have it’s seatbelt on and hit the floor, hence the crack in the cheesecake. Pouring the raspberry coulis all over and launching into it, I was pleasantly surprised. The baked New York style cheesecake is a classic and this was so delicious. I loved the creamy but not too rich flavour of the cheesecake and that raspberry coulis helps to balance out the richness. I like the biscuit crumb base. Yum! Very happy. A good pizza offering but needs a little more of a pep in flavour.
I really enjoyed my experience at Galileo. There is a heap of different dishes to select under the various starter and entrée categories, along with mains and dessert. The menu items are not what you would typically see on a stock standard Italian menu, in keeping with preparing traditional authentic Italian cuisine. We started off with fish croquettes which carried a lovely flavour of the fish and sea and were delicious. I had rigatoni in a spicy sausage and broccoli sauce which was full of flavour. I had tastes of the veal meatballs which were super soft and melt in your mouth, and the duck in a marsala sauce which was evident in flavour. For mains I chose the lamb backstrap which cut like butter and was absolutely delicious. I loved the jus and wanted more of it and the Parmesan crunchy bits which carried a slight salty explosion were excellent. I had tastes of the goldband snapper which had a moist tender flesh with a light citrus flavour and delicious mashed potato, and the chargrilled veal chop certainly carried a lovely char flavour though the chop needed a little more cooking. For dessert I had tastes of the amazing tiramisu and also the cassata which was really yum. I ordered the Piedmont white chocolate custard as something different and I was pleasantly surprised. A little like a crème caramel, the white chocolate adds a nice touch of richness and sweetness to the smooth custard. I really liked the chocolate ice cream, the crunch from the chocolate crumbs and the hazelnut biscuit. Wonderful setting, excellent service, delicious Italian cuisine, I left comfortably full and satisfied.
Batavia Corner offer a range of Indonesian dishes which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or one can get takeaway as I did. I notice they have a range of condiments to help yourself too and glasses with tap water available. Most of the dishes on the menu are price quite cheaply to what one would expect. The serve is a little smaller as a result but that’s to be expected. The chilli mix, sambal, is a key ingredient in many of the dishes and this helps to deliver the flavour to many of the dishes I had. The whole barramundi was lightly fried and had a nice crunch encasing soft flesh with a green sambal mix deliver the punch. I really enjoyed the char grilled chicken done Balinese style, sambal providing some heat and the keycap manis, a sweet soy sauce delivering a caramelised and sweetish flavour to the chicken, which was cooked well though a tad dry. There’s also combination meals on offer so I chose one to get more variety. In return I got a lovely chicken curry with the curry seeping into the plain steamed rice livening things up, curried veggies and a half boiled egg, and a smallish chunk of tender tasty beef rendang. This was a pretty good. Gado ago got my attention and I immediately chose this dish, peanut sauce covering a bunch of steamed veggies and livening them up considerably, a very tasty dish. They have a range of drinks too and ice cendol caught my eye. The cold creamy coconut flavour with pandan jelly and palm sugar syrup is the perfect way to sooth the palette from the spicy chilli sambal in many of the dishes. I also grabbed some Indonesian pancakes with different fillings which were a lovely light dessert to finish off proceedings. Quite flavoursome Indonesian food with a cheaper price tag than one would expect, maybe that’s an excuse to order more and get to sample a variety of dishes on offer.
Not too far from the Albany Highway restaurant strip lies this hidden away suburban French cafe serving breakfast and lunch. Being a sucker for sweet things, baked goods, and pastries, I was interested in seeing what was on offer from the patisserie section of the display cabinet. A range of tarts greeted me and I was immediately drooling over which ones to pick. In the end I chose the raspberry tart, Paris Brest, and also picked up an almond croissant as part of my takeaway order. The raspberry tart has a lovely thin pastry, firm enough to hold the contents of a delicious light creme patisserie which partners well with the raspberries. The Paris Brest has a lovely light choux pastry encasing a lovely light almond laden cream which is quite rich but tasty. I saved the almond croissant for breakfast the next day and loved the slightly crunchy on the outside croissant, covered in slivered almonds which make the croissant quite rich. A lovely local cafe to drop by for some baked goods or grab a bite in a cosy comforting cafe. There’s seating inside and out with a retractable plastic wall to shield patrons from the elements.
What a generous serving! There’s plenty of food on offer and lots of variety which appealed to me the most. I’m a real fan of karaage chicken so was glad to see this as an option under the bento box section. This version was different to those I’ve eaten previously with a slightly different batter. It’s light and crunchy and doesn’t go soggy at all. The batter is lovely and encases tender succulent chicken with a rich mayo. Karaage chicken normally is crumbed which I prefer but this was still tasty. I also loved the other elements in the bento box. The fish cake was so delicious, light, soft super tender fish encased in a golden crumb. The tempura prawn was also excellent, a perfect light crunchy batter encasing well cooked prawn. Then there’s the octopus balls (takoyaki) which has soft tender octopus surrounded by a light gooey pancakey mixture with a lovely golden brown outer. These were rich, creamy and very enjoyable, especially with the sweetish BBQ sauce. The miso soup was warm and soothing, the salad certainly helped to take the edge of the rich and deep fried elements and was particularly refreshing. The rice with sesame seeds was lovely and I like the pickled ginger to aid digestion. The sugar snap peas were a bit unusual though, very stringy and chewy apart from the peas inside. Really stuffed, glad I’ve got a bit of a walk back to the office which is much needed. Satisfied.
I’ve driven past here before but never visited so I popped by on Saturday afternoon for lunch. I was keen on the Paris Café, a French bistro, but they open for dinner. There’s plenty of food stalls to choose from so I had a look around and settled on Malaysian Hawker. After placing an order at the cash only stall, you take a number, go to the center and grab cutlery, find a table and wait. Your food is brought out to you. I started with lor bak which is like a sausage with a crispy crinkly skin. The pork filing is really delicious, especially with a touch of sweet chilli sauce. It also comes with creamy silken tofu with a lovely skin. Very tasty. I’m a real fan of kway teow and so this was an easy choice. Lovely soft noodles with Chinese sausage, bean shoots and prawns, I was hungry and it was demolished in no time. Yum. Takeway is also available and there’s plenty of food stalls to choose from (Chinese, dim sum, Japanese, Indian, Australian, French, and Singaporean), including a drinks stall. Plenty of free parking, lots of tables inside, if you’re looking for something different then it’s certainly worth a visit.
Decanter are an American tapas style restaurant and bar not far from Centro Vic Park. We started off with the jalapeno poppers which are large, croquette like, crispy outer shell encasing cheddar cheese and slightly hot jalapeno chilli which is really delicious and supplemented with sour cream to take the edge off. For something milder, the tequila prawns and soft and juicy, enjoyed with a dash of lime juice and the salad. A lovely dish but could have had more flavour. The crispy chicken waffles deliver on the flavour stakes. The crunchy crispy chicken bites are delicious, particularly with the sticky whiskey maple syrup. However, the dish was let down by the thick doughy waffles which should be light and crispy. The crispy pork belly bites have a lovely crispy crackling, soft well cooked meat with the fat rendered down perfectly. The pork belly is excellent, more so with the awesome honey glaze and tasty relish. Lastly, we had pork ribs which present a large quantity of slow cooked tender meat just falling off the bone, immersed in a delicious sweet and slightly sour marinade which adds heaps of flavour and will leave you licking your fingers. Heaps of food and a very enjoyable night out seated in a lovely interior with friendly service to boot.