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The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen - 25 Sep 2014

The Painted Bird - Panko Fried Oysters

My last visit to The Painted Bird was impressive with the quality of food, the ambiance, and service on offer second to none. I decided to use my Dimmi $50 voucher here and ordered a range of dishes. I shared the Panko crumbed oysters which were superb. A golden brown crunchy coating encasing the cooked oyster meat was complimented by a fantastic mayo which made the dish. For mains, I ordered the fish of the day – deep sea groper. It was nice and tender, a slight crust, perfectly seasoned, and enjoyed with roast vegetables. While the beetroot was a little too firm, the golden crusted slices of roasted potato were a highlight, except there wasn’t enough of them on the plate! For dessert, I had eyed the maple crème brûlée with bacon ice cream from my last visit and finally got to eat it. The maple crème brûlée was delicious, soft, creamy vanilla & maple flavour custard. The bacon ice cream was interesting, a hint of maple and a subtle aftertaste of bacon creating an interesting sensation. Once again, not enough ice cream on the plate! The sponge helped to sop up the quickly melting ice cream ensuring no flavour was not lost. Another fantastic meal. . . . → Read More: The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen – 25 Sep 2014

Bangkok On William - 23 Sep 2014

Bangkok On William - Stuffed Prawns

The latest addition to Northbridge, Bangkok on William is a newly opened restaurant serving Thai food in lovely surrounds with really nice and friendly service. Our waitress wasn’t pushy and suggested we order some steamed rice and brought a sufficient quantity for the dishes ordered. She returned at a later stage to offer more for the leftovers which we accepted. We started with fish cakes and stuffed prawns for our entrees which were both delicious and thoroughly enjoyed with sweet chilli sauce. The stuffed prawns were unique, a minced chicken and prawn filling surrounded by crunchy rice paper. For mains, we enjoyed a chicken green peppercorn stir-fry which was kind of like a curry and paired with steam rice, went down a treat. Lots of tender slices of chicken and a flavoursome creamy sauce. The deep fried fish fillets packed some bite with more chilli than sweet emanating from what looked like sweet chilli sauce but was clearly not. A little longer in the deep fryer would have added more colour and crunch to the batter. We couldn’t go past the pad thai and the version presented was delicious. Soft silky noodles with just the right touch of sweetness. For dessert I thoroughly enjoyed the fried ice cream which had a lovely crunchy outer that kept it’s crunch right to the end and didn’t go soggy. A really good night out leaving us full and satisfied. . . . → Read More: Bangkok On William – 23 Sep 2014

Papparich Northbridge - 18 Sep 2014

Papparich - Roti Canai Curry Chicken

Papparich offers patrons a lovely modern comfortable interior to enjoy a variety of Malaysian dishes from their extensive menu. Just write down the dishes on the notepad, press the buzzer, and your order will be whipped away to the kitchen by the friendly staff. We sampled a variety of dishes during our lunch. We started with the satay chicken which was super tender and moist and enjoyed with a lovely satay sauce. Next up, the delicious roti dipped in with the flavoursome dhal, spicy chilli mix, and of course the chicken curry made for a treat. There was plenty of tender pieces of chicken to enjoy which were very tasty. I really liked the soft rice noodles of the char koay teow with the plump and juicy prawns. The prawn mee was an interesting dish resembling what looks like laksa but is not. The mix between prawn infused broth and curry presents a unique set of delicious flavours to be enjoyed with perfectly cooked thick Hokkien noodles, chicken slices, and prawns. This was a very tasty dish. You can’t go past the array of milk drinks home to Malaysia so I enjoyed iced teh tarik with my meal. After all that, I couldn’t squeeze in dessert but had a taste of my colleagues who ordered a very warm, soft, smooth, soothing dessert. The fermented soy bean is like soft coconut flesh immersed in a slightly sweet syrup. It’s such an unassuming dish that just ends the meal perfectly. I really enjoyed my visit to Papparich and would be happy to return. While a guest of the restaurant which I appreciate, I think the only criticism I would reserve would be in terms of pricing – it’s a little pricey for an Asian restaurant (~$35 per head) and there’s also an inconsistency between dishes. An example is the roti with chicken curry costs the same as 6 satay skewers. The roti delivers more bang for your buck, and at $13 dollars, is rather pricey for satay chicken skewers. . . . → Read More: Papparich Northbridge – 18 Sep 2014

Durty Nell's Irish Pub - 17 Sep 2014

Durty Nelly's - BBQ Chill iBeef Short Ribs

Durty Nelly’s offers up some pretty hearty pub food. Today was no exception with delicious BBQ Chilli Beef Short Ribs that were packed with meat and had a lovely chilli marinade that packed some bite. Along with the wedges which were a bit disappointing, even despite a dunk into the sour cream, the meal was pretty good and left me pretty stuffed. . . . → Read More: Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub – 17 Sep 2014

Red Basil Thai Cuisine - 13 Sep 2014

Red Basil Thai - Garlic Chilli Chicken

Second visit to Red Basil Thai, but for takeaway so I could order more dishes and have more variety. I ordered satay chicken skewers, tamarind fish, garlic chicken, and Masaman beef curry. I was famished and really enjoyed the tender chicken skewers covered in satay sauce. The crunchy batter encasing the succulent, perfectly cooked tender fish in a sweet tamarind sauce was so delicious. Next up, the deep fried chicken covered in garlic was excellent. The garlic had infused into the oil and there was sufficient garlic flavour in the dish without it being too intense. The Masaman beef curry carried enough flavour but there wasn’t enough curry which was disappointing. There was plenty of beef but some chunks where a little overdone while others were tender. Apart from the lack of curry, the dishes are really delicious and hits the spot for takeaway. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Red Basil Thai Cuisine – 13 Sep 2014

The Belasyse - 26 Aug 2014

The Belayse - Pulled Pork Sandwich

The Belasyse is another offering on the popular Shafto Lane offering a casual vibe and atmosphere with The Mistress Cafe providing breakfast, coffee and snacks inside the main restaurant, while The Belasyse provides lunch and dinner options. The lunch menu takes on an American theme with pulled pork, New York corned beef. and salmon bagels gracing the menu. Being a big fan of pulled pork, I was hoping this version would relive my US travel memories, but while providing perfectly prepared soft, moist, pulled pork, the overall meal lacked punch and flavour. They’ve chosen to pair pork with apple via a julienned apple and cabbage with a lovely herbed mayo providing moisture to the greens, but the absence of a sauce to compliment the pork let the open sandwich down. The chips were average but the soft warm fluffy potato had a certain likeness which were enjoyed with a rather unusual tomato sauce. A few tweaks and the meal can fulfil it’s true potential. . . . → Read More: The Belasyse – 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - 26 Aug 2014

La Veen Coffee & Kitchen - Very Berry Waffle

There are many coffee shops and cafes about Perth, but La Veen has a different feel, friendly staff, and a breakfast menu boasting different options. Not being a fan of eggs, I was happy to see that the breakfast menu wasn’t the usual eggs, eggs, eggs but carried other dishes which are completely different, like bagels, shakshuka, and rosti. The latter are from different cultures and it’s great to see this diversity reflected in menus as it’s very rare. For me, while I went with waffles, the presence of cream cheese was very unusual and piqued my interest. Along with a dash of honey, I was wondering what an unusual combination of ingredients to go with a waffle. However, the chefs have done a brilliant job of creating something unique. The tartness of berries, the light berry cream, the slight richness of the cream cheese, and a touch of sweetness from the honey makes this a dish that works wonders. All elements work together in creating a different take on the usual waffle, no one element dominates and I thoroughly enjoyed it along with the refreshing celery, carrot, ginger & apple juice. . . . → Read More: La Veen Coffee & Kitchen – 26 Aug 2014

Red Basil Thai Cuisine - 22 Aug 2014

Red Basil Thai Cuisine - Fish Cakes

Red Basil Thai is a small Thai restaurant that is obviously popular with the local lunchtime crowd as it was packed out. There’s a nice range of dishes to choose from and takeaway is available. I chose Thai fish cakes as an entree which was delicious, especially after being dipped into the sweet chilli sauce. For mains, I chose chicken Thai fried rice which came piled on a plate. The fried rice had a distinctive flavour from the Chinese version and this dish was delicious, I couldn’t get enough. Really enjoyable and flavoursome and oh so full. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Red Basil Thai Cuisine – 22 Aug 2014

Equateur - 21 Aug 2014

Equateur - Creole Snapper Curry

My second visit to Equateur’s Reunion Island creole inspired dishes was just as good as the first. The ever smiling Mickael looks after his customers very well and provides excellent service. I started with an amuse bouche of an Emmenthal filled samosa with a creole vegetable salsa which was delicious. The entrée of pumpkin & choko gratin was an interesting pairing of elements with juicy tiger prawns and those lovely strands of intensified sweet potato. The chunk of creole snapper curry was tender, succulent and contained an interesting mix of flavours – tomatoey, acidic, spicy. With the spiced rice, lentils, and tomato onion chilli salsa, there was plenty to amuse the tastebuds. To finish, the vanilla crème brulee was nothing short of superb. A definite favourite, this version was unusually not rich which made it easy to eat and I truly polished it off with much glee. The 3 course meal at $60 is excellent value and with excellent friendly service from Mickael and quality flavoursome dishes, I can see why booking is essential. . . . → Read More: Equateur – 21 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - 19 Aug 2014

Le Vietnam - Bahn Mi and a Profiterole

Situated on Barrack Street lies Le Vietnam, a Vietnamese cafe with a chic interior serving coffee, Vietnamese bahn mi, and French patisserie items like profiteroles. I had the pork bahn mi and thoroughly enjoyed the delicious bread holding the Asian slaw contents of julienned carrots along with refreshing cucumber and greens. The tender pork was flavoursome but I liked the chilli sauce which added a real kick to the meal. I ordered a chocolate profiterole which was superb. A lovely light choux pastry filled with a delicious smooth, light, chocolatey custard that made you savour each morsel. So yum. A delicious cheap eat with dessert included. . . . → Read More: Le Vietnam – 19 Aug 2014