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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

Jesters - 6 May 2013

While I didn’t try Jesters pastries, I loved the Footy pie but the Pavarotti wasn’t that great. The Footy pie was delicious with an excellent balance of tender chunks of meat, saltiness from the bacon, that lovely thick gravy, and the strong cheesy flavour hiding under the pastry lid. The Pavarotti had lovely tender pieces of chicken, but the Carbonara sauce wasn’t what I expected and let the pie’s contents down. The William Tell dessert pie promised so much but left you wanting. The flavour combination is there but the lack of sweetness in the custard let this dessert pie down and could have been a star. Still, if the other savoury pies are along the lines of the Footy, this is a great place to grab a pie for lunch. . . . → Read More: Jesters – 6 May 2013

Pie Face - 18 Apr 2013

I’m not a pie expert but if you’re in the mood for a savoury pie, I think a stop at Pie Face is worthwhile. The flaky puff pastry is delicious as too the filling but just need to watch the intenseness. As for the other pastry items, I can’t say I was impressed. Pie Face is a bakery and not a patisserie serving fine French made pastries. Having said that, apart from the danish which was on par with Miss Maud’s, the other items were ok. The chocolate mini pie was poor though. If you want sweet pastries, stick with Miss Maud’s – you know they’re tasty. . . . → Read More: Pie Face – 18 Apr 2013

Shiro Izakaya - 5 Mar 2013

Shiro - Wagyu Beef

Dinner is certainly a completely different dining experience to lunch at Shiro. We were very well looked after by our waiter who provided excellent service and helpful recommendations. I think the dishes are pricey, but it was good to try something very different. I enjoyed the simplicity of sashimi which requires the freshest fish, along with the soy sauce and some wasabi. The soft shell crab was excellent along with the delicious sauce and those amazing, lightly fried baby spinach which was something completely unexpected. Excellent change in texture, but still tasty. This dish was the highlight for me. I didn’t really rate the pork belly but was possibly expecting something a little different. The pork was quite tasty, especially with the apple sauce. Trying high grade Wagyu beef was an experience but not something I’d probably do again. Quite tasty, but I would have preferred the beef cooked longer in hindsight to fully appreciate the flavour rather than getting slightly raw meat. It does become very rich after eating a few pieces so sharing 150g with my friend was more than enough. The purees on the plate were fantastic and provided a different contrast to the beef. All in all an enjoyable dinner trying new experiences. We were pretty full and our $186 meal came to just $93 after the 50% discount, so at $46.50 per head, was well worth it. . . . → Read More: Shiro Izakaya – 5 Mar 2013

Bistro Felix - 18 Dec 2012

Bistro Felix - Bitter Chocolate Cake

Walking into the neat and carefully presented restaurant with dim lighting creates a lovely atmosphere to enjoy a quiet dinner. The service was professional, efficient and excellent. On the food front, however, it disappointed. While the meals are expensive, the 2 or 3 course options are good value. My duck was enjoyable with the sweet and acidic flavour of the cabbage, but when the side of creamy soft mash with delicious seasoning of herbs steals the show from the star of the dish, you know they haven’t executed the dish as well as intended. It was a very underwhelming dish lacking any punch with the exception of the potato. I didn’t detect any pancetta or oxtail unless I missed it. I liked the cabbage but it’s sweetness became a bit intense towards the end of the meal. The small bite of my friend’s steak was disappointing – lacking flavour, seasoning, taste and was chewy. One expects better from a fine dining type establishment. On the dessert front, the small taste I had of the white chocolate and ginger cheesecake was heaven! Stunning dessert with excellent texture, melt in your mouth goodness and flavour. My bitter chocolate cake possessed a strong and intense denseness and brooding dark chocolate flavour. It’s a great way to finish off a meal but a smaller quantity is required for the strong in your face flavour. It becomes a struggle to finish off. All in all a lovely night, but a disappointing dinner which drained the hip pocket including the surcharge on the credit card. Not the best representation of French cuisine. . . . → Read More: Bistro Felix – 18 Dec 2012

The Angry Moose - 4 Dec 2012

The Angry Moose Burger

I enjoyed The Angry Moose Burger in it’s entirety but felt let down by what could have been. If they had only cooked the beef patty longer instead of the very pink inside patty, it would have carried so much more flavour along with a little more seasoning. The beef from the local butcher is tasty and so too the local bakery’s ciabatta rolls. Good chips and all at quite a reasonable price. A solid offering but a not in the league of V Burger Bar, Jus Burgers, The Burger Bistro, or Flipside Burger Bar. . . . → Read More: The Angry Moose – 4 Dec 2012

The Merrywell @ Crown Perth - 22 Nov 2012

The Merrywell - Fried Chicken & Red Velvet Waffles

As a bar and while I’m not a drinker, I think the venue is excellent to catch up with friends over a few drinks. The food is not horrible but while trying to be quirky, it has lost direction. The fusion of flavours from different cuisines or different flavours did not come off as a master chef dish. Rather, it was an epic fail. I would loved to have had southern fried chicken or some version far closer to American roots without being like a fast food chain version. Same too for the ribs. I wouldn’t come here again. This is the most overhyped place. It’s a bar and it’s good at that but it will not be known for it’s food. Supposed dude food, yes some quirky dishes, more style than substance and overpriced. Go out on to the casino floor and you can order and pay for a drink and have it brought to you. Go into The Merrywell, and you have to go the bar and get it yourself, then line up at the entrance to place and pay for your food order. Something is not right here. I thought some of the dishes are overpriced for the quantity served. Even the restaurants in Perth’s CBD have prices that look better. I guess what they say is true about a casino, “the house always wins” – whether dining or betting. . . . → Read More: The Merrywell @ Crown Perth – 22 Nov 2012

The Shack - 10 Nov 2012

The Shack - Gourmet Burger with Swiss Cheese

I really liked the open spaced venue which took on a real summer feel on a bright sunny day. The venue has a real inviting and relaxed vibe shared by the plain clothes staff but are anything but relaxed in their approach to service and customer care. I enjoyed the gourmet burger which had a tasty beef patty and I liked the melted Swiss cheese. It’s a simple burger, not exactly gourmet, but it delivers a solid result. I liked the hot crispy chips with their blend of interesting herbs. Good meal, great price. . . . → Read More: The Shack – 10 Nov 2012

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar - 29 Oct 2012

Crust - Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust

If I hadn’t visited Crust before at Brookfield Place, after eating the pizza’s from the Vic Park store, I wouldn’t be back in a hurry. There was a major difference in quality. The pizzas at Brookfield are fresh and tasty, but those at Vic Park, albeit eaten 20 minutes later, were a little stale and a little disappointing. The limp rocket typified the experience. Maybe it’s the store. Still, I’m grateful for the invitation and I hope they keep the Heirloom Tomato Upper Crust pizza on the menu though it could do with more tomatoes. That had great flavour and the burst of moistness from the juicy tomatoes were a delight. . . . → Read More: Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - 29 Oct 2012

Four Seas - Large Combination

I’m quite a sucker for deep fried food and my eyes lit up when I saw the honey chicken, sweet and sour pork and fish. The latter contained too much batter relative to the contents, but were okay with nice sweet and sour flavour. The honey chicken was crispy, crunchy, and had a lovely honey flavour. I really enjoyed it. The simple fried rice and Hokkien noodles were good and went well with the black pepper chicken and lemon grass beef. Simple dishes with enough flavour to get by. It’s a good cheap eat and obviously a favourite among the resident office crowd. Cash only. . . . → Read More: Four Seas – 29 Oct 2012