It may have been a hot day but slurping down a big bowl of delicious ramen with miso flavoured broth was a great way to enjoy lunch. The miso has a strong distinctive flavour that permeates the broth and is contrasted against the peppery cabbage, rich bursts of juicy sweet corn, the slightly fatty flavour of the chasu pork, the rich gooey slightly runny egg yolk, crunchy bean sprouts and seaweed. Before the ramen, I enjoyed the soft tender parcels of pork gyoza which present a lovely soothing texture before your tastebuds are woken up by the tones of ginger and soft pork filling. I was also presented with a sample of a new dish to the menu, karaage chicken, which happens to also be a personal favourite. The batter is very light and crunchy, encasing juicy tender chicken enjoyed with spicy sauce, housemade mayo, and shredded cabbage. Way too full, definitely no room for dessert, very satisfied.
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar keeps things simple by focusing on a range of spaghetti dishes with a few other Italian entrees and sides also available. I had the Kangaroo Bolognese which was really delicious. The sauce had lovely sweet tones from the tomato, a slight saltiness from the Parmesan, and some real kick from the spicy Italian pork pate, N’Duija. The N’Duija is an optional extra and recommended with this dish and I think it’s a must. There’s plenty of the kangaroo Bolognese which is mixed in amongst the tender well cooked spaghetti. Kangaroo has a gamey taste but presented in this dish as a mince, it’s not noticeable. If I’d known complimentary bread was offered I would have ordered the smaller sized dish and maybe had some room for dessert. Maybe next time!
A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Nice. It started with a gnocchi lacking in flavour but partnering perfectly with a delicious rich lamb ragout with a ratatouille like mixture of vegetables that were pleasing to the taste buds. That was followed by a delicious palette cleanser of passionfruit, citrus, and strawberry sorbet which was more like a dessert. For mains I ate bouillabaisse for the first time and liked the lovely tomato and fish soup surrounding an array of delicious seafood. Special call out to the mussels which tasted like the sea and were super tender, just like the squid which was also melt in your mouth. For dessert the nougat parfait surprised on the upside as I didn’t think it would be that great but I was proved wrong with an interesting creation married with strawberries and orange peel for a contrast against the rich flavours. I’ve eaten here many a times and really love experiencing the cuisine from different areas of France.
Fried chicken is huge in Korea and now NeNe with over 1000 stores in Korea alone finally has a store in Perth after opening on the east coast. Offering crispy fried chicken with a variety of flavours, sides, wraps, burger and dessert, with a Korean twist, there is something sure to match your preferences. I chose the “swicy” sweet and spicy chicken with chicken salted chips. The chips were perfect, crunchy, perfectly seasoned and everything a chip should be. The chicken was certainly crispy, covered in a light crispy batter, chicken perfectly cooked, covered in a gooey sweet sauce with sesame seeds. The sauce isn’t too sweet and the chilli level is hardly spicy. I really liked the pickled radish which balances out the fried chicken. I also savoured green tea soft serve which I ate plenty of whilst travelling in Japan, so happy to see it here. It’s yum!
After a reasonable wait a tray was presented with the smouldering hot teppanyaki plate upon wood holding the contents of a rather interesting looking dish. The dish also comes with steamed rice and miso soup. The very thin pork strips were tender and the whole meal was really delicious and certainly had a good chilli fix throughout the marinade. It certainly livened up the steamed rice! I love the gooey cheese. The miso soup was also really refreshing and delicious. I find eating these meals at the various Korean restaurants I’ve visited to be deceptively filling. The dishes initially don’t look like a huge serving, not they look small, but they really fill you up and keep you going. I enjoyed the meal and was really stuffed.
I enjoy coming to this restaurant which presents a stylish smart interior with delicious food prepared and presented. Eyeing the dessert menu I decided to skip mains and load up with three entrees instead. The chef’s tasting plate was a little mixed with an absolutely amazing pork and miso soup, and I also loved the sweet and roasted flavours of the pumpkin puree which paired effectively with delicious succulent salmon and crisp skin. The other two items of falafel and a kimchi slider weren’t as impressive. I also ordered a couple of the panko crusted oysters which were their usual deliciousness and I also enjoyed an intense but growing on me with each bite, black pudding. For dessert I ordered the lemon, almond and polenta cake which sounded a bit unusual to me but presented a normal cake which was soft and light, freshly baked and had a lovely crust. The tangy yoghurt ice cream was interesting, an enjoyable dessert though a little uninspiring. One does look to dessert for that big finish to the meal.
At roughly $20 per head after sharing 5 dishes between the 5 of us, we were quite satisfied, though I would have liked to have had dessert if not for running out of time. The service was excellent but the pace of the dishes was a little too slow for my liking, not that I wanted the experience to be rushed. We started with the the duck liver parfait which was smooth and creamy, enjoyed with grilled slices of bread which added a nice contrasting flavour. Next I really enjoyed the succulent tender squid in a lovely salad and dressing. The acidic pickled radish was excellent. The vegetarian chopped broccoli with puffed grains was a standout dish. I really liked the crunch and texture of this surprising dish full of flavour. The roasted mushrooms looked like something you would find in a forest, beautifully presented, and allowing the different flavours of the mushroom varieties to shine through. Lastly, the chunk of sirloin was a little disappointing, some pieces were tough and dry, others perfectly tender and pink. The romesco sauce was excellent and I loved the charred asparagus spears. An excellent array of flavours, presentation, and creativity.
First time visit to Pete Evans Heirloom restaurant at Fraser Suites in East Perth. I’m not familiar with the paleo inspired dishes but I didn’t find them a significant departure from the usual, in fact, they’re more healthy. For entree I had a delicious flavoursome bone broth which took on a slightly sweet Asian influence. The braised beef brisket and veggies were also excellent. I also had a small taste of the pork belly which is amazing. For mains I thoroughly enjoyed a delicious braised beef short rib which was super tender. With well cooked Asian greens, a salad, fresh chilli, and miso dressing, it went down very well. I also had a small taste of the roasted barramundi which was perfectly cooked and immersed in a creamy tasty sauce. I also tasted the slow roasted lamb which took on the deep flavours of the red wine but the dish was quite muted and subtle. For dessert I had a raw raspberry and cashew cheesecake which resembled more of a coconut slice type dessert, definitely not cheesecake. I also had a taste of the panna cotta which was delicious and the baked chocolate mousse which is a very dense dessert. I really enjoyed the experience, their strengths are the entrees and mains, executing delicious dishes, many with Asian flavours. The desserts I was less enthused about though we were later told the orange and almond cake is excellent. The dishes are quite pricey, though, I was fortunate to get a 50% offer from Dimmi.
St Michael’s offers patrons a classy understated intimate interior with excellent service and beautifully presented dishes that are delicious. I really enjoyed the fried squid which was super tender, had the perfect level of seasoning and batter, and while a tad rich, was paired effectively with the cucumber kimchi. The house bread with vegemite infused butter surprised on the upside, even though I can’t stand vegemite. The pork neck entree was falling apart, delicious, and rich but counteracted by the slightly sour mustard sauce. While the octopus could have been more tender, the strong smoky flavour also partnered nicely against the rich pork neck and acidity from the capsicum salad. The venison for mains was just a touch overdone, spongey, though a bit difficult to cut through. The strong earthy flavours were enjoyed by the sweetness from the beetroot jelly and a slight richness from the cream and macadamias. The pickled beetroot added that slightly acidic element. The vanilla panna cotta didn’t carry the intensity of vanilla I was expecting and was rather muted, however the tart rhubarb offset any richness. The masterstroke of the dessert was the slightly sweet but salty crumble which brought all the elements together. The dessert was tasty but could have had a stronger finish. All in all well presented and thought out dishes, just lacking a little oomph and a bit more execution to take the dishes to the next level.
When you think Spanish two things come to mind – paella and churros. Paella Republica serves both, offering a range of paella’s to suit a range of tastes. I opted for the seafood paella and within a short moment was presented with a lovely array of seafood immersed in a fish stock cooked rice with lovely flavour. The seafood was tender and the meal was very hearty, the salad a nice touch to counteract any intenseness from the fish stock. I moved quickly on to dessert and thoroughly enjoyed the light golden brown crispy churros that was lightly dusted with sugar to give just enough sweetness. The churros were enjoyed in lovely liquid dark chocolate which I polished off. This is a lovely little eatery serving a slice of Spain. Yum!