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Public House Kitchen & Bar - 24 Jan 2015

Public House Kitchen & Bar - Ecuadorian Tart

A visit to Public House Kitchen & Bar will provide you with an array of dishes from South America to be enjoyed in comfortable, casual surrounds, with friendly service to boot. We ordered a bunch of dishes to share, starting with the empandas – a fish and corn filling surrounded by a lovely pastry. The house made chorizo with smoked lime was excellent, and the classic ceviche refreshes the palette with the acidity of the lime juice cured fish. For something more substantial, the 18 hour pork cut like butter, tender and succulent, but lacking a touch of seasoning or a sauce. The coffee and honey lamb ribs were disappointing compared to my prior visit. The lamb was tough and the honey and coffee flavours muted. The tomato, palm heart, and mozzarella salad was a welcome partner to the pork and ribs, cleansing the palette of the meaty flavours. Lastly, for indulgence, the Ecuadorian chocolate tart, chocolate ice cream, and macaron like alfajore with salted caramel were excellent. Lots of variety on the plate, lots to enjoy. I certainly did. . . . → Read More: Public House Kitchen & Bar – 24 Jan 2015

Koko Black - 22 Jan 2015

Koko Black - Salted Caramel Iced Chocolate

Koko Black’s new Summer Oasis range introduces patrons to two new items – salted caramel iced chocolate and, mango and vanilla ice cream spectacular. Tough choice but I went with the former. The first suck gives a bitter aftertaste, with high cocoa content chocolate used in making the iced hot chocolate. This is counteracted with the creamy vanilla ice cream, sweeter chocolate flakes, and of course, the caramel. It’s a very satisfying and decadent dessert that is also very filling. Probably for the price of a milkshake elsewhere, you can enjoy this piece of oasis in summer. I loved it and was just what I needed. . . . → Read More: Koko Black – 22 Jan 2015

Two Man's Kitchen - 21 Jan 2015

Two Man's Kitchen - Chicken Katsu

Japanese cuisine is characterised by freshness, excellent presentation right down to the knife skills (depending on what you order), and anything deep fried is always golden brown with a crunchy batter or crumbed exterior. Two Man’s Kitchen offers up the lunchtime crowd around East Perth some lovely fare. The salmon sashimi dipped in soy sauce and wasabi is a lovely start to the meal, the light fresh flavours help liven up the palette for the main meal. My chicken katsu was tasty, a golden brown crisp crumb surrounding well cooked chicken. However, while I quite enjoy the mayonnaise that typically accompanies this dish, I found the mayo a bit too rich, not even the blandish cabbage could tone it down enough. Just a bit too creamy for my liking but all in all, a tasty meal which doesn’t hurt the back pocket. . . . → Read More: Two Man’s Kitchen – 21 Jan 2015

Bing Go Street Food - 12 Jan 2015 (Special Reader Offer - Free Bings)

Bing Go - Char Siu Bing

On my second visit to Bing Go Street Food at EnEx 100, I had the char siu pork bing which was really tasty with tender, flavoursome pork, stronger flavours via the Chinese sausage, contrasted against the pickled mustard vegetable, and a delicious sauce to tie it all together. The crepe and all ingredients are soft so the presence of the wantons provide a lovely crunch and textual contrast to each mouthful. The wantons also go perfectly in desserts as in the Shanghai Surprise I ordered. Combined with banana and Nutella, a dusting of icing sugar and whipped cream, it is a rather naughty treat to finish off the meal and left me really full, but very satisfied. . . . → Read More: Bing Go Street Food – 12 Jan 2015 (Special Reader Offer – Free Bings)

Bangkok On William - 11 Jan 2015

Bangkok On William - Chilli Basil Chicken Stir Fry

Bangkok on William offers a range of Thai dishes to choose from in comfortable surrounds with friendly service. We started with chicken satay skewers which were really delicious, the coconut cream providing a lightness to the normal intensity of the peanuts in the sauce. For mains, I had to try one of their curries and opted for the Massaman curry which was excellent. Several chunks of tender beef with potatoes absorbing the creamy and slightly sweet curry, enjoyed with steamed rice. For something deep fried, the prawns in honey lemon sauce were hard to go past. They had a lovely light crunchy batter with the acidity of the lemon balancing out the sweetness of the honey, a lovely balance which was very tasty. We also ordered the chilli basil chicken stir fry that packed a bit of a bite due to the chillies, but carried a delicious flavour. For dessert, I had the black sticky rice with taro and coconut cream. The perfectly cooked juicy black rice grains had swelled, with the perfect balance of sweetness and creaminess, what a way to finish the meal. . . . → Read More: Bangkok On William – 11 Jan 2015

Noodle Forum - 30 Dec 2014

Noodle Forum - Beef Brisket Noodle

I rather enjoyed the crispy wanton dumplings which had enough crunch after my 5 minute walk back to the office and contained a delicious pork filling which combined nicely with the spicy mayo. The tender and subtly flavoured beef brisket was also delicious, with a good quantity provided, and was enjoyed thoroughly with the egg noodles. The noodles were coated in sufficient sauce to keep them moist and made for a satisfying meal with the wanton, choy sum, soft pieces of ginger, and spring onions. A lovely lunchtime meal. . . . → Read More: Noodle Forum – 30 Dec 2014

Bing Go Street Food - 29 Dec 2014

Bing Go Street Food - Peking Duck

It’s the first time I’ve eaten a bing, which is a traditional Chinese handheld meal dating back centuries. I had a Peking Duck bing which was delicious from the first bite and proved to be deceptively filling, such that I had to pass on dessert. The bing had a lovely crunch from the wanton, contrasting against the tender, succulent Peking Duck which was delicious. Along with cucumber, carrot, lettuce and a delicious plum sauce, this was a really tasty meal and a great cheap eat at just $9.90. I love trying new things and I’m loving it. . . . → Read More: Bing Go Street Food – 29 Dec 2014

Sufi Afghan Cuisine - 27 Dec 2014

Sufi Afghan Cuisine - Lamb Kebabs, Salad, Bread Rolls

Apart from the lamb being overcooked, the flavour was very delicious, unlike anything I’ve eaten before. There’s plenty of lamb removed from the skewers along with tasty bread rolls which would benefit being at room temperature or lightly toasted, and the salad with that lovely dressing, livened things up. I reckon the dish only cost about $15 which is excellent value for the serving size and taste. The array of sweets I picked up were also delicious, especially the baklava varieties. If they can better execute the lamb skewers, diners will be in for a treat. . . . → Read More: Sufi Afghan Cuisine – 27 Dec 2014

The Generous Squire - 24 Dec 2014

The Generous Squire - Beef Brisket

Cuisine: Modern Australian, Pub Food Location: Perth CBD, Shafto Lane

Christmas Eve and we were hungry so one of my colleagues who was leaving was in search of a pub serving pints. Problem is after visiting several pubs, all were full. We finally ended up at The Generous Squire where it . . . → Read More: The Generous Squire – 24 Dec 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant - 21 Dec 2014

Szechwan Zen Chinese - Spicy Boiled Fish Fillet

This times visit may not have been as spectacular (I knew I should have got the spicy pork hock which is unbelievable) but I really enjoyed some new dishes and some dishes from our last visit. The beef tenderloin was a nice start to the meal presenting tender slices of tasty beef in a delicious sauce. The prawn stir fry in XO sauce was also delicious and so too, the fried rice and crumbed prawns (what a dish!). The spicy boiled fish fillet, though, is far from ordinary and is an intriguing dish with plenty of super soft fish chunks submerged in a dish of once boiling hot oil and swimming with Szechuan chillies and other spices. The fish itself is really tender, slightly spicy and is well cooked. The been sprouts with a touch of the oil and chillies, present an unusual array of flavours in your mouth as your tongue zings, numbs, emerges with a citrus flavour, and then transforms into something else. Szechuan offers some delicious dishes, and then there are a few extraordinary dishes. It’s always great to try new things and Szechuan Zen Chinese Restaurant delivered on that front. The other surprising thing is how generous the dishes are. We had a good feed but after they provided takeaway containers which we filled up with the leftovers, it looked as if we came to pick up a takeaway order rather than having dined at the restaurant. Well worth every cent. . . . → Read More: Szechwan Zen Chinese Restaurant – 21 Dec 2014