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Arc of Iris - 28 Feb 2015

Arc Of Iris - Deep Fried Camembert

The menu at Arc of Iris takes on a slightly Asian slant. I started with the deep fried camembert which was excellent. A golden brown crispy crumb encasing soft gooey camembert, aided by a sharp salad and the sweetness from the fruit coulis. The twice cooked duck was superb. Lovely sweet Asian sauce with a much too generous serve of super tender duck made for a very filling dish. While the Asian salad and steamed rice helped take the edge of the duck, it’s sheer quantity caused the dish to become a little monotonous. Fantastic dish though. Lastly, the dark chocolate fondant was slightly overdone with no oozing chocolate and was a little dry. However, the lovely flavour of the vanilla ice cream saved the day and provided the perfect partner. For the price, excellent value, excellent food, lovely service in a lovely restaurant. You must book ahead as it’s pretty busy. . . . → Read More: Arc of Iris – 28 Feb 2015

Bambamboo - 18 Feb 2015

Bam Bam Boo - Char Siew Bao and Panfried Pork Bun

If you really can’t be bothered walking 5 minutes to Northbridge and picking any number of yum cha restaurants on Roe St and beyond, then pop into Bambamboo for yum cha instead. The ordering process is convoluted and you need to know what dishes and how much you will order upfront, but apart from that, the food is pretty tasty and comparable to what you would get at a yum cha restaurant. I’d still favour going to a yum cha restaurant for the authentic deal and you can also keep ordering till you’re full, but Bambamboo is a solid alternative. I really loved the pork belly and enjoyed the BBQ pork buns, panfried pork buns with heaps of chilli oil, and the pumpkin sago pudding for dessert. Takeaway also available. . . . → Read More: Bambamboo – 18 Feb 2015

Chez Pierre - 17 Feb 2015

Chez Pierre - Poached Pear

Chez Pierre’s Taste of France took me to Bourges where I started with a wintery warming pumpkin veloute with a touch of spice for added depth of flavour. The pork belly was super tender and carried a honey glaze which added a nice sweetness. It sat atop very creamy, mushroom infused, rich risotto which was excellent. After cleansing the palette with the refreshing apple sorbet, a chunk of fillet of beef was presented. Super tender, it combined nicely with the well controlled strong flavours of the Roquefort blue cheese sauce. The thickly cut zucchini slices was well cooked and the thickly cut frites were perfectly seasoned and very enjoyable. Dessert presented a tender poached pear with vanilla flecked ice cream which was rich and creamy. Along with the hot chocolate sauce, it certainly added a yum factor. The biscuit base and brittle added crunch to the dish in contrast to the smooth elements of the pear, ice cream, and whipped cream. Another fine French meal and dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 17 Feb 2015

Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant - 14 Feb 2015

Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant - Seafood Pancake

An unassuming restaurant on Hay Street in East Perth, the restaurant filled up fast and several opted to utilise the gas stoves at their table to barbecue the raw ingredients on the menu. I chose the cooked dishes and started with a tasty crispy seafood pancake with condiments of spicy kimchi, bean sprouts, bean curd, and a sour sauce which help to counteract the richness of the pancake. I then had a hot plate of steaming finely sliced beef bulgogi. Tender and very tasty, the bulgogi carries a lovely flavour of the marinade which I enjoyed with steamed rice. . . . → Read More: Bulgogi BBQ Restaurant – 14 Feb 2015

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant - 11 Feb 2015

Brotzeit - Bavarian Sausages, Pretzle, Sweet Mustard

I was back again for another visit to the German restaurant, Brotzeit. On today’s visit I had their traditional Bavarian sausages, weisswurst, which came with a freshly made pretzel and sweet mustard. The herb specked smooth sausages were really delicious, taking on a subtle flavour, but really tasty. I liked the pretzel, especially the salty bits, with the sweet mustard which helped to take the meaty edge off the meal. Also aiding the cause is a side of buttered spatzle (like a German pasta) which was pretty tasty but needed a dash of seasoning. This is another really filling meal which resulted in me eating a very light dinner. . . . → Read More: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant – 11 Feb 2015

Chez Pierre - 10 Feb 2015

Chez Pierre - Beef Cheek Pie

Chez Pierre’s Lyon themed menu for the week piqued my interest and had me on the phone in a jiffy. The night started with a lovely roasted tomato veloute followed by rich succulent beef cheek encased in puff pastry. The pie was delicious and the sauce was lovely but I would have liked a little more sauce. After the refreshing lychee sorbet cleansed the inside of my palette, the confit duck leg with sautéed potatoes and broccolini proceeded to blow me away. I can’t fault the duck. Absolutely superb! Flavoursome, perfectly seasoned, oozing with flavour and with the delicious sauce, what a dish. The unassuming orange tart was carefully put together with the refreshing summer mango and mint compote, partnering with the slightly tart cherries to combat the richness of the delicious orange tart with whipped cream. While the prior visit set the bar to a very high standard, today’s dinner didn’t reach the same heights but I was far from disappointed. Another excellent dinner. . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 10 Feb 2015

Kung Fu Kitchen - 7 Feb 2015

Kung Fu Kitchen - Beef & Ox Tripe In Chilli Sauce

Definitely not your typical Chinese restaurant, Kung Fu Kitchen offers pretty spicy food with several dishes themed on the less loved parts of the animal. I rather liked the tablet displaying the menu which gave me control to view each dish and select what I wanted. I chose the dried been curd stick which was a very moorish cold dish that I lapped up and really enjoyed. I also enjoyed the seaweed salad which were noodles made with seaweed containing a taste of the sea but carried a rather intense flavour which built up over time and can only be enjoyed in small portions. The chilli immersed beef and ox tripe served up tender rich meat with the chilli taking some of the edge off the richness. Another dish which should be had in moderation and shared, it’s very tasty and not that hot. Kung Fu Kitchen introduced me to a different style of Chinese cuisine that I haven’t experienced but was very enjoyable. . . . → Read More: Kung Fu Kitchen – 7 Feb 2015

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant - 6 Feb 2015

Brotzeit - Oven Roasted Pork Knuckle

I’m really excited that the international German restaurant, Brotzeit, has finally opened it’s doors to it’s first restaurant in Perth. The menu offers a variety of dishes catering to all tastes and I ordered the over roasted pork knuckle which was fantastic! The crackling is a golden brown and is crispy and crunch and oh so yum! The succulent tender pork is greatly enjoyed with the delicious gravy. Plenty of sides to keep you interested with a lovely slightly sour potato salad, sauerkraut, gherkins, and a side salad. This particular dish offered an amount for at least two people, so you may want to consult the waitstaff on how many dishes to order and best to share. I can’t wait to try some of their other dishes. . . . → Read More: Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant – 6 Feb 2015

Koko Black - 29 Jan 2015

Koko Black - Mango and Vanilla Ice Cream Spectacula

Koko Black’s new Summer Oasis range introduces patrons to two new items – salted caramel iced chocolate and, mango and vanilla ice cream spectacular. Today I returned to try the latter after enjoying the former last week. A very tasty, vanilla flecked ice cream combines superbly with the delicious refreshing mango coulis. The crunch provided by the caramelised wafer on top of the ice cream and the crunch of the coconut crumble at the base of the glass add different textures, flavours, and levels of sweetness to make this an excellent dessert for summer. I really enjoyed it. . . . → Read More: Koko Black – 29 Jan 2015

Chez Pierre - 27 Jan 2015

Chez Pierre - Floating Island

Second visit to Chez Pierre and they just blew me away with superb French cuisine. In a smart tasteful setting with excellent service right from being huided into a parking bay to being taken to your table and served your dishes, the experience is nothing short of excellent. The 5 course set menu proved to be popular and as the restaurant was packed to the brim, everyone seemed to have the same idea, it’s excellent value at this quality. We started off with the butternut pumpkin veloute, a flavour packed smooth pumpkin soup to warm the senses. This was followeed by light, flaky, home-made puff pastry encasing a delicious sauce and tender prawns and squid. The bread and butter at the table is also delicious, and excellent for mopping up the delicious sauce. A refreshing ice cool apple flavoured sorbet followed to effectively cleanse the palette. Mains served up a chunk of veal rib, perfectly cooked, seasoned, and tender veal was complimented by a delicious sauce, garlic butter beans, and the most delicious stack of finely sliced potatoes with bacon adding another dimension. A super b dish followed by the floating island dessert. Soft, light, airy, cloud like meringue with a crystallised caramel on top and a cold, creamy, crème anglaise on the bottom of the glass, what a fantastic dessert to end a fantastic meal. I miss Paris but at least I can get something close to it thanks to Chez Pierre. . . . → Read More: Chez Pierre – 27 Jan 2015