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Recipe Restaurant - 22 Apr 2015

Recipe Restaurant - Beef Skewer

Recipe Restaurant offers patrons Persian cuisine, particularly skewered meats, but they also have pasta and risotto dishes, plus seafood and burgers for the Western palette. Overlooking Langley Park and the beautiful Swan River, one can enjoy a plate packed with food for the highish price tag. We ordered chicken, beef and lamb skewered meats to share amongst ourselves but while they were tender, they were quite bland, lacking spice, or flavour from whatever the meats were skewered over (e.g. grill or coals). Maybe the skewered meats are cooked just like in Persia, but I was expecting far more flavour. The loose grained rice is nice, the barbecued chilli packs some heat, the grilled tomatoes help cool your mouth as too the Shirazi salad. The entree of roasted eggplant was nice with delicious Turkish bread and the Persian style profiteroles with sweetened cream were good but I prefer the French variety. For my palette, I want far more flavour and Recipe didn’t deliver on that front. . . . → Read More: Recipe Restaurant – 22 Apr 2015

Sushia Izakaya & Bar - 22 Feb 2015

Sushia Izakaya & Bar - Dessert Platter

Sushi offers high quality Japanese fine dining in a lovely setting with excellent service. I really enjoyed the quality and flavour of the food, but felt that the serving size was not commensurate with the price for several dishes. With the Dimmi $50 voucher, it made the dinner closer to value for money. We started off with the chef’s selection of sashimi which is really delicious with a dab of wasabi and soy sauce to kick the night off. I also enjoyed the assorted tempura but prefer a thicker crunchier batter but the juicy prawns were perfectly cooked and full of flavour. The melt in your mouth light golden brown coloured crab balls mixed in that interesting sauce was also delicious. I also particularly liked the flavour of the grill that was imparted into the succulent duck breast with a flavoursome sauce. We also tried the chicken, prawn and Jamon, and beef tongue skewers which were really delicious with the accompanying sauces. And finally, we had the nigiri sushi to round out the mains. For dessert, the dessert platter offers just about every dessert on the menu in a smaller serve which allows you to try each one. They’re all really delicious with the highlight being Sushia’s signature dish, the tofu cheesecake. The mango sorbet, chocolate cubes, and chocolate fondant also rate a special mention. Delicious. . . . → Read More: Sushia Izakaya & Bar – 22 Feb 2015

Mama Tran - 9 Jan 2015

Mama Tran - Rice Noodle, Braised Pork, Minced Beef, Prawn Fritters

The cuisine of foreign countries in Australia isn’t always a true representation which is a shame. After my recent trip to Vietnam, I headed to Mama Tran for some Vietnamese flavours and ordered a range of dishes. The chicken wing was a bit unusual with the sugar, the prawn fritters had a nice spiced batter but were ok. The banh mi was well packed full of tender slices of pork, carrot, cucumber, coriander and a sweet sauce, but lacked the punch I was expecting in flavour and the bread roll is not like the soft light French baguettes. The flat rice noodles in a sweet sauce was a little unusual but the acid of the lemon counteracted this. I liked the minced beef and flavoursome braised pork, but the dish as a whole was rather underwhelming and lacking punch and the freshness that is associated with Vietnamese cuisine. . . . → Read More: Mama Tran – 9 Jan 2015

Festival India - 5 Oct 2014

Festival India - Poori

Festival India Indian Restaurant presents diners with a lovely interior decorated in North Indian designs, reflecting the cuisine, north Indian. We were well looked after by the friendly waitstaff and there’s plenty of dishes to choose from, including some which you don’t normally see on the menu of your typical Indian restaurant. However, while service was excellent, the kitchen was very slow to deliver. The butter chicken wasn’t representative of a typical butter chicken, lacking the tomato base and sweetness, but offering a cashew based creamy curry which was delicious. The goat curry contained slightly chewy meat despite coming off the bone easily but was over spiced, negatively affecting the flavour. The fish grilled in banana leaf fell short of it’s potential as the spice mix was too intense. A toned down version would seep into the tender fish and deliver a flavoursome dish. On a bright note, I really loved the huge pooris which puffed up strongly and were soft and crispy. . . . → Read More: Festival India – 5 Oct 2014

Lanna Thai Cuisine - 5 Aug 2014

Lanna Thai Cuisine - Mixed Entree, Kway Tiew Khee Mao, Masaman Curry, Green Curry

As I haven’t visited the actual venue itself, I’m not sure if this is your full blown restaurant or your neighbourhood gem which you pop down for the odd takeaway. Either way, the flavours of the food seemed to be lacking and was kind of disappointing compared to your typical Thai place. The mixed entree is a nice item on the menu providing variety. The curry puff was delicious, and so too the other items. The mains were a let down with the Kway Tiew Khee Mao presenting a very subtle flavour, the green curry was creamy and rich but lacked the flavour typical of a good green curry, and the Masaman curry needed greater intensity in flavour and a little bit more sweetness. The serving sizes of the two curries were on the small side and required more curry. For the price, I thought it didn’t represent the greatest value and for a takeaway, you can do better. . . . → Read More: Lanna Thai Cuisine – 5 Aug 2014

Pleased To Meet You - 13 Jun 2014

Pleased To Meet You - Navajo Fried Bread & Salsa

A delicious lunchtime visit to Pleased To Meet You presented me with several dishes all different from one another, but all packing plenty of flavour. I particularly liked the pulled pork bun slider and the duck taco, like the slider, has a delicious sauce. The beef tongue was yum and the Navajo fried bread was really different. On reflection, for $36 I got the variety but it’s a bit pricey. The idea, like many restaurants, is you order lots of plates to share. While I was happy I could order a few dishes and not be stuck with large servings such that you can only order a dish or too, the small serving portions make it really small to share. I guess each person would get a bite if you had to divide among 4. For one person it’s perfect. It would take a little more effort preparing smaller versions that larger serves but it works out to be bit expensive. Having said that, the 4 dishes left me full and I was more than satisfied with the flavours of the well crafted dishes. . . . → Read More: Pleased To Meet You – 13 Jun 2014

QLD, Brisbane - Embassy Bar

Embassy - BBQ Smoked Pork Ribs

Based on the comments from Urbanspoon, a visit to Embassy Bar is a good choice if you want some true American fare. The much talked about ribs is what I ordered but I found them really underwhelming. A lot of gristle and inedible stuff on the ribs, while the pork meat didn’t come off the bone easily. The marinade on the ribs was pretty good but it needs to increase it’s intensity in flavour. The cornbread is delicious, a lovely corn flavour with just that hint of sweetness. The green beans were a little crispy for my liking and would have preferred further cooking. It’s good value at $20 considering the serving, but an improvement on the cooking and cut of ribs would make this dish fantastic. . . . → Read More: QLD, Brisbane – Embassy Bar

VIC, Melbourne CBD - Cumulus

Cumulus Inc - Smoked Salmon, Sorrell, Dill & Grapefruit Juice

Unfortunately a changed menu left me with little choice to the dish I really wanted. That said, there’s lots of choice on the menu, it’s just that since I don’t like eggs, there wasn’t an item on the menu that I really wanted. I chose the smoked salmon on toast and received a decent amount of smoked salmon which isn’t cheap. With a lovely horseradish, some greens and dill on top of a lovely thick piece of toast, it was a good meal. I liked the fresh grapefruit juice but thought the $27 bill was rather steep (I realise there’s probably a surcharge for the ANZAC Day holiday). Obviously a highly popular place. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Cumulus

Churros Plus - 22 Aug 2013

Churros Plus - Drizzled Churros

It’s great trying new things and I was excited to see a churros offering in the heart of the Perth CBD. Unfortunately they don’t deliver on taste as the churros was chewy and lacked sufficient chocolate sauce. In comparison to Chocolateria San Churro like the one I’ve eaten at in Northbridge, Chocolateria San Churro wins hands down, there is no comparison. Hopefully Churros Plus can lift their game because if it’s as good as what it should be, people will be flocking there given the foot traffic. . . . → Read More: Churros Plus – 22 Aug 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