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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

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

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

The Merrywell @ Crown Perth - 28 Oct 2012

The Merrywell - Angus Beef Burger & Fries

The Merrywell is a nice relaxed setting to enjoy a meal with modern funky music playing in the foreground (if it were softer I’d say background, yes, it’s a bit too loud!). It was quiet early on but it filled up. The shoestring fries were delicious but upstaged by the secret sauce. Very unique and I loved it! Yes it’s just sauce but what a difference it made. So too the sauce in the burger. Nice hit of chilli, lovely soft bun, intense meaty flavour provided by the angus beef, plus gooey melted cheese with the other ingredients combined well. Quite pricey at $24 though. Not worth it to my mind. . . . → Read More: The Merrywell @ Crown Perth – 28 Oct 2012

Il Padrino Pizzeria & Restaurant - 11 May 2012

All in all, we had a good night out. The pizzas were pretty good but didn’t blow me away. Especially given the owner has won a world’s best pizza maker award. The base was lovely and light and the pizza’s weren’t over packed with too many ingredients. Instead, the ingredients were allowed to shine. I particularly enjoyed the olives marinated in chilli, chilli oil, the Papa Benedictine 16th, and the marinara pizza. The Papa Benedictine 16th was an absolute standout. . . . → Read More: Il Padrino Pizzeria & Restaurant – 11 May 2012