Moana Coffee is a hidden cafe, a place I’ve walked past so many times I really think most of Perth does’t know it exists. Situated in the renovated Moana Chambers, from Hay St Mall, keep a look out for Britton’s Formal Hire, walkthrough and to the left and up the stairs or take the lift if you’re lazy. Sharing the space with an artist-run exhibition space, once you do a U turn after reaching the top of the stairs, you will discover this peaceful and tranquil balcony cafe.
Situated in the food court on the lower level of Trinity Arcade, Meet and Bun serves fresh made burgers to order. I had read there is quite a queue for lunch so got there a little early and ordered the Dark Knight with Smokey Fries. I wasn’t too impressed that several people behind me had there names called out before mine to collect their orders at the counter. After eventually getting my order, I sat down to enjoy. I tucked into the fries first. They’re pretty good though need more seasoning and a little less paprika as it leaves a slightly raw taste. The dark knight is a burger with a charcoal bun encasing crispy fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and slaw. The succulent chicken breast is coated in a crunchy batter, the cheese is gooey, and there’s a slight salty tone thanks to the bacon. To add some freshness the slaw does the job. It’s a solid burger packed with ingredients, filling, lots to keep you interested, though it didn’t wow. Still, if you needed a burger then this is a good place to stop by.
I’d heard about this place, in particular, the fried chicken. With staff ties to The Old Crow, I was keen to see what interesting fare would be served up. I’m really glad the sun has emerged and the light is longer. This makes it perfect for going to dinner and grabbing a table outside. I chose one of the starters – smoked brisket chimichangas and salsa. What a delicious dish! Crunch from the crispy tortilla, tasty beef brisket, lovely salsa, but that refried bean paste, what flavour! There’s also a slight acidity from a squeeze of lime juice which ties everything together. So delicious. For my mains it’s hard to go past their specialty – fried chicken. Available in southern, medium or hot, I chose the southern. The chicken is available as a quarter ($15) or a half ($30), I chose the quarter. OMG! Wow! So delicious. Ultra crunchy batter with a most delicious southern style spice mix encasing succulent chicken served atop a slice of bread. I love the spicy kimchi sauce and blue cheese sauce. The pickles cut through the deep fried chicken and the bread soaks up more of that spice. You need to dive in with hands and clean that chicken off the bone. Finger lickin good!
How did you start your weekend? I popped into La Belle Sweets being a lover of patisseries and baked goods. Situated in a quiet suburban area of Lathlain, several people drop by for a coffee, a baked item or a sweet treat. Looking at the display cabinet had me drooling over what I should get. There’s lots to choose from and they also have hot items like quiches for example. We’ve got cronuts, now they have cruffins – a croissant type pastry formed into the shape of a muffin and filled with something special. With several fillings to choose from, I chose a cruffin with a passionfruit and mandarin cream and really enjoyed this delicious creation. The croissant is firmer and has a slight salty tinge like those in Paris. The cream filling is tasty but swings from too overpowering to perfect. The mandarin and passionfruit flavour work extremely well together. I also had a delicious croissant filled with matcha cream. I’m not sure if they meant to overcook the croissant but it adds crunch and the slight smoky flavour contrasts nicely with the rich matcha (green tea) flavoured cream. Yum yum yum.
I couldn’t wait till the afternoon and dove into the creme brulee Danish. Lovely crispy flaky pastry, delicious vanilla flecked custard, soft apple cubes hiding underneath. Very yum! They didn’t have a name for the last item picked up, I call it an almond chocolate gateau, but it has an almond layer followed by a chocolate ganache, hazelnuts and chocolate cream, topped with a white macaron and silver. Pretty good though the different elements and flavour need a bit more balance. Some interesting creations, excellent execution, just need a little more work on balancing the flavours. If you’re local, definitely a spot to swing by but get there early as the items disappear fast.
I had walked past Honey Creme on my way to work and was wondering what this place was. An international chain originating in South Korea and Taiwan, Perth is the first store for their Australian venture. I made a visit during my lunch break to try some of their premium soft serve ice cream. Available in a cone or cup, there’s plenty of options from the menu to choose from. I selected the unusual sounding Bacon with Chocolate. Bacon goes with anything right? A bit steep in price but what isn’t expensive these days? Delicious creamy soft serve with a very slight honey flavour, the chocolate and subtle touch of saltiness from the bacon balances out any richness. I like the crunch of the bacon bits too. Yum! Screw winter, ice cream is good in any weather!
I haven’t visited Jamie’s for a few year’s now since it first opened. We had lunch here with clients and I notice they have a Super Lunch offer of 2 courses for $25 or 3 courses for $30 which looked tempting. We started with garlic bread which presented a lovely soft bread filled with a delicious herbed garlic butter and garlic chips. I ordered Gennaro’s Famous Porchetta. The pork belly was very tender, though the crackling was a little tricky to cut through. The pork belly was soft and tasty and went well with the salsa verde and herbed garlic and chilli mixture. However, the apple sauce, while nice, dominated the pork and vegetables, to the point I left the sauce to the side. The meal was okay, not to the standard I had enjoyed on my first visits. The flavour balance is a bit off. I don’t think Jamie Oliver would be happy with the dish.
I can’t say that many of the dishes on the menu were recognisable to my time in Vietnam though there are some typical dishes and also a fusion with Australian produce too. The rice paper rolls were solid though lacked that burst of freshness typically associated with Vietnamese cuisine and the rice paper was a bit chewy, though it did come with an excellent dipping sauce. The satay skewers, while grilled with a lovely flavour were a little dry and despite a delicious satay sauce, a bit uninspiring. The sang chou bow, however, was an excellent entree with a very flavoursome fine beef mince filling. For mains, the chef’s special seafood dish was excellent, providing plenty of tender seafood served in a lovely sauce. Special call out to the ultra tender squid. The marinated roast chicken carried lovely flavours though was dry. In comparison, the chef’s special of fried crocodile was moist and tender and was the highlight of the night. In the vein of salt and pepper squid, crocodile was encased in a golden brown light batter, deep fried, and seasoned with salt and pepper, enjoyed with onions, greens, and chillies. Absolutely fantastic! I did have a small taste of ice chendol which was lacking palm sugar syrup and was disappointing. I enjoyed a tasty fried ice cream with a lovely crispy coconut batter. A mixed bag of dishes, some fantastic, others disappointing. The dishes here are more tempered to Western palettes rather than the authentic cuisine Vietnamese can deliver.
I got back to my desk and surveyed the well filled bahn mi. First bite in presented lots of fresh sliced carrots, cucumber, roast pork, and crunchy pork crackling. Chilli is optional but I definitely asked for it. The coriander is distinctive and the bahn mi is tasty, though, lacking in a few areas. The bun is nice though is not like the baguettes made at Le Vietname which are amazing. There is a spread of mayo and pate, though the pate is undetectable. The bahn mi appears a little dry whereas it should be moist. It’s not a bad representation, though it could be better. The iced coffee was excellent though.
Cuisine: American, BBQ Location: Perth CBD – King St One of my colleagues was leaving our team so we decided to have a going away lunch and Old Faithful Bar & BBQ located on King St won out. I’d eaten here before when it had newly opened and hadn’t been […]
Zapfhall (translation: beer hall) serves beer, wine, and all things German in a spacious hall with seating inside and out where you can overlook the buzz of South Terrace in Freo. There are a range of dishes from share plates, hot dogs, to heartier meals. We decided to order mains and share a bit. I chose spaetzle, the German pasta with speck. The pasta was pea sized, soft and tasty though a little plain till you got some speck. It provided a salty burst of flavour and tied together the mushroom, kale and herbs, plus the melted cheese. It’s quite a tasty meal but does get rich so the apple and fennel salad with a slight acidic kick is much welcome. I also had a taste of the veal and chicken schnitzels which were large in size though needed more oomph to the dish. The veal was a little chewy in spots but the tender parts were delicious. However, I preferred the chicken schnitzel which was crunchy and enjoyed with the malt glaze. I also liked the blaukraut (sauerkraut but with red cabbage) and the potato rosti hidden underneath the schnitzel.