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.
I’ve been to a few Thai restaurants and while I’ve heard good things about Dusit Thai, I didn’t feel the experience lived up to the reputation built up. There are much better Thai restaurants than this. I thought that some of the dishes are not worth the price and there was an inconsistency in execution. The entrees were a great start to the night, different, and were tasty. The beef Massaman curry was tasty but required a ramp up in intensity of flavour, while the deep fried fish fillets in tamarind sauce, while cooked well, could have presented more crunch and more depth of flavour in the tamarind sauce. The papaya salad was really disappointing, moist, but chewy and quite dry in the mouth. The best dish of the night which would do itself proud in any Thai restaurant was the Pad Thai which was delicious. The desserts were a bit of a mixed bag with strong call outs to the delicious mor gang and pumpkin custard, but the thick chewy sticky rice was a let down. Despite getting a 50% discount, I certainly wouldn’t be happy to pay full price from a food perspective. The atmosphere and service though is commendable.
Brando’s is open 7 days a week and been going since 1993. They offer breakfast on the weekends and the menu contains a range of pizzas to choose from as well as mains. I got a takeaway order of the Brando’s special large pizza (other sizes available) and I really enjoyed the freshness and flavour of the tomato sauce. I think it helped make the pizza. The thin base was lovely as too were the toppings. Pretty tasty pizza. I also enjoyed a spinach and ricotta ravioli which had a lovely light tomato sauce and a sprinkle of Parmesan for extra flavour. I also grabbed a delicious cannoli for dessert.
More and more American styled restaurants are opening up and East Village is the latest addition to that offering, located at 140 William Street. The interior offers a casual relaxed atmosphere gushing with activity and catchy music. While newly opened and very busy on a Friday lunchtime, the wait for a table was quick and service was prompt and efficient, including the kitchen. I ordered the New York Cheeseburger which exuded a delicious flame grilled flavour from the meaty beef patty. I liked the gooey cheese and mustard mayo, along with the typically American pickles, and the tasty bun. The burger was lacking seasoning and oomph which was a little disappointing and the chips were above average at best. I’d favour a visit to a gourmet burger joint instead. I also had room for dessert so ordered the key lime tart which had a lovely thick, heavy, rich curd with ample lime flavour surrounded by a tasty pastry. To take the edge off, the vanilla flecked ice cream was a welcome addition. Pretty good dessert but it needs to be lighter. I’d like to visit again to try some other typically American dishes and see how they are.
Beer and Skewer serve a variety of skewered meats Chinese style, dim sum, and a range of traditional Chinese dishes. I ordered one cumin chicken skewer ($2.50) which contained tender succulent chicken with a delicious cumin flavour. I also got one beef satay skewer ($2.50) but the beef was a little chewy though the satay sauce was lovely. For mains I chose the beef noodle soup ($12) which was like a big bowl of pho. The beef was like that from a chunk of roast but sliced thinly. It didn’t have much flavour. The broth was quite tasty though and started to soften the beef and the noodles. The noodles were quite chunky and not bad. Very filling dish, a real winter warmer, pretty good. Loved the cumin chicken skewer but you can get better noodle soup dishes (think Mr Bun for example).
Asado have some lovely share plate items to introduce you to Argentinian street food but I feel they didn’t add enough punch in the flavour department apart from the empanada and ceviche. The salsa’s were tasty, but the chimmichurri was really lacking in acidic punch and parsley flavour. The rump cap was chewy meat lacking sufficient BBQ flavour to represent South American cuisine sufficiently and was an underwhelming dish. The desserts were pretty good, something different. The dishes are overpriced and certainly not worth their standing given they don’t blow you away. Overall, the food was above average but seemed to be holding back on letting the true flavours of South American cuisine shine through.
Laundry 43 offers patrons a share plate style menu but one can still dine solo. I ordered the special of the day, the smoked Wagyu beef ravioli. The presentation was excellent and the regional produce exuded flavour and freshness along with the delicious meaty sauce. I wasn’t that impressed with the ravioli filling which had a consistency like quiche and contained less Wagyu beef than I was expecting. The meaty Wagyu flavour was also overpowered by the sourness of the pickling juices of the onions. The ravioli was a lovely consistency and service was very friendly. For the price, I expected a little more and expected to be comfortably full.