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Laundry 43 - 28 Feb 2015

Laundry 43 - Smoked Wagyu Beef Ravioli

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. . . . → Read More: Laundry 43 – 28 Feb 2015

The Laneway Lounge - 19 Feb 2015

The Laneway Lounge - Prawn Popcorn with Chilli Mayo

This classy 1940’s New Orleans venue offers patrons a seat at the bar, the high tables, private booths, and also has a live music room for local and international performances, particularly of a jazz or blues variety. Whiskey is on the drinks menu along with all kinds of beverages, and in keeping with the full table service available, the tapas menu offers something more than just the average bar food. I particularly enjoyed the golden brown popcorn prawn which was rich but had the edge taken off by the spicy chilli mayo. I also really enjoyed the chunks of pork belly surrounded by a light deep fried dough and coated ever so slightly with a maple syrup and bourbon glaze. These donuts were really something. While the desserts are quite pricey, I did have the amaretti & caramel custard tart which has the most delicious sensation! The palette cleansing banana gelato is very tasty but the rest of the dessert has elements which don’t quite gel well. I was pretty full and really liked the feel of the venue and the delicious food. A great place to stop by for any occasion, especially pre-theatre. . . . → Read More: The Laneway Lounge – 19 Feb 2015

Meat Me in the City - 30 Jan 2015

Meat Me In The City - Pulled Pork

Cuisine: American, BBQ, Sandwiches Location: Perth CBD, lower level of Trinity Arcade

If you haven’t heard, there’s a butcher in the city, Meat Me in the City, so one doesn’t have to go far to get some lovely meat. Situated on the lower level of Trinity Arcade (ground level from Hay St, one . . . → Read More: Meat Me in the City – 30 Jan 2015

CaffeItalia - 23 Jan 2014

CaffeItalia - Saporita Pizza

I stopped by for takeaway at CaffeItalia where I got a pizza, pasta, and a dessert. The saporita pizza had a nice light thin base with plenty of gooey mozzarella cheese, soft juicy capsicum and chunks of spiced potato. A tasty pizza. The spinach and ricotta ravioli in a four cheese sauce presented soft ravioli parcels in a thin tomato cream sauce, but lacked seasoning. A dash of salt lifts the dish but the lack of a salty punch from the cheese makes the dish pretty tasty rather than something more. The tiramisu is light and is very creamy. A huge portion presented allows you to enjoy the sponge coffee soaked fingers which is a lovely finish to the meal. Solid Italian food but could be better. . . . → Read More: CaffeItalia – 23 Jan 2015

Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville - 17 Oct 2014

Jean Claude Patisserie

I love visiting patisseries to enjoy fine French pastries. I found the chocolate eclair to be a little substandard to the type of eclair I was expecting in terms of the choux pastry. It appeared to contain chocolate mousse which was delicious though, as opposed to a chocolate custard. The millefeuille contained a lovely custard cream filling but the pastry layers were far too crunchy. I’ve never eaten escargot and this was quite enjoyable. I think the best pastry item of the lot was the chocolate ganache slice. It contained a lovely moist sponge which the perfect balance, not too sweet or not too chocolatey. Instead, the intensity was provided by the dark chocolate layer and the high quality chocolate dusting. I’ve visited several patisseries and while this one offered a range of items, I didn’t think it delivered on what French pastries can really offer. . . . → Read More: Chez Jean-Claude Patisserie Leederville – 17 Oct 2014

Koko Black - 7 Jul 14

Koko Black - Chocolate Display

Koko Black, a specialty chocolatier, serve up a range of delicious hand crafted chocolate varieties for you to take away. Aside from the chocolates on display, they also offer a few savoury items as well as the sweet, along with coffee and hot chocolate for you to enjoy in their salon. The hot chocolate was delicious with a lovely flavour of quality chocolate, although, it’s a bit pricey at $6.50. The individual chocolates are $2.10 each and are well worth the money. There’s other chocolate items to sample including boxed sets. I think having Koko Black in the heart of the Perth CBD will make it super popular. And who doesn’t like a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day? . . . → Read More: Koko Black – 7 Jul 14

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ - 4 Jul 2014

Old Faithful - Chopped Pig Sandwich, Corn Bread, Chicken Wings

The Old Faithful Bar & BBQ is one of Perth’s newest additions to the dining scene located on King St. Serving American barbecued meats in a casual relaxed vibe, it has a very different concept. Line up and order your meal, line up again at another counter for drinks, wait while your meal is prepared, and then be presented with a paper lined metal tray with your food. The casualness of the place is fine, the service is good, the metal trays are tacky. For a venue specialising in BBQ meats and American cuisine, this place is disappointing. I visited a similar type venue in New York which served slow cooked ribs, brisket and pulled pork that would blow Old Faithful out of the water. The chopped pig sandwich is a burger with well cooked pork which pulls apart, is moist, and combines well with the other ingredients. Even after I ate the burger at the end, it was still quite tasty but lacked an intensity of flavour I was so desperately searching for in trying to recreate my foodie experiences in the US. The chicken wings were pedestrian, and the cornbread was disappointing at best. The menu is very reasonably priced and they offer a good collection of American fare, but while the food wasn’t horrible they have failed to offer Perth diners what true American fare is. The Old Faithful is on to a winner if they can just execute their food in terms of flavour. I also asked my work colleagues what they thought and they weren’t really enamoured. Mixed reviews is being polite. . . . → Read More: Old Faithful Bar & BBQ – 4 Jul 2014

Missy Moos Burgers - 7 Jun 2014

Missy Moos - Jack & Jill Burger

First time to Missy Moos Burger bar in Mt Hawthorn where I ordered the Jack & Jill. I received a well filled burger with a lovely bun encasing all the ingredients. The caramelised onions were delicious and the soft avocado provided a lovely moistness and a little bit of creaminess. The slight saltiness of the bacon provided additional flavour, but I found the well cooked beef patty lacking oomph in the flavour department and for me, was rather underwhelming. It was an enjoyable burger but I can’t say it’s one I’d go back for when there are other gourmet burger bars that produce a far tastier burger. . . . → Read More: Missy Moos Burgers – 7 Jun 2014

Sawadee Thai Restaurant - 31 May 2014

Sawadee - Siam Chicken

I remember eating the best fried rice I’d ever eaten as a kid at Sawadee’s and while tonight’s dinner didn’t bring back the same memories, it still serves a very authentic fried rice which is among the best I’ve eaten in Perth. For entrees we enjoyed fish patties with a strong Thai basil flavour, and Siam Chicken which was mild and barbecued and required the sweet chilli sauce to provide some extra bang in flavour. The fried rice as mentioned was delicious, but the star of the meal was the masaman curry enjoyed with steamed rice. Lovely creamy coconut flavoured curry immersing chunks of tender beef and potatoes absorbing the flavours like a sponge, this dish was delicious. The pad thai was excellent too, a lovely sweet flavour was evident in the thin noodles enjoyed with chunks of chicken and prawns. The chicken with chilli and basil was not chilli hot but did carry some spiciness which contrasted nicely to the sweeter pad thai and creamy masaman curry. The tastes I had of the sago pudding and coconut ice cream were delicious, as too the sticky rice with custard in a not too sweet creamy coconut sauce. The flavours of the dishes were delicious and representative of Thai cuisine, but my only criticism would be the serving size which is more on the smaller size for what you’re paying. Hence, the dinner provides reasonable value but this becomes even better value if you have the Entertainment Book’s Gold Card which gives you 25% up to $30. . . . → Read More: Sawadee Thai Restaurant – 31 May 2014

NSW, Sydney - Quay

Quay - Custard Apple Snow Egg

It’s been a privilege to travel around and visit some fine restaurants. I was keen to see what Peter Gilmore’s creations at Quay would be like. The service is highly professional and the quality of the dishes are perfectly executed. The location and view of the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, plus the river views are amazing. However, on reflection of the whole meal, I expected more. The XO sea was a lovely dish creating excellent flavours and the perfectly cooked delicate seafood was special. The tender just pink poached duck with crunchy leaves and the green salad was very enjoyable. Though neither dish really wowed. What did wow was the dessert. I can see why the snow egg is a signature dish and this truly is a special creation. A dessert with several layers and components that compliment each other perfectly, I loved the refreshing granita, the meringue, the custard apple flavoured ice cream, the custard apple flesh, and especially the last layer on the very bottom – the vanilla custard. This dish is to die for and blew me away. It would be hard to get the other courses to match the impact this dish has but if the other dishes could rise a few notches it would make the dining experience all that more satisfying. . . . → Read More: NSW, Sydney – Quay