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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

VIC, Melbourne - Chin Chin #2

Chin Chin - Pad Thai

Once again I was fortunate to gain a seat at Chin Chin after my initial dinner choice was full up. I was really looking forward to trying some of the other dishes after yesterday’s excellent experience. Unfortunately tonight’s dining wasn’t up to the same standard as yesterday from a food point of view. The suckling pig pancakes had a lovely freshness and the succulent pork was tasty but it didn’t create the same kind of enjoyment as Peking duck pancakes. Maybe some more sauce would have made a big difference. The pad thai wasn’t that great as it lacked the sweet element which is crucial to the dish. There’s a generous serving and I really loved the juicy moist prawns, the crunch of the chopped peanuts, moisture from the cucumber, the tenderness of the noodles, and the freshness from the coriander. As a whole, it didn’t live up to the expectations of a pad thai. I’m really shocked at the change in consistency. Maybe I picked the two dud dishes on the menu because yesterday’s experience left me very impressed. . . . → Read More: VIC, Melbourne – Chin Chin #2

Print Hall - 8 Apr 2014

Print Hall - Spiced Mead Baba

Unfortunately my lack of hunger prevented me from fully enjoying what Print Hall has to offer. However, in the dishes I chose I was happy to have what in the end were quite light meals but still carrying flavour. The cold served entree of yabbies and smoked mussels is a really refreshing dish that allows the freshness and flavours of the seafood to shine through without being overpowered by the fennel puree. It’s a very delicate dish that is well executed but could have contained more yabbies for my liking. The smaller main took preference over the larger meals in course 3 of the menu but I was more than happy with my choice of veal pastrami. Another dish with delicate flavours, allowing the braising of the veal to shine through and combining superbly with the slight sweetness of the pickled onions and the acidity of the pickling juices to lift what looks like a nothing dish to something special. I liked the re-invented amuse bouche of cheese and crackers and the palette cleanser was also interesting but maybe a little too complex. The dessert was interesting. I liked the light sponge baba and the passionfruit sorbet with crumble, but the foam contained an unusual flavour which spoiled the dish. Very professional service in an equally smart interior space to match where one can enjoy some very carefully crafted food. . . . → Read More: Print Hall – 8 Apr 2014

Tony Roma's - 21 Feb 2014

Tony Roma's - Pulled Pork Sandwich

I was really excited to see pulled pork on the menu so ordering the pulled pork sandwich was an easy choice. However, the sandwich wasn’t what I expected as the tender pulled pork had been covered with the same marinade reserved for the ribs. Masking the true flavour of the pulled pork, I didn’t get the real thing, however, the pulled pork sandwich was delicious. The pulled pork was plentiful, moist, succulent and with the sticky sweet sauce, so yum. I really loved the golden brown chips which required just a little more salt and the coleslaw, albeit a bit too sweet, was tasty too. A really generous and filling meal. . . . → Read More: Tony Roma’s – 21 Feb 2014

Chik and Kent - 7 Feb 2014

Chik And Kent - Butter Chicken

Chik and Kent is a small cafe specialising in coffee located inside Cinnamon Club City which is the restaurantI serving Indian fusion cuisine. Both are new having opened in late December 2013. I chose the butter chicken for $20 which came with a salad, papadum, rice, and naan. Unfortunately, the butter chicken was tasteless, lacking spice, tomato, sweetness and the typical flavour one expects of butter chicken. It was a real shame as there’s plenty of tender chicken and curry provided, but the curry is just creamy and rich, more on a western style sauce. Maybe that’s what they’re going for. The naan was delicious, a soft bread that pulled apart easily and had a lovely flavour from the ghee. There’s more than a generous serve of food and after polishing off the plate and using the naan to sop up any remaining curry, I was comfortably full. I’d like to come back and try one of their other curries to really see what their food is like. But if you’re after a really good butter chicken, I’d say steer clear based on my dining experience. . . . → Read More: Chik and Kent – 7 Feb 2014

Casa Del Amici - 29 Oct 2013

Casa Del Amici - Supremo Pizza

One is always going to compare restaurants and if I compared Cafe Nocello to Casa Del Amici, Cafe Nocello wins hands down across all dishes which I’ve eaten at both restaurants. Having said that, Casa Del Amici isn’t horrible by any stretch but I believe if you want Italian food in a relaxed environment, then Cafe Nocello is a more worthy choice. Casa Del Amici presents a warm friendly atmosphere and I liked the fried bocconcini balls and the chilli jam to start off with. The pink snapper fish limoncello was cooked perfectly, soft, tender and moist but I would have loved some more of that delicious butter sauce, and please, please add dressing to a salad because it is very dry and tasteless and gives salad a bad wrap. The tortellini was delicious but a little dry at times but the odd portions of pancetta infused fat added some lovely flavours to the dish. The pizza was a little disappointing to my mind. The base and flavour of the pizza was lacking compared to what a pizza can deliver. The small taste of tiramisu was excellent but the profiteroles were too firm and crunchy instead of being soft and moist. The light custard and gooey warm chocolate sauce only just saved the dish. It’s a lovely venue, obviously very popular, just a few small tweaks and the quality of the food can rise to a level worthy of honouring Italian cuisine in all it’s greatness. They’re not too far off the mark. . . . → Read More: Casa Del Amici – 29 Oct 2013