Mary Street Bakery, West Leederville

Well established in Highgate for their fried chicken pancakes and luscious salted caramel donuts, Mary Street Bakery now have a second spot for your brunch needs. Located on Railway Parade, neighbouring popular eateries such as Tracks and Hylin, this café offers a similar menu to the original location.

During a mid-week brunch my boyfriend and I made a trip to the new location for a morning bite. There was a good amount of seating inside, and also a few chairs available for outdoor dining. After a lengthy study of the menu, I chose the Veggie Baked Eggs ($19) while Dan went for the Salmon Pastrami ($24).

The eggs were baked with tomato, ancho chilli, greens and topped with crispy chickpeas and yoghurt. If you're a fan of Spanish baked eggs and shakshouka this would be the dish for you, and the crunchy slice of toast was perfect to dip into the sauce.

The cured salmon dish was a much fresher option, served with avocado puree, pickles, rye and mayo. The rye added a nice crunchy texture, and Dan was super pleased with his choice.

Dan also ordered an espresso which was too acidic, maybe because it was under extracted. Apart from that the food was great and the service was quick and efficient. I need to return ASAP for those fried chicken pancakes, and I would recommend everyone to try one of their fluffy salted caramel doughies.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

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Pearth Organic Kitchen, West Leederville

Happy New Year! Hope everyone has stuffed themselves silly with food and had an amazing festive season. Now that the holidays are over, it’s back to work, back to the gym and time to start a new diet. With #newyearnewme trending, how about a new café to fuel your healthy diet.

Pearth has just opened their doors for about a week, offering West Leedy a range of smoothie bowls and wholesome salads. What I like about this place is that they don’t serve food for just one particular diet. Carnivores can add a little bacon to their plate, and there’s something for everyone whether you’re gluten intolerant, vegan, vego or a meat eater.

Sourced from Fiori, Pearth serves organic coffee beans with a large range of milks; from full cream to soy, almond, coconut or rice. Black coffee is my go to, so I decided to try the Cold Drip Coffee ($5) served with tonic water it added a bit of sweetness and was light and refreshing, great in this heat.

My mum loves everything with avocado, so the Sourdough with Avocado, Hummus, Lemon and Pumpkin Seeds ($12) and added poached egg ($3) was the 'pearth-fect' option for her. Let me just say the hummus is delicious!

If you've been to The Raw Kitchen and tried their zucchini pasta, you'd find that the Zucchini Pesto Salad ($11) is just as yum. This was one of the salads available in the display fridge, so I'm not too sure if it's available all the time.

Although a little pricey, their smoothie bowls are definitely aesthetically pleasing. My sister went for the Green Smoothie Bowl ($17.5) a mixture of matcha, leafy greens, avocado, banana and almond milk, topped with house-made granola and a side of fruit. This green bowl didn't have a strong matcha flavour but had a very good thick consistency.

For a more filling option, go for the Macro Bowl ($18.5), brown rice, seasonal vegetables, avocado, hummus, dukkah and homemade dressing with an added poached egg ($3). Again a generous side of that delicious hummus, and a colourful array of vegetables which are nicely seasoned.

It's nice to find another cafe to add to the list of growing healthy and organic options in Perth. Although Pearth is a little on the expensive side, it can be justified in the freshness and quality of ingredients. Seating is also limited, so expect a wait to dine in or just get your salad to go.

Rating: 8 out of 10



Hermosa, Wembley

Hermosa1     The people who brought us Tropico in North Beach have recently opened up Hermosa, a Spanish inspired eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.


On my first visit, I went with my boyfriend to try out their breakfast menu. The service was very friendly and our dishes came to us quickly. Just like Tropico, they use Bondi based roasters Will & Co’s beans, we ordered a Cappuccino and a Long Macchiato topped up.

Hermosa11 Dan ordered the “Full Spanish”, poached eggs, chorizo chipolatas, mushrooms, beans, bacon, tomato ($23). He quickly insisted that it was the best big breakfast he’s had! I really enjoyed the beans which were served in a separate jar on the side.



I ordered the Avocado on Toast, Migas, Lime & Tomato Salsa, Poached Egg ($16), which had a generous portion of avocado and a nice zesty flavour. However, I much prefer Tropico’s which comes with a beautiful lemon curd.



A few weeks later we returned to try their lunch menu. After several recommendations by other foodies, we ordered a range of dishes to share.

Smoked Hock & Morcilla Croquette, with heirloom carrot escabeche ($12). This dish was delicious, crispy battered blood sausage and hock, with punchy pickled vegetables.

Hermosa 5Pan con mushrooms and goats cheese ($14). The serving comes with four pieces of toast, spread with goats cheese and topped with sautéed mushrooms, easy to eat and the classic flavours work well together.


Slow cook egg, migas, morcilla, potato puree ($11). This dish had all the things I love, carbs, runny yolk and crispy bits. The blood sausage was also a good addition to the dish, which I hadn’t had before.

Hermosa10Manchego cheese & truffle onion, grilled toasty, red pepper ketchup ($12). Many people had raved over this toasty, and I regretted not ordering it on my last visit. Available all day, this toasty hits all the buttons. Hermosa9

Grilled artisan W.A. Chorizo, Marinated peppers, roquette, lemon dressing, “hot dog” ($15). Out of all the dishes, I probably wouldn’t order this one again, as it was quite underwhelming.


Papas Fritas with aioli ($8) Just had to order some fries, which came with a delicious homemade aioli.


The highlights for me would be the Slow cook egg and the Toasty. Service here is also very friendly and efficient. But, I have noticed that Hermosa's recent rating have not been good, and also that there are a few inconsistencies with portioning in peoples photos. My personal experiences have been positive so far, so I will definitely be back to try their smoothies and Lime Churros!

Hermosa3Rating: 8 out of 10

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Chimek, Fremantle

IMG_6372 Fried Chicken and Beer is a very popular craze in Korea, and I guess it has now come to Perth. Chimek in the Fremantle Market offers a range of Fried Chicken and some non-alcoholic beer floats. The name Chimek comes from a combination of the word Chicken and Mekju, which is beer in Korean.

IMG_6356For lunch my friend Jaceline and I, ordered their insta-famous Charcoal Beef Burger ($10) and Korean Dak Gang Jeong Fried Chicken ($10). The burger which looks black, is actually made with charcoal however there is no charcoal taste to it. I really enjoyed the flavours of the Beef with the sautéed mushrooms, balsamic onions, squid ink aioli and cheese.


Before ordering, they kindly let us try the Dak Gang Jeong Fried Chicken, which was supposedly spicier than their Korean Gochujjang flavour. Personally it wasn’t very spicy, but we liked it and decided to get a serving. It came out with some daikon radish and chips, as well as some handy plastic gloves to keep us from getting messy.


We had also heard great things about their Green Tea Cheesecake, so we decided to give it a go. We were given a good portion size, of the cake with more Matcha sauce and powder dusted over the top. There was a good amount of Matcha flavour in the cake and the texture of it was perfectly smooth.


Overall, Chimek did not disappoint and their friendly service is a big plus. I can’t wait to go back to try their Sticky Pork Cranberry Burger and their Honey Soy Sesame Fried Chicken.

Note: They also have a 20% discount offer, if you pick up one of their discount postcards at the counter.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Harvest Espresso, Victoria Park

IMG_6270 A new season has come around and new dishes are now on offer at Harvest Espresso. I’ve always loved their creativity, bold flavours and strange combinations! This place has been blogged about so many times, so I’ll try to keep this short and simple.

This time round, we started with Long Macchiatos topped up and I had an Iced Matcha Tea.



For food we tried out two new dishes on the Winter Menu, the Harvest-Smoked Salmon Fillet ($26.5) and the Steamed Mandarin Pudding ($18.5). The Smoked Salmon Fillet was delicately flakey, topped with two perfectly poached eggs and combined with leek ash, toasted buckwheat, hon shimeji, braised leek, salmon caviar and butter lettuce jus. The buckwheat gave it a crispy textural element and the creamy, smokey flavours worked very well together.


The Steamed Mandarin Pudding was light and moist, with Lochan Ora jelly, crème fraiche, coconut crème gel, toasted muesli and earl grey crumble.



Overall, I give them 10/10 for creativity and giving me a reason to return with their ever-changing seasonal menu. For fellow Western Australians who live under a rock, or those from out of state who haven’t yet visited Harvest Espresso, I highly recommend trying the seasonal dishes.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Paradise Dynasty, Singapore

IMG_3137 Xiao Long Bao, or as you may know them as Shanghai Dumplings, have always been my favourite ever since I was a child learning how to use chopsticks at Dim Sum restaurants. These delicious morsels have a thin skin surrounding a pillow of meat and soup (pork fat), which bursts in your mouth as you eat. But beware, not to burn yourself and to pick up the dumplings carefully as all the liquid goodness might break out.

Paradise Dynasty, offer a variety of Xiao Long Bao in different flavours as well as delicious La Mian (a handmade pulled noodle) and other Chinese dishes. I’ve been to this venue, up in Ion Orchard several times and have always enjoyed the selection. This trip, my friend and I decided to go all out and order two baskets of the Signature Dynasty Xiao Long Bao (8 flavours) ($14.80 SGD). The flavours are supposed to be eaten in order from Original, Ginseng, Foie Gras, Black Truffle, Cheesy, Crab Roe, Garlic and Szechuan.


The Xiao Long Bao here are more robust than other restaurants, and some flavours were a hit while others were a miss. I thoroughly enjoyed the Truffle and Crab Roe, but flavours like Cheesy and Szechuan were slghtly overpowering. Overall, I still think the original flavour is the best.


We also ordered a serving of Minced meat and Mushroom sauce La Mian ($8.50 SGD) to share, which came out in a large bowl. From that point we knew we were way ahead of ourselves as the serving was very generous. These noodles are deliciously springy, and slightly spicy coated in the meat sauce.


Overall, the noodles here are delicious and it’s a nice place to share some Xiao Long Bao with the family. But beware, as this fancy Chinese restaurant on Orchard Road charges $1.80 for their serving of table peanuts, and 30c each for the moist towelletes.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Address: #04-12A, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn


Typika Artisan Roasters, Claremont

IMG_2879 I have been to Typika quite few times now, and from what I see I think their doing well for themselves as the Claremont venue is always busy. On the latest visit, my foodie partners in crime were, my boyfriend; Dan, workmate; Julian and his lovely girlfriend Oana (the blogger behind The Bittersweet Odyssey). Overall, us foodies agreed that their food is good, while their coffee and service is average

Coffee and Drinks

The baristas behind the counter that day, were Andy (@72transformations) who was previously from La Veen Coffee & Kitchen, and Rachel (@barista_ong) who also works at the Pulp cafe. They are super friendly people and passionate about coffee, so don’t hesitate to have a chat with them.


Dan had the Cold Brew, which was served on a platter with a beaker of sparkling water and glass of ice. This single origin cold brew had been brewed for 16 hours, supposedly resulting in a sweet, low acidity flavour.


Oana ordered a double ristretto Flat White, and Julian ordered an Espresso, which was served with a palate cleanser of sparkling water.


I ordered a Grapefruit and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50) a dairy free option, which was sweet and easy to drink.


Although I didn’t order it that day, I would also recommend the Deconstructed Hot Chocolate; warm frothy milk, served with melted chocolate syrup, chocolate flakes and marshmallows. 



A popular and satisfying option at Typika, is the Golden French Toast ($19.50). A naughty breakfast of egg battered toast served with banana, maple candied bacon and lashings of salted caramel. I’ve previously introduced this dish to two friends who didn’t know that bacon and banana could coexist on one plate, and they both enjoyed it.


Another sweet dish is the Cast Iron Pancakes ($23.50), a doughnut style pancake cooked in a cast iron pan, making the crust crispy and the inside soft and fluffy. When served with poached pear, strawberries, nut crumble, vanilla custard and cinnamon sugar is a perfect combination, although a bit pricey.


I managed to taste a little bit of the Mushroom and Leek Ragu ($23.50), which Julian and Oana ordered. This was a dish off mixed swiss brown, field and button mushrooms, panfried in herb butter, white wine, then served with toast, poached egg, soft goats feta and snow pea tendrils. I would order this dish again, as the ragu was quite flavourful, although I would ask for it without the sprouts.


Dan ordered the Pulled Pork Quesadilla ($23), which is slow cooked shredded pork shoulder, with cheddar and BBQ sauce, topped with a corn, avocado and capsicum salsa.

IMG_2906 I have also previously tried the Black Sticky Rice with Mango and COYO ($16), which is a change for people who normally order muesli or porridge. The black sticky rice was a bit bland, but nice when combined with the sweet mango cheek. I wouldn’t order this dish again as I didn’t really enjoy the coconut yoghurt, I would say that it’s an acquired taste, kind of like sour cream.



We all had a good time, taking our foodie shots, filling our bellies and meeting each other’s better halves. I like that the location is easy to get to, just off Stirling highway and parking is normally plentiful (if not just park at Claremont Quarter, the first three hours are free). But, each time I’ve been here it has been difficult to get the attention of the wait staff, apart from that the food arrives to the table consistently quickly. I recommend going on a weekday to avoid long waits, and to get the Golden French Toast or the Spiced Beef Benedict (not pictured).

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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The Sarapan, Victoria Park

IMG_2795 This pop-up brunch venue on Leonard Street, have name themselves ‘Sarapan’ meaning ‘breakfast’ in Malay. Serving both Malaysian and Western dishes, what really drew me to Sarapan was the Roti Canai and Nasi Lemak. Only open on weekends, this café shares their space with another business, Olive and Figs who serve dinner.


I really enjoyed the Nasi Lemak ($11.50) here, a dish of fragrant coconut rice and spiced fried chicken served with sambal, anchovies, peanuts, slices of cucumber and boiled egg. The portion of sambal (a southeast Asian chilli sauce) was generous and had a good balance of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness. The fried chicken could have been juicier, but it was fried perfectly with a tasty coating of spices.


My friend Aaron also ordered an iced Teh Tarik ($4.50), a traditional ‘pulled’ Malaysian milk tea with condensed milk.


The freshly made Roti Canai ($5) was crispy on the outside, as well as soft and fluffy. It was served with a dahl and chicken curry sauce on the side, for dipping. Even though we were given cutlery, the best technique to eat the roti is to rip it apart with your bare hands. I would come here again to eat this, and maybe add an egg next time for only 50c extra.


Aaron and I were tossing between the Malaysian style Eggs & Toast ($5) or the Kaya Toast ($5), which we saw scribbled on the bottom of the menu. In the end we chose the Kaya Toast, which was a good choice that reminded us so much of Singapore. ‘Kaya’ is a sweet and creamy coconut spread, which was served with thick slices of white Hainan toast and a good portion of butter. There was enough kaya leftover that we could order an extra piece of toast (only 50c extra) to wipe it up.


Overall, I think that this quaint pop-up café is worth a visit. The staff are friendly and the service is quick. I will definitely be returning on a weekend to try the Roti Bom ($5) a sweet version of the Roti Canai, served with condensed milk.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10 Sarapan on Urbanspoon

Hylin, West Leederville

IMG_2770 On the hunt for Perth’s best cafes with ticks in all the boxes for service, food and coffee, I decided to check out Hylin on Railway Parade. I have now been here four times, and have enjoyed my experience at each visit.

Hylin is bright and modern, I like how the windows are always open letting natural sunlight flow indoors (a tick in my box for good Instagram shots). It has a contemporary feel with clean finishes and exposed brick mixed with greenery from scattered plants and adorable shrubs.

IMG_2763Smoothies and Juices

The smoothies and juices at Hylin, are freshly made on the spot. My personal favourite is the Green Juice ($7.50) with cucumber, celery, spinach, kale and green apple.

On my first visit I came with friends Rachel and Erin, they ordered an Orange Juice ($7.50) and a Banana and Strawberry Smoothie ($7.50). On a separate occasion I also had the Acai Smoothie ($8.50), with banana and strawberry, which was very sweet and not particularly the best one I’ve had.



The ever-popular Cronut ($5) can also be found at Hylin, with a choice of a Nutella or Butterscotch filling. These are super delicious and are one of the better cronuts I’ve had in Perth. I’m not sure if they are available daily or just on the weekend, as on the two weekdays I visited there were sadly none to be found.

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Hylin uses coffee beans from local independent Perth roasters, Micrology. We tried two coffees, a Cappuccino and Piccolo. The Piccolo seems to be my new go to during breakfast, because I end up too bloated if I have a large coffee with my meal. Eating with fellow baristas, they seemed pretty pleased with the coffee and Erin commented that the Cappuccino had the right amount of microfoam.



Their menu serves a variety of breakfast style dishes, from Acai Bowls to Burgers and even Tacos. The Smashed Avocado & Eggs ($15.50) came with a side of rocket and was served on two slices of sourdough toast. This dish was simply yummy, perfect for all those avo and egg lovers.


The Open Street Tacos ($14.50) really drew my attention, and was my first dish I tried. The Cajun chicken breast and slaw in the flour tortilla paired really well with the fresh mango salsa. Although, I would’ve preferred it without beansprouts as they’re not my favourite vegetable.


Whether vegetarian or not, everyone should try the Mushroom Haloumi Burger ($14.50), with a large roasted field mushroom, thick cut grilled haloumi cheese, caramelised onions, char-grilled peppers and a slide of slaw.


My boyfriend tried the Spicy Chipotle Chicken Burger ($14.50), which wasn’t that spicy, but simple and tasty served with a side of pineapple slaw. The chicken breast wasn’t dry like most chicken burgers, but quite tender and juicy.


Even though it was a small portion, I really enjoyed the Creamed Corn & Chorizo ($16.50), a dish with fried egg, asparagus, grilled chorizo, creamed corn and chipotle sauce on ciabatta. The best part was the creamed corn, I would eat a whole bowl of that if possible.


On my latest visit to Hylin, my sister and I both ordered the Acai Bowl with Granola ($11). The smoothie part of the bowl was very sweet, made with coconut water, mixed berries, acai and banana. My sister finished the bowl quickly, but mentioned that Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall does a better Acai Bowl because she likes a thicker consistency.




I think coming here four times within the space of a week already says that I have good vibes for Hylin. My top recommendations are the Creamed Corn & Chorizo, Green Juice and Nutella Cronut!


Rating: 8 out of 10

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The Modern Eatery, Fremantle

IMG_2705The Modern Eatery has recently opened their doors in Fremantle, a Japanese restaurant specialising in Aburi sushi (a method of light searing with a blow torch). On their soft opening, I brought my family down to try what the ‘House of Aburi Sushi’ had to offer. The interior of the Modern Eatery is small with a minimalistic feel, and an open view of the chefs freshly preparing our food. Our waiter for the night was Jason, whom we later found out is also part owner of the restaurant. He was friendly and extremely helpful in giving us some recommendations.


For entrée, we ordered the Crunchy Salad ($12), which is a green salad with Japanese sesame dressing and some fried carrot (or sweet potato?) on top. Although it sounds so simple it is flavoursome, and would be lovely as a side with an order of sashimi.


We also ordered a pot of hot Green Tea ($2 each) for the table, which I think was Genmaicha as it had roasted brown rice in it.


The Modern Eatery, serves a traditional style of sushi known as Oshi Sushi, where the rice is pressed into box shaped pieces. The Salmon Oshi Sushi ($16), has pressed salmon on rice, with an aburi sauce and capsicum to garnish.


Throughout the night, the dishes came to the table fairly quickly. Next we had the Fry Me to The Moon Roll ($15), which was apparently very popular during their lunch period. Made with a cream cheese, cooked salmon filling, sweet chilli mayonnaise and sweet soy. My Dad really enjoyed this roll as he loves tempura, and the outside of the sushi was crispy like a tempura batter. 


The Salmon Sashimi ($9.50), came in five decent sized pieces and there was the option to Aburi for $2. I overheard that their salmon is sourced from New Zealand rather than Tasmania, which is probably why it was much fattier compared to other Japanese eateries.


The dish that was not the best in terms of presentation, but definitely delivered in terms of freshness and taste is the Sumo Platter A ($55). A combination platter made of three types of Nigiri Sushi, a Salmon, Tuna and Scallop. It also has a Kamikaze Roll, which is made with Ebi Tempura, shredded crab meat, avocado filling, with aburi sauce and fish roe. The other smaller Uramaki rolls were your classic California roll, Veggie roll and a Sweet Potato Tempura roll. Overall, this platter was such a hit and all the pieces were gobbled up very quickly, the raw scallop was fresh and sweet, probably my favourite on the plate.IMG_2733

After all that, Mum still wanted to order something with Unagi and my Dad wanted to order some Tempura. We ordered the Baby Dragon Roll ($13), which is unagi paired with cucumber, avocado, and an unagi sauce.

IMG_2743We also ordered two servings of Zen ($10), which is an accompaniment to your main meal and is only available with a purchase of Oshi Sushi, Uramaki or Craft Roll. It consists of assorted tempura, a salad of the day and miso soup. The tempura was crispy on the outside and cooked well, although the salad had no dressing on it making it a bit boring, so there is room for improvement there.            IMG_2747

Update: I visited the Modern Eatery again for a second time, to take advantage of their 15% off opening special. The service and consistency was spot on, and the staff were very friendly enough to recommend more dishes.

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Sea Circus, Seminyak

IMG_3507 Sea Circus is a quirky and colourful café located on Jalan Kayu Aya. If you feel like having a healthy breakfast or a cheeky cocktail, this is the place to go. Just a short walk from popular spots such as Bodyworks Day Spa and Potato Head Beach Club, you couldn’t miss the creative artwork painted on their shopfront.

On a busy day of exploring what Seminyak had to offer, my family and I popped into Sea Circus for light refreshments and snacks. After browsing various Instagram images and perusing through the menu, we decided to order the Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Salsa (3 for 110 000 rupiah). The tacos came out on a wooden board, with three side dishes of guacamole, mango salsa and jalapenos. When combined together, the soft taco tasted fresh and delicious, and we were very satisfied with the flavours.


My sister Joan, ordered an Acai Smoothie (65 000 rupiah), which was topped with banana, strawberry and bee pollen. Joan still claims today, that this is the best Acai smoothie she’s ever had, and she's tried quite a few. She was also pretty disappointed she didn’t come back to try their Acai bowl for brekky.


After hearing how good the frozen margaritas were at Sea Circus, I ordered the Passion fruit & Guava Margarita (90 000 rupiah), which is made of Jose Cuervo tequila, passionfruit, guava, triple sec and lime. Mum decided on the Strawberry and Lychee Margarita (90 000 rupiah) made of Jose Cuervo tequila, strawberry, lychee, triple sec & lime. Both the cocktails were strong, icey and refreshing, just right for Bali’s extremely humid weather.


To finish off we tried the Hot Churros with Dark Chocolate Dipping Sauce (45 000 rupiah), which were quite average. Not something I would order again, as they tasted premade and not very fresh.


On a separate occasion we came back for a few more refreshments, and my sister ordered another Acai Smoothie. I’ve forgotten the rest of the names but they ranged between 25 000  to 30 000 rupiah and can be served as a granita (frappe) or ice-cold juice.


Sea Circus have a menu with such variety, there is something for everyone at an inexpensive price. If I’m ever holidaying in Bali again, I’d definitely come back to try more of their dishes.

Rating: 8 out of 10

(Photos taken with iPhone 6s)


Address: 22 Jalan Kayu Aya (Oberi Rd), Seminyak, Bali