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

  

 

Pure Glow Cleanse

Recently, I’ve been intrigued by juice cleanses and the raging phenomenon that is cold pressed juice. Pure Glow Cleanse was created by yoga lovers Jacqueline Forth and Annette Gohl, who currently pride themselves in providing one of the most popular juice cleanses in Perth.

Unlike mainstream juicers, cold pressed juices are made without heat and minimal exposure to oxygen, using a commercial slow juicing equipment. According to Pure Glow this means the juices retain 3-5 times more nutrients compared to regular juices.

On a Monday night, I was hand delivered my box of juices and put them straight into the fridge. Being fussy I chose to try a custom six-pack, and on the following day I decided to taste the juices just to see if I liked them.

The Juices

Sunrise Elixir: Lemon, Cucumber, Aloe Vera, Filtered Water - This is normally the start of the Pure Glow juice cleanse, basically a pimped up lemon water. The lemon and aloe vera is meant to stimulate digestion and flush out toxins, while the cucumber rehydrates, de-stresses and reenergises.

Green Guru: Kale, Cos, Cucumber, Celery, Green Apple, Mint, Lemon: The Green Guru was the first green juice I decided to try and this tasted similar to most of the other green juices I normally have. It has a bright flavour, and is quite filling full of B vitamins for energy and vitamin K for skin.

Good Karma: Carrot, Grapefruit, Green Apple, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon - Of all six, this one was my favourite. Don’t be scared off by the turmeric I didn’t even taste it. They claim that Good Karma improves complexion and acts as an anti-inflammatory too.

Ruby: Beetroot, Cranberry, Coconut Water, Ginger, Lemon - Beetroot is said to help lower blood pressure, aid with sleep, muscles and inflammation. Although, not being a fan of it, I have to be honest this one was not my favourite.

Buddha Juice: Cucumber, Fennel, Green Apple, Lemon, Mint - This juice was very zesty and really had a zing about it. Each component in the juice helped towards improving skin, nasal congestion, digestion or blood sugar levels.

Limited Edition Watermelon Crush: Watermelon, Cucumber, Lime - Out of three limited edition juice this season, Pure Glow Cleanse sent me over this fruity wonder. A sweet concoction, and fun drink that’s also great for making your skin glow!

Thank you to Pure Glow Cleanse for sending me over these babies. Next step: seeing how my body reacts to a day of just juice. I definitely think I’ll need one after the holiday season!

tbsp., Bayswater

From the creators of Smuggled Seeds comes tbsp., a casual café serving great coffee and a creative brunch menu with Asian influences. My mum and I ventured to Bayswater just to check this new place out, and were greeted by friendly barista and co-owner Rob.

The people at tbsp. are serious about their coffee and use local Western Australian suppliers Blacklist Roasters, as well as the best milk from Bannister Downs. However that day our coffees were made from beans roasted by Small Batch, a Melbourne roasting company. My flat white came out perfect, and tasted divine. My mum was also very happy with her cappuccino.

For breakfast we decided to share two dishes, the Brisket benedict ($22) and the Chicken congee ($14). The servings were larger than what I assumed from social media, the brisket benedict was served with beer braised onions, slow-cooked eggs, hollandaise and ciabatta. The meat was cooked well and was the onions gave it a bit of sweetness.

Congee is a traditional rice porridge dish served in many Asian countries. At tbsp. it is served Indonesian style, with confit chicken, chicken crackling, coriander, spring onions and a slow-cooked egg. The crackling is basically deep fried chicken skin, and makes you feel a little guilty, but tastes so good!

On the way out we managed to grab the last Lemon & Lime Donut, and also a plain one. These donuts were winners, especially the one filled with lemon & lime curd! I wish that I was able to try more dishes like the French Toast and Burger, but I’m sure I’ll be there next week for more.

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Must Winebar, Highgate

At the first Perth Zomato Meet Up, I was introduced to the beautiful food at Must Winebar and their new ‘A Taste of Must’ tasting menu, celebrating the best seasonal ingredients matched with wines. On the first Tuesday of every month, one ingredient is highlighted and for this four course tasting it was the very underrated Asparagus.

The Appetiser came out first a Blue manna crab custard with asparagus tips and a prosciutto & white asparagus crostada. The crab custard was smooth and creamy, which paired perfectly with the crostada and the ‘Season of Love’ Asparagus Infused Gin Sour.

Next came a beautiful Asparagus & shallot tart tartin, mushroom foam and white wine gastrique. This was so good I had to question myself why I don’t eat Asparagus everyday. This was served with a Right Everend V ‘Industria’ Chardonnay from Margaret River, which went down smoothly with the tart.

The main was definitely a highlight dish, succulent Middle Eastern Lamb Rump with Asparagus two ways, ‘ risotto’ and raw salad shanklish with a walnut tahini. The lamb was perfectly cooked and the flavours of the walnut tahini worked very well. I’m usually not a red wine drinker, however the Rockcliffe ‘Third Reef’ Shiraz paired great with the red meat.

To end every menu, there must be dessert. I was wondering how can someone put Asparagus in a dessert? But somehow the chefs at Must came up with a Chocolate ‘aero’, salted caramel ice cream and samphire dish. Samphire is a native succulent, which is also referred to as Sea Asparagus. So that’s where the asparagus came into play! With the dessert came a glass of Rockford ‘Cane Cut’ Semillon from Barossa Valley, which tasted like honey, I really enjoyed it!

Overall, an amazing job by Must! Thanks to head chef and owner, Russell and Grace from Zomato for organising this lovely night. I look forward to returning for another ‘A Taste of Must’ night.

For those of you who are interested, the next dates are:

  • Tuesday 10th November - Egg
  • Tuesday 1st December - Cherry
  • Tuesday 5th January - Cheese

Rating: 9 out of 10

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Rabbit In The Moon, North Fremantle

Upon arriving at Rabbit In The Moon, I immediately fell in love with their cute decor and the feeling of open space created by the glass panels. The café sits close to the Swan River, which means you have a good view on a sunny day if you pick the right place to sit. Their breakfast menu is served up to 2:30pm, so it’s a great cafe choice if you enjoy sleeping in.

This Friday morning I dined with Dan and his mum, to start off we ordered a few drinks an Iced Americano ($5.50), some Cappuccinos ($4) and a Mixed Berries, Pear and Apple Juice Blend ($6).

For breakfast, I had my eye on the Kaya Waffle ($18), which they recently added onto the Spring Menu. The waffle is American style, crispy on the outside and soft in the middle just how I enjoy it. Served with sweet maple syrup, kaya puree (a Malaysian pandan coconut jam), mascarpone, popping candy and fresh seasonal fruits. Such a pretty dish!

Dan being a big eater went for the Rabbit’s Full Breakfast ($22), this included some pork chipolatas, poached eggs, garlic tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, bacon and two slices of organic sourdough toast.

His mum decided on the Baked Eggs ($17.50), cooked Huevos rancheros style and served with two slices of organic sourdough. The eggs were baked with a mixture of chorizo, fetta cheese and mildly spicy capsicum tomato sauce, which she really enjoyed because of the spiciness.

Location wise, the café sits in a more residential area with some easy to find free parking on that Friday morning. All the drinks came out around the same time, which were followed by the food and the service was very friendly. Would love to come back here to try the lunch menu, they have a delicious sounding Bulgogi Burger between 12pm to 2:30pm!

Rating: 7 out of 10

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Zen Japanese Restaurant, Subiaco

Looking for a Japanese place in Subiaco, a few friends and I decided to visit Zen Japanese based on a suggestion by The Food Forager. Thankfully, this place didn’t disappoint us and I thoroughly enjoyed the super fresh sashimi and other dishes that night.

When we first entered the restaurant there was no one inside besides the owner/chef and one waitress. Typically this isn’t a sign of good food, however my theory was wrong. We started off with Beef Tataki ($14.80) and some Salt & Pepper Squid ($12.80). The beef was tender, served with a ponzu sauce and garlic chips. The squid rings, were served with a wasabi mayo dipping sauce and was seasoned very well.

For mains we decided to share the Large Assorted Sashimi ($36.80) and the Zen Spider Roll ($17.80), which is a soft shell crab sushi roll. To our surprise the colourful sushi and sashimi came out on a large boat, 10/10 for presentation!

We also had some cooked dishes, the Grilled King Fish Wings ($15.80) and Beef Fillet Steak ($29.80). The wings were soft and flake, while the beef was cooked perfectly to medium rare, where it was still pink in the middle. It was also served with lots of vegetables and sauce, super satisfying with a bowl of warm Japanese rice.

Before we headed out, the waitress stopped us to give us some complimentary dessert, a sweet and creamy Panna Cotta. Overall, the pricing was reasonable for the quality of the food and the service was lovely. Looking forward to returning for more fresh off the boat sashimi!

Rating: 7.5 out of 10 

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Babylon Cafe, Leederville

Hidden behind a rug store in the heart of Leederville, Babylon café is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee. I love their rustic wooden furniture and little touches like their Aztec patterned cushions as well as the bright blue front door.

Arriving a few minutes early for a meeting, I decided to grab a Chicken Toastie and a small Flat White. The toastie was on a Rye and Sunflower seed bread which was crispy on the outside and delicious on the inside with a generous filling of chicken, sweet mustard pickles, mayonnaise and cheese.

The two guys behind the counter were also super friendly! Glad I found this little gem, it’s a perfect place to hideaway in Leederville.

Rating: 7 out of 10   

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James Parker Sushi & Sake, Northbridge

IMG_7520_Fotor My boyfriend's favourite cuisine is Japanese, so for his 21st  birthday I organised a dinner at James Parker in Northbridge for him and some friends. The venue’s interior is modern with Japanese accents, and features a great sushi bar to sit and watch the chefs prepare your meal. They also have an extensive list of Japanese beers, spirits and wines, perfect for a birthday celebration.

The staff were very attentive and helpful throughout the night. We started with a few drinks and after hearing their recommendations we also ordered a few entrees, sushi rolls and other a la carte dishes.

For entrees we ordered the Wagyu Beef Tataki ($19), which is seared wagyu beef with ponzu sauce and some crispy deep fried topping. I preferred this over the other entrée of Fresh Tuna Aburi ($20), which is seared tuna slices with vegetable and ponzu sauce. IMG_7467_FotorIMG_7486_Fotor

From the a la carte menu we ordered Eggplant Dengaku ($15) which is deep fried eggplant with a miso sauce. We also shared a simple Lotus, edamame, aburaage salad ($15) with mixed greens and deep fried bean curd.IMG_7490_FotorIMG_7488_Fotor

Sashimi is one of my favourite things ever and James Parker’s fresh fish didn’t disappoint. We decided to share the Assorted Sashimi ($46) between us, which included a variety of eight different types of seafood. I really enjoyed the raw scallop and uni!

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From the Sushi Bar, we ordered the Aburi Salmon Roll ($19), Eel Dragon Roll ($20), Volcano Roll ($20) and Soft Shell Crab Spider Roll ($20). The most delicious out of the four was definitely the Volcano roll, which had seared scallops, fish roe and a creamy sauce.

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We also ordered some Mushroom Tempura ($19), which had four different types of mushrooms coated in a light tempura batter; shiitake, shimeji, maitake and oyster mushroom. We also has some Gyoza ($10), perfect little pork filled dumplings, simply delicious.

IMG_7516_FotorIMG_7465_FotorOther dishes we shared but aren’t worth too much of a mention are the Karaage with oroshi ponzu ($16) and Grilled Miso Pork ($16). I would say these dishes were average, so stick with the sushi rolls and sashimi when you come to James Parker.

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For desserts we chose the Shiratama uji kintoki ($8), shaved matcha ice with mochi balls, red bean and green tea sauce. Also, the Yukimi daifuku ($8) which are two pieces of mochi filled with ice cream and covered in peanut powder. IMG_7524_Fotor

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We had such an enjoyable evening and it was nice to try the variety of dishes James Parker had on offer. Throughout the night the service was excellent, and the fresh seafood dishes were great. Can’t wait to try more!

Rating: 7 out of 10

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The Old Crow, Northbridge

IMG_5805 Situated in a renovated heritage house on Newcastle Street, there is a great vibe which matches The Old Crow’s American Soul filled menu. This was my second time visiting the restaurant and this time it was for a midweek dinner with my fellow eating partners in crime Htet (@hmaphotos), Josh (@joshgetsfat), Cathy (@bake.you.smile) and Michelle (@thefoodforager).

Over ordering is something we’re quite familiar with, this time we started with Crispy Piggy Bits, Hot Sauce, Celery, Blue Cheese ($10) and Brussel Spouts, Chilli Jam, Pine Nuts, Buttermilk ($10) from the ‘Snacks’ section of the menu. The piggy bits were a bit of a miss for some, I enjoyed them, however I probably wouldn’t order this again. On the other hand, the brussel spouts are deliciously charred, full of flavour and a little bit spicy.

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IMG_5773They also gave us some complementary Sourdough Bread, which came with a lovely creamy and sweet fennel butter. I love free bread!

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Then came the smaller plates, the Cauliflower Ravioli, Cavolo Nero, Almonds, Parmesan ($16.50) and Duck Parfait, Smoked Rhubarb, Charred Bread ($16.50). The ravioli filling had a delicious creamy texture and strong cauliflower flavour. But, I would have to say my favourite dish is the rich and smooth duck parfait spread on the toast with a bit of smoked rhubarb. A definite must order!

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We also ordered the Smoked Beef Short Rib, Bacon, Braised Carrots ($35) and Jerk Chicken, Cornbread, Roast Onions, Gravy ($30) from the large plates menu. The short rib had a strong smokiness and fell off the bone easily. The jerk chicken was tender but also extremely salty due to the gravy which soaked the whole dish.

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IMG_5802For sides, don’t go past the Dirty Potatoes, Jalapenos, Ranch, Parmesan ($10), which are a massive serving of delicious crunchy potatoes covered in cheese, what’s not to love! I also enjoyed the Smoked Corn, Lime, Chilli, Butter, Coriander ($6), which came with two corn cobs.

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IMG_5789To end the night we all tucked into a Buttermilk Pannacotta, Lemon Curd, Rhubarb, Meringue, Ice Cream ($16). Which was quite nice, however quite sweet as there was a lot of meringue bits.

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The Old Crow is a great place for sharing a meal with a group of friends, if your making a trip there I recommend dining in a group of 3-6 so you can try a variety of dishes. Definitely order the dirty potatoes, brussel sprouts and duck parfait, and you won't be disappointed. However their food is quite rich so be prepared to wear your loosest pants!

Rating: 8 out of 10

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Galileo Buona Cucina, Shenton Park

IMG_7540 For Daniel’s 21st birthday I took him to Galileo in Shenton Park, an authentic Italian restaurant that has been one of only 10 WA restaurants that are recognised by the Italian government. After hearing many great things, I made an early reservation at 6pm as we had tickets for Cirque Du Soleil’s Totem later that night.

The service here is exceptional, our waitress for the night impressively listed the specials and their detailed descriptions. To start off we ordered two entrée specials, the Caprese ($23) and the Gnocchi ($23). They thoughtfully split the Caprese onto two separate plates for us to share, the ingredients tasted very fresh and the simple combination of mozzarella with the saltiness of the meat were perfect. The Gnocchi was made with ricotta and spinach, four-cheese sauce and truffle oil. The pieces were so pillowy and melt in your mouth, definitely a highlight!

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For mains Dan had the Quail stuffed with Venetian Sausage centre & Lentils ($29.90) and I had the Spit Roast Duck ($33), one of the specials. The Quail was cooked perfectly pink and tender. While the duck’s skin was crispy on the outside although a little bit dry inside, however the creamy bed of mash it sat on made up for the dryness.

IMG_7541IMG_7546Unfortunately we were in a rush, and didn’t get to try their dessert menu. However, they surprised Daniel with a little chocolate cake, which was a nice birthday treat. They also give all their customers complementary biscuits at the end of their meal. I think Galileo is a must visit in Perth, I’m already drooling thinking about that gnocchi dish!

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Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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Mary's, Mt Lawley

Marys18During the day you may know it as Mary Street Bakery, but at night it transforms into Mary’s, serving amazing food with creative flavours and a bit of an Asian influence. I recently visited Mary’s for a farewell dinner, as my dear friend Kat was leaving us for America.

Dining in a large group can sometimes be difficult, so we chose Mary's ‘Feed Me’ option where the kitchen selects a few dishes for us to share, at $45 per person. I totally recommend this if you can’t decide what to order and you’re in a big group, we got to try almost every dish from the menu.

To start off we ordered a few drinks, I chose a Pink Granade – Gin, Grapefruit, Maraschino, Bitters ($12), a light and fruity pre-made cocktail which reminded me a little bit of Schweppes’s Agrum.

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A few snacks came out, Crispy Chicken Skin with Seven Spices ($6) (not pictured) which was super a little bit spicy and very addictive. Some Trailer Trash Mix ($7) which consists of some smoked nuts and some Olives and Pickles ($9). We also got some bread and butter which was a great bonus.

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Marys3Marys22After that we had a few smaller things to share, my favourite being the Kewpie, Roe, Chicken Wings ($12 for 4), super crispy on the outside and juicy inside. Marys12marys11

I also really enjoyed the Eggplant Chips which I couldn't find on the menu. But they were lovely crispy battered pieces of eggplant with an aioli and chilli salt.

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The New Style Raw Fish with Ginger and Sesame ($22) this dish had a good amount of Ginger and Sesame.

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The Pig Head Terrine, Pickled Cucumber, Radish ($12 for 2) were also really popular amongst us, this was served a bit like a San Choy Bao.

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What I highly recommend ordering is the Aged Rump Tartare, Smoked Oyster ($18) served with little crackers. The cracker topped with little pieces of raw meat, pack a punch in terms of flavour and texture.

Marys10Marys9We also shared a few pasta dishes a Mal Tagliati, Braised Beef, Spiced Black Vinegar ($22) and the Lasagne, Mushroom, Black Garlic, Burnt Butter, Curd ($24). Both pastas were cooked very well although the flavours from the lasagne were my favourite of the two, and a stand out dish of the night.Marys21

Marys17Mary’s also have some nice salads we got Kim Jongs Crunchy Nut, Vegetable Noodle Salad ($16), Peppered Lead, Onion, Avocado, Black Rice, Thai Basil ($14) and Iceberg, Caramelised Bacon, Apple, Kimchi Vinaigrette ($12).Marys19Marys16Marys15To end the night we were served two desserts firstly a Doughnut Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Crunch, Kyoho Grape Jelly, Toast ($9). The peanut butter crunch was salty, which balanced out well with the sweet jelly and the cinnamon doughnut flavoured icecream. Then the waitress came out with a Dark Chocolate Mousse, Ginger Nut Brownie Coconut, Passionfruit ($14), and shaved some coconut ice on top, great theatre!

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Marys23Overall, it was a delicious experience, with friendly and quick service. Price wise, the 'Feed Me' option is very worth your money and our bellies were very quickly satisfied. Since I managed to try a majority of the menu, I would have to say to go for the Chicken Wings, Rump Tartare and Mushroom Lasagne. Also, don’t skip the desserts!

Rating: 8 out of 10 

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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.

Breakfast

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.

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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.

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Lunch

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.

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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.

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

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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Restaurant Amusé, East Perth

IMG_3989 To celebrate our third anniversary, Dan and I visited Restaurant Amusé in East Perth. The restaurant looks like an ordinary house on the outside, but the interior is simple and sophisticated, and their waitstaff provide perfect service from start to finish. The night’s menu was filled with both classic and imaginative combinations, and showed a lot of impressive technique.

Before we began the degustation, we were given a ‘cheat sheet’ with ingredients for each course and the wines served if you decided on wine pairing ($80pp), which we opted out of. When each dish is placed in front of you it is explained in detail, and truthfully some dishes had so many elements I couldn’t exactly remember, but I’ll try my best to recall each dish.

We started off with canapés, which were Curried Egg on Cos, Salt and Vinegar Cracker and Cheese Puff.

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Following that we had a small portion of Buttermilk Dashi, Crab and Lemon Verbena, which was so delicious I wanted more.

IMG_3995 After that some Bread and Butter was brought to the table, the bread is baked in-house and comes in two varieties, Rye and Sourdough. I preferred the sourdough, which went perfectly with their churned smoked butter. It’s great that you aren’t restricted to two slices each, they offer you more bread if you want it!

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The first of the savoury courses arrived, which was Nashi Pear, Sunflower, Turnip and Cheddar. This was a simple yet exciting dish, the sweetness of the pear went really well with the saltiness of the grated cheddar.

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Next on the table was the Marron, Carrot, Quinoa and Buckwheat. Underneath the smokey bisque, was a risotto made from quinoa and buckwheat, lovely pieces of marron and a textural element of crispy quinoa.

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One of my favourites from the night was the Beef, Apple, Coal and Celeriac, with shaved egg yolk. I was very interested to see how they would use the coal, and in this dish they made a coal mayonnaise. The sweetness of the apple and crispness of the celeriac, really complimented the medium rare barbequed beef.

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The next dish was the Barramundi, Artichoke, Mushroom and Black Garlic, also topped with grilled zucchini. The barramundi was cooked perfectly; it didn’t taste fishy at all and melted in your mouth. The shitake mushrooms made this more of a Japanese dish to me.

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The dish that didn’t really hit it off for me was the Duck, Cauliflower, Kohlrabi and Pomegranate; maybe it was because I was very full. The duck was cooked two ways, and is under layers of kohlrabi soaked in pomegranate juice. Thanks to Wikipedia, I learnt that a kohlrabi is also called a turnip cabbage and it tasted just like that.

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Before dessert, came out a dish made of Caraway, Passionfruit, Coconut and Pine Geranium, which I didn't really enjoy too much. The caraway is used in a rye cracker, which then has passionfruit and coconut gel piped onto it.

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For dessert we had Quince, Prune, Jasmine and Chocolate. This consisted of shards of dehydrated chocolate mousse, poached quince pieces, a jasmine cream and a surprisingly delicious prune sorbet. The flavours worked very well, but I felt as if there could’ve been less shards of mousse or it could have been broken into smaller pieces.

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The last treat for the night consisted of Mint, Pepperberry, Lychee and Bergamot. Mint and pepperberry were made into a tea like drink, to help aid our digestion. The waitress also brought out a little dish of lychee jelly and bergamot caramel, for additional sweetness.

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Overall, the food was creative and well balanced throughout the night. If you have $130pp to spare, and around 2.5-3 hours I definitely recommend dining here! For those of you who do have the entertainment book, make sure you take advantage of the voucher for $40 off the total bill.

Rating: 9 out of 10

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'The Six Stack' by The Bao Bar

IMG_3843 A few months ago my friend Aaron Chew mentioned an idea to bring the humble Taiwanese Gua Bao to Perth in a modern and relatable way. Now his dream has become a reality, with the creation of his pop-up venture known as ‘The Bao Bar’. With other local eateries such as Low Key Chow House and crowd-funded Lucky Chan’s offering variations of gua bao, The Bao Bar is up against some pretty tough competition.

Along his journey I have somehow been roped into helping out, but working at The Bao Bar has been both fun and exciting. Every Friday night we get together to serve a bao degustation, known as ‘The Six Stack’. The event is located at a warehouse in O’Connor, where we pump some Nujabes and serve you six different baos, and unlimited Asian soft drinks, at a price of $40.

So here is ‘The Six Stack’ line up from the past two weeks:

Some lotus root chips seasoned in sweet and salty chinese five spice to start off.

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1. The O.G.

This is the original Taiwanese style braised pork belly gua bao, served with crushed peanuts and coriander.

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2. The Big Bird

Who doesn’t love a fried chicken bao? This gua bao is filled with chinese cabbage, a Taiwanese style popcorn chicken and drizzled in sriracha mayonnaise. Out of the six this one's my favourite!

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3. The Notorious P.I.G

Another pork belly bao, but this time with a crispy crackling, hoisin sauce, fresh cucumber, zingy pickled radish & carrot, and a garnish of coriander.

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4. The Sebastian

Delicious soft shell crab, covered in a homemade Singaporean style chilli sauce inside a naughty deep fried bao.

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5. The Porco Rosso

A char-siu pulled pork gua bao, with crushed peanuts, cucumber and a garnish of coriander.

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6. The Kimberly Hart

To finish off, there is a sweet dessert bao! A deep fried gua bao, filled with red bean paste and green tea ice cream, then covered in crushed strawberry pocky and peanuts.

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Unfortunately, through the power of social media this bao-gustation is now sold out for the next few weeks! But, if you want to know where The Bao Bar is popping up next, stalk us on social media:

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The Old Laundry, North Perth

IMG_3615When I saw fellow Perth bloggers Bryony Eats and Queen of Bad Timing post photos of the prettiest Pop Tart ever, I immediately put the Old Laundry on top of my must try list. The Old Laundry is a North Perth bar and eatery serving their breakfast menu till 11:30am daily, the perfect place for a catch up on a Sunday morning.

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The coffees here are reasonably priced at $3.50 for a regular dine in cup. Here is a photo of their Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino, which I thought enjoyably smooth and had the right amount of foam on top.

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Best friends share their food, and I was delighted when my friend Rachel proposed to share the Peanut Butter & Jelly Pop Tart ($17) and the Sweet Potato & Chorizo Hash ($17). I thought that the pop tart would be overwhelming with so many sweet flavours of salted caramel, jam and chocolate mousse, but it was perfectly balanced. Although this dish is more of a dessert

IMG_3607 The Hash was also just what I felt like that morning, with spicy chorizo, caramelized onion jam, potato, rocket and topped with a fried egg. The sunny side up egg was cooked just the way it should be, yolky on top so it drizzles over the potatoes.

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One of my friends also ordered the Pecan & Maple Syrup Granola ($16), which came with a small jug of milk for those who need it. Although I only had a spoonful to taste, this granola topped with pear, rhubarb compote, pomegranate and yoghurt, was delicious, a good choice for a lighter breakfast.

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I will be back to try their Green Eggs and Ham, because the pork hock, green pea & polenta fried cakes with poached eggs and pesto sound irresistible! Their new menu is worth a try, give it a go and let me know what you think.

 Rating: 8 out of 10

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