Elevated Grounds – Kalamunda

IMG_0296Elevated Grounds Coffeehouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Kalamunda is turning into quite the coffee spot! First opened Haynes Street Larder, then it’s sister café Jack and Jill appeared – now there is another opening on the Haynes Street Strip – Elevated Grounds.IMG_0300

You can find the bright and cheery café housed in what was formally “La Paris Brest”. The staff are very friendly and welcoming. Dining is al fresco or in the café – we opt to sit inside, where it’s a little quieter.IMG_0290

I really enjoyed a proper chai tea. I loved how it was served on a board and I poured the tea infused milk into the mug myself, sprinkling the chai spices ontop. I was happy to taste the tea was piping hot too, which is rare.

IMG_0293The menu is basically an all day breakfast menu. For something a little more lunch-y there is quiche, salad, sandwiches and more in the chiller cabinet – as well as cakes! My mum chooses two pancakes ($11) topped with blueberries and dusted with icing sugar. On the menu you can choose if you have a stack of 2, 3, 4, or 5 pancakes and there are several different toppings to pick from – naughty and nice.

IMG_0299I predictably chose the “pulled pork benedict” and was a little gutted when I was told that the kitchen had run out. Instead, I opt for the smoked salmon version ($16.50). First to the eggs! Were they perfectly cooked? The first poke of my knife didn’t reveal any runny yolk and my heart sank a little more – the second egg though WAS runny and the poached egg oozed with golden yolk.  The eggs and salmon sat upon a bed of wilted spinach and super fresh thickly sliced bread. The dish fits the bill, though I still crave that porky-ness that marries so well with the creamy hollandaise sauce.

Kids are catered for and there are mini picnic tables in the kiddies toy corner. Little Chef picks a simple cheese toastie for his lunch, which he scoffs in no time. Elevated Grounds is also friendly for your furry friends.


While it’s a pleasant café and the staff are very helpful,  I think the kitchen is yet to hit their stride with the food. The café has been open just a few months. Elevated Grounds has priced the food well and it’s more of a home style of cooking than gourmet, but still tasty!IMG_0304

Propeller – North Freo

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We love the Fremantle vibe – so casual and carefree. Though technically in the western suburbs, the North Fremantle strip exudes the same Freo quirkiness and it has an intimate village feel too. There’s small bars and restaurants aplenty – including the popular Habitué, Mrs Brown and Flipside – where Prince Harry recently dined.

Propeller is an eatery that resides in and around an old refurbished bus garage – a brilliant use of space. A colourful mural adorns the inviting outside dining terrace, though unfortunately on this day the Fremantle Doctor is well and truly in – it’s too blustery to sit outside.

Perth’s love affair with brunch is still going strong. At Propeller you can brunch till 3pm, which is great if you feel like an all-day breakfast. We’re dining at the later end of lunch and we’re happy to see there isn’t solely breakfast dishes on the menu.IMG_0153

The menu is interesting. Propeller’s kitchen is inspired by flavours of the Levant region, which is made up of countries from the eastern Mediterranean, an area where European and Middle Eastern flavours collide. The service is much warmer than the sea breeze and our waitress is very accommodating.

The wine list is small, but adequate with some Australian and Italian picks. A good selection of craft beers and spirits are also available in the fully licenced venue. Flu-season has well and truly taken hold in our house – so I take advantage of a green veggie juice.IMG_0145

I enjoy every mouthful of the pulses in rich tomato sauce, served with a confit duck leg, $18. There are lentils, chickpeas, butter beans and more – with some thickly sliced bread to soak up the meaty sauce. The duck leg is oh so tender and full of game-y flavour. The freshly baked sourdough is supplied from one of my all-time favourite dining spots – Bread in Common. The dish is served in a retro falcon ware bowl. Whilst it looks great, the high sides make it impractical. I give up trying to cut the bread with a knife and tear with my hands instead. To be honest, I think that’s the way this rustic dish is meant to be enjoyed!pulses

Chef, who I’m tempted to start calling “Pizza Boy”, chooses yet another pizza. He assures me of his informed choice, he’s heard great things about the pizzas here at Propeller. He’s impressed with a meat manoushe, a Lebanese pizza, $22. The pizza base is incredibly light and fluffy – topped with spiced minced beef, pomegranate (which WOULD have looked great, but Chef asked for none, he’s fussy!), parsley and labne, a creamy strained soft cheese. Chef spreads the labne very liberally over the mince – he loves it.IMG_0141

Another interesting oval pizza-esc dish keeps being delivered to tables around us. After some enquiries we find out that it’s one of their specialties, a pide, which is a Turkish pizza. We have some serious food envy!

Though Propeller oozes cool, it’s also family friendly. Little Chef takes after his Daddy and chooses a meatball pizza, $10. It’s a tasty pizza, but a little on the small side, even for a six year old.IMG_0140

The sweet treats are baked on site daily and are on display at the repurposed shipping container bar outside. The flourless chocolate and blood orange cake, served with a little cream, is great for gluten intolerant diners and just as delectable as the real deal.IMG_0149

For the coffee n cake crowd their locally roasted Darkstar coffee is top notch too. The nut tart is savoured by Chef – it’s absolutely scrumptious- the pastry is spot on too.IMG_0150

Propeller is a great spot to break bread with friends over a drink or two. Propeller is mainly an outside venue and on a warm summer’s day or evening it will be delightful.

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At a glance

■ Propeller

222 Queen Victoria Street

North Fremantle

Phone 9335 9366

■ Opening times

8.30am to 11.30pm

Monday to Sunday

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Mediterranean

■ wine –small wine list

■ Chef – Kurt Sampson

■ Owners – Hamish Fleming

and Siobhan Blumann

■ feel – Casual cool

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entre – $9 -$23

Mains – $12 – $36

Dessert – $15

■ all in all – A cool, airy

venue with attentive service

and interesting, tasty food.


Sunday Drive to Bindoon Bakehaus and Café

IMG_0179Bindoon Bakehaus & cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Back in the 1980’s, when I was a kid, a Sunday drive was the thing to do. We’d all hop into Dad’s car and take a drive to Mundaring Weir for an Ice cream or when we were in the UK we’d enjoy a drive through the Peak District in search of a cosy country pub for lunch.IMG_0183

I recently revisited the Sunday drive – we’d heard good things about the Bindoon Bakehaus and it seemed like the perfect thing to do on a rare Sunday where we had no plans. Bindoon is in the Chittering Valley about an hour north east of Perth’s CBD. We already live NOR, so it took us about 40mins to drive there, through bushland and fields of animals. It’s a scenic drive at this time of year, with the wildflowers blooming. It’s also a good time to visit as the pretty rolling hills are green from the winter rain.IMG_0182

We stopped at the Bakehouse on the main drag in Bindoon. Bindoon is what my Mum would describe as a “one horse town”. There’s not an awful lot there! In the surrounding Chittering and Avon Valleys there are a few family run wineries and national parks. It seemed that many other people had the same idea as us and the bakery was heaving with people! IMG_0163

There’s something about a country bakery. Chef just has to sample their pies! (like when we were in Margaret River!). We were served in no time. There’s seating plenty of seating indoors and outside too.IMG_0181

Little Chef had a sausage roll, I had an authentic Cornish pasty and Chef chose one of their raved-about meat pies.IMG_0164

Chef’s pie was particularly delicious. He picked a beef, bacon and cheese filling – which he was pleased to discover had lots of meaty chunks in it – there’s nothing worse than a pie that’s all gravy – so this got two thumbs up!IMG_0165

IMG_0174Little Chef absolutely loves the “Kiddies Bakehause” an ingenious idea to keep little hands busy! New dough is provided daily for kids to roll and knead to their hearts content. Little Chef loved making ginger bread men and putting them in the pretend oven to “bake”.IMG_0176

And it wouldn’t be a trip to a bakery without something sinfully sweet too! There’s fruity cheesecakes, butter pecan tarts, Paris brest, chocolate brandy mud cake, Bindoon Orange Cake (gluten-free) and so much more. Chef chose a French vanilla slice to go and I couldn’t refuse a custard tart. They’re one of my favourites, but I rarely eat them – I find the shop bought tarts usually are full of additives. We can report that they were both delicious. We’re not the bakery’s only fans – in May 2015, Prince Harry dropped in for bannofee éclair – so we’re in good company.IMG_0172

We did a big loop – driving through Gingin and Two Rocks on the way back home. Gingin was quaint too, and I’d go back another time as I spied a nice looking café overlooking a park – I hear the Gravity museum is great too. It was nice for something different, I’d not been out that way for years and we’ll most certainly be back to Bindoon Bakery for more pies and a bannofee éclair!IMG_0178



Whisk Creamery – Subiaco

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My Instagram feed has been brimming with sweet things lately… gorgeous sweet treats that are as easy on the eye as no doubt they are to eat! One such decadent dessert I’ve been very excited to try is the Caramel Sandwich at Whisk Creamery, Subicao. There you’ll find freshly made to order soft-serve gelato “exactly the way Nona’s Nona used to make it”. AND there are no nasty ingredients – there’s a lot to love about Whisk Creamery!IMG_0057

For the uninitiated, cronuts are the love child of a croissant and the humble doughnut. They have the layered, buttery richness of a croissant, coupled with the sugary sweetness of a doughnut and exceedingly scrumptious!IMG_0059

Little Chef and I are NUTS about cronuts – Chef was a cronut virgin and we encouraged him to order the “Caramel Sandwich”. It’s basically silky smooth salted caramel gelato, sandwiched between a fresh cronut, with house made salted caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream and even MORE salted caramel sauce. I had a bite… my goodness, the caramel sandwich is every bit as drool worthy as it looks.IMG_0044

I have to admit – I couldn’t handle the guilt and shared a Ferrero Rocher cronut with LC. The crisp, but light cronut was filled with nutella! Naughty and nice!IMG_0047

Chef and I had coffees too, which are top notch. We’re all huge fans of Whisk Creamery now – on my next visit I’ll be sure to order something of my own!IMG_0054

St Stephens Farmers Market, Tapping – Week One

Like all foodies I love a good farmers market. We’re blessed with some crackers in Perth – I enjoy the bustle of the Subi Farmers and love the village feel of the Kalamunda Sunday Markets. Wherever we go, it’s always a hike, as we live north of Joondalup. On Saturday, Little Chef and I enjoyed a new farmers market… The St Stephens Community Farmers Market is just a few streets from where we live – it was nice that the farmers, food trucks and artisans came to us for a change *wink*IMG_0031

The St Stephens farmers market is on from 8am to 12noon, in Tapping, each Saturday in September. If locals get behind it, it will be around for a lot longer. We left home a bit later in the day and missed the biggest crowd, though it meant that by the time I made it to one of my favourites – “The Juicist” – they had sold out of juice! Bummer.IMG_9983

It makes a lot of sense having a famers market in Tapping. Before the suburb existed 15-20 years ago it was mainly market gardens. There are still many operating market gardens in the surrounding suburbs of outer Wanneroo. The fruit and veg stalls are brimming with local produce and I got some to cook that night in a stir-fry.IMG_9982

We sampled some award winning olive oil, made locally in Gingin. The oil, from family owned Guinea Grove Farm is organic and biodynamic. Guinea Fowl roam free amongst the olive groves to reduce pests. I bought a bottle of olive oil that is blended with lime juice. I had a lovely zesty flavour and is apparently great with seafood and as a salad dressing – I can’t wait to use it!IMG_9994

I spotted the lovely Mei, creator of Turban Chopsticks. You may remember I cooked some TC onion bhajis and biryani – check them out here. For a lazy cook like myself, the Turban Chopsticks meal kits are a godsend and make cooking a tasty dinner a breeze. Mei was very kind to gift me a jar of her butter chicken sauce – so I’m looking forward to cooking that along with the Turban Chopsticks ricotta bites. Stay tuned to how that turns out in the next week or two.IMG_9986

Raw food is so on trend at the moment. There are a couple of raw sellers at the market. After a couple of taste tests, I bought a Red Velvet bliss ball from Sneaky, who have a range of organic, gluten free treats – including protein bars.

I was intrigued by the Bon Pussy chilli sauces. Jamaican food is something I don’t know too much about and I’d love to find out more. We tried a couple of sauces, which are also great as marinades – they were really tasty! The chillies used are grown in Freo and the popular product is shipped all over the world.IMG_0023

I had a chat with another fantastic Perth foodie, Latasha from Latasha’s Kitchen. She has a multitude of spice blends, oils, pastes, chutneys and more. Check out the scrumptious Chicken Kuruma Masala I made a few months ago HERE. At the market, I tried one of her sweet creations – a cherry chocolate sauce – which would be amazing on a pavlova! IMG_0001

Little Chef can’t go past a Bratwurst stand or a sausage sizzle without begging me for a snag. These smelled heavenly, but the little fella scoffed the lot before I even managed a nibble! Greedy guts.IMG_9996

As well as a multitude of foodie stalls there’s also home ware, crafts, beauty products and more.IMG_0018

It’s a great place to find a unique gift.

IMG_9989With so many delicious aromas in the air, I sniffed out a giant paella dish before I saw it! It was from KQ Spanish Food – I happily tasted the paella which was brimming with chorizo, carrot, zucchini and corn on the cobb.IMG_9992

There’s lots for the kids to do – a bouncy castle, petting farm, pony rides, go karting – as well as a big sandy and shaded playground. There’s also live entertainment, which adds to the atmosphere.IMG_0025

On our way back to the car we made one last stop. Little Chef had been so good while I chatted to many stall holders so I let him have an “Ice cream”. I’m not entirely sure if frozen yogurt is more healthy than Ice-cream, but I assume it is. Little Chef chose to have a Tim Tam crushed up into it too – so it turned out to not be such a healthy snack – whoops.IMG_0034

We both enjoyed the St Stephens Farmers Markets and will be back again next week for sure – when I got home I tucked into the Red Velvet Sneaky bliss ball – so scrummy and healthy to boot!IMG_0038

We hope everyone else in the Joondalup and Wanneroo areas get on board too – it will be wonderful to see this become a permanent fixture in the outer northern suburbs! Each week the stall holders line up changes a little, so I’m looking forward to what I discover there next Saturday morning!

For more info check out the website… http://www.sscfarmersmarket.org.au


Yabba Dabba – Dalkeith

Pork salad

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With a name like Yabba Dabba we aren’t quite sure what to expect from this café on leafy Waratah Avenue in Nedlands. Is it a theme café, perhaps a little retro like the 60s cartoon The Flintstones – from which Fred’s exclamation of “Yabba Dabba Doo” is most famous? Are we in for a caveman style meat-fest? What we find is a pleasant suburban café, with retro-industrial features and a smooth, groovy 1960’s music soundtrack in the background.IMG_9906

We are warmly greeted and seated. The menu is sizeable. There’s something for everyone – salad, pizza, modern Australian favourites, pasta and share food too if you feel like grazing.

The wine list is small, though there are some interesting drops on there from WA and further afield. I choose a crisp Chenin Blanc from the Swan Valley. There is also a BYO option (wine only), if you prefer to sip on something from your own cellar.IMG_9935

Chef and I share the Yabba Taste Plate, $29 for two people. The board is brimming with scrumptious morsels to try – plump little Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish, humongous local prawns served with spiced polenta and more. The pumpkin and silver beet empanada really hits the spot with a deliciously more-ish chimichurri sauce. We both absolutely relish the fresh cornbread, complimented perfectly by a wildflower honey butter. The only thing on the plate that doesn’t work are the lamb chipolatas with mint and feta – as we cut into them, we realise to our dismay that they are undercooked.IMG_9916

We leave the sausages almost untouched. The waitress notices and enquires if there is something wrong and we point out the pink middles. After speaking with the chef, she lets us know that the sausages are cooked sous vide, in a water bath. This suggests that the meat protein should have been set all the way through (it isn’t) and they should have also been heated fully – unfortunately they are still cold in the middle.IMG_9915

The Peking duck pizza, $25.50, is mouth-watering. Topped with barbequed duck, peppered zucchini, mixed peppers, spring onion and fried shallots – it’s a tasty pizza indeed. The Hoi Sin sauce gives it a sweet, plumy finish.Duck Pizza

A pork belly and scallop salad, $26, sounds light and interesting. The tender pork belly is pressed into cubes, crumbed and fried. The Japanese fusion salad is accompanied by a plump giant scallop, sweet potato puree, citrus segments, toasted sesame and nori salad.IMG_9928

Children don’t often get much choice when dining out – met with the usual suspects of fish fingers, chicken nuggets, Hawaiian pizza and spaghetti bolognaise. At Yabba Dabba they cater for the little ones really well – giving them a whopping nine menu choices. Little Chef was beside himself at not being faced with fish and chips for the umpteenth time! He chose the well sized meat lovers pizza, $14. It is no surprise then that the restaurant has many young families dining there.IMG_9913

Dessert seems promising. The menu reads “white chocolate mousse with rustleberry foam and rose fairy floss”. What I receive tastes delicious – but doesn’t deliver what is promised. The mousse is a buttery texture. To me, it isn’t what a mousse encapsulates at all – something airy and light. The berry “foam” is actually more jelly-like. I enjoy the tangy rustleberry, which is a hybrid of a blackberry and raspberry.IMG_9944

Overall we enjoy the food, which is full of flavours from all around the globe. Its let down by a few technical errors from the kitchen. Our waitress does not charge for some of our drinks, as we aren’t 100% happy with the sausages, which is a fine gesture. The service is on the ball and we’d certainly return.IMG_9948

** First published in The Post Newspaper**

At a glance

■ Yabba Dabba

101 Waratah Ave


Phone 9386 7744

■ Opening times

Tues to Sun

7am till Late

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine –small wine list – BYO

Wine is also available.

■ Chef – Haedyn Woollaston

■ Owners – Matthew & Peter Hayes

■ feel – Casual & unpretentious

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $7 to $55

Mains – $18 to $36

Dessert – $9 to $16.50

■ all in all – A cool, modern

venue with attentive service

and tasty food.

Bathers Beach House – Fremantle

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Sunday afternoons are made for Fremantle. For me, they started in the early 1980’s, when my family would take a drive to Freo for some fish n chips, an ice cream and a wander around the markets. Little has changed. Though these days, the food choice at the Fishing Boat Harbour has changed dramatically from what was a simple choice between “Kailis or Cicerellos”.IMG_9816

Bathers Beach House is found in the building opposite Bathers Beach, where McDonalds was for many years. There’s not much to remind you that it was once home to the golden arches – though they have up-cycled their wooden deking, as cladding for a rustic feature wall. Look closely and you might see a pickle stain!


Bathers Beach House is one of the very few restaurants in the Perth metro area with an absolute beachfront view. If you like the sand between your toes there are sun loungers on the beach too. Inside, the modern restaurant is light and bright, with a wall of windows giving views out to the Indian Ocean. We gaze at a huge pelican surfing the waves, searching for a feed of fish.IMG_9757

I too feel like eating seafood. I look over the menu, which has a mostly casual, Modern Australian feel to it. Looking around the dining room it appears that many people are grazing. The share plates also double as starters. Chef and I chose an entree each, feeling like a more traditional “3 course” Sunday lunch.IMG_9758

The drinks menu is sizable and has plenty of local wines available. Searching for a little bit of summer, I choose a tipple from one of my favourite wineries, a Voyager Sangria ($10). The delicious mocktail is made from fruity Voyager Estate red grape juice, monin sangria syrup and freshly cut fruits.IMG_9772

Bacon hock, vintage cheddar & mustard Croquettes ($12) are crisp on the outside and wonderfully gooey on the inside. The tasty morsels have smoky notes and creamed cauliflower for dipping compliments the croquettes well.IMG_9779

I relish the caramelised belly of pork ($14). Though it’s not topped with crackle (an absolute weakness of mine) it is still very crisp. The moist meat sits upon sautéed bok choi, crisp nashi pear and is finished with a mouth-watering star anise reduction. Through the reduction are tiny specks of crackle, adding texture to the dish, though I would have preferred that it was left whole.Pork Belly

Little Chef gets his lunch served as our entrees come out. There is a good kids menu, made from quality ingredients. For $10 as well as his tasty fish and chips a drink and soft serve ice cream were included.IMG_9774

Chef enjoys the Flamed 200g brioche beef burger ($19) which is certainly much better than McDonald’s! The tender burger is layered with swiss cheese, cos lettuce, tomato, pickles & BBQ sauce and is served with a side of fries.IMG_9795

Seared salmon ($32) is served with creamed saffron potatoes and a curry spiced mussel & butternut chowder. This gluten free dish should please those with food intolerances, it is a little different and ticks all the boxes. I get my seafood fix – the salmon cooked perfectly medium rare and though I think the kitchen could have been a little more generous with the amount of plump muscles served.Salmon

We share a vanilla bean panna cotta ($12) for dessert. The panna cotta is as wobbly as it should be. The grenadine poached rhubarb gives a sharp contrast to the subtle vanilla. Unfortunately, the ginger snap doesn’t snap. It is far too thick and soggy. A disappointing end to what is otherwise a pleasant lunch.IMG_9806

Whilst nothing knocks our socks off, except for the view, the entire experience makes me think what an enjoyable venue Bathers Beach House is. The food is mostly good, the service is friendly – it will definitely be a spot to be seen at this summer.IMG_9814

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At a glance

■ Bathers Beach House

47 Mews Road


Phone 9335 2911

■ Opening times

Weekdays – 11am till late

Weekends – 8am till late

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine –many WA and

Interstate wines available.

■ Chef – Ross Tyre

■ Owner – Anthony Unmack

■ feel – cool coastal

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $8 to $72

Mains – $18 to $36

Dessert – $12 to $26

■ all in all – Friendly service,

modern venue & well cooked

food with a beautiful coastal vista.