My Trip to the Gascoyne Food Festival

Fresh Gascoyne Produce on the Chef Tour

As a child, I visited my Nanna in Geraldton often, but I never made it any further north… until now! I was SO excited to be invited to this year’s Gascoyne Food Festival and discover a little about North West WA.

I know loads about what’s on offer in the south west, but I’ve always been a little clueless about what’s “up north” beyond beaches, fishing and the vast, arid outback. What could a foodie like me get up to? I’ve since discovered, that there’s lots of tastebud tempting things to see and eat in the Gascoyne!

Fresh Gascoyne Produce on the Chef Tour

The annual Gascoyne Food Festival holds events to celebrate the regions amazing produce – like fruit, vegetables, seafood and goats (yes, really!). It’s a remarkable food-bowl on the banks of the Gascoyne River. And after my four day adventure, I can tell you that it is produce well worth celebrating.

I started my trip on a damp, wintery morning at Perth Airport. I hopped on a REX twin prop plane…

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and before I knew it, I was in sunny Carnarvon! Here’s my rundown of events:

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Long Table Lunch

Many people’s highlight of the festival is the Long Table Lunch, held at the beautiful Bentwaters Plantation was amazing!

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This year over 360 guests (locals and visitors) enjoyed the epic meal cooked with Gascoyne produce by Chefs from all around WA. It was a luscious lunch and it’s so difficult to choose a favourite dish… the Carnarvon banana dessert was sensational! More on the Long table lunch to come.

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Taste of Gascoyne Sunset BBQ

This casual barbie showcased the best produce the Gascoyne region has to offer. Chef Stuart Laws from Showcase Events WA cooked Mundillya Homestead goat and lamb Asado style – long and slow over hot coals. It tasted absolutely divine!

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There was also Gascoyne fish, prawns, fruit and vegetables alongside special dishes created by a local Vietnamese community group. Due to the unusual weather (rain in Carnarvon?!), this was held inside the old wool shed. The weather wasn’t enough to dampen the festive atmosphere and a delicious meal was had by all.

Chefs Paddock Tour

We spend hours traipsing around fields and plantations and I loved every second! From the sweetest strawberries and corn to fresh king prawns and the iconic Carnarvon banana – meeting the producers was so interesting and also really empowered me to make sure what’s in my own shopping trolley is from WA farmers.

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Fruit Loop

The annual Chefs tour is especially for the visiting Chefs and media. You can DIY your own tour of the plantation’s farm stalls and shops by grabbing the “Fruit Loop” map from the tourist information centre in the heart of town. The Fruit Loop is a drive yourself tour you can do at any time of year and brilliant for picking up cheap local produce. 

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Gascoyne Growers Markets

The weekly Saturday morning markets are a huge deal in Carnarvon’s town centre.

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As well as the freshest produce imaginable, you can find some really unique gifts, preserves and accessories. There’s goat handbags!

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A popular goat pie, scrumptious mango pancake or very tall “church burger” are the go-to breakfast options at the markets.

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Especially for the Gascoyne Food Festival, Chef Stuart Laws (Showcase Events WA) put on a cooking demo, along with Masterchef’s Brendan Pang and Chef Lucas Fernandes (Long Chim).

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And it wouldn’t be an outback market without a Bushchook windmill! #Straya

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Sue Helmut Art Exhibition

The Artist in Residence for the Gascoyne Food Council is local painter Sue Helmut. Her colourful landscapes in the “From the Source – A Landscape of Food” collection take you from the rains on Mount Augustus, which flow down the Gascoyne River, replenishing the underground aquafers that water the fruit and vegetables and then out to the sea, where the nutrient rich rainwaters trigger spawning of seafood. Who knew art could be so educational?! And well done to Sue on her first solo exhibition.

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Other highlights…

Dirk Hartog Island hosted a Campfire Seafood Paella Dinner by Chef Russell Blaikie. And Dirk’s Long Table Lunch cooked by Chef George Cooper.

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Pic : Gascoyne Food Council

The Carnarvon Races was an event to get your glad rags on for!

Outback Meets Reef at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort was hosted by WA Food Ambassador Chef Don Hancey. For beer lovers a 6 Course “Beergustation” was held at Froth Craft Brewery, Exmouth.

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Pic : Gascoyne Food Council

And the grand finale The World’s Biggest BBQ at The World’s Biggest Rock will be held on September the 8th under the stars at Mount Augustus.

The annual Gascoyne Food Festival is the perfect excuse for checking out Carnarvon and the rest of the Gascoyne region. I’d highly recommend that you take a winter break in 2019 and enjoy next year’s Gascoyne Food Festival, some sunshine and amazing fresh produce!

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I attended the festival’s events as a guest of the Gascoyne Food Festival. 

D’s Authentic Japanese, Connolly

D's Authentic Japanese, Connolly

I’ve said it before – D’s Authentic Japanese is a local gem. The once teeny tiny restaurant opposite Gipsy Boy soon outgrew its spot and moved to a serene spot in suburban Connolly. The dining room overlooks a Japanese water garden and is the scene of organised calm. There’s boxes to organise handbags (is that good fung shui?!) and efficient waiters with earpieces.

D's Authentic Japanese, Connolly

We were there for a lovely friend’s big 4-0. The lunch specials offer great value for money. Each of the main dishes are accompanied by fresh salad, rice and warm miso soup. On the menu there’s lots to choose from, teriyaki, katsu and more. My Wagyu Teriyaki ($28) was delicious, I did struggle a bit with the chopsticks… it had been a while since last using them! Once positive though, it makes me eat a lot slower. I had time to really savour the meaty flavour of the thinly sliced beef and sautéed cabbage.

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The grilled salmon teriyaki is very well cooked and accompanied with a tasty dressed salad, rice and miso soup. Great value at $20. Chopsticks are provided, though you are welcome to request a knife and fork if you don’t want to struggle to use them!

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For dessert I loved the Yuzu cheesecake (GF). The baked cheesecake is served with a tasty blackcurrant sorbet. I really relished the chance to eat such a yummy dessert – I don’t have many cheesecakes these days being gluten intolerant.

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The birthday girl enjoyed a sweet homemade Wasanbon Caramel ice cream presented in beautiful hand-made bowls. Wasanbon is a fine grained Japanese sugar, traditionally used in high-end Japanese cuisine.

D's Authentic Japanese, Connolly

D’s Authentic Japanese is easily the best Japanese spot in the outer northern suburbs of Perth . The fresh produce used is excellent quality and the service is friendly, if not a bit business-like. I hear amazing things about their famous tuna parties that they hold from time to time. Check their FB page for deets.

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D’s Authentic Japanese is fully licenced and also offers some delicious Japanese style teas. It’s well worth seeking out for an authentic Japanese meal.

La Veen, Perth CBD

La Veen Perth CBD
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La Veen, has long been on my brunch hit-list. I’d heard the hip inner city café, found in a heritage listed building on King Street, serves up some of the city’s best brunch and coffee. I needed to check this out for myself!

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The dining area of the café is compact, so be prepared to get close to the person on the next table. Service is friendly and prompt.

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The five senses coffee is delicious and smooth.

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I chose an XO “Popsicle” tea of hibiscus, peppermint, elderflower, guava and strawberry. This combo  was sweet and refreshingly delicious.

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I absolutely adored the dish I picked – a crisp potato rosti ($23), topped with an avocado smash, two runny poached eggs and crisp thick cut bacon.

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My Dad enjoyed the avo smash ($16) with beetroot and Danish feta.

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Little Chef ordered the adult sized “eggs your way” (we helped him out!). LC’s favourite way is scrambled. He also chose extras which included mushrooms, chorizo and crispy bacon. 

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La Veen is definitely worth paying a visit if when you happen to be in the city. I did find the prices a little on the high side, but the drinks and food are all high quality. If you love a bustling atmosphere, a trendy brunch and great coffee, this spot is for you.

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Find out more on La Veen at http://www.laveencoffee.com.au/

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

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I was intrigued when I heard about Restaurant Hyun, a new modern Korean and French fusion diner in Claremont. There are strong French influences in Vietnamese cooking, though I wasn’t aware the same could be said for Korean food. The combination of French and Korean is certainly unchartered gastronomic territory for Chef and I. Can kimchi really marry seamlessly with French flair? We are about to find out.

We enjoy a warm welcome by our waiter, though the minimalist décor of the dining room leaves me feeling a little cold. The entry, which could serve as a funky bar-style dining spot, is packed with empty glasses and feels more like a storage area. Packed with busy tables, the cottage-style dining area lacks soul – or perhaps that should be Seoul?!

The small wine list is constantly evolving. Chef’s Plantagenet Three Lions shiraz is has a peppery, blackcurrant aroma and Chef notices it’s not served in a red wine glass. I choose a citrus driven Willow Bridge Semillon Sauvignon Blanc from WA’s Ferguson Valley region. The crisp drop compliments fresh Asian flavours well.

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Rather than rice laden traditional dishes, the French influence and cooking techniques lend to a lighter style of dining and interesting flavour combinations. I wonder if it would be more accurate to say the cuisine is more Korean-European? Kimchi, a chilli-spiked Korean staple of fermented vegetables, features throughout the menu. Their kimchi arancini is an Italian-Korean hybrid and a green tea scallop ceviche even has Peruvian origins.

The sautéed mushrooms ($14), is a beautifully plated entree. The classic, though modern fine dining style of plating certainly borrows from French cuisine. The enoki, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms, are served in a mushroom consommé, along with an earthy mushroom and cashew mash, smooth pumpkin mousse, pickled baby courgette, labne, and a drizzle of truffle oil. A spoon would have been handy, to fully enjoy the tasty consommé, a French-style clear soup.

Restaurant Hyun, Claremont

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32 Restaurants That Have Closed in Perth

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For the best part of the last decade, Perth has been all about the latest brand spanking new café, bar or restaurant. While this dining boom has been going on, there has been many venues quietly closing their doors.

With recent high profile closings, I realised that about 10% of the spots I’ve dined at in the last 5 years have closed. There’s lots of places that I never even made it to before they closed their doors, like Greenhouse, The Terrace Hotel, Gogos, and The Witches Caldron. I was probably the only person in Perth never to enjoy their garlic prawns!

So why are all the restaurants closing?

Restaurants close all the time. It’s the nature of the dining scene. But what we ‘ve been seeing in the last 18 months are a lot more businesses failing than usual and failing fast.

There is a huge oversupply of restaurants in Perth. There is simply too many seats and not enough bums to fill them. Last year, when the Trustee, Fuyu and Restaurant Amuse closed their doors I thought that there would be a slow-down in new openings, but there’s still a new café, bar or eatery opening every 5 minutes. Hat’s off to these restaurateurs taking a punt – they are very, very brave!

Customers complain about the high price of eating out in Perth. This is a valid reason for people dining at home. If you look carefully there is definitely quality, value for money dining still to be had. Hospitality workers put in the hard yards, particularly the kitchen teams. I’ve seen the blood, sweat and tears, not to mention ridiculous amounts of overtime. They deserve to be paid fairly and well. The margins in any hospitality business are tight. It’s no wonder they have to hike their prices to try to break even, due to sky high rents, wage bills, quality produce and other overheads.

Chefs and other hospitality staff are spread very thin, so staffing issues can easily mess with quality and consistency. Chef often finds it difficult to find good kitchen staff, which is a Perth-wide problem. I know a few restaurant owners that had amazing restaurants, with schmick fit outs, and a really good concept, but just didn’t find enough quality staff to realise their dream.

There’s those restaurants that have renovated or rebranded, those old stalwarts that just didn’t keep up with the times and then the places that were excellent, but couldn’t survive in a climate of fast “Uber Eats” style home dining. The brunch trend is sure to have contributed too, with many people opting to dine and socialise over cheaper, non alcoholic brunches than going out for a more expensive dinner.

Closed Restaurants in Perth

Here’s a nostalgic list of just some of those Perth restaurants gone, but not forgotten. Where do you miss?

1. FuYu, Nedlands A Mod Asian favourite by chef David Coomer is now Lawleys Bakery.

2. Wok St Chow House, Northbridge When I walked by a few months ago the building’s frontage was being demolished and the restaurant, which was also formally Darlings Suppa Club, was closed.

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3. Suburban Table, Mosman Park Still run by Chef Josh Prosser, now South East Larder, a modern Asian take away.

4. Barque, East Fremantle the ex-mod Asian spot is now buzzed about Cook and Mason.

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5. Celtic Kitchen, Joondalup this casual café didn’t last very long at all, then it morphed into Lemongrass Thai Kitchen. The building is currently up for lease.

6. Stix Bar, Burswood this classy little restaurant was too much of a hidden gem, concealed amongst the apartment blocks between Crown and Optus Stadium. I miss their French Martinis!

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7. Pata Negra, Nedlands before FuYu, Chef David Coomer’s Spanish joint was a favourite of ours. Now Lawleys Bakery. David now has his own truffle farm in Manjimup.

8. Chophouse, Perth CBD We loved Chophouse, but it was hit by the mining slump on the terrace, now it’s home to a British gastropub, The Butchers Arms.

9. West at Ku De Ta, East Perth One of the most spectacular implosions in recent times. West and Ku Dining have been closed indefinitely, while The Deck (the more casual bar) is still open. The thing that struck me most about the venue, was the lack of floor to ceiling river views. We really loved the food at West. The cost of parking and ticket clock watching, coupled with a remote location didn’t help it’s cause.

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10. Shiro, Perth CBD This tasty Japanese overlooking leafy Central Park has been closed for some time.

11. Mattisse, Scarborough Every time I went to Mattisse it was empty! It was the biggest victim of the Scarborough Beach redevelopment. I think it opened about 4 years too early.  Now it’s gone back to it’s pre-millennium roots as the Lookout pop-up bar. Another of the Reid family’s venues, The Breakwater at Hillarys, is on the market.

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12. Wild Duck, Nedlands This delicious fine diner which moved to Perth from Albany quietly closed a couple of years ago and is now casual Mexican, Santa Fe.

13. Health Freak, Joondalup This venue changed to The Healthy Plate Café once it made the move to Lakeside Joondalup and that has now re-opened as trendy Tiago Kitchen.

14. Alphabet Soup, Various This pop up restaurant by one of our favourite Perth Chefs Mellissa Palinkas enjoyed a popular run at cafés all around Perth. Mellissa is now busy co-owner and Head Chef of Young George. Pop up’s come and go, but we particularly loved Alphabet Soup!

15. The Brown Fox, West Perth Now the British styled Mayfair Lane, where the pub grub is a little bit fancy – their stake tartare is to die for.

16. Cookie Dough Biscuits, East Fremantle This cute as a button café on the George Street strip became Alder & Co. Now known as Ari & Esmay – their High Teas look scrumptious.

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17. Yocal, Fremantle  was a typical, hippy-chic, eclectic Fro café. Found just off the cappuccino strip, it’s now known as Duck Duck Bruce Café.

18. Hippo Creek, Hillarys Not only did the popular steakhouse close in Hillarys, but also it’s Subiaco and Waterford restaurants. Now it’s home to chain Hurricanes Grill. I miss the massive Assagai meat skewers… drool!

19. Restaurant Amuse, East Perth Perth’s finest fine diner closed it’s doors in 2017. Chef surprised me with a wedding anniversary dinner at Amuse and it was superb. Owner and Head Chef Hadleigh Troy has now opened a café in Vic Park – Hampton and Maley, which I hear is outstanding and I can’t wait to try it!

20. Kustom Cupcakes, Lathlain The decadent cupcake bakery is long gone. I miss their chocolate coated Oreo and Reece’s peanut butter cups.

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21. Park & Vine, City Beach At Empire Village, wasn’t around for long. When we dined there, we were the only table, which sadly didn’t make for a very enjoyable atmosphere.

22. The Wine Store, East Fremantle  We had a good brunch here years ago, but haven’t made the trip back since it became Young George, co owned by Chef Mellissa Palinkas (previously Head Chef at The Cabin) and a certain Mr Broadfield. Young George looks seriously delicious and has been on our to-try list for far too long.

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23. Gooseberries Café, Kensington Now the cosy cottage is home to The Little Banksia and their brunches look as tasty as ever!

24. Snags & Sons, Leederville We were sad to see the posh dog spot go, but the ever so yummy Spanish Pinchos, has more than made up for it.

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25. Hopscotch, Roleystone was a gem in the Perth Hills, now under new ownership, it’s been stepped up a gear as the Naked Apple Cider House. Great food, drinks and grounds to explore for the kids.

26. Ace Pizza, Highgate was a cool lil spot with dark lighting, comfort food and seemed to tick all the boxes. This venue has had a run of bad luck with Ace Pizza becoming the short-lived Rockefeller, maybe Italian eatery “No Menu” can turn this around?

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27. Plenty Thai, Perth CBD This casual Asian spot hidden down Shafto Lane was my go-to pre concert spot to grab a cheap n cheerful bite to eat before heading to Perth Arena. Now Fifteen Soi Shafto Thai Bistro.

28. Beluga, Claremont Chef and I loved to dine at Beluga (waaay back in 2013). The classy spot was opened by ex West Coast Eagles Dean Cox and Andrew Embley. Now Miss Chows.

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29. Naked Fig, Swanbourne This eclectic spot overlooking Swanbourne Beach closed long ago. Now it’s much more light and bright as Shorehouse, which incidentally, now has different owners (The Kailis Group) from when it first opened.

30. Basq, Currambine. I was SO SAD when I heard this northern suburbs eatery had served it’s last meal. We always enjoyed their quality offering and in my opinion it was one of the only great spots to dine north of Hepburn Avenue. The venue is currently empty.

Restaurants That Have Closed in Perth

31. Guylian Belgium Chocolate Café, Perth CBD. This sweet café was only open for about a year, not even enough time to write up my blog about it!

32. Shipping Lane, North Fremantle. This Leighton Beach eatery had the best of both worlds… top notch sushi coupled with a mouth-watering Mod-Aus menu. Now Freemans Restaurant.

Restaurants That Have Closed in Perth

What can we do to stop this madness?!

We all have our favourite little independent restaurant or café in Perth. Support them. Forget about the chain steakhouses and cafes. Don’t dine at the “It’s OK” place or “the foods average, but you get heaps for your money” eatery. Book a table at the little guy’s place, the person who is passionate about their offering and serves amazing food! We need these restauranteurs and Chef-Owners to stay in business for the future of Perth’s dining scene.

Something that can be said for the hospitality industry is that it never stands still. It’s a constantly evolving thing, that is changeable to the economy and consumer trends. With so many venues competing for your dining dollar, one thing is for sure, it’s survival of the fittest in Perth right now!

Note – This will be an ever growing list, which I’ll be sure to update.

To add…

Layup, Northbridge

The Byrneleigh, Nedlands

Hermosa Cantina, Wembley

Urban Bowl, Perth CBD

Zephyr Restaurant, North Beach

Penny Garden, West Swan

Feast Café, Wembley

Tiago Kitchen Joondalup

Tiago Kitchen Joondalup

Joondalup is getting a little bit trendy! I’d longed for my local area to get some cool café spots like what’s enjoyed in the inner city suburbs of Perth. Newbie Tiago Kitchen joins the likes of Paper Avenue and Gipsy Boy as good spots to grab a coffee in J-town.

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Open just a few weeks, Tiago is absolutely killin’ in on Instagram. I have to admit, it was the impeccably styled photos that lured me in for a coffee. Found in the very heart of Joondalup, the interior is totally on trend with clean while walls, soft grey, black and pink furnishing and lush indoor pot plants. There’s a relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of seating and space.

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The coffee is good, I was on the fence a little about having something sweet to go with it, but their Gluten free offering of a brownie or bliss balls didn’t quite tempt me. Their other fresh bakes looked really scrumptious.

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Little Chef ordered a milkshake. He’d have happily had a mega shake, and I was tempted to see just how decadent they were, but you know…too much sugar + kids = trouble!

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Little Chef also enjoyed a big home-made pork and fennel sausage roll, which had wonderfully flaky pastry (sob!) and came with a generous apple slaw.

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Tiago is a cool new addition to Joondalup, and I’ll be sure to check out their brunch offering soon.

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More on Tiago at www.tiagokitchen.com

Find Tiago at 2/129 Grand Boulevard & Reid Promenade, Joondalup.

The Guildford Hotel

The Guildford Hotel

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The Guildford Hotel has been a beloved local icon since the 1880s. The heritage-listed watering hole has been sitting proudly on James Street, until it was gutted by fire in 2008, sitting derelict and decaying until 2016. It’s doors finally reopened two years ago and we paid a visit on its 2 year birthday!

The Guildford Hotel

I was blown away by the stunning restoration. The hotel is contemporary, while also being sympathetic to the old building’s character.

The Guildford Hotel

Features from the original building can be seen everywhere. Exposed convict-made bricks, old fireplaces and even the giant charred jarrah beams that once supported the second floor, still remain as a reminder of the not so distant past.

The Guildford Hotel

Sit in the light and airy main dining area inside or in the large outdoor courtyard. There’s plenty of space upstairs too, where there are endless nooks to explore and you can enjoy a wonderful view of Guildford from one of the many verandas.

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Being a pub, beer lovers are spoilt for choice with 18 beers on tap. There’s a good selections of wines, ciders and sprits too. The menu offers lots of pub favourites, with a focus on BBQ, burgers and share food. To start we chose the Guildford’s famous cheeseburger spring rolls, which sound a bit odd, but they are delicious! Served with a creamy “awesome sauce” – goodness knows what’s in that (but it does taste awesome!).

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My carnivore Dad chose the sticky Albany pork butt ($27) from the pitmaster menu which also features low n slow brisket, ribs and more. I was eyeing that up, but happened to be also going to a BBQ restaurant for my tea that night. Dad let me taste a bit of the pork, which was incredibly tender and was smothered in finger lickin’ Carolina sauce. All Pitmaster dishes are served with slaw, potato salad and pickles.

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I opted for something lighter, but no less delicious, the Jerk salmon Nicoise salad ($28). It was brimming with crisp green beans, chunks of potato, boiled egg and zingy capers. The salmon was nicely cooked and not as spicy as I’d expected it to be.

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Little Chef chose Southern Chicken strips, chips and salad from the kids menu, mainly as I’m a meanie and won’t let him have KFC! haha

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We worked off our lunch with a vigorous game of ping pong!

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The Guildford Hotel is an impressive venue. Generally you can walk in, but bookings are recommended for larger groups of four or more. We had no problems finding a table on a Saturday. Though we did arrive a little before the noon lunchtime rush. It’s a beautiful spot, with delicious pub fayre. I’ll be back again I’m sure.

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Find more info on The Guildford Hotel here.

Silks Crown Perth

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Crown Perth has a tremendous selection of dining options and best of all, you can take the whole family along. I headed to their award-winning high end Chinese restaurant, Silks, to check out their family dining offer. During the July school holidays (2nd to 13th of July) children eat free at Silks restaurant, Monday to Friday.

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Little Chef, my dear friend Jenny and I were invited to dine in it’s opulent dining room to check out its menu offerings – from handcrafted dim sum, lip smacking barbecue dishes, succulent  seafood and lots of noodle and rice dishes. The kids menu is mighty tempting too!

Silks Crown Perth

The kids eat free deal means one child can eat for free, either at lunch or dinner, with each adult. The adults can order from their a la carte menu or the $55 ultimate menu, which provides great value for money. Jenny enjoyed the banquet, while I had a gluten free option of delicious sautéed meat and veg in lettuce cups. 

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The GF choice isn’t massive at Silks, as most of their sauces and marinades contain gluten. My main of crispy skinned chicken and rice was tender and tasty.

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The complimentary kids meal consists of vegetable spring rolls, prawn crackers, sweet and sour pork and special fried rice. Their meal was served at the same time as our entrees. Little Chef is fairly adventurous for a nine year old and he loved the sweet and sour pork, which he tried for the first time. And little one’s don’t need to worry about using chopsticks, though Little Chef had fun giving it a go! Kids-sized cutlery is provided.

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Jen had quite a feast of Satay lamb cups, vegetable spring rolls

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and pork and prawn buns – and that was just to start.

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The  banquet mains consisted of wok fried local beef fillet with a honey pepper sauce, sweet and sour fish fillet, stir fried seasonal vegetables with ginko nuts, wok fried WA squid in black bean sauce and fragrant jasmine rice.

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The dishes were fresh, tasty and there was certainly plenty to eat!

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Little Chef’s was stoked with his dessert of coconut and lime sorbet, mango coulis and some Easter eggs (as we dined in April). We were far too full for dessert! 

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Kids under 12 years old can eat free at Silks lunch and dinner Monday to Friday from 2nd to 13th of July. One free child under 12 per adult (minimum spend applies). Children will receive a Silks Kids Meal which usually can be purchased separately for $20.

For more info…  www.crownperth.com.au/restaurants/casual/kids-eat-free 

Silks Crown Perth

Café Poste Guildford

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I found a gorgeous little gem of a coffee spot, hidden away in a garden centre in Guildford. Café Poste opened in early 2018 and is found at the old Guildford Post Office, part of which is now a garden design and collectables centre.

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The hole in the wall Parisienne café has a limited brunch menu, with French Toast, baguettes and croissants, as well as some scrumptious cakes and fresh bakes (including a few gluten free treats) in their cabinet.

Seating is mainly alfresco, right amongst all the lush plants and flowers. There are also some tables indoors, the Old Post Office providing some lovely nooks to sit in, which are full of character.

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We place our order at the window. The friendly barista even asked how warm/hot we’d like our coffee, which is very good.

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And their teas are top notch. I supped on a herbal Ruby Tea Silk Road blend of green tea, rose petals and more.

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My mum enjoyed a “special” coffee with almond milk from their larger than life French barrista. He was lovely to chat with and a real hoot!

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My Mum and Little Chef shared a pretty strawberry cheesecake. They both agreed it was delicious!

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Afterwards, we had a wander around the immaculately presented garden centre, where there’s plenty of gardening inspo if you’re into succulents, indoor plants or something more classic.

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There’s loads of pots and other collectables too.

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I have a feeling that Café Poste won’t be a hidden gem for much longer! The charming little café has a lot of heart and is well worth checking out!

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East Village, Westfield Whitford City

East Village, Westfield Whitford City

The shiny Westfield Whitford City dining hub has nearly been open a whole year. I’m slowly working my way around some of the restaurants there. East Village, found next to Whitfords Brewing Co, offers American favourites from the East Village district of New York. Think Ruben sandwiches, mac n cheese, burgers, pizza and more. The restaurant is modern, crisp and a good spot for a casual pre movie dinner and some drinkies.

East Village, Westfield Whitford City

Our food arrives promptly. Chef really enjoyed their “Dirty Burger”($20.90) on a brioche bun. A nicely charred double beef patty, indulgent maple bacon, fried onion, melted cheese and there’s even lashings of baconaise (bacon flavoured mayo) for the piggy lovers out there.

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