Pearth Organic Kitchen – West Leederville

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Pearth Organic Kitchen is all about healthy, wholesome food. I was meeting my lovely friend Kimmie for brunch and I thought Pearth would be well, perthfect (sorry, I just couldn’t resist!). For starters, I can never have too much healthy food, as long as it’s tasty anyway. Also Kimmie is gluten and dairy intolerant, so I thought they would have lots of menu options for her and they did. Pearth also caters well for vegans and vegetarians.

We met in the small Cambridge Street café, grabbing the last table. First up we enjoyed some good coffees. My flat white is made from Fiori organic coffee beans and organic milk from The Grumpy Farmer.IMG_3866

I just HAD to chose the Perthfect Parmesan eggs – I can’t imagine why! The scrambled parmesan eggs ($22) were wonderfully creamy, on top of a slice of thickly cut sourdough toast. On the side was avocado, wilted kale and a tasty house made tomato relish. I really enjoyed this.IMG_3871

Kim loved her smashed avocado with house made hummus, $17. Sprinkled with dukkah and a poached egg on the side. She swapped the sourdough for gluten free bread by Strange Grains. Kimmie enjoyed this, particularly the delicious hummus.  IMG_3867

I love that Pearth don’t use processed products or refined sugars in their cooking. For me, having a guilt free brunch is great, especially as I’m sensitive to some food additives and preservatives. I like knowing what I’ve got on my fork is going to 100% nourish my body. You don’t have to be a health food nut to enjoy Pearth Organic Kitchen – just a tasty food addict like me! IMG_3876

 

 

Gusto Gelato – Elizabeth Quay

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Gusto Gelato in Leederville has opened a store at Elizabeth Quay, where you can enjoy your gelato with a stunning view! The small batch gelato is handcrafted by owner/operator Sean Lee who learnt his craft at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. There are so many different flavour combinations, from  strawberry, mango and ginger beer and lime. This chocolate fudge brownie gelato looks pretty darn good!IMG_3711

Not content with just one scoop, Little Chef chose the decadent chocolate fudge brownie as well as the cookie monster – a sweet cream gelato with triple choc cookies, cookie dough and a milk chocolate ganache. As always, the gelato was absolutely scrumptious and smooth. IMG_3716

The gelato is made onsite. It’s natural too, with no hidden nasties, making it perfect for kids (of all ages!). You can view the kitchen where the magic happens through a window. Winter or Summer anytime is a good time for Gelato in the city! IMG_3709

Lot Twenty – Northbridge

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Lot Twenty is a favourite Northbridge bar of mine, but I don’t go there nearly enough. It’s from the guys behind Five Bar. One of my lovely friends, Reeva (from blog “Proudly South African In Perth” ) and I enjoyed a spur of the moment dinner there recently. We’d been at a foodie event in the city, though our tummies were still rumbling, so we snuck out in search of more food!  I was hoping Jerry Fraser – Oyster shocker extraordinaire – was there. He now divides his time between Lot Twenty and Five Bar (Beaufort Street, Highgate).IMG_7987

The small bar is in a renovated old building right next to Perth Cultural Centre  which brings in a mix of people – students, hipsters and office workers. It has a cool vibe, excellent drinks and a large outdoor courtyard.IMG_3799

It was Jerry’s night at Lot Twenty (He’s there Wednesdays and Fridays) and as always, his oysters were super fresh and spot on!LOT20

Reeva and I also shared gnocchi, croquettes and salad. The cheesy provolone gnocchi was so light and fluffy. It was a wonderful winter dish. The cauliflower and cheese croquettes, $11, were moreish and the house made tomato sauce delivered a spicy kick.  IMG_3797

We both really enjoyed the wombok salad, $10. The crisp wombok and red cabbage was joined with fresh mint, coriander, toasted peanuts and an Asian vinaigrette. IMG_3795

We were both really impressed by the food at Lot Twenty. It was so convenient to grab a bite to eat there. The staff are always very helpful and it was handy to have a split billing option when we paid, which for the small feast we had was great value for money. I’ll be back again! I’m still thinking about that gnocchi…

The Henley Brook – Swan Valley

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The Henley Brook is an exciting addition to the Swan Valley. It’s been open a few months, but it took me a while to get a booking at the immensely popular venue, affectionately known as “The Hen”. The staff were really accommodating, though The Hen was almost fully booked, squeezing us into an early lunch spot at 11am. We could have the table for an hour and a half, which luckily was plenty of time.IMG_3733

The Hen has bucket loads of character, for a new place. The rustic, country vibe works well in the Swan Valley. The cosy bar has many local beers on offer (Mash, Feral, Hop Hog and Homestead), as well as other WA craft beers and ciders. IMG_3736

We met my parents there for a birthday lunch and scored a table right next to the open fire, which was crackling away. Our friendly waiter was prompt and helpful. We tried to be organised for once and got our order in quick, so we had plenty of time to enjoy our food.

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I was very pleased with my choice – slow cooked pork belly, $32. It looked a treat, adorned with a spiral of crispy crackling. The belly itself fell apart at the touch of my fork. It was so moist and tasty. Underneath, was a truffle mash, fresh beans and a field mushroom gravy. Love it!IMG_3747

The Hen House chicken parmy, $26, got the thumbs up from Chef. His pub favourite was topped with smoked ham, semidried tomato fondue, melted smoked cheese and served with fries and salad. IMG_3745

The Beef and stout pie special ($21.50) looked good and my Mum enjoyed it, though she did also say the filling was very rich. It was brimming with beef, spinach and veg and came with a side of chips to soak up the gravy.IMG_3755

My Dad really enjoyed a tasty steak. It was a hearty dish that came with a pumpkin tart and sautéed Brussel sprouts that he loved (yes really!).IMG_3742

There’s a wood fired pizza oven out the back and The Hen’s pizza menu has a good selection of toppings. Little Chef chose a kids Hawaiian pizza and quickly scoffed the lot.    IMG_3739

There’s a lot of seating outside under the veranda. The popular spot also has picnic rugs and crates on the grass. There’s a huge grassed area, so kids have plenty of room to run and it’s great for a ball game too. IMG_3759

We all really enjoyed our lunch at The Hen. It’s a great addition to the Swan Valley.  We absolutely plan to go back, next time I’ll book a couple of weeks in advance to secure a table for a longer stay!IMG_3761

Little Creatures – Fremantle

 

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One of our most favourite all-rounders is Little Creatures at the Fishing Boat Harbour in Freo. Chef loves the massive beer barn, as he’s partial to a pint or two of a good craft beer. I love the buzzing, but chilled atmosphere and we have to drag Little Chef out of the massive sandpit. We all LOVE the simple yet consistently tasty pub food.20131113_132006

We find the inside tables a bit noisy, so we sit out in the back beer garden by the harbour. It’s a fab spot where I happily spend a few hours, usually with our overseas guests. Occasionally it can be a bit breezy, but generally ok and we try to find a shady spot under one of the trees or umbrellas. Otherwise you’ll find plenty of bottles of sun cream hanging around. Little chef and his cousins were as happy as Larry; there’s a large partially shaded sandpit in the beer garden. As I’ve said before… Little Creatures caters very well for our own little creatures!!IMG_2596

The menu is mostly made up of share plates (big & small) and wood fired pizzas. We usually order the pizzas. The harrissa spiced lamb with melanzane and feta pizza ($23) is packed with flavour.IMG_2591

I really love the prawn, Coriander and shitake mushroom woodfired pizza ($24) This topping, it is one of my absolute favourites. The kitchen is always very generous with the juicy big prawns too! I’ve had this pizza more times than I remember.20131113_134219

 

We enjoy all the food, it’s perfect to share with friends, or in our case pommie relatives. The craft beer is brewed on site. It was a hit with all the blokes – in particular “Rogers” and the “Pilsner”. Little Creatures is a Fremantle treasure and somewhere that Chef and I will always have a big soft spot for.20131113_143010

Foam Coffee Bar – Leederville

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I was invited along to Foam Coffee Bar in Leederville on the promise of copious amounts of bacon and it didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t tie busy Chef down for a brunch date and then Little Chef was struck down with a bout of chicken pox. I thought that I’d never get my bacon fix!IMG_3984

My brunch date was Foam’s marketing guru, the lovely Meg Coffey. Admittedly I was excited to meet such a prominent Perth social media figure too. We had much to chat about over brunch at the bustling café on the Oxford Street strip.IMG_3977

Foam has a feel of a neighbourhood café. People are constantly coming and going, their hands brimming with take away coffees and sweet treats. There’s not a spare table in the house with lots of people taking time to enjoy brunch with friends too. I was in need of a caffeine hit and the coffee came out hot and fast! The roast at Foam is Five Senses, which is one of my favourite coffees, as it is always so smooth. Love the tiny teddies too😉IMG_3960

When Meg is onto a good thing, she sticks to it – and why not! She chose her breakfast favourite of poached eggs on toast with a side of avocado.IMG_3965

I chose the wild mushroom trio, $15. A tasty mound of mushrooms sits on top of a slice of buttery toasted brioche with a runny poached egg and chives. I added a side of Cajun spiced bacon for an extra $5. Foam’s bacon ain’t no ordinary bacon. The kitchen team house smokes and cut it themselves, making the porky morsels lovely and thick! It has a really deep flavour too. I’m totally in love with it. IMG_3975

Next time I may up the ante in the bacon stakes and order the Canadian pancakes with maple syrup and house smoked bacon or the “Go Bananas” a decadent grilled house smoked bacon and banana dish, with house made banana bread,  gusto vanilla bean gelato and Canadian maple syrup. They sound very naughty though!

Big thanks to Meg and the Foam team for inviting me down for brunch, I really enjoyed it!

Julio’s – West Perth

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Julio’s, a favourite haunt for West Perth workers for over thirty years, has been transformed into a swanky but approachable Italian diner. The iconic residence of Perth menswear moguls, the Walsh family, has been retained as part of a multi-million dollar hotel development. The rear of the historical house has been knocked through and now blends with the modern foyer of the Sage Hotel.IMG_3852

The Sage Hotel sits in what was essentially the back yard of the Walsh family’s heritage listed home which dates back to 1902. In 1982 the home was sold and become a West Perth favourite, Julio’s Italian restaurant, hosting dinners for mining executives, Lady Gaga, Bono and Beyoncé amongst others. The restaurant was then closed for a number of years. The new owners have kept in mind its beloved history with West Perth locals, by keeping the Italian restaurant, beautifully restoring the building and period features. The dining room has been stripped right back to the original bare brickwork, fireplaces, timber flooring and ceiling beams, whilst still managing to retain its cosy charm.interior

Arriving in the restaurant, via the hotel foyer, we’re greeted by a waitress who takes us to a table by the window. She offers to take my soggy umbrella – it’s a very wet and blustery night outside. I look over the well selected wine menu, the choices are mainly Australian. There’s also a good selection of French sparkling wine and Italian varieties too. A local red from the Swan Valley catches our eye. As the waitress pours the Robert Bowen Shiraz, $82, she tells us that the grapes are from Pemberton and Robert Bowen is in fact a regular at Julio’s. It’s a nice touch to get a little extra info and the wine is a wonderfully smooth Shiraz too.IMG_3831

The menu is made up of cicchetti (savoury snacks), primi (pasta) and secondi (mains). To start we enjoy creamy polenta fritters, $9. The rectangular fritters are golden and crisp on the outside. We dunk them in a calabrian dip – an Italian style aioli.IMG_3837

We also relish the truffle duck terrine, $19. The moist, fudgy meat is served along with chunks of pear, poached in nebbiolo, a red wine from Northern Italy. It’s finished with a hazelnut crumb. The flavours work well together, though I would have liked a little lavosh or crusty bread to spread the terrine onto.IMG_3835

For main I can’t go past the potato gnocchi, $22. The hand rolled gnocchi is tender, but a touch doughy. Topped with tiger prawns, zucchini and a creamy gorgonzola cheese and chili sauce it’s a comforting dish that’s bursting with sweet and garlic flavours.gnocchi

Chef chooses the hearty sounding lamb shoulder dish, $32. The locally raised lamb is very tender, as it’s braised in extra virgin olive oil. The generous portion of meat sits upon artichoke and a chickpea puree. The dish is covered in rocket and finished with pistachios, for an extra crunch.IMG_3839

We toy with the idea of ordering a side dish, though knowing how generous and filling Italian food often is, we decide against the extra food. The Sicilian caponata, with mozzarella, basil pesto and crispy eggplant sounds delicious, but will have to wait for another time.IMG_3858

There are four options plus a cheese plate for dessert. We find it hard to choose, so we order the dessert plate, $35. This selection gives you a taste of three of their desserts. Julio’s open cannolo is delicious. The chocolate cannolo, made to a secret recipe, is filled with a nutty torrone (nougat) ice cream. The silky saffron panna cotta jiggles on the board. On the side is a sweet raspberry jelly and praline. A slice of warm limoncello caprese cake is a little dry, though topped with the creamy citrus limoncello sorbet, which adds much needed moisture.Dessert

The reincarnation of Julio’s is a mainly a hit. The tasty food is mostly on point, just a few technical misses to iron out. The dining room is beautiful and the service is friendly and prompt. Bellissimo!

At a glance

Julio’s

1309 Hay Street

West Perth

Phone 08 6500 9111

Opening times

Open 7 Days

Breakfast  Mon to Fri 6.30am – 10.30am

Sat & Sun 7am – 11am

Lunch 11.30am to 3pm

Dinner Tue to Sat 5pm to 10pm

Sun & Mon 5pm to 9pm

Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

style Modern Italian

wine mostly Australian wines,

with a few NZ and European drops.

Chef Simone Ariano

Owner SilverNeedle Group and ADC

feel Classic, old meets new.

wheelchair access yes

cost

Entree – $8 – $39

Mains – $24 – $34

Dessert – $14 – $35

all in all   a wonderful fusion of

modern and traditional elements in

both the venue and Italian menu.

Service is friendly and efficient.