Magna Pizza at The Mantle, Freo


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The Mantle is found in a converted warehouse overlooking Freo’s Port. It’s a haven for foodies, with more than one taste bud tempting venue to eat at – like Magna Pizza. The Mantle is also home to Don Tappa, Short Order Burger Co, Stampede Gelato and Alter Ego bar.


The Mantle was actually our plan B. Originally we were headed to a family friendly Italian eatery on the Freo café strip. There, we walked out before we had even ordered, as there was a strong, stale smell of off seafood! Ewwww. My boys were growing hangry (you know, so hungry that you’re angry) and so I suggested a spot that I knew would be foolproof… Magna. These two LOVE pizza.


The Mantel has that casual, alternative vibe that Fremantle does so very well. Since this was just before I started eating gluten free, I picked the bruschetta. So simple and tasty – and only $8. Man I miss bread!


Chef ordered the Cicerone pizza ($23). The Magna Pizza bases are made fresh using natural traditional ingredients, and they let their dough rise for at least 36 hours. Topped with bolognese sauce, mozzarella, sausages, hot salami, capsicum, rosemary – he loved it’s punchy, fresh flavours!


Little Chef is an eight year old that is not afraid of a little spice. The Nerone ($20) tomato based pizza, with lashings of fresh chilli, mozzarella and hot salami, was right up his street. At the time we ate, there wasn’t a dedicated kids menu, but pizzas are so easy to eat, so we were happy to share this with him!


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Syd and Phyllis, Midland


Who are Syd and Phyllis? Co-Owner and Head Chef Sam named the café after his grandparents, which is a lovely touch and reminded me of my own Grandparents, Stan and Phyllis. It’s particularly fitting that he named this café after them, as his Grandfather worked on the railways. Syd and Phyllis is found up on the “platform” of the redeveloped Midland Railway Workshops.


We spent an hour soaking up the sun over a spot of lunch and enjoying the view over Railway Square, where the old shunting yards were. It retains the old workshop buildings, as well as train tracks, which run through the great space. At regular intervals stream rises from the tracks, almost like a ghost train has pulled up at the platform. Little Chef loved jumping around in the mist.


Local roast Bolt is brilliant. Bolt is set up at the nearby Man of the Trees nursery (and roast their beans on a BBQ!).


It’s seriously one of the best coffees I’ve had. Syd and Phyllis is also licenced and features local craft beers, wines and spirits.


My Mum and Dad brought us along, they’d previously enjoyed a couple of brunches here. There’s a good selection on the lunch menu, as well as fresh foods and cakes in the cabinet. I picked the heritage salad ($16), which sounded ridiculously heathy. Luckily, it was ridiculously tasty too! Ancient grains, and wild rice, chargrilled broccoli, beetroot hummus, pickled slaw, made for a colourful and yummy lunch.


My Dad opted for the 6056 burger – I was very jealous. This burger crams in the fillings – not one but TWO beef patties, crisp beer battered onion rings, pickled beetroot, fresh cos lettuce, tomato sauce, oozing with cheese all on a charred bun. Served with extra crunchy triple cooked chips and a light coating of gravy. Gravy and chips – nice one!


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Perth Night Noodle Markets 2018


The Night Noodle Markets are back for 2018! It’s part of Good Food Month. Last night we checked out this years line up of 20+ stallholders with hawker style eats under the twinkling city lights at Elizabeth Quay. As always, it is a buzzing foodie event, with a fantastic atmosphere and more delicious smells than you can poke a satay stick at!


I even bumped into a living culinary legend too – Chef Marco Pierre White! He’s in town for Good Food Month and the Taste the Great Southern event. My Pasty Chef little bro used to work for him, at the Michelin starred Mirabelle in Mayfair, so I just had to say hi!


Even though this is the fourth edition of the Night Noodle Markets in Perth, they are as popular as ever!  So my advise is to get there early and to know what you want! We did queue for around 10 mins for a few of the hawkers stalls, and we ate on the go. I’ve done a Gluten Free guide too (scroll down for that). Here’s my picks of what to devour at this year’s NNM:

The Modern Eatery

Cone-nichiwa (Wagyu Dreamin’ Cheese) – Lightly battered tempura nori cone with yakiniku beef, cheese, edamame, kimchi, and kitty k’s garlic rice.



Hoy Pinoy

These guys have been a firm favourite each year and their smokin skewers are as divine as ever, $13 for two. Choose from chicken BBQ’d in a traditional soy marinade or BBQ pork belly with a banana ketchup glaze.


We were a little sad to see my favourites the Peking duck fries were gone for this year as Bao Stop didn’t make the trip west. Don’t panic though… there’s still bao aplenty and lots of new vendors making up the 2018 line up! Hoy Pinoy do a chicken topped fries dish. 

Black Star Pastry

With all that food it’s important to save a little room for dessert! NNM favourites Black Star Pastry are back with their stunning Strawberry Watermelon Cake. It’s a scrumptious layered cake made up of almond dacquoise, rose-scented cream, strawberries, watermelon and finished beautifully with dried rose petals and pistachios.


Gelato Messina 

Not to be outdone, Gelato Messina are back too. Aunty Tomsu’s Cheesecake – Japanese cheesecake, strawberry and cherry blossom cream, strawberry meringue, strawberries and strawberry gelato is scrumptious.


And if you’re Gluten Free…

This is my first trip to the NNM since having to eat gluten free food, making it a lot more restrictive. I studied the online menu and found there were over 10 options for me, which I was happy about. I took this info from the Good Food Month website, so double check with the vendor if the dish is safe to eat! Here’s where to chow down at if you’re GF:

Hoy Pinoy

Inihaw na baboy – Pork belly skewers with banana ketchup glaze | GF
Inihaw na manok – Chicken skewers in traditional soy glaze | GF

Bunga Ray Satay

Charcoal Grill Satay – Marinated Beef, Chicken & Lamb serve with peanut sauce | GF

Bangkok Jump Street

Korat Pad Mie ( Korat Fried Noodles) with Soft-Shell Crab| GF options
BJS’s Spicy Pork Crackling Papaya Salad| GF
Jump Street’s Caramelised Pork Belly & Roasted Pork Noodles| GF …This is what I had, and it was delicious, with loads of rice noodles and crispy crackle on the pork belly!


Miss Chow’s

Salt and Pepper Baby Squid | GF

Saigon Eats

Roast Pork Noodles | GF
Goi Cuon Fresh rice paper rolls| GF


Dancing Noodles

Macanese style Portuguese Chicken Rice| GF

The Urban Bowl

The Urban – Charcoal chicken/ BBQ beef/ tofu, with pickles and prawn cracker | GF

Sadly I didn’t find any GF desserts on the list 🙁


It really is impossible to try everything, maybe more than one visit is in order! Other local and interstate vendors include: Bangkok Jump Street, Ahi Poke, Bao Wow, Puffle, Gyoza Joint and more. There’s also a few bars scattered around and live entertainment too making for a fantastic atmosphere.

The Night Noodle Markets are one of the very best foodie events in Perth. My tip is to get there when it opens to grab a table and minimise queueing. I saw a few people who brought picnic rugs, which is a good idea too. With the EQ train and bus stations, the ferry and plenty of parking, the foodie event is pretty easy to get to. Get your noodle on before the Night Noodle Markets end on March 25th!


For more info visit the Good Food Month website.

Your Guide to Eat Drink Perth 2018 – Collabs

IMG_2021This year I’m bringing you the best of the Eat Drink Perth Festival’s “Collabs” category. What’s better than visiting one delicious venue? Visiting two, three or many more on a walking tour! Or trying lots of mouth-watering morsels at one exciting venue. Here’s my experiences on the Wandering Wok Tour and delicious Hyatt Vodka High Tea and a round up of the “collabs” events and offers for eating your way through the city of Perth.


Northbridge Ramble and Relish – Wandering Wok Tours

I met foodie Pauline Lynch from Wandering Wok Tours at the Northbridge Piazza. From here, Pauline guided me through the streets of Northbridge to discover the influence of Chinese, Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs and Vietnamese immigrants to the Northbridge and wider Perth food scene.


The interesting walking tour takes two hours and includes at least eight food tastings along the way – you may try tasty morsels like BBQ pork, home-made spring rolls, Italian pastries, Turkish delight and much more. Since I’m gluten-free, Pauline found some yummy GF food for me to sample.


First we stopped at one of Perth’s favourite gourmet Italian butchers, Torre. It has been run out of the same Lake Street cottage by many generations of the same family since it was established in 1950. Here you can sample the most delectable roast ham. They’re currently installing a massive dry aging room – watch this space!


Next we enjoyed a coffee and sweet treat from The Re Store, which has been a Northbridge stalwart for over 80 years. The Italian owned store is an emporium of imported European goods and everyone loves their continental rolls!

We popped into Corica Pastries, full of the aromas of freshly baked traditional apple strudels. Also on Aberdeen Street, I salivated over huge cheese wheels at European Foods, which is also home to The Northbridge Coffee Roasters. We strolled down colourful alleyways, covered with vibrant murals, to Newcastle Street.

Next up was Sallys Yong Tau Fu, an Asian grocery store on William Street, which specialises in yong tau fu. There are rows and rows of Asian goodies. I had no idea what anything was used for, Pauline is a wealth of knowledge on many of the products and ingredients.

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As we explored the streets and back alleyways of Northbridge, my tastebuds got a workout too! Roasted ducks hanging in the window of Ming’s BBQ House enticed us inside. Here we tried roast pork, as well as delicious shredded duck in lettuce cups. Yum!

The post-war migration of Italians and Greeks gave Northbridge it’s alfresco dining scene. In 1929, one of the newly arrived Greeks, Angelo Kakulas, opened the iconic grocery store – Kakulas Bros, on William Street. The store is like an Aladdin’s cave for foodies, and has a huge range of goods and spices, flours, rices and grains, all sold from their original sacks.

Here I tried dark chocolate covered macadamias and some traditional Turkish delight.

Lastly, we walked through Chinatown, to Old Shanghai. I tucked into some silky rice flour rolls, filled with plump prawns. The slippery lil suckers were hard to eat with chopsticks (for a novice like me!) but the delish rolls were totally worth the effort.

The Northbridge Ramble and Relish tour was a brilliant way to delve a little deeper into what Northbridge has to offer. I certainly learned a few new things from Pauline, who has been running walking tours of Northbridge since 2001. The tour is great value for $65 per person. Find out more and book a tour here.


Vodka High Tea Sundays – Hyatt Perth

Who loves vodka? Me! I tucked into a Vodka High Tea at the luxurious Hyatt hotel with a delish Belvedere champagne punch cocktail, an exclusive offer for Eat Drink Perth.


The Hyatt is close to my heart for a number of reasons. I met Chef back when he was an apprentice at the Hyatt. He took me on our first date at Café, our second date was at Joes Oriental Diner and my first ever fine dining experience was when Chef was working at the fancy pants Gershwin’s Restaurant. I was excited to be back at a spot where I’d spent so much time in the early 2000s.


High tea is the perfect reason for a girly catch up. I took my Mum along for an afternoon of decadence under the Hyatt’s conservatory atrium. First, we were served our cocktails (or mocktail in the case of my Mum). I loved the Belvedere champagne punch, with its pineapple flavours.


My Mum and I nibbled on some pre-high tea appetisers. There’s a delish giant tempura prawn, mushroom tart and croquette. I was pleased with their gluten free offering.


The Hyatt’s high tea is a mix of savoury and sweet morsels. There’s light and fluffy strawberry lamingtons, red velvet cake, orange and almond cake, fruit tarts and more.


On the savoury tier there’s dainty finger sandwiches, smoked salmon canapés, and mini chicken wraps.


And no high tea is complete without the tea! Tea Forte loose leaf English Breakfast was poured from the most beautiful Royal Albert teapot (I want one!).


At $65 per person, the High Tea at the Hyatt is lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon, it features the vodka cocktail each Sunday during March. Hyatt Regency Perth also offers a Rosé High Tea experience each weekend.

Find out more and how to book here.

Other Collab Events on during Eat Drink Perth 2018

• Self Guided Cheese Tasting Tour at Fromage Artisans
• Gluten Free Expo at PCEC
• New flavours at Gusto Gelato
• Easter-ific Hang Out at Cathedral Square
• Northbridge Outdoor Movies – Free Flicks for Kids – Foodie Series at The Piazza
• Foodie Family Fun Day at Forrest Place, Perth
• Dinner and FREE Ben & Jerry’ Dessert Deal at Guzman y Gomez
Varsity Burger of the Month Pineapple Club ( Northbridge )
• Battle of the BBQs – Long Chim‘s Lucas Fernandes and Petition‘s Jessie Blake
Night Noodle Markets – Good Food Month at Elizabeth Quay, Perth
• Great Southern Wine Dinner at the State Buildings Postal Hall.
• The Ultimate Perth Craft Beer Tour by Eat The Street
• Tap and Table ft. Artisan Brewing at Belgian Beer Cafe
• Ginstronomy Experience – Best Brew Bar & Kitchen at Four Points by Sheraton Perth
Lamont’s Winery Sundowner & pop-up cellar door
• Pasta Battle by Perth’s most acclaimed and accomplished restaurants at Post
• Bites, Bars and Backstreets Adventure – Food Loose Tours
• The Beautiful Dinner presented by James Squire at Post
• Sage Amour Package at Sage Hotel West Perth

Find out more details on all these exciting events here. I can’t wait to eat and drink my way around some more of them!

                                               This blog post is sponsored by The City of Perth.                                                 All images, words and opinions are my own.


Watermelon Cake from Night Noodle Markets

Swan Valley Sweet Temptations Trail


I’ve discovered the scrumptious Sweet Temptations Trail, a mouth-watering artisan adventure that takes you to some of the Swan Valley’s sweetest spots. Sweet-tooths will love the tour that focuses on local produce, hand crafted in the Swan Valley region.

Absolutely anyone can take part in the DIY self-drive tour, it’s a tonne of fun for couples, friends or even families. Taste everything from nougat, honey, sweet nuts, raw treats, fresh macarons and there’s even a few cheeky wine stops, because the Swan Valley boasts some top-notch sweet wines after all!

Maison Saint-Honore

Maison Saint Honore owner Alex Lui-van-Sheng first shared his marvellous macarons with Perth at farmers markets. His little business soon took off and now he’s running a macaron factory in the Swan Valley. Here you can pop in and purchase so many different flavours of these yummy morsels or stay a little while longer, grab a table and enjoy a brunch or coffee with something sweet.


First, we sampled the freshest French macarons, as well as a host of other sweet treats made at Maison. And for those who may like something a little more savoury their house baked croissants are a big favourite too!


The café has a playground, as well as a separate, quieter garden area. See my separate blog on Maison Saint Honore here.

Find Maison Saint Honore at 110 Benara Road, Caversham, WA.

Pinelli Estate Wines

While we were at Maison, their friendly neighbour Daniel Pinelli, Owner from adjoining winery Pinelli Estate Wines, popped by to let us taste their Pink Moscato. You may know I’m rather partial to a drop of vino, and when Daniel told us his Moscato had fairy floss notes, I just knew it would be a winner! After a little sip, I let out an audible “ooooo”, I was sold. It’s one of the best Moscatos, if not the best, that I’ve tried. Pinelli Estate wines, a family winery with an Italian heritage, are only available from their cellar door or online.


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La Fattoria, Pickering Brook


On the winding Merrivale Road, near CORE Cider House, you’ll find La Fattoria – which is just about as close to a traditional Italian Trattoria as you can get. Meaning “the farm” in Italian, La Fattoria is set in a beautiful spot on a working orchard in the Perth Hills. By the way – a “trattoria” is a family run venue, offering a series of dishes shared at the table, like an Italian family meal.

La Fattoria is very unassuming from the entrance. On our first visit we strolled up the olive grove lined gravel path, and entered via an old packing shed, not really knowing what to expect. Scattered around were old farming artefacts, giving it a rustic feel.


As you walk through the shed and then through the next door, the venue suddenly opens out into the most wonderful cellar door and restaurant, with a delightful vista over the lush lawns, vines and orchard. The lawn begs for a picnic, and there are several people enjoying platters and wine on picnic blankets under the shady Jacaranda tree.


We were greeted by owner Lucy and she introduced herself as if she was an old friend, which truly made us feel like we had popped by to a friends place for lunch. And that is just how they want you to feel at La Fattoria. It’s not a typical Italian restaurant where you can order a carbonara from the menu. This is a unique dining experience, with no menu!

There are two dining options. Book ahead and enjoy their Nonna’s Family Table lunch or turn up on a whim (like we did) and tuck into a “choose your own platter. Nonna’s family table is a mulit course feast, with no menu. Expect courses of antipasto, pasta, simple produce-driven main courses and desserts showcasing the fruit grown on the property. The idea is to break bread and share a hearty meal with family and friends, in the traditional Sicilian way. It is priced at a very reasonable $47pp (Thurs/Fri) and $57pp (Sat/Sun). We’re keen to try this!


Before our platter arrived we started with a chisciol appetiser. The traditional Italian dish is a sort of mini pancake, topped with fresh rocket, eaten soft taco style. Delicious!


The blackboard of platter options changes regularly and is brimming with delicious  morsels. We (my parents and I) were piggies and picked just about everything! The Bambini menu is only available with the Nonna’s Family Table option, but luckily there was enough meat, cheese and bread to satisfy Little Chef.


Where to start? We ate a multitude of goodies, including meats coppa and bresaola (salt dried beef). There was also tender Freo pickled octopus, Sicilian olives, marinated sweet peppers, marinated artichokes, and a pear and ginger paste. All that is accompanied by fresh bread and rice crackers. And no grazing platter is complete without a bit of cheese! I loved the provolone. The creamy balls of boconcini were oh-so-tasty too!


We chose 12 components for the platter and that came to just $68.50 for the four of us, including the chisciol! Great value for tasty and excellent quality food.

Of course the main attraction on the drink’s list is La Fattoria’s wine (they also offer a cider and non alcoholic drinks). The 11 varieties of grapes from La Fattoria’s vines are made into excellent drops of wine by Bickley Valley wine makers MyattsField Vineyards. I particularly enjoyed the sparkling red, a Brachetto, which I’ve never tried before. And if you’re driving? You can also enjoy coffee and a freshly baked slice of cake.


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Char Char, Fremantle


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The Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle has long been a port of call for fresh fish n’ chips. I’d often wondered what popular eatery Char Char Bull offered, but we never quite resisted that golden-fried fish from its neighbours.

Now known as Char Char, the recently refurbished restaurant and bar is just as fresh as the fish next door. It’s probably more accurate to say re-built than refurbished, as the entire restaurant had been completely gutted. The new lounge bar area is perfect for a cheeky pre-dinner drink or two. They’ve done a tremendous job.


The modern dining room is bathed in light and enjoys views over the harbour. Our table on the window is a top spot for a little people-watching and we spy some kids fishing off the boardwalk, as well as gazing in amazement at boaties docking their yacht into a very tight space.

Service is efficient, despite the restaurant being full to the brim by 7pm. The dining room’s acoustics cope well. The restaurant’s lively atmosphere doesn’t become too noisy, whilst still maintaining a certain intimateness.

The extensive drinks menu features a vintage wine selection, lots of aperitifs to choose from and a fun cocktail list too. I’d like to see more drops available by the glass. My Willow Bridge “Rosa De Slana” Tempranillo Rose, from the Ferguson Valley, is dry for a rose. Knowing steak is in store for him, Chef chooses a full bodied Barossa shiraz, from the Torbreck vineyard.


We start with some share plates. Crisp croquettes ($13.50) are filled with pork cheek, smoked cheddar and spinach. The moreish morsels are delicious, dunked creamy lemon aioli.


Thinly sliced lime cured local kingfish ($21) is one of many gluten free options on the menu. It’s a delicate dish that is bursting with the flavours of hot wasabi cream, crisp green apple, parsley oil, sharp red radish and black sesame, which all marry together perfectly.


Moist pork belly ($19) is faultlessly cooked and served with pickled onion, crumbs of morcilla sausage, preserved lemon cauliflower and crispy sage. Service doesn’t feel rushed, though we don’t have to wait long till our mains arrive.


Chef chooses a man-sized ($55) 500g rib-eye, served on the bone for added flavour. The hand selected West Australian steak is cut from the rib-section and we’re told it has a good deal of fat marbling – fat is flavour after all. This nicely charred and rested steak is brimming with flavours. Chef lashes on copious amounts of creamy béarnaise sauce. Grill dishes are also accompanied by Char Char’s popular buttermilk mash, which is a little sour, but oh so tasty.


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