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.

Silks Crown Perth

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 

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Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

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Originally appearing as a pop up restaurant in 2014, Piggy Food Co soon made a permanent home on the bustling North Fremantle strip. The small bar has a Southern Californian food offering, featuring the type of easy to eat comfort food that’s found right on the border of the US and Mexico. Here, it’s ok to make a piggy of yourself. Cutlery is optional, but napkins are absolutely essential!

Piggy Food Co is the epitome of Freo chill. We’re given a warm welcome and encouraged to sit wherever we like. We can grab a high table in the industrial-style bar adorned with unique piggy artworks. Or sit out in the beer garden, surrounded by green succulents and shaded with umbrellas. During the day we find a relaxing spot for a bite to eat with family and friends. By night it takes on more of a cosy small bar feel.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

If you love craft beer, with a side of dude food – Piggy Food Co is the spot for you. There’s an ever changing draught selection of local, interstate and international beers from small independent breweries. Chef chooses a south west favourite, from Colonial Brewing Co. The “S’wine” list is short and sweet, though not without some interesting choices. I enjoy a glass of fruity Alkoomi SSB, also from Margaret River.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

I order food at the bar, where the furniture has been made by multitalented co-owner and Head Chef Max Kordyl, with locally salvaged materials. The engaging, friendly staff are only too happy to have a chin-wag and offer us suggestions of the best menu picks. There’s even a special grilled cheese menu for those with the late night munchies, well after the kitchen has closed.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Pork is very much the star of the menu, with pork covered fries, pork burgers and pork tacos. The local produce driven menu offers other choices too. Everything is made in house, from scratch, with the exception of their burger buns and ice cream.

Saucy BBQ chicken wings ($10) are simply scrumptious. The tender wigs are served with a blue cheese sauce or creamy ranch dressing for dipping. If you’re feeling brave, add a kick to the wings with a generous squirt of hot sauce.

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Nicely charred grilled mini corn on the cobs ($5) are delicious, tossed in a little smoked paprika and garlic.

Piggy Food Co, North Fremantle

Loaded “Hog Fries” ($14) are topped with plenty of pulled pork, cheese, salsa fresca, house BBQ sauce and a dollop of sour cream. These fries last a matter of minutes, we should have ordered two serves. The boys are such food-hogs! The topping isn’t gooey enough for my liking, I would have liked to see copious amounts of melted cheese smothering the meaty fries.

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Chef couldn’t say no to the pork-tastic “Whole Hog” burger ($20). This soft ciabatta bun is jam packed full of flavours from a spiced chorizo patty, mouth-watering pulled pork, crispy bacon, cheese, slaw, salsa fresca, smoked chipotle mayo and house BBQ sauce. All that makes for a huge burger to try to fit it in your mouth! Chef only just manages to devour it all.

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The Vault, Kalamunda

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For over 30 years I’ve been visiting The Vault. First, in it’s previous incarnation as the local Commonwealth Bank. From starting my dollarmite account when I was little, to the shiny and new restaurant it is today, it has always felt like a hub of the community sitting proudly on the leafy Haynes Street. The recently opened Italian-style eatery has been transformed from a drab bank to a airy modern restaurant with its patio overlooking Haynes Street.

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The Vault is open seven days for breakfast, brunch, coffee and cake, lunch and dinner. Little Chef and I stopped by with my parents for lunch. It’s clear to see that the spot is still a hive a activity in Kalamunda.

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And where is the actual bank vault? The old vault, complete with secure door, is now home to the restaurant’s wine cellar.

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There is a mainly WA vibe to the wine list, including a very fine Saracen Shiraz. My Dad enjoyed local beer from The Bickley Valley Brewing Co. too.

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The Italian lunch menu has mainly pastas, salads and pizzas to choose from. There’s a huge pizza oven in their kitchen and take away gourmet pizzas are also available. My Dad chose the classic lasagne, very reasonably priced at just $22, with a cheeky bowl of chips on the side ($6.50). I pinched a few of the hand cut chips, which were deliciously crunchy!

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Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

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First, the trail blazing Brookfield Place, a hub of cool eateries and bars arrived in the CBD. Then Perth was positively spoiled with the State Buildings dining precinct. Now, Hibernian Place has opened in the city’s east end. Here, the stunning five star Westin Hotel seems to have sprung up out of nowhere and with it has brought a whole host of trendy restaurants and bars.

We headed to one of the most buzzed about spots, Garum, found in the heritage listed Hibernian Hall. The face of Garum is familiar, celebrity Chef Guy Grossi, of Melbourne’s Florentino Grill. What he has brought to Perth is not your ordinary Italian. Specialising in the traditional food of ancient Rome, the 120 seat diner has components like lucaniaca sausage, hand cut pastas, farrow and the restaurant’s namesake, garum (a Roman fish sauce) on its menu.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

The immense dining space boasts the original high timber ceiling, exposed brickwork and timber floors, giving the feel that Garum has been around for much longer than a few weeks.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

We’re seated under the vine covered wall and look over Garum’s wine list, which also takes inspiration from the Romans, listing varieties by colour. There’s “white” and “yellow” wines, white being refreshing and light, while the yellows are richer and fuller. Equally, reds are divided into “Red Blood”, “Purple” and “Black Wine” types. The wine list is WA heavy, with a sprinkling of Italian drops. I choose an Italian San Martino Prosecco, which has a lovely dryness. Chef opts for an earthy Silverstream Pinot Noir from Denmark.

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Many ancient recipes are used, including the Roman sourdough, which we start our meal with. On the side is moretum, a herb and ricotta cheese spread, that ancient Romans liked to spread on their bread.

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Guy Grossi, temporarily in Perth to open his first venue outside of Victoria, is painstakingly looking over each dish that leaves his pass until Head Chef Mario di Natale takes over the reins.

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I find the raw kingfish Crudo ($20) cut too thick for my liking. The fresh fish is full of flavour, topped with barley, and complimented with the freshness of sorrel and cucumber, along with garum.

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The delicate quail ($22), is brined and then grilled with honey, garum, fennel, currants and pine nuts. Tender morsels of meat are spot on, making it a delicious dish with a real peasant feel.

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After our plates are cleared Chef orders another glass of the pinot. His glass is replaced, though it sits there empty for some time.

Chef enjoys the Amatriciana pasta dish. At $24, it’s reasonably priced. You can have a light lunch and glass of wine at Garum without having to blow your budget. The bowl of thick spaghetti-like pasta, bucbatini, is cooked perfectly al dente. The pasta, which is made in-house, is smothered in a lick licking sauce of simple flavours – pancetta, tomato and chilli, giving it a subtle bite.

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Perfectly pink Akady lamb cutlets ($45), have a beautifully charred crust. The lamb is a little fatty, but bone-nibbling delicious, served with parsley, capers and anchovy. Sautéed radicchio is too bitter for my taste, even with a squirt of grilled lemon.

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Now, to dessert. The brand spanking new restaurant is absolutely heaving with a fully booked lunch service. Our mains are cleared, but we aren’t offered the dessert menu for a good 20 minutes or more. Chef’s waiting on his second glass of red, which is still MIA. After trying to make eye contact with a waiter for what feels like an age, finally I wave one down and request the dessert menu. He is very apologetic about the wine and does not charge us for that.

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The globi ($16), small doughnuts with poppy seeds, have a rustic feel. Unlike traditional doughnuts, they are not particularly sweet or fluffy, with a more bread-like texture. The honey ice cream provides moisture and sweetness to this tasty dessert.

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A little disappointed by their gluten free menu offering, or lack there-of, I have a bowl of honey ice cream and chocolate sorbet. 

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Garum is full of well-cooked Roman classics, made with top West Australian produce. Once the service is polished I’d definitely return. If you love pastas that are the real deal, Garum is the spot for you.

Garum, Hibernian Place Perth

At a glance

■ Garum
Hibernian Place
480 Hay Street, Perth
Phone 6559 1870
■ Opening times
Mon to Fri, 6am until late
Sat to Sun, 6.30am until late
■ Rating
food 4
service 2.5
ambience  4
value for money 3
■ style – Modern Italian
with a Roman focus.
■ wine – mainly WA drops,
with traditional Italian wines
from the region of Lazio.
■ Chef – Mario di Natale
■ Owner – Guy Grossi concept, Westin manage
■ feel –bustling and classy
■ wheelchair access – yes
■ cost –
Entrée – $4.70 to $22
Pasta – $24 to $28
Mains – $42 to $65
Dessert – $16 to $22
■ all in all – Soul warming
mod-Italian classics. Patchy
service, brilliantly different wine list.

{A Sparkling Mother’s Day} The Old Laundry, North Perth

The Old Laundry, North Perth

The Old Laundry, found on North Perth’s cool Angove Street strip, is a fab small bar to hang out. It was, in fact, a laundry back in the day. There’s even a rusty old boiler still in the courtyard! With Mother’s Day coming up, I’ve been suggesting some fantastic places to shop and dine with your Mum in North Perth and on the bustling Angove Street. The Old laundry is the kind of place you might like to take your mum if she’s young at heart – if she loves a glass of bubbles or a cocktail with some delicious share food.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

Essentially, The Old Laundry is a bar, by day it oozes casual cafe chic. Here, you can grab a coffee and brunch, prop up the bar, laze in the courtyard, or enjoy something more formal in the striking green and black dining room. And so, over a bottle of fizz, my Mum and I (along with Little Chef) enjoyed a selection of the Old Laundry’s share food menu.

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A seasonal menu effortlessly marries influences from Asia, Europe and all around the world, to offer lots of easy to eat morsels and plates. The crisp arancini ($12) bursting with ooey, gooey parmesan, mozzarella and saffron, got the big thumbs up from Little Chef and his Nanna.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

A delicious roasted eggplant and lentil salad ($16) with chard, tomatoes, feta, pine nuts and a yoghurt dressing ticked the gluten free boxes for me.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

My Mum adored the chilli Korean fried chicken ($24) which had a tonne of kick to its crisp seasoning. Served with crunchy slaw, pickles and lashings of mayo, this dish packs some punch!

The Old Laundry, North Perth

The triple cooked house chips ($8), with spiced ketchup and aioli were absolutely moreish.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

North Perth is teaming with brilliant places to take your Mum, Nanna or even yourself this Mothers Day! Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Old Laundry is the kind of spot you can drop by at any time of the day or night.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

The Old Laundry, North Perth

Find The Old Laundry at 22 Angove Street, North Perth.

The Old Laundry, North Perth

Web www.theoldlaundry.net

Photo Credit: City of Vincent

This article is sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Mother’s Day in and around Angove Street, North Perth. All words and opinions are my own.

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{A Foodie Mother’s Day} Satchmo, North Perth

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North Perth, in the City of Vincent, is a cool little part of town. One place that really encapsulates this is Satchmo, an inner city cafe, with New York Deli vibes. Satchmo, which is a cafe by day and has more of a small bar feel by night, has excellent coffee and soul-warming food. If I was asked where I’d like to go for a Mothers Day brunch, this is exactly the type of place I’d pick.

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Little Chef and I took my Mum out for a pre Mother’s Day brunch at Satchmo. My Mum loves a tasty feed and though she wouldn’t know trendy if she fell into it (bless her!), she can appreciate something that’s finger licking delicious. And their coffee is good too. Real good.

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The menu at Satchmo pulls from traditional Jewish cuisine and also has a big New Orleans influence. Think Mamm’s Matzo ball chicken soup, fresh bagels and Louisiana gumbo. It’s deliciously different. I hear their house-made bacon is also a huge favourite.

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The roasted field mushroom dish ($18) is a brunch winner. I hungrily tucked into the meaty mushrooms, pan-fried halloumi, kale, and an avo-sweet pea-feta crush. This is usually served on rye bread, but I enjoyed the gluten-free option. Next time I’ll add some runny poached eggs too!

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The Mississippi special ($18) is pretty darn special! A freshly toasted bagel is jam-packed with southern fried chicken, a spicy chipotle mayo and kale slaw, with a few slices of watermelon on the side. My Mum and Little Chef both loved this.

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Little Chef got stuck into the watermelon!

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If your Mum loves a trendy and tasty brunch, then you won’t go far wrong with Satchmo. Music lovers will also like to browse their vintage vinyl collection and even have a chat with owner and music enthusiast Nathan Karnovsky.

Satchmo North Perth

On the jazzy soundtrack, you’ll be sure to hear the café’s namesake Louie “Satchmo” Armstrong, singing the blues and blowing his trumpet. I’d blow my own trumpet too, with food that’s this delicious! Satchmo is well worth checking out.

Satchmo North Perth

Find Satchmo at 400 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth.

Web www.satchmocafe.com.au

Beautiful photos by Monica Defendi Photography.

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This article is sponsored by the City of Vincent to promote Mother’s Day in and around North Perth. All words and opinions are my own.

Battle of the Sangas at The Merrywell

For Little Chef’s birthday we enjoyed a special pre-Derby lunch at the Merrywell. We’ve visited the gastro pub many times since it opened about 6 years ago. The incredibly popular, laid back eatery is always buzzing. Crown Perth had invited us in to taste test their “Battle of the Sanga” specials, where you can choose your team and help out their Perth charity of choice too. It’s a food fight for charity!

We made sure we got there extra early (11.30am) to dine on something delicious before the big game. The wrap around, leafy courtyard is a top place to sit. This time, we sat inside, at a table along the curved window. Despite it being filled to the brim with Dockers and Eagles fans, we could still hear ourselves chat.

Chef, a massive Eagles fan, has been to every Eagles game for the past few seasons. Saying that, the amount of football he actually watched was minimal – since he was working as Executive Sous Chef at Domain stadium. Today, we were lucky to have three tickets to the Derby at Optus Stadium, which was a wonderful birthday surprise for the AFL-mad Little Chef.

The Merrywell’s menu has an easy to eat, American “dude” food vibe. Gluten-free meals are not marked on the menu, so I ask one of the friendly wait people for a bit of assistance. The last couple of times I’ve been to the Merrywell I’ve had the same waiter, who is so happy to help and basically goes through the whole menu and explains the various options for me. He’s lovely.

We shared the lollipop buffalo wings ($21), with blue cheese fondue and celery sticks. This has been a Merrywell menu staple since day dot and long may it continue! The chicken was very tender and the sauce has a good kick, but not overpowering. This was balanced by the creamy fondue. A top share dish.

Chef scoffed the Eagles Big Bird Sanga ($25). This is a “Battle of the Sangas” special on till May 27th 2018. At $25 (including fries and a soft drink) it’s great value and also includes a $5 donation to Telethon! There’s never been a better time to head into the Merrywell! This was stuffed with tender buttermilk fried chicken, oozing cheese sauce, slaw, salad – sandwiched between two waffles.

And for the Dockers fans there’s the tastebud tempting Freo surf n turf sanga with sliced roast beef, crisp popcorn prawns, cheddar cheese, remoulade sauce salad and pickles – which I love the sound of. I also love that $5 from the sale of each of these Freo sangas goes to Ronald McDonald House.

Pic Credit: Crown Perth

Feeling like something light, I chose the Merry’s Little Lamb tacos ($22), their GF option for these is to serve them in lettuce cups, which is just fine with me. Filled with spiced pulled lamb shoulder, a coriander crema and sweetcorn salsa, they really hit the spot.

For little one’s there’s a kids menu, and on request, they provide some colouring paper and pencils too. Their famous Mac & Cheese Bites feature on the kids menu too. These deep-fried delights were very cheesy and more-ish. Little Chef can’t get enough!

We were a little full, but since it was Little Chef’s birthday, we just had to treat ourselves to something sweet to share. We love s’mores and the Merrywell’s take on this American camping dish is to turn it into an ice cream sandwich – nice one! Vanilla ice cream is wedged between chocolate chip cookies, which are topped with gooey toasted marshmallow and smothered in chocolate sauce.

The Merrywell doesn’t disappoint. There’s delicious food, good service and I love that kids are welcome, but it’s not overrun by ankle biters!

Crown Perth is the perfect place to stop before or after a big event at Optus Stadium!

I was invited to the Merrywell by Crown Perth, all opinions and words are my own.

Naked Apple Cider House, Karragullen

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The Perth Hills are alive, with the sound of… CIDER!! The brand spanking new Naked Apple Cider House has opened. The cidery is found in Karragullen, which is found in between Pickering Brook and Roleystone. Naked Apple Cider has been around for a while, I’ve tried it at many food and cider festivals. Now they have opened their very own venue! As well as cider, there are also Bickley Valley Brewery’s beers on tap.

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This spot in the bush, formerly Hopscotch café, has a gorgeous rustic charm. Sit outside on the deck, on the patio or inside the cosy cottage.

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Head Chef Sebastian Sindermann is an old workmate of Chef’s. They used to work together at the Duxton Hotel, in a time well before I was Chef’s wife. Knowing that the already popular venue was fully booked for lunch, we popped along for a Sunday breakfast to check it out.

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The lunch menu is made up of things easy to share like pork belly sliders, and more substantial dishes like steak sandwiches and the German pork knuckle – there are also sweet treats in the cabinet. On the hot drink selection are T2 teas and Essenza coffee.

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I enjoyed the Feta Scrambled Eggs ($15), with smashed avo, wonderfully crisp bacon and blistered tomatoes. This dish is usually served with walnut toast, but I opted for gluten free toast.

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The very filling Breakfast Panini ($14) is brimming with smashed avo, tomato chutney, fresh rocket, crispy bacon and fried eggs.

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Billie H, Claremont

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Found opposite the behemoth Claremont Quarter, sits a cute little building, covered in lush foliage. Cosy wine bar, Billie H, has oodles of soul… and I’m not just talking about its jazzy soundtrack.

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From the striking gramophone light feature, to a wall decorated in vinyl album covers, this place oozes old school cool. I bring my Dad along for lunch and, being a vinyl collector and music enthusiast, he certainly appreciates these little details.

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At Billie H you can sit inside the contemporary dining room, laze in the leafy courtyard or perch on a high stool and soak up the bustling atmosphere at the bar. From there we see the all-female kitchen team, headed by Chef Alia Glorie, cooking up a storm in the open kitchen. A female Head Chef is no new thing, but many more of these talented women are getting the attention and accolades that they deserve, for simply being brilliant Chefs.

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With jazz legends like Sam Cooke and the bistro’s namesake Billie Holiday crooning in the background, we look over the menu, rubbing our hands with glee. There are many delicious dishes to pick from, from small bites to larger plates and it’s really up to you how you tackle them – to share or not to share.

Service is friendly and on the ball. We order a carrot dish from the small plates, expecting they will arrive first. Our intuitive waitress asks if we’d like them to come out with our main meaty dishes, as it’s a brilliant side dish too. A grand idea!

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The wine list is diverse, with a decent choice of European drops, as well as many local WA wines. Dad chooses a cracker of a wine, a Margaret River red from Deep Woods Estate. The earthy nebbiolo has red fruit notes. My French le Trois rosé, has a dry finish, which will match our food choices of seafood, pork and duck nicely.

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First up, we spread a lusciously smoky eggplant, mirin and sesame dip ($14) on crisp golden crostini.

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The simple carpaccio of fish ($19) is a menu staple at Billie H. Whatever their fishmonger has fresh that morning is what they’ll use. Today’s fish is silky gold band snapper, cooked in the citric acid of lemon. The juices, along with a little mustard, oil and chives are soaked up with freshly baked bread.

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Seared Wagin duck breast ($34), is perfectly pink. On the side is a celery fricassee, drizzled in a meaty poultry stock. Alia calls her plating style “pretty ugly”, though her creations all look mouth-watering to me. A champion of seasonality, she cooks simple and uncomplicated, allowing produce to shine without fussy foams and soils.

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For us, the dish of the day has to be the incredibly tasty braised pork cheek ($29). Slightly charred, moist jowl meat marries effortlessly with the creamy apricot reduction and sharp, fresh fennel. Intense flavours that are totally swoon-worthy.

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The rainbow carrot dish ($19) is a winner, and thanks to our waitress’s suggestion, a perfect side to our meaty mains. This humble vegetable dish is bursting with flavours and colour. Roasted and pickled carrots are topped with crunchy puy lentils and finished with a sweet sherry glaze.

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