West at Ku De Ta Perth    

IMG_5554Ku De Ta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I sit with a cocktail in hand on the deck of one of Perth’s most anticipated new venues. A Bali favourite, Ku De Ta has opened its first international outpost in Perth, one thinks as Perth natives are most familiar with the chilled chic of the Indonesian restaurant and beach lounge.IMG_5563

Ku De Ta Perth doesn’t borrow from its Bali counterpart, except for the luxe vibe, water views and smooth soundtrack. For a true Bali experience, Ku De Ta will soon will have Bintang on tap. IMG_5559

Natural and organic materials are used throughout the venue, many incorporating a little piece of WA. Reclaimed timber from the Bunbury Jetty is used for bench seats. Dark wood is used throughout and the space has an industrial feel.IMG_5557

Architect Perparim Rama has created three distinct spaces at Ku De Ta, each with a different purpose. The Deck bar sits above the Swan River offers casual food, including gourmet pizzas.IMG_5555

A second area, West, steps things up a notch with a focus on fresh seafood and charcuterie share dishes. Ku Dining is their contemporary a la carte restaurant.IMG_5649

Apart from its stunning setting on the Swan River, the thing that immediately grabs me is the sheer number of staff. They’ll be needed when the 850 capacity venue gets busy. They are well versed in engaging customer service and knowledgeable when quizzed about their offerings.IMG_5610

After pre-dinner drinks on the Deck, we head to West without a booking – a bit risky in opening week, but for an early midweek dinner, we think it will work. We’re greeted by a group of wait staff and after a shocked gasp that we did not have a booking, we are ushered to a table which we are happy to hand back by 7.30pm.IMG_5665

The menu descriptions name just a few main ingredients for each dish, which adds to the element of surprise. I guzzle down three freshly shucked oysters, with a dash of a zesty vinaigrette.IMG_5583 Continue reading

Mayfair Lane – West Perth

IMG_2160Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Mayfair Lane is a British pub, but not as we know it. The West Perth venue is not similar to other theme bars, with their faux Tudor façades and twee interiors. Mayfair Lane oozes cool Britannia.

We reviewed this venue, then known as The Brown Fox, a few years ago. It was adequate and did everything it said on the box. With the addition of new owners Chris and Foni Pollitt, and a new Head Chef, everything has been stepped up a few notches.

Gone is the dingy interior, now there’s welcoming subtle blue/grey hues and chandeliers to lighten up the bar. The dining room is elegant. If you’re after something more casual, sit on a high table near the bar or outside on the veranda along with the West Perth office workers.IMG_4815

Foni, along with her husband Chris, have spent many years in hospitality all around the world. Their very different experiences bring a lot to this gastro pub. Foni has had a polished, silver service career in high end restaurants as a Maître’D, as well as opening many gastropubs in the UK and Canada. Chris ran some of the hippest bars in East London. Head Chef, Shannon Wilson has rattled his pans all around the world, including at Necker Island for Sir Richard Branson, no less.

As we arrive for lunch, there doesn’t seem to be any wait staff on the floor. We seat ourselves on the veranda and find menus, unsure if table service is on offer. It is and after our wait person arrives, the service is on the ball. At Mayfair Lane you can dine on traditional pub fayre, like bangers and mash or choose something a little fancy, like their lamb assiette. I’m here for one of their signature dishes, the steak tartare, which some have said is the best in Perth.IMG_2178

The extensive wine list is a little bit special. Foni, is somewhat of a Sommelier extraordinaire. The certified wine educator has created what is arguably the best wine list of any pub in Perth. There’s a large choice of by the glass wines and I pick a French rose, feeling confident that it will be a cracker. The pale rose Château Les Crostes Cinsault Grenache is indeed a tasty drop.IMG_4746

I start with the famed steak tartare, $22, which is always a good measure of a kitchen. Ultra-fresh raw steak is bound together with herbs, shallots and a spiced mayo then topped with a gooey, soft-boiled quail’s egg.  I scoop at the delicious tartare with the house made game crisps. It’s spot on.IMG_4771

At $21, the three pan-fried scallops are a touch on the pricey side. Served with a creamy pommes purée, vanilla tomato compote and a verjuice jus, this light dish has well balanced, punchy flavours.IMG_4763 Continue reading

5 Perth-fect Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Cocktails for two with an oceanside view at Odyssea, City Beach.

Some may say February 14th aka Valentine’s Day is the cheesiest day of the year, but honestly who doesn’t love a bit of cheese? Whether it’s in the form of a triple brie, gouda or a bit of giggle-worthy romance, we think V-Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself and/or a loved one.

Here in Perth we have a myriad of options that will work as the perfect gift for both him and her on this loved up holiday. In our opinion nothing says ‘I Love You’ more than treating the senses to a gastronomic delight or special outing together. There is a ton of über romantic Valentine’s venues and ideas to indulge in, however here are 5 of our top picks to get you in the mood.

1. Romantic Restaurant or Flirty Café

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Pick Wildflower restaurant for an Indulgent Valentines dinner.

You can say that romance is in the eye of the beholder. Everyone has a different perspective on what they call romantic whether it’s a single red rose and a 5-star restaurant or heading out to a favourite coffee shop where you first met your beloved for the first time for some reminiscing. Romance can be simple or extravagant, it’s just a matter of putting some heart into it.

Whether you’re looking for a fun and flirty café or a romantic restaurant in Perth, there are platefuls of options! If you want to have a laugh at the cheesy pun of Valentine’s Day, why not head out to The Cheese Barrel in the Swan Valley for a very cheesy date teamed with some fabulous wine from sister property Olive Farm Wines. Or perhaps try one of the most talked about venues at the moment Wildflower in the Perth CBD where the dishes are inspired by the six Noongar seasons. You can enjoy either a 5-course tasting menu or order off the à la carte menu.

If neither of those tasty spots grab your attention, then you can find a range of Perth-fect dining options here.

2. Hand-Holding Beach Stroll

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Scarborough Beach is just one of many beautiful Perth beaches for a sunset stroll.

We live in Perth – one of the most amazing destinations in the world for glorious stretches of beautiful coastline – so it’s only natural to head there as much as possible. Whether you visit the beach a lot or don’t get there as much as you would like to, Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to plan a beach visit.

Between the rolling waves, sand between your toes and hopefully some hand-holding, there’s no doubt some beach time should be on the cards. Team your beach trip with a picnic (see point 5 for some top picnic tips) or some fish’n’chips on the beach and it’s the perfect low-key yet dreamy V-Day idea.

3. Gondola & Champagne Cruise

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A romantic gondola cruise at Elizabeth Quay. Pic credit – Buggybuddys

Between the pizza, pasta, prosecco and red wine – Italy simply oozes love, or should we say oozes amore! Okay so you may not be able to sneak away for that much-needed Italian holiday, but you can have a piece of it here in Perth.

 

Have you heard about the gondola boats that glide around the canals in Venice? Well, here in Perth we have a beautifully crafted gondola that glides around the Swan River. You can opt for either a 15-minute cruise or a lush 1-hour cruise between 11am and 7pm daily.

With the 1 hour cruise, you can also choose to add on a bottle of sparkling wine or champagne, a red rose and chocolates to really step it up a notch. Make it an 11am champagne breakfast/brunch cruise or why not a magical 6pm cruise after which you can hit up one of the many Elizabeth Quay or Perth CBD eating and drinking spots.

4. Not Your Typical Dinner/Lunch Date

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Something different for foodies. Pic credit : Two Feet & a Heartbeat

In Perth, we have some awesome alternatives to your typical sit down meal. A food and/or drinks tour is a fun date idea and it helps you avoid any awkward silent moments because you’ll be in a group situation. Perhaps this is the perfect idea for those who are not quite ready for a one-on-one evening with your new/potential bae.

 

Plus, if your date is into their exercise and getting their ‘Fitbit Steps’ or closing their Apple Watch Activity Circles then why not opt for something like a Two Feet & a Heartbeat tour. These guys operate several walking tours involving food and drinks from a Morning Tea Tour of Perth City to a CBD Progressive Dinner and Eat/Drink/Walk Small Bar Tours of both the CBD and Northbridge.

5. The Loved-Up Picnic

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The beautiful Zig Zag, Perth Hills.

There’s something extra special about a picnic – whether you pick the location for the amazing view, for the secluded privacy or for the nostalgia – a picnic is an easy-to-make happen yet incredibly romantic Feb 14th idea. Make it a surprise for your other half and it’s the ultimate Valentine’s Day gift. You can put as much or as little effort into it.

 

Whether you want to hand-make a basket full of treats or purchase a ready to go picnic hamper it’s up to you. In Perth we are lucky to have loads of gorgeous lookouts and parks for picnics from the Kalamunda Zig Zag Lookout in the Perth Hills to Bayview Park in Mosman and of course all those glorious Perth beaches.

Great food, great drinks and without a doubt great company is all you need to make this Valentine’s Day one to remember. Just don’t forget the cheese 😉

 
Author Bio: This article was written by Jodee Wearne who owns and operates Just In Time Gourmet with her hubby, Justin. Just In Time Gourmet specialise in gourmet food and hampers which they deliver around Australia. Perth is home to Jodee & Justin, which means they love to support local food producers and the Western Australia food and drinks scene as much as possible.

GOURMET HAMPER GIVEAWAY

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To help celebrate the season of love, Just In Time Gourmet in collaboration with The Chef’s Wife would like to give away a beautiful Gourmet Traveller Picnic Basket to one lucky reader. This amazing picnic hamper is worth $270 and is full of tasty treats for your ultimate Perth picnic.

The hamper comes equipped with 4 ceramic plates and mugs, glasses, cutlery, chopping board, insulated drink flask and we’ve also included the below to help you start packing for your next picnic:

    • Ogilvie & Co Smokey Cheese Nibbles
    • Ogilvie & Co Antipasto Trio Set
    • The Truffle & Wine Co Truffle Mustard
    • Cahoots Red Onion Marmalade
    • Forager Preserves Green Tomato Chutney
    • The Berry Farm Classic Salad Dressing
    • Bettenay’s Margaret River Nougat
    • Whistlers Gourmet Milk Wrap
    • Whistlers Gourmet Milk Chocolate Rocky Road
    • Your choice of Swan Valley Wine, Little Creatures Beer or Yarra Valley Cider

To Enter:

Head to my Facebook Page… http://bit.ly/ChefsWifeFB

  1. LOVE the Just in Time Gourmet Hamper post – it is for Valentines Day!
  2. Then in the COMMENTS, simply let me know which of the above 5 Valentines Ideas you’d love the most on Valentines Day.
  3. TAG a friend or two who you think would love to win this fantastic hamper too.

 

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition closes at 7pm on Thursday the 9th of February 2017
  • 1 winner receives a gourmet hamper filled with the above mentioned crockery, cutlery and food items.
  • The value of the prize is $270, this is not exchangeable for cash.
  • The winner must live within the metropolitan area of Perth, Western Australia.
  • The winner will be selected at random from all comments made.
  • The winner will be contacted by the Chefs Wife via Facebook. If the winner does not respond within 24hrs, there will be a re-draw.
  • This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the rules and acknowledging that Facebook is not connected in any way to this contest.

Wishing you all lots of luck and love!

Leederville Food Safari

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With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, there’s inevitably some hard-to-buy-for people still on your Christmas shopping list. If they’re a foodie, gift them something a little bit different this year. A food tour or progressive dinner are always great for discovering a tasty new eatery. We checked out one of the most unique progressive dinners in town. The Leederville Food Safari is a progressive dinner, by rickshaw, to three of Leederville’s most popular eateries.img_2706

A foodie friend of mine, Jennie from Buggybuddys and I kick off the night at Ria Malay Kitchen, an Aladdin’s cave of rich murals and aromas. Malay cuisine is a melting pot of Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and even Portuguese foods.ria

We’re seated by the window, at what seems like the best seat in the house and order a couple of mojitos from their drinks menu as well as pre-order our mains for Kitsch.img_2710

We receive a plated entrée each of selection of Ria’s favourites. There’s crisp lotus chips, with a house made chili samba for dipping, two spring rolls, a generous chicken satay with traditional peanut sauce and more. I’m really impressed by the fried mushroom ball, a whole mushroom filled with spiced potato and mint and deep fried till crisp, it’s deliciously different.img_2714

After we finish our Malay inspired nibbles, our friendly driver and guide appears and escorts us outside to the rickshaw. We sit back in our rickshaw and our driver steers us up the Oxford Street strip. I’ve had some hairy rickshaw rides in Asia, but with Leederville’s 40Kmph zone and a bike lane for most of the journey, we feel very safe. It’s a lot of fun!img_2735

Thanks to our driver’s pedal power we arrive at our second stop, Kitsch, in no time. We sit on miss matched furniture in the courtyard of the quirky bar, overlooked by a vibrant mural and frangipani tree adorned by fairy lights. It’s the perfect spot for a warm summer’s evening. The bar has a vibrant atmosphere without being too loud. We feel like we’ve been transported to somewhere a little more tropical than the inner suburbs of Perth.img_2741

The drinks list at Kitsch is extensive and has plenty of interesting wines and cocktails. It seems rude not to partake in something festive, so I choose a pineapple cinnamon margarita, $18. A delicious combination of tequila and Cointreau, shaken with pineapple and fresh lime juice. The refreshing drink is served in a short glass, on the rocks with a cinnamon sugar rim.img_2743

Here at Kitsch, the Asian menu is very “street”. Think robust hot, crisp, sweet, salty and sour flavours. For our mains we choose two street plates from the set menu and a side to share. All dishes are accompanied with coconut jasmine rice.img_2758

We share crispy skin pork belly. The moist meat is topped with crunchy crackle and a chilli caramel. On the side is a crisp apple salad.pork-belly

Another share dish we relish is the barbeque Szechuan chicken. Its spiciness nicely warms the palate and is complimented by the fresh flavours of the corn salsa and coriander.img_2750

On the side we enjoy a Thai favourite, a spicy green papaya salad with tamarind dressing and crunchy peanuts.

img_2763Night has fallen and we take the trip back down Oxford Street, past the bustling bars and restaurants to our last stop, Foam Coffee Bar. Previously, I have enjoyed a very tasty brunch at Foam.img_2764

At Foam we have the pick of the sweet treats and cakes in their cabinet and we enjoy an iced water infused with berries and mint as we make our difficult choice.img_2766

I choose a berry cheesecake which is to be devoured along with my choice of drink. I temped by a chili hot chocolate, though not wanting to overload on the sweets, I choose a chai tea. We stay and chat for a while about our exciting rickshaw ride, before walking off into the night, thoroughly full!img_2780

The Leederville Food Safari is available at $95 per person. Included with each course is sparking or still water, with an option to add wine and beer for an extra $48 per person. Jen and I couldn’t go past the cocktails though! The service at all venues is helpful and extremely organised. The progressive dinner is ideal for pairs or small groups and runs Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting.img_2762

The Village Bar {See Subiaco}

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The Village Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Subiaco is full of hidden gems that are frequented by locals who I’m sure would like to keep their haunts under wraps. One of these local “secrets” is The Village Bar, which is owned by the same people as the fabulous Little Way in Nedlands. It doesn’t look very big from the outside, but it’s a bit of a tardis, with plenty of room inside.img_0697

The Village Bar, the third venue on our cocktails and canapés tour of Subi, has a pub feel and the menu has a lot of pub favourites on it. We enjoyed some classic share platters, Moroccan crumbed squid rings served with hot sauce, a prosciutto board brimming with cheese, salami, olives, fetta, bread and more, My favourite morsel was the crisp pumpkin and saffron arancini.img_0694

To wash down all of the tasty food we were treated to a couple of their cocktails. First up was their gin and tonic with a twist.. this G&T had an added kick of fresh chilli! It was an interesting take on the classic drink. We also tried a delicious wine based cocktail that has been made especially for the UnWined 2016 after party.img_0691

The Village Bar has good vibes and is a great spot for a casual meal and drinkies with a group of friends. Check out their website for food specials, quiz nights and more.img_0688

NEXT STOP ON THE SEE SUBIACO TOUR… Bibik Chan

**I enjoyed The Village Bar as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **

Double Double {See Subiaco}

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Double Double Small Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

There’s small bars and then there’s tiny bars – like Double Double. Being so little just adds to it’s cosiness. The space is designed to be as inviting as your own living room, with many comfy sofas that look well worn in. The bar also “doubles” as a coffee spot during the day – hence the name.

Double Double was stop number two on our “Cocktail and Canapé” tour of Subiaco, hosted by See Subiaco and Food Writer Max Veenhuyzen. It’s found on Hay Street, just a minutes walk from the Regal Theatre.

One of their signature cocktails is the “Subiaco Sling”, made from dark rum, sloe gin, almond and citrus. Somehow along the way I’d got into my head that I wasn’t a dark rum girl. Well, I’ve been totally missing out! While it’s not as famous as the Singapore Sling – it was just as delicious.img_0684

We chowed down on some banh mi from “Baguette Me Not” (man I love a pun!). Baguette Me Not is found in the Colonnade shopping mall on Hay Street. This was a real treat as I’d never really had this Vietnamese style sandwich before. Each little roll was brimming with pickles, fresh coriander, chilli and tasty meats too, with a side of spicy sauce.img_0681

And why were we eating take away in a bar? Double Double lets you BYO Food. Whatever your fast food of choice, you’re welcome to bring it along to enjoy with a drink at the bar. What a great idea! Next time you’re in Subi, be sure to check out Double Double – day or night!img_0686

NEXT STOP ON THE SEE SUBIACO TOUR… The Village Bar

**I enjoyed Double Double as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **

Lot Twenty – Northbridge

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Lot Twenty Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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…