Fuyu – Nedlands {CLOSED}

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FUYU Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Sitting in this minimalist dining room, in a Stirling Highway restaurant, we have a strong sense of Déjà vu. Less than a year ago we were dining in this very venue, anticipating an experience of excellent food, service and wine. This time around we’re not dining at Pata Negra, but Chef David Coomer’s new baby – Fuyu. Earlier this year the tapas bar closed its doors and was reborn as an Asian fusion eatery.

Fuyu, meaning persimmon in Japanese, draws inspiration for their menu from the cuisines of Japan, Korea, Thailand, China, Vietnam and Australia. The bones of the restaurant are essentially the same, with a lick of black paint and some red feature lights giving the dramatic room a warm ambiance. It’s quite a dark dining room – so you’ll have to excuse my photos! They certainly don’t do the delicious food justice.img_0047

The service is polished, although no quite as on point as our experience at Pata Negra. As with Pata Negra, the food is still served in a share style, many of the dishes you assemble yourself. There’s also a nicely put together wine list, though not too many are available by the glass.img_0050

To start, Chef and I choose a couple of small bites. I’d like to order almost everything from the menu, but we are aware that we want to reach dessert! The beef tartare, $24.50, is served with a salted duck egg. This dish is best eaten with hands and scooped up with a large, bright pink beetroot wafer, which is much like a prawn cracker. We love this Asian twist on a classic dish. The beef tartare is brimming with the fresh flavours of Vietnamese herbs and we eat it wrapped in bitter betel leaves.img_0061

The plump half shell Esperance scallop, $8.50 each, sits upon a slice of incredibly sweet pineapple and caramelised duck neck.scallop

Fluffy Gua Bao buns, $6.50 each, are stuffed with morsels of succulent pork belly, pickled cucumber and lashings of hoisin sauce.img_0053

We take sliced tender and juicy Cape Grim sirloin, $38.50, and wrap the meaty pink morsels with fresh herbs in iceberg lettuce cups – san choi bow style. With a little heat from the nahm jim jaew chilli sauce and crunch of the lettuce and daikon pickles, this dish is full of texture and flavour.img_0062

We just have to order one of Fuyu’s signature dishes, the crispy aromatic half duck, $58. The duck is served Asian-style, chopped into large pieces, still on the bone. We were the lucky purchasers of duck #958. With the dining room’s low light, I have to eat it carefully, so not to eat any bones by mistake. The crisp skin is ever so moreish and unbelievably crunchy – almost like pork crackling! We drizzle a little jug of sweet and sour mandarin sauce carefully over the duck, so to not make the skin soggy. We relish the moist duck meat, which is served on a bed of grilled mustard Asian greens.duck-1

We’re surrounded by bustling tables of people enjoying getting their hands dirty over shared meals. There are a lot of impressive looking dishes coming out of the kitchen and it will take a couple of trips to get through many of Fuyu’s favourites. Feeling full, Chef settles on something light for dessert, the salted duck egg custard bun, at $6.50 each. The doughnut like bun is oozing with creamy duck egg custard.img_0071

I savour the scrumptious dessert “passionfruit hot and cold”, $16, which could easily be named a “passionfruit surprise”. I’m not sure what to expect. I asked the waitress and she described it as “like a soufflé”. The “hot” component is a passionfruit chiboust, which is incredibly light and fluffy. It is separated from the “cold” element of passionfruit mascarpone parfait by a crisp cinnamon and brown sugar biscuit – all this sits in a pool of passionfruit caramel. What a wonderful dessert!img_0078

Just as we had hoped, many things at David Coomer’s Nedlands restaurant remain the same, except of course for the menu. His delicious dishes are easily eaten with your hands which gives their Asian fusion a real street food edge.img_0045

At a glance

Fuyu

26 Stirling Highway

Nedlands

Phone 08 9389 5517

Opening times

Tuesday to Saturday

6pm till late

Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

style Asian Fusion

wine – A well put together

list, though not many drops

are available by the glass.

Chef David Coomer

Owner David Coomer

feel intimate and relaxed

wheelchair access no

cost

Snacks – $4.50 to $8.50

Plates – $14.50 to $58

Dessert – $6.50 to $16

all in all Finger licking food,

well balanced modern Asian

flavours and spot-on technique.

Friendly and attentive service.

Hey Griller – Vic Park

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Hey Griller Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A new restaurant has hit the Albany Highway strip in Vic Park. Hey Griller serves up some tasty and interesting Asian fusion food. IMG_3167

I headed along to a bloggers dinner at Hey Griller last month. I am always keen to try a new spot and till I received an invite from Hey Griller, I hadn’t heard of them. I don’t visit Vic Park very often and they’d completely flown under my radar. We were treated to an epic three course dinner, share plates for entrée, then my choice of main and dessert. There was so. much. food. Here’s my best dish picks from the night…

It was difficult to choose which share plates to try, many of them sounded absolutely mouth watering! We ordered tasty chicken wings, pork skewers, prawn toast, pork belly mini wraps, grilled squid and chicken karima – a crisp pastry which looked like a toasted sandwich.

For me, the pork skewers, $14, were the stand out of the entrees. The morsels of meat were so tender, nicely seasoned and came with a big cumin flavour hit!IMG_3155

I also loved the grilled squid, $9.50, served smothered in an Asian plum sauce. The delicate squid melted in my mouth.IMG_3172

For main, I was really temped by Hey Griller’s signature flaming steaks. On the menu they are described as being served medium well to well done, which I have to admit put me off ordering it. I’m a medium-rare kinda gal. Instead, I opted for the Salmon, $26. It was a perfectly cooked piece of salmon, on top of sautéed veg and cauliflower puree, finished with a sprinkling of pistachios.IMG_3207

Next to me, Vanessa from Perth Foodie Girls did choose a flaming wagyu tenderloin, $39. I did get rather a lot of food envy when the flaming tenderloin,  arrived. Straight away I could see by the pink meat it was not cooked well done, or even medium. The waitress poured the “HG house made flaming sauce” over the sliced tenderloin and whoosh – it was a flaming steak! I loved the theatre of it.IMG_3188

I was getting very full, but also interested to see what Hey Grillers twist on dessert would be. I devoured the simply stunning chocolate and hazelnut fudge, $12, which was hands down the best dessert of the night! Served in a fairly unassuming cup was a layer of ooey gooey melted marshmallow, when I dug a little deeper I found a rich chocolate and hazelnut fudge and a layer of cake in the base.  It was a decadent dessert and worth every calorie!IMG_3221

Hey Griller is a great little venue and not knowing what to expect, I was impressed with the food. The staff were friendly and helpful. Though I didn’t pay for my meal, I did take note that the prices are reasonable too. Thanks to Owner Hans and his team for a terrific meal.IMG_3152

 

Perth Night Noodle Markets 2016

IMG_2766Have you been to the Night Noodle Markets yet? 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 city lights at Elizabeth Quay.IMG_2789

I’d heard how popular the markets are, so as soon as I got there I made a bee-line for Bao Stop which was top of my food wish list. They are a mobile container restaurant based in Sydney. For the uninitiated, bao is essentially a small, soft Chinese bread bun. First in the line, I ordered the bao trifecta ($20). Wow -those bao were jam packed with flavoursome fillings and if you think $20 is a bit steep, I think this dish is worth the splurge. (Left to Right) There’s Peking Duck, Pork Belly and Fried Chicken. I loved them all – the fried chicken had to be my favourite.IMG_2763

The Peking duck fries ($15) were also a must try for me. I would have like the fries to be hotter, but topped with a sweet plum sauce and shredded, crisp duck they were pretty darn fine.IMG_2761

Hoy Pinoy Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Hoy Pinoy was a favourite of ours from last years Night Noodle Markets. Their smokin skewers are divine, $13 for two. Choose from chicken BBQ’d in a traditional marinade or BBQ pork belly with a banana ketchup glaze. Chef ignored my “no eating before pics” rule, his pork belly skewers were so good!IMG_2786

I visited the lovely Mei at Turban Chopsticks and she has some tasty options for those with dietary requirements. Most of her dishes are vego, vegan and gluten free. The satay “gado gado” noodle bowl is so fresh and vibrant – proving healthy food can be super tasty too! Its brimming with rainbow salad, kale, tofu, coconut milk, tapioca chips, rice noodles and finished with a nicely spiced satay sauce. Yummy! (gifted).IMG_2780

Mei also gave us some sweetcorn fritters to try. The crisp fritters were accompanied by a tomato eggplant chutney and they went down an absolute treat! IMG_2781

Time for something sweet… Black Star Pastry hails from Sydney and I have had my eye on their stunning  Strawberry Watermelon Cake for some time (via Instagram!). 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. It costs $9 and is worth every cent.IMG_2770

Black Star Pastry has teamed up with N2 Extreme Gelato, who have stores in Mebourne and Sydney . Little Chef scoffed their Ferrero Gelato, $9. It has a crisp rice bubble choc top and a chocolate ganache filled syringe. I had a bite and the Ferrero Rocher gelato was spot on.IMG_2769

Not to be outdone, Chef’s dessert was a fancy Nutella covered waffle from Waffle on a Stick. It was served warm and super fresh.IMG_2802

It’s simply impossible to try everything – though we gave it a good go! Other local and interstate vendors include: Dainty Dowager, Low Key Chow House, Apple Daily, Lucky Chans, Bangkok Jump Street, Cili Padi, Roti Road and more. There’s also a few bars scattered around and live entertainment too making for a fantastic atmosphere.

IMG_2795All in all the Night Noodle Markets are a great event. 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. There were a few reservations about accessibility, but 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 this Sunday (10th of April). See you next year!IMG_2805

For more info visit the Good Food Month website.

Barque – East Fremantle {CLOSED}

IMG_2051Barque Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Charming George Street has to be one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Fremantle, with its historic terraced cottages and quaint eating spots. The old Grand George Hotel, presides over the east end of the street, looking down at the many cafes, boutiques and restaurants on the historic dining strip. Soon the hotel which has been closed for almost forty years, may be restored to it’s former glory, which would be wonderful to see! IMG_2019Chef and I are enjoying a stroll along the tree lined street and stop at one of the popular restaurants, Barque. We have the option to sit in the sun drenched courtyard, on the veranda or inside the little blue colonial cottage.IMG_2023The Freo doctor is a little blustery and we opt to sit inside. The renovated interior is eclectic and inviting.IMG_2028Our waitress immediately brings us water and their drinks menu. The wine list is a decent size, though only four reds and four whites are available by the glass. Mostly Australian drops feature with a few Europeans thrown in for good measure. I choose the local Stormflower Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a smooth and fruity drop from Margaret River which has notes of gooseberry, nectarine, passionfruit and guava. A perfect match for Asian flavours.IMG_2027The menu at Barque is described as modern Asian fusion. The dishes are designed to share and we choose two small plates, a side and two more substantial dishes. Will that be enough or too much, I worry. Our waitress assures us that we’ll have plenty of food and we put our trust (and hungry tummies!) into her hands.IMG_2024The first dish from the kitchen’s pass is soft shell crab, $11. It’s a make your own snack and we set about wrapping the crab in an iceberg lettuce leaf. The deep fried crab, topped with spicy kimchi (shredded chili cabbage), fresh mint, coriander and crisp lettuce make for a delicious start to our meal.IMG_2031This is quickly followed by lamb ribs, $18. The generous serve of ribs are very moist and bursting with rosemary. They are well-seasoned and a touch fatty, which only adds to the lip-smacking meaty flavour. IMG_2037Though the smoked bbq pork shoulder, $27, is on the “substantial” part of the menu, we think that three slices isn’t really substantial enough. A well balanced grilled peach and fennel salad accompanies the smoky slices of pork. The tasty meat is more-ish and we certainly want more of this dish!IMG_2033The prized half roasted duck, $36, arrives at our table. Along with the whole fish, it is one of Barque’s most popular dishes. The tender duck is served on the bone and it has wonderfully aromatic and crisp skin.duckFor an additional $8 we order pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumber & spring onion. We eagerly make our duck pancakes, with lashings of plum sauce. This is another get your hands dirty kind of dish. I’m not one to pick at bones in restaurants, so I would have preferred the meat was shredded for us. I think there would have been less wastage that way too.IMG_2064We’re not yet full and for dessert I pick the vanilla cheesecake, $14. The creamy dessert is served with poached rhubarb that has been spiced with cardamom and star anise. It’s a deconstructed style dish, with a nut brittle on the side, instead of the traditional biscuit crumb.cheesecakeChef devours the rich chocolate marquise, $16. Sprinkled with salted caramel oats, the silky smooth chocolate marquise, is made from bitter Vietnamese chocolate and finished with a dollop of sour crème.IMG_2070Barque is a great little spot for a date night or to share meal with friends. We wander off into the summer night, our hungry tummies satisfied. This part of the world leaves me with a romantic notion of living in a quaint old cottage with a food-topia like George Street at the end of my street – East Fremantle locals I envy you!IMG_2080

At a glance

■ Barque

125 George Street

East Fremantle

Phone 08 9339 5524

■ Opening times

Weds – Fri: 12 to 10pm

Sat: 9am to 10pm

Sun: 9am to 3pm

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 3.5

value for money 3.5

■ style – Asian Fusion

■ wine – well-chosen mainly

local wine list.

■ Chef – Stuart Mitchel

■ Owners – Simon & Charles

■ feel – relaxed & classy.

■ wheelchair access – no

■ cost

Small – $4 to $26

Substantial – $27 to $68

Dessert – $12 to $16

■ all in all – The well cooked food

is on point. Service is always at hand,

but not in an intrusive way.

Night Noodle Markets – Northbridge

IMG_8901If you haven’t been to the Night Noodle Markets – get down to Perth Cultural Centre quick!! It’s part of the excellent Eat Drink Perth festival and on for just a few more nights (till Sunday the 29th of March) – well worth checking out. There are three distinct areas, all with a bar and plenty of seating.IMG_8931

What we found is that the Night Noodle Markets is not just about noodles! It’s a celebration of Asian cuisine and proving to be a huge hit. We’d heard that you should get down to Northbridge early to avoid the queues – and so it seemed had everyone else!

IMG_8894There was a BIG queue for Hoy Pinoy before the Filipino street food stall had even opened! Hoy Pinoy is usually found in Melbourne’s’ Victoria Markets and Perth was giving them a big welcome. At 4.55pm there was a line at least 50 people long – we took it as a good sign and were happy to queue for 15 minutes whilst smelling the BBQ aromas! Once Chef and I got our mitts on the prize pork belly skewers, with a banana ketchup glaze, we were pretty stoked. I happily tucked into my crispy pork belly – the heat from the bbq all but rendering the fat away – leaving crisp, but tender meat. $12 for two sticks.IMG_8900

Low Key Chow House on Urbanspoon
Next we popped next door to the Low Key Chow House.Usually, it’s home is on Oxford Street, in Leederville. We’ve heard a lot of positive buzz about LKCH. Chef and I ordered chili caramel pork buns, which hit the spot perfectly, two for $12.IMG_8905

There was a great atmosphere about, foodies chatting excitedly about their yummy finds,people enjoying a glass of wine at the Yulumba pop up with their food. There was a real mix of ages too, a lot of families, office workers and retirees. IMG_8936

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The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House on Urbanspoon
We then moved onto the food area opposite the WA museum. Chef made a beeline for a favourite restaurant of his – Apple Daily (found at Print Hall). He absolutely loved the Linley Valley pork ribs ($12). The sticky and delicious ribs are flavoured with a tamarind, chilli and coriander marinade – which he washed down with a Japanese beer.IMG_8909
Turban Chopsticks on Urbanspoon

IMG_8912I popped next door to Turban Chopsticks, to say hi to the lovely Mei and to meet her husband Suresh – the other half of the Turban Chopsticks team. I enjoyed some potato ricotta balls and a scrumptious curry. I actually lost most of the balls to Little Chef who to my surprise (and delight!) loved them. We have a box of them at home and Little Chef has plans to cook them – success! The lychee drink was so refreshing and he even liked that. I’m slowly getting there – I’ll convert this fussy eater!IMG_8913

The three of us then headed over to check out the last night noodle market area at the Urban Orchard.IMG_8932Here we found a sneak peek of Lucky Chan’s Laundry. The soon to be opened crowd funded restaurant. Chef ate a spicy Thai Green curry from Shallot Thai, where the curries were being cooked in traditional clay pots, $12.IMG_8928

It was a fantastic family night out and the three of us all enjoyed it. It’s great to try a bit of this and a bit of that and there’s still pleanty more to try if you go back for a second or third night! We’ll be back next year for sure!IMG_8880