Whitfords Brewing Co, Westfield Whitford City

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The new foodie hub at Westfield Whitford City is an entertainment and dining hot spot.  We headed down there to check out just one of the many restaurants, the shiny new Whitfords Brewing Co. Inside you’ll find somewhere to prop up the bar, as it’s one of the longest bars in WA and upstairs there is a rooftop terrace, from which you’ll be able to enjoy sunsets in the evening.

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Chef was chomping at the bit to have a pint and some eats here. The WBC is from the peeps from Beerland, who are behind the Northbridge Brewing Co.

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There’s dining areas outside, overlooking the lush and green central space of the new Whitford City piazza, where there’s a small stage for live entertainment, and sculptures.

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These sculptures double as an interesting place for children to play and explore.

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We found a high table near the bar and a friendly waitress brought Little Chef an activity pack, as soon as we sat down.

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For a weekday lunchtime the brewery was pumping and it has a jolly atmosphere. On tap are the WBC’s ale, lager, a wheat beer, kolsch and IPA, as well as brews from other craft breweries.

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The large menu features all the crowd favourites. Chef picked the angus burger ($19). A succulent, flame grilled patty sits on a bun, along with shredded lettuce, aioli, cheese, dill pickle, house made tomato chutney. He loved the patty, which had a real home made taste to it.

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I chose the roast pumpkin pizza, on a gluten free base. I find the GF substitutes very hit and miss, but this base was not far from the real deal, topped with a tasty combo of Danish feta, rocket, caramelised onion and cashews.

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Little Chef chose the mini beef slider and chips from the varied kids menu. The slider was oozing with cheese and looked delicious.

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We had no complaints with the pub-style food. I’m sure we’ll be back to check out the rooftop terrace and I’ve no doubt this spot will soon become a northern suburbs favourite.

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Other eateries at Westfield Whitford City include:

  • East Village NY
  • Hunter & Barrel
  • Max Brenner Chocolate
  • Miss Chows
  • Jersey Jack Gelato
  • Gami 
  • Bombay Talkies
  • Bangkok Brothers
  • Dough Pizza
  • Grill’d Bugers
  •  Eat House
  • Guzman Y Gomez
  • Event Cinema

There’s so much to discover at the Whitfords piazza and it’s a brilliant place for lunch with the family before a movie at Event Cinemas or even a cheeky date night.

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Brewhouse – Margaret River

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All this unseasonal wintery weather has had me thinking about our trip to Margaret River last year. We found a beaut new spot on a soggy old day, with a roaring fire, quality beer and hearty pub grub.img_9994

If there’s something Margs isn’t short of it’s a brewery. Brewhouse is found just on the outskirts of town, about an 8 minute walk from the Margaret River Tourist Information Centre, handy if you’re staying in the town itself. There’s a big beer garden, patio and sandy playground for the kids. img_9983

With the rain teaming down outside, I just had to have a hot chocolate to warm me up. We were lucky to get the best seat in the (brew)house – right next to the cosy roaring fire!img_9979

Chef, who loves a craft beer or three, was spoiled for choice at the bar. There’s something to please all beer lovers from your regular Aussie larger, an English golden ale, stout, pale ales, pilsner, IPA and more. Chef was impressed by Brewhouses’ German style Kolsch. img_9993

The food menu has a stack of choice. You can either share plates and choose several dishes from the “sharing is caring” menu or fly “hans solo” and keep your dish to yourself! Chef chose a pulled pork pizza, $22. The moist meat, with tangy house made BBQ sauce, onions and bocconcini cheese was a delicious combination.img_9985

Feeling like a pork dish too, I picked a very tasty sounding pork roll with chips from the special’s menu, $24. The roll was brimming with a generous chunk of farmhouse pork belly, sweet pear chutney, pan gravy and a fennel slaw. The pork belly, complete with crispy crackling, was as delicious as I’d hoped. I did find it a little difficult to eat without a knife and fork though.img_9991

In keeping with our piggy theme for lunch, Little Chef enjoyed a bacon pineapple and cheese pizza $12, from the “Young Ones” menu.img_9984

We found the food offering at Brewhouse is tasty and well priced. We’d absolutely go there again for a top notch pub meal and hopefully next time the weather is pleasant enough to chillax in their beer garden too!img_9982

 

Boston Brewery, Denmark (Part 2)

 

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One of the things I love about the south west is it’s abundance of great family friendly dining options. So when we were discovering Denmark for the first time, I had my fingers crossed that we’d find a few gems that everyone in our family could enjoy. Warren, our host at Misty Valley Country Cottages, suggested that we tried Boston Brewery. It’s a place he enjoys and he recommends it to all the families staying at his farm too.img_1987

Boston Brewery is part of the Willoughby Park Winery. I didn’t have a chance to check out their wines at the cellar door, but it’s on my to do list for next time. The award winning Willoughby Park wines have received a five star rating from James Halliday and a whopping 91 points for it’s popular Chardonnay.img_1371

As soon as we arrived, Chef made a bee-line for the bar. Boston brewery’s range of beers are brewed on site. There’s a larger, German style wheat beer, English style IPA, rye pale ale, brown ale and stout. They make an alcoholic ginger beer too. Another one I need to try next time!img_1395

Inside, there’s a huge dining hall with a kiddie corner and open fire, for those chilly Denmark nights.img_1397

The spring weather was glorious when we visited, so we headed outside to the huge lawned beer garden, dotted with picnic tables. There’s often live music playing on the outdoor stage too. The playground, set in a large sandpit, is large enough to keep the kids entertained while you have a cheeky late afternoon drink and some food.img_1390

The first time we went along for dinner I was feeling like something light, so I enjoyed a couple of share plates. The lemon myrtle salt and pepper squid ($15) were crisp and tender. The nicely seasoned morsels were delicious dipped in the lemon aioli.img_1386

I would make the 450 km drive to Denmark again JUST for these local chestnut fed pork and blue swimmer crab spring rolls ($14). I can’t tell you how delicious these massive spring rolls are, brimming with a generous amount of moist pork meat, crab and dipped in a spicy namh jim dressing. A must try!img_1380

Chef enjoyed his wood fired pizza ($22). It’s perfect pub grub to accompany a cold beer. The tomato base is topped with Italian sausage, mozzarella, Kalamata olives and fresh chilli.img_1378

The lure of the playground, coupled with a tasty dinner of burger, chunky chips and a good side salad meant that Little Chef wolfed down his cheese burger ($12).img_1976

Since we were so impressed by the family friendly atmosphere and good food at the microbrewery, we returned more than once. On the second time we dined at Boston Brewery, the stand out dish was my twice cooked Linley valley pork belly ($32). The pork belly, cooked in master stock, had a wonderful depth of flavour. The accompanying veg was really tasty – roasted kifler potatoes, Dutch carrots, plump snowpeas, cauliflower puree and a Willoughby Park Red Wine jus.img_1979

Boston Brewery is definitely somewhere we’d return – not just to top up Chef’s growler with their excellent craft beer! The food has more finesse than your typical pub grub. You can really tell they use quality, local ingredients too. It’s very easy to loose a few hours relaxing in the beer garden, overlooking the vines.img_1985

Read Part 3 of our trip to Denmark here… Discovering Delicious Denmark All about the attractions we visited in the Denmark area.

Little Creatures – Fremantle

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

Homestead Brewery – Swan Valley

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For a long time I rattled on about not having an uber-cool brewery in the Swan Valley. A spot that was found in a state of the art building, that also catered for families. Something like you’d find in the Margaret River region with a huge beer garden and modern playground. We’ve enjoyed lazy lunches at places like Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Colonial and many more and always wished there was something similar closer to home. Mandoon was once a small family run estate, which expanded in September 2014, to a huge multi venue spot – just what I’d been wishing for!

IMG_7299The large Mandoon building looms over its vineyards. We were there with our family from the UK who were visiting Perth. We thought Mandoon is a good choice for a spot of lunch that caters for all ages and tastes. IMG_7307

Mandoon is home to a cellar door for wine tastings, a function centre, fine dining restaurant and microbrewery – Homestead Brewery. You can drink and dine inside the brewery, on the decked veranda overlooking the vineyards or in the grassy beer garden under the shady trees, near the fenced playground. On the weekends, you’ll find a few football and crickets games played on the expansive lawns. Mandoon had a lovely family atmosphere.IMG_7325

Though it was a Monday, I was surprised at how busy it was. This time we opted to sit inside the airy, modern brewery. Chef had a pint of the “Kaisers Choice”, a German style beer that he usually chooses at Homestead.  For craft beer connoisseurs there is a good choice on tap at the brewery. Our food arrived, it looked delicious!IMG_7312

I chose the braised Moroccan lamb, $28. Mouth watering, tender pulled lamb sat upon chick peas, harissa sauce, capsicum and cous cous. The dish was brimming with middle eastern flavours and I loved it. IMG_2745

Both Chef and Little Chef had pizzas. Little chef had a Margarita ($10) from the”I’M A LITTLE PERSON & I DONT WANT ADULT FOOD” menu, which has a choice of four kids favourites. Chef thought the pizza, $25, would perfectly compliment his pint and he was right. The thin and crisp base was topped with chorizo, piquillo peppers, pickled guindillas (Spanish peppers) and red onion – Chef really enjoyed it.IMG_2743

We’ve eaten at the Homestead Brewery a few times. Each time the pub style food has been tasty, reasonable priced and good quality. Next time I’d like to go a littl emore up market and try the dego menu at their beautiful fine dining restaurant.IMG_7355

Northbridge Brewing Co.

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Though we didn’t stop for food – I thought I’d share the photos we took when we popped to the new Northbridge Brewing Company. The three level Brewery, Bar and Restaurant overlooks the green inner city space of Northbridge Piazza. IMG_7064

NBC has been seven years in the making and is a breath of fresh air to Northbridge, which is experiencing an exciting resurgence of new bars and restaurants. It has a modern industrial feel, with timber salvaged from the Perry Lakes Stadium giving the bar lots of character. IMG_7066

At the NBC, bespoke craft beers are brewed onsite by Master Brewer Ken Arrowsmith. On tap they have a Wheat Beer, Pale Ale, Larger and also a Mild coming soon. Chef tried the larger and thought it was a very well made pint – similar to a Stella Artois or Grolsch. IMG_7057

We sat outside, next to the piazza, there’s a very relaxed vibe about the place. We liked it a lot. I’m sure we’ll be back to check out the food – any excuse for another cheeky drink! NBC is open 7 days, 8am till late – as they’re also open for breakfast. IMG_7065

 

Homestead Brewery at Mandoon Estate – Swan Valley

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For years I’ve rattled on about not having a really uber-cool venue in the Swan Valley like you’d find in the Margaret River region. We’ve enjoyed countless holidays down south at places like Eagle Bay Brewing Co, Cheeky Monkey Brewery, Colonial and many more. They are all state of the art, modern buildings and cater very well for families. I heard months ago that Mandoon, a small family run estate, were expanding and had been keeping my eye on the building progress – it opened in mid-September.

IMG_7299As we drove down the long driveway, the large Mandoon building loomed over its vineyards. It’s reminiscent of the immense Duckstein Brewery on Caves Road. We were there for a spot of lunch and though it was midweek it was pretty busy, being the school holidays and a beautiful sunny day.IMG_7307

Mandoon is home to a cellar door, function centre, fine dining restaurant and a microbrewery – Homestead Brewery was our first stop. You can drink and dine inside the brewery, which is shiny and new. It’s a lovely view from the decking overlooking the vineyards. IMG_7352

We opted to sit “out the back” in the shady beer garden. There are loads of picnic benches and its right next to the shaded playground – which was a big hit with Little Chef. There were a few soccer and crickets games being played on the expansive, lush lawns. It had a lovely family atmosphere.IMG_7325

Michael Hartnell is Mandoon’s Executive Chef. The globe-trotting chef has worked in restaurants in London and on the prestigious 5th Avenue, New York City. Most recently he worked at renowned Eureka 89, Melbourne. Michael has gained a reputation for innovative dishes – the degustation menu for Mandoon’s fine dining restaurant looks divine.IMG_7346

We ordered our food inside at the bar. Chef had a pint of the “Kaisers Choice” a German style beer. Normally he’d go for a larger, but that’s not available just yet. Within 15 mins or so our food arrived. It looked delicious!IMG_7312

I chose the pulled pork tacos ($25), though I did think the pork was a bit “wet” and had juice running down my arm! The apple and fennel slaw was creamy and though I wasn’t 100% sold on the flavour of the pork (which I’d put down to personal taste), I did like the tacos.IMG_7331

Both Chef and Little Chef had pizzas. Little chef had a Margarita ($10) from the little people meal’s menu, which has a choice of four kids favourites.

Chef thought the confit lamb pizza ($24) was excellent. The thin and fresh base was also topped with red onion, feta and a mint yogurt.IMG_7333

On the weekends the beer garden bar opens and you can also order spit roasted meat rolls with salad for $15 from the deli.IMG_7344

We really enjoyed our first visit to Mandoon Estate and the Homestead Brewery. This is just what the Swan Valley has been missing. We absolutely love Mandoon and can’t wait to return – though I am torn between the dego menu at the beautiful fine dining restaurant or the roast meat roll!! What’s a chef’s wife to do?!IMG_7361 IMG_7355