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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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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Chicken Skewers

 

Little Creatures Fremantle Brewery Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Bars Of The State Buildings – Perth CBD

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You’ll never go thirsty  at the State Buildings. Chef and I started off at the Treasury Lounge Bar, which is part of the COMO Hotel. The bar runs right along Cathedral Ave and is a chic and classy spot with superb “white glove” service. It’s the perfect spot to have a cheeky pre-drink if you’re all dressed up and heading to dinner at Wildflower or Post – think fine champagnes,  the very best West Australian sparkling wines, exquisite canapés and freshly shucked oysters – there’s no better excuse to get your best cocktail dress on!IMG_2195On this day, Chef and I were looking for something a little more casual. So we ventured onto the Barrack Street side of the building, to Petition Beer Corner.IMG_2241_Fotor

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Craft Beer has been on trend for a few years now and Perth has been crying out for a dedicated craft beer bar. If you’re a craft beer aficionado, this is your mecca. There is so much choice and so many craft beers on tap!IMG_2208

I’ll hold my hands up – I’m not a beer drinker at all. Chef on the other hand gets rather excited to discover a new brew, so Petition Beer Corner was right up his alley. It’s laid back and I liked the vibe. We didn’t catch his name, but the “beer guy” with curly hair was incredibly helpful and knowledgeable, going out of his way to help Chef pick a draught beer that was just right for his taste. IMG_2204

And Chef’s pick – the Red Ale! There are lots of West Australian and international beers on tap. On one of our trips to Petition Beer Corner we were going to be eating next door at Petition Kitchen and Chef was able to take his unfinished beer through to the restaurant and also top order the tap beers from there. The Beer Corner has a more casual menu.IMG_2197_Fotor

And finally…

If you’re after a bit of fun, check out Halford Bar. The décor in the basement bar, underneath the Como Hotel is kitsch, with velvet chairs and colourful lights – I felt like I was in the 1950s. It is a classy little joint though and becoming very well known for its excellent cocktails. I absolutely loved the “Coconut Blossom” which is a soft, fruity mix of sake, elderflower liqueur, coconut water and yuzu juice. It’s so pretty too!IMG_2269_Fotor

You’ll never be stuck for a quality drink at the State Buildings. I hear Long Chim and Wildflower both have an excellent drink selection too – I can’t wait to try them! IMG_2376_Fotor

 

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

 

Little Creatures Brewery

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For years, when visiting Fremantle for the day, the ONLY thing we ate was Fish & Chips. In recent times, we’ve both got a bit disillusioned with the same old deep fried food, we’d been eating every time we went to the Fishing Boat Harbour – so we looked just a little further afield – in Freo there’s plenty to choose from. We’ve found a new favourite; Little Creatures Brewery.

20131113_143010On arrival, we found a table indoors. We were with our parents and UK cousins. It was too noisy for the oldies inside; the venue essentially is a big shed. I think it used to be the crocodile farm years ago.

So we found a great big table out the back in the beer garden, under a tree. It’s a fab spot and overlooks the harbour and the replica of the Duyfken ship. Little chef and his cousins were as happy as Larry; there’s a large shaded sandpit in the beer garden. Little Creatures caters very well for our own little creatures!!20131113_132006

At Little Creatures, on the menu are mostly share plates (big & small) and wood fired pizzas. We had;

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20131113_134219Prawn, Coriander & shitake mushroom woodfired pizza ($24) I really loved this, it was a little different and the flavours really worked. They were very generous with the juicy big prawns too 🙂

IMG_9810Harrissa spiced lamb, melanzane & feta woodfired pizza ($23)

We enjoyed all the food; it’s perfect to share with friends. The craft beer, brewed on site, is also why people go. It was a hit with all the men – in particular “Rogers” and the “Pilsner”. Little Creatures is a very family friendly brewery. It always has a fantastic atmosphere. It’s a Fremantle treasure and somewhere that we will visit on many a sunny afternoon in Freo.