Chakra, Inglewood

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Chakra Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Indian cuisine is something I LOVE. Sadly, for the best part of a decade, we’ve not enjoyed dining at Indian restaurants like we used to – which is down to a certain Little Chef. We had a win recently with our fussy eater. He suddenly decided he liked butter chicken. I could have wept with happiness!

When an invite to Beaufort Street newbie, Chakra, landed in my inbox I jumped at the chance to try it out, especially when I learned that it’s child friendly. We could have our biryani and eat it too!20170714_195224

We were welcomed into the stylish dining room, adorned with Indian lanterns and plush red and gold, by our hosts Sonia and Kumar. Chakra is very inviting and a lot more on trend than your average suburban Indian eatery. Chakra is best described as a modern Indian. In the words of Sonia it’s “Indian-ish”. Whilst the methods of cooking and recipes remain authentic, the modern presentation freshens it up and gives the food a fresh breath of life.20170714_190645

The first thing I noticed when we walked in was that the room was full of exotic, aromatic flavours .While we looked over the menus, Little Chef was kept occupied with some colouring in. He did a good job! 20170714_195127

Sonia and Kumar took us through the menu and said they’d send out a selection of entrees and mains for us to try. First came the beef cones. These are a fresh take on traditional beef samosas, are filled with meat, sautéed onion and tomato. Chef tells me the carom seed flavoured cone is absolutely delicious and Little Chef scoffed the other. I love it when he’s feeling adventurous!20170714_191050

I loved the seared scallop dish, served on a bed of roasted capsicum and tomato chutney, with Nigella seeds (DF,GF). The scallops were deliciously plump and complimented by the flavoursome chutney.IMG_9464 Continue reading

Sauma – Northbridge

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Sauma Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Found in Northbridge, opposite the brass Monkey, Sauma has a menu with a modern-Indian twist – think butter chicken pies, wagyu samosas and finger-licking sweet tamarind lamb ribs. My Dad is a big fan of curry, so when I found Sauma was on my list of restaurants to explore for Eat Drink Perth I invited my parents along for lunch. Sauma is not your typical Indian restaurant, it’s brimming with light and feels very fresh and modern- just like the food!IMG_2125

What struck me immediately was the excellent service. It was warm, efficient and totally on the ball. I accidentally knocked a knife off the table and the waitress who was a good 10 meters away, noticed and quickly replaced it with a fresh one. Very attentive. No wonder the Michelin assessors use that trick! I started with a Sunshine juice, $7. It is a tasty combo of fresh orange, carrot, apple, ginger and lemon juice.IMG_2133

We all loved the cheese nann bread, $6, especially Little Chef. It was so fresh, brimming with soft cheese and herbs.IMG_2147

The lamb ribs, $16, are twice cooked – adding to the tenderness of the meat. Flavoured with sweet tamarind, chili, mint and coriander they are absolutely mouth-watering. There will be a fight over the last rib! The onion bhajis, $13 have a modern twist -they are beer battered. I love an onion bhaji and these are very good. They’re garnished what I think is a vibrant pickled yellow pepper, which are very tasty too.IMG_2137 (2)

The roast beetroot and potato salad, $17 doesn’t last long! It is full of flavour and. Hiding underneath the veg are lashings of house cured Bombay gin and fennel salmon.It is unmistakably Indian, with strong cumin flavours and finished with a tandoori mayo – but so fresh and modern too.IMG_2151

Another Indian dish with a twist is the butter chicken pie, $9. The golden flaky pastry is spot on and the tasty filling is brimming with meat. The salad, which so easily could be an afterthought, has a zesty coriander dressing drizzled on. IMG_2144

We all relish the spicy mountain style goat curry, $26. The tender meat is cooked on the bone in a sauce of ginger, turmeric, chili, tomato and beetroot.IMG_2153

Sauma is a must-stop for lovers of Indian food. The vibrant restaurant is fantastic for groups, with it’s long tables, as well as for couples. I though Sauma is a great find and we highly recommend it!IMG_2158

EAT DRINK PERTH 2016

During Eat Drink Perth, Sauma has a special Indian street cart menu. Share an Indian street food feast with your sweetheart – cheese naan, tandoori salmon and chicken, a house plate to share, jackfruit curry and slow cooked lamb saag. Finish on a sweet note with a traditional Indian desert – creamy mango kulfi (ice cream).

 

Latasha’s Kitchen {Perthfect Product Giveaway}

Latashas Kitchen I met Latasha at the Angove Street Festival last year, at the Latasha’s Kitchen stall, full of tasty Indian/Asian inspired goodies. Her products include chutneys, marinades, curry paste, dressings and more. I always love to meet producers – they have such a wonderful passion for the food they make. I was thrilled to try Latasha’s products and hoping that some of her excitement would rub off on me – I do enjoy cooking, but being so time poor, I often find it more of a chore. If someone does the thinking for me though – I’m happy to follow a simple recipe! IMG_9359Latasha was born and bred in Malaysia. Her parents’ families originally hailed from Southern India. As a result, her cooking reflects the distinctive food from South Asia and Southeast Asia. “Resisting the temptation to tailor her original family recipes to suit ‘western’ palates, Latasha began converting a growing number of customers to appreciate the flavour of meat slow cooked on the bone using masala ground from scratch, with fresh ingredients and strictly no preservatives, commercial stocks or MSG.” I’m a self-confessed food label-reader and when I find a product which has no nasties in it – I’m stoked! Here’s what I made… Latasha’s Chicken Kuruma Masala Using the Latasha’s Kitchen Kuruma Masala Paste, I made a simple and quick chicken curry. Though it was fairly mild, it still packed plenty of punch and delicious flavour. IMG_9363From start to finish it takes less than an hour to make. There’s very little prep involved. Just chopping the chilli, chicken and cherry tomatoes. Then it all gets popped in the pan for about 45 minutes with the Kuruma Masala Paste. This paste is made of all sorts of spices – it’s a nutty tasting paste with strong flavours of tomatoes, coconut and ginger also coming through. IMG_9297When ready, I serve the curry on a bed of basmati rice and garnish the dish with coriander, lemon, mint and vine ripened cherry tomatoes. It is a fantastic dish, full of fresh flavours, I love the addition of plump sultanas too. The KurumaMasala got Chef’s seal approval too and he asked when I’d be making it again – he loves a night off being in the kitchen!IMG_9317 {GIVEAWAY!!} Thanks to Latasha I have THREE Latasha’s Kitchen hampers to giveaway to some lucky foodies! Each pack is worth $50 and contains;

  • The delicious Kuruma Masala Paste I used to make the chicken curry.
  • Chilli Oil – great for marinating or drizzling over pasta or salads
  • Green Coriander Sauce – a versatile sauce great for marinating or mixing through pasta or salads.

To enter, simply answer this question in the comments below… What type of Latsha’s Kitchen curry paste do I cook this chicken curry with? For a bonus entry – sign up for my email notifications (in right hand column). COMPETITION RULES *The competition closes at 7pm Friday 22nd May 2015. Prize – 3 x Hampers containing 1 jar of Kuruma Masala Paste, 1 bottle of Chilli Oil and 1 jar of Green Coriander Sauce and Latasha’s Kitchen recipe cards (value of hamper $50 each). *You MUST live within the Perth metropolitan area. *The winner will be selected at random from all comments made on my Latasha’s Kitchen blog post and Facebook as well as new email subscribers from 19/5/15 to 22/5/15 . * Each person may enter once on Facebook (or on my blog) and once as an email subscriber for a bonus entry. *The winner will be contacted (via FB private message or reply to blog comment) and the prize distributed, if no contact is made by the winner within 24 hours 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. IMG_9356 Now, I don’t want to get all “sell-y”. That’s not a word, but you know what I mean. I’ll only promote products now and then on my blog and I will only do this if: A) I totally love the product and B) they are a local company Latasha’s Kitchen absolutely covers this criteria and you can find more info on Latasha’s website http://latashaskitchen.com/shop/ . You may even bump into Latasha at various farmers markets, festivals or Perth’s Upmarket like I did; GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET –SOUTH FREMANTLE SUBI FARMERS MARKET PERTH UPMARKET KYILLA FARMERS MARKET – NORTH PERTH 

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

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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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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
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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

Haandi

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Haandi, an award winning Indian restaurant in Fremantle has recently opened in Joondalup. On a recommendation from a friend with an Indian background, who knows a good curry when he eats one, we tried Haandi for a family dinner. So it wasn’t just myself and Chef that had to be impressed, but the Pastry Chef (Chef’s little bro) and Pappa Chef, Chef’s dad who’s been in the hospitality industry for some 40 years.We were warmly greeted and seated. We had a complimentary basket of poppadums to nibble on whilst we looked over the menu. For entrée we share some onion baji and tandoori chicken – cooked in the tandoor oven. They were both very good and made me hungry for more!IMG_7020

The six of us decided to share everything, so we chose a selection of dishes ranging from $19.50 to $22. We had super fresh garlic nann (which smelled A-Mazing!), roti and plain basmati rice, plus our dishes;

 Lamb Rogan Josh
 Lamb Vindaloo
 Butter Chicken
 Lamb Saag

IMG_7027Pappa Chef commented that Indian and other Asian cuisines do vegetarian food so much better than many western cultures. At Haandai they cater for vegos very well, with a whopping 30 vegetarian dishes on the menu. In addition to our meat dishes, we also tried a Shahi Paneer (cheese) curry ($16.50) and Jeera Aloo Gobi – potatoes and cauliflower sautéed with ginger and cumin seeds ($16.50) and we really enjoyed them too.

I’ve had Indian meals where everything tastes quite similar. I’ve also had Indians where the spice completely overpowered everything and all I could think about was how much my mouth was burning. At Haandi we had none of those issues. The tasty food was varied and though spicy, I didn’t feel the need to down a drink!

The Pastry Chef was keen to try some dessert, so we had Kulfi ($5). It’s a frozen dessert, similar to ice cream, topped with pistachios. It was a good way to finish off a top meal.IMG_7029

Everyone at the table really enjoyed their meals. It cost us about $65 a couple, so we thought that was pretty good value. That wasn’t including drinks as it’s BYO. Looks like we’ve found a new favourite local Indian. IMG_7032