Subiaco Hotel – Subiaco

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The Subiaco Hotel has sat proud on the corner of Hay Street and Rokeby road for over 115 years. The grand old lady, affectionately known to many as “The Subi”, has recently undergone a dramatic makeover. My bet is that it cost much more than the 4500 pounds it originally cost to build the Subiaco Hotel in the 1800s.

Dining RoomAt the Subiaco Hotel you can enjoy a glass of Dom Perignon with your bangers and mash. Depending on what tickles your fancy, you can enjoy high end pub grub or something a little swankier.

Chef, Little Chef and I arrive for an early dinner. We are warmly greeted and seated at a table with a crisp linen tablecloth in the classy brasserie, next to the now enclosed courtyard. We don’t want to compromise on venue or quality of food too much for the sake of choosing somewhere “child friendly”. To our delight not only does the Subiaco Hotel have a children’s menu and colouring-in to keep Little Chef amused – the staff are also very friendly, engaging him in conversation and making us all feel welcome.

IMG_9329The Subiaco Hotel has an extensive wine list – though there isn’t a lot available by the glass. I love the French 2013 Château La Gordonne Grenache, at $9.50 a glass. The rosé isn’t overwhelmingly sweet and has a smooth strawberry aftertaste.

IMG_9338For entrée I enjoy the BBQ’d quail, $18. Whilst the quail is petite – the entrée as a whole is a generous serve. The succulent quail sits upon a pumpkin puree, sautéed oyster mushrooms and is finished with an acidic Chinese black vinegar sauce and deep fried crispy pork crackling.

IMG_9336As Chef eats the “blow torched” hiramusa fillet, $18, it’s apparent that it’s over cooked. This is disappointing, as it’s best served just cooked and it is an excellent fish for sashimi. The warm wasabi noodle salad contains a very spicy kick. The noodles are tossed in chilli, as well as having three very liberal serves of wasabi – a softer wasabi aoli would have been more fitting on this dish.

WhitingThe tender school whiting fillets, $36, are very tasty. They are served with a salsa of sweet corn, tomato and coriander – which bursts with freshness. The charred asparagus is cooked perfectly and delicious slice of pressed potato finishes the dish well.

IMG_9344The BBQ’d New York strip, $38, is nicely cooked medium rare. The steak is covered in lettuce leaves and lashings of spicy Asian sauce which overpowers the dish. It is accompanied by a kim chi apple salad and noodles.

IMG_9355Desserts arrive and my sticky date pudding, $14.50, is as moist as I’d hoped. Double cream, as well as vanilla bean ice cream, is heaped on top. It is a warming, satisfying end to my meal, though there is too much of the sweet sticky date sauce for my liking.

chocolate savarinChef devours the chocolate savarin, $15. The savarin shape is made with a slightly bitter valrhona chocolate mousse – complimented with salted caramel, honeycomb and chocolate bubbles on the side.

IMG_9327Whilst the food suffers from a few technical errors, it is explained by the kitchen being in a transitional mode at the moment. The long standing Head Chef Brad Burton recently departed and a new Head Chef is due to start soon. Just like the renovated building and surrounds, the Subiaco Hotel’s food is classy pub fayre. The prices are reasonable – you can indeed live a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget at The Subi.IMG_9324

**First Published in the Post newspaper**

At a glance

■ The Subiaco Hotel

465 Hay Street

Subiaco

Phone 9381 3069

■ Opening times

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 7am – 12pm

Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 7am – 1am

Sunday: 7am – 12pm

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 4

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine – extensive list, mostly

available by the bottle.

■ Chef – to be announced

■ Owner – Judy & Michael Monaghan

■ feel – sophisticated, yet relaxed.

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $14 – $18

Mains – $20 – $38.5

Dessert – $14- $15

■ all in all – Friendly service, excellent

drinks list & pleasant surrounds.

Food needs some tweaking.

V Burger Bar – Floreat

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Chef and I don’t always crave extravagant food – sometimes something casual appeals to us even more. After a 12 hour shift in the kitchen, plating up sous vide meats, foams, jus and this and that – Chef especially wants food that is deliciously uncomplicated.

We found ourselves at V Burger in Floreat on a night when neither of us wanted to cook at home. It’s at Floreat Forum shopping centre – opposite “The Boulevard” pub. It overlooks a leafy courtyard, you can dine alfresco or inside.IMG_7618

The service was very warm and friendly. Watching the open kitchen it looked like everything was running like clockwork. To start, we nibble on panko crumbed mushrooms ($8), which were heavenly. The crumbed button mushrooms are served with a wickedly creamy blue cheese sauce. So scrumptious!IMG_7605

I chose my burger from the newly launched brioche menu. Though the bread is far from healthy (brioche contains sugar and lots of butter) for me, it makes the perfectly flavoured burger bun. The Piggy Back ($14.50) is packed full of off the bone pork ribs, homemade bbq sauce, jalapenos, coleslaw & onion rings. It’s not as tall as Chef’s monstrous burger, but there is still plenty of burger! I’ve had may a burger in my time and I’m going to go out on a limb to say this is my favourite of all! I’m a sucker for ribs and this was spot on. The slaw wasn’t an afterthought and was really crunchy, creamy and tasty – I’d happily eat that on it’s own.IMG_7614

Chef chose the Crispy Crisp burger ($12.50) In between the Turkish buns was a prime beef patty, a tower of crispy battered onion rings, mixed gourmet lettuce, tomato, aioli & relish. Chef also chose to add bacon, cheese and chorizo for an extra charge. It went down a treat and Chef was very impressed. He reckoned it was up there with the best burgers he’d eaten.IMG_7611

Little Chef wolfed down a Mini Fish & Chips ($9.50) A perfect kids sized portion of crumbed fish fillets, served with chips & tartare sauce. Outside V Burger there is a small playground, which would suit kids that are of a toddler age.IMG_7602

Salads are also available, for those people who are a bit more health conscious. There’s also Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for those who aren’t! We just couldn’t say no to some freshly baked chocolate brownies to finish off our dinner. Yummo!IMG_7616

Chef and I have long been big fans of Grilld burgers, we also like Jus and Missy Moos. This was our first trip to V Burger and we did agree that V Burger has raised the bar very high for us – I think we’ve found a new favourite!! Check it out – you’ll thank us for it. V Burger certainly puts the “EAT” into Floreat! It is also found in East Vic Park.

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Happy 1st Birthday to my lil blog!!

What a year it has been…

My first post was on April 7th 2013, recommending the newly opened Jamie’s Italian. Since then, the blog has changed and evolved such a lot. I quickly changed my writing style, though I can still dribble on, originally I wrote lots more for each post. I’ve also come a long way with photography (though there’s a long way to go!). From my nervous beginnings – thinking that only 5 people would “like” my FB page to hitting 1000+ likers – I was very surprised! In October I had a re-branding to a shiny and bright new logo. That made me feel much more professional hehe

From month to month my little blog grew into something I’m immensely proud of. It’s also something I never thought I’d be doing. I’m so glad I gave it a go. I’m pleased as punch that I’ve found something I really love. Chef has enjoyed being dragged along to many meals out, even if he has to wait to eat, while I take pics of his food! There are several highlights from the year. Meeting many fellow bloggers from all around Australia, at the Eat Drink Blog Conference, in November was a fantastic experience. More recently, I was tickled pink when I saw my name in print – when my first monthly review in the Post Newspaper was published. That was a definite “tear in the eye” moment!

UntitlededbBut it’s not all been a success… I gave up on the “52 recipes in 52 weeks challenge”. After completing the first 3 weeks I came down with terrible toothache and had to have my wisdom teeth out. I didn’t feel much like eating or cooking for a couple of weeks. The challenge I had set myself, to use my piles of recipes to cook something new each week, lost even more momentum when a few weeks later I had a bad case of food poisoning. Add in fussy eater Little Chef and the new addition of my newspaper reviews, it was just not happening for me. I apologise if you were following that post, perhaps I’ll revisit it in another form in the future.

Screenshot_2014-04-07-15-47-10Chef’s had a very busy year at work. Though that kept him from competing in the Dubai International, he was very proud to represent his country again when the Australian Culinary Team won gold in Pattaya, Thailand.

I want to thank you all for your kind words, likes and comments. On those days when I have writers block, it spurs me on! As lots of you will know, being a working mummy, with a 4 year old who still likes to get up in the night and a husband that works very long hours – it’s hard to get everything done and keep motivated sometimes. It’s encouraging and humbling when someone takes the time to send me a lovely message or email. It absolutely makes my day.

suburban_table-write-upI’m very excited for what the next 12 months has in store. I can’t even begin to imagine where I’ll be at when it’s The Chef Wife’s 2nd birthday. There are many more new restaurants, cafes and bars that we are planning to go to. My “to eat list” is so long, I’ve had to create an excel spread sheet!! In just a few months we are travelling to the UK, so I will be blogging about everything from pork pies, country pubs, fish n chips to a few Michelin starred restaurants and a certain Mr Blumenthal. Little Chef is more excited about visiting Lego Land than all that though!

The blog has far exceeded anything I had imagined – If I could give each and every one of you a hug I really would! Thank you very much! I hope you’ve been enjoying the posts as much as I enjoy creating them 🙂

Here’s to another year of discovering great food and drinks in Perth!

Cheers, the Chefs Wife, Amanda xxx

PS This week I have a few special posts up my sleeve to celebrate my first milestone.