{NEW OPENING} Lot One Kitchen Hillarys

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This one’s HOT off the press! This morning we brunched at Lot One Kitchen, a brand new eatery in the northern suburbs, which has really hit the ground running!

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We popped by for a late brunch. So late, that Little Chef preferred to eat something for lunch. The new restaurant, which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner has had a beautiful fit out. There’s lots of tables and a cosy nook with sofas too. I love it’s use of tanned leather and stunning light fixtures.

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The service was good, but a little green. I’m happy to give them the benefit of the doubt, being so new! The roast used at Lot One Kitchen is Di Bella. Chef was happy with his flat white and even grabbed a take away on our way out.

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Feeling a cold coming on, I chose a “beet it” beetroot and ginger juice.

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Little Chef had a chocolate milkshake treat. Continue reading

Flinderz – Hillarys

img_3492Flinderz Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Flinderz is an old favourite of ours. Back in 2014/15 Chef was the Head Chef there, before he left for the bright floodlights of Domain Stadium and the WACA, cooking for his sporting heroes. Chef loved Flinderz, but pretty much never had an opportunity to actually dine there, because he was always so darned busy at the bustling suburban gem. We were really excited to revisit Flinderz after owner Louise  invited us in for brunch.img_3526

Flinderz is in Hillarys, but it isn’t found at the Boat Harbour. The modern café is located at the leafy Hillary’s Shopping Centre on Finders Avenue. I like to dine in their shady alfresco area, with it’s pretty greenery and chilled atmosphere. It a good spot for a lazy brunch or lunch.img_3522

There’s a good choice of drinks – coffee, tea, smoothies and more. We’ve always found them to have quality coffee.img_3481

Little Chef ordered his favourite – a babycino. I also enjoyed a refreshing juice after my caffeine fix.img_3510

Since I last visited there’s been some interesting new additions to the Flinderz brunch menu. I really liked the sound of their house smoked Atlantic salmon and the French toast, but opted for my favourite House made granola, $17.img_3495 Continue reading

California Pizza Kitchen – Hillarys

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A taste of California has landed at Hillary’s Boat Harbour. California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) at Sorrento Quay is the very first Australian outlet of the popular American family restaurant. The atmosphere is casual and can get a little noisy – CPK is a BIG restaurant!img_3037

The menu is equally as big with loads of pizza toppings to choose from, as well as many other share plates, soups, meaty mains, a selection of pasta dishes and salads. There’s plenty of international flavours, including lots of American influences – think Jambalaya fettuccine, mac n cheese, chopped salad and roasted NY strip.img_3003

As pizza lovers we were all keen to check out this new joint, though I had heard a few mixed things about it online. I figured I’d try and ignore all the negative noise and give it a go myself. It is still a new venue after all, maybe they had had a few teething troubles?

The old Jetty’s restaurant is all shiny and new. It’s light, bright and has a modern nautical feel.  There’s tables, comfy sofas and cosy booths. We sat at a table by the open window, giving us a lovely view over the harbour and kiddies beach.img_3031

The drinks menu is also extensive, with a good range of drinks and some tempting looking cocktails. My photo turned out a bit rubbish, but here’s the “Ultimate” Bloody Mary, $18. It’s a growing trend that’s stemmed from the “Freakshake” milkshakes, that’s now spilling over to alcoholic drinks too. Tito’s Handmade Vodka, house-made Diablo horseradish sauce, tomato juice, fennel salt rim topped with spicy pepperoni, mozzarella, olive, fresh lemon and thyme. It’s a bit random to have a meat garnish on a cocktail, but I’m told it was a good version of a Bloody Mary.img_3027 Continue reading

Mia Cucina – Hillarys

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As a Perth food blogger, I get a lot of people telling me about their new finds, old favourites and hidden gems they discover. I’d been told by a few separate people that I must try Mia Cucina at Hillarys Boat Harbour. It’s found on the northern side, near the boat ramps and has a stunning view over the harbour.

We dined with a group of our friends. Little Chef was also in tow, as was the beautiful baby Grace, it’s family friendly and has plenty of space for prams. We had a front row seat of the beautiful sunset – I’d definitely recommend booking a table right on the window.IMG_0671

As we were all starving and feeling gluttonous we decided to have entrees and mains. Chef chose the Calamari ($17). He enjoyed the tender calamari, which was lightly fried with a touch of chilli. It’s served with a crisp salad garnish and tartare sauce for dipping.IMG_0675

I’d been told to try the arancini, $17, so I ordered the traditional Italian risotto balls. These are filled with pork mince, prime beef, mozzarella cheese & peas and coated with crisp golden breadcrumbs. I liked these, though I think they could have done with a little more seasoning.IMG_0672

I experienced a little food envy as Mrs C tucked into her baked goat’s cheese, $18. The ooey-gooey cheese was baked with honey, apple and rosemary, with toasted Turkish bread on the side for dipping. IMG_0674

For main I had the beef cheek triangoli, $28. The hand-made ravioli triangles are filled with tender braised beef cheeks, nutmeg and parmesan. They are then pan-fried with white wine, prosciutto, fresh spinach, cherry tomatoes and finished with truffle oil.  It promised so much and looked hearty and delicious. Unfortunately, as I ate the dish I discovered that their chef had been too heavy handed with the truffle oil and it completely overpowered all the flavours. A shame, as all the other components were spot on (though taste-wise it was hard to tell!). This comes in main and entrée size and I wish I’d chosen the smaller size – not only as I found the flavours too rich, but it was also a very filling dish.IMG_0679

Chef, ever the meat lover devoured the di carne pizza, $25.  It was topped with cacciatore sausage, prosciutto, shaved ham & bacon, fresh tomato, red onion & mozzarella. Mr H really enjoyed his pollo (chicken) pizza too.IMG_0678

All in all, I liked Mia Cucina, though it didn’t wow me. The simple meals are reasonably priced and the café is in a beautiful location. I think on this occasion I didn’t get very lucky with my own menu choices, as everyone else on our table enjoyed their meals.

LOVE Italian food? Check out my other blogs on Italian restaurants in Perth!

Il Lido – Cottesloe

Bravos – Vic Park

Café Avellino – Wanneroo

Jamie’s Italian – Perth CBD

What’s your favourite Italian spot in Perth?

 

3 Sheets – Hillarys Boat Harbour

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Its new years day 2015 – being a public holiday many places in Perth are shut – so we decide to head down to Hillary’s Boat Harbour which was guaranteed to be open. The popular coastal spot was absolutely heaving with people. Some were strolling along the boardwalks, some picnicking on the lush grassed areas or swimming at the safe kiddies beach. We were there to check out a newly opened restaurant – 3 sheets. It has a cool fit out, with lots of long tables, perfect for groups. IMG_8166

3 Sheets was rumoured to be a “Little Creatures” style of brewery, before it opened. Whilst that didn’t turn out to be strictly true – it is similar in terms of the cool vibe, casual share food and focus on draft craft beers. Chef found his favourite beer on the menu – Colonials’ Kolsch ($11 a pint). Every time we go to Margaret River we come back with a “growler” of the stuff!! Chef was stoked. Also on draft are other WA favourites; Feral, Nail, Gage Road, Matso and Eagle Bay beers.  I chose a nutella and banana shake – something I wouldn’t usually pick, but I just couldn’t go past the nutella! IMG_8134

The service was mostly efficient. We hardly waited any time at all for our meals.  Being a “share venue” the food comes out as it is made. I had to ask after my milkshake, which seemed to be taking a while. Chef was well into his second pint by the time it arrived. Apparently they were training new staff – so I didn’t mind too much – it is a new restaurant after all. IMG_8151

We shared the salt and pepper squid ($12). The thinly sliced squid was tender and light. The squid was complimented by a tasty piri piri sauce that had a nice kick to it. IMG_8136

Chef enjoyed a club pizza ($22). The wood fired pizza was topped with ham, bacon, pepperoni, chorizo and chicken. He thought it was delicious and the base was spot on.IMG_8150

From the tapas menu I had the beef short ribs ($10), which were tender and tasty with a sticky BBQ sauce. I also chose a pear and rocket salad ($12) from the “big plates” menu. I’m quite partial to the combo of rocket, pear, walnuts, parmesan and this salad, dressed with cider vinegar was a winner. IMG_8148

3 Sheets is a family friendly venue, the kids menu has lots of choice for the little ones. Little chef chose a hot dog and frites ($10). The chips were really fluffy and crisp, quite rustic too with the skin still left on. IMG_8137

We were far from being “3 sheets to the wind” when we left, but we all certainly had very full tummies. The small dessert menu looks really delicious, with some pommie favourites “sticky toffee pudding and “knickerbocker glory” on there. Maybe next time!

Chef loves nothing more than a pizza and pint on his days off. He’s definitely found a top spot for a boys lunch with a view! IMG_8168

 

 

 

 

Flinderz – Hillarys

IMG_7859 Flinderz on Urbanspoon If you’re wondering where Flinderz is – it’s right in the heart of ocean side suburb Hillarys on the leafy flinders Ave (not at the boat harbour). The casual café/restaurant has been open less than a year and it’s still shiny and new. By day it’s a chilled spot for brunch and lunch. By night, it’s time for something a bit special – especially on oysters and bubbles night (Thurs).

I like to be as transparent as possible to my loyal foodies – so I’m going to say straight up – Flinderz is where Chef used to be Head Chef (2014/2015). I’ve been in to eat a couple of times, so I’ll give you my pick of brunch AND dinner. Quinoa granola Banana panna cotta, honeycomb, blueberries, honeyed Jersey milk. Pulled pork benedict Braised pork shoulder with garlic spinach, poached eggs and harissa hollandaiseIMG_5203a The vanilla pancakes with deep fried ice cream are to die for!Banoffee Pancakes 131214 Margaret River Beef fillet with homemade Potato Gnocchi, Wild mushrooms and cheese fondue. The fillet is sous vide, so oh so tender. Love this dish. New Imagem Slow cooked Pork Belly, Baked Spinach Polenta, Asparagus, Candied Walnuts and a chilli Caramel Drizzle – and my favourite bit – the crackling! IMG_8020 and THAT Chocolate mousse with salted caramelNew Image1 Flinderz has a great alfresco area, perfect for dining on a sunny day. Before Chef started at Flinderz I’d never heard of it (which surprized me!) It’s truly a hidden gem.

The Market – Saturdays at Westfield Whitford City

IMG_1678One of the things I really love about blogging is the little platform it gives me to promote wonderful local businesses that I find – be it a locally run café or an innovative stall at a Perth market. So, it was a bit random that Westfield, a massive international corporation, was holding a local produce market at it’s Whitford City Shopping centre. I thought it was a superb idea though, from their Marketing Department. I love a browse around market stalls and there aren’t that many in our area (outer NOR). Some of the stalls at Whitfords are also found at the Twilight Hawkers Market, Perth Upmarket and various farmers markets.IMG_1665

“The Market” at Westfield Whitford City launched yesterday (Saturday the 10th) and it will be on each Saturday morning for at least the next few weeks – hopefully longer!

IMG_1645There is local produce (honey, seafood etc) street food stalls (like latasha’s Kitchen and Boss Hoss BBQ), juices, popcorn and other small local businesses like “Pretty Sharp”, who will professionally sharpen your knives.

Honey I’m Home

IMG_1672Honey I’m Home is a local business run by Beekeepers Blaine and Tristan.Their hives are in Beechboro and she also sources honey from other hives around Perth. There are lots of different honeys on offer; I found the infused honeys really interesting. I like the sound of the Star Anise Honey for use on Pork and I can’t wait to try the cinnamon honey on some pancakes! Yummo.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/honeyimhomeproduce

Marcelita’s Empanadas

IMG_1653Marcelita and her husband Matt (a fellow blogger) are the lovely people behind Marcelita’s Empanadas. They can be found cooking their tasty morsels at many markets and special events around Perth.

Empanadas are delicious, deep fried savoury pastries filled with various ingredients. Empanadas originated in Spain and so popped up in Latin America. In Colombia, they make their empanadas with maize flour.

I tried three varieties of empanadas.
• Beef – Shredded beef skirt with potato and capsicum
• Pork & Lime – Pulled Pork Shoulder with Lime & Coriander
• Potato – Potato with paprika & spring onion

They are all delicious, the Pork and Lime is my favourite though. Make sure you check them out!!

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/marcelitas.empanadas

Tanya Mac Inspired

IMG_1666I met Tanya, of Tanya Mac Inspired and the passion for her boutique product development company was infectious. Tanya has gorgeous designer pantry labels – I love the vintage look of them and they will be a great addition to my super organised pantry. I am an “everything in its place, pedantic, labels to the front kind” of gal. So I need to find some lovey big jars for these pretty labels. These are also a great gift idea.IMG_1667

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tanya-Mac-Inspired/201603246675099

The Honey Cake

IMG_1660This layered cake is simply heaven on a plate! It’s a really unique cake, ultra-thin layers of caramel and cake, like nothing I’ve ever had. It’s perfect for a little self-indulgent treat. There’s no nasties either, in the handmade cakes.

FACEBOOK PAGE>> https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HONEYCAKE/159838120823643IMG_1627

The Market is on Saturdays’, 9am to 2pm and can be found outside at the Woolworths entrance. The vendors change a little each week, there are about 12 different stalls, live music and entertainment for the kids.IMG_1623