The Left Bank, East Freo

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A top spot for lunch on a sunny day is the historic Left Bank, found right on the Swan River in East Freo. We grabbed a table out the front, overlooking the river and its amazing views to the traffic bridges, Fremantle port and beyond.

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At the iconic pub, there’s seating in the conservatory, in the popular leafy courtyard and out the front too.

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I had called earlier, to make a booking, as I know the Left Bank can get really busy, but found that they have a walk in policy. That was fine with us. The Left Bank offers a big menu full of all the pub food favourites.

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Once seated, Chef went over to the bar and ordered our drinks and food. He enjoyed a pint with his view.

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I treated myself to a cheeky mojito. Not long after we ordered, the food arrived promptly.

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There’s a few gluten free options, I chose the grilled Barramundi served with kipfler potatoes, chorizo, kale and a capsicum vinegar ($32). The barramundi was perfectly cooked.

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Chef tucked into the huuuuuge “Wharfies Burger” packed with a beef patty, Monterey Jack cheese, mustard, pickles, battered onion rings, salad, aioli in a toasted pretzel bun ($24).

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As if all that wasn’t enough, Chef upgraded, adding bacon and egg to his burger. The runny yolk was oozing out, making it look even more delicious!

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Little Chef chose the kids cheeseburger and chips ($10) There’s also fish n chips, pizza and mac and cheese for the little ones, who also get a free activity pack to keep them out of mischief! The Left Bank has a kids night each and every Tuesday too. There’s arts and crafts, toys and face painting. Kids also eat free with every main meal purchased.

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It’s a beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours under the pine trees, gazing at the river over a lazy lunch and a couple of drinkies!

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The Left Bank is located at 15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle. Find out more on their website. 

We dined as guests of the Left Bank.

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Chakra, Inglewood

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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

10 of The Best Hidden Coffee Spots in Perth’s CBD

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Where’s the best coffee in Perth’s CBD? You might have missed it! Down the city’s many laneways and arcades, you’ll find some hidden coffee spots that are not to be missed.

If you’re a street art fan like myself, and like a bit of culture with your caffeine, you will be able to spy some of Perth’s most vibrant works near some of these spots too. So follow the aroma of freshly ground beans and discover a favourite new coffee haunt today!

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Max + Sons

Head off the beaten track, down Rail Lane and you’ll find Max & Sons. Here, the friendly baristas are likely to remember your name after a few coffee runs. Their excellent coffee is a custom blend that is developed with Five Senses and the maple bacon and cream cheese bagels are not to be missed!

Find Max + Sons at 140 Perth, Rail Lane, Wellington St, Perth (behind The Globe).

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Uncle Joe’s Mess

At what first appears to be a King Street barber shop, head down a corridor and you’ll find Uncle Joe’s Mess, where they serve up their own “Joes Blend” roasted by Dimattina Coffee. At this cool little spot you can escape the bustling city streets and enjoy a chilled brunch with funky tunes.

Find Uncle Joe’s Mess at 76 King St, Perth.

More on Uncle Joe’s Mess here.

 

Standing Room Only

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You get the feeling that at Standing Room Only the baristas are deadly serious about their coffee, which is outstanding and many rate as amongst the very best of Perth CBD’s coffee spots. There’s nothing else to lose their focus, no food or fancy smoothies, just good honest caw-fee.

Find Standing Room Only at Piccadilly Arcade, Perth.

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Hopper Espresso

This popular little coffee shop in Shafto Lane, brews up a top house blend as well as offering four different single origin coffees. They even have a range of quality milks to choose from including local Banister Downs and Bonsoy. Their food offering is sure to tame those lunch time cravings too.

Find Hopper Espresso at 3A Shafto Lane, Perth.

More on Hopper Espresso here.

 

The Wolf Espresso

Wolf Espresso is found on Wolf Lane which is a mecca for vibrant murals by local and international street artists in the Perth CBD. Here you can indulge in a guilt free treat with your Veneziano coffee as there’s a focus on balanced and healthy food.

Find The Wolf Espresso at 800 Hay St, Perth.

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Trees Adventure, Dwellingup

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As part of my collaboration with Buy West Eat Best for the WA Signature Dish Celebrity Cooking Competition, I’ve been exploring the “Anytime Adventures” that the Peel area has to offer. Peel isn’t just about the coast and Mandurah, it extends all the way east to Dwellingup, where Trees Adventure provides a tree top adventure obstacle courses at Lane Pool Reserve. Offering a variety of flying foxes and tricky challenges, the fun obstacle courses are suitable for the whole family!IMG_7616

When we arrived on a chilly morning I got to warm my hands on a complimentary hot chocolate (since it was Mothers Day!). There’s hot and cold drinks available from the kiosk as well as snacks.IMG_7659

Chef signed the forms and I was “photographer”, I’m not really much of an action woman! We arrived about thirty minutes prior to our allocated two hour session, to allow time for the boys got kitted out in their harnesses, gloves and helmets.IMG_7560

Next up was an introduction on how to use the equipment, including how to safely lock on and off the ropes with the clips. You’re always attached to the rope, which put my mind at rest that it was nice and safe for my boys!IMG_7561

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5 Top Foodie Spots in Mandurah & The Peel Region

Mandurah and the wider Peel area is home to great produce and some top foodie experiences. Relax by the water at a Mandurah café or restaurant and watch the dolphins swim by or head to the hills and enjoy a long lunch at a top winery. Here’s my pick of the top foodie spots in the Peel region for your Anytime Adventures:

Café Moka

IMG_7497Mandurah locals are very lucky to have the waterside Café Moka on their doorstep. Found at Dolphin Quay, the bustling café overlooks the marina, which is a lovely backdrop for a breakfast, lunch or coffee n cake. There’s a lot to choose from on the all day brekkie menu. Our picks are the flavoursome shashuka and the decedent pancake stack, complete with ginger bread and house made banana ice cream.

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Read more on our breakfast at Café Moka here.

Millbrook Winery

IMG_8063A lunch at Millbrook Winery is not to be missed. Found in historic Jarrahdale, in the Perth Hills, the winery is home to a wonderful restaurant. Head Chef, Guy Jeffreys’ fresh produce philosophy means that you’ll have a unique dining experience each time you visit. Most of their produce is grown onsite by the chefs, in the huge vegetable garden, where many unique varieties of veg is found. The exciting food coupled with excellent wines and a beautiful vista from the lakeside restaurant, will make for a memorable meal.

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Read more about our lunch at Millbrook Winery here.

Flics Kitchen

IMG_7446Flics Kitchen is found on the bustling Mandurah foreshore. The Head Chef and owner, Felicity Evans, has created a tastebud tempting modern share menu. Her wait staff are warm and helpful. The drinks offering is well curated with wines, local craft beers and more. We really enjoyed each of the dishes we tried, particularly the sticky n sweet, twice cooked pork belly with crisp puffed pork crackle, crunchy peanuts and a rich chilli and lime caramel. We’d recommend that you visit the popular Flics Kitchen if you’re in Mandurah too – they’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Read more on our dinner at Flics Kitchen here.

 

Pinjarra Bakery

IMG_1343Pinjarra Bakery is a good place stop for a quick n casual bite to eat. The bakery has won a bag full of awards and we love their sweet and savoury baked goodies. Dine in or takeaway and eat by the Murray River.

Read more on Pinjarra bakery here.

DPM Café

We stopped for our morning coffee fix at DPM on Mandurah Terrace (found next to Flics Kitchen), where they claim to serve the best coffee in Mandurah. The teeny tiny café has a cool vibe and there’s seating outside for sunny days, overlooking the foreshore. There’s also a small selection of fresh bagels, croissants, raw treats and other yummy take away foods. The Geisha coffee really hit the spot!

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Let me know in the comments below if there’s anywhere awesome I should try on my next trip to Mandurah and Peel.

Thanks to Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation (MAPTO) we were guests of Millbrook Winery, Flics Kitchen and Café Moka. Nothing is exaggerated or embellished. All words and opinions are my own.

Café Moka, Mandurah

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To me, there’s not much sweeter than finding a gem of a brunch spot. Mandurah locals are lucky to have the waterside Café Moka on their doorstep. Found at Dolphin Quay, the bustling café overlooks the marina, which is a lovely backdrop for my Mothers Day breakfast. It’s part of our May weekend staycation in Mandurah, and we’d been invited to enjoy a tasty brekkie there by Mandurah & Peel Tourism Organisation, who have expert local knowledge for the perfect brunch spot for my foodie family.IMG_7519

Chef and I ordered a couple of flat whites ($4.50). The Toby’s Estate roast really hit the spot! And being Mothers Day I also got given a rose – what a lovely gesture!IMG_7492

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Woodfire Restaurant – Ellenbrook

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

There’s a hidden gem hiding in suburban Ellenbrook. Chef/Owner Lorenzo, formerly the Head Chef of Jamie’s Italian both here in Perth and restaurants in the UK. I got asked along to a bloggers lunch and I jumped at the chance, as I’d heard many great things about Woodfire Restaurant. West Australian Food Editor and critic Rob Broadfield also gave Woodfire a glowing review recently. I was expecting big things!img_2871

When I arrive I find the spacious restaurant is lively. The open kitchen, complete with wood fire, is bustling. There’s lots of long tables enjoying lunch. It seems like a popular place for family celebrations.img_2870

To begin our feast, we got to try a whole array of what Woodfire offers on it’s small bites menu. Served on a long board, sitting on tins of tomatoes, was “Fritto misto”. This is a selection of panfritto, crispy gnocchi, crumbed eggplant, arancini and polenta chips and is perfect for sharing. I particularly love the crumbed eggplant, but truth be told it’s all delicious.img_2822

I also dig into the “Panfritto” which are soft golden fried pizza dough bites served with spicy arrabbiata sauce and parmesan.img_2813

The “Cozze al forno” is Woodfire’s version of chilli mussels. They are baked in the wood oven and served with homemade focaccia, perfect for mopping up those yummy juices.img_2820

Next up was a selection of Lorrenzo’s pastas, which are made fresh every day at Woodfire. We tried the linguine al salmone ($23.90). A generous spiral pile of linguine pasta, tossed with Tasmanian smoked salmon, spring onions, capers, white wine and a dollop of mascarpone. Great dish. Usually I won’t order linguine or spaghetti when I eat out (as it’s not always easy to eat!), but I’d absolutely order this tasty dish again.img_2833

The handmade ravioli primavera ($23.90) is filled with spinach, ricotta and pecorino. Served with sauteed peas, asparagus and mint in a zesty lemony butter sauce. It’s a lovely light and summery pasta dish.img_2825

It was a tough call, but if I had to choose, I’d pick the “Casarecce al Maiale” ($22.90), as my favourite. The homemade casarecce pasta is served with wonderfully tender slow braised free range pork, mascarpone, lemony gremolata and herby breadcrumbs. It is so full of flavour, next time I’d like a whole bowl to myself!img_2834

Meanwhile, Little Chef is enjoying “Kai’s Ninja Turtle Pizza” from the Bambino Bites menu. All kids meals are $9.90 and there lots of healthy options. He absolutely wolfed down the pizza, which looked delicious. The freshly made base is topped with cheese and pepperoni. All proceeds from the sale of these pizzas will be donated to Kai’s Wishing Well. Kai is a little Ellenbrook boy who sadly has been having some serious health issues and the big hearted Head Chef Lorenzo has been running a few fundraisers to help Kai and his family.img_2808

I was also really impressed with the main meal selection, these meaty dishes are cooked over hot jarrah coals in their hand built fire pit, adding smoky flavours into the mix. The “coscia d’agnello”, ($33.90) grilled free range leg of lamb, is cooked perfectly medium rare. The tender lamb is served with asparagus, spring onions and an Italian mint sauce.img_2845

I’d have to bring Chef with me next time, he would love the “bavetta alla griglia” a 400g Black Angus hanger steak, $35.90. The beef is grilled on the fire pit and served with baby onions agrodolce, rosemary chips and sticky marsala jus.img_2844

The “filetto di barramundi” ($29.90) was beautifully presented. The sustainably sourced Humpty Doo Barramundi is baked in the wood oven along with potatoes, cherry tomatoes, black olives, white wine and thyme.img_2841

“Pescatrice al Prosciutto” is prosciutto wrapped sustainably caught Monkfish which is served with lentils and a mushroom ragu’, onion puree and hand chopped salsa verde.img_2840

It’s really lucky that we have a whole other stomach for dessert (hehe) as I really needed it at Woodfire. We were treated to a taster of some of their favourites. The “torta al cioccolato”, a chocolate and salted caramel tart that’s served with a dollop of creme fraiche and fresh WA strawberries was a winner.img_2859

The tutti frutti tiramisu is to die for. Luscious layers of mascarpone cream and tiramisu is mixed with summer berries, chambord liquor and caramelised almond.img_2858

The “torta di mele”, other wise known as Nonna Mari’s warm apple cake. Is topped with vanilla ice-cream and butterscotch popcorn. Another lovely dessert.img_2857

And to finish… we just couldn’t leave without trying Chef Lorenzo’s famous bomboloni (filled doughnuts). There are lots of flavours to choose from, Little Chefs favourite had to be the cookies and cream bomboloni. I really loved the salted caramel.img_2863

The residents of Ellenbrook are incredibly lucky to have this restaurant in their ‘hood.  Not only is the food top notch and beautifully presented, but the waitstaff are also very friendly and always happy to help.  We felt very welcome. I’d happily make the 25min drive myself to dine here again. We got to try so much of the menu and after all that delicious food I genuinely can’t pick a favourite – it is all so darn delicious. Do yourself a favour and check Woodfire out, you won’t be disappointed!img_2864

Huge thanks to Chef Lorenzo and his team for a totally tasty lunch. Thank you to Martin (Morsels) for organising 🙂