Leederville Food Safari

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With Christmas Day less than two weeks away, there’s inevitably some hard-to-buy-for people still on your Christmas shopping list. If they’re a foodie, gift them something a little bit different this year. A food tour or progressive dinner are always great for discovering a tasty new eatery. We checked out one of the most unique progressive dinners in town. The Leederville Food Safari is a progressive dinner, by rickshaw, to three of Leederville’s most popular eateries.img_2706

A foodie friend of mine, Jennie from Buggybuddys and I kick off the night at Ria Malay Kitchen, an Aladdin’s cave of rich murals and aromas. Malay cuisine is a melting pot of Malaysian, Indian, Chinese and even Portuguese foods.ria

We’re seated by the window, at what seems like the best seat in the house and order a couple of mojitos from their drinks menu as well as pre-order our mains for Kitsch.img_2710

We receive a plated entrée each of selection of Ria’s favourites. There’s crisp lotus chips, with a house made chili samba for dipping, two spring rolls, a generous chicken satay with traditional peanut sauce and more. I’m really impressed by the fried mushroom ball, a whole mushroom filled with spiced potato and mint and deep fried till crisp, it’s deliciously different.img_2714

After we finish our Malay inspired nibbles, our friendly driver and guide appears and escorts us outside to the rickshaw. We sit back in our rickshaw and our driver steers us up the Oxford Street strip. I’ve had some hairy rickshaw rides in Asia, but with Leederville’s 40Kmph zone and a bike lane for most of the journey, we feel very safe. It’s a lot of fun!img_2735

Thanks to our driver’s pedal power we arrive at our second stop, Kitsch, in no time. We sit on miss matched furniture in the courtyard of the quirky bar, overlooked by a vibrant mural and frangipani tree adorned by fairy lights. It’s the perfect spot for a warm summer’s evening. The bar has a vibrant atmosphere without being too loud. We feel like we’ve been transported to somewhere a little more tropical than the inner suburbs of Perth.img_2741

The drinks list at Kitsch is extensive and has plenty of interesting wines and cocktails. It seems rude not to partake in something festive, so I choose a pineapple cinnamon margarita, $18. A delicious combination of tequila and Cointreau, shaken with pineapple and fresh lime juice. The refreshing drink is served in a short glass, on the rocks with a cinnamon sugar rim.img_2743

Here at Kitsch, the Asian menu is very “street”. Think robust hot, crisp, sweet, salty and sour flavours. For our mains we choose two street plates from the set menu and a side to share. All dishes are accompanied with coconut jasmine rice.img_2758

We share crispy skin pork belly. The moist meat is topped with crunchy crackle and a chilli caramel. On the side is a crisp apple salad.pork-belly

Another share dish we relish is the barbeque Szechuan chicken. Its spiciness nicely warms the palate and is complimented by the fresh flavours of the corn salsa and coriander.img_2750

On the side we enjoy a Thai favourite, a spicy green papaya salad with tamarind dressing and crunchy peanuts.

img_2763Night has fallen and we take the trip back down Oxford Street, past the bustling bars and restaurants to our last stop, Foam Coffee Bar. Previously, I have enjoyed a very tasty brunch at Foam.img_2764

At Foam we have the pick of the sweet treats and cakes in their cabinet and we enjoy an iced water infused with berries and mint as we make our difficult choice.img_2766

I choose a berry cheesecake which is to be devoured along with my choice of drink. I temped by a chili hot chocolate, though not wanting to overload on the sweets, I choose a chai tea. We stay and chat for a while about our exciting rickshaw ride, before walking off into the night, thoroughly full!img_2780

The Leederville Food Safari is available at $95 per person. Included with each course is sparking or still water, with an option to add wine and beer for an extra $48 per person. Jen and I couldn’t go past the cocktails though! The service at all venues is helpful and extremely organised. The progressive dinner is ideal for pairs or small groups and runs Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting.img_2762

Pearth Organic Kitchen – West Leederville

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Pearth Organic Kitchen is all about healthy, wholesome food. I was meeting my lovely friend Kimmie for brunch and I thought Pearth would be well, perthfect (sorry, I just couldn’t resist!). For starters, I can never have too much healthy food, as long as it’s tasty anyway. Also Kimmie is gluten and dairy intolerant, so I thought they would have lots of menu options for her and they did. Pearth also caters well for vegans and vegetarians.

We met in the small Cambridge Street café, grabbing the last table. First up we enjoyed some good coffees. My flat white is made from Fiori organic coffee beans and organic milk from The Grumpy Farmer.IMG_3866

I just HAD to chose the Perthfect Parmesan eggs – I can’t imagine why! The scrambled parmesan eggs ($22) were wonderfully creamy, on top of a slice of thickly cut sourdough toast. On the side was avocado, wilted kale and a tasty house made tomato relish. I really enjoyed this.IMG_3871

Kim loved her smashed avocado with house made hummus, $17. Sprinkled with dukkah and a poached egg on the side. She swapped the sourdough for gluten free bread by Strange Grains. Kimmie enjoyed this, particularly the delicious hummus.  IMG_3867

I love that Pearth don’t use processed products or refined sugars in their cooking. For me, having a guilt free brunch is great, especially as I’m sensitive to some food additives and preservatives. I like knowing what I’ve got on my fork is going to 100% nourish my body. You don’t have to be a health food nut to enjoy Pearth Organic Kitchen – just a tasty food addict like me! IMG_3876

 

 

Foam Coffee Bar – Leederville

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I was invited along to Foam Coffee Bar in Leederville on the promise of copious amounts of bacon and it didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t tie busy Chef down for a brunch date and then Little Chef was struck down with a bout of chicken pox. I thought that I’d never get my bacon fix!IMG_3984

My brunch date was Foam’s marketing guru, the lovely Meg Coffey. Admittedly I was excited to meet such a prominent Perth social media figure too. We had much to chat about over brunch at the bustling café on the Oxford Street strip.IMG_3977

Foam has a feel of a neighbourhood café. People are constantly coming and going, their hands brimming with take away coffees and sweet treats. There’s not a spare table in the house with lots of people taking time to enjoy brunch with friends too. I was in need of a caffeine hit and the coffee came out hot and fast! The roast at Foam is Five Senses, which is one of my favourite coffees, as it is always so smooth. Love the tiny teddies too 😉IMG_3960

When Meg is onto a good thing, she sticks to it – and why not! She chose her breakfast favourite of poached eggs on toast with a side of avocado.IMG_3965

I chose the wild mushroom trio, $15. A tasty mound of mushrooms sits on top of a slice of buttery toasted brioche with a runny poached egg and chives. I added a side of Cajun spiced bacon for an extra $5. Foam’s bacon ain’t no ordinary bacon. The kitchen team house smokes and cut it themselves, making the porky morsels lovely and thick! It has a really deep flavour too. I’m totally in love with it. IMG_3975

Next time I may up the ante in the bacon stakes and order the Canadian pancakes with maple syrup and house smoked bacon or the “Go Bananas” a decadent grilled house smoked bacon and banana dish, with house made banana bread,  gusto vanilla bean gelato and Canadian maple syrup. They sound very naughty though!

Big thanks to Meg and the Foam team for inviting me down for brunch, I really enjoyed it!

Hylin – West Leederville

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Note to self… under no circumstances go to a crazy popular brunch spot when ravenously hungry. I made this error on a crisp Saturday morning – thinking it was a fab idea to check out Hylin – a new-ish café, opposite the train line in West Leederville. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to queue for a few minutes – and Ren, Little Chef and I did just that…IMG_9416

We sat on the bench, waiting for my name to be called off the list, happily chatting away. Ren mentioned that our supposed 15 min wait had turned into over 30 mins and on further investigation it turned out that there had been someone else moonlighting as “Amanda” and stole out table! Completely no fault of Hylin and our friendly waiter was very apologetic.

IMG_9398We ordered a couple of drinks and a cronut for Little Chef. The croissant-addict was quick to agree to being my guinea pig once he found out that a cronut is a doughnut-croissant hybrid. A couple of years ago when Cronuts first came onto the Aussie food scene only a handful of bakeries in WA had made them. I tried a cronut at Prague Bakery at Kingsley Village Shopping Centre  but wasn’t too impressed, as it was over cooked and frankly shouldn’t have been sold. LC’s cronut was the perfect specimen – light, fluffy and filled with salted caramel.

IMG_9403Little Chef also loved his babycino – which got two thumbs up for extra marshmallows!

IMG_9407Ren had a Micrology Roasters coffee and I ordered a freshly made juice. I’d not had the combo of strawberry, melon, mint and pineapple before and boy was it good!strawb pinapp melon mint

By the time our food arrived I almost inhaled it! I had smoked bacon and roasted field mushroom on ciabatta ($16.50). I also added a poached egg on the side. The dish was cooked well, was very tasty and served with a rocket and corn salad. The crushed pea smear was delicious too.IMG_9410

Since it was pretty much lunch time, Ren chose the open street tacos ($14.50). Soft flour tortillas were stuffed full of Cajun chicken breast, slaw and a mango salsa on the side. Though Ren said the tacos were tasty, she was a bit sceptical that the dish was worth the 1.5hour wait (from arrival at the café to the dish arriving on our table).IMG_9414

All in all Hylin is a good café, I’d certainly return – though I think I’ll wait till the hype dies down a bit!IMG_9424IMG_9418

 

Piccolo’s Corner – Leederville

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It was my first trip to the cute Piccolo’s Corner and I was excited as it is regarded as a top spot for brunch in Perth’s inner suburbs. It’s found on the corner of a leafy neighbourhood street. IMG_9045

The busy café had no space for us in the shabby chic inside when we arrived on a Friday morning, so we hung about for 15 minutes, till a table came free.IMG_9042

We had a couple of prams in tow, so we sat in the lush outside courtyard which had a little more space. It’s lovely! IMG_9025

Often I’ll have a healthy juice, though when ginger is included it can be a bit hit and miss (too much and the ginger burns my throat!). This carrot, apple, beetroot, ginger juice was spot on! IMG_9027

My delicious dish was the mushroom bruschetta, $19. The mushrooms were sautéed in garlic, parsley, and butter and were ever so tasty. They were joined by a perfectly runny poached egg, asparagus, creamy Danish fetta and an onion jam. The toasted ciabatta was absolutely heavenly – thickly cut and  super fresh. I also got a side of avocado for an extra $3.IMG_9032

Little Chef, having already eaten at home, was more than happy with a freshly baked muffin. IMG_9023

We did enjoy Piccolo’s, though one of my friends had to prompt the waitress three times to get her food (which was something already pre-made in the cabinet). Usually Kez wouldn’t mind so much, but she was only days away from having her second baby – the poor thing had to sit and watch us all eat whist she was ravenous! The waitress did apologise and bring an extra muffin, but Kez would have preferred to simply have her food in a timely manner.

Another note to make is the lack of parking. I’m unfamiliar with the area and drove around for about 10 minutes trying to find a spot that wasn’t “no parking” or required a permit. Eventually I spotted a place in between two cars and snapped it up – only to realise when I got back to my car that it was in fact a “permit only” spot. Whoops – I missed the sign and got my first ever parking ticket!

SO it was a very expensive lunch, but never the less I enjoyed my first visit to Piccolo’s corner – the simple food was spot on!IMG_9019

 

Pinchos – Leederville

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The sights and smells of Spain are bursting out of Pinchos, a small tapas bar in Leederville. A huge paella dish simmers away at the door, smelling rich and enticing, inviting me inside. Walking into the bar I had a strong feeling of Dejavu – it used to be a favourite of mine – Snags and Sons. Now owner, Justin Bell (also of Jus Burgers), has transformed it into a little piece of Spain where you can eat “Small bites to large plates and everything in between”.IMG_8674

Being a Perth food blogger does have it’s perks – I was invited by the lovely people at Pinchos for lunch. I still pay for far more meals out of my own pocket than I’m invited to – so when I’m lucky enough to get an invite, I see it as a little treat for all my hard work writing! I’d yet to visit Pinchos, so it was a perfect opportunity to check it out.IMG_8655

Pinchos means “to pierce/spike”. The pinchos are traditionally served in bars in Northern Spain – tasty bite-sized snacks which are typically served on skewers. Pinchos is licensed and their drinks – a wide range of beer, wine and spirits – are mainly sourced from Spain.

I chose to have the Menu Del Dia – which seems like outstanding value at $15. It’s available Monday to Friday. You can choose one pinchos, one Tapa and a salad that is accompanied by fresh bread. Check it out – yum!IMG_8664

To start, I had “Pintxo Choriso con miel” which translates as sausage, honey and cheese on a stick. It’s one of the cheapest morsels on the menu at just $2 each. I enjoyed the saltiness of the chorizo with the sweet honey. It was a delicious combination that got my tastebuds wanting more.IMG_8666

From the salad menu I choose the Remolacha y Garbanzos -$9. The bowl was brimming with beetroot, chickpeas, yogurt, apple, fennel, radish, honey and dukkah. It was a different salad combo to anything I’d had before, and I really enjoyed it. The crispness of the apple, fennel and radish was really refreshing. IMG_8667

After smelling the “Street Paella” wafting in, I just had to try that too! The Spanish staple was spot on, rice perfectly cooked with a generous amount of chorizo.IMG_8659

There are so many delicious looking things on the Tapas menu. Which small plate to choose?! There’s croquettes, meatballs, marinated prawns, salted cod and so much more. What a dilemma. In the end I (unsurprisingly) went for the pork belly. Chicharrones ($8) is a plate of deep fried pork belly, dusted in cumin. The deliciously crisp pork belly was tender and moist in the middle. So simple, SO GOOD!IMG_8670

Thanks Pinchos for the opportunity to try your delicious food!! Perfect to share over a bottle of cava with friends.IMG_8677

 

Gusto Gelato – Leederville

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Two years (to the day!) after my stay in Surry Hills, Sydney I still dream about my ice cream indulgence at Messina Gelato on Crown Street. Nothing I’ve tasted in Perth has ever come close. Chef, Little Chef and I were out and about and we happened upon Gusto Gelato in Leederville. The cute little shop, with it’s candy coloured interior, is next to Jus Burgers on Newcastle Street. It had just opened it’s doors, so it seemed like a good option for morning tea – it’s never too early for gelato! IMG_8120

The gelato is handcrafted in small batches – the owner/operator Sean Lee learnt his craft at the Carpigiani Gelato University in Bologna, Italy. There are a multitude of different flavour combinations, from cappuccino, strawberry and dark chocolate, the aptly named “Booze and Moo’s” (kahlua and coffee), apple pie and many more. It’s a tough decision. I almost choose the delicious sounding “Gusto” a combo of roasted peanut gelato with chocolate swirl and brownie chunks –  after much umming and arring we all opt for some limited editions from the specials board. 20141214_131354

Being December, I had the “White Christmas” gelato. Its  delicious concoction of white chocolate, shredded coconut, with cherries and white choc rice crispies. IMG_8117

Chef and Little Chef both chose the “Cookie Monster”. Like father like son – they wolfed down the sweet cream gelato, with triple choc cookies, cookie dough and a milk chocolate ganache. IMG_8121

The gelato is made 100% from scratch on site – with NO nasties – perfect for kids (of all ages!). You can view the kitchen where the magic happens through a window. We thought the gelato was scrumptious and smooth and will absolutely be back for more. IMG_8123

West End Deli – Leederville

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I’ll whinge about being married to a chef sometimes. I’ll have my own little pity party about never getting to see him, as he works such awful, unsociable hours. A silver lining to this is that Chef and I do have a weekday off together. We go out for a coffee and lunch, just the two of us, whilst Little Chef is at school. Just for a few hours we can forget the worries of the world and whether our son is eating his vegetables and sitting nicely.

I’d love to say that Chef and I have frequented West End Deli for years. It’s the kind of place that makes me wish we lived in Perth’s inner suburbs. However, this is our very first visit to the popular dining spot.IMG_6903

West End Deli, on the corner of a quiet suburban Leederville street, has a rich food history. It has been home to a butchers, general store, café and Greek deli in the last 80 years. Chef-Owner Justin Peters, formerly Head Chef at Duende and Il lido, opened West End Deli in 2008 with his wife Christine.IMG_6907

We’re greeted with a smile and seated at a table by the window. Luckily for us, a few tables are saved for walk-ins. Today we are feeling spontaneous (or really rather unorganised) and hadn’t booked. I would definitely recommended booking, it’s a busy place. The surroundings are eclectic, with a rustic vibe. A light fitting made of chairs looks cool, as does a very distressed looking feature wall, with the paint almost peeling off.IMG_6912

The service is friendly and knowledgeable. I take the waitresses’ recommendation and order the ribs. I have the strawberry and watermelon “juice of the day” which is sweet and refreshing. It’s a bustling place and we nibble on some olives and a freshly baked baguette whilst waiting for our mains to arrive.IMG_6909

I rate the scrumptious spiced lamb ribs ($24) amongst the best I’ve ever had. Though there is something so very satisfying about diving into a plate of ribs with your bare hands and getting covered in sticky sauce – this rib meat is so tender, it falls off the bone with barely a touch of my fork. That’s a much more ladylike way to eat anyway! The lamb is positively mouth-watering. The meat is so full of flavour. Each and every mouthful a fragrant hit of cumin and star anise. I enjoy the paper thin zucchini, radish and mint salad, which is a medley of sweet and peppery flavours. A chimchurri sauce is on the side.IMG_6919

I overhear the man on the next table having some food envy and eyeing off my delish dish – he orders the ribs too.

As Chef eats his pork sandwich, he is quiet. Almost unnaturally so. I start to worry. Does he like his lunch? It takes until almost the last morsel of his open sandwich has been consumed for him to say “that was the absolute best pork sandwich I’ve ever had!” I’ve been holding my breath in anticipation. I exhale a big sigh of relief. I’ve enjoyed my lunch so much, I’d want it to be a unanimous decision that West End Deli gets the big thumbs up.

I gingerly ask for a bite. He doesn’t want to part with a single crumb. For “tasting purposes” Chef begrudgingly lets me share in the pork-fest. I have to agree with him, it is a superb sarnie. The pork is cured in sugar, then cooked sous vide for 14 hours, resulting in a moist and tender piece of meat. It is topped with a sweet pear, caraway and fennel relish which has a kick of ginger. That all sits upon a bed of greens, atop a toasted baguette ($23).IMG_6915

Bearing in mind that Chef is a little old school, not really a hipster type, West End Deli really resonates with him. He can see the excellent technique in the cooking of the dishes. It’s not your typical suburban café by any means, more of a neighbourhood bistro, but yet it is still well priced and relaxed. Chef thinks the coffee is top notch too and grabs another “for the road”. IMG_6911

West End Deli is open breakfast, lunch and dinner. Chef and I are both very keen to try their offerings for the other meals of the day, seeing that we relished their lunch menu so much. This was certainly the first visit of many.IMG_6923

At a glance

■ West End Deli

95 Carr Street

Leederville

Phone 9328 3605

■ Opening times

Breakfast & Lunch

Tues to Sun, 7am to 3pm

Dinner Wed to Sat from 6pm

■ Rating out of 10

food 8.5

service 9

ambience 8

value for money 8

■ style – Bistro

■ wine – BYO

■ Chef – Justin Peters

■ Owners – Christine and Justin Peters

■ feel – cool café by day,

sophisticated bistro by night

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost – brunch $7 – $28

Dinner – $23 entrée

$33 main / $18 dessert

■ all in all – delishious

food – cooked well with

great technique and seasonal

produce. Fab coffee too.

Snags & Sons, Leederville {CLOSED}

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*Cheap Eats*

Whether you crave a banger, snag or a plain old sausage; you’ll LOVE Snags and Sons! Situated opposite the Leederville Hotel on Newcastle Street, we popped there with Little Chef for a bit to eat last week. We’d been talking about going there for a gourmet hot dog for some time. Chef is a closet Bunning’s sausage sizzle addict, so I knew he’d be totally up for my suggestion.

 

They have hot dogs from all over the world; New York Hot Dogs, Bratwurst, Kranski…  We had;

Chef chose the “Toulouse” an ode to all things French (he is addicted to watching the tour de France at the moment!) – it is topped with bacon, caramelised onion, warm brie and Dijon mustard (solo $8, Meal $13).

 

In a nod to my British roots I chose the “Ye Olde Banger” hot dog. Topped with cheddar, HP sauce, bacon, onions & mustard (solo $8, Meal $13) The Pom in me loves a bit of HP, so I loved this hot dog. The freshly made sausage was delicious. I ordered this as a meal. That includes… really tasty, tangy slaw and a lovely little baked potato with candied bacon, swiss cheese & sour cream. A-Mazing sides!!

 

Little chef tucked into a NY Hot dog slider ($5). He thought it was, in his words, “really awesomely yummy”.

 

They also sell freshly made sausages and small goods to take away to cook at home. The brekkie menu includes a free range bacon butty and a sausage sanger. All meat used is local, Amelia Park lamb, Liney Valley pork, Blackwood Valley beef – they even have a Margaret River made vegan sausage. The menu changes frequently. As well as gourmet hot dogs, they offer soups, Cassoulet of pork, Pork Pie & Piccalilli, Pan Fried gnocchi with pancetta, salads, pulled pork tortilla wraps…. Basically, it’s a pork lover’s paradise!!

Duende

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It seems there’s a new restaurant or bar popping up in Perth every week. With so many new dining options, it would be easy to forget to visit an old favourite. It had been too long between drinks for Duende and I. We were super excited when Chef’s best mate (the Ice Cream Addict) chose it for his birthday dinner.

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The atmosphere was just as I remembered; lively, friendly, and dimly lit. We were practically dining by candlelight. The service was excellent. Our waiter gave us some great advice on dish selection and also recommended to us an OUTSTANDING bottle of Red Wine. The Spanish Shiraz was incredibly smooth and matched the food well.

Being tapas, we ordered a range of dishes to share. The best were;

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Salt Cod & Potato Stiffed Piquillo Peppers ($12) These were delicious. The fish fresh and creamy, the peppers with their sweet, roasted flavour. Just wish they were bigger!!

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Pork Belly braised Fennel orange glaze ($20) lovely citrus and aniseed flavours, Delicious !!

Spicy lamb meatballs, braised beans, tahini yogurt ($16) The meatballs were in Chefs words “sublime”. They were really tasty. Unfortunately, the beans were a little burnt. Duende’s chef agreed and we were not charged for the dish.

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Lamb Rump, Hummus, Fetta, pomegranate molasses ($24) The lamb was tender & the hummus was very tasty.

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Goat Tagine, pomegranate Cous Cous, makfoul, Yogurt ($25) Lamb was substituted, as the kitchen had run out of Goat. We were advised of this and not charged for the dish, as well as apologies sent from the kitchen. We thought this was very good service, as usually you’d be asked to make another selection and charged. The dish itself was exceptional and had bundles of flavour. This was my fave for the night. I want to go back again next week to try the goat version!! Yum.

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Doughnut balls, condensed milk ice cream ($14). It would be a crime for “The Ice Cream addict” to not have a bit of the cold stuff to end his birthday dinner. He is a self-confessed freezer aisle aficionado, who claims to have tried pretty much every brand and flavour known to the Perth retail world. On news Ben and Jerry’s was newly available in Perth he went out and bought 6 tubs of the stuff!! So it was important that he give the Duende dessert the big thumbs up. And he did! The doughnuts were as fluffy as could be, we all loved them.

Duende has been among the best tapas restaurants’ in Perth for a long time. The last time we dined there was for my little sister’s (The Singer) birthday, some years ago.  It was excellent to see Duende is still very popular and the food and service are still as fantastic as ever.

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