Tsunami Ko – Mosman Park

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You’ll find the inconspicuous Tsunami Ko, a small teppanyaki restaurant, on leafy Glyde Street in Mosman Park. If it wasn’t for the neon sign, you’d probably walk straight past its small frontage. As we arrive at the door, I press the intercom button. I wonder if we need a secret password – it feels very exclusive. The golden frosted glass door slides across and we are greeted and seated around the long teppanyaki bar by our friendly waitress.img_4400

“Ko” means “Son of” in Japanese and so it makes sense that Tsunami Ko is found next to popular Japanese restaurant Tsunami. It’s an intimate eatery, only seating 16 people. Sake bottles cover one wall and there are beautiful lit Japanese murals behind the grills. We choose the “steak and seafood dinner”, $59.90 each from the teppanyaki menu. Omakase (chef’s choice) is also available and must be booked in advance.img_4461

I try different varieties of sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine. I find it sweet and slightly acidic. Chef enjoys a Japanese Yamaguchi beer. If sake is not your thing, Tsunami Ko also offers an extensive wine list, as well as the largest Japanese whiskey collection in Perth.img_4404

We begin our set dinner with a simple salad of tomato and lettuce. I soon realise I’m out of practice with chopsticks. I eat a large lettuce leaf, without much coordination, but that’s half of the fun.img_4406

Teppanyaki makes for an entertaining meal. As well as fresh food being cooked right before our eyes on the teppan grill, there’s the food theatre. The chefs are very handy with a pair of spatulas. They juggle them in the air, as well as creating some impressive flames on the grill.img_4451

In addition to the set dinner, we choose a couple of dishes to share from the extra’s menu. A plate of precision cut sashimi, $19, with a selection of salmon, local tuna and Hiramasa king fish is beautifully presented. The raw seafood is firm and fabulously fresh.sashimi

We watch our pork belly skewers $7, being charred over hot coals, on the imported Japanese Sumiyaki (charcoal grill). White charcoal gives the belly a crisp and smoky finish. The meaty morsels, served with just the right amount of fat, are incredibly tender and finished with a mildly spicy miso sauce.pork-belly

There’s a choice of appetiser. I pick the crisp tempura mix of kale, sweet potato and prawn.img_4415

Chef relishes the thinly sliced smoked Wagyu tataki, which is briefly seared with a blowtorch.img_4412

I sip a steaming miso soup as we watch the Chef cook our main meal, flipping Shark Bay prawns, scallop imported from Japan, swordfish and beef tender loin expertly with his spatulas. They are seasoned with salt and pepper, then the multi-talented Chef spins the salt and pepper mills around in his hand and throwing them backwards over his shoulder. The meat and seafood dinner, with sautéed cabbage and carrot, is also accompanied by three tasty dipping sauces. The tender loin steak, served diced for easy eating with chopsticks, has a delicious depth of flavour.meat-n-seafood

One of my favourite dishes of the night is also one of the most simple. We upgrade our fried rice for $8, to a pimped-up Wagyu beef version. The fluffy rice soaks up the flavoursome wagyu juices, making this egg fried rice extremely moreish.

Feeling full, we share a simple dessert of yuzu honey ice cream, $10. The yuzu is an Asian citrus with tart flavours similar to an orange or mandarin. The honey softens the tartness, making the house made scoops of ice cream absolutely scrumptious. Chef and I almost come to blows over who gets to eat the last scoop.img_4460

The Tsunami Ko experience is quintessentially Japanese. Even the loos have more buttons than a Foxtel remote! I thought I had momentarily been transported to Tokyo on my trip to the ladies.img_4455

Chef and I dined at Tsunami Ko a few years ago, during the mining boom, when it was known as Fuku. Back then, was an expensive and high end dinner offering. Now, Tsunami Ko is more approachable and affordable, with quality still at its core. The food at Tsunami Ko is perfectly cooked, service is very attentive and there’s never a dull moment with juggling Chefs around!

At a glance

■ Tsunami Ko

20 Glyde Street

Mosman Park

Phone 042 278 0661

■ Opening times

Tues – Sun

6pm till late

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 4

■ style – Japanese Teppanyaki

■ wine – An large wine menu,

with a well stocked reserve

list. Sake, rice wine, is their specialty.

■ Chef – Tetsuya Sakamoto

■ Owners – Brett Carboni and Tetsuya Sakamoto

■ feel – intimate and exclusive

■ wheelchair access – No

■ cost

Set Dinners $42 – $64.90

Sides – $7 – $34

Dessert $5 – $14

■ all in all –  Tsunami Ko has

it all. Well cooked food,

knowledgeable service and it’s

packed full with food theatre!

Surburban Table – Mosman Park {CLOSED}

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My regular readers will already know about a wonderful little gem of a place in Mosman Park called Suburban Table. People often ask me where I recommend they should go for dinner and I often point them in the direction of Suburban Table – it has an interesting menu, with Asian fusion as well as favourites like steak and gnocchi.

Chef Josh Prosser, along with his partner Kelly, kindly invited us down for dinner as a thank you for the post I wrote on their tasty frozen meal range. I’d put the dinner off for a while, as I wrongly assumed the restaurant wasn’t the type of diner that you’d take kids to – it’s quiet and quite up market. It turned out that we were very wrong and Suburban Table offers a kids menu after all.IMG_0738

Chef, Little Chef and I arrived for an early dinner at the Stirling Highway restaurant. Found in a inconspicuous in a row of shops, the entry is up a herb lined walkway from the rear car park. We were warmly welcomed by Kelly, who usually runs the front of house, but these days is often in the kitchen helping out with their busy frozen meal business. We were in safe hands with their other friendly and professional wait staff in the cosy and intimate dining room.

First we enjoy our entrees. Chef loved the twice cooked lamb ribs, $17. Meaty and tender lamb ribs are coated in a tempura batter – making them deliciously crisp on the outside. This tasty entrée is accompanied by a green chilli harissa with fresh chilli and coriander.IMG_2096

I absolutely relished the tempura soft shell crab with dipping sauce. I’m a sucker for soft shell crab and this Asian inspired entrée was excellent.IMG_2102

Little Chef loved his fish and chips, made from high quality fish. He’s quite happy to sit quietly as long as he’s got some colouring or the ipad. As long as your kids don’t run riot, I think that Suburban Table is a great little spot for an extra special family meal.

Our mains are brought out, along with some tasty looking sides – some simple baby broccolini with an orange butter and toasted almonds. How ever are we going to eat all this delicious food?IMG_2110

For his main dish, Chef chose the crispy skin pork belly, $36. A generous slice of pork belly topped with crunchy crackle  sits in a bowl of Thai red curry. The fragrant curry is brimming with pak choy, lychees, bean sprouts and Thai basil. Chef declares it the best Thai curry he’s had. I have food envy – though my main is just as tasty! I just find it very hard to resist a slice of pork belly!IMG_2105

I enjoy a curry, $38. The spicy goat curry, with roasted peanuts and banana leaf wrapped rice has a rich depth of flavour. The hose made flaky roti is perfect for mopping up the last of the sauce. I don’t want to miss a bit!IMG_2106

The portions are very generous and so Chef and I couldn’t even manage dessert, not even a shared one. Suburban is one of those consistently fantastic restaurants. I can’t recommend it enough. The food is very well executed. Much of the produce is sourced locally, to ensure its freshness and also to support fellow local businesses.

The Suburban Table has a strong following of loyal locals, who would be happy to keep this place their little secret. A big thank you to Josh and Kelly for another wonderful meal, we thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Suburban Table – Frozen Meals {CLOSED}

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Imagine if you could enjoy the food from your favourite restaurant in the comfort of your own home…

Recently, I was stoked to be contacted by Chef Josh Prosser, from the restaurant Suburban Table in Mosman Park. Suburban Table is a little bit special for a number of reasons. The term “hidden gem” is so cliché and it gets overused, but in this case it is 100% true. The food is totally rave-worthy. Josh’s menu is a mix of classic dishes, with a big measure of Asian influenced dishes too.  His partner Kelly runs the front of house, she is very welcoming and with her warm personality and Josh’s top notch food, it’s easy to see why they have so many regular diners. Also, Suburban Table is a little special to me as it was my very first restaurant review for the Post newspaper a couple of years ago!IMG_0902

Chef Josh invited me to try his new range of frozen meals and I jumped at the chance. At our house, to get out of cooking for a week is our idea of heaven! People who aren’t involved in the hospitality industry often have quite a romantic notion about Chefs. They think they are passionate creatives who are always cooking delicious food – even at home. Whilst I’m sure this is true for some chefs in their down time, the majority will head to the nearest Maccas drive through and grab a burger after a 12 hour shift in a hot kitchen. After a busy service, all they want is something quick, easy and filling.

IMG_0901I popped along to their Glyde Street kitchen to pick up my gifted frozen meals. There were so many tasty meals to try – what a feast we were to have! Kelly even packed some gingerbread ice-cream into the box of goodies – yum! Luckily, I had cleared some space in my freezer at home.

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That night, Chef happened to be working till 8pm, so it was the perfect opportunity to try a couple of meals. Unsurprisingly, I made a bee-line for the Thai Pork Belly Curry. As well as tasty shredded belly, the mildly spicy curry was brimming with green beans and sweet potato too (I love my veggies!). It was a very tasty dish to start off with.IMG_0917

I also had steamed rice with my pork belly curry. Josh included a nifty little serve of rice, wrapped in a banana leaf. A couple of minutes in the microwave and TAH-DAH – perfectly cooked rice!IMG_0925

Later that night, Chef gave me a call when he was leaving work and I popped the Baldivis Rabbit Pie into the oven. By the time he got home it was ready and piping hot.IMG_0939

One night we cooked up a couple of the Thai style curries and shared them. We had Beef Massaman Curry and Thai Red Chicken Curry. It was like having Thai take away, but way tastier!

Each meal is approximately one serving. I shared a few of them with Little Chef, so I bulked those out with a side serve of veggies and some Suburban Table frozen creamy garlic mash potato. On another frozen meal night we had the Beef Burnginon – it is packed full of rich meaty chunks, that melt in my mouth. Practically licking the bowl  Little Chef said “Your cooking has got better Mummy”. Sheepishly I had to admit that it wasn’t me who made it – I had a lot of help!IMG_1140

Chef was having a very busy couple of weeks at work – working 12 hour shifts and not getting home till after 8pm most nights. He loved having something delicious to look forward to after a long day in the kitchen – it was a break from my usual spag bol! He loved the Yellow Goat Curry. His favourite out of all the dishes he tried was the Baldivis Rabbit Pie.

For me, its very difficult to chose a meal I enjoyed the most. With every meal I tried, I found a new favourite! I particularly savoured the Coq au vin, made with traditional speck bacon, mushrooms, shallots and thyme. I also loved the Red Emperor Fish Pie. It was full of fish chunks and mushrooms and topped with a deliciously crisp pastry crust. Little Chef tried a little bit – then wanted the whole lot!IMG_0935

Each meal has been carefully prepared and has such a wonderful depth of flavour. They are perfect to have in the freezer as backup for those busy, unorganized weeknights or when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. They’re also great if you just want a break from the kitchen and don’t have the inclination to cook.

A big thank you to Josh and Kelly for the five star frozen meals!! The meals are available from $15 and of the very highest quality. For more details check out the Suburban Table website . Also, find them over on Facebook.IMG_0907

Samsons Paddock – Mosman Park

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My father-in-law, who is also a chef, has a rule – never dine at a brand new restaurant. He recommends giving any new restaurant a good couple of months to iron out the creases and really hit their stride. Despite this, Chef and I dine at newbie “Samsons Paddock” in Mosman Park when it was still finding its feet. It has been open a mere six weeks. We were there to review it for the Post newspaper – something that I absolutely relish.IMG_7370

We’re warmly greeted and given a choice of places to sit, the dining room, outside or in the bar. We choose the long wooden communal table in the bar area. The exposed brick walls and the hanging industrial light fittings look great and there is a real warmth about the space. That warmth is also extended to the outdoor courtyard, where there are red-brick fireplaces and lots of seating scattered with funky, bright cushions. There is blues-y music in the background, which gives the bar a southern American vibe. The interior has that rustic look that so many places do now – but since Sampson’s Paddock is steeped in history – it really works. IMG_7366

In the early 1840s, Lionel Samson purchased the land where the bar now stands for a princely sum of 10 pounds. He farmed the land, the locals nicknamed it “Samson’s Paddock”. It was perfectly positioned on the Fremantle to Perth route – so the entrepreneurial Samson turned Samson’s Paddock into a popular watering hole for both horseman and horse.

IMG_7367The menu is like a novel! It comes in the form of a book. Chapter one is an interesting history of the building. In chapter two, you’ll find the menu, which is designed to share. Chapter three is an extensive and still evolving drinks menu. Sampson’s has a good selection of mainly local wine, including some premium wines available by the glass. There is also an excellent collection of whiskies.IMG_7403

We choose chicken & almond albondigas ($17) from the small plates menu. The chicken meatballs are extremely fragrant. They are sitting in a little dish of Catalan sorfito – a deliciously rich Spanish tomato and onion sauce. Though tasty, I am put-off by finding tiny pieces of cartilage in each ball. It’s a shame, as otherwise it’s great dish – but that stops us from finishing it off.IMG_7382

The char grilled porterhouse tasting board ($59), is fit for any carnivore, with a whopping four different types of steak. The tasting notes advise you to eat the steaks in a particular order – veal, then the grain fed steak, the grass fed and finally the wagu beef. We taste each piece au natural, then add some zesty gremolata to the next piece to see the difference in taste. The veal is tender. There’s a noticeable difference between the grain and grass fed cuts, the grass fed being much stronger in flavour. Of course the wagu is top notch – with a wonderful buttery flavour. On the side are roast veg and hand cut chips. We relish every morsel.IMG_7381

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that the stuffed calamari ($25) is chewy, but the calamari tubes are not as tender as I would have hoped. The spinach stuffing is spot on, as is the mouth-watering combination of creamy blue cheese sauce with mushroom grits.IMG_7377

The saffron panna cotta ($15) is wibbly-wobbly perfection. A big dollop of scrumptious hazelnut ganache sits on top, finished with raspberry jelly. A delectable dessert!IMG_7393

Chef thinks he has died and gone to chocolate heaven as he devours the Mississippi mud pie ($15). A slice of incredibly dense pie is garnished with strawberries and a creamy anglaise, which has a subtle flavour of rosemary.IMG_7389

Though the food isn’t finely tuned yet – the excellent venue makes up for its shortcomings. IMG_7402

Whether you visit Samsons Paddock for share food and drinks or pre-drinks before heading somewhere else for dinner – it is well worth a visit. The restaurant and bar is a welcome addition to the leafy Glyde Street – which is fast becoming a western suburbs foodie destination – also home of the excellent Suburban Table and FUKU Okamese restaurants.IMG_7405

Suburban Table {CLOSED}

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It’s just weeks before my little blogs 1st birthday and boy; it’s come a long way in just 12 short months! I took a giant leap recently. I’d been approached to do a spot of food writing for The Post Newspaper – the local paper to Perth’s western suburbs (Cottesloe, Claremont, Subi, Dalkeith etc). It’s such an exciting opportunity, and though it was fairly new to me, I decided to go for it! My brief was simple; dine at a restaurant in the local area and also to keep it BRIEF! I had just 450 words to describe our meal. This for me was a challenge, as I often tend to dribble on a bit! Chef and I looked forward to our meal at the Suburban Table – a restaurant we knew very little about.

UntitledstI remember reading about Suburban Table a few years ago. They were going through every chef and restaurateur’s worst nightmare. The kitchen was gutted by an electrical fire, started by the dishwasher. Their dining room was damaged by heat and smoke. The popular Mosman Park restaurant had to be closed for six months, whilst being fully renovated. There was also a change in owner. Chef Josh Prosser took the reins, along with his partner Kelly Cosnett.

Chef and I easily found the Stirling Highway restaurant, though it is a little inconspicuous in a row of shops. The entry is from the rear car park. We were warmly welcomed by Kelly, who runs the front of house. We were seated in the window, which was framed by a row of chilli plants. Kelly took our drinks from us to pop into the fridge, as it’s BYO (corkage $7 per bottle/6pack). What a great excuse to have that special bottle of wine that’s been sitting in the wine rack!

IMG_0738Local artwork, which changes bimonthly, adorns the walls. The dining room, full of leather (faux?) and dark wood, felt very cosy and intimate. It was clear that many of our fellow diners were regulars at Suburban Table. The staff called them by their first names, like they were old friends. There were many waves being exchanged between tables too. I felt like we’d gone to a friend’s house for dinner.

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IMG_0747I chose the spring roll ($13) served with a star anise dipping sauce. It was absolutely delicious. Crispy on the outside and bursting with pork belly, Asian veg and vermicelli noodles.

IMG_0755For main, Chef had the beef fillet ($40). This was a great piece of meat, which was cooked perfectly, served with a garlic mash and creamy mushroom ragout. On reflection, he thinks that he should have ordered a side of asparagus to complete the dish.

IMG_0761I really enjoyed the chili caramel glazed pork belly ($35). I just can’t go past a bit of crackling! The crunchy Asian salad that accompanied it was dotted with little gems of pomegranate and coated with a Thai dressing, with a fresh zing of lime. It was a very tasty dish.

IMG_0762We had just enough room in our tummies to peruse the dessert menu. Chef had the scrumptious chocolate brownie ($12/$15 with gelato). He wolfed it down with gusto. The rich, moist brownie served with black cherry compote was complimented by the house-made espresso gelato. Chef thought it was a top notch dessert.

IMG_0764I chose something a little lighter, the delightful vanilla and lemon crème brulee ($12).

I feel that Suburban Table has been flying under the radar. I’m sure the locals are happy to keep it their little secret. I can’t recommend it enough. The food is simple, but very well executed. Much of the produce is sourced locally, to ensure its freshness and also to support fellow local businesses. We visited on a Wednesday and though the dining room is small, it was fully booked. We’d both happily return for dinner in the future for Josh’s well cooked food and the excellent, friendly service.IMG_0744