Timber Café – Harrisdale

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I’m the first to admit that I’m totally clueless when it comes to dining in the southern suburbs. In my stomping grounds of Joondalup, the inner city areas of Perth, my “golden triangle” Post Newspaper region in the western suburbs, the Swan Valley and Perth Hills – I definitely have my finger on the foodie pulse. If I take a trip over the Narrows Bridge – I don’t have a bloody clue! I suppose that comes part and parcel with just how huge Perth’s sprawl has become.

A couple of my besties live SOR and I do love a catch up with them over a meal – finding a gem that’s close to them is a bonus. Last year I found a firm favourite – Rustico Tapas in Rockingham – I’m still looking forward to another visit there.

When catching up with the lovely Nays recently, we decided on brunch at a hot new café in the Canning Vale area. We met at Timber Café in Harrisdale, where we enjoyed a couple of juices and a natter, whilst we waited for our food.IMG_1424

The cafe has a rustic chic vibe, with a cool mural on the wall – just like something you’d find in Leederville or Mt Lawley. Though it’s right smack in the middle of suburbia. In my opinion there should be way more quality places like this in the outer areas of Perth, as frankly not everyone can be bothered to drive to the city!IMG_1423

Nays had the avocado bruschetta, $15. Though there wasn’t an abundance of avocado, it was still tasty and mixed with a corn and quinoa salad. There was also a poached egg sitting on top of the fresh sourdough and grape tomatoes and sharp radish on the side. Nays enjoyed her dish – especially as it didn’t come with a runny egg. A gooey egg is my idea of heaven, but not for Nays, the chef was more than happy to serve her egg “well done”.IMG_1426

I ordered the mushrooms on toast, $17.50. It was a medley of five types of mushrooms, which are absolutely mouth-watering as they’re sautéed in a herb chilli butter. The yummy morsels of mushroom are served on fresh sourdough with creamy goats curd, wild rocket, a sprinkling of dukkah and a runny soft poached egg. A fab dish!IMG_1430

All in all we both loved the chilled atmosphere and yummy food at Timber and if I lived in the Southern River/Harrisdale area I’d be stoked to have Timber as my local café.IMG_1435

 

Year in Review – My Best Perth Dining Spots of 2015

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2015 has been a crazy and fun year for the Chef’s Wife! It’s been 12 months packed full of many highlights and lots of change! I feel like I didn’t blog as much as I did last year, but my stats do say that I posted 66 new blogs in 2015 – so that wasn’t too shabby I suppose!

In April, Chef decided to leave his Head Chef role at Flinderz and have a “lifestyle change”. After pretty much having no quality time with him for months and months, Little Chef and I were very happy to get him back! Now he is much happier in a position where he’s still making great food, though working nights is very rare and he often gets weekends off too – almost unheard of for a Chef! My sports-mad Chef is seeing A LOT of sport now, as part of his job and a couple of concerts too!

We decided to move house in June and sadly our beloved fur baby, our Golden Labrador Bailey, passed away the week before we found our new house. We moved a whole 6 streets away to our dream home (we do like our area a lot!) and we can now walk to our award winning new local – The Duke. Moving took up a great deal of my time this year and I’m still catching up from it. I lost the will to unpack the last few boxes and have a whopping 14 blog posts I haven’t written yet!IMG_9650

Professionally, I left my day job of 11 years (Accounts for a division of the huge AHG) just a few weeks ago to pursue a brand new career in Digital Marketing – an industry that is a passion of mine – for obvious reasons. So I am very much looking forward to 2016!!

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Keeps on getting better – my life-long love affair with Perth

 

My blog highlights of 2015

Gosh – looking back it really was a busy old year!

I was proud as punch to be ranked at number 4 in Perth’s Hottest 100 Food Blogs 2015. Fellow Perth Blogger Martine, from Chomp Chomp compiles this list every year and though I’ve been blogging a little less, I’d love to hang onto a top 10 position for 2016! The list is a fabulous way to discover new Perth food bloggers – you should check it out!

Continuing my monthly restaurant review for the Post (Perth Western Suburbs Newspaper). I’m heading into my third year of reviews for the Post and very proud to be a part of such a well written local newspaper.POST2

I had an article printed in Rocks Magazine. In a glossy two page spread, I listed my top spots to dine in Perth and it featured a few of my favourite food pics too! The in-flight magazine is seen by people all around Australia.rocks

Perth played host to some fantastic events this year. I didn’t make it to Taste of Perth – such a shame that it was a total wash out. The first Night Noodle Markets were excellent – I loved Hoy Panoy’s satays – all the way from Melbourne. The queues were massive though! Who can forget the visit from The Giants in February. What a wonderful experience that was for a wide-eyed Little Chef and I.IMG_8901

Making it to Pata Negra before it shut it’s doors. David Comer is a very highly regarded Perth Chef and I was never lucky enough to dine at his fine diner – Star Anise. Pata Negra is currently having a re-furb and will open it’s doors again in the new year as an Asian style restaurant – I can’t wait!!

It was also sad to see No 4 Blake Street close it’s doors and Hippo Creek too. Oh my Lawd! Where will I get my Hunters Assagai now?!

I even started a little businessThe Chef’s Wife Social Media Management. Specialising in the hospitality and lifestyle industries. I work with cafes, restaurants, takeaways and more to boost and establish their Facebook and Instagram accounts.The Chefs Wife SMM_banner_blue

Blogger catch ups are a favourite of mine – when I can get a babysitter! This year I have met so many lovely Perth bloggers at events and dinners – some have become great friends. We have a lovely food blogging community in WA and I love to put faces to names of the wonderful blogs I follow. I’m always up for a brunch date! Hopefully I meet many more of you in 2016 🙂

My Favourite Newbies in 2015

In 2015 we have eaten at many diverse cafes, bars, restaurants and food trucks. Like previous years, there’s been stacks of new openings too. Here’s my top 5 favourite new Perth dining spots for this year…

o             Chophouse – Perth CBD

o             Holly Rayes – Bassendean

o             May Street Larder – East Fremantle

o             Café 2TwentyFour – Belmont

o             The Shorehouse – Swanbourne

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One of the stunningly plated dishes at the new Shorehouse

And an honourable mention to the fabulous  Stix Bar – Burswood

My Favourite “oldies” of 2015

With all the hype of new venues, it’s important to support existing restaurants that are doing a fantastic job too! Here are my favourite Perth dining spots I visited in 2015.

o             Meeka – Subiaco

o             Gusto Food – South Perth

o             The Standard – Northbridge

o             The Flour Factory – Perth CBD

o             Tuck Shop – Northbridge

o          Mary Street Bakery – Highgate

o             Co Op – East Perth

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The amazing tagines at Meeka – One of my ALL TIME Perth faves!

Vital Statistics

WordPress, the platform I use for my blog, gave me a look back on my highlights and stats for the year and I thought it was pretty nifty to see how my lil blog has grown from year to year. I thought I’d share my 2015 stats with you here…

o             Nearly 70 new blog posts

o             Over 65,000 views of my blogposts this year

o             Visitors to my blog from 129 countries

o             Over 8,400 social media followers – mostly on Facebook.

You can follow me at…

@Thechefswifeperth on Instagram

@perthchefswife on Twitter

On Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheChefHisWifeTheirPerthFectLifeSM

 

Thank you!!!

My blog started off as a secret little project that I thought up in 2012. I seriously thought 5 people would like my FB page! I’ve created a little monster that takes up a lot of my time – but I love every second and every door that it has opened for me. What a ride! It’s proven to myself that in the wise words of Mariah “you gotta make it happen”. I took a chance, put myself out there and it has far exceeded my expectations in every way. If you have an idea – you should totally go for it!!

To all my followers – Thank you very much for your support! Every Facebook like, Instagram love and blog comment makes me grin. If no one liked it, then it wouldn’t make blogging half as rewarding.

To all the restaurants, artisans and companies that have contacted me in 2015 – thank you for taking the time to discover my blog. I get an incredible amount of emails and invites on a daily basis. I recon that I only go to about 25% of events I’m invited to, if that. Sure, it’s great getting a freebie, but as the saying goes ‘nothing really comes for free” and with each kind gift and invite, a lot of my time and effort goes into creating a post to promote it. And in 2015 there hasn’t been much spare time at all! When I do collaborate with a brand, I do like to keep it local and you know I’m bringing you something I’m really excited about. So thank you to these people that have taken the time to contact me and had to bear with my sometimes slow replies.

What’s happening in 2016… MORE FOOD!! They’ll be more reviews with the Post newspaper and once I recover from the festive season – I WILL get cracking writing those 14 brunches, lunches and dinners I haven’t shared with you yet…. Is there anywhere you’d like us to review in 2016? Personally, there are 100’s of places I’d like to try. One such place I’m hoping to get to in 2016 is Lalla Rookh – a restaurant I’ve heard so many outstanding things about. I’m also excited to check out the State Buildings and the new venues at the Lizzy Quay development.

I’m hoping 2016 is the best yet for us all!

Happy New Year!!

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Bathers Beach House – Fremantle

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Sunday afternoons are made for Fremantle. For me, they started in the early 1980’s, when my family would take a drive to Freo for some fish n chips, an ice cream and a wander around the markets. Little has changed. Though these days, the food choice at the Fishing Boat Harbour has changed dramatically from what was a simple choice between “Kailis or Cicerellos”.IMG_9816

Bathers Beach House is found in the building opposite Bathers Beach, where McDonalds was for many years. There’s not much to remind you that it was once home to the golden arches – though they have up-cycled their wooden deking, as cladding for a rustic feature wall. Look closely and you might see a pickle stain!

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Bathers Beach House is one of the very few restaurants in the Perth metro area with an absolute beachfront view. If you like the sand between your toes there are sun loungers on the beach too. Inside, the modern restaurant is light and bright, with a wall of windows giving views out to the Indian Ocean. We gaze at a huge pelican surfing the waves, searching for a feed of fish.IMG_9757

I too feel like eating seafood. I look over the menu, which has a mostly casual, Modern Australian feel to it. Looking around the dining room it appears that many people are grazing. The share plates also double as starters. Chef and I chose an entree each, feeling like a more traditional “3 course” Sunday lunch.IMG_9758

The drinks menu is sizable and has plenty of local wines available. Searching for a little bit of summer, I choose a tipple from one of my favourite wineries, a Voyager Sangria ($10). The delicious mocktail is made from fruity Voyager Estate red grape juice, monin sangria syrup and freshly cut fruits.IMG_9772

Bacon hock, vintage cheddar & mustard Croquettes ($12) are crisp on the outside and wonderfully gooey on the inside. The tasty morsels have smoky notes and creamed cauliflower for dipping compliments the croquettes well.IMG_9779

I relish the caramelised belly of pork ($14). Though it’s not topped with crackle (an absolute weakness of mine) it is still very crisp. The moist meat sits upon sautéed bok choi, crisp nashi pear and is finished with a mouth-watering star anise reduction. Through the reduction are tiny specks of crackle, adding texture to the dish, though I would have preferred that it was left whole.Pork Belly

Little Chef gets his lunch served as our entrees come out. There is a good kids menu, made from quality ingredients. For $10 as well as his tasty fish and chips a drink and soft serve ice cream were included.IMG_9774

Chef enjoys the Flamed 200g brioche beef burger ($19) which is certainly much better than McDonald’s! The tender burger is layered with swiss cheese, cos lettuce, tomato, pickles & BBQ sauce and is served with a side of fries.IMG_9795

Seared salmon ($32) is served with creamed saffron potatoes and a curry spiced mussel & butternut chowder. This gluten free dish should please those with food intolerances, it is a little different and ticks all the boxes. I get my seafood fix – the salmon cooked perfectly medium rare and though I think the kitchen could have been a little more generous with the amount of plump muscles served.Salmon

We share a vanilla bean panna cotta ($12) for dessert. The panna cotta is as wobbly as it should be. The grenadine poached rhubarb gives a sharp contrast to the subtle vanilla. Unfortunately, the ginger snap doesn’t snap. It is far too thick and soggy. A disappointing end to what is otherwise a pleasant lunch.IMG_9806

Whilst nothing knocks our socks off, except for the view, the entire experience makes me think what an enjoyable venue Bathers Beach House is. The food is mostly good, the service is friendly – it will definitely be a spot to be seen at this summer.IMG_9814

*** First Published in the Post Newspaper***

At a glance

■ Bathers Beach House

47 Mews Road

Fremantle

Phone 9335 2911

■ Opening times

Weekdays – 11am till late

Weekends – 8am till late

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Modern Australian

■ wine –many WA and

Interstate wines available.

■ Chef – Ross Tyre

■ Owner – Anthony Unmack

■ feel – cool coastal

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $8 to $72

Mains – $18 to $36

Dessert – $12 to $26

■ all in all – Friendly service,

modern venue & well cooked

food with a beautiful coastal vista.

{Foodie Event & GIVEAWAY} City Wine – June 5th & 6th

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From the people that brought us the Unwined festival (Subiaco) and Sunset Wine (Scarborough) – City Wine is hitting the city on June the 5th and 6th. Last year, we visited City Wine, which is found at the Urban Orchard at Perth’s Cultural Centre – overlooking the city skyline. There’s lots of seating for enjoying a glass and some good food and live music.IMG_2049

It features some boutique wineries from many regions of WA – Margaret River, Ferguson Valley and Swan Valley to name a few; Swanbrook Wines, Happs (my fave!) 3 drops, Howling Wolves Wines, House of Cards Wine and many more. See the full list at City Wine’s website.

I do enjoy a vino of two; everything from a sweet Rose,’ to a fruity SSB, a nice smooth Shiraz or pinot noir. I had quite a few tastings and of those I really enjoyed the House of Cards Rose, it was excellent. That cellar door is located on Caves Road, Margret River (next to Gabriel Chocolate). I will be stopping by next time we’re in Margs!IMG_2065

I also really liked the Swanbrook Winery’s Chenin Blanc. I wasn’t familiar with this Swan Valley winery, but found out that it was formally Charlie’s Estate (and Evans and Tate before that). It’s since been taken over by a local family and they have a little café there too.IMG_2063

I also bumped into fellow blogger Casey – who has a great wine blog “Travelling Corkscrew”. If you love wine I’d definitely recommend that you check that blog out http://travellingcorkscrew.com/

Of course you can’t have a glass of wine without food – there are some excellent choices; Pizza Queens, The Hummus Club, Braised Bros – to name a few.IMG_2044

Entry is $25 ($21 if you book online), which includes all wine tastings and a tasting glass.

The urban orchard is located right next to the main city train station, so taking public transport there is super easy. More info at http://bit.ly/1RjB1kR

{WIN WIN WIN}

To win one of three double passes to City Wine on Friday 5th of June simply answer this question in the comments below… What is your favourite winery featured at City Wine this year? A full list is at City Wine Exhibitors . For a bonus entry, sign up to my email blog alerts (in the right hand column on my blog) and never miss a foodie post!

COMPETITION RULES

*The competition closes at 7pm Thursday 28th May 2015.

* Prize – 3 x Double Passes to the City Wine festival (value $50 each)

*You must live within the Perth metropolitan area.

*The winner will be selected at random from all comments made on my blog and Facebook as well as new email subscribers.

* Each person may enter once on Facebook or my blog and once as an email subscriber for a bonus entry.

*The winner will be contacted (via FB private message) and the prize distributed, if no contact is made by the winner within 24 hours there will be a re-draw.

*This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the rules and acknowledging that Facebook is not connected in any way to this contest.IMG_2068

Latasha’s Kitchen {Perthfect Product Giveaway}

Latashas Kitchen I met Latasha at the Angove Street Festival last year, at the Latasha’s Kitchen stall, full of tasty Indian/Asian inspired goodies. Her products include chutneys, marinades, curry paste, dressings and more. I always love to meet producers – they have such a wonderful passion for the food they make. I was thrilled to try Latasha’s products and hoping that some of her excitement would rub off on me – I do enjoy cooking, but being so time poor, I often find it more of a chore. If someone does the thinking for me though – I’m happy to follow a simple recipe! IMG_9359Latasha was born and bred in Malaysia. Her parents’ families originally hailed from Southern India. As a result, her cooking reflects the distinctive food from South Asia and Southeast Asia. “Resisting the temptation to tailor her original family recipes to suit ‘western’ palates, Latasha began converting a growing number of customers to appreciate the flavour of meat slow cooked on the bone using masala ground from scratch, with fresh ingredients and strictly no preservatives, commercial stocks or MSG.” I’m a self-confessed food label-reader and when I find a product which has no nasties in it – I’m stoked! Here’s what I made… Latasha’s Chicken Kuruma Masala Using the Latasha’s Kitchen Kuruma Masala Paste, I made a simple and quick chicken curry. Though it was fairly mild, it still packed plenty of punch and delicious flavour. IMG_9363From start to finish it takes less than an hour to make. There’s very little prep involved. Just chopping the chilli, chicken and cherry tomatoes. Then it all gets popped in the pan for about 45 minutes with the Kuruma Masala Paste. This paste is made of all sorts of spices – it’s a nutty tasting paste with strong flavours of tomatoes, coconut and ginger also coming through. IMG_9297When ready, I serve the curry on a bed of basmati rice and garnish the dish with coriander, lemon, mint and vine ripened cherry tomatoes. It is a fantastic dish, full of fresh flavours, I love the addition of plump sultanas too. The KurumaMasala got Chef’s seal approval too and he asked when I’d be making it again – he loves a night off being in the kitchen!IMG_9317 {GIVEAWAY!!} Thanks to Latasha I have THREE Latasha’s Kitchen hampers to giveaway to some lucky foodies! Each pack is worth $50 and contains;

  • The delicious Kuruma Masala Paste I used to make the chicken curry.
  • Chilli Oil – great for marinating or drizzling over pasta or salads
  • Green Coriander Sauce – a versatile sauce great for marinating or mixing through pasta or salads.

To enter, simply answer this question in the comments below… What type of Latsha’s Kitchen curry paste do I cook this chicken curry with? For a bonus entry – sign up for my email notifications (in right hand column). COMPETITION RULES *The competition closes at 7pm Friday 22nd May 2015. Prize – 3 x Hampers containing 1 jar of Kuruma Masala Paste, 1 bottle of Chilli Oil and 1 jar of Green Coriander Sauce and Latasha’s Kitchen recipe cards (value of hamper $50 each). *You MUST live within the Perth metropolitan area. *The winner will be selected at random from all comments made on my Latasha’s Kitchen blog post and Facebook as well as new email subscribers from 19/5/15 to 22/5/15 . * Each person may enter once on Facebook (or on my blog) and once as an email subscriber for a bonus entry. *The winner will be contacted (via FB private message or reply to blog comment) and the prize distributed, if no contact is made by the winner within 24 hours there will be a re-draw. *This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering this competition you are agreeing to the rules and acknowledging that Facebook is not connected in any way to this contest. IMG_9356 Now, I don’t want to get all “sell-y”. That’s not a word, but you know what I mean. I’ll only promote products now and then on my blog and I will only do this if: A) I totally love the product and B) they are a local company Latasha’s Kitchen absolutely covers this criteria and you can find more info on Latasha’s website http://latashaskitchen.com/shop/ . You may even bump into Latasha at various farmers markets, festivals or Perth’s Upmarket like I did; GROWERS GREEN FARMERS MARKET –SOUTH FREMANTLE SUBI FARMERS MARKET PERTH UPMARKET KYILLA FARMERS MARKET – NORTH PERTH 

JJ Kings – Floreat

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Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely Mummies out there! It was my choice for bunch this morning and the three of us checked out a newbie that has recently popped up in Floreat. JJ Kings, just off Cambridge Street, is a café by day and a wine bar by night. We sat by the window at a retro table and chairs which reminded me of my Auntie’s – they must have been from the 1950s.IMG_9285Chef and I both had coffee, which was good, though silly me didn’t catch what blend they use.

IMG_9288I chose the bircher, great value at $12.90. Bircher muesli is a big favourite of mine and this bircher was spot on. It was layered with thinly sliced apple and looked absolutely scrumptious. As a delved deeper, I found all sorts of goodies had been included in the JJ King’s version. There are pistachios, pepitas, quinoa, plump sultanas and more – then topped with a mixed berry compote and natural yogurt. It was absolutely delicious and a cracking little brunch dish.

New ImageThere were other tasty looking dishes on the special mothers day menu – Marinated Freo sardines looked good, as did the pork belly breakfast.

IMG_9286Chef chose, the “Big Pappa” ($22.90). That was a large plate full of bacon, eggs, chipolata sausages, beans, mushrooms, tomato and toast. He thought that all the components were well cooked and ticked all the boxes.

IMG_9287Little Chef enjoyed a freshly made giant sausage roll, which got the better of him – it was huge! I had a nibble and it was very tasty, with lots of herbs through the meat.

JJ Kings is a nice spot for an all-day brekkie. It’s also open for dinner and even just for drinks.IMG_9293

{Quick Bite} Jack and Jill – Kalamunda

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As the nursery rhyme goes… Jack and Jill went up the hill and “up the hill” is where you’ll find this café – on the main street in Kalamunda.

We were up in the Perth Hills visiting family, as well as having a wander around the Kalamunda Farmers Market on this Sunday morning. After a wedding the night before at the stunning Core Cider House – Chef and I were both in need of coffee!IMG_9134

We were heading out to lunch, so we didn’t eat on this occasion, though the cafe’s booths and tables were brimming with people enjoying brunch.IMG_9136

A tray of cupcakes caught Little Chef’s Eye. The maple bacon cupcakes caught mine – shame I’d just had a fry-up at my parents house! Little Chef chose the Oreo topped cupcake – which he practically inhaled!IMG_9126

The coffee, local roast Crema coffee, was very good.IMG_9127

Kalamunda is fast becoming a mini mecca for coffee shop lovers – its great to see more independent places popping up now!IMG_9138

 

Bravo’s – Vic Park

IMG_8975 Bravo's on Urbanspoon When I was fresh out of high school, my buddies and I would go out to dinner on the Vic Park café strip – usually at Bella Rosa, Christina’s, Sebastian’s or any other cheap n cheerful Italian restaurant we could find. In the 15 years since, I’ve graduated from that kind of Italian and without wanting to sound like a total food snob *cringe*  I do want more from my restaurants these days. For me, Bravo’s ticks all the boxes. An inviting, modern dining room. Friendly service – our waiter was a hoot and very helpful. And food that’s about QUALITY over quantity.

On this night, my old high school mates were getting together for a girls dinner – most of us enjoying a quiet night out away from our kids (and partners!). Bravo’s is a busy restaurant and hugely popular, so it has a very lively and loud atmosphere. Hearing someone at the other end of the table was difficult.

We decided to bypass filling entrées and go straight to mains…

IMG_8977Myl enjoyed a Pescatora Plate ($42.50). The whopping plate was brimming with tender salt and pepper calamari, grilled barramundi, sizzling garlic prawns, bread and a side salad. It was expensive, but Myl justified the extra cost, as she’s no longer drinking wine, since she has a baby on the way 🙂 🙂

IMG_8980I absolutely adored my pork belly dish ($38.50) The confit pork belly was so tender I hardly even needed a knife. The spinach was fresh and the mash potato wonderfully creamy. It was finished with a maple butter, apple and my favourite – perfectly crispy crackling! Fab dish.

IMG_8984Ren had the Fettuchine marinara ($29.50). She enjoyed the dish –  commenting there was a BIG kick of chilli and the napoletana sauce was really tasty. There could have been a bit more of the locally sourced seafood in the dish though.

IMG_8985Alysia had the BBQ pollo pizza ($25.50). It was topped with chicken, bacon, mushroom, red onion, mozzarella and  bbq sauce and smelled very tasty!

Sure some of the dishes might be on the pricy side, but when it’s good food, I don’t begrudge paying a little extra. I think there’s enough range on the menu to cover all budgets. The general consensus was that we all enjoyed our first trip to Bravo’s and that another girls dinner is on the cards soon.

*Bravo’s is also in the 2014/15 entertainment book*

Night Noodle Markets – Northbridge

IMG_8901If you haven’t been to the Night Noodle Markets – get down to Perth Cultural Centre quick!! It’s part of the excellent Eat Drink Perth festival and on for just a few more nights (till Sunday the 29th of March) – well worth checking out. There are three distinct areas, all with a bar and plenty of seating.IMG_8931

What we found is that the Night Noodle Markets is not just about noodles! It’s a celebration of Asian cuisine and proving to be a huge hit. We’d heard that you should get down to Northbridge early to avoid the queues – and so it seemed had everyone else!

IMG_8894There was a BIG queue for Hoy Pinoy before the Filipino street food stall had even opened! Hoy Pinoy is usually found in Melbourne’s’ Victoria Markets and Perth was giving them a big welcome. At 4.55pm there was a line at least 50 people long – we took it as a good sign and were happy to queue for 15 minutes whilst smelling the BBQ aromas! Once Chef and I got our mitts on the prize pork belly skewers, with a banana ketchup glaze, we were pretty stoked. I happily tucked into my crispy pork belly – the heat from the bbq all but rendering the fat away – leaving crisp, but tender meat. $12 for two sticks.IMG_8900

Low Key Chow House on Urbanspoon
Next we popped next door to the Low Key Chow House.Usually, it’s home is on Oxford Street, in Leederville. We’ve heard a lot of positive buzz about LKCH. Chef and I ordered chili caramel pork buns, which hit the spot perfectly, two for $12.IMG_8905

There was a great atmosphere about, foodies chatting excitedly about their yummy finds,people enjoying a glass of wine at the Yulumba pop up with their food. There was a real mix of ages too, a lot of families, office workers and retirees. IMG_8936

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We then moved onto the food area opposite the WA museum. Chef made a beeline for a favourite restaurant of his – Apple Daily (found at Print Hall). He absolutely loved the Linley Valley pork ribs ($12). The sticky and delicious ribs are flavoured with a tamarind, chilli and coriander marinade – which he washed down with a Japanese beer.IMG_8909
Turban Chopsticks on Urbanspoon

IMG_8912I popped next door to Turban Chopsticks, to say hi to the lovely Mei and to meet her husband Suresh – the other half of the Turban Chopsticks team. I enjoyed some potato ricotta balls and a scrumptious curry. I actually lost most of the balls to Little Chef who to my surprise (and delight!) loved them. We have a box of them at home and Little Chef has plans to cook them – success! The lychee drink was so refreshing and he even liked that. I’m slowly getting there – I’ll convert this fussy eater!IMG_8913

The three of us then headed over to check out the last night noodle market area at the Urban Orchard.IMG_8932Here we found a sneak peek of Lucky Chan’s Laundry. The soon to be opened crowd funded restaurant. Chef ate a spicy Thai Green curry from Shallot Thai, where the curries were being cooked in traditional clay pots, $12.IMG_8928

It was a fantastic family night out and the three of us all enjoyed it. It’s great to try a bit of this and a bit of that and there’s still pleanty more to try if you go back for a second or third night! We’ll be back next year for sure!IMG_8880

The Naked Fig – Swanbourne {CLOSED}

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I always get excited to find an invite to a bloggers dinner in my inbox. It’s an excellent opportunity to find out more about a restaurant I haven’t visited before, as well as meeting with fellow bloggers from around Perth.IMG_7697

I was kindly invited to dinner by the Naked Fig. I’d never visited the Naked Fig, though I have dined at and enjoyed its sister café the Wild Fig (in Scarborough) a few times. I arrived just moments after the sun had set – the restaurant has a stunning view over the Indian Ocean.IMG_7693

The coastal café is named after the nudie beach at Swanbourne! The cheeky name is reflected inside the restaurant which is full of personality – from the eclectic up-cycled furnishings and friendly staff. We were in for a fun night!IMG_7701

The Naked Fig was launching its function menu. Head Chef, Chris May, has created a share style menu that is ideal for large groups. A large table was set up for our group, behind a large brightly coloured sail – painted by one of the owners. It created a great private space, but not closed off, so you still got to enjoy the buzzing atmosphere in the restaurant and the jazzy three piece band.IMG_7704

I met the girls from Perth blogs “The Grizzly Bear”, “Perth Kids, “Café Couture” and “I Masticate” as well as the lovely “Queen of Bad Timing” who it was great to have a catch up with.

After some pre dinner drinks, we had some shared entrees. I loved the lamb lollies – flavoured with a sweet hoi sin sauce. There are a lot of Asian influences in the Fig’s dishes. The rare beef, with wasabi mayo and radish on crostini was also delicious. My favourite of the entrees had to be the wonderfully plump grilled scallop with crispy chorizo.IMG_7712

We also enjoyed spiced minced beef and cheddar empanadas, pea and manchego croquettes, spiced gazpacho and smoked salmon and caviar on a buckwheat blini.

IMG_7725The six mains were also shared – by this point the long table was absolutely brimming with food! What to try first was a happy dilemma. My favourite of the dishes were;

The fluffy and light potato gnocchi with roast beets, swiss chard and candied walnuts was a deceptively simple dish – so tasty! IMG_7719

I would have happily kept the roast salmon with potato gratin, soy and gem hearts to myself!IMG_7723

The lamb cutlets with cumin pumpkin mash and roast chickpeas was a hearty dish. The cutlets were perfectly cooked and oh, so tasty!IMG_7729

I just HAD to try the dessert asiette – even though I was seriously struggling by now. On the delectable dessert board was a wibbly wobbly delicately flavoured coconut pana cotta, a petite white chocolate brulee in a jar and a super soft cherry and nut brownie. The brownie was fabulously fudgy and bold – I loved it! IMG_7738

And that wasn’t all! We were being treated to yet more goodies the Naked Fig offered. I loved tasting the chocolate bark treat (supplied from the tree of life). They are shards of scrumptious, organic raw chocolate infused with goji berries.IMG_7743

The butter coffee (yes, coffee made with butter!) was very smooth and rich. After hearing what a caffeine kick it gives you, I only had a sip, otherwise I’d be still awake at 3am!IMG_7751

My thanks to Aiofe and Joel for their kind invitation and hosting a wonderful long table dinner! The food was very tasty – so glad I wore my elasticated pants! IMG_7755