Celtic Kitchen – Joondalup {CLOSED}

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It’s no secret that Joondalup is also known as Little Britain. It’s home to thousands of ex-pats loving the white sandy beaches and year round sunshine. You’ll find many British themed spots in the area – that the Poms in Perth flock to – like the Great British Chippy, The Boat, The Duke and more. Another such spot has arrived in Joondalup, next door but one to Paddy Malones Irish Bar.IMG_1761

Co owners, brothers Dave and Karl are from Cornwall. Fitting then that traditional Cornish pasties feature on their menu. They also make sausage rolls, bread, pies, pasties, Scotch eggs and desserts daily. The local Irish community will love their freshly baked soda bread, bacon and cabbage pies and traditional Irish fry-ups too!IMG_1760

We popped by for a weekend fry-up. Chef chose the “Full Irish”, a generous serve of pork sausage and black and white pudding from McLoughlin Butchers, beans, bacon, potato and a fried egg.IMG_1753

Oh and on the side was some a slice of regular toast and a slice of soda bread too. All that and a cup of tea or coffee for $18.50.IMG_1757

The thought of a greasy fry up was very tempting (mmmm bacon!), but I am trying to be healthy! So I opted for the homemade granola with fruit salad, honey and yogurt. It was presented in a cute jar, which looked great, but not 100% practical when it came to fishing out large chunks of melon. The granola was nicely toasted and tasty.IMG_1755

There isn’t a children’s menu, but the friendly people at Celtic Kitchen were happy to make a little something for Little Chef. He was stoked with a bacon and egg sarnie and gobbled it down in no time.IMG_1752

On my way out I spied all the baked savoury pastries and made a promise to myself I’d have to come back for lunch. A few days later, I popped in for a pork and apple sausage roll. The house made meat was delicious and encased in a golden pastry. On the side was some sharp cheddar and a bit of Bramston pickle. Lovely Jubbly!IMG_1858

I’ll be back for a pasty for sure. Check out Celtic Kitchen, for breakfast and lunch – they also sell their baked goods at Eden Beach Farmers Market.IMG_1763

UPDATE Great British Chippy – Currumbine

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For British ex-pats in Perth, the Great British Chippy in Currambine is like an oasis in a sea of frozen chips.

If you have been to the Great British Chippy, the chances are that you encountered it’s teething problems first hand. The first authentic pommie chip shop in WA has been open about a year now. Their frying range was brought over from “Chumly Warners”, Queensland’s answer to “Harry Ramsden’s”. The second hand range didn’t prove to be very efficient, which lead to enormous queues.

GBC was shut for a month long refurbishment in July – incredible since it hadn’t yet been open a year. A brand new range has now been imported and installed from the UK. The shop’s new layout gives better organization too. You can sit on benches whilst waiting for your order. There’s also a small dining area – in case you don’t want to wait till you get home to eat. We ate in, whilst the cod and chips were still piping hot.

The verdict from the new range… the fish and chips are great! The thick, flaky cod was moist and coated in a crisp golden batter. The delicious chips are perfectly imperfect – all different shapes and sizes. Our sides of chip shop curry sauce and mushy peas were spot on too. I’d love to try the scampi – a fave of mine. We’ll be back for sure. I may even try a deep fried Mars Bar – for “research” of course! My recommendation is that you take advantage of the new seating at GBC and eat in. Nothing can compare to fish fresh out of the fryer.20140904_174021

With our English holiday and copious amounts of fish and chip suppers still fresh in our minds – this is certainly authentic British fare at GBC and even better than some of the chippy’s we visited in England.

Chef and I had craved pommie fish and chips for the best part of a decade. We certainly made the most of being in the UK recently, with many trips down to the local chippy. Because, quite frankly, there’s nowt like a bit of North Sea Cod.

For the most part the fish and chips in England were just as we remembered.

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IMG_4320The best of the lot was a recommendation from my very own Dad. He considers himself somewhat of a chippy connoisseur and during his trip back home to Yorkshire in 2013 he made many lunchtime trips to Tony’s – widely regarded to be Sheffield’s best fish n chips. Chef and I made a special trip to Tony’s, in Mosborough and the traditional fish and chips were excellent. There was a queue out the door, but they food was well worth waiting for. The fish and chips there been cooked to a “secret” recipe for over 100 years.IMG_4324