Mosmans, Mosman Park

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

I say this every year – I can’t believe how fast 2017 has whizzed by. The last 12 months have been full of even more new restaurant openings than I’ve had hot dinners. For my last review of the year, I thought I’d visit a western suburbs favourite, that for me encapsulates summer and Christmas – feasting on seafood, by the water’s edge.

Mosmans sits above the calm waters of Mosman Bay and from our table by the window, we look over the Swan River to yachts and sleepy pelicans perched on the jetty. The classic, understated dining room doesn’t distract from the river views.

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The jetty has been around in one form or another for over a century, the restaurant for 30 years. First known as Meads, a popular haunt for ‘WA inc’ characters, the former Smith’s Boatshed became Mosmans in 2009.

A mix of local and international drops make up the wine list and there’s no need to splash out on an extravagant bottle, as premium wines are available by the glass from the Enomatic Wine Preservation System. A smooth Harewood Estate pinot noir is Chef’s tipple of choice.

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I opt for a summery berry martini, to get me into that festive spirit.

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For entrée we decide to have it all. Seafood platters are very popular at Mosman’s and the hot seafood share plate ($89) is a perfect size for two or three. We enjoy crisp market fish tacos in corn tortillas, with a fresh tomato & avocado salsa and mild jalapeño sour cream. Seared scallops, sitting plump on a bed of wakame seaweed, are perfectly cooked. I get no hint of spicy Cajun flavours from the Cajun prawn skewers, but the grilled cuttlefish is silky smooth and today’s grilled market fresh fish, Goldband Snapper, is buttery soft.

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Nolita, Claremont

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Nolita is a stylish little eatery. Set amongst the chic boutiques of Bayview Terrace, the modern Italian restaurant has a very Claremont feel – sleek, high-end and architecturally designed.

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We’re greeted at the door by a friendly waiter with the warm, musical tones of an Italian accent. The intimate dining room is long and narrow. We are seated along the wood panelled feature wall, poured water, with lemon and directed to the very informative menus which are a wealth of information.

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Not only do we find our food and beverage options on the menu, but also a little on the charitable ethos of the family owned restaurant, and a list of their standard kitchen practices to put those with food intolerances and allergies minds at rest.

The wine list offers great choice of both Australian drops and Italian imports. Mondays and Tuesday you can raid your own wine cellar and bring along a bottle of vino with no corkage charge.

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I choose the crisp, fruity Italian Breganaze Pinot Grigio, knowing it will be a good match for seafood and pasta. Chef’s pick is the 2014 Kaesler “Stonehorse” Shiraz, from the Barossa. There’s also a selection of Italian beers and tempting Italian cocktails – think negronis, Aperol Spritz and fruity bellinis.

Nolita, an abbreviation of “North of Little Italy”, is a neighbourhood in Manhattan, New York. Whilst its menu is steeped in traditional Italian dishes, it also has a contemporary feel.

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First, we order three dishes to share. Chef and I can never resist a good carpaccio ($21.50). The thinly sliced raw beef fillet, topped with a creamy truffle aioli, melts in my mouth. Toasted pine nuts, and shaved parmesan give the traditional Venetian dish a little bite.

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Next up is the polpette ($17), four plump meatballs of chicken, veal and pistachio nuts. The moist meatballs are covered in a rich tomato sugo. Whilst it’s a tasty dish, I had hoped for more punchy flavours. I’d love to see the meatballs served with a spicy arribbiata sauce.

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Crisp arancini ($16) ooze with cheese. The tomato and mozzarella rice balls, served with a basil pesto, are bursting with smoky flavours.

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The service at Nolita is friendly, on the ball and unobtrusive. We didn’t even realise our water had been topped up several times. I certainly don’t have to wave a waiter down like I’m trying to direct traffic.

For main, as one would imagine, there are pasta dishes aplenty. Those with intolerances don’t have to miss out on the carb-fest, as gluten free pasta is also available. Soft house-made potato gnocchi is entwined with gloriously tender morsels of White Rocks veal. This is covered by a rich tomato ragu, broad beans and sharp, shaved parmesan.

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Crispy-skin salmon, served perfectly pink in the middle, is complimented by a roasted beetroot puree and dill crème fresh. A salad of fennel and zucchini has clean flavours and a crisp texture.

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Chef enjoys another glass of Shiraz along with a cheese plate. The three cheese selection is made up of a soft Mauro Taleggio, the strongly flavoured Mauri Gorgonzola Piccante and mildly spicy Perenzin Formajo Ciock al Vino Rosso, served with sweet fig chutney, crackers and lightly toasted ciabatta.

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For the grand finale, a coconut, cherry and white chocolate semifreddo is absolutely luscious. I savour every bite of this delicious dessert, surrounded by a pool of raspberry coulis and crowned with an impressive pile of chocolate fairy floss

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Nolita is so much more than your average suburban Italian eatery, where enormous sauce laden serves of pasta are the norm. Here, the food is well cooked and full of Italian flair. It’s a tasty little spot and we suggest you get down there – pronto!

At a glance

■ Nolita
16 Bayview Terrace
Claremont
Phone 9284 6090
■ Opening times
Monday to Saturday
Lunch 12pm to 3.30pm
Dinner 5.30pm till late
■ Rating
Food 4
service 4
ambience 4
value for money 3
■ style – Modern Italian
■ wine – Good selection of Australian
and Italian wines, beers and cocktails.
■ Head Chef – Robert Boorman
■ Owner – Jon Stubbs
■ feel – classy, with a lively atmosphere
■ wheelchair access – no
■ cost
Entrée/Share $4.75 to $21.50
Main $22.50 to $42
Dessert $4.50 to $22.50
■ all in all – A chic little Italian in
the heart of Claremont. Tasty, modern
Italian dishes and drinks. Buon Appetite!

New Normal, Subiaco

IMG_9572Subi is on the up – home again to some of Perth’s best restaurants. LuLu La Delizia was recently named Australia’s number one pasta restaurant and another to add to this list of must-try Subiaco dining spots is New Normal.IMG_9604

The new bar and kitchen, found in the Simon Chugg heritage building, is a place to share grazing plates with friends over some carefully selected local wines. There are long communal tables with vases of native flora, cosy booths draped with art deco style light fittings and high stools at the bar.IMG_9600

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Park and Vine, City Beach

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City Beach eatery, Park and Vine, is found at the popular Empire Village shopping and dining precinct. The casual diner was opened by local Paulette Contessi last year, as a spot that locals would feel comfortable to ‘hang out’ at with some drinks and share food. Open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we dine there on a midweek evening with our son, “Little Chef”. A waitress warmly greets us and we have the pick of the tables in the spacious restaurant which overlooks leafy Beecroft Park.

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The modern Australian style menu is made up of share dishes and mains like an “old skool” burger, fish n chips and pasta. A children’s menu is full of good quality kid’s favourites. The family friendly restaurant has colouring in for the kids, giant jenga and board games – making meal times more engaging for kids and adults alike. The small wine list is made up of drops mainly from Australia and New Zealand. I enjoy a glass of NZ Satyr Sileni Pinot Gris which is full of stone fruit notes.

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Before we order, the waitress advises us that the dish I am eyeing up, gnocchi with blistered tomatoes, is unavailable. Disappointing, though I am happy enough to pick the rosemary and garlic lamb rack with roast chat potato instead, as that sounds equally as mouth-watering. A few minutes after placing our orders another waitress returns, advising the lamb is also off the menu, due to supplier issues. Chef totally gets that. I choose fillet steak for my plan C. I’m not usually a steak eater when I dine out, but my menu choices are dwindling. We’re charged the price of the rack of lamb ($38), for the steak as way of compensation, which is a welcome gesture. In no time our share dishes arrive and I bite into the lightly battered salt and pepper squid ($15), my heart sinks a little, as I discover it’s chewy. It takes extra effort from my choppers to chew through the tentacles.

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Chef enjoys three fish tacos ($16) doused in a tasty chipotle sauce. We agree more care should have been taken over the chunky mango salsa, with large pieces of red onion throughout.

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West at Ku De Ta Perth    

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I sit with a cocktail in hand on the deck of one of Perth’s most anticipated new venues. A Bali favourite, Ku De Ta has opened its first international outpost in Perth, one thinks as Perth natives are most familiar with the chilled chic of the Indonesian restaurant and beach lounge.IMG_5563

Ku De Ta Perth doesn’t borrow from its Bali counterpart, except for the luxe vibe, water views and smooth soundtrack. For a true Bali experience, Ku De Ta will soon will have Bintang on tap. IMG_5559

Natural and organic materials are used throughout the venue, many incorporating a little piece of WA. Reclaimed timber from the Bunbury Jetty is used for bench seats. Dark wood is used throughout and the space has an industrial feel.IMG_5557

Architect Perparim Rama has created three distinct spaces at Ku De Ta, each with a different purpose. The Deck bar sits above the Swan River offers casual food, including gourmet pizzas.IMG_5555

A second area, West, steps things up a notch with a focus on fresh seafood and charcuterie share dishes. Ku Dining is their contemporary a la carte restaurant.IMG_5649

Apart from its stunning setting on the Swan River, the thing that immediately grabs me is the sheer number of staff. They’ll be needed when the 850 capacity venue gets busy. They are well versed in engaging customer service and knowledgeable when quizzed about their offerings.IMG_5610

After pre-dinner drinks on the Deck, we head to West without a booking – a bit risky in opening week, but for an early midweek dinner, we think it will work. We’re greeted by a group of wait staff and after a shocked gasp that we did not have a booking, we are ushered to a table which we are happy to hand back by 7.30pm.IMG_5665

The menu descriptions name just a few main ingredients for each dish, which adds to the element of surprise. I guzzle down three freshly shucked oysters, with a dash of a zesty vinaigrette.IMG_5583 Continue reading

Mayfair Lane – West Perth

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Mayfair Lane is a British pub, but not as we know it. The West Perth venue is not similar to other theme bars, with their faux Tudor façades and twee interiors. Mayfair Lane oozes cool Britannia.

We reviewed this venue, then known as The Brown Fox, a few years ago. It was adequate and did everything it said on the box. With the addition of new owners Chris and Foni Pollitt, and a new Head Chef, everything has been stepped up a few notches.

Gone is the dingy interior, now there’s welcoming subtle blue/grey hues and chandeliers to lighten up the bar. The dining room is elegant. If you’re after something more casual, sit on a high table near the bar or outside on the veranda along with the West Perth office workers.IMG_4815

Foni, along with her husband Chris, have spent many years in hospitality all around the world. Their very different experiences bring a lot to this gastro pub. Foni has had a polished, silver service career in high end restaurants as a Maître’D, as well as opening many gastropubs in the UK and Canada. Chris ran some of the hippest bars in East London. Head Chef, Shannon Wilson has rattled his pans all around the world, including at Necker Island for Sir Richard Branson, no less.

As we arrive for lunch, there doesn’t seem to be any wait staff on the floor. We seat ourselves on the veranda and find menus, unsure if table service is on offer. It is and after our wait person arrives, the service is on the ball. At Mayfair Lane you can dine on traditional pub fayre, like bangers and mash or choose something a little fancy, like their lamb assiette. I’m here for one of their signature dishes, the steak tartare, which some have said is the best in Perth.IMG_2178

The extensive wine list is a little bit special. Foni, is somewhat of a Sommelier extraordinaire. The certified wine educator has created what is arguably the best wine list of any pub in Perth. There’s a large choice of by the glass wines and I pick a French rose, feeling confident that it will be a cracker. The pale rose Château Les Crostes Cinsault Grenache is indeed a tasty drop.IMG_4746

I start with the famed steak tartare, $22, which is always a good measure of a kitchen. Ultra-fresh raw steak is bound together with herbs, shallots and a spiced mayo then topped with a gooey, soft-boiled quail’s egg.  I scoop at the delicious tartare with the house made game crisps. It’s spot on.IMG_4771

At $21, the three pan-fried scallops are a touch on the pricey side. Served with a creamy pommes purée, vanilla tomato compote and a verjuice jus, this light dish has well balanced, punchy flavours.IMG_4763 Continue reading

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!