Tony Romas, Perth CBD

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When staying in the City, Chef, Little Chef and I enjoyed a family dinner at Tony Romas, a short stroll up Hay Street from our hotel. It’s a family friendly, international chain restaurant that specialises in ribs. I’m obsessed with ribs and I’d been craving Tony Roma’s ribs for a quite some time. It had been a few years since our last visit there – would it still be as good as I remembered?

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We were easily seated without a booking as it was early on a Sunday night. It’s a large restaurant with plenty of tables and some cosy booths too. I knew exactly what I wanted (ribs!). Ordering was a breeze; I just had to choose two sides with to go with my ribs. There’s’ a good choice; Corn on the cob, Wild rice, chips, broccoli, coleslaw, baked potato – I chose a roasted potato and slaw. Little Chef had a good choice of several dishes on the kids menu.

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Just after we placed our order. We were given a complimentary sliced baguette and garlic butter. The butter melted on the warmed bread, it was a nice touch. Continue reading

Barque – East Fremantle {CLOSED}

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Charming George Street has to be one of the prettiest neighbourhoods in Fremantle, with its historic terraced cottages and quaint eating spots. The old Grand George Hotel, presides over the east end of the street, looking down at the many cafes, boutiques and restaurants on the historic dining strip. Soon the hotel which has been closed for almost forty years, may be restored to it’s former glory, which would be wonderful to see! IMG_2019Chef and I are enjoying a stroll along the tree lined street and stop at one of the popular restaurants, Barque. We have the option to sit in the sun drenched courtyard, on the veranda or inside the little blue colonial cottage.IMG_2023The Freo doctor is a little blustery and we opt to sit inside. The renovated interior is eclectic and inviting.IMG_2028Our waitress immediately brings us water and their drinks menu. The wine list is a decent size, though only four reds and four whites are available by the glass. Mostly Australian drops feature with a few Europeans thrown in for good measure. I choose the local Stormflower Sauvignon Blanc. It’s a smooth and fruity drop from Margaret River which has notes of gooseberry, nectarine, passionfruit and guava. A perfect match for Asian flavours.IMG_2027The menu at Barque is described as modern Asian fusion. The dishes are designed to share and we choose two small plates, a side and two more substantial dishes. Will that be enough or too much, I worry. Our waitress assures us that we’ll have plenty of food and we put our trust (and hungry tummies!) into her hands.IMG_2024The first dish from the kitchen’s pass is soft shell crab, $11. It’s a make your own snack and we set about wrapping the crab in an iceberg lettuce leaf. The deep fried crab, topped with spicy kimchi (shredded chili cabbage), fresh mint, coriander and crisp lettuce make for a delicious start to our meal.IMG_2031This is quickly followed by lamb ribs, $18. The generous serve of ribs are very moist and bursting with rosemary. They are well-seasoned and a touch fatty, which only adds to the lip-smacking meaty flavour. IMG_2037Though the smoked bbq pork shoulder, $27, is on the “substantial” part of the menu, we think that three slices isn’t really substantial enough. A well balanced grilled peach and fennel salad accompanies the smoky slices of pork. The tasty meat is more-ish and we certainly want more of this dish!IMG_2033The prized half roasted duck, $36, arrives at our table. Along with the whole fish, it is one of Barque’s most popular dishes. The tender duck is served on the bone and it has wonderfully aromatic and crisp skin.duckFor an additional $8 we order pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumber & spring onion. We eagerly make our duck pancakes, with lashings of plum sauce. This is another get your hands dirty kind of dish. I’m not one to pick at bones in restaurants, so I would have preferred the meat was shredded for us. I think there would have been less wastage that way too.IMG_2064We’re not yet full and for dessert I pick the vanilla cheesecake, $14. The creamy dessert is served with poached rhubarb that has been spiced with cardamom and star anise. It’s a deconstructed style dish, with a nut brittle on the side, instead of the traditional biscuit crumb.cheesecakeChef devours the rich chocolate marquise, $16. Sprinkled with salted caramel oats, the silky smooth chocolate marquise, is made from bitter Vietnamese chocolate and finished with a dollop of sour crème.IMG_2070Barque is a great little spot for a date night or to share meal with friends. We wander off into the summer night, our hungry tummies satisfied. This part of the world leaves me with a romantic notion of living in a quaint old cottage with a food-topia like George Street at the end of my street – East Fremantle locals I envy you!IMG_2080

At a glance

■ Barque

125 George Street

East Fremantle

Phone 08 9339 5524

■ Opening times

Weds – Fri: 12 to 10pm

Sat: 9am to 10pm

Sun: 9am to 3pm

■ Rating

food 4

service 4

ambience 3.5

value for money 3.5

■ style – Asian Fusion

■ wine – well-chosen mainly

local wine list.

■ Chef – Stuart Mitchel

■ Owners – Simon & Charles

■ feel – relaxed & classy.

■ wheelchair access – no

■ cost

Small – $4 to $26

Substantial – $27 to $68

Dessert – $12 to $16

■ all in all – The well cooked food

is on point. Service is always at hand,

but not in an intrusive way.

Chophouse – Perth CBD {CLOSED}

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Chef and I literally blow in through the front door of Chophouse, from the blustery wind tunnel that is St Georges Terrace. The two story restaurant is a warm haven – full of hearty, meaty smells on a cold winter’s day in the city.IMG_9674

Chophouse, a Sydney based restaurant which has recently opened their second eatery in Perth, is right next to the revamped Cloisters food arcade, in the heart of the CBD.IMG_9677

We’re seated upstairs in the cosy dining room, which has the feel of a bygone time. Downstairs is a bar area and an outside deck which will be perfect for a cheeky after work drink in warmer months.interior

The pleasant service is off to a shaky start, which can be wholly blamed on technology – the iPad isn’t playing ball, so it’s back to the old pen and paper to take our order. Our friendly waiter brings us a selection of freshly baked breads to nibble on – I like the multigrain sourdough.IMG_9652

The wine drinkers are well catered for with an extensive list which has many local, interstate and international wines available from places as far away as Lebanon. Boutique beer is very on-trend and there is also worthy selection of local craft beers, including Eagle Bay and Young Henry.IMG_9663

Chophouse is described as an Australian version of a New York steakhouse. Whilst it’s not in-your-face American, there’s a few subtle nods to its influence on the menu. Chef has a hankering for some dude food and the mac and cheese bombs ($18.90) fit the bill perfectly. Macaroni cheese, made with three cheeses, is crumbed, deep fried and served with a Napolitana sauce, delicious!IMG_9653

I devour the Yellowfin Tuna entrée ($24.50). The exceptionally fresh fish is seared and sits upon a scrumptious avocado and wasabi puree – a tasty combination that should be used more often in my opinion. It is topped with crunchy kohlrabi – a vegetable from the cabbage family.tuna

For main, we eye off the colossal chophouse tomahawk, which has been dry aged for 4-6 weeks. At $10 a kilogram, it would cost about $170 – my bet is that it’s worth splashing out on.

I choose a more conservative beef short rib ($36). The deliciously tender piece of meat practically slides of the bone with a gentle poke from my knife. It is glazed with a sweet and tangy house made barbecue sauce.IMG_9659

The beef fillet ($54.90), served on the bone, is perfectly cooked medium rare and full of flavour – as aged meat should be. Served with a chutney and jus, there is also a choice of accompanying sauces.IMG_9657

As with many upmarket steakhouses, at Chophouse you need to order side dishes, which turns it into quite an expensive meal for two. We share garlic and herb seasonal greens ($9.20), the shoestring fries ($9) and a piping hot cauliflower gratin ($12.90) arrives a few minutes later. It is made with a Gruyère and parmesan béchamel and finished with sourdough crumbs.IMG_9662

With very little room to spare, Chef and I share dessert. We are so glad that we do, as it’s a cracker! The popcorn brittle semifreddo is as good as any dessert gets. A fluffy layer of marshmallow tops the silky semifreddo, which sits on a layer of sponge cake. The popcorn and honeycomb brittle, and a smear of salted caramel sauce give crunch and a salty kick to the dish.semmifreddo

For such a new restaurant, Chophouse has certainly hit the ground running. It is pricy, though the seasonal produce is top notch and cooked to a very high standard. If you are mad about meat you won’t be disappointed with Chophouse.

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At a glance

■ Chophouse

200 St Georges Tce

Perth

Phone 1300 246 748

■ Opening times

Mon -Fri 12pm – 12am

Saturday 6pm- 12am

■ Rating

food 4

service 3

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Steakhouse

■ wine – extensive list, many WA,

Interstate and International wines.

■ Chef – Scott Alfonso

■ Owner – Keystone Group

■ feel – Warm, rustic/industrial interior

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Entree – $18.90 to $38.90

Mains – $19.90 to $170

Dessert – $6 to $12.90

■ all in all – Friendly service

& marvellous meats. Excellent

desserts certainly not an afterthought.

One for the carnivores!

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

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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
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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

V Burger Bar – Floreat

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Chef and I don’t always crave extravagant food – sometimes something casual appeals to us even more. After a 12 hour shift in the kitchen, plating up sous vide meats, foams, jus and this and that – Chef especially wants food that is deliciously uncomplicated.

We found ourselves at V Burger in Floreat on a night when neither of us wanted to cook at home. It’s at Floreat Forum shopping centre – opposite “The Boulevard” pub. It overlooks a leafy courtyard, you can dine alfresco or inside.IMG_7618

The service was very warm and friendly. Watching the open kitchen it looked like everything was running like clockwork. To start, we nibble on panko crumbed mushrooms ($8), which were heavenly. The crumbed button mushrooms are served with a wickedly creamy blue cheese sauce. So scrumptious!IMG_7605

I chose my burger from the newly launched brioche menu. Though the bread is far from healthy (brioche contains sugar and lots of butter) for me, it makes the perfectly flavoured burger bun. The Piggy Back ($14.50) is packed full of off the bone pork ribs, homemade bbq sauce, jalapenos, coleslaw & onion rings. It’s not as tall as Chef’s monstrous burger, but there is still plenty of burger! I’ve had may a burger in my time and I’m going to go out on a limb to say this is my favourite of all! I’m a sucker for ribs and this was spot on. The slaw wasn’t an afterthought and was really crunchy, creamy and tasty – I’d happily eat that on it’s own.IMG_7614

Chef chose the Crispy Crisp burger ($12.50) In between the Turkish buns was a prime beef patty, a tower of crispy battered onion rings, mixed gourmet lettuce, tomato, aioli & relish. Chef also chose to add bacon, cheese and chorizo for an extra charge. It went down a treat and Chef was very impressed. He reckoned it was up there with the best burgers he’d eaten.IMG_7611

Little Chef wolfed down a Mini Fish & Chips ($9.50) A perfect kids sized portion of crumbed fish fillets, served with chips & tartare sauce. Outside V Burger there is a small playground, which would suit kids that are of a toddler age.IMG_7602

Salads are also available, for those people who are a bit more health conscious. There’s also Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for those who aren’t! We just couldn’t say no to some freshly baked chocolate brownies to finish off our dinner. Yummo!IMG_7616

Chef and I have long been big fans of Grilld burgers, we also like Jus and Missy Moos. This was our first trip to V Burger and we did agree that V Burger has raised the bar very high for us – I think we’ve found a new favourite!! Check it out – you’ll thank us for it. V Burger certainly puts the “EAT” into Floreat! It is also found in East Vic Park.

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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.

Joondalup Festival 2014

UntitledaThe annual Joondalup Festival is on this weekend, 2pm till 10pm each day! It’s a great community event. The weather looked a bit dicey, but luckily we didn’t get rained on, though it threw it down just after we left. Little chef and I headed down the Joondalup CBD in search of food trucks, and we found so much more.UntitledpThe main food area is on Grand Boulevard. Long communal tables have been set up to dine at – under the gumtrees and fairy lights. There are lots of food stalls including paella, juices, Japanese, Hare Krishna Vegetarian, churros, pizza etc etc. We were spoiled for choice!IMG_0841

El Asador

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I’ve been dying to try these meaty ribs since I saw them at the Beauford St Festival (the line there was too big). The Argentinian beef ribs are grilled on massive coal BBQS. I can smell them a mile away – devine! The ribs were topped with chimichurri (a salsa made from herbs and spices like parsley & garlic). They were lip smacking-ly good.IMG_0868

Butty’s

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I’m a BIG fan of Butty’s burgers. Take it from me, their Rib burger (bursting with sous vide rib meat) is TO DIE FOR! Tam is an excellent chef and I was pleased to hear that he’s got a few more foodie things in the pipeline happening soon. This time Little Chef had some cheesy fries – and I may have pinched a few… They are proper crinkle cut fluffy fries, with a sprinkle of spice, melted cheese and onions. Yummo.IMG_0872

Delish IceIMG_0846I love Delish Ice, in a gorgeous retro caravan. It’s a staple at most hawkers and markets around Perth. Somehow I always seem to miss out on the salted malted caramel ice pop! Not this time! It was just as good as everyone has been saying and Little Chef loved his Raspberry Lemonade ice pop too.IMG_0848

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Little Chef just couldn’t go past the macaroon stall. He picked a scrumptious blueberry flavoured macaroon, which he wasn’t prepared to share, even for a ride on the carousel!IMG_0890

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend, you can’t go too far wrong with a trip to the Joondalup Festival. There’s great live music, rides for the kids, fashion shows and a big top with a big program of cabaret and other fun shows. Entry is free and there’s lots to do for all the family. Luckily, It looks like the weather forecast for Sunday is dry! Untitledd

And don’t forget that Butty’s Burger!Untitledb