{WIN} Tunes on the Terrace at Gusti

Crowne Plaza Hotel, in East Perth, overlooks grassy Langley Park and the Swan River. Their restaurant Gusti is a contemporary place to dine, and not just for guests of the hotel. They invited me down to check out their new Tunes on the Terrace sundowner session, along with one of my friends Renee. We were only too willing to wind down after a busy working week, over a couple of Mojitos and share some tasty food.

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Tunes on the Terrace are held on Fridays and Saturdays. There’s live music, and food and drink specials. We had planned on an evening of food and cocktails on the deck, but Perth’s weather wasn’t playing nice, so we had to make do with sitting indoors. Still, with a window set, it was easy to appreciate just how lovely it would we to sit there on a warm summers evening,  as the sun sets.

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We picked a few dishes to share from the Terrace menu, which is made up of casual, share-style food, easy to eat with one hand – since you’ll be sure to have a drink in the other! There are also burgers and pizzas if you’d like something more substantial.

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The Hummus Club, Northbridge

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Years ago, I discovered The Hummus Club at a Perth foodie event and it was love at first bite. I savoured the Club Mix, served from their pop up food stall,  a delicious combo of all their favourites – a generous serve of hummus, fluffy falafels, a middle eastern salad with a pomegranate dressing and fresh pita. All that was washed down with their refreshing pomegranate lemonade. It was absolutely delicious. When owners Ziad and Kaitlin opened their very own restaurant on William Street, I was so excited to visit!

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Earlier this year, one of my BFFs, Nays and I had booked a table at the Hummus Club. We were there for a early pre-movie bite to eat, before heading to the Rooftop Cinema, in Northbridge. I’d hoped their move from market stall to bricks and mortar restaurant had not taken anything away from what I’d loved about the simplicity of their food.

The very popular restaurant, with it’s vibrant feature wall and neon sign is buzzing and it has a really good vibe about it. Bookings are essential! IMG_4599

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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

Market & Co – Crown Perth

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Little Chef and I have been to some exciting family events at Crown in the last couple of months. Both times, we’ve had plans to have a pre-show bite at one of my favourites, The Merrywell – both times it’s been far too busy to get a table. Our go to “Plan B” is Market and Co, which is found opposite The Merrywell, at the Crown Promenade Hotel.

To be honest, the first time we ate there I wasn’t sure how good the food would be, but we were pleasantly surprised. We sat in the bar area and choose from the tapas menu, which was perfect for what we were after – a few share plates to nibble on.

The kids menu is packed full of all the usual favourites. All kid’s meals are $12.90. Little Chef chose the Hawaiian pizza, which he said was very tasty and had a thin crust.

On our first visit, before Santa’s Magical Kingdom, my Mum and I had quite a feast to get stuck into! We had grilled Turkish bread, $14, which was nicely toasted and served with olive oil, balsamic and a fresh capsicum dip.

The pulled pork soft tacos, $15, were absolutely delicious. The meaty tacos were brimming with lime slaw, chipotle mayonnaise and guacamole. We both really loved those.

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The Village Bar {See Subiaco}

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Subiaco is full of hidden gems that are frequented by locals who I’m sure would like to keep their haunts under wraps. One of these local “secrets” is The Village Bar, which is owned by the same people as the fabulous Little Way in Nedlands. It doesn’t look very big from the outside, but it’s a bit of a tardis, with plenty of room inside.img_0697

The Village Bar, the third venue on our cocktails and canapés tour of Subi, has a pub feel and the menu has a lot of pub favourites on it. We enjoyed some classic share platters, Moroccan crumbed squid rings served with hot sauce, a prosciutto board brimming with cheese, salami, olives, fetta, bread and more, My favourite morsel was the crisp pumpkin and saffron arancini.img_0694

To wash down all of the tasty food we were treated to a couple of their cocktails. First up was their gin and tonic with a twist.. this G&T had an added kick of fresh chilli! It was an interesting take on the classic drink. We also tried a delicious wine based cocktail that has been made especially for the UnWined 2016 after party.img_0691

The Village Bar has good vibes and is a great spot for a casual meal and drinkies with a group of friends. Check out their website for food specials, quiz nights and more.img_0688

NEXT STOP ON THE SEE SUBIACO TOUR… Bibik Chan

**I enjoyed The Village Bar as a guest of the City of Subiaco/See Subiaco **

Gordon St Garage – West Perth

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Tucked down a West Perth side street is an old auto garage, repurposed as a bustling “breakfast till late” canteen. I met Nays at Gordon St Garage for some drinks and nibbles after work, before a spot of shopping at Harbour Town… sorry – Water Town. I’ll never get used to that!img_1275

We were greeted and taken to our seats, which remind me of old bus seats. The décor is up-cycled and funky. The huge vaulted ceilings give the eatery a grand warehouse feel and it has much the same vibe as another favourite of mine, Freo’s Bread in Common.img_1284

It’s been too long in-between drinks for Gordon St Garage and I. I last visited over two years ago and didn’t intend on leaving it so long. It’s a reflection on Perth’s ever expending hospitality scene. Too many places – not enough meals in the day! Nays and I had a few cheeky Friday afternoon drinks at GSG. I love their Mojitos.img_0228

The menu lends easily to share and share we did. First up, we ordered the Bread in Common bread. The fresh bread is perfect for spreading lashings of the scrumptious eggplant and golden beet dips on. We even ordered extra bread – we couldn’t possibly leave any of the tasty dips.img_0227

The gnocchi dish with tomato, capsicum, basil and pecorino was so simple and pretty darn good too! img_0229

Like my first trip to GSG, we really enjoyed the food and laid back atmosphere. I’d still love to return for something a little more brunch-y and to try out their raved about coffee. Hopefully I won’t leave it so long next time.img_1287

Petition Kitchen – Perth CBD

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This month marked the beginning of Eat Drink Perth and where better to join in on the Eat Drink Perth festivities than right in the heart of the city. The beautifully restored State Buildings were once home to the GPO of Perth and the historic city centre. We are spoiled for choice with lots of dining options at the old treasury and Chef and I recently enjoyed a chilled lunch at Petition Kitchen.On first glance Petition Kitchen looks very casual – but don’t be fooled! One of my first impressions was just how polished the service is. IMG_2239

Chef, ever the craft beer connoisseur brought his beer across from Petition Beer Corner (more on that in a later post). The drinks menu at Petition is impressive. I like the way they set out the wine list under headings like “full, generous, textural” and “bright, juicy, herbaceous”. I’m going to have a closer look at that wine list soon! It was a lazy public holiday, so I decided I’d make it a Mimosa Monday *wink*.20160307_122338-1

The menu is set up to share, with mainly small plates; starters, raw, small, meat & fish and sides. First we dived into the charcuterie selection, $29. The plate was piled with a fresh selection of cured meats, including an interesting squid ink chorizo. Pickles, mustard and croutes are on the side.IMG_2217_FotorThe raw kingfish dish, $23 was divine. The fish “cooked” in a tangy ginger vinaigrette was ever so fresh and complimented by the crisp  beetroot and horseradish.IMG_2216_Fotor
Ever the fungi lover, I enjoyed the roasted mushrooms, $20. The many varieties of ‘shrooms,  served with salted ricotta, warrigal greens (a native Australian spinach) and potato made for a very tasty dish!IMG_2227Chef and I both got a bit giddy over the Black Angus sirloin, $32. The tasty steak was perfectly medium rare and accompanied by a rich romesco sauce. The meat was slightly charred and a tad fatty, which gave it a full flavour. A great dish, topped with asparagus and watercress.IMG_2230I’m not sure that we really needed the side of roast potatoes, $8. We had that dilemma when ordering – you know, when you go to a new place and aren’t familiar with the portion sizes – then panic that you’ve under ordered! Anyhoo, though we were getting a bit full, I was glad we ordered the spuds. They were nicely seasoned and served with salt bush and confit garlic. A simple dish, done well.IMG_2225

Struggling a bit, we decided to share dessert. Chef made a brilliant choice with the brown butter parfait, $16. It was a different dessert and we both enjoyed it’s textures. The toasted oat, crunchy apple, and smooth condensed milk complimented each other in a really interesting way. It is pretty too, garnished with sprigs of samphire. IMG_2231

At Petition Kitchen we both agreed that the service, Head Chef Jesse Blake’s deliciously different food and well thought out wine list are all top notch. It’s the perfect place for a classy date night without pretention.IMG_2251_Fotor

For Eat Drink Perth, Petition Kitchen is holding the “In Good Company” food and wine pairing degustation dinner. Enjoy Head Chef Jesse Blake’s rustic share plates, which are promised to be a little bit quirky. Each course is matched with wine. Petition has an extensive wine list – so there are sure to be some cracking drops on offer!

Location: Petition Kitchen, cnr St Georges Tce and Barrack St, Perth

When: Tue 5 Apr 2016 & Tue 19 April

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