The Left Bank, East Freo

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The Left Bank Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

A top spot for lunch on a sunny day is the historic Left Bank, found right on the Swan River in East Freo. We grabbed a table out the front, overlooking the river and its amazing views to the traffic bridges, Fremantle port and beyond.

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At the iconic pub, there’s seating in the conservatory, in the popular leafy courtyard and out the front too.

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I had called earlier, to make a booking, as I know the Left Bank can get really busy, but found that they have a walk in policy. That was fine with us. The Left Bank offers a big menu full of all the pub food favourites.

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Once seated, Chef went over to the bar and ordered our drinks and food. He enjoyed a pint with his view.

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I treated myself to a cheeky mojito. Not long after we ordered, the food arrived promptly.

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There’s a few gluten free options, I chose the grilled Barramundi served with kipfler potatoes, chorizo, kale and a capsicum vinegar ($32). The barramundi was perfectly cooked.

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Chef tucked into the huuuuuge “Wharfies Burger” packed with a beef patty, Monterey Jack cheese, mustard, pickles, battered onion rings, salad, aioli in a toasted pretzel bun ($24).

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As if all that wasn’t enough, Chef upgraded, adding bacon and egg to his burger. The runny yolk was oozing out, making it look even more delicious!

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Little Chef chose the kids cheeseburger and chips ($10) There’s also fish n chips, pizza and mac and cheese for the little ones, who also get a free activity pack to keep them out of mischief! The Left Bank has a kids night each and every Tuesday too. There’s arts and crafts, toys and face painting. Kids also eat free with every main meal purchased.

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It’s a beautiful spot to spend a couple of hours under the pine trees, gazing at the river over a lazy lunch and a couple of drinkies!

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The Left Bank is located at 15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle. Find out more on their website. 

We dined as guests of the Left Bank.

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West at Ku De Ta Perth    

IMG_5554Ku De Ta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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

Crowne Plaza Hotel Perth

IMG_5274From the moment we pulled up at Crowne Plaza Hotel and handed our keys to Concierge to valet park the car, we felt relaxed. With limited time, a family staycation with just 25 minutes travel required, suited us down to the ground.IMG_5331

The four and a half star hotel is right on the edge of Perth’s CBD, with many attractions just a short stroll or free bus ride away. Crowne Plaza Hotel is found on Langley Park, opposite the Swan River. IMG_5511

Check in was very quick and by the time we’d headed up to the 10th floor in the lift, our bags were already waiting for us in the room. We opted for a Premium River View Room (with a trundle bed for Little Chef), so we could enjoy a river facing balcony. Large family rooms are also available, which have two queen beds and larger en-suites. Before we headed out to explore the rest of the hotel, East Perth and track down some food, we had a good look around our lovely room. IMG_5139 Continue reading

C Restaurant – Perth CBD

IMG_7444For Chef and I the C Restaurant evokes thoughts of special occasions, romantic proposals and intimate dinners for two. Saying that, neither of us had actually been, so when we received an invitation (a subsidised meal, not free) to dine at C – we eagerly accepted. It’s a totally unique venue in Perth’s CBD.

IMG_7414We headed into the city mid-week. We parked in the convenient underground car park at St Martin’s Tower and hopped into the lift, eagerly pressing the button to the 33rd floor! Our booking was for 6pm, as I was keen to see the view both in the day and by night.

IMG_7435As the lift doors slid open, we were warmly greeted by the staff. The contemporary restaurant is stylish and classy with white linen tablecloths and tea lights – perfect for a romantic dinner for two! We were seated at the window. It’s no surprise that the view is amazing! It’s from a totally different perspective than we’d normally have on our beautiful city. I’m always in awe of the Perth skyline when we see it from Kings Park or the South Perth foreshore, but at C restaurant you’re right there, amongst all the shiny skyscrapers.

New Image2Chef had to keep telling me to concentrate on the menu – he wanted to order! I could barely keep my eyes off the view and was pointing out all the landmarks. We started our meal with a northerly outlook – we could see NIB Stadium, Forrest Place and its “cactus” art, the Aviary rooftop bar, Perth Arena, the Horseshoe bridge, the State Theatre and much of Northbridge.

IMG_7466We were dining from the four course mid-week dinner menu ($99 pp). We nibbled on a little bread, creamed salted butter and Chittering Valley evoo ($7) whilst we enjoyed the view. If you’re not familiar with C, it’s a revolving restaurant – a first for us! A complete rotation of the floor takes 90 minutes. So you don’t miss out on a thing. The floor moves slowly, but fast enough for you to see it move.

New Image1For first course I chose the Huon Valley Tasmanian salmon tartare with pickled beet, horseradish cream, salmon caviar, fresh orange and garnished with dill. The salmon was very fresh and tasty. It was a light dish, a great way to start dinner.

New Image3Chef had the exquisitely plated goat cheese panna cotta with vinegar glazed beetroot, blood orange, golden beetroot, apple jelly and roasted pecan nuts. It was pretty as a picture. Having a cheese panna cotta was quite different and it was creamy and very smooth. Chef really savoured this dish.

IMG_7456By now, we’d made our way around to Adelaide Terrace – looking east. Dusk was falling and the neon lights on the Perth city council building were putting on a great show for us.

IMG_7469For second course Chef enjoyed the ‘36 hour cooked’ pork belly with a celeriac purée, apple & rhubarb chutney, chorizo crumb and a calvados jus. It was an excellent piece of pork belly – there was hardly any fat on it. The skin was perfectly crackled. A cracking dish!

IMG_7471I thought the slow braised spring lamb shoulder roulade was full of flavour. On the side was a minted garden pea purée, parmesan custard, cumin foam and Serrano ham crisp.

IMG_7458Now we were looking south towards the Swan River – it was a fantastic vantage point to have a view of the Elizabeth Quay development. I can’t wait for it to be finished – adding another dimension and yet more restaurants to Perth.

IMG_7477For third course I enjoyed char-grilled pitch Black Angus beef tenderloin with pumpkin textures, grilled pickling onion, braised beef cheeks roulade and wasabi beef jus. The beef was perfectly cooked and had a fabulous smoky flavour.

IMG_7473The Char-grilled Wagyu beef sirloin was tender and had that buttery flavour synonymous with quality Wagyu. with spinach & potato gratin, braised beef cheeks roulade, shallot purée and persillade d’escargot, spring vegetables (additional $28). Cheeky Chef gave me a “mushroom” to try – I should have noticed his wicked grin! Good job I like snails!

New ImageBy now it was night and we enjoyed the twinkling lights of the office towers on St Georges Terrace.

IMG_7485For dessert my pick was the milk chocolate and passion fruit tart topped with hibiscus whipped ganache and a raspberry sorbet. Very tasty and not too heavy.

IMG_7487Chef was in a chocoholic’s dream with and ooey-gooey chocolate fondant, vanilla Ice Cream, caramelized poached pear. He scoffed the lot and looked tempted to lick the plate. I was enjoying my dessert so much I forgot to take the money shot – when Chef cut into the pudding and the fondant flows out! Whoopsie 🙂

IMG_7418All in all we both enjoyed our first trip to C Restaurant. The service was friendly and attentive. The view was to die for and one-of-a kind. The food was, honestly, better than we had expected.

We try to remain impartial when dining FOC or with a big discount. We concluded we would have been happy to pay for that meal, which, with extras would have come to about $250. It’s something that all Perth-lovers should try at least once. It’s a great place to take visitors to Perth too. C Restaurant actually won a Gold Plate Award for “Best Tourist Restaurant” this week! Congrats!!

I’d absolutely return to C Restaurant. I do think it’s a venue perfect for an extra special occasion. I’d love to dine there on Australia Day – wouldn’t that be spectacular! Our friendly waiter was telling us all about it – sounds amazing.

Thank you to Caitlin for organising and to the C Restaurant’s team for a memorable night!

**The C Restaurant is also in the 2014/15 Entertainment book**

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