Monsterella Pizza, Wembley

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Monsterella is a suburban pizzeria with a warm, laid back feel. The bustling Grantham Street eatery has a hip a rustic interior and lively, family-friendly atmosphere. We were lucky to get a booking at the incredibly popular spot. We needed to come in early, which was fine with us, as we’re generally early eaters anyway. We got there at 5.30pm and it was soon heaving with diners.

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As soon as we sat down, a friendly waitress brought our menus as will as a blank pizza box with a load of textas for Little Chef. That’s a very cool alternative to your usual colouring book! He soon set to work, busily designing his own pizza box. Monsterella was named after the way that the owner’s little girl pronounces mozzarella cheese. How cute is that?!

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In no time the eatery was buzzing with busy tables and lot of people coming in for take away pizzas too. Their focus is on handmade wood fired pizza with traditional toppings, though there’s also some tastebud tempting traditional Italian street food on offer, with cheese, meats, salad and fish dishes on the menu. Continue reading

Hermosa Cantina – Wembley

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Hermosa Cantina, found on Cambridge Street, is run by the same team behind the popular North Beach brunch spot, Tropico. We pop by for dinner to see if the Spanish inspired restaurant is worthy of the same buzz its sister venue has created.

It’s an impromptu dinner, we walk in off the street with Little Chef in tow. The modern Spanish eatery is not too full, so we have the pick of the tables and head toward a cosy booth. The light filled dining room has terracotta tones and busy Spanish tiles. We sit at a distressed table, which was previously a door.IMG_3149

A bubbly waiter takes our drink order. There is a varied drinks menu which has a focus on local and Spanish wines. I choose a fruity Spanish Muga rose, a garnacha tempranillo blend, at $45 a bottle.IMG_3088

The first of our shared small plates arrives full of crisp cauliflower cheese and morcilla croquets, $6 each, which are absolutely more-ish.croquettes

The gooey interior is oozing with cheese, mashed potato and Spanish pork sausage, with a tiny squeezie bottle of red pepper ketchup on the side. We have to restrain ourselves in ordering another round, they’re so good.IMG_3099

Another tasty dish “pan con” mushrooms (mushrooms with bread), $5 each, are topped with creamy goats cheese.Mushrooms

We nibble on sliced longaniza sausage, $10. Its mildly spicy with smoky paprika notes. I relish the accompanying green tomato salsa (pun intended!), which compliments the Spanish style salami.IMG_3093

It’s rare to find a restaurant that doesn’t cater for children, fine dining spots being an exception. There is no kids menu at Hermosa, luckily Little Chef is happy enough with a beef slider, $9. Though I’m not too sure if all children would appreciate the patty being cooked medium rare, as adults would. The brioche bun is dripping with mojo rojo – a salsa made of peppers and smoked almonds. The juicy patty is topped with melted sheep’s cheese and pickled zucchini. It’s a posh slider indeed!IMG_3112

We order two scallops, $8 each, topped with tomato and a chorizo crumble. They are presented on half shells and a tad on the small side. The kitchen pre-empt this and we are served four scallops. A welcome gesture and good to see that they are pro-actively wanting to please their customers.IMG_3106

Our meal is a tale of two waiters. The first waiter is friendly, engaging and descriptive with exactly what components we have on our plates. The second waiter simply brings our main meals over and adds he hopes we enjoy our meals, which is fine, but I am left wondering what is in the sauce pot next to my paella, as it isn’t listed on the menu. The service also becomes slower after our bigger plates come out.

Feeling like something more substantial, we relish the free range duck and beetroot paella, $37. It’s a hearty dish with shredded duck throughout, topped with more duck, duck fat migas (breadcrumbs) and baby beetroot leaves. I later discover the sauce is a rich jus of beetroot juice and duck stock.paella

Where is our Wagyu, I wonder? I find it hiding under a mound of crispy kale. I expect a lot from a 6 score wagu steak, $42. This piece of meat was perfectly pink, though I’ve had much tastier steaks. I don’t think rump cap is generally the most flavoursome cut of meat and I would have preferred to see a sirloin on that dish.IMG_3125

On the side are smoked baby potatoes with lashings of decadent beef fat butter.IMG_3121

We really don’t have the room – but we also can’t say no to the choc churros, $14. The three of us polish off a pot of chocolate mousse, white chocolate mint and chopped areo bar – a heavenly combination. A shooter of crème de meth is on the side for dipping. The chocolate churros, though tasty, aren’t as fluffy and fresh as I’d hoped.IMG_3142

Overall, we like Hermosa and it’s slow paced, casual vibe of Spain. The service and the food are generally good and the dishes are well-cooked too. Those croquettes… Olé!IMG_3100

{First published in the Post newspaper }

At a glance

■ Hermosa Cantina

353 Cambridge Street

Wembley

Phone 9387 6448

■ Opening times

Wed – Fri – 10.30am to late

Sat – 7am till late

Sun – 7am to 10pm

■ Rating

food 3

service 4

ambience 4

value for money 3

■ style – Spanish

■ wine – A decent sized wine

list made of mainly local

and Spanish drops.

■ Chef – George Fowler

■ Owners – George Fowler & Garry Kemp

■ feel – casual Spanish cool

■ wheelchair access – yes

■ cost

Snacks – $5 to $19

Larger plates – $9 to $42

Dessert – $14

■ all in all – a laid back cantina with good vibes and tasty food. Drop in

for a glass of vino and nibbles or a have a feast fit for a king.

Mama’s and Papa’s Place – Wembley

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Little Chef and I brunch at the newly opened “Mamas and Papas Place” one Sunday morning. It’s just about opposite the Wembley Hotel on Cambridge Street. We receive a warm welcome as we walk into the teeny-tiny coffee shop.IMG_8193
The family owned café focuses on healthy home-made food and good quality tea and coffee. First we go to sit in the outdoor courtyard, but its a little hot already, so we retreat inside to sit by the air conditioning and giant dog mural. I order a freshly squeezed apple juice for little chef, along with an equally fresh mixed berry muffin. He loves the chunks of fruit in it and scoffs it in no time.IMG_8196
I order a latte for myself. Here they use the Karvan coffee roast, which is local and good quality. IMG_8194
To eat, I choose off the specials board There is also freshly made salads, Panini’s etc in the chiller cabinet. IMG_8205
I have the “Avo Obsession” ($16.50). An avocado and fetta mash on bread of your choosing (I chose grain), with roasted mushrooms and poached eggs. I always hope and pray for runny poached eggs – there’s nothing better than a bit of #eggporn and something to dunk your bread into. Both eggs were spot on and the brekkie as a whole was tasty and filling.IMG_8202
If your out and about in Wembley Mama’s and Papa’s Place is a good spot for a coffee and bit to eat – especially if you’re trying to be healthy!

Feast Café – Wembley

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I popped into Feast café for a spot of lunch on a workday. I’d heard many great things, so I was keen to check it out. There are two Feast cafes – the other being in Nedlands. I was at Feast Wembley, which is on Cambridge Street, almost opposite the Wembley Hotel.IMG_7134

The food at Feast is super fresh – with lots of seasonal produce used. The new summer menu has just been launched which is full of vibrant salads, tasty burgers and other treats from the kitchen – I didn’t quite get that far though. As soon as I walked through the door I was enticed to the chiller cabinet by all the fresh and colourful looking food in there. Everything looked so tempting, I got a terrible case of indecisiveness, but the friendly staff were happy to make a suggestion.IMG_7103

IMG_7107I chose a slice of the Mushroom Tart ($10) and added a side of Vietnamese Chicken Salad ($7.50). I also picked a “Yellow juice” ($7) which was a healthy concoction of carrot, orange and ginger – in a tall glass. It made me feel much better after being stuck in an office full of people with the flu all morning!

IMG_7112The food was plated up in a jiffy and I dove in. The tart was absolutely divine, full of massive morsels of mushroom and the pastry was spot on. The salad was excellent too, packed full of chicken, sesame, fresh mint and crisp bean sprouts, carrot and capsicum, with a Vietnamese dressing on the side. It is also gluten free.

At Feast they use Five Senses coffee, which has to be my favourite. 80% of the time when I have a great cuppa I find out it’s a Five Senses roast.

IMG_7102Little Chef would just love the clean and bright play area – its great for kids. There’s some play equipment for toddlers and a ball pit too. The large glass window means that mums and dads can keep an eye on their little ones, but also be able to have a conversation in peace! Wonderful!

The kids menu is also pretty substantial and includes thing like dino shaped French bread and egg, pancake stacks and gorgeous looking cupcakes. Feast café certainly caters well for families.IMG_7104

The brunch menu looked great too, so I’ve made a mental note to return to try that soon.

 

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