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Restaurant Review – Sassella’s Tavern (Perth)

Published August 4, 2010 by Mary Jane

Evening Bloggy friends, this week has been a fiasco of eating out and I ain’t complaining. We are still staying in our hotels this week and should hopefully move into our apartment by this Sunday so I can resume to home cooking and baking. So this week, we’ll stick to eating out everyday it’s my break from cooking 🙂 I’m going to finish off with my restaurant reviews in Perth soon and move onto Melbourne – a city where there’s great restaurants great for your tummy but bad for your waist line.

Anyways, this particular restaurant we went for our work team lunch. When we first arrived it was packed with people!! Such a busy restaurant. I’ve always enjoyed going to Taverns, as my recollection of uni days taverns serves big tasty pies and wedges and at a reasonable cost too 🙂 We booked a table and you get to order at the counter and pay for it. They have a kitchen counter to order food and a bar for ordering drinks.

I decided to go for the chicken burger with a sour dough bun served with french fries, my colleagues had some cocktails, grilled burramundi served with salad and fries, steak sandwiches served with fries, stir fried chicken and vegies, chilli pepper squid served with salad and steak. We were given a ticket that shows how long our meal will take. Mine says 10 minutes. I was really curious about whether my food will be ready when I go to the counter to collect, so after 10 minutes, I made my way to the counter and there it is ready for my collection – I was very impressed.

Cocktail

Cocktail

chicken burger with french fries

chicken burger with french fries

burramundi served with fries and salad

burramundi served with fries and salad

Steak Sandwich with fries

Steak Sandwich with fries

Stir fried chicken with vegies

Stir fried chicken with vegies

Steak

Steak

Chilli pepper squid with salad

Chilli pepper squid with salad

Water is self service you go and grab the glasses and fill them up. There are also complimentary bread rolls which you can help yourselves to which I thought was a pretty nice touch. All the sauces are available as well. Our food is pretty great, it’s huge in serves, tasty and well what you expect for a tavern food standard. The food waiting time was good and the waitresses who came to clear our dishes were pretty friendly. 🙂

Here’s my rating:

Dining experience: 3.5 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it? YES – it’s great for a casual dining restaurant, the food is not excellent but it’s tasty and reasonably priced.

Restaurant Review – Nine Fine Foods (Perth)

Published May 21, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, we’ve just had a mother’s day celebration not too long ago and my sister in law decided to organise a get together to celebrate mother’s day. She decided to book a restaurant called Nine Fine Foods which is located in Bulwer street Perth and I’ve been to the restaurant a year ago for my mummy’s birthday and my impression of the restaurant was that it was dim, cramp – the place was small and the food was not too bad – Euro -Japanese food = Japanese food with a twist with European style touch to it. So we were looking forward to revisit this restaurant again. Now because the restaurant place is small they have requested that we order 3 course meal for everyone.

There were nine of us and we had to give them our orders few days before hand. The selection of choice included: Entree – sashimi platter – which consisted of selection of different types of sashimi (tuna and salmon and different cuts), seafood platter – which consisted of deep fried soft shell crabs, sweet potatoes croquette, deep fried prawns or duck meat with scallops. Main was either rib eye steak or salmon and dessert was either hazel nut flavoured icecream or green tea icecream. Both Pandabear and I thought to ourselves, we’ll just both have different dishes so that we can nibble on each other’s dishes… When we arrived the waiter sat us down to our table, the restaurant atmosphere hasnt changed much – dimly lit and quite a small space to fit all these tables. Fortunately, there was another room where they set our tables so we could comfortably sit some along the couches some with normal seats.

My entree was the duck & scallops – I’m not really into any other types of duck meat apart from Roast Duck from Chinese restaurants, so I thought to myself I’ve never had a Japanese style duck dish so I’m going to try it. The presentation is fantastic, the duck meat was equally cut and it’s light pink in the middle so looking rather juicy and moist. It was served with 2 contrast of sauce – I couldn’t really tell what they are but they tasted fantastic! The duck meat was a little chewy for my liking but then it wasn’t over cooked so maybe it’s meant to be done that way. Pandabear went straight for the deep fried seafood platter and I had some of his bits, I loved the soft shell crabs, the deep fried prawns and the sweet potato croquette the presentation was stunning it made the food looks great which in turn you would think the dish would taste great too I love it’s crumbing – Japanese style very tasty. Our brother in law had the sashimi platter and the presentation was lovely with different cuts of the fish in different compartments – he said it was lovely. Very fresh indeed.

The duck & scallops

The duck & scallops

The deep fried seafood platter

The deep fried seafood platter

The Sashimi Platter

The Sashimi Platter

For mains, I had the Salmon which came with the deep fried cabbage croquette. It was a generous serving of 3 pieces of salmon, pan fried and 2 x cabbage croquette – I love the croquette it had that crunch of cabbage texture and a crispy outside crumb. The salmon was served with a thick gravy sauce – couldn’t identify what it was but it was tasty. Pandabear had the rib eye – medium well done served with mash and generous serving of brown sauce – didn’t know what the sauce was. The rib eye steak was cooked to perfection it literally melts in your mouth, love the sauce and the mash was smooth. We were pretty happy with our mains. We also shared on the table some Caviar spaghetti apparently it’s meant to be one of their popular dishes, it had orange roe and tiny black caviars throughout the spaghetti – it was nice with some light crunch of the caviar to give that texture.

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Salmon with Cabbage Croquette

Rib eye steak with mash

Rib eye steak with mash

Caviar Spaquetti

Caviar Spaquetti

As for desserts, Pandabear had the hazel nut icecream and I went for the green tea icecream – I love green tea icecream. The dessert was simple it came with some fresh fruits and as you dig in 1/2 way you realised there’s some sweet red bean inside the green tea icecream that was a lovely little surprise and a great treat – red bean goes really well with green tea icecream.

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

The hazel nut & green tea icecream

Well, we were pretty happy with our meals overall it was pretty tasty, the waiters & waitresses were all Japanese and they were really friendly, our food waiting time was pretty good considered we had a large group of people. The food has definitely improved compared to the last time I was there a year ago so would definitely go back again to try out some other dishes.

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend: YES

Restaurant Review – Bluewater Bar & Grill

Published February 10, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, this week has been one of those weeks. I’ve recovered from the cold and flu symptoms but now I have tummy aches..argh!! Grrr…anyways, I hope it’s not what I have ate for dinner as I’ve been working late I’ve been having to grab some takeaway for dinner rather than cooking some home cooked meals. Anyways, I’m really counting down to the US & Canada holiday trip in March so I can enjoy food & shopping in US & Canada 🙂 only 4 more weeks left to go. Anyways, time for a restaurant review. This particular restaurant is based in Applecross, I went there for my birthday dinner.

Nice city view, a little on the fine dining scale of things. So we got there and were offered whether we would like to sit at outdoor tables or indoors, they recommend for us to sit at outdoor as you can see the beautiful sunset. But, as both Pandabear and myself both don’t like mosquitoes and bugs we figured we’ll sit semi-indoor, 1/2 way between indoor and outdoor and see how we go. That was the right choice as the outdoor people had to constantly wave off little flies and bugs as the night progresses. So the waitress offered us some crusty bread to start with and the seafood platter caught our eyes straight away. It wasn’t cheap, however since it was my birthday we figured let’s splurge abit. So we asked the waitress how big was the serving is it sufficient for 2 people? She was like ‘let’s just say people don’t usually finish the seafood plater as it’s huge!! Sounds great for us 🙂 so we decided to order that as we’re both big eaters (well, actually more like me).

Now when the bread came it was lovely, fluffy and homemade and it even came with some dipping sauces. However, when I stared at the sauces closely I found a little bug in it. So I had to sent it straight back. The waitress apologised and brought another one straight back with ‘it’s now bug free’ I thought that was quite cute. I understand sometimes little bugs do slips into the cutleries and plates from time to time so I was willing to overlook this. When our main course came, it was huge!! 3 sections of it with oysters, scallops, king prawns, fish, salmon, squids and salads. I thought, no worries I should be able to finish this off. However, when I go to the end, I was starting to feel a little full – shouldn’t have eaten the yummy bread. We were so full we couldn’t even fit any dessert in. So overall, very happy with the seafood plater, the waiter came back to collect the empty dishes and said ‘we’ve certainly done well 🙂 ‘

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend it: Yes

Crusty Bread

Crusty Bread

Restaurant Review – Chianti On Colin’s

Published February 4, 2010 by Mary Jane

It’s time for some restaurant review. This particular is situated in West Perth. I’ve been there for a work function for lunch and the service was great and food was great. I’ve decided to go there and try out their dinner. I haven’t been to the place for a few years, so wasn’t sure whether it was still the same chef and decor. When I got there, I was alittle disappointed as it kinda look a little worn out, dark and the chairs looks like it’s been there forever. I was hoping the food would make up for the decore. Anyways, the waitress greeted us and appears quite friendly. After we were given menus and decided what we wanted, we waited there appears only 2 waitress on for the night which is fine considered the place wasn’t packed for a Saturday night. I then came to realise why the place isn’t packed on a Saturday night. We had to ask the waitress to come and grab our order, as she disappears into the kitchen. There was no vegies with the mains so we had to order a side dish of vegies. We asked the waitress how much we need to order for the vegies, she said 3-4 serves should be sufficient for a group of 6. Most of us had the steak, I felt like fish so I ordered the fish dish. One person had the lamb. The presentation is ok, except I find the sauces were everywhere – really it would look nicer if they cleaned the plate a little.

Now the taste of the dishes, most of my friends said it was pretty average. For me, my fish was terrible – the fish was flaky not tender and I feel alittle ripped off cos the serving was quite small. The food was warm instead of hot in temperature. Also our serving of veggies came – we were thinking they were going to bring an extra bowl of veggies but that was it – 3 serving of veggies – that costed us close to a main. So not too happy about the serving of veggies. Now the waitress convinced us to order some desserts as they have great desserts, we decided to try it out – perhaps the dessert will make up for the mains. We had the apple crumble and the creme brulee they were pretty average too. So overall, the food experience was pretty average for the price we paid…Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 2 star
Food Experience: 2.5 star
Would I recommend going: NO

Restuarant Review – Sebastians Italian Cafe

Published February 3, 2010 by Mary Jane

Hello People, time for some restaurant review. This time we are heading down to the Italian Cafe in East Victoria Park. It’s always packed so we wanted to check this place out. So when we got there, there were quite a few tables filled up already. The waitress seemed rather friendly set us down to our table and gave us some water. So we ordered the mains. we waited for our food and it took around 20 minutes for them to serve our main, I think it’s ok provided they were really busy that night. I had the chicken with the avocado sauce. The chicken breast was tender, not dry and I love the sauce very nicely done. Very creamy and not too rich and it complimented well with the simple salad as a side serve. Others had creamy seafood penne and they said it was quite nice, not a huge serving but enough to satisfy your tummy. Mum had the fish and chips and she said the fish was huge, but it was really well done – tender and delicious. my sister ordered steak with mushroom sauce and it came with hot chips. She was pleased with her food. I had a taste of her mushroom sauce as there seemed alot of mushrooms floating in her sauces and I love mushrooms – the sauce was delicious. 🙂 The kids had spaghetti bolognaise and it was quite good, nothing spectacular. I would definitely recommend dining at this restaurant as their serving was sufficient and quite tasty 🙂

Here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend going: YES

Chicken with Avocado sauce

Chicken with Avocado sauce

Seafood Penne

Seafood Penne

Fish and chips

Fish and chips

Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Spaquetti with Bolognaise sauce

Spaquetti with Bolognaise sauce

Restaurant Review – Tony Roma’s

Published January 26, 2010 by Mary Jane

Happy Australia Day everyone 🙂 I have a feeling that everyone will be going out today to watch the fireworks, also some of my church friends will be out today giving out gospel tracts to everyone – I pray that it all goes well 🙂 Anyways, I really Thank God for allowing our family to migrate to Australia – it is indeed a land full of milk and honey. Australia is such a beautiful country, having lived in Perth most of my life I love Perth and I think it will probably the place where I will end up retiring when I hit the old age 🙂

Okies, time for some restaurant review. This particular restaurant was recommended by one of our friends – it’s well known for it’s steak and ribs. Now there’s not many good steak and ribs place in Perth so we were excited to try out this restaurant which is located near Woodside building.

We got there and the atmosphere seemed pretty family orientated – lots of family there and the waitress seemed pretty friendly. We started off by ordering some mocktails – they are fresh juices non-alchoholic very tasty. They come with very cute names – I think from memory – Funky Monkey and Tutti Fruity both comes with strawberry, pineapple, apple, orange and other fruits. Very refreshing. For entree, they gave us complimentary bread rolls that’s very nice of them and for mains I had ribs & steak combo and it comes with corn cobs and coleslaw and Pandabear wasn’t feeling too hungry so he just had ribs and chips.

The serving was huge, the ribs were very tender – they literally fell off the bones and I love the corn cobs very juicy 🙂 Pandabear thought his meal was pretty average cos he felt the ribs were a little bit charred. I agree I think our ribs were have been better if it wasn’t charred but the taste of the sauce was great 🙂

The dessert were great 🙂 we were so full from our mains so we thought we’ll share our dessert – we had Chocolate Avalanche which was layers of chocolate mudcake, cream and icecream with lots of fudge sauce. It was very rich but really yummy 🙂 we both enjoyed the dessert.

So here’s my rating:

Dining Experience: 3.5 star
Food Experience: 4 star
Would I recommend going: YES

I think overall the restaurant did well, the service was pretty good and I really wanted to go back and try the onion cob bread for entree apparently it’s really good…

Bread Rolls with butter

Bread Rolls with butter

Mocktail

Mocktail

Ribs & Steak combo with corn cobs and coleslaw

Ribs & Steak combo with corn cobs and coleslaw

Ribs and chips

Ribs and chips

Chocolate Avalanche

Chocolate Avalanche

Restaurant Review – The Blue Duck Cafe

Published January 25, 2010 by Mary Jane

Okies, I’ve just had some lunch it’s been busy today…now it’s quiet I’ll just continue on with the restaurant review. You guys will have to wait until I head towards USA and Canada for food traveling details in March. Anyways, we had some relatives over from Malaysia and we decided to take them to cottesloe beach to have some brekkie. I’ve been to The Blue Duck Cafe before but haven’t been for a while so it was good to go there again and see what the food is like.

So we got there…I was starving so I decided to have the blue duck cafe works – it has everything – eggs, sausages, hash brown, bacon and toast. You can also choose bacon with eggs only with toast. I felt like some dessert as their cakes looks really yummy. So the relatives had some carrot cake and it was yummy. I wanted to try the orange flourless cake – it was dense and moist – delicious…wasn’t too heavy. To everything went well the service was good. Plus the view was great you can see the beach from the restaurant. 🙂

Here’s my ratings:

Dining Experience: 4 star
Food experience: 4 star
Would I recommend going: YES

Sausage, eggs, bacon and toast

Sausage, eggs, bacon and toast

eggs, hash brown and toast

eggs, hash brown and toast

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake

Orange Flourless Cake

Orange Flourless Cake