Oh gosh, it’s been a fair while since I last posted on the site! Work has been really hectic which took up most of my time the last month or so. It is only now settling back to normal. Time for a post 🙂
I’d been hitting up a number of Thai restaurants lately as the Hubby loves the cuisine. I must say the Thai cuisine here is much more advanced than Perth’s, also cheaper and a bit less formal. There are so many Thai cafes in the city! We’d been going to a different one every fortnight or so haha I’m going to be an expert in Thai food soon 😛 This post though is on a quick stopover brunch we had at Big Tree House in Rydalmere whilst we were still living in Eastwood.
La Vigne is a bakery is located on the ‘Korean’ side of Eastwood on Rowe Street, I’d been here a couple of times when I visited Sydney previously as it is located very near to where the hubby is staying. It was quite fascinating when I first found out that this particular part of Eastwood is divided by the train line where one side houses all the Korean shops and restaurants, and the other mainly of Chinese/Asian influence. I don’t think we have anything similar in Perth. At least here we know where to go when we have specific cravings!
Hello May 2016! It’s been nearly 1.5 months since I relocated to Sydney to join my husband in our new lives together. Everything had been a whirlwind leading up to the move, our wedding in March, Japan trip with the family, and then straight to Sydney after only 4 days back in Perth from Osaka/Tokyo/Singapore. The last few days in Perth consisted of packing, packing and more packing. I have accumulated a lot of things at home and in the office even though I had just moved to a new house and a new office space late last year. I guess the previous packing was more like a “shove everything in the boxes and take care of them later” attitude. Always a price to pay for that!
The Craftsman Bar and Brasserie is located at Carousel Shopping Centre next to Han’s Cafe and opposite Zushi Bento / Fast Eddy’s. It’s a big establishment, one can’t miss it if one enter Carousel through this entrance, the most common way to get to Hoyts cinema. I pass the Craftsman countless times whenever I shop at Carousel or catch a movie at Hoyts but have never thought of dining here before. From the outside it seems to me just a bar where people drink and have finger food. When I was invited recently to check out the place, I was surprised to find a dedicated restaurant inside with a notable difference in ambiance to the outside! Silly me for forming an impression even before venturing further in. The menu is a modern Australian fare with a few ‘classic’ pub items thrown in as well. A great start to the discovery of this place!
Just last month I was contacted by Chef Lorenzo Schiaffini regarding his new Italian restaurant in Ellenbrook and the menu sampling lunch he was hosting. Not having ventured to Ellenbrook before, it was a good opportunity to head down that way to see what it has to offer. It was also very enticing as Chef Lorenzo was the Head Chef of the renowned Jamie Oliver’s Italian eatery Perth for the last two years but have now decided to venture out on his own in the suburbs with his business partner, Mark Barnett. Lucky people living in Ellenbrook!
It was the day before the New Year, it was hot, I had just arrived back to Perth and was down with the cold, it wasn’t a good time to cook but we needed to eat! I looked up a few cafes that I wanted to go to but they were all closed. Thank God for instagram at a time like this, one #perthcafe hashtag search and I found Pearth Organic Kitchen. Described as an organic cafe serving breakfast and lunch, it was right up my alley. I needed something healthy and simple, an organic cafe fitted right in!
The Lunar New Year (LNY) has always been celebrated at the Crown Perth and this year is no different! I was told that LNY is the second busiest time of the year for them! Two weeks of festivities with entertainment, activities, fireworks and most important of all, feasting! Who wouldn’t enjoy it? Crown has a number of events and special menu lined up until the end of February. Check it out here! And don’t forget the 7.5m crystal Wishing Tree found at the lobby for an amazing LNY picture!
The LNY celebrations begin at Silks with a signature banquet designed by the Master of Cantonese cuisine, Head Chef Pat Cheong. Thanks to the Crown Perth, I was invited to celebrate this festive season with a lunch at Silks where we sampled a few of the dishes from the Signature Banquet. I was most excited! Sadly this menu was only available up to the Saturday that had just past (13 February). For those who have missed out, there are other dishes in their main and dimsum menu which are great too! Some of the dishes I’d tried when they first opened are shown in my previous blog post :). Get in fast for next year!
Located in my old hood, Burrendah Boulevard in Willetton, Sarawak Hawker Cuisine has been a favorite of mine ever since they opened late 2014. It is our “go to” restaurant for our fill of noodles and rice dishes especially their specialty, the Kolo Mee, a favorite in the Sarawak (East Malaysia) world, where the noodles are flash-boiled, and topped with garlic and shallots, minced pork and shredded of BBQ pork. Simple but delightful. What makes it special at Sarawak Hawker is that the noodles are handmade in house and one get to experience the springiness of freshly made noodles at a very reasonable price. Win!
Last weekend I was blessed to be invited to the launch of Jersey Jack, located on Preston Street in Como, right next to Hangout Bar & Cafe and Nasi Lemak Korner. Jersey Jack is a dessert cafe / ice cream parlour / coffee shop all in one! There is much excitement as another dessert parlor joins the ranks in Perth. Can’t wait to check out their gelato!
Cocoa and Rose is a small quaint cafe located on Hay Street towards the East Perth end where Tiffin Room once stood. I had been recommended to check out the lunch at Tiffin Room for the longest time but did not get a chance until recently. By the time I visited though, it had been replaced by Cocoa and Rose. Nevertheless I went in for a quick lunch.