DOME opened a new outlet at Halls Head Parade in Mandurah, right underneath a brand new apartment, overlooking the beach. I was looking forward to going there on this hot summer New Year’s Day (no nicer way to relax than to have lunch & coffee with such a nice view). I was doubly surprised when I realised the apartments above the cafe might be the ones the company I used to work at designed the electrical services for, I remember checking and changing the outdoor lightings, brings back memories.
***Restaurant no longer operating…replaced by Wild Duck***
Entertainment Card: 25% off the total bill (up to $30 value)
Borsalino Ristorante is a classy Italian restaurant located in Nedlands. You can’t tell much from the outside but once inside, you know that this restaurant is different. They spent on their decor, with jarrah floors and everything wooden, you almost feel like you are in an ‘olden day’ cottage. As soon as you arrive, you are greeted by a Host (I reckoned he owns the place!) who was very proper and explained everything to us in detail (he reminded me of a butler for some reason). You do not get a food menu as he preferred to explain everything in person – as a more personal touch to his service.
Coffee Club is a great place for a quick lunch and coffee. What I like about this cafe is the modern decor and the cleanliness of the place. On a hot summer day, the air-conditioning was also very welcoming. The staff was polite and friendly at the counter and took our order with a smile.
Utopia is a great place to get the popular Asian drink, Bubbletea (BBT). BBT originated from Taiwan and is a tea based drink containing traditionally gelatinous tapioca pearl “Sago”. However, BBT has evolved into a whole new level in recent times – there are over 50 different flavours with or without milk, it comes hot or cold, and you could add extras such as flavoured jelly, flavoured pudding, aloe vera, etc. For those familiar with Utopia, you would know what I’m talking about if I wanted something like “Summer Love” or “Horlicks”.
Tai Wah Chinese Restaurant located on Mandurah Terrace is a typical suburban Chinese restaurant in Mandurah. The place is spacious and as typical suburban restaurant goes, is decorated with lots of Chinese New Year pieces such as lanterns, firecrackers, red writings, the whole works.
By the time we sat down at the table, I was quite hungry. Judging by the demography, I did not have high expectation of the menu and I was not surprised. When my mum saw the disappointed look on my face, she told me there is a “special” Chinese menu which we could order from. We asked for the “special” menu, it was slightly better but still was not that flash. For those who do not understand this concept of having two menus, it is quite common in a Chinese restaurant to do that to cater for both typical Chinese food (such as sweet&sour pork, spring rolls etc) and more authentic Chinese food (which might not be favourable to some people). I know all these as I used to work in a Chinese restaurant during my uni days. So if you are after something different, ask for the “special” menu but just be aware that not all restaurants will carry two menus.
***Restaurant no longer operating…replaced by Tabella***
Next Door is situated right in the heart of Fremantle along the cafe strip on South Terrace. My best friend brought me there as she read in The West that they had the BEST sticky date pudding in Perth and she knew sticky date pudding is my current favourite dessert so she wanted to try it out. What a sweetie!
We decided to sit out on the alfresco as it was a warm evening and it’s always nice to hear the bustling of people eating and chatting along the strip. Next Door definitely has its own distinctive style – check out the chairs (pictured below), we were amused by them the whole night.