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La Vigne Bakery, 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!

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Chinese New Year at the Silks!

Lunar New YearThe 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!

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Sarawak Hawker Cuisine, Willetton

Sarawak Hawker CuisineWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/Sarawak-Hawker-Cuisine-798255573578729/

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!

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Hayashi Japanese, Applecross

HayashiWebsite: http://www.hayashi.com.au/

Hayashi Japanese Restaurant located on Ogilvie Road in Applecross has been around for ages! I remembered having a joint birthday dinner there a fair number of years back. Memories of the dinner were great company, good food but stark ambiance. The lack of warmth in the restaurant had always been the main factor in preventing me from heading back whenever family and friends have suggested dinner there. When I received an invitation to check out the restaurant, I was initially reluctant to attend but then thought to give it another go, maybe things have changed! Rightly so, as we were informed by the friendly manager, Jason that Hayashi is now under new management, taken over by a couple of the existing kitchen staff when the owner sold the place. They have also appointed a new Head Chef. I was excited to check out the new Hayashi!

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D’Big Mama, Coventry Village

D'Big MamaI accidentally stumbled upon D’Big Mama a couple of weekends ago whilst looking for a place to lunch at the Coventry Village in Morley. D’Big Mama is located near the front entrance facing Walter Road W, opposite the indoor playground and a couple of new restaurants I haven’t seen before. Having not visited Coventry for a few good months, I was surprised that so many new restaurants have sprung up! We were tempted though to D’Big Mama as they offer hawkers style of food, one of my favorite cuisine! Halfway through our lunch, the owner of the cafe started chatting to us and we found out that this is a new venture by the same family that owns the Noodle Forum restaurants in Perth City and Westfield Carousel. Traditional handmade noodles…oh yeah!

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Little Grill Vietnamese Cafe, Vic Park

Little GrillWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/littlegrillcafe/

Little Grill Vietnamese Cafe is one of the latest cafes that had opened on Albany Highway in Vic Park, where Maple Crepes Cafe once stood. Its origin is of the Little Lang Nuong (LLN) in Girrawheen and I had thought this was its second store after finding a leaflet Little Grillof this at the Girrawheen shopping centre but chatting to the owner, I was informed that the former has closed down and this is their brand new store! I remembered I was excited when I first found out Little Grill is opening in Vic Park as the food at Little Lang Nuong was really good and it is awesome now it has moved much closer to me! When I told the owner I was a fan of LLN she became quite excited and said she will be expecting to see me at Little Grill more often. For sure! There are still many dishes I wanted to try after tonight’s meal!

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PappaRich, Joondalup

Papparich JoondalupWebsite: http://www.papparich.net.au/

Perthians north of the river jump for joy! The third PappaRich has recently opened inside Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre! No more long distance driving if you are craving for some hawker style food! One fine Saturday I ended up there, thrilled to be invited for lunch to celebrate its opening, I love the food at PappaRich!

PappaRich offers traditional Malaysian cuisine, in the form of authentic, high quality hawker-style street food which is right up my alley. My family and I have been frequent visitors to the Carousel branch as it was much easier to get parking and very convenient to sneak in for a meal after shopping. The same can be said now for the Joondalup branch! H&M, here I come!

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Satay on Charcoal, South Perth

Front of Satay on CharcoalWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/SatayOnCharcoal/

Having pondered over where to go for dinner that day as I do very often, I suddenly remembered Satay on Charcoal, a restaurant I wanted to check out previously but have forgotten about. The tastebuds aligned with the desire for satay sticks that evening so off we went. Satay on Charcoal is located off Mends Street in South Perth, I say “off” as it is actually a back shop on Mends Street, on the rear end of an alleyway. Luckily there is sufficient signage on the pathway so that if one is looking for the restaurant, one can easily find it.

It is a very small and simple restaurant, mainly alfresco dining with only two tables on the inside. I managed to snag the last table on the inside that evening as I remembered to call ahead. Phew! It would have been a long wait otherwise.

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Rossmoyne Chinese Restaurant, Rossmoyne

Rossmoyne Chinese RestaurantWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/rossmoynechineserestaurant

I first heard of Rossmoyne Chinese Restaurant when a fellow Instagrammer tagged me on her post with a picture of a scrumptious looking Hakka Egg Noodles with deep fried pork. It drew me in instantly! The following night I paid the restaurant a visit with the family but to my disappointment found it full! And it was only 530pm! Not to be deterred, I went back again the following week but this time I was smart enough to call ahead, and yes there was a table available! Phew!

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Junkboat Vietnamese, Highgate

Junkboat VietnameseJunkboat Vietnamese is located on the busy Beaufort Street in Highgate, rightInside the restaurant next to the Solomon’s Cafe and opposite the Beaufort Merchant. We came upon it by chance when we were in Highgate one afternoon looking for a place to lunch. It had just opened not too long ago so we thought we’d check the new place out and Vietnamese cuisine is always a favorite.

The inside of the cafe is simple and clean, however slightly cold and clinical. We sat towards the back looking out at the entrance.

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