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La Cantina, St Leonards

La CantinaWebsite: http://www.lacantina.com.au/cafes/st-leonards/

La Cantina is located on Atchison Street in St Leonards underneath the Air apartments and is in very close proximity to the train station. I had first noticed the cafe whilst walking around during lunch time at work. It looked so nice! When I had to go into work one Saturday, I dropped by to have a quick breakfast. It is always good to get a hearty meal before getting stuck in the office!

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est. Restaurant, Sydney CBD

Website: http://merivale.com.au/est/

est. Restaurant is an elegant and beautiful dining room located on George Street in Sydney CBD. It boasts Modern Australian cuisine with a French influence by the renowned Executive Chef Peter Doyle. We booked a weekend spot here in anticipation for a lovely night with delicious food and it did not disappoint! Service was impeccable and friendly too. What a great experience!

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The Craftsman Bar Brasserie, Cannington

The CraftsmanWebsite: http://thecraftsman.com.au/index.php

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!

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The Standard, Northbridge

The StandardWebsite: http://www.thestandardperth.com.au/

A couple of weeks ago, an invitation came from the lovely Laura Moseley for an afternoon gathering to check out the Standard’s new summer menu. I was quite excited as the Standard has been on my list to visit for awhile now but I never had the chance until then!

The Standard is located on Roe Street in Northbridge and is a bar, kitchen, wine garden all in one. On arrival, I was ushered up to the balcony located in the garden up the rear end. The balcony overlooks the garden and is perfect for a small event, away from the crowd giving us some privacy but open enough not to lose the ambiance. There were a number of bloggers and foodies attending the event and I managed to meet a lot of those I follow on Instagram which was so awesome. Finally a face to the page!

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150 EAST, Ascot

150 EAST entranceWebsite: http://www.150east.com.au/

The PFEs were invited to 150 EAST located within the Ascot Quays Apartment Hotel to sample their new menu after the restaurant underwent recent big changes, including the arrival of a new Executive Chef, Andrew Dunn. 150 EAST has moved away from “formal dining of the past and is now offering a more relaxed and trendy dining experience coupled with seasonal meals that are great value for money”, I was told. I was eager to check it out.

On arrival, we were shown our table overseeing the pool area on the outer patio area. I thought it would be cold but the area was covered so I didn’t feel the chill. The restaurant has a nice ambiance due to the utilization of soft and glowy lighting (my short stint as a building services engineer in play when I make this comment :P).

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1907 Restaurant, Perth

Inside the restaurantWebsite: http://www.1907.com.au/#!restaurant-home/c16gx

1907 Restaurant, located on Queen Street has been a long standing fine dining restaurant in the Perth scene. I have yet to dine here until a few months ago when we were alerted to a special “Sipping & Dining” event presented by the restaurant and JING tea. The event was held at the restaurant’s opulent dining room with four specially created courses featuring dishes infused with tea led by Head Chef Alan Desouza, and selected specific teas from the JING selection to match each course. How special! Since then we had been back to check out the Petit Degustation as we were quite impressed! Let’s talk about the Petit Degustation first! I will include photos of the “Sipping & Dining” event right after!

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The Deck Marina Bar and Restaurant, Busselton

The Deck MarinaWebsite: http://thedeckmarina.com.au/

Entertainment Card 14/15: One complimentary main course when another main course is purchased (up to a value of $45)

This year, my family and I decided to make the trip to Margaret River to attend the Gourmet Escape Festival. Unfortunately the decision was made a bit late and we found most of the accommodation in Margaret River were fully booked by the time we got round to searching for it! A sign of how popular the Gourmet Escape festival has become! We managed to book a chalet in Busselton instead which is about an hour’s drive from Margaret River. We headed down on the Saturday afternoon and arrived in Busselton just in time for dinner.

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Chilli Orange, North Perth

Chilli OrangeWebsite: http://www.chilliorange.com.au/

I first heard of Chilli Orange through a photo of a chocolate lava cake I saw on foodiecraving’s FB. I was immediately mesmerized! The chocolate lava cake looked so so good! I had to go try it! Booking on a weekend made not long after 🙂

Chilli Orange serves a modern Asian-inspired cuisine in an intimate restaurant located on Angove Street in North Perth. With timber floors, wooden walls and dark thick drapes as a surrounding, I felt like I was dining in a cabin!

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Atrium, Crown

Website: http://www.crownperth.com.au/restaurants/premium/atrium-buffet/about

Hallway to the AtriumThe PFEs were invited to dine at the Atrium Buffet [All-You-Can-Eat] Restaurant within the Crown Perth Complex recently and I happily obliged, not having visited the Atrium since it’s refurbishment a few years back. I had been a number of times previously while it was still under the management of Burswood Complex and had tried their breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. I had stopped going previously, and to be honest it was because I thought the food selections were getting a bit boring.  I was interested this time to see whether any changes have been made!

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The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen, Perth

Signature bird?Website: http://thepaintedbird.com.au/

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen is located in the Wesley Quarter, right alongside retail shops such as Giorgio Armani, Karen Millen, Metallicus etc. I remembered visiting this place a couple of times when it used to be the Quarter Restaurant. I’d only found out recently that there was a change in ownership when my BFF had dinner there one night and told me about it. The name The Painted Bird got stuck in my head as it is such a unique name!

It turned out that the people behind the Painted Bird are formerly of ecucina Restaurant, Chef Ben Toye (also of Darlington Estate Winery and Matilda Bay Restaurant) and Kat Milton, specialising in the delivery of contemporary selection of Modern Australian food with a “European accent”. Painted Bird is named after Chef Ben’s signature dish of duck leg confit, ‘painted’ with mustard and orange, and wrapped in puff pastry.  Too bad I didn’t get to try this tonight! Must keep it in mind for the next time!

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