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!
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!
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!
Recently I was privileged to be invited as part of the Perth Food Engineers to attend the Beach Club Summer Launch cocktail party in Cottesloe. The Beach Club, part of the Cottesloe Beach Hotel, is a trendy and sophisticated space designed for ‘guests to catch up with friends, dine and be entertained in style’. I’d been here a couple of times previously for drinks and dinner and loved it both times. I was eager to check out what’s new on the menu this coming summer!
The PFEs have been having a bit of a hiatus recently and have been very slack in updating the blog! Much apologies! Currently trying to get back into the swing of things and going through the backlog of posts. We will be doing something new soon, more about that in the following month!
In the meantime, let’s talk about the Left Bank! We were invited earlier this year to the launch of the new (probably not that new now!) Left Bank upstairs area and to check out their menu. Having heard about this place often but yet had a chance to visit, I was eager to check it out.
The PFEs were invited recently to check out cafes that use Di Bella coffee, coffee beans that are blended, roasted and distributed daily from their roasting warehouse in Brisbane. There were a number of cafes in the list to choose from and I decided on the Little Concept in Freo. It seemed like a chilled out specialty coffee shop looking through their facebook page. I’m in!
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).
A couple of weeks ago the PFEs received an invitation from the Rockpool Bar & Grill to taste test their menu for the new concept Burger Bar they are introducing to the restaurant. How exciting! I couldn’t wait to find out what will be on offer! To add to the excitement, I walked into the restaurant and was introduced to the main man himself, Neil Perry AM! *squeal* I couldn’t believe it! Neil Perry was saying hi and talking to me!
We were seated not long after and Neil proceeded to introduce the concept of the new Burger Bar to us. I must say he is such a humble and engaging man, and such a great public speaker! Check out all the community and charity work he and the Rockpool Foundation is involved with here!
Due to a miscommunication on my part, I was unable to make a cooking class of “baking, pies and tarts” at The Cooking Professor in Churchlands last week. It was such a bummer as I love all things baking, especially learning how to bake a tart! Fortunately my lovely friends were able to attend on my behalf and from their reports had such a ball at the class! I was so happy as they sounded so excited when they gave me accounts of their experience! I even scored a dessert tart made by one of them over the weekend (thanks SC!) The other one of them had so much fun that she wrote a post of her account for me to publish here. Thank you FC, love your enthusiasm when it comes food! Check out the post below, a budding blogger in the making I say!
Howling’s Bar is a newly opened bar and grill located on Miligan St where Nine Mary’s used to be. As I arrived for the opening event and discovered its location, I was surprised that Nine Mary was not longer operating and that a funky bar has replaced it! Nevertheless I was looking forward to check out what Howling’s Bar is all about.
Stepping into the premise, I observed a modern and chic joint, with high bars, booths and lounges settings. I especially liked the lighting design which gave off a warm hue to its surrounding. It looked fabulous! The place was packed with VIPs, foodies and patrons eager to experience the venue and to sample the menu.