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****Koko Black Summer Oasis****

Website: http://www.kokoblack.com/

Koko Black has recently launched their new Summer Oasis range of desserts and the PFEs were invited to check them out at one of their Salon. I was really excited as I was only there a week prior savoring the Raspberry Chocolate Dome (picture at the end of this blog post) and I loved it! I picked to go to the Koko Black Salon at Claremont Quarter so that I could throw in some late night shopping after work on a Thursday night. Win-win for me ūüôā

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Typika Artisan Roasters, Claremont

Website: http://www.typika.com.au/

I first heard of Typika Artisan Roasters when a friend noticed the massive queues outside the cafe on a weekend and wanted to find out what the fuss is all about. (One advantage of being a food blogger is that I always get wind of new restaurants, places to find great food and interesting foodie stories! Love it!) The breakfast menu didn’t quite entice me as much as the lunch menu but unfortunately they do not serve lunch items on the weekend! Sad! Luck had it though that the office I’m working in recently moved to Nedlands and my BFF wanted to lunch there after hearing of their $80K coffee machine (which turned out to be $800K according to the West Australian – oh my word!). The planets aligned and I found myself there one afternoon for lunch ūüôā

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Asian Night Kitchen, Claremont Quarter

Last night I decided to visit the Asian Night Kitchen at CQ after reading what is on offer on their website:

“On the menu to tantalise the tastebuds will be Thai tapas, Japanese pancakes and pastries, onyaki balls, Singaporean curries and noodles, asian style crepes and much more”.

Sounds awesome!  My excitement grew as dinner time drew closer.

The Asian Night Kitchen is held outside the square facing St Quentin Avenue, right where Atomic and Koko Black are situated. ¬†We arrived around 7pm and was amazed at how packed the place was….and also how pretty they have decorated the area. ¬†There were bright lanterns and lights hanging from the stalls and the eating area. ¬†It was so beautiful! ¬†The atmosphere was also buzzing with chatters, laughs and merriment all around!

 

We surveyed the stalls and came to a realisation that there was a queue for all the stalls!  There were six stalls in total РI think it was a case of too many people, not enough food stalls.  We started off lining up at Kitsch which were selling Corn Fritters with plum sauce, Sticky Pork Ribs and Chicken & Prawn Laksa.  

The stall next door was selling sweets and snacks and as the line was short, I jumped over to get some Curry Puffs.  Besides that, they were also selling Boxing Chicken, Spring Rolls and Assorted Kuehs.  The Curry Puff ($3ea) was a good filler while we waited in line, it was gone in 3 bites.

  

We got tired of waiting at Kitsch and so decided to head over to the Satay on Charcoal stall (the meat on grill aroma was too enticing!).  On sale were Satays, Curry Puffs, Samosas, Nasi Lemak, Fried Chicken Wing.  We waited 20mins or so before getting to the front of the line!  Finally!  We had the Satay Plate ($9) and Nasi Lemak ($7) with an extra Fried Chicken ($2.50).

  

The Satays were yummy, freshly grilled at the stall, and I loved the satay sauce that was piled on and the ketupat (rice dumpling) that came along with them.  The Nasi Lemak was great too!  The sambal was not too hot and had a sweet taste to it and the Fried Chicken Wing was well marinated.  Tasty!  The best part though was the crunchy peanut and ikan bilis!  They were so good!

The stall next to this is the Fumi’s Japanese Pancake and Noodles and the line was extremely long too. ¬†We decided to skip this stall, but here are some pics of the cook in action. ¬†Looks good doesn’t it?

 

The next one along was the Canteen and they had some pretty cool things on offer, Pork Belly Buns, Salmon, Watermelon + Coconut Salad, Tasting Plate etc.  There were only two items left by the time we got round to the stall, and there was also a wait for the Pork Belly Buns so we decided to skip this.  The Pork Belly Buns though looked amazing (from spying the final product earlier in the evening).

 

The next stall is the Japanese Savoury Pastries stall. ¬†There was also a line to this but as this is the last stall we decided to wait (no more stalls to skip :P). ¬†It was nice to see the ladies hard at work making their version of the ‘Takoyaki’ balls for us to enjoy (no squid but with cheese). ¬†They tasted very good to me but my friend found them doughy. ¬†They were 8 for $7.50 with your choice of sauce.

    

One thing that saved this whole long queues and waiting process were the great entertainment on the night. ¬†There were traditional chinese dancing, kung fu performances and live music. ¬†I especially like the girl singing at the end, she sounded awesome! ¬†She’s part of a band called a Spoonful of Sugar. ¬†Totally digged it!

 

By the time we finished around 830pm, there were still queues to the stalls!!

All in all I really enjoyed myself even with the long wait.  The atmosphere of the place was a major contributor.  There was also an Asian style cocktail bar in the corner but no more queues for me.  We left, did some shopping and ended up having our drinks at Koko Black instead.

The Asian Night Market is on every Thursday night 6- 9pm in March so there are still two weeks left (22nd and 29th of March) to visit this event if you have not done so already.  But be warned of the wait!

…..Still worth the wait though ūüôā

Narration by: Miss L

Koko Black, Claremont

Website: www.kokoblack.com

Koko Black is the¬†newly opened chocolatier¬†located in¬†the glamorous¬†Claremont Quarter on St Quentin Avenue in Claremont.¬† My first taste of Koko Black was in Chadstone in Melbourne when a friend had asked me to buy some chocolates back for them.¬† It was¬†a good enough reason for me to try their chocolates out (I was a diehard loyal fan of Max Brenner before that, well I’m still is!).¬†¬†I remembered their range of dark chocolates were fantastic, so I was quite excited that they are opening a store here in Perth.¬† There are not that many good¬†chocolatiers around, and one less ever since Leonidas closed down on St Georges Terrace so it was welcoming news –¬†another place for me to buy my dose of chocolates.¬† Yay!

We made our way there one Saturday morning to try their high tea.  As it was the weekend before Easter, the place was chock-a-block with people buying easter eggs!  The shop was full of colourful and lovely easter eggs!  Loved the atmosphere in the air.  On the other side of the shop, Kim Linssen, the Head Chocolatier was stationed, busy making chocolate tarts for the cafe.  A very lively place indeed!

 

The shop is adjoined to the cafe which is brightly lit and spacious Рthere is an indoor and outdoor seating area with comfortable sofas!  Great!

 

The menu (or parts of it):

 

Our order:

  • Traditional Iced Chocolate ($7.75)
  • Queen of Hearts Platter – sharing for two ($18.50 pp)

 

I’d been wanting to try the Queen of Hearts (Koko Black’s interpretation of the revered high tea as they nicely put it) ever since I saw the blog writeups about it at the media event.¬† It came with a choice of either tea, coffee or hot/iced chocolate.¬†¬†We both ordered the Belgian Hot Chocolate Mocha¬†as recommended by my friend to be¬†yummo.¬† And truly it was really, really good!¬† I loved it.¬† It was thick and flavoursome.¬† A truly gorgeous drink!!¬† I want more!¬† The Traditional Iced Chocolate¬†looked beautiful too (I didn’t get to try it but I know it must be good just from the outlook.¬†¬†I have an excuse now to go back! :)).

¬†The Queen of Hearts platter consists of an array of savoury (Sandwiches, Leek&Ricotta Tart, Pancetta&Cherry Tart)¬†and sweet (Lemon Tart, Brulee Tart, Pannacotta,¬†Chocolate Brownie,¬†Lamington)¬†items.¬† My first thought when I saw the platter was how small it was!¬† I don’t know about most people but I tend to eat quite¬†a bit especially during the day!¬† My friend had the exact same thoughts especially as the platter cost $37 in total.¬†¬†The savoury items were a bit disappointing and insufficient in amount, however the platter was saved by the sweet items especially the Lemon Tart, Brulee Tart and the¬†Pannacotta.¬† These three items were my favourite.¬† The¬†tarts were really yummy!

Overall, Koko Black is a great place for dessert – they have the most decadent beverages and I’d heard their individual desserts are marvellous too.¬† Some items may¬†be overpriced but still worth a try! (This is¬†the sweet tooth in me talking).¬† I can’t wait to go¬†back to try the other desserts on the menu especially¬†the Chocolate Tart!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Koko Black
Telephone: 08 9284 2049
Address: 23 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont

Trading Hours

Monday to Thursday: 9am ‚Äď 10pm

Friday to Saturday: 9am ‚Äď 11pm

Sunday: 1030am ‚Äď 10pm

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Crepe Cherie, Claremont

**LATEST UPDATE Aug 14**

Restaurant no longer operating!..restaurant is permanently closed

Website:  www.crepecherie.com.au

During the recent¬†festive holidays, I found myself having more time to explore Perth’s numerous eateries¬†and through a friend’s recommendation from the local newspaper, found¬†the¬†Crepe Cherie, located in¬†Maude Jackson Lane in Claremont (opposite Bunnings and Lemon Cafe¬†to be¬†more precise).

Crepe Cherie is a cafe¬†with a Parisian Creperie¬†concept and¬†started trading¬†in October 2010, almost brand spanking new.¬† As I walked past to meet a friend at the shops before heading there for breakkie, the aromatic smell of crepes wafting¬†out¬†nearly stopped me on my tracks.¬† It was hard to pull myself away¬†but I managed to walk on with¬†double the hunger pangs!¬† “The cafe was already full!¬† I hope we¬†get seats later” – those were my thoughts.

We came back 1/2 hour later and the crowd had thinned out slightly so¬†we managed to get good seats.¬†¬†I¬†quite¬†like the effort they put in the decor – simple yet stylish and I especially loved their Gondola attire!¬† A bit more special than other cafes¬†ūüôā¬† Orders are placed¬†at the counter with¬†the range of selection¬†written on the board hung above¬†the back wall.¬† Some¬†non-crepe¬†food are also¬†on display¬†in the glass cabinet.¬† Didn’t pay much attention to that though as I was going for gold!¬† For those who are so inclined,¬†the crepe¬†making process can be¬†observed in detail¬†as they are made¬†in front of you!

   

Menus are also found on the table Рthey have a whole range of savoury (all $12.50) and sweet (all $11.50) crepes on offer!

 

We had the following that day:

  • Iced Coffee @ $4.00
  • Crepe Jean-Pierre¬†– chargrilled chicken, cheese, marinated mushrooms and mayonnaise
  • Crepe Olivier – Angel Bay minced beef, spinach, potato mash, marinated mushrooms and tomato onion jam
  • Crepe Julien – marinated mushrooms, spinach, potato mash and cheese
  • Side Salad @ $3.50

   

I ordered the Crepe Jean-Pierre and loved it! The crepe was paper thin and was filled with lots of ingredients РI like the combination taste of the mushroom with the mayonnaise as well.  Yum!  Not sure what type of marinate went into the mushrooms but they were good.  My friend thought the Crepe Olivier was good too but not as good as mine.  She would order mine the next time she visits again was her comment.

Crepe Julien was similar in ingredients to the Olivier but had the white sauce – a vegetarian version.¬† I almost ordered this earlier but the thought of having no meat in my dish didn’t sit well with me.¬† I need the¬†energy!¬† The only disappointing item I found that morning was the Side Salad!¬† It was measly for the price of $3.50, not worth it at all.¬† The Iced Coffees were also average, I didn’t¬†get my coffee buzz out of it, the lightness of the drink says it all, maybe I’ll have to get a double shot next time.

Overall, I really liked the crepes and will go back again to try out the sweet versions next time round.  I like the open aired atmosphere of the cafe as well!  Drop by if you are in the area for a try-out!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Crepe Cherie
Telephone
: 08 9383 1880
Address: Shop 6G/303 Stirling Highway, Claremont

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On a site note, crepes are very popular in Japan especially the dessert type.  This is where I first heard of this type of food.  A photo of a crepe stall in Harajuku seen below Рthere are heaps of these kind of stalls everywhere! Yum!

Pronto, Claremont

**LATEST UPDATE Aug 14**

Restaurant no longer operating!..restaurant is permanently closed

Pronto is an Italian restaurant located¬†at the top end of¬†bustling Bayview Terrace in Claremont.¬† It was a¬†bright sunny morning when¬†we arrived¬†for breakfast one weekend.¬†¬†The restaurant was barely open with¬†only a few tables¬†taken which were lucky for us.¬† I’d read reviews where people have to queue up for¬†seats!¬† Maybe that was more for the lunch session.

We were greeted warmly by the waitstaff as we approached the counter and found the spot that we wanted quite easily Рat the front of the restaurant looking out onto the street.  Rays of sunshine were beaming through the windows onto our table, a great dose of vitamin D for our skin (bonus!).  The interior of the restaurant is modern and had a homely atmosphere about it.  It was nice.

 

The breakfast menu was quite short, with approximately 11 Р12 items on the list.  The food on offered were quite simple, like the usual omelette, toast, eggs benedict etc.  For breakfast we had:

  • Iced Coffee and Orange Juice
  • Eggs on Toast ($15) with extra mushrooms
  • Eggs Florentine ($19)

  

I had the Eggs Florentine¬†that morning which were poached¬†eggs served with sauteed spinach and hollandaise sauce on Italian bread.¬† The dish was average for me as the hollandaise sauce was too creamy and¬†didn’t have much taste to it.¬† My friend had the Scrambled Eggs on Toast and thought it was average as well.¬† The dish was¬†big though.¬† I’d also noticed in the menu that they offer half serves of the dish for $11.¬† That will probably come in handy for those with a smaller stomach¬†although the price is only $4 less.

Service was excellent that morning with the same friendly waitstaff¬†that greeted us at the start attending our table the whole¬†way through, and did a marvellous job.¬† The only drawback is the food,¬† they were pricey and didn’t satisfy the tastebud.¬† I might try the other restaurants around the area first before heading back there for breakfast the second time round.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Pronto
Telephone
: 08 9284 6090
Address: 16 Bayview Terrace, Claremont

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Lemon Lane, Claremont

Website: www.lemoncafes.com.au

Lemon Lane is my friend’s discovery, a funky lil’ cafe¬†located at¬†the end of a laneway¬†along¬†Bay View Terrace in Claremont.¬†¬†I’d probably would not have found this cafe¬†on my own if my friend had not brought me there for breakfast one Saturday¬†morning after a shopping spree.¬† Lemon Lane¬†is quite simply decorated and¬†has a smallish sit-down area on the inside and an alfresco area along the narrow alleyway leading up to the cafe which I thought was¬†quite unique!¬†(We, of course chose to sit along the alleyway for our meal that morning for the ‘laneway dining’¬†ambience).

Lemon Lane was very busy the morning we arrived with the counter chock-a-block with customers waiting around for their take-away coffees (they use Five Senses coffee I might add!).  The breakfast and lunch menu is written up on a chalkboard nailed to the side wall and I was quite happy to see that they serve breakfast till 2pm.  I love cafes who do all day breakfast :).  Orders were taken and paid at the counter with the food brought to the table. 

   

Having examined the breakfast menu, I found that it is not as extensive as would be expected, however with sufficient choices to satisfy.  For breakfast that morning, we had the following:

  • Balsamic mushroom, feta + spinach on grilled ciabatta ($17)
  • Fresh fruit salad, natural yoghurt + honey ($14.50)
  • Iced Coffees

  

The¬†balsamic mushroom, feta + spinach ciabatta came and looked absolutely lovely – overflowing with sumptuous mushrooms and rockets!¬† I couldn’t wait to dig into it.¬† The first few bites were delicious, however halfway through the ciabatta, the balsamic vinegar started to overpower¬†all other tastes and I found that I couldn’t eat too much of it anymore.¬† Having examined the bread more closely then, it seemed that the balsamic vinegar had soaked through the entire ciabatta!¬† Eeks!¬† I abandoned the ciabatta and just ate the remaining mushrooms and rockets.¬† Was disappointed.¬†

My friend’s fresh fruit salad youghurt looked great too – wasn’t anything too special but was nice to eat.¬†

The Iced Coffees didn’t disappoint – 5 Senses coffee :).

Overall, the breakfast was on the ordinary side but it was a good place to try for something new.  For those who love their take-away coffees, you can pre-order your coffee by SMS on 0450 708 403, 15 mins in advance.  Have never tried this service before but it sounds efficient to me!

Lemon Cafes¬†have three other cafes¬†in the heart of Perth’s¬†suburbs¬†with their latest store Lemon Espresso @ hkew¬†Alpha located at¬†George Wiencke¬†Drive near the Perth Domestic Airport.¬† The other two cafes¬†are located¬†in Cottesloe and in Times Square Shopping Centre in Claremont.¬† Check out their website for more details!

Rating: 3.25 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

Lemon Lane
Telephone
: 08 9284 4600
Address: 40 Rear, Bay View Terrace, Claremont

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