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The Tenth State, Crawley

The Tenth StateThe office I’m working in had recently moved to Nedlands, providing me with the opportunity to explore the local eatery scene. I am particularly interested in the cafes and bakeries around the area!

The Tenth State is one of the bakeries I found through Urbanspoon. Craving something sweet after lunch one day, I decided to venture down to Broadway, convincing a colleague to go with me.

The Tenth State is not only a cafe/bakery, it is also a home and design concept store, with half of the store dedicated to design, art and fashion items for sale. Nice!

Items for sale More sweet treats

Cabinet full of sweet treats

Various sweet treats were on offer, cupcakes, croissant, pastries, slices – I noticed they were selling Rawsome treats too!

I was tossing between getting the Peanut Butter and Chocolate cupcake ($4.50) which looked amazing or the Gluten free Passionfruit and Lime Tart ($4.50). I decided to go with the later, it sounded much healthier to me!

Passionfruit and Lime TartInside the tart

The tart’s interior was made up of desiccated coconut which was different to the normal tart one would expect. It was quite nice actually. Love the smooth and thick passionfruit topping.

My colleague succumbed and bought a Chocolate Macadamia Brownie ($4.50). It was loaded with whole macadamia nuts and white chocolate pieces. I believe they come from the Little Bakery based in North Fremantle. Delicious!

Chocolate Macadamia BrownieWhole macadamia nut!

Coffee at the Tenth State’s coffee is from 5 senses, will have to try it the next time round!

This was a great find!

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

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Zafferano Restaurant, Crawley

Website: www.zafferano.com.au

Entertainment Card 09/10: 25% off (up to a value of $50)

Zafferano Restaurant is located within the Old Swan Brewery compound along the scenic Mounts Bay Road in Crawley.  Driving along this road always give me a dejavu feeling of going back to uni, memories of traffic jams coming from the south especially for the 9am classes!  Eeks!  However driving this time round for a meal here replaced the dejavu feeling with one of excitement! 

I’d dined in the Old Swan Brewery restaurant numerous times and recently even attended a wedding ceremony there, but had never been to Zafferano before this.  I have heard good things about the restaurant, mainly about it being posh and expensive but with great food so I had always wanted to try it.  The perfect opportunity came when we were contemplating where to take my mum for her birthday and my sister suggested Zafferano.  Yay!

“Zafferano is the owner’s fourth restaurant in Perth” – stated in their website..this statement brought great comfort, the owner must be very clued into the restaurant scene to have so many in Perth!  Our dinner will be great! 

Parking is limited and one must go through an underground driveway which leads to a parking lot in the opposite building if none is found outside the restaurant (Note: the parking is costly depending on how many hours you stay at the restaurant).  Having parked there, one must walk across the overpass bridge, through the Old Swan Brewery before arriving to what I presume is Zafferano’s back door.  Not a very attractive entrance I must say but I didn’t think it was worth the trouble going around to the front.

The restaurant itself is medium sized and has quite a nice ambience about it – dimly lit with soft lighting and checked floors, it felt like I stepped into a 80s Italian restaurant.  However the bar looked very modernised.  The host who took us to the table was very formal and serious, an image of an English butler came to mind as he served us.  Table was nicely set with wine glasses teamed with candle light which I thought was quite romantic, it glowed on the table. 

 

Zafferano is a seafood restaurant so the menu is full of all things crustacean with a few selection of meat and pasta dishes.  For entree, we had the following:

  • Ostriche alla Naturale Dozen ($29) – oysters natural, accompanied by shallots, red wine vinegar and cocktail sauce
  • Seafood Chowder ($36) – spicy seafood chowder, Zafferano’s signature dish

 

Oysters were delicious – they were huge, plump and most important of all, fresh.  Loved the red wine vinegar sauce that came with it, it added to the natural taste of the oyster without taking away the freshness.  The cocktail sauce on the other hand though was a bit strong and covered the oyster’s flavour.  The Seafood Chowder surprisingly was also very good.  It had a slight thai fusion taste to it and I had expected something thicker than what we got so was not too impressed at first, but subsequent tasting with the seafood pieces in it make it almost addictive, I couldn’t have enough!  Actually I feel like having one now while writing this review!  No wonder its their signature dish!

For mains, we had:

  • Paella con Gamberoni ($50) – large shelled tiger prawns served on paella rice with mussels and sausage
  • Salmone ($49) – grilled salmon fillet, with a red wine butter sauce, and served with mascarpone risotto
  • Tutto Mare ($50) – Zafferano’s grilled tasting plate of fish, squid, scallop and prawn over spicy fried rice accompanied with sauce
  • Arista d’Agnello ($49) – char-gilled rack of lamb served with eggplant parmigiana, confit bell peppers and red wine jus

and sides of:

  • Funghi all’ aglio ($17) – mushrooms in butter and garlic
  • Verdura ($14) – broccoli and asparagus with parmesan butter

   

The fickle minded me ordered the Zafferano’s tasting plate which came with a bit of everything, just how I like it.  Love this dish as I got to try everything in one plate!  I especially liked the scallop, grilled to perfection..I wish there were more of these on the plate.  The fried rice though wasn’t to my liking so I finished everything on the plate except for that.  I also liked the two Sides we ordered, okay I might be a bit biased as mushroom and asparagus are my favourite veggies but they were yummy, simple but delicious.  Sometimes less truly is more!

Comments for the other dishes were good too except for the Tiger Prawn Paella.  My mum ordered that but didn’t quite like it.  You win some, you lose some I guess.  I had too much on my plate to try the other dishes so no comments from me.

Having finish the mains, we moved on to the desserts and had:

  • Affogato al Frangelico e Biscotti ($19) – hazelnut gelato affogato with frangelico syrup and homemade fudge biscuit
  • Graffe di Mela e Creme Pasticciera ($19) – warm apple and custard doughnuts served with butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream
  • Special dessert for the night – Tiramisu ($19)

  

Nice names with the desserts – they sounded so complicated and posh.  I ordered the Hazelnut Gelato Affogato and I must say, it’s the BEST I had so far in ages.  The warm and bitter espresso hit the silky hazelnut gelato turning it into a creamy coffee sensation.  AWESOME! That combind with the homemade warm fudge biscuit is the greatest.  I wanted more!  The other two desserts didn’t fare that well in the poll though – my sister didn’t like the Apple and Custard Doughnuts and didn’t finish it (they ended up in my stomach =)).  Was ordinary I thought.  My mum didn’t like her Tiramisu either.  Oh dear, she didn’t fare too well with her choice of dishes.

Overall it was a great night for me personally as I nailed it with my order of entree, mains and dessert.  First time ever!  The others on my table did not fare as well as me, with the alternate hit-and-miss.  Service was so so that night, the waitstaff was courteous but not friendly and they took ages to clear our table and to give us the dessert menu after our request.  The restaurant being full might be the contributing factor but still, surely it’s not acceptable for a fine dining restaurant and for the price we are paying for our meal!  Personally though I would go back for an occasion and armed with the Entertainment Card discount, the price wasn’t as steep as could be.   The restaurant does live up to its reputation.

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

Zafferano Restaurant
Telephone
: 08 9321 2588
Address: 173 Mounts Bay Road, Old Swan Brewery, Crawley

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Matilda Bay Restaurant and Bar, Crawley

Website: www.matbay.com.au

Matilda Bay Restaurant and Bar is located on Hackett Drive in Crawley, right opposite the University of Western Australia (UWA).  Having studied in UWA for a number of years, I vaguely know where the restaurant is located but found it a bit tricky getting into the car park.  It shares its driveway with what I presume is a yacht club and we somehow ended up there instead of the restaurant.  We had to make a couple of turns before finalling arriving at the correct car park.  A word of advice is to check and FOLLOW the signs properly!  Another confusion we had was with the entrance to the restaurant!  There was no particular sign except for a notice of a wedding luncheon so we had to look around a bit before taking the first tentative step towards one entrance.  Luckily it was the correct one!  Phew!  The thought of walking into someone’s wedding reception randomly does not sit well with me.

The building itself doesn’t look like much from the outside but the inside reveals a very modern and chic restaurant setting with thick black cloths draped over the tables and matching black chairs.  The ambience would be lovely at night with such setting. 

 

I love the brightness around the place – the sunlight pouring in through the glass window which encased the restaurant.  The restaurant sits along the bank of Perth’s iconic Swan River, with views of the city skyline and docked boats floating gently up and down the banks.  Magnificient views!

 

We were there to try their “Cray on the Bay” special, which consisted of a Whole Crayfish cooked on the Webber BBQ for only $29.  This offer started on 22 January and lasts till 7 March and is available during lunch from Friday to Sunday.  Looking around, nearly everyone in the restaurant had ordered the crayfish and the barbie was cooking non-stop from the time we arrived till we left and still going!  It is so popular!  The restaurant was full by the time we left – it’s a really great way to attract business!  A review of this crayfish special can also be found from the Bowl of Honey food blog.

Having read the Bowl of Honey post, I contemplated ordering the Seafood Chowder he had as an entree but they must have changed the menu as the items that he ordered did not seem to appear on the menu I was looking at.  However, something else caught my eye…

Cheese Souffle!!..double baked served with smoked eggplant, hazelnut pesto and dressed rocket – it sounded so interesting..how can I not order it? 

(What is a souffle? Definition courtesy of Wikipedia …A soufflé is a light, fluffy, baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up” — an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites.)

 

The dish came and I was quite impressed.  Presented well, the outside of the souffle was baked to a slight crunch with the lightness maintained on the inside.  Making a good souffle is not an easy task, as not only a fluffy texture is a must, it also has to maintain the ‘puffed up’ state coming out from the oven till it reaches the dining table.  This is very well done!  Yum!

While waiting for the souffle, we were offered bread on the table with dips consisting of olive oil, butter and dhukka.  Delicious!

For mains, we had:

  • 3 x of the ‘Cray on the Bay’ Whole Crayfish ($29 each)
  • Half Duck ($42)
  • Sides of Button Mushrooms, Steamed Vegetables of Broccoli and Cauliflower and Zucchini Patties with Yoghurt sauce ($21 total)

Commendation to the waitstaff for upselling their menu to accompany the crayfish.  It was suggested that the crayfish itself will not be too filling and it was their recommendation for us to order an entree or sides to go with it.  The sides cost $8 each but if you order 3 sides, you only pay $21.  Another technique used to increase the profit margin. Most of the tables I noticed ordered the 3 sides.

A look at the Chef grilling the crays outside – it was a swelting 35degC day and she was standing in front of the barbie the whole time.  Thanks Chef for all your hard work.  She even gave me a smile when she caught me taking a photo of her preparing the crays.  Such great attitude 🙂

   

Our lunch…

     

With the Whole Crayfish, there is a choice of lime, garlic, ground black pepper, brandy or chilli butters sauce or the lot.  All three dishes we had were with the lot.  The meat was fresh and received good comments albeit being a bit small in size and not very filling (echoing the word of the waitstaff).  The sides nudged the fullness factor up slightly.  My favourite was the Button Mushrooms, they were huge and seasoned with oil and salt – simple but tasty.

I ordered the Half Duck for mains and that was very filling.  The skin was crispy and crusted with salt and pepper and the dish came with buttered sugar snap peas and sauteed Kipfler potatoes.  The duck meat was tender and there was enough sauce to take the dryness away.  I love the smaller size of potatoes served with the meal, it’s so much more easier to eat than the usual big chunky ones you get from other restaurants.  Peas were crunchy too.  Awesome dish!

Service that day was more on the average side – the waitstaff was very informative with the menu and attentive to our needs (she even came to roll up my napkin which I chucked on the table when I went nearer to the grill to take photos), however, there was a lack of warmth and friendliness which I think is very important in a fine dining restaurant.  Maybe they were just busy that day?

For those who haven’t tried the ‘Cray on the Bay’ special, it’s a must try – there’s only 3 days left of it, hopefully there is still booking space.  Besides that, great restaurant with panoramic views, great selection of seafood and grills and entrees.  I also spy some funky looking cocktails coming from the bar too – did not manage to try any this time round but there’s always the next.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

Matilda Bay  Restaurant & Bar
Telephone
: 08 9423 5000
Address: 3 Hackett Drive, Crawley

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