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****City of Perth – Eat Drink Perth 2015****

EatDrinkPerthMarch 2015 marks the start of Perth’s annual food and beverage festival – Eat Drink Perth (EDP)!

I am so excited to be selected once again as one of the official bloggers for this event.  I had a blast last year attending and exploring all that the City of Perth had organised in conjunction with the various venues and businesses around the CBD, Northbridge, East and West Perth.

This year will be even bigger and better, with EDP 2015 running for 5 weeks (instead of 4) from 18 March – 24 April, the first ever Night Noodle Market to be held in Perth and the visitation of special guest celebrity chefs, Adriano Zumbo (need I introduce him?), Matt Stone (multi-awarded WA sustainable dining chef) and Shaun Presland (Executive Chef of Sake – Modern Japanese).  Wow! It’s going to be a full on 5 weeks of culinary fun and adventure!

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****City of Perth – Eat Drink Perth 2014****

EatdrinkperthWebsite: http://eatdrinkperth.visitperthcity.com/

April 2014 marks the start of the City of Perth – Eat Drink Perth Festival and boy, is Miss L here at the PFEs excited about it! So much so that she became one of the food bloggers for this festival!

WHAT IS HAPPENING?

Numerous events will take place throughout the entire month of April including foodie dinners, markets, eating competitions, tours, degustations, talks, tastings and many more. Celebrate Easter this year with a variety of activities especially for the kids!

Check out the official website to find out What’s On, the Upcoming Events and the Specials available! You can access the program by clicking on the link below!

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Gordon St Garage, West Perth

Front of cafe

Website: http:/www.gsgarage.com.au

Gordon St Garage must be one of the most talked about new cafe in my circle of friends recently! It had just been opened a couple of weeks but I’d heard it mentioned numerous times in conversations. I decided to head there last week to see what the fuss is all about 🙂

Gordon St Garage is located on a quiet street opposite Harbour Town in West Perth. I think it’s the only cafe on the street. Looks simple on the outside but opens up to a very spacious and funky/grungy looking cafe inside. It reminded me of St Ali Cafe in Melbourne. Very nice and unexpected!

EntranceCentre tableTables near the entranceMore dining area

There is also a second storey! Huge place!

Having look through the menu which consisted of various salads, pizzas, meat and fish dishes, I wondered to the bake goods and desserts on display..the “Sweets Table”. My oh my, they looked awesome! I think I was more excited about the dessert than the lunch itself!

Counter baked goodsCupcakesPretty desserts!!

We had the following for lunch:

  • Drinks – Long Black, Long Macchiato, Orangina, Fever Tea Lemonade, Special Iced Tea

Long Black & Long MacOrangina & Lemonade

Iced Tea

The House Special Iced Tea was recommended by the staff – what made it special was the grapefruit added to it! My friend’s comment was there was too much grapefruit flavour as opposed to tea. I like the look of it!

  • Bread & 3 dips ($14) – looked awesome but there was no explanation of what dips they were! I think it consisted of the tzatziki, some type of strong cheese and one containing beans

Bread & 3 dips

  • Roast beetroot, blue vini, honeyed walnuts, nashi pear ($18) – this was one of my favourite except for the blue vini cheese. Normally not a fan of blue cheese as they are too strong a taste for me.

Beetroot salad

  • Mariners Pizza with garlic prawn, mussels, zucchini ($24) – my least favourite, it had a strong fishy taste and contained very little ingredients
  • Hunters Pizza with house made salami, prosciutto, soused mushroom, truffle ($24) – another favourite, great flavours, but once again too little ingredients

Mariners PizzaHunters Pizza

I didn’t try the next three dishes but my friends liked them especially the corn and coriander relish in the spatchcock!

  • Wood fired spiced spatchcock, corn and coriander relish ($32)

Wood fired Spatchcock

  • Fish tagine, potato, tomato & olive ($35)

Fish tagine

  • Grilled market fish, cucumber & citrus salsa (MP)

Grilled fish

And now for the desserts….I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted but finally decided on the Berry Mousse! Looked pretty and tasted refreshing and smooth, with creamy berry mousse encased in a sugar crusted outercase, topped with a white chocolate piece and flower petals. Yum!

Berry Mousse

The Pannacotta was another favourite!

Pannacotta

I had a taste of the pretty Almond Cake with Strawberry Salsa…nice!

Almond cake with strawberry salsa

And the final one order was the Chocolate Cake – I was too full by then to taste it. :p

Chocolate cake

Overall, it was a bit of a hit and miss lunch – loved the dessert and part of my lunch, and especially loved the outlook and vibe of the cafe.  The Pizzas were a miss though and I thought overpriced with the amount of ingredients in them.

The service was good but I wish the staff would be more proactive in explaining the dishes. Also if they would place name cards for the items on their Sweets Table. I had a hard time remembering what all the different desserts were, let alone explaining them to the people at the table.

I would be back for their desserts and to try their breakfast menu (I heard the Corn Omelette is awesome!)

Rating:  3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Gordon St Garage
Telephone: 9322 8050
Address: 16 Gordon Street, West Perth
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West End Deli, West Perth

Website: www.westenddeli.net.au

West End Deli is located on Carr Street, the sleepy end of West Perth in terms of food and restaurant activity.  Surrounded mainly by houses, West End Deli seems to be the only cafe along this end of town.  A great location, as finding a parking spot is so much easier!  In fact, finding a parking spot is probably easier than getting a table in this cafe especially for a weekend breakfast/brunch.  Therefore get in there early to secure a table.  I’d been here twice in recent months and both times there was a 15 – 20 mins wait for table! (They only accept bookings from 12pm daily).

Stepping into the cafe, one is greeted with a warm and lively atmosphere.  With an open kitchen facing the door, one can also observe the chefs in action!  Great!

The cafe has a rustic appearance and outstanding decor, the most exceptional being the chairs hanging from the ceiling!  My first thought was, is that safe?!?  My “engineering brain” proceeded to analyse the situation, how many chains are holding up the chairs, how are they being tied etc.  I know…a bad habit, and it didn’t help as I was surrounded by ex-colleagues who are in the same profession as well!

   Anyways back to the topic of food, the menu contains a good selection of dishes with many special dishes on offer, not just the typical ones you find for breakfast.  I like!

We had the following for brunch:

  • Latte and Cappucino – coffee was nice! Deep flavours!
 
  • Eggs – Poached and Scrambled ($12 ea) – I ordered the Scrambled Eggs, highly recommended by my friend who frequented this place often and it was simply the best!  It came with pieces of freshly baked baguettes which was soft on the inside with a crunchy crust.  That, slabbed with butter and eggs was divine!  I ordered the exact same thing on my second visit as it was so good!  A ‘must order’!
 
  • Crepes, rhubarb, mascarpone & pistachios ($16) – only had a small bite but it tasted good!
  • Wholemeal pancakes, calvados cream, streaky bacon, maple syrup ($16) – thought it was slightly weird teaming bacon with pancakes and maple syrup but my friend liked this dish!
 
  • Corned beef hash, potato & fried egg ($24) – didn’t manage to try this but nice presentation.
  • Housed smoked salmon, brioche, creamed spinach, slow cooked egg & tobikko dressing ($24) – a few people on the table ordered this dish and their first reactions were, “You have to try this! It is so nice!”  I had a bite and was blown away.  It was truly a gourmet breakfast, I loved the flavours in the smoked salmon.  Combined this with the creamy spinach and running eggs on brioche was perfect.  I’m not a big smoked salmon fan but this did not have the overbearing taste that I dislike in smoked salmon.  Another ‘must order’!
  • Pork sausage ($23) – didn’t try this either, looked ordinary to me.
  

Service was ordinary but I didn’t mind too much as long as I get my food and drinks when they are ready.  It’s quite a casual cafe so I didn’t expect too much from them.  Overall, I was a very satisfied customer.  Although some of the dishes may be a bit pricey, as long as you pick the right dish, it was worth it.  My favourite Scrambled Eggs with Baguette was both awesome in price and taste!

To top it off, guess who I saw halfway through the meal?  Gary Mehigan and George Calombaris!!  That was at my first visit during the Good Food and Wine Festival!  *wahoo*  They were sitting behind us!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

West End Deli
Telephone: 08 9328 3605
Address: 95 Carr Street, West Perth

Trading Hours

Sunday to Wednesday: 7am to 3pm

Thursday to Saturday: 7am – late (dinner from 630pm)
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Opus at the Richardson, West Perth

View through the glass door

Website: www.therichardson.com.au

Opus at the Richardson is a restaurant in The Richardson, Perth’s luxury boutique hotel in West Perth.  It is a modern, yet old-fashioned restaurant, very elegant and has a refined atmosphere about it.  I’d been here for dinner before a couple of years back in 2007 when they first opened and thought that it was a very nice restaurant, more so due to its ambience (some thoughts on this at the end of this review).  This time round, we came here to try their breakfast menu.

It was quite early when I got there so there were not that many peoFront Cover of menuple around.  I was greeted with a polite smile by the waitress, a welcoming smell of fresh bread and the sun pouring into the restaurant through the glass door as I was seated down.  It reminded me of being on holidays at a tropical resort hotel!  Very nice!  My friend had sent me their menu beforehand so I’d already decided on what I wanted to eat but still looked through their menu for anything different.  They had done up the menu quite nicely too, the front cover looked like a painting!  This place exudes elegance for sure.  Back to the menu, just note that the a-la-carte selection is quite limited as they serve a mini Continental buffet breakfast but still quite substantial for those who like hot breakfast.

Some pictures of the restaurant itself below.  Check out their website for better photos.

Inside the restaurant Table setting

We had the following that morning:

  • Eggs Benedict on English Muffin with Back Bacon and Hollandaise ($19) with extra Mushrooms ($3)
  • American Breakfast – Eggs, Bacon, Pork and Honey Sausage, Onion Fried Chat Potatoes, Toast, Fresh Fruit, Juice and Tea ($35)

Long Mac Eggs Benedict Tea American Breakfast

Our food came and the first thing I noticed was the matching dining set (plates, cups and milk container), very nice!  I had the Eggs Benedict and thought it was so so in terms of taste.  It was very simple and the hollandaise sauce was not as nice as other places I had tried.  The American Breakfast looked a bit average too and a bit dry.  Although the food was slightly disappointing, the service was top notch so it sort of made up for it.

Overall, I thought it was pleasant breakfast.  Although it was more on the pricey side, one would expect that in a hotel restaurant as the service and ambience are part of the package!

On a side note, Opus at Richardson has a Private Dining Room which fits about 14 people and is separated from the main restaurant with a sliding panel.  My friend booked this place for a surprise party a couple of years back and that’s when I came last and tried their Degustation Menu.  All I remembered about it was how small the dishes were (fair enough, it’s a degustation menu) and how we were still hungry after all the mains were served.  However, the desserts came and saved the night – 3 different serves of chocolate (cake, mousse and liquid!).  It was pricey but nonetheless, it was still a fun party and good experience.  I managed to dig up some old photos – check out the size of one of the course in the photo!

Inside the Private Dining Room Table setting Eating..

Rating:  3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Opus at The Richardson
Telephone
: 08 9217 8880
Address: 32 Richardson Street, West Perth

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