****Eat Drink Perth Dessert Garden****

The Dessert GardenWebsite: http://visitperthcity.com.au/eatdrinkperth/events/eat-drink-perth-dessert-garden

The Dessert Garden is new to Eat Drink Perth 2015, held every Friday night (except for Good Friday) during the EDP festival next to the Twilight Hawkers Market. It is a special event for the sweet tooth in all of us, featuring chocolatey, cakey and sugary delights, with stalls set up around a pop-up grassed garden, ready to serve.

The pop-up grass area

I was there the first Friday night, excited to check out what desserts I can get my hands on! There were at least 10 new stalls! Time to explore! Our strategy on the night was to find out what the stalls are selling before honing in on the preferred desserts! I wish I have more stomach space but there is only so much I can fit in with dinner! For those which I have not tried, I had taken photo of the stalls so that at least you can get a feel of what to expect!

My first stop was at Chicho Gelato to check out the new Chicho Panino, intrigued after reading the post from one of the EDP bloggers, Laura Moseley. There were three flavors available and we went for the gluten free mango, papaya sorbet with coconut cookie ($8). Loved the sorbet that was sandwiched between two coconut cookies! Great start to the night!

Chicho Gelato Chicho Gelato Chicho Panino
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Next we headed across to Delicious Bites, a stall selling CocoBites finger food. The main ingredients of CocoBites comprise of coconut millk, freshly grated coconut and the essence of pandan leaves. Delicious Bites was selling a pack consisted of a variety of CocoBites for $12. You can pick and choose what you like to go in the pack including CocoCrepes, CocoSlice, CocoPops, Pandan Custard Slice and CocoTops. We picked one of each of the above except for the CocoSlice. They were really fresh and tasty, you can tell that they have used fresh grated coconut as the taste of the coconut is magnified when it’s fresh. Must try!

Delicious Bites Delicious Bites Delicious Bites

You can also get these Delicious Bites at the Good Grocer in Applecross or order can be placed directly with them. The shop is located in Yangebup.
Delicious Bites on Urbanspoon

Our last stop was at the Eat No Evil dessert island. There were Sugar Hound lamingtons ($6), Chocolate Brownie Banana Split with Peanut Brittle ($10) and Bao Bun Ice Cream Sandwich with Salted Caramel ($10) on the menu. Talk about tough choices! We went for the Choc Brownie banana split! What a great decision, I loved all the elements in this funked up banana split! Brownie, banana, choc sauce, choc savings, shredded fresh coconut, peanut brittle and mint leaves. Wow! I love this! It’s almost like a meal! I was so full by then!

Eat No Evil Eat No Evil - lamingtons Choc brownie, banana split - Eat No Evil
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The rest of the stalls at the Dessert Garden which I didn’t manage to get to are shown below. I hope to get to them soon!

Braza Churros

The Honeycake

  • Fairy Floss


Maison Saint Honore

  • Marshmallow Oz

Marshmallow Oz

  • Just Creme Brullee

Just Creme Brullee

  • Shak Shuka Moroccan Desserts

Shak Shuka Moroccan Dessert

Cafe Oranje

The Dessert Garden is the place to be for all you die hard sweet tooths! Tell me, how many desserts can you fit in a night?! :)

The Dessert Garden runs on Thursday 2 and Friday 10, 17, 24 April at Forrest Place, Perth 430pm – 9pm. Entry is free!

****Perth’s First Night Noodle Market****

Urban Orchard @NNMWebsite: http://visitperthcity.com.au/eatdrinkperth/events/night-noodle-market

The talk of town this year for the Eat Drink Perth festival was surely the Night Noodle Market (NNM) held at the Perth Cultural Center! Eat Drink Perth 2015 opened with a bang last Wednesday with the Night Noodle Market, a family friendly Asian hawker style market set up over three areas, namely the Central Square, Museum Plaza and the Urban Orchard, housing over 20+ stalls and 3 popup bars. It was so exciting! I ended up going to this event three times over four days!

The most popular stall by far is Hoy Pinoy, Filipino BBQ and street food at its best. It was the most talked about stall even before it arrived in Perth! My first visit on the opening night had to be to this stall!

Hoy Pinoy Hoy Pinoy Hoy Pinoy BBQ Chicken Skewer

When I arrived at the front of the line after a 20mins wait, I could only get my hands on the BBQ Chicken skewers (2 for $10). There was another 20mins wait for their signature BBQ Pork Belly skewers! As I was getting picked up very soon after, I had to forgo the wait. A reason to come back again, which I did on the weekend with my family. After reading various reports of 1 – 1.5 hours wait for the BBQ Pork Belly skewers, we decided to head there early and arrived 10mins before 4pm (the opening time on Saturday). We rushed to the front of the line of Hoy Pinoy very soon after the entrance was opened. Great strategy as we managed to get two of those babies straightaway. Wahoo! The BBQ Pork Belly skewers were marinated with a banana ketchup glaze, caramelised onto the meat. They were so tasty! Well worth the wait!

Third night Hoy Pinoy Happy with my BBQ pork belly skewers

The other stalls we visited at the NNM included:

  • Low Key Chow - we had the Mantou Buns, pork 2 ways with chili coriander slaw and caramel sauce (2 for $12). The Mantou Buns were fillers for us before we headed to the Dessert Garden at Forrest Place (more of this in the next post!). They were great fillers!

Mantou Buns - Low Key ChowLow Key Chow House on Urbanspoon

  • Turban Chopsticks – When I first saw a photo of Turban Chopsticks‘ potato and ricotta koftas they were selling at NNM, I knew I had to get it! They looked so good! On the Sat evening, I managed to meet the owner of Turban Chopsticks, Mei at the stall and found her to be so friendly and knowledgeable with her food! Really hoping that her and her hubby do well at the NNM! The Potato and Ricotta koftas with butter curry ($10) tasted amazing as it looked! I also tried the Sweetcorn + Lupin fritters with caramelized onion tomato chutney ($10) and they were amazing too! So was the Asian Noodle Salad ($10). You can’t go wrong with this stall! A must try!

Potato and ricotta koftas Sweetcorn + lupin fritters Asian Noodle Salad
Turban Chopsticks on Urbanspoon

  • Apple Daily Bar & Eating House – Having been to the restaurant itself at the Print Hall in Brookfield Place and sampled the food they put up at the Gourmet Escape, this was a must visit stall for us! We had the Smoked trout, green papaya salad, herbs, namjim ($12) and the Chicken wings with narm phrik pao caramel sauce with puffed rice ($9). They did not disappoint! Yum!

Smoked trout with papaya salad Chicken wings with narm phrik pao caramel sauce
The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House on Urbanspoon

  • Spanthai – My mum wanted to try the Chicken Pad Thai ($15) and we wanted to get the ginger, lemon & mint iced tea ($5) which was very refreshing. The Pad Thai was on the average side.

Chicken Pad Thai

  • Waffle on a Stick – we finished off with dessert from Waffle on a Stick – we had the caramel and lychee waffle ($10). It wasn’t really a favorite as I thought the waffle was not crispy enough. Looked great and enticing though.

Waffle on a Stick Caramel and lychee waffle on a stick

The “noodles” were not really the star at the Night Noodle Market which some people might find odd but I thought the Night Noodle Market portrayed very well the concept of a night food market with the buzz, hype and vibe of an outdoor festival. Love the energy it is bringing to the City of Perth. Looking forward to more of it in the coming years!

There are only three nights left of the Night Noodle Market, the last night on Sunday 29 March. If you have not been, don’t miss out!

Mobile Food Truck Trial and the Food Truck Rumble!

Earlier this year, the City of Perth announced the trialing of the operation of food trucks in the City of Perth Local Government Area. The news greeted most I know with excitement especially my sister who has now become an avid fan, constantly on the look out for the food truck near her work place in West Perth! She was actually the one who informed me about this, and told me that Langley Park is one of the approved locations for the trial. Beauty, as that is very near my work place. I started my own look out throughout the week!

The nine food truck operators selected from a pool of applicants to participate in the trial include Jumplings, JJ’s Sweet Bliss, Braised Bros, Eat no evil, Soul Provider, Comida do Sul, Smokin BBQ Bus, Guerrilla Foods and Holy Crepes.

So far I have only caught Comida do Sul, the Brazilian food truck at Langley Park. They serve some mean varieties of Hot Dogs and Brazilian sandwiches.

Comida do SulComida do Sul FullSizeRender (3)

I had the O Mutante sandwich ($12) for lunch that day – salted Picanha rump steak, pineapple chilli jam, farofa, lemon mayo, tomato salsa, garlic kale in a toasted roll. It was so delicious! I was the envy of my colleagues! They are now on the look out for the food trucks as well!

O Mutante SandwichO Mutante Sandwich

I’m looking forward to try their Egg Prato one day, new on the menu!

There is a website https://www.facebook.com/Perthfoodtrucks which is meant to be the hub to find out information on the locations and time of where the food trucks are operating. However I found the page is normally not updated regularly making it a bit hard to figure out where the food trucks are. You will just have to be on the look out like me!

There are 15 approved locations including:

  • Mounts Bay Road
  • Bill Garden Reserve
  • Havelock Street
  • John Oldham Park, Narrows Interchange
  • Wellington Square
  • Mardelup Park
  • Bronte Street
  • Queens Gardens (two locations)
  • Langley Park (two locations)
  • Point Fraser
  • Heirisson Island
  • Russell Square
  • James Street Car Park (Friday and Saturday only, 10pm – 2am)

The trial will run from the 1st of February 2015 to the 31st of May 2015 where a report will be submitted to the Council evaluating its success and the possibility of future food truck operations in the city. Let’s show our support if you want them to stay permanently! Prior to this trial, food trucks were not permitted to operate within the City of Perth unless they were part of an event.

On that front, please don’t forget to check out the Food Truck Rumble on Sunday 12 April at the Perth Cultural Centre as part of Eat Drink Perth 2015. My review from last year’s visit here. This year will be even bigger and better with thirty of the best mobile food vendors brought to the heart of the city for us to enjoy the food truck phenomenon in a single location! There will be street food, pop-up bars and a break dancing competition! Hope to see you there! :)

Narration: Miss L
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Aliment, Leederville

AlimentI accidentally stumbled upon Aliment as I was heading towards Hylin for brunch one Saturday morning. As usual, Hylin was very busy and there was a long queue for table. My BFF actually managed to to get a table for us when she arrived but as my friend and I were late, she had to give it up as she brought her toddler and baby along with her and they were a bit unsettled and wanted a walk. My bad! I suggested for us to head over to Aliment which caught my attention just prior and seemed spacious enough to accommodate the kids. Turned out I was right!

Aliment is located just a few doors from Hylin and has both an indoor seating and a big alfresco seating area. We sat outside initially but due to the high winds, we moved inside not long after. Didn’t want the kids to get cold! The staff was very accommodating. Thanks!


I ordered a freshly squeezed Orange Juice ($5.50) to start and later on a Long Macchiato ($4) to finish the meal. The OJ was very refreshing. Loved it!

OJ Long Mac

Our attention turned to the menu, there were a few interesting items on there – it took us awhile to decide what we wanted! Aliment has “Specials for the day” on top of their normal menu, there were the Banana split pancakes, the Zucchini & Pumpkin fritters and Pulled pork & potato rosti! So many choices but only one stomach each! We ended up having the following:

  • Silverside hash ($15) – My order and I liked it! It was a hearty dish, crunchy hash brown (yum!), thin slices of silverside topped with runny poached eggs and a creamy bearnaise sauce. My type of dish. There were a few pieces of kale scattered on the dish to balance out all the creaminess and meat! They tried!

Silverside hash Silverside hash

  • Corn fritters ($18) – rockets, tomatoes, bacon and poached eggs. This was my BFF’s order and she liked it as well. The components in the dish looked like they were char-grilled.

Corn fritters Corn fritters

  • Pulled pork & potato rosti ($19) – this was from the “Specials for the day” and we ordered this for our friend as she was running late. She requested for something meaty as she loved her meat and this was right up her alley, house pulled pork, grilled bacon, kale, potato rosti with bearnaise sauce & poached eggs. I had a taste of the pulled pork and it was amazing! Very flavorsome! I almost wished I ordered this instead! I helped her finished nearly a quarter of it :p

Pulled pork & potato rosti 5a

All in all, this was a great find on Railway Parade, the food were hearty and delicious, and the staff was very attentive and accommodating. Great place for family with kids as well. Just a note that food could take awhile to come so this is not a place for a quick in and out breakfast/brunch/lunch.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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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!

Numerous events will take place throughout the month of March and April including foodie dinners, shows, master classes, walking tours, long table dinners, eating competitions, talks, tastings and many more.  Celebrate Easter with a variety of activities for the family and kids!

Check out the official website to find out What’s On, the Upcoming Events and the Offers available! This can be accessed via the link below:


In the meantime, here are my Top 10 picks for EDP2015!

MY TOP 10 PICKS! (In order of the day the event is taking place)

Perth’s inaugural Night Noodle Market will bring all the colour, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buss, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival in the heart of Perth City’s cultural precinct. I’m excited to sample what will be on offer over these 12 nights! Prices start from $10 for a bowl of noodles!
Wednesday 18 March – Sunday 29 March evenings | Perth Cultural Centre, Northbridge
Free entry

The Twilight Hawkers Market during EDP will be presenting a special event for the sweet tooth in us, with the inaugural Dessert Garden featuring chocolatey, cakey, sugary delights in the magical setting of a pop-up grassed garden. Gotta hit the gym starting today!
Friday 20, 27 March; Thursday 2 & Friday 10, 17, 24 April 430 – 9pm| Forrest Place, Perth
Free entry

This is a celebration of pork and apples with a three course dinner, showcasing Custard & Co Cider from Donnybrook paired with South West pork producers. Two words seal the deal, “Lalla Rookh”! Love what they do!
Wednesday 25 March 630pm| Lalla Rookh: Lower Ground, 77 St Georges Tce, Perth
$90 | Book on 9325 7077 or email info@lallarookh.com.au

Collaboration dinner delivered by special guest celebrity chefs Adriano Zumbo, Matt Stone and Shaun Presland in conjunction with the crew at Print Hall. This will take place over all three levels of the venue. I’ve been getting numerous enquiries about this! The 1 million dollar question – how do we get a ticket?!
Thursday 26 March | Print Hall: 125 St Georges Tce, Perth
Book at www.printhall.com.au

Can’t get into the Chef Collaboration dinner? This is a great alternative, 3 courses by chef Coco Bang matched with beers by Feral Brewing Company, along with a ‘Beer 101’ on the ingredients and methods of beer making.  A special dessert paired with BORIS espresso malt stout which will be launched at the event. They had me at espresso malt stout!
Thursday 26 March 6pm| The Best Brew Bar & Kitchen: 707 Wellington St, Perth
$55 | Bookings essential at thebestbrew.perth@fourpoints.com

Perfect for those who want to learn more about coffee! There will be a quick tour of the coffee world, from coffee cherry and coffee bag to cafe cup. What does it mean when terms like single-origin, cupping, refractometry or light roasts are thrown around? One educational session!
Tuesday 31 March 530pm – 730pm | Milktooth Coffee Dealers: 2/40 St Georges Tce, Perth
$25 | Book at milktoothcoffee@gmail.com

A culinary tour of the humble bovine, learn the different cuts, answer the age-old question of grain fed vs grass fed, and learn the best cooking methods! Now I will know the lingo when I go to the butcher! 
Thursday 16 & 23 April 530pm| Meat Me in the City: Shop114 Trinity Arc, 671 Hay St, Perth
$60 | Bookings at enquiries@meatmeinthecity.com.au

This will be the Standard’s ‘Breastfed’ garden party fundraiser for Breast Cancer Care WA. A great cause to support and a fun day out with the girls! Wine connoisseurs will be showcasing a range of rose from around the globe with tasting from the Standard’s menu.
Sunday 19 April 2pm – 5pm| The Standard: 28 Roe St, Northbridge
$70 | Enquiries: thestandardperth.com.au

Interesting pairing of artisan sake or Asian whiskey with Darlings’ handmade signature dumplings!  A pairing I have not experience before! There will be 3 tastes in each flight.
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays 6pm – 3am| Darlings Supper Club: 47 Lake St, Northbridge
Sake $25 / Whiskey $35 | Bookings at info@darlingssuperclub.com

Looking forward to these unique traditional Vietnamese breakfasts on offer. Bo Ne (lemon pepper steak with fried egg) or Bo Kho (herby beef stew with a 62 degree egg). Both served with a toasty baguette and an iced Vietnamese coffee. I didn’t manage to try these when I was in Vietnam a few years back!
Monday to Friday 7am – 11am| Urban Bowl: 55 St Georges Tce, Perth
$20 | Enquiries 9225 7742


Lastly, at the PFE’s blog, we are frequent visitors of restaurants in the City of Perth – check out the links below for some of our thoughts on the restaurants we have visited over the years!

East Perth – Click here!

West Perth – Click here!

Perth – Click here!

Northbridge – Click here!

And some events from last year’s EDP! Click here!

BON APPETITE beloved readers!

Narration by: Miss L

Brika, Northbridge

Inside BrikaWebsite: http://brika.com.au/

My uni mate and I were due for a catch up recently. mainly to exchange news of what had been happening in our lives these last few months. We decided to head to the Standard as I’ve been hearing great reviews of the place. As she was heading out the door on the Friday night, she suddenly realized that parking in Northbridge would be horrendous as the restaurant is in such close proximity to the Fringe festival! We decided to change venue then, with me frantically scrolling through Urbanspoon for a decent venue while she was driving. I came across Brika and decided to go it a go.

Brika is located on Stirling Street, towards the outer fringe of Northbridge. It was very busy when I arrived and all the tables were booked out for the night. Doh! The hostess must have seen the desperate (or hungry look) on my face and offered me a shared table in the lounge area rather than turning me away. Thank you so much! I was more than happy that she could accommodate us, any table will do at such late notice!

Inside Brika

We ordered some drinks to calm us down. I had some bubbles – the Nico Lazaridi Solitaire ($6) from Greece while my friend had the Atze Shiraz ($9) from the Barossa Valley. Ahhh time to kick back, relax and enjoy our meal.

Brika - drinks

Brika serves modern Greek cuisine and specializes in mezedes, small plates of appetizers to be shared between groups of family and friends with the intent to provide a variety of flavor and texture sensations. I like this intent…I like it alot! We ordered four dishes to share between us with a dessert to finish off our meal. We had:

  • Spanakopita ($12) – spinach leek 3 cheese poura. This came in 3 pieces, looked like spring rolls but with a creamy spinach and cheese filling. Very nice!


  • Pork belly ($24) with ouzo thyme and a honey glaze. This was easily the dish of the day for us both, the pork belly was meaty, tender and flavorsome. It melted in the mouth! Oh, and the crackling was so good! *crunch* *crunch* We wanted more!

Pork belly

  • Swordfish ($22) on skewers with chargrilled peppers, onion and hummus. This was another excellent dish, not far behind the pork belly. The swordfish was still moist on the inside even after the grilling. Loved the freshness of this dish.


  • Suko salad ($10) – figs, orange, fennel, rocket and onion crisps. This was a healthy palate cleanser for us. We thought we needed it after all the meaty dishes we ordered. It was very much welcomed!

Suko salad

The staff was very good at convincing us to try the Loukoumades ($10) for dessert. Loukoumades are greek donuts which are drenched in a honey syrup and topped with walnuts. I spied this on the next table and actually did not need much convincing in ordering them!


Unfortunately we did not really like the taste of these donuts. I think I may be too used to the fried donuts that I normally get elsewhere. I thought these were too bland for me. A good try though.

Service at Brika was top notch, friendly, informative and just lovely! This was definitely one of my better find this year, and to think I only stumbled across this accidentally on Urbanspoon. A neighborhood gem!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Brika on Urbanspoon

Bambamboo, Perth


Website: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bambamboo/1676534065907179?fref=ts

Bambamboo located within the 140 Perth building opened its door three weeks ago to the public, much to the delight of many in the foodie community. I am not sure whether it was the cuteness of the sign (Kungfu Panda much?) or the promise of delicious dumplings that did it, but there was a buzz surrounding its opening with much anticipation of sampling what Bambamboo has to offer evident from all the mentions on social media.

When an opportunity came to take our vacation student out for lunch towards the end of his placement in our office, I quickly suggested going to Bambamboo. My colleagues readily agreed. One of them proceeded to inform me that there was a 50% discount on meals at Bambamboo for the first two days of their opening. Bonus! We visited on the second day!

As expected, the place was flooded with people even though we headed there earlier to try to beat the lunch crowd. We were informed that there will be a 45 minutes wait for food. Not wanting to miss out, we waited. It turned out the wait was only approx. 20 – 30 minutes for the food to arrive, not as long as initially expected.

Alfresco area Decor Bambamboo

Bambamboo has a DIY ordering system with Ipad stations located at the front and back of the restaurant. One has to find a seat, proceed to the ordering station to put in the order and then pay at the counter. The whole menu is loaded into each Ipad with pictures, description and price clearly shown of each dish. Very easy!
DIY ordering systemDIY ordering systemDIY ordering system

It is also self-service when it comes to the food and beverage. Orders are called out when ready and picked up at the food counter. The same goes with beverages, picking up cutleries, napkins and condiments. Quite efficient I suppose.Waiting for the food!

We may have gone slightly overboard with the ordering due to the 50% discount we were entitled to, here are the items we had for lunch!

  • Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork buns) 11pc ($9) – the skin was a bit thick but I liked the meat filling on the inside. It was tender and juicy, and soupy. However it is not comparable to restaurant like Din Tai Fung.

Xiao Long Bao

  • Shui Jiao (boiled dumpling) 13pc ($9) – the skin was once again quite thick on these in my opinion but the taste was good. Generous serving too for the price.

Shui Jiao

  • Pork Belly Noodle Soup ($10.80) – this was my order and it was great albeit too oily for my liking. Not a dish I would order on the regular but I enjoyed it while it lasted! The pork belly was tender, soup was flavorsome and noodles were smooth.

Pork Belly noodle soup

Other dishes ordered by my colleagues were the Zajiang Noodle (fried sauce noodles)($10.80) and the BBQ Pork and Shui Jiao noodle ($10.80). They both liked their dishes.

ZaJiang noodle BBQ Pork and Shui Jiao noodle

Our vac student being a vegetarian went for the Clear Noodle Soup ($5) with a serving of Chive Puff ($5). No complaints from him whatsoever, he was happily enjoying the meal.

Clear noodle soupChive Puff

To round the meal off, we had a serve of Black Sesame Pudding ($5). It tasted like black sesame jelly to me. I quite enjoyed this dessert.

Black sesame pudding

Besides the usual hot and soft drinks, Bambamboo serves a range of unique teas which can be bought as a pack to take home. We had the Pu-Erh tea ($3.50) and Bilouchun tea ($3.50). The teas were served in a double insulated cup, no more burning fingers!

Pu-Erh and Bilouchun tea

Overall I had an enjoyable meal and a great experience at Bambamboo, from the DIY ordering system to sampling the meals themselves. I love the contemporary and modern Chinese feel to the place! Prices are quite reasonable too. Another option for lunch at 140 Perth!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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