****John Walker Chocolatier, Perth****

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

The PFEs were contacted not too long ago by John Walker Chocolatier to showcase their products on our blog. I was only too happy to oblige, who can resist writing up about chocolates?! It is always interesting to discover businesses and products I may otherwise not have known through the blog, especially so with John Walker Chocolatier, a WA owned and operated chocolate company specialising in handmade fine quality chocolates. I had initially thought it had something to do with scotch whisky :p

Their story…

When it all began….The history of John Walker Chocolatier, began just like all great legacies with a dream.  William Walker began wholesaling confectionery in Perth during the Depression.  Apart from wholesaling confectionery, William Walker moved the family business into manufacturing. 

His sons, Robert and John keen to work with their father, followed and joined the business the “Walker Candy Company.” Their father, providing a strong foundation in the art of manufacturing confectionery led them to enter the niche market of high quality handmade chocolate. The quest then began to make the finest chocolate possible and effectively, this was the beginning of John Walker Chocolatier as it known today.

The candy operation was sold to enable the development of fine chocolate manufacturing and retail operations.  John Walker Chocolatier produces a large range of handmade and finely crafted chocolates in our factory in Perth, WA. Products include chocolate gift boxes, chocolate gift hampers, personalised giant chocolate freckles, novelty chocolate and chocolate bars

What a great story! I was visited by John Walker himself to drop off the samples! A very knowledgeable man about his chocolate (as well as candy) as he has been in the business for 35 years! He only uses Belgium couverture chocolate to make the chocolates! Some samples I received…

John Walker chocolates John Walker chocolates

There were a selection of the chocolates from his store including those from his Chocolate Treats and Chocolate Boxes range. Check out the website for the whole range of products on offer. There are some pretty great stuff there, including novelty and personalised chocolates! Click here.

My first taste was of the Chocolate Covered Honeycomb! The honeycomb is made with honey and enrobed in a fine milk Belgium couverture. The ingredients and even nutritional information are given on their website for the chocolates!

Chocolate covered honeycomb Chocolate covered honeycomb Chocolate covered honeycomb

The honeycomb inside tasted really fresh and light. I liked it! I went on their FB page and saw a post with pictures of how they handmake the honeycomb in their kitchen. So awesome. Check it out here. My friends liked this chocolate as well when I asked them to test taste. Good quality chocolate was their comments.

Next taste were the Milk Chocolate Rocky Road and Peanut Rough.

Milk Chocolate Rocky Road Milk Chocolate Rocky Road

Marshmallow rolled in coconut covered in fine Milk Belgium couverture. I’m normally not a big fan of rocky road chocolate, this was quite nice with the addition of coconut flakes (I love coconut!). My mum demolished the whole slab in one go!

Peanut Rough 5a

Crunchy dry roasted peanuts blended into fine milk Belgium couverture. This was my favorite as I love all things nutty especially in chocolates! I always go for those with nuts in them. The slab was jammed full of peanuts and once again tasted fresh and of good quality. Yum!

I went to a dinner party one night and brought the box of assorted chocolates with me. I can’t eat them all by myself! And sharing is caring :)

Chocolate Box! Chocolate Box! Chocolate Box!There were a variety of flavors in the box – Walnut, Salted Caramel, Belgium Vanilla, Caramel Cup, Seashell, and the liqueur infused type, the Black Russian, Grand Marnier, Champagne, Cointreau, Irish Cream and Rum. Gold Medal award winners they are, it costs $24.95 for a selection of 12 Gold Medal Assortment chocolate box.

Actually I couldn’t resist trying two of them before heading to the party (naughty Miss L). I put it down to taking photos for the sake of the blog :p I had the Walnut and the Salted Caramel.

Walnut Walnut

Shaped ilke a walnut with a delicious and smooth chocolate filling! It melted in the mouth. Nice!

Salted Caramel Salted Caramel

The whole inside of this chocolate is the sticky salted caramel! It was a sugar rush for me!

The box was well received at the dinner party especially the liquer-infused chocolates! We had fun tasting all the different chocolates!

There was one chocolate which was separately wrapped called the Almond Butter Cream. I thought it must have been something special and a must-try. True to it, it was delicious, nut (almond) checked, creaminess checked, smoothness checked, yum!
Almond Butter Cream

The last of the chocolates to try were the Chocolate Buttons. I had all three given to me, the White, Milk and Dark Chocolate. I decided to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries with them for Father’s Day.

Chocolate Buttons White Chocolate buttons

Excuse the rather rough looking Strawberries I made on the day – I was in such a rush! Luckily the quality of the chocolates made up for it, they were creamy and milky. The chocolates smelled so good as I melted them in the bowl. It was pure self-discipline that I didn’t eat them all myself!

Strawberry Chocolates Strawberry Chocolates

All in all, I had great fun sampling the chocolates from John Walker Chocolatier. Thanks to John Walker for introducing me to some his hand crafted fine chocolates!

John Walker Chocolatier stores can be located in Garden City Shopping Centre, Karrinyup Shopping Centre and London Court. They also have shipping and delivery service for web/phone order. Check it out for gift ideas or if you simply want to indulge in one of their many chocolate varieties!

Narration: Miss L
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Trang’s Cafe & Noodle House, Girrawheen

Trang's Cafe & Noodle HouseTrang’s Cafe & Noodle House is located a few shops down from Pho Huynh and next to BMT Vietnamese within the Newpark shopping centre. Since stumbling upon Nhu Mai last year and following a friend’s recommendation for a good bowl of Pho in Girrawheen, I’ve discovered a whole range of restaurants in this shopping centre and around the suburb serving Vietnamese cuisine! It’s been great!

Trang’s Cafe & Noodle House is small in size but could probably fit a number of people in there due to the communal table setting that runs down the length of the restaurant with individual table for four on either side.

Inside the restaurant Inside the restaurant

Hot tea to start with!

Hot Tea

The menu at Trang’s is quite extensive. Dishes are labelled in Vietnamese with an English description in the next line. An advantage of dining Vietnamese in the suburbs is the price! Most noodle dishes cost $10 for one and they are big portions. I find it hard sometimes to go back to the Vietnamese food in the city as they are smaller and more expensive in comparison. It’s all about the location I guess.

I’ve been to Trang’s twice now, this time round I ordered the Bun Bi Cha Gio ($10) - rice vermicelli with fine meat and spring roll dry. This tasted really good, well marinated beef, crispy spring roll (loved the filling) served with their homemade fishsauce. I requested for a bowl of soup to go with the noodle and the staff happily obliged. Just wanted something soupy to go with my noodles. The small bowl of soup that came was flavorsome, I was half afraid it might just be a MSG-laden soup but not so.

Rice vermicelli with meat and spring roll

The others had the following:

  • Pho Tai ($10) – raw beef hofan soup. Can’t come to a Vietnamese restaurant without trying their Pho! We ordered a couple of these. They received the tick of approval.

Pho raw beef hofan soup

  • Banh Canh Do Bien ($10) – drop rice noodles with prawn & pork. The drop rice noodle is a type of noodle found in Chinese cuisine as well, called the “mouse noodle”. It’s quite rare to find this type of noodles in Perth! Now I know where to go!

Drop rice noodles with pork & prawn

  • Bun Cha Gio Chay ($10) – rice vermicelli with vegetable spring rolls. This is a great dish for those who love all things spring roll and crunchy crunchy crunchy! It came with a mix salad with pickles and roasted peanuts.

Rice vermicelli with spring rolls

  • Bun Xao Thit Bo ($12) – rice vermicelli with braised beef, similar to the above with the mix salad and roasted peanuts but with beef instead.

Rice vermicelli with braised beef

  • Bun Bo Hue ($10) – rice vermicelli in spicy soup with sliced pork roll, cooked beef and Vietnamese sausage roll. Meat overload but this was my friend’s favorite!

Rice vermicelli in spicy soup

  • Com Chien Bo Luc Lac ($13) – fried rice with stir fried beef Vietnamese style

Fried Rice with beef Vietnamese style

  • Com Tam Dac Biet ($11) – broken rice with pork chop, shredded pork, fried egg homemade pork pate served with homemade fish sauce. This looked appetising!

Broken Rice

Great, authentic and cheap Vietnamese food, what more can you ask for?

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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Little Bird Cafe, Northbridge

Little Bird CafeWebsite: https://www.facebook.com/TheLittleBirdCafe

The Little Bird Cafe located on Lake Street in Northbridge was recommended by my sister’s friend for its smoothies – the Green Smoothie in particular was highly recommended. After checking out the photos on Urbanspoon, my family and I decided to head there for breakfast one weekend. Some of the photos of the food at the Little Bird Cafe just looked so picturesque!

The Little Bird Cafe is quite big in size, with a spacious indoor area, outdoor high benches near the entrance and a courtyard area. The decor was very cool, retro and antiquey, there are a few items that will make you look twice out of admiration. I really like the multi-colored lampshade sitting on the table! Apologies to my readers as I forgot to take a photo of it to show you! I also like the live entertainment that came from the guitarist, gracing us with his songs and singing throughout our meal. Absolutely loved the atmosphere.

Orders are taken at the counter and there was a long queue on the Saturday we were there. The place was buzzing. We checked out the menu and proceeded to the counter. This was when I noticed that besides the breakfast and burger menu which seemed limited, there are actually lots of other food available, mostly displayed at the counter, including hot soups, wraps, croissants, bagels, paninis with various fillings. There is also a table full of delicious looking cakes! All homemade and freshly baked. They were so enticing!

At the counterCheck out the cakes!

I couldn’t go pass not ordering a slice of cake! I got the Baked Cheesecake ($6.50) and it was really good! Moist, soft and decorated beautifully, served with a small pitcher of cream. Delicious! I could eat one all by myself!

Baked Cheesecake

On the way back to our table, I walked past the water station and saw these lovely water jugs filled with slices of fruits! Now that’s a first! Water jugs

We took one with cherries and slices of oranges in it :)

Our jug of water with orange and cherries!OK, now to our orders. For drinks, my parents had a Latte and Chai Latte which they liked.

Chai Latte and Latte

Meanwhile my sister and I ordered from the Organic Smoothies board. There were quite a few to choose from. I ended up with the Peanut butter + Choc ($8) and she had the Green Smoothie ($8). Well, she did recommended this place because of the Green Smoothie! There’s no other choice but to try it!

Peanut butter + choc and Green smoothies

My Peanut butter + Choc Smoothie consisted of almond milk, peanuts, raw cacao, date and banana. It was really creamy and filling! The banana taste was very strong which was nice at the beginning but became overpowering after awhile. I didn’t manage to finish the whole drink. It was an overload having this with the Baked Cheesecake as well! Initially I had thought the price was quite expensive for a smoothie but after checking out the ingredients I could understand why. Almond milk and raw cacao don’t come cheap!

My sister’s Green Smoothie was made of apple, spinach, lemon, banana, kiwifruit and chia seeds. She didn’t end up liking the drink as the taste of banana was quite strong in it too.

We had the following for breakfast…

  • Honey + Almond Granola ($15.50) – gluten and diary free with vanilla bean coconut yoghurt, strawberries and almond milk

Honey + Almond Granola

Pretty as a picture! The granola was crunchy with a slight honey undertone through it. Quite refreshing with the juicy strawberries strewn on top. A simple dish but nice.

  • Sweet Potato & Pancetta Hash ($20) which came with poached egg and pear salad

Sweet Potato & Pancetta Hash

I shared a bit of this with sis and thought there were too many sweet potato chunks in this. Too much carbs. I think I would struggle to finish this myself as it’s a heavy dish.

  • Chicken Burger ($14.50) – Mount Barker chicken, cheese, tomato, leaves, aioli

Chicken Burger

The composition in the burger sounded too simple but the Chicken Burger turned out to be quite delicious! Fresh ingredients, toasted bun and the clincher being the aioli sauce. The small portion I ate left me satisfied and wanting more.

  • Bird Benedict ($16.90) – Sourdough, spinach, fresh range eggs, bacon, hollandaise

Birds Benedict

This looked nice, check out the hollandaise sauce! It looks so creamy and tasty. I didn’t get to try this nor ask the opinion of the consumer so I would have to just satisfy myself with the photo :p

All in all, it was a good breakfast, more so as I was excited about the variety of cakes available and the beautifully presented dishes. Loved the ambiance, I would come back for a coffee and try every single cake they have if I could!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
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****ENTWINED in the Valley****

Entwined ShowcaseThe PFEs were lucky enough to have been invited by the City of Swan to attend the Entwined in the Valley event, which was held on the 30 August 2014, at the Houghton Winery property.

The concept is simple – a 7-course degustation showcasing WA’s Swan Valley produce and wines, and also celebrate Swan Valley being the first Humane food region in Australia.

Miss L was unfortunately unable to make it, so I brought a friend in her place, RB, to grace the event with our eager appetites. Credits also to RB for some of the photos featured on this blog post. 

Jessie Gordon TrioThe Marquee was beautifully decorated within the grounds of Houghton Winery and was filled with lovely flowers, and table settings that were absolutely gorgeous. It was definitely something ‘fancy schmancy‘.

Upon entering, we were presented with glasses of the Sitella Chenin Blanc, which is a sparkling wine that would start the night of festivities for us. It was nice, light, and definitely a great way to begin!

The Jessie Gordon Trio who would be providing some live jazz music for the evening were already strutting their stuff on stage, and I  was in absolute heaven being a complete fan of jazz music.

Inside the MarqueeWe were shortly told to take our seats, and by this time, I was all eager to sample the food that were crafted by our very own Kiren Mainwaring from Co-Op Dining, and also Masterchef’s George Calombaris! What a treat. The wines would be paired by Ch’ng Poh Tiong, an internationally known journalist/writer and Sommelier. 

The first course we were served was a bark smoked rainbow trout, with wattle seed and white chocolate. This was supposed to be paired with either of the Faber Vineyard 2011 Blanc de Blanc, or the Pinelli Estate 2014 Reserve Verdelho. The smoked rainbow trout was nice and salty, with the essence of the white chocolate pairing so well with the salty flavoured fish. I tried the fish with both wines, and preferred the Blanc de Blanc with this dish. 

We were then served both the liver parfait on a crisp onion skin and pickled celery, together with the prawn cracker topped with fresh WA wild prawn and fennel. The liver parfait on a crisp onion skin may look like a simple dish but it was actually the real standout dish for me through the evening. The prawn cracker was nice, but my heart had already been taken away by the liver parfait. Pairing this with the Verdelho brought a nice refreshing taste, and it broke the heaviness of the parfait beautifully.

Rainbow TroutParfait and Prawn Closeup

 

As we were enjoying the food, the one thing I found very special was the fact that the chefs themselves would come to the stage to talk about the food, and the Sommelier would come and share his thoughts on the wines that were chosen to pair each dish. Anna Gare who was our emcee for the evening was elegant, and made the entire evening a relaxed atmosphere, allowing each of us to enjoy the dinner, as how anyone should be able to.

Slow cooked hen's yolkIt wasn’t long before the next dish was served. This was the slow cooked hen’s yolk served with a savoury meringue, cauliflower, green olive and shaved Morish pistachios. The minds of chefs are amazing when they think of what to do. The dish was served in the appearance of a fried egg, with the yolk having slow cooked, separately from the whites, which were turned into a meringue. Nothing was wasted. The cauliflower puree that provided yet another texture to the dish brought an element of surprise. This was a pleasant dish. Pairing with this, was the Lamont’s 2013 Quartet, which was a blend of verdelho, chardonnay, semillon and sauvignon blanc. 

Confit Duck with GrenacheThe next course would be one that George Calombaris crafted – an olive oil confit duck leg, with spiced plum puree, germinated lentils and sake compressed cucumbers. Being fond of the Japanese cuisine, it was apparently no surprise to see the use of sake for this dish. 

The wine paired for this dish was the Heafod Glen 2013 Swan Valley Grenache

The pairing of these two was like a match made in heaven. The wine, was probably my favourite for the evening, with nice fruity flavours bursting out left right and center for this light red. 

The duck was really well cooked, and the combination of the germinated lentils and plum puree gave it the textural and acidic variety. 

I enjoyed this dish a lot.

Wild Kangaroo TailThe next dish on the menu was the slow cooked kangaroo tail, with Jerusalem artichoke crisps & puree, fresh apple and crisp salt bush. This was paired with newcomer to Swan Valley Mandoon Estate’s 2012 Old Vine Shiraz. With the the richness of the meat, came the fuller bodied wine which complimented the Kangaroo nicely. The artichokes provided such a lovely accompaniment to the meat, and this plate, like the others, was left completely clean.

Towards the end of the evening, we had George come up to talk for quite a while with Anna Gare, so this was the time for some snaps to be taken! RB and I even got a shot together with the Masterchef judge, and is now sending numerous waves of jealousy. 

George on StageGeorge and Kiren

Chocolate & Beetroot CakeThe evening ended off with some cheese and honey, Mondo nougat, and a chocolate and beetroot cake (with chocolate sorbet, sour cream mousse and fresh beetroot).

These were paired with the fortified wines. This included the Olive Farm Wines 1965 Solero Liqueur Shiraz, and the Talijancich Julian James 1961 Solero Reserve Muscat.

I am not the biggest fan of fortified wines, but these two were quite pleasant. 

The chocolate and beetroot cake was nice, but a tad heavy towards the end – probably also because we have been treated to 6 courses beforehand already.

The cheese was courtesy of the cheese barrel, which included a blue cheese and a cheddar. RB for one was stoked about the amount of blue cheese there was for grabs, and being able to have my share too, was definitely a plus. I loved the cheddar, and it is pretty amazing how well honey and cheese actually pair up! 

The few things that really stood out for me as part of this beautifully crafted 7-course degustation:

  • Honey + Cheese = BEAUTY
  • Swan Valley has far more produce that I had thought, including an asparagus farm and marron breeders!
  • Germinated lentils = yumminess
  • The fact that Swan Valley is in fact only about half an hour from the city is an absolute reason to celebrate because its produce and wines are really, right at our doorsteps.
  • There was an element of pride being part of the WA and Swan Valley food and wine culture and scene.

Overall, what a success of an event, and we, the PFEs are grateful for the invite for this inaugural and debut event, Entwined.

Narration by: Miss Egg (a.k.a. S.T)

Northbridge Brewing Company, Northbridge

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

On the weekend that Papparich first opened, my friend and I were planning to head there or more so to “try our luck” to see whether we could get a table for lunch on the Sunday. Unfortunately as predicted the queue was extremely long! We were famished by the time we arrived in Northbridge and did not feel like waiting around. So we decided to head to Northbridge Brewing Company (NBC) instead to try our chances. NBC was packed out as well but fortunately we spied an empty table in the middle of bar, though we abandoned that to check out the floor above. There are a lot more space upstairs!

Upstairs NBCUpstairs NBC

The stint upstairs did not last long though as we could get anyone to serve us! I was not sure what the procedure is with the patrons sitting upstairs? I found out later that orders have to be placed downstairs before heading up. A slight inconvenience! Anyhow whilst sitting on the ledge upstairs looking over the courtyard, I spied one empty table downstairs, boom I rushed there. Table secured! Yes! The ambiance was definitely better downstairs, there was a lovely buzz as the place was packed. I loved sitting outside overlooking the green open space that is the Northbridge Piazza!

Courtyard NBC Courtyard NBC

We ordered the James Squire Orchard Crush Apple and Pear Cider each to quench our thirst at $8.80 a pop. Loved it! Very refreshing!

James Squire Orchard Crush Ciders

Jazzed up bar food are found at NBC – there are pizza, burgers and sandwiches, pasta, steak, a few selection to choose from. We ordered some snacks, a little burger each and sides for our lunch.

  •  Fish Croquettes ($9) – creamy cheese sauce, panko crumb, fried

Fish Croquettes Fish Croquettes Fish Croquettes

Quite a few croquettes turned up on the board! 6 altogether! My friend thought there was not enough fish taste in there but I liked them. Love all food croquettes! Loved the creamy filling and the crunchy outercase. Yum!

  • Calamari ($10) – Szechwan, citrus aioli

Calamari Calamari

The Calamari had a Szechwan peppercorn in the batter which gave a numbing taste which I didn’t quite like. The Calamari itself though was soft. Liked the texture but not the batter. Good to have tried something different but not a winner in my books.

  • Little Hog Hoagies ($8 each) – pulled pork, smokey bbq sauce, apple and anis slaw

Little Hog Hoagies Little Hog Hoagies

We ordered a Hoagies each as I’m still into all things pulled pork! No sharing for this one :p The bun was crisp nicely but I found the filling to be slightly lacking in taste. Needed more punch in either the salad or the sauce. It was a good feed still nevertheless.

  • House Chopped Salad ($6) – LTO, cucumber, avocado, lemon & feta

House chopped salad

We order a salad to balance all the fried food we were eating and the salad was very good! Great combination with the avocado and feta which added a creaminess to the salad without overpowering it. Loved this!

And that was our lunch! Service was prompt despite the place being so busy which was a plus for me. I really liked the ambience of the place, relaxing but buzzing at the same time. Felt like it was the place to be! A nice plate to hang out with your mates over some drinks and snacks!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Miss Maud Pastry House Cafe, Belmont

Miss Maud BelmontWebsite: http://www.missmaud.com.au/

The PFEs were recently invited to review the food at Miss Maud and I chose the pastry house in Belmont Forum as it is located close to where I live. I have not been to the Miss Maud in Belmont for quite awhile and was surprised to read some less than happy reviews on Urbanspoon prior to visiting. I’d always have a good impression of the store, plus it is always busy on the weekend every time I walked past! Hmm, what is the real story?

Belmont Store

My sisInside Miss Maudter and I headed there on the Saturday and were joined by my parents as they had wanted to meet up for brunch that weekend. They were happy that we would be dining at Miss Maud and told us to go earlier as it gets very busy during lunch time. On to it! We arrived mid-morning and the cafe was about 2/3 full so we got a table easily.

Menus are placed on the table and there was a wide variety to choose from, ranging from the Breakfast Specials to Hot Food, Sandwiches, Foccacias, Salads, Kids’ Favorites and their yummy looking Desserts!

The Menu The Menu

Orders can then be placed at the counter. I couldn’t help checking out all the desserts and cakes on display while waiting in line. They look so good! Miss Maud is also stocking desserts from Rawsome, for those who are interested in this genre of food :)

Cakes on display Cakes on display Cakes on display

We had the following for brunch…the drinks…

  • Affogato ($4.70) – double espresso with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream
  • Mocha ($4.70)

Affogato Mocha

  • Ice Coffee ($6) – served with ice cream (I asked for no cream)
  • Coconut Water ($5.70) – raw C 100% natural!

Coconut Drink Ice Coffee

I had the Ice Coffee as I was craving some ice-cream. The vanilla ice-cream added a sweetness and creaminess to the drink as it melted into it, well what was left of the ice-cream after I had a few spoonful :p. My sister ordered the Coconut Water, and commented that it tasted fresh and natural, better than what you would get at the supermarket.

The food…

  • Norwegian Prawnboat ($16.95) – tender asparagus, egg slices and red ripe tomato, laden with plump prawns on Miss Maud Swedish bread topped with Miss Maud special Swedish sauce  

Norwegian Prawnboat Norwegian Prawnboat

The Norwegian Prawnboat is classed as an open face delicacy by Miss Maud. Located under the Open-Face Sandwiches category, it showcases a twist to the usual prawn sandwich you get at cafes, with this being bigger and ‘louder’ with the bright colored prawns piled on top of a lettuce cup, uncovered for all to see. This was my order and I really like it. I especially like the tangy sauce that went with the eggs and prawns combination and also the buttered bread. The prawns were big and plump! This tasted great with each bite!

  • Chicken Enchilada ($16.50) – Mexican combination of chicken, beans, corn, capsicum, tomato and onion in a featherlight crepe, topped with Salsa sauce, cheese and a touch of sour cream

Chicken Enchilada Chicken Enchilada

This was my sister’s order and her comment was that it was good but extremely filling! I can understand why after looking at the dish! I had a taste and it was really creamy and cheesy with lots of filling inside the crepe. I quite like it but I doubt I can finish the whole dish by myself.

  • Cajun Chicken Salad ($17.95) – tender chicken, avocado, semi-dried tomatoes, cashews, fresh tomato, gourmet lettuce, snowpea sprouts & red onion, served with Miss Maud cajun dressing and toasted Turkish bread

Cajun Chicken Cajun Chicken

The Cajun Chicken Salad looked delicious but unfortunately I didn’t get a taste. Boo! :p Lots of chunky chicken pieces I spied. The dressing looked yummy too. This was given the stamp of approval by my stepdad.

  • Crab “Sammige” ($15.45) – catch of crab, prawns and seafood in egg mayo on buttered toasted Swedish white bread topped with caviar and a choice of side salad

Crab Sammige Crab Sammige

There was a choice of either garden, potato or beetroot salad for the side salad. My mum chose the beetroot salad. The Crab Sammige is in the same category as the Norwegian Prawnboat except this is chopped up and compacted into a triangular cone. Another great and tasty dish!

I couldn’t get past not ordering some dessert to end the brunch and we ended up sharing two Petit Tarts ($2.95 each) – a fruit and a hazelnut caramel. They were good! I especially like the hazelnut caramel tart, sticky and sweet!

Petit hazelnut caramel tart Petit hazelnut caramel tart Petit fruit tart

The Petit Tarts brought a great end to the brunch we had at Miss Maud. I left feeling very satisfied! The service on the day was great, the girls serving us were friendly and smiley and the food came quickly. My sister originally went to get some grocery after we ordered thinking that we would have to wait awhile for the food but I had to call her back soon after she left as the food came! Seemed to be a vast improvement from what I read on Urbanspoon. I will definitely visit again!

Thanks to Miss Maud who shouted us two complimentary meals for the brunch.

Narration: Miss L
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Malabar Indian Cafe and Restaurant, Yokine

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

We were invited by the owner of Malabar Indian Cafe & Restaurant to try their food. Having been exposed to the Indian culture and food a lot more in the past year, I was keen to give this place a go.

Having been sent two free tickets for the launch of The Hundred Foot Journey movie (thanks to Walt Disney Studios Australia), featuring Helen Mirren and Om Puri, I thought it would be a good idea to make this evening dedicated to Indian food and culture.

RB and I made our way to Malabar by about 5pm for dinner, and we were greeted warmly by the host Derick on deck.

Having viewed the menu beforehand, we knew exactly what we were after:

  • Vegetarian Samosas
  • Chicken Madras (Medium)
  • Rice
  • Roti
  • Garlic Naan

Papadums

Prior to the meal being served, we were given some complimentary papadums with mint sauce.

The papadums were nice and crunchy, but I personally would have liked it a bit thinner.

I enjoyed the mint sauce.

We were then served with the samosas to start the evening off.

Vegetarian Samosas

I was a little disappointed with the way the samosas came through in that I was expecting a nice pastry type crust to hold the fillings in. That said, both RB and I were rather impressed with the tastiness of the filling. According to her, it was one of the better ones she’s tried.

The sauces provided were tamarind and the same mint sauce that came with the papadums. I enjoyed both.

Then came the stars of the evening.

Rotichicken madras

Garlic NaanRice

The chicken madras was nice and tangy, and was not too spicy. It went famously well with all three main accompaniments – the garlic naan, the roti and the rice. The roti had a lovely touch of ghee to it, which made it even tastier. The rice was well cooked. The garlic naan wasn’t too bad, though I have had better ones in the few Indian places that I have sampled around Perth.

Gulab JamunAt the end of the meal, we were treated to some Gulab Jamun, which took me by surprise because it wasn’t as sweet as the usual ones other places have served up – right on the money with my palate. The consistency of the exterior was not as melt-in-your-mouth as others, according to RB. I would have had no clue!

The service at Malabar is top notch, and another brilliant fact is that it is BYO with no corkage fee (up to this point of writing this post anyway).

Overall, Malabar is an uprising restaurant with good potential. My thanks to the host for the invite.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg

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