Canton Lounge Bar, Perth

Bar front

Website: www.cantonloungebar.com

Entertainment Card 09/10: Complimentary main course when another is purchased  

 

Canton Lounge Bar is located at the east end of Hay Street, right next to Shots Espresso Bar on the first floor, so it is not easily seen if you are not actually looking for the place.  To get there, you go through a retro styled corridor with silver curtains (check out the pic!) and up a flight of stairs, and there yoFlashy corridor leading to the loungeu will be greeted with a loft-style room with a big chandelier in the middle, and a side room filled with comfortable lounge seats (quite similar to The George on St. Georges Tce). 

I’d always walked past this place and thought it was closed down (it used to be a chinese restaurant) but later found out that it was reopened as a bar when my friend invited me to one of the Young Engineers cocktail function to be held there.  I had a peek at their website and liked the look so suggested for us to have lunch here one day (especially with their buy one get one free deal from the Ent book!) when my ex-colleague wanted to catch up.

I had taken some photos of the place but they didn’t turn out too nice (old camera + dim lighting due to overcast weather is not a very good combination) so check out their website if you want to have a better feel of the place.

Bar/Cashier counter Lounge area

Their menu consisted of selected few dishes but does come complete with starters, mains and desserts.  They also have an extensive drinks list (well, being a bar and all!)

Menu

We had some Lattes for drinks and received complimentary Bread with Butter (they came at the right time as we were really hungry by then!).  They were warm and soft – perfect!

Lattes Bread and butter

For mains, we had:

  • Crisp skin barramundi, broccolini, mandarin and cauliflower puree
  • Roast lamb rump, braised eggplant, white beans, basil and salsa verde

Crisp skinned Barramundi Roast lamb rump

The dishes came out and the first thing I noticed was how nicely they were presented.  The second thing we thought were they were quite small-sized (for some reason, we expected them to be big).  This was good though coz I didn’t want to be too full going back to work. 

I had the Barramundi as usual and it tasted good – the cauliflower puree was different from the normal mash you get and the mandarin gave a refreshing after taste.  I also loved the broccolini.  I liked this dish as they used different ingredients to match the fish so you don’t feel like it’s similar to any other dishes you eat elsewhere.  I forgot to ask my friend to give a detailed comment on the Lamb Rump – she just said it was good!

The service was quite prompt (a plus during our limited lunch hour) so we were very happy.  Overall a good lunch!  I will definitely be back to try their other dishes if the occasion arises and maybe some of their cocktails (I read good reviews!).

 

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Canton Lounge Bar

Telephone: 9325 9900

Address: 532 Hay Street (upstairs), Perth

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Gavino, Subiaco

A View from the Outside

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

Entertainment Book 09/10: 25% discount (up to $30)

Gavino’s is quite a hidden little place right in the corner of Subiaco Mews in Subiaco (think Nando’s, but behind that inside that little complex full of shops and little cafe’s and restaurants)… Another landmark that might help you find your way there is the Woodpecker’s Pizza Restaurant or the Art Gallery that are sitting just directly opposite the Mews.

Anyway, we were a tad late due to our church commitments, and trying to find a parking is never easy in Subiaco… but fear not! We found a little space at the back of the Mews, along a road of residential houses. :) Dinner is near!

 When you walk into the restaurant, you  get a rather homely feeling, and this is the one thing that I found lovely about this place. The wait-staff were friendly but it was actually rather difficult to know who to talk to with regards to the reservation, etc. because they lacked a bit of the initiative to ask us if we even had one. Never mind that. We were entertained quite soon after we were browsing around the place, intrigued by its victorian/traditional interior decor.

Inside the Restaurant

We took our time to decide on the mains because we had our drinks ordered first:

  • Peroni (Me)
  • Strongbow Cider Dry (S.C)
  • Glass of Brown Brothers Crouchen Riesling (A.C)
  • Glass of Goundry’s Merlot (Me, during the meal)

I reckon they’ve got a nice extensive list of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that keeps people like me happy during the meal. :) Thumbs up!

The only thing I wish they had was beer on tap – but with the rather wide variety of beers they offer, this would really be me asking too much.

Beer & CiderGlass of Crouchen & Riesling

The two girls already knew what they wanted and it was really me deliberating between a meat or a pasta dish. Following my cow’s heart, I finally made the decision and here were our orders:

  • Bistecca (Me) – grilled eye fillet complimented with a blue vein sauce
  • Veal Fillets (A.C) – with a porcini (mushroom) and marsala sauce
  • Agnelotti alla Panna (S.C) – half-moon pocket pasta filled with ricotta and spinach, cooked with mushroom, cheese and a dash of cream
  • Garlic Bread to start

Oh, I do wanna add that this is the FIRST restaurant that I have stepped into with Escargots (famous french snail dish) on offer! Too bad I wasn’t really in the mood (or condition) to be eating them, but I will be trying it the next time I pop by!

So… let’s get onto the details…

Garlic Bread

The garlic bread was so populated with garlic that it felt as tho’ we were going to haunt down vampires. That said, I LOVE IT! KUDOS++! It’s one of the better garlic breads around and for $5, I think it’s well worth the moolah! It’s got a nice herb and garlic taste and the bread is toasted just right!

Just in case the picture is not too clear… there are a total of four pieces in one serve, so if you do go there in a group, just remember – Four in a Serve. :)

And…

The garlic spread is actually on BOTH sides of the bread. This is something I have noticed in other Italian Restaurants – they only spread the garlic on one side, and it makes the taste become so bland that it doesn’t feel like a real garlic bread.

Veal FilletsBiscetti

The cows were fabulous this evening!

The veal fillets were served in a set of three little fillets (thickest veal fillets I have seen in my little adventures in WA!), cooked medium rare (as requested by A.C). I had a little taste and the sauce/gravy was divine. They had the Porcini mushrooms which gave it a nice rich mushroom flavour, and with a generous serving of it, the veal was just a sheer delight to munch through!

The Bistecca was a nice serving for a hungry big girl like myself. With the cow cooked medium rare, cutting through the meat was a breeze, and to have such a generous serving of the sauce was a nice little treat! Avid fan of sauces, this didn’t disappoint – rich but not too heavy, and there was just the right amount (to me at least) of saltiness to it. The thickness was nice for that big chunk of meat which I must say was grilled really well. :)

The salads could have been better for both of these dishes, but with the meat such a delight, this can be forgiven!

Half Moon Pocket Pasta

The Agnelotti alla Panna was something surprising. I expected a plate with the usual covering of sauce… but this dish came in a squarish bowl-plate that looked as tho’ the pasta was in soup (it isn’t a bad thing to me by the way).

You could see the generous serving of mushroom, and just like how the menu described them to be, the half-moon pocket pasta filled with quite a generous serving of ricotta and spinach. I didn’t get to try the pasta itself but was too tempted with the sauce that I just dipped my fork into the bowl without much of a permission from S.C… and I was pleasantly surprised.

This one had the saltiness tipped over the “too much” scale a little but it was definitely something bearable for my tastebuds. In fact there was this alluring factor to the sauce that is a bit difficult to describe.

Would have been good if I tasted the pasta as well. S.C mentioned that it was average.

Dessert MenuAnd you think we finished it off like that? What about desserts?!

I didn’t expect an extensive menu following their rather short mains/entrees menu before, but for a desserts menu – this was quite good!

We had the following to share:

- Sticky Date Pudding (who would miss this?!)

- Mousse Au Chocolat

- Limoncello Gelato

Sticky Date PuddingLimoncello Gelato

Mousse Au Chocolat

The sticky date pudding was a lovely dessert, and one of the better ones I have tried in WA. From the really dry ones that don’t taste anything like how it should be, to the absolutely divine ones, this one sits closer to the scale of the latter. :) With a moist texture inside, and soaked in that sweet and sinful butterscotch sauce, I have to give this one the thumbs up! It wouldn’t be doing justice to it otherwise :) Loved the ice cream that accompanied it too. Nice vanilla bean ice cream that actually tasted and looked like it was blended with some vanilla beans.

The limoncello gelato was a nice tangy and light dessert to cleanse our palate with… and something I would definitely get again when I head back there and am feeling a tad too filled up. :) A definite yes to the limoncello!

The mousse au chocolat was a bit of a surprise simply because of how rich it actually was. I mean, I have definitely tried some really rich mousse but none as thick and rich as this one. A dark chocolate based mousse, it wasn’t so much of the rich-sweet that got to us, but more of the thickness-rich that really got us going “oh noo, how are we going to finish this?”. I do know of people who would be able to finish this because of their love for chocolate tho’. So, for me, it’s a bit too much, but for you chocolate fans, you might actually want to try – and perhaps give some feedback as to what YOU think! :)

Cappucino and TwilightJust for the record, I also ordered a Cappucino to end the evening, and it came beautifully served with a little chocolate aptly named “Twilight”.

The coffee was pretty average but I do give it the kudos for bringing it in with the chocolate – a very fine detail that can make all the difference in presentation and making customers (like myself) that bit happier when ordering their little coffees.

The service was not too bad, with the staff friendly and patient (especially with me taking pictures each time they are about to serve our other dishes). A very warm atmosphere, and with a discount evident from the Entertainment book – what are you waiting for? :) Give this place a go, and we’d love to hear what YOU think!

 

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

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

Gavino Italian Restauant
Telephone: (08) 9381 1323
Address: 375 Hay Street (Subiaco Mews) Subiaco WA 6008

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University Asian Restaurant, Nedlands

Restaurant frontView from Broadway shopping centreUniversity Asian Restaurant is located within the Broadway Fair Shopping Centre, along the same road as the University of WA.  We first heard about this restaurant through my sister’s friend who recommended for us to come here for tasty and cheap mudcrabs.  We decided to go one time and had been back occasionally since as the crabs were indeed cheaper than the other restaurants in the city/Northbridge and my parents discovered their new found favourite food there – crocodile meat!  However since last year they had stopped selling the crocodile meat dish so we haven’t been back that often.

Inside the restaurantThe restaurant itself is quite simple and looks like a typical Chinese restaurant with lots of red chinese decorations and streamers, and tables with white clothes and red napkins.  It also has a small tank of seafood showcased on the side.

One thing I must comment about this place is the restaurant owner whose name is Richard.  He is the friendliest and most attentive restaurant owner I’d encountered so far, taking time to chat to all the customers and explaining the dishes that they offer.  He even remembered us even though we haven’t been back for a good six months or so and asked where we have been which came as a surprise to me!  What good memory!

On this occasion, we had the following dishes:

  • Salt and Pepper Soft-shelled Crab - this is a nice alternative to the Salt & Pepper Spare Ribs, it was extra crunchy and you can eat the crab as a whole, delicious!
  • Richard’s Vegetarian Stack - one of their specialty dish, it consisted of layers of green vegetables, carrot and mushrooms topped with japanese tofu – another alternative to the Sizzling Japanese Tofu we always order.  It came with a thick gravy which went nicely with the steamed rice.
  • Stir-fry King Prawns with Asparagus - tasted as expected but slightly oily.
  • Sizzling Fillet Steak - big serving of tender steaks topped with broccoli, cauliflower and onions, great for the meat lovers!

Soft shelled crab Vegetarian stack Prawns with asparagus Sizzling Fillet Steak

We always have a good meal everytime we go for dinner here and this time is no different - although on this occasion, the service was not as good as Richard was missing and the staff did not seem to know what was going on so they took ages to take our order.  I found out later whilst paying that he had actually went out for a walk to catch some fresh air and fell asleep on the bench!  Poor guy, he must have been too tired!  Anyways he apologised for the slow service by waiving the cost of the fried ice creams we had.  What a champ!  We were quite happy that he even thought of doing that!  Great customer service!  We will definitely be back (well, I know my parents will) with such service and reasonably priced tasty dishes!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

University Asian Restaurant
Telephone
: 9389 1168
Address: Shop 7/88 Broadway, Broadway Fair Shopping Centre

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Golden BBQ, Canning Vale

We had planned this dinner for quite a long time, and some of us had actually forgotten about it! :) S.Tq had suggested us this place following my review on the new Penang Eatery in Canning Vale. This place is much easier to find with the Canning Vale market just close by…

It is regretted that I did not remember to snap some shots of the interior and exterior sights of this place. But never mind that since we are just really concerned about the food! In any case, the interior is what you would expect of any chinse restaurant.

We started off sitting at a table for 7 because we thought that there’d be that number of people but due to unforeseen circumstances, there were only 5 of us at the end, so the waitress kinda randomly came up to us to ask if we could move to a smaller table (typical chinese sort of business-making… freeing up that table for more people :))… so we took the efforts to transporting our personal belongings and our little cups of tea over to the new table.

Then we sat down and decided  that each one of us should choose a dish each. But that didn’t exactly work out the way it’s supposed to be because we ended up giving opinions to each other anyway! So here were our choices:

  • Peking Duck (2 courses, 1 which is the skin wrapped with a nice pancake skin, the other a lettuce-based wrap of the meat stir fried with some vegetables)
  • Szechuan Chicken
  • Hot Plate Tofu with Minced Chicken
  • Long Beans with Fried Onions

Complimentary SoupOne of the few restaurants left in Perth with this little perk….

FREE SOUP!

Yes, you heard me right. Back in the day when I was in uni, the chain of chinese restaurants in Chinatown, Northbridge would be competing on a very high level, and each restaurant would serve complimentary soup as a start to the meal. Now… it’s gone, and so this came as a surprise to me.

That said, don’t expect much to come out of the complimentary soups since they are all cooked as a mass production.

Onto the main dishes!

Peking Duck - First Course (SKIN)Peking Duck - Second Course (MEAT)

The Peking Duck was actually pretty good considering I have just gone to have another Peking Duck at Northbridge about a few months back. The skin’s nice a big in size, with a little meat left with it (apparently that’s the proper way of slicing the skin for Peking Duck!). Always love the skin of the Peking Duck dish. :) Always a smile-turn-on! The rest of the table were rather satisfied with this first course as well.

The Sang Choy Bow (i.e. the 2nd course of the Peking Duck) could have been better for me. It was nicely stir-fried but something was just missing from that dish for me. It might be the richer taste that I was looking for.

Szechuan Chicken

The Szechuan Chicken was the let-down of the meal, altho’ I’ve been told it didn’t taste like that before when they ordered the same dish – so perhaps the cook wasn’t up to par that night. Then again, one begs to question the professionalism. :)

Szechuan, by nature has these characteristics (thanks to Wiki!):

Szechuan cuisine, Szechwan cuisine, or Sichuan cuisine (Chinese: 四川菜 or 川菜) is a style of Chinese cuisine originating in Sichuan Province of southwestern China famed for bold flavors, particularly the pungency and spiciness resulting from liberal use of garlic and chili peppers, as well as the unique flavour of the Sichuan peppercorn (花椒). Peanuts are also a prominent ingredient in Szechuan cooking. Although the region is now romanized as Sichuan, the cuisine is still sometimes spelled ‘Szechuan’ or ‘Szechwan’ in the West. There are many local variations of Sichuan cuisine within Sichuan Province and Chongqing Municipality, which was politically part of Sichuan until 1997. The four best known regional sub-styles are Chongqing style, Chengdu style, Zigong style, and Buddhist vegetarian style.

Overall, this dish had too light a Szechuan flavour… I do give them kudos for their generosity with the ingredients tho’!

Hot Plate TofuThe Hot Plate Tofu was rather interesting in its colour variation to the normal hot plate tofu dishes you’d see in other chinese restaurants. By that, I am sayin’ that they were thoughtful in taking the time to add some color to the dish. Usually you’d get the tofu dish served with some minced chicken and salted fish but it’d just be that, so the colour of the dish would be rather dull.

In this case, they actually cooked the gravy with some carrots and celery, adding some colour to the dish.

It’s funny how I’m sayin’ this but it does make a difference when you look at a dish with colour and one without, and actually decide to eat the one with the colour becuase it just looks that more appetising!

The only thing I’d say about this dish is the fact that the gravy was not sufficient for the amount of tofu and egg they had on the hot plate. A little more generosity in this area would have gone quite a long way! The taste was average, pretty similar to what you would get outside in the other chinese restaurants.

Long Beans (with Fried Onions)The best dish of the night has to go to this little greenie! :) The Long Beans with Fried Onions reminded me of good ol’ Singapura… of the days I would cook this on a daily basis for my mom as she was recovering from her operation. except in my cases, there wasn’t much fried onion – there’d be fried garlic, and some soy sauce. :)

They did it beautifully. I wish there were more places in Perth who would serve this dish but as wise mommy pointed to me the other day, it’s actually expensive getting these long beans… so that might be why we don’t see much of it.

Contrary to the tofu, don’t be fooled by its simple look. For some reason this dish, the simplest looking of all that we ordered was actually the tastiest!! Hmm. I wonder what that says…

simple looking dishes = GOOD
complicated looking dishes = NOT SO GOOD

I HOPE NOT!

Anyway, this place is worth a try in my humble opinion – particularly for its peking duck and the long beans. I would want to try their roast duck and pork the next time I head back there. :)

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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

Golden BBQ Seafood Restaurant
Telephone:
(08) 9456 1368
Address: Shop 7/280 Bannister Road, Canning Vale, WA 6155

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Tiamo, Nedlands

Interior 1

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

Entertainment Book 09/10: 25% discount (up to $30)

Tiamo sits right in the heart of the famous Hampden Road (well, to those who live in that vicinity anyway!)… and it used to be one of my hangout places when I was residing in good ol’ Currie Hall (a hostel/college of UWA).

They open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and boasts of a really beautiful interior, largely due to its sliding body-length glass panes, letting all that good sunshine into the place, giving it a really nice and natural brightness.

I have been there for breakfast on a number of occassions with family and friends, but never had the opportunity to take some photos. Well not until this occassion. Breakfast with mom. :)

I have tried some of their mains, and do not think too much of them to be honest but I might be wrong of them now since it’s been a while since I came here to have their lunch/dinner meals.

Interior 2

On top of the nice interior, they boast a beautiful bar/cake counter area, which usually has quite a lovely array of cakes (only  tried the carrot cake, which I found average, but hey, I’m not a fan of carrot cakes in the first place…)…so it’s actually quite a nice place to have a cuppa and just sit down to talk to an old friend (for example)… :) I have done this before and it was definitely something lovely.

So onto the things we ordered this morning:

  • Big Breakfast
  • Eggs Florentine (think Benedict but with spinach instead of ham :))

No coffees this morning for us… it’s a norm for mom, but not for me. I will explain why a little later.

Big  BreakfastEggs Florentine

The big breakfast was…. BIG. The mushrooms were an additional side that mom ordered. Just to break this little review up, we were rather displeased with the waitress because of the inflexibility we were shown. Mom never takes chipolatas with her big breakfast, and I have had this changed to mushrooms many a time at other places. So we tried asking for this, and we immediately got a straight “no. sorry. we can’t do that.”. And it wasn’t even a very pleasant “no”. It was a stern why-are-you-even-asking “no”. Left us rather unhappy there. Never mind that.

MenuBack to the food. The plate was well presented, with the large slices of bread a plus. I have tried the big breakfast before, and the bread is usually served warm, and well toasted… by that I mean crunchy on the outside, but still nice a ‘chewy’ towards the centre of the slice. Everything was a-okay for me (I tried a little of everything, and like I said I have tried the big breakfast before)…. except the bacon which was a tad too oily for my liking. Yes, bacon’s meant to be oily but it was literally soaking in oil. not exactly very pleasant.

The mushrooms (despite the little unhappy incident) were rather tasty and so we were happy. Well worth the $3! The serving could have been a tad more generous – that’s for sure.

The eggs florentine were quite a disappontment. One of the egg’s yolk was hard (which is a turn off for me)… and the other was runny. So 50-50 there. The hollandaise sauce was the overall let-down for me with too much egg-yolk taste in it that it became a tad revolting towards the end. Usually I’d be using the egg/bread/muffin to soak the hollandaise sauce, but I was actually trying to avoid it this time around. Not the best experience of a hollandaise dish – that’s for sure.

Now, you would have probably guessed why I did not want to order the coffee.

The service was just a little slipshod, and with that attitude the waitress gave with regards to that change of one ingredient in the big breakfast, that really blew it for me. I would have been happy if she was a tad more pleasant about it – but with the tone she used (perhaps she was havin’ a bad morning, but that’s really no excuse)… it’s a bit harsh.

It was surprisingly empty that morning, which is indicative for me as to whether the standard of the quality of their food has dropped.

Overall, this was a rather disappointing experience, and I wouldn’t be back in a while.

Rating: 2.25 out of 5 stars

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

Tiamo, Nedlands
Telephone: (08) 9386 6611
Address: 57 Hampden Road, Nedlands, Western Australia 6009

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Some additional photos from the dinner menu (contribution by N.L.):

  • Fettucine Tarantina ($20.90) – Pan fried prawn cutlets and smoked salmon with spinach in a white wine cream sauce
  • Rack of Lamb ($29.50) – Char-grilled served with steamed garden vegetables, gourmet potatoes and a rosemary jus
  • Spinach Salad ($13.90) – Spinach, avocado, croutons, crispy bacon & parmesan cheese drizzled with Balsamic dressing
  • Insalata Tiamo ($24.90) – Char-grilled lamb fillet tossed with feta, marinated mushroom, roasted capsicum, and mixed green

   

And who can forget the Desserts…

  • Baked Cheesecake and Passionfruit Cheesecake

 

Coode Street Cafe, Mt Lawley

outside the cafeWebsite: www.coodestreetcafe.com.au 

Entertainment Card 09/10: 25% off

It was my turn to choose a spot for lunch and looking through the Ent Book, Coode Street Cafe seemed to rInside areaing a bell along the line of it being a good spot and having great coffees, so I suggested we try this place.  Coode Street Cafe is nestled in the residential part of Mt Lawley and is a small cafe which I estimate can sit about 40 – 50 people.  It is open for lunch and breakfast 7 days and has a comfortable dining area inside decorated with fancy patterned red wallpaper and a fantastic alfresco area.

For lunch, they serve light meals such as sandwiches, pies, soups and salads.  The menu is displayed on the blackboard behind the counter or you can choose the food you fancy from the cabinet display at the front.  There were lots and lots of varieties!  However, it wasn’t really what I was expecting (was craving some nice hot food such as pasta) so I was slightly disappointed.  I noticed though that they had a big selection of cakes and cookies so that brought a bit of comfort.

Menu Lunch food Dessert selection

We ended up ordering a Vegetable Pie and Sweet Potato Cottage Pie for mains and an Orange Juice and Latte for drinks.

Vegetable Pie Sweet Potato Cottage Pie OJ and Latte

Both of the meals came with a generous side of salad which is a plus.  I had the Sweet Potato Cottage Pie as I thought the sweet potato was quite unique and different to what I would normally get.  The meal looked good but tasted average and a bit dry so I didn’t really enjoy it.  I had the Latte and thought it was average.  We quickly finished the food and ordered some desserts to try to make up for the lunch.  We ended up having the Baked Cheesecake and the Pecan Pie.

Baked Cheesecake & Pecan Pie

Verdict: the dessert more than made up for the lunch – they were delicious.  I especially liked the Pecan Pie, was full of nuts and dates but not too sweet, it went really well with the cream on the side.  Also the Baked Cheesecake was light and fluffy, just right and not too much for the palate.  Perfect.

Overall, it was an ok lunch.  I think half the reason why I didn’t enjoy the pie was more because of my expectation rather than the food itself.  The service was quick and staff were friendly.  I will probably not go back for their lunch but will try their breakfast – I read great reviews about their breakfast menu! Until then…

Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Coode Street Cafe
Telephone
: 9371 9900
Address: 24 Coode Street, Mt Lawley

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Queens, Highgate

Queens SignageWebsite: http://www.thequeens.com.au

Frequently driving past this place, I’ve always wondered why it’s so crowded all the time. Less the fact that it’s a pub and they’ve got quite a decent range of beer, the first thing you feel when you walk into this place is its victorian (or well, colonial) vibe. The sort of vibe you would feel when you see an old building along the street and walk right into it – simply because of how it brings back fond (or maybe not) memories of the days in history classes…

I love the architecture of the building, re-used in a rather magnificent fashion to maximise the internal and external area.

It was a cold night when we went there, and even tho’ I had made the booking that very morning, we weren’t given a seat inside the establishment! Boo hoo.

Never mind that, because at that point in time when we were seated, it was fairly quiet, which was a good thing. I thought to myself, “okay, I’m actually willing to sacrifice the cold with the quiet”.

Starving ladies we were, we quickly glanced through the menu, and realised there were quite a few choices… and they were all described with such professionalism that your mouth would water with each line you read!

Menu 1Beer List!

Guess who dove straight into the drinks list? So like I said, they have a good range of beer, and much less to say cocktails (S.C recommended the vodka infusions). To start off the night, we had the following:

  • 1664 Kronenbourg (Beer)
  • Heineken
  • Redskin Vodka Infusion

 1664 KronenbourgHeinekenRedskin Vodka Infusion

Chunkies (Wedges) - Three dips included sweet chilli, sour cream and aioliTook us a while to decide on the mains, so while waiting, S.C was actually cravin’ for some wedges (which they call “chunkies” right here in Queens), so we had some chunkies ordered with our drinks. I have to say were REALLY GOOD! Good sh1t! :) They were by one of the best tasting wedges I have had here in Perth since I arrived in 2003. So if you are cravin’ some chunkies, why don’t you head down to the Queens, order some beer, and some chunkies. A delightful treat! KUDOS+++!!!

The 1664 Kronenbourg was quite an awesome beer. The first taste felt a tad bitter which I found a bit unattractive, but as I sipped further into the glass, I realised it wasn’t one of those beers where you could taste its goodness in just a small sip – you had to really dive into it! Not the best beer, but it was averagely good.

I tried the redskin vodka infusion for fun, but it didn’t sit too well with my tastebuds. It tasted very similar to a panadol syrup I used to take when I was growing up in Singapore. But it’s a taste that’s quite popular with other people (I know, I’m strange!).

We were finally able to decide on our mains:

  • Piri Piri Chicken Burger (ME!)
    Don’t be fooled. It’s not Nando’s, but the description appears to be so similar that it’s not funny.
  • Vanilla Roasted Pork Belly, pepperberry and macademia stuffing, roast chat potatoes, snow peas, apple glaze (V.A)
    Now, do you understand why I said the mouth would just drool at every line??
  • Venison Osso Bucco
    A rich tomato braise, with some soft spinach palenta (so yes, I copied)

Piri Piri Chicken Burger

The chicken burger, despite its breast meat being really tender, was a tad on the dry side – which is never too appetising. Especially for someone who loves the thigh, drumstick and wing parts of the chicken. The sauce was close to nothing, altho’ there were random spots of spiciness over the course of finishing the burger. Chips were a let-down compared to the awesome chunkies we had before – mainly because they were soggy and NOT salted! A big boo boo there.

Vanilla Roasted Pork Belly

The vanilla roasted pork belly was also a let-down for V.A… the taste was peculiar. I have to agree. Having tasted a bit of the belly, there was a strange flavour oozing out of that pork that didn’t seem too right. The easiest way to actually describe that taste is to compare it with the taste of a sausage. Yes, it’s not exactly a walk in the park when you pay almost-top-dollar for a nice pork belly that tasted like a sunday-bbq sausage.

Venison Osso Bucco

By the time I tried the venison, it was a bit cold, so it did destroy abit of the ‘complete’ taste that it should have had. That said, the dish tasted okay, albeit too rich with the tomato braise. S.C wasn’t too impressed either but among us three, I think she had the best.

Overall, the mains were quite a disappointment despite their beautiful description. Just to finish the night off, I ordered a midi of the Wahoo beer by Gage Roads. Interesting flavour that one!

By the time it came to desserts, we were a tad too afraid to risk anything, so we decided to scoot off and head to a place where we knew served good cakes and tea and coffee (tho’ I haven’t tried the coffee there yet so I can’t say anything).

The service was average, and by the time we were having our mains, the place had become rowdy with people shouting all over, so it was difficult to even get the attention of a waitperson. That said, the waiter who served us for most of the evening was extremely friendly and was willing to even get us the bill as opposed to us going to the counter and waiting for ages to get the bill settled. :) Thumbs up there!

I think I will still come back to Queens, and give it another shot at food, but I will definitely not order those three dishes. Given the great range of beer, I will definitely be back to drink and have some chunkies!

Rating: 2.75 out of 5 stars

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

The Queens, Highgate
Telephone: (08) 9328 7267
Address: 520 Beaufort Street, Highgate 6003, Western Australia

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Good Fortune Roast Duck House, Northbridge

OutsideGood Fortune Roast Duck House is one of my favourite Chinese restaurant in Perth.  It is not a fancy restaurant, in fact, it is very small and not very impressive at all - tables are tightly squeezed with very basic service BUT it has, in my opinion really tasty authentic Chinese food at a good price and one of the best roast duck in Perth.  At the moment I think they are still offering half price whole roast duck on Thursday evening between 5 – 6pm and the line gets really long with people wanting to get a piece of this bargain!  (If any of you reading this wants to check this out, please call them first to confirm in case the offer has ended).

At the front of the restaurant you will see glistening ducks and barbequed porkInside the restaurant hanging on racks - a usual sight for a roasting house.  Every time I go, the place is always packed and sometimes you even have to share a table with others if they place you in the one and only big round table in the restaurant so be prepared for that.   

I always order the shredded duck noodle every time I go but this time I thought I will order something else to try.  We had the following:

  • Peking Duck Skin Pancake
  • Lobster Noodle
  • Stir Fry Veg with Garlic Sauce
  • Dumpling Soup (Sui Gow)

Peking Duck Pancake Lobster with noodles Veg with garlic sauce Dumpling Soup

I’d ordered the Peking Duck Pancake and Dumpling Soup before and knew they were good so they came as expected.  Even though the Peking Duck Pancake is not as good as other restaurants that specialise in peking duck, I thought it was a great idea that they added this dish into their entree menu as most of the time, I only like to eat this part of the peking duck course anyways.  Good for me! =)

The disappointing dish that day was the Lobster Noodle - the sauce was very bland, almost tasteless and didn’t go well with the noodles.  They also put too much ginger into the dish which did not sit well with me.  I could taste ginger with every single bite!  I don’t think I will order this dish every again!

To conclude, I think this is a great place for a quick and authentic Chinese meal, probably not a great place to entertain guests but most definitely for a casual dinner with family and friends.  The roast duck there is a must try!

 

Rating:  4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Good Fortune Roast Duck House
Telephone: 9228 3293
 Address: 344 William Street, Northbridge

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