Chianti on Colins, West Perth

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

Entertainment Book 10/11: 25% of total bill (up to $35)

Chianti on Collins is a little less known establishment in the heart of West Perth along Colins Street. Miss Anise, R.R and myself were due for a little catchup, and so we thought we’d grab something from the entertainment book to use those discounts up!

We decided on Chianti because it was one of the only few restaurants that had a table available for us, and that was open. So, we booked ourselves a table for three, and were honestly quite excited to have a look at what there was to offer!

When we arrived, I was quite impressed with the internal decor (and why I did not bother taking photos of, I know not, please do not shoot me!). In any case, we were reserved a table on the outside of the restaurant.

As we sat, we were offered their Menu, and we pondered:

  • Beef Cheeks (in red wine sauce, mash potatoes and a selection of mushrooms)
  • Veal (Grass Fed) Short Loin (grilled, light cream and Vermouth sauce)
  • Custom made vegetarian pasta
  • Some cocktails (can’t remember what we ordered now! Influence of alcohol?)
  • Orange & Grand Manier Crepe

The cocktails were… interesting. I don’t think I will order them again because quite honestly there was quite an insignificant amount of alcohol. And what are cocktails supposed to be without that little oomph factor? I have to give kudos for the quantity tho’! But then again. Quality vs Quantity. Which would you choose?

The veal short loin was not too bad, and was tasty, but towards the end, it got boring. It was one of those dishes where you eat the first few mouthfuls and you go, “mmm. pretty good stuff”, and towards the end, you’re wondering why you still haven’t finished your meal.

There was a lack of colour enticement in this dish (and actually the rest of the dishes for that matter).

One other thing I quite appreciated about the dish, was the generous serving of gravy/sauce with the meat. Love my gravy/sauce. :)

Let’s move on!

In a surprise move, Miss Anise ordered the beef cheeks! I know my dear friend. She’s usually a seafood person, and when she does order the red meat, you know she’s feeling pretty awesome! :)

Anyway, I got the chance to have a taste of the cheeks, and I definitely have had better cheeks in this lifetime, unfortunately. And they used the same type of mushrooms for garnishing as the veal, which really wasn’t impressive for the prices that we were about to pay.

Like the veal, there was plenty of gravy, but the colour got to me after a while, just like the veal.

One thing’s for sure – I now understand why colour is so important in a dish!

And speaking of colour…

The final dish of the evening (for mains, that is)… the pasta. Penne with a vegetarian twist as RR is vegetarian (for that evening). It was a nice change of colour from our meat, but strangely enough, the pasta did not appeal to me either. The taste from what I understood was quite average. And fair enough because it did look pretty average.

So far, we haven’t been too impressed, as you can tell. So we were hoping some good dessert may just lift our dinner up a little! Especially with Miss Anise’s favourite Grand Manier over crepe.

The crepe came out looking absolutely delightful, especially with a better assortment of colours (Okay, I think that will hopefully be the last time I actually mention the word “colours”… I already hear the omg’s in my head)… Miss Anise and myself were really looking forward to trying this dish…

Being the expert on Grand Manier, I asked Miss Anise to give it a try first to let me know what she thought, and whilst it was nice, she said that she’s had better ones.

I had a little taste myself, and honestly, it did look better than it tasted unfortunately.

Overall, this meal was on the disappointing side. The waitress who served us was a little green and for some reason could not really understand us. I wondered if it is because she’s just arrived in Australia and is still learning English. It was pretty difficult getting across to her. The wife of the chef whom I believe ran the restaurant, was nice, but a little overwhelming at times.

I don’t think I would go back to CoC. A tad overpriced for the food, despite the beautiful ambiance and pretty decent service.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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

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Sushi Sushi, Garden City Shopping Centre

Website: www.sushisushi.com.au

Sushi Sushi is a fairly new sushi kiosk located inside Garden City Shopping Centre.  I was so excited when I found out that this franchise has opened here in Perth as I love their soft shell crab sushi!  My first taste of their sushi was in Brisbane late last year at the Carindale Shopping Centre and I’d always wish that they will open one here in Perth.  My wish has come true :)

Sushi Sushi is like a sushi fast food store where you pick and choose the sushi that you like as they are sold individually, a la carte style.  Prices range from $2 – $3.50, and consist of various handrolls, inari sushi, tamago sushi etc.  A variety of salads (seaweed, squid, scallop, seafood) as well as beef tataki and sashimi packs are also available.  What is different and enticing about this place is their diversity in the sushi selection!  There are soft shell crab (yumyum!), duck, scallop, grilled unagi, grilled salmon, crispy chicken, tempura prawn sushi and many flavoured inaris.

  

A few selection we had for lunch:

   

The sushi as usual did not disappoint and the soft shell crab sushi is still as good as ever.  This is my first time trying their sashimi and they were fresh as well.  Love it!

For those who want to have a cheap, quick and delicious lunch, drop by at Sushi Sushi!  My next wish is that they would open a kiosk in the city.  I would go there for lunch every week :)

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.

Sushi Sushi
Telephone: 08 9316 3755
Address: Kiosk K43 Garden City Shopping Centre, 125 Riseley Street, Booragoon

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Subiaco Hotel, Subiaco

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

Having always driven past this forever-packed-and-full-of-good-vibe place, I have always wanted to try this place… and it was certainly meant to be!! SK and DP and myself headed there for dinner one fabulous evening.

Because it was too dark, I did not manage to take some photographs of the actual place, but it really didn’t take long before we decided on our meals for the night… so let’s zoom straight into our orders! 

  • Fish of the Day (with a scallop to top it off!)
  • Pan fried crumbed veal with lemon and sage, creamed pumpkin, broccolini
  • Crispy skin pork belly with scallop and mash
  • Sticky date pudding
  • Chocolate Tart
  • Doughnuts
  • Bottle of Pizzini Pinot Grigio

Drooling yet? =) Let’s head straight to the mains!

 

Starting with the meats, SK had the pork belly, and I had a little taste of it… it was divine! This is different from the pork belly mentioned in the menu provided on their website, so please do take note of it. This pork belly was shown in their specials (if I remember correctly), and this turned out to be fantastic!

The crumbed veal came out looking less than I thought it’d be, but after having the first bite, it was quite possibly one of the best crumbed veal I have ever tasted! It was tender, and the veal was actually tasty. The creamed pumpkin was also a great accompaniment to the meat, in fact, I don’t think I have cleaned a plate so well with my fork and knife. Loved my dish!

The fish of the day was presented rather nicely, and was cookde rather nicely too. As with all my meals with the sisters, I get a chance to taste each of their orders as well.

The fish was nice and soft, and it went well with the sauce (bearnaise from memory).

Oh, I forgot to mention that the bottle of wine we ordered was absolutely divine!! We loved it, and if only we did not need to drive… and did not have to head somewhere after the meal!

Time for desserts!

The sticky date pudding was immersed with butterscotch sauce, and as nice as it was, it was not the best we have tasted, and we would know when DP is actually on a quest to find WA’s best sticky date pudding! There was a tad too much butterscotch sauce for comfort.

The chocolate tart was lovely, but I would not have been able to finish the whole thing myself because it was too rich for my liking. It had a good overall texture though.

The doughnuts were the let down of the desserts. It felt as tho’ the doughnuts were not cooked long enough because it was… well, dough-y. Overall, the desserts were a bit less in comparison to their mains counterparts.

The service was not too bad given how packed the place was, and the overall ambience of the place was beautiful – all that I would have imagined it to be after all those years (yes, I mean years!) of driving past that place.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: S.T. a.k.a. Miss Egg 

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Crumpet, Victoria Park

After such a long wait, and seeing so many bloggers add their respective views of this place, it’s about time the PFE had some say too!

By now, many people would have gone to this beautiful little place – unassuming, always bustling with people looking around for a seat, and most of all, in a perfect location.

I first took notice of this place on a Saturday when I headed to Emma’s Seafood restaurant with Mom. When we came out from our very full dimsum lunch (what is new?!), I saw a crowd of people just standing outside this place and wondered what was alluring them to this place.

So SK, DP and myself decided to set ourselves a breakfast date!

It wasn’t too long before we started to deliberate and finally decide on our breakfast:

  • Stuffed Mushrooms (with an additional poached egg)
  • Serve of crumpets
  • Corn Fritters (with additional smoked salmon)
  • Huevos Rancheros (Toasted tortilla with cheese, spicy beans, fried eggs, guacamole and green chilli salsa)
  • Cappucino
  • Tea

Why call the shop Crumpet? because…

Their crumpets were absolutely DELICIOUS!!!! I used to have crumpets in college all the time (obviously those bought from the supermarket) and this was just mind-blowing.

It was toasted just nicely, and with the honey and butter melting as you bite through, that satisfaction…

ahhhhhh.

Please do not be fooled by how this dish looks, because the stuffed mushrooms was packed with nothing but all around good flavour. Think mushrooms, cheese, bacon all cooked together… their individual goody-salty flavours mixed together. What yumminess. And to top it all off? Healthiness with the spinach added too!!

The corn fritters were an absolute delight to munch through as well. Plenty of corn, which means generosity on the chef’s part, and there was a good amount of seasoning that prevented it from really overpowering the taste of the corn – the right thing to do! The smoked salmon were fresh, and topped with capers, how can one not be happy? I loved the combination, but it seems that they may not have this anymore, judging from their more updated menu. =(

 

I loved the way the Huevos Rancheros was presented. It was simple, and whilst I think the other two dishes were more substantial, this dish was still tasty anyway.

Of all the dishes, this probably paled in comparison, but it was definitely still enjoyable because DP finished it all! And with pure delight. And it seems this too, has been wiped off the menu! boo.

I might as well go right into the great service that we experienced that morning. There was a good bunch of people who were waiting for their order, and another good bunch awaiting to order their dishes. They were all done professionally with a patient guy standing at the counter taking the order, and also informing us on the wait for the orders, particularly the crumpets since they are made to order.

What I loved about this place is its casual form, yet its not-so-casual professional way of presenting the food, and the beautiful tastes behind that presentation too!

I did not really try the coffee, but the tea is the standard type of tea you’d expect from the cafe.

Overall, I would love to be back to have more of those scrumptious crumpets and perhaps their hangover breakfast!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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

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V Burger Bar, Victoria Park

Website: www.vburgerbar.com.au

 Entertainment Book Card: 25% off (up to a value of $15)

Eating WA VIP Card: 15% off (up to a value of $50)

V Burger Bar occupies half of what used to be Bintang Cafe in East Victoria Park, facing Albany Highway.  There was a great hype when it first opened as it seemed to be different from the usual franchised burger joints around the place, and the only one in Vic Park (good for me as I live so close!). 

The burger bar itself is modern and clean.  It is open-aired with large tables (some may be too large) and a side bar area lined with high stools.  It is not a very big place so it could get quite congested during a busy dinner night.  Luckily the waiting time for seats are not too long due to the high turnover nature of this type of cuisine.

 

The menu is not too big but there is enough variety in there to keep one satisfied.  I had a hard time choosing the burger I wanted as they all seemed so attractive!

We ended up having the following:

  • Eggy Steaky ($15) – 150g steak, creamy melted Tasmanian brie cheese, fried egg, caramelised onion jam, mixed gourmet lettuce, tomato and aioli
  • Pepperizo ($13.80) – black peppered beef, mixed gourmet lettuce, Spanish chorizo sausage, chargrilled red pepper, aioli and V sweet tomato relish
  • Mr Pinky ($15) – Tasmanian salmon fillet, mixed gourmet lettuce, tomato, onion and honey  mustard dressing
  • UPGRADE of the burger to a meal with chips and a can of drink for an extra $5

   

The first thing I noticed when the burger came was how massive they were.  The Eggy Steaky and Pepperizo were stacked to the brim full with goodies.  It was hard to eat the burger in one bite (unless if you have a big mouth which I’m glad to say I’m not quite there yet :p).  I managed to try all three burgers and my two favourites were the Eggy Steaky and Mr Pinky

The steak in the Eggy Steaky was juicy and tender and I’m sure was specially marinated as it was so tasty.  This in combination with the melting cheese, jam and aioli made it one big mess on the plate but it was oh-so enjoyable!  It was okay that the sauce were dripping through your fingers the whole time, you just lick them up and keep on going!  Yummo!  (Just remember to wash your hands before and after the meal though!)  

Mr Pinky was right up there alongside Eggy Steaky with the chunky salmon and the honey mustard sauce that went so well with it.  I would order that again any day.  It was also so much easier to eat as it was smaller in size.  None of the sauce dripping business either.  Phew! 

I didn’t quite like the Pepperizo as the taste of the chorizo/tomato relish didn’t blend in too well with the beef.  I rather eat them as individual items.  Chips were average as well, not as crunchy as I like them. 

One thing I noted about this place is how friendly and chatty the staff were!  They were patient in explaining the menu and very accommodating with our requests.  We didn’t have to wait too long for the food either.  Overall it was a great experience.  I would definitely be back to try the other burgers!

Rating: 4.25 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.  

V Burger Bar
Telephone: 08 9355 3702 
Address: 12/910 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

Trading Hours

Monday: 5pm – 930pm

Tuesday to Thursday: 1130am – 930pm

Friday to Saturday: 1130am – 1100pm

Sunday: 1120am – 930pm

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