Harvest espresso -review Perth

Rating: 4 stars

Rating: 4 stars

 

So this is my new favourite cafe. I can’t believe how awesome the coffee was and the sandwich is definitely in my top 5 . I love places that are simple and do things well, this place had a small menu, but what was on it was done perfectly.

I accidentally stumbled upon this place when I was searching for brunch places and was shocked that over 1000 people had voted for it on urban spoon. It definitely lives up to the hype!

Sandwich 1: (top picture) Roast beef, caramelised onion, rocket, roast capsicum, tomato relish, seeded mustard mayonnaise.

This is my new favourite roast beef sandwich. They used delicious scotch fillet, which was perfectly cooked. The sandwich was well seasoned and it just melted in your mouth. The roasted capsicum complimented this dish well. It was filling, and well worth it, I could definitely see this with a higher price tag in other restaurants! I would rate this 9/10!

Sandwich two(below): Pulled pork sandwich, cabbage, carrot, celery slaw, mustard, gerkin, dill mayonaise

This was also a good sandwich, but not as perfect as the beef. The port was juicy and delicious, but missed the zing that the beef sandwich had, I would say this sandwich is rated 6/10

 

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The Drunken Admiral – Hobart – Review

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The Admiral’s Smoky Fish Stew

 

Rating: 4.8/5.0 stars

Rating: 4.8/5.0 stars

 

Ahoy mateys!! Exams are finally over and we find ourselves in Hobart celebrating food, wine, cheese and of course lots of chocolate. We have a couple of new bloggers to introduce. We have Chocolate Ninja(CN), Agent Orange(AN) and some random commenters who are with us here in Tassie.

So after seeking out the best seafood in Tassie, we came across the Drunken Admiral which well lived up to expectations. What is it with cool place names in Tassies. Aka Sleepy Bay, Hazards Beach, Wineglass Bay, Break-me-neck hill. So amusing!

As we found ourselves approaching the entrance of the restaurant, we were bemused by the nautical themed exterior with life size pirates, cannons and all-round awesome ship stuff. It was a cosy restaurant with plenty of nooks and crannies for tables and the decor suited the theme perfectly. With the epic music, it created quite the festive and intimate environment. Although it doesn’t quite feel like it, it was rather spacious and we managed to book a table quite late on the day that we decided to pop by.

There was a fantastic menu on board(Couldnt help it) with appropriately whimsical Tassie names(Hook line and sinker, The Chocolate Merchants Mistress, The Captain’s Tart etc spring to mind.

Being in prime seafood country we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to sample the Oysters Served Traditionally with lemon on a mountain of sea salt(CN and AJ were amused). The oysters were incredibly fresh and mmmdelicious! I would love to come back and try the other flavoured ones.

Funny story: The oysters were SO FRESH that one of them had a worm still wriggling on it. Unfortunately we spotted this only after we swallowed them down and AJ turned green. We called over one of the crew members(Again couldnt help it) and voiced our shock. The waiter was also surprised and called over the manager who proclaimed that it was quite normal for worms to slip by as they were super freshly shucked. Cue confused faces and a free oyster for our 6 man crew.

We also tried the Sea salt and peppercorn squid which was quite scrumptious with a lovely thin batter that showed off the squid.

But the best dish of the day hands down was the Seafood chowder which can only be described as a painfully small scoop of heaven. 6 people were swordfighting with spoons to wolf down what they could with AO wanting to lick the bowl like the dog he is. Definitely my number 1 rated seafood chowder and it has definitely ruined seafood chowder everywhere else for me.

Now on to the mains

Pictured above at the top is the Admiral Smoky Fish Stew which was a delicious broth that had us ordering 2 freshly baked Vienna loaves to shamelessly soak and devour.

We also had the Port-Starboard Main which consisted of everything in the sea bar a boat. Yes we had Octopus, Raw tuna, crackers salmon pate, delicious scallops(Cue round 2 of swordfight), cocktail prawns and the shooter of bloody mary with an oyster. Off all the mains that we ordered, this was the least impressive but it was still pretty damn good.

Last but not least, we had the White Star Line First Class Spaghettini(which sunk us into a food coma). A tad oily perhaps but amazing flavors with perfectly cooked prawns.(This has changed AO’s seafood favourite from scallops to prawns)

Desert seemed a necessity to complete an otherwise epic meal and we quite quickly settled on the The Chocolate Merchant’s Mistress with its Tasmanian whisky chocolate sauce and macadamia nut ice cream. It was a good ending to a great meal but we thought the fudge was pretty average.

All in all, this was a fantastic dining experience and we are already conjuring up excuses to return to the good Admiral’s abode. Hopefully there will be more posts in the coming year.

Signing Off,

Ana John(AJ), Chocolate Ninja(CN) and Agent Orange(AO)

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Gourmet Star -Review

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1.5 stars

Rating: 1.5 / 5 stars

Well this place was just such a let down. I really was tempted to give it a fail rating but then it is still a new place and the char kweh trow was not bad. But jeez it was just terrible. The location of this new restaurant was the old Satay Mu, a place that our family recently used to haunt as its on the way from where I live to Perth. We normally call by this restaurant and this time we had found it changed owners and was now the Gourmet Star Restaurant. It actually had a lot of customers, my only reasoning was that it was cheap, it had a good location, or the day I went it was just an off day. It served dim sum, in which we ordered a wide variety of dumplings, and the usual chicken feet and char siuw pow. They were awful, the dumplings especially, they had obviously been frozen dumplings. The dumpling skin was thick and chewy and not fun to eat, the filling was tasteless, and there was no delicious freshly cooked smell. The combinations were actually gross, I didn’t even finish mine, one bite was enough, I even gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried a bite from each of the dumpling types we ordered and they all were awful. The chicken feet was ok, the car siuw pow was not brilliant, with more covering then actual filling and their “chinese donut rice flour roll” had a badly balanced sauce, and for some reason was really really oily. The lunch menu however was better, the char kway teow was good and the noodles was not too bad, so hopefully they either really improve the dim sum menu, or just scrap it completely and focus on a good, fresh lunch menu.

Either way I won’t ever be back, and will mourn the loss of Satay mu.

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Tak Chee House -Review

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mmm mmm mmm !!!

Rating: 4 stars

Rating: 4 stars

Finally a malaysian place worth going to. Its delicious, with none of the msg that seems to consume other malaysian restaurants. Servings are the perfect size and mouth watering, I honestly can’t wait to come back. The asam laksa was good (featured above), you could taste the lemongrass, with the right amount of spiciness for me… though a little too much for my brother lol! The curry with roti bread was fantastic, it was the standout dish of the day, the roti was cooked to perfection, it was so good we ordered 3 more. And the char kuey teow was one of the best we’ve had in Perth before, be careful of the spice though as medium made me reach for the water!  Of course the dining experience wouldn’t be complete without dessert, we ordered ice kachung and it was a great ending to a great meal. I’d definitely recommend coming here again. There’s good service, reasonable prices and mmm delicious food.

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Merrywell – Review

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Merrywell is fantastic, american, pub style food. We visited the place for mum and dads wedding anniversary and the food was great. Quick service, fun atmosphere and lovely finger food. This is a new branch restaurant at Crown Casino and it is great! The only problem here is the parking! Never go on a day when there is a play on, music event on, or pretty much any event on…or take the train or bus.

Rating: 3.8 / 5 stars

Rating: 3.8 / 5 stars

This is a great place to relax and unwind to with a group of friends. A lot of the food is shared like the juicy, succulent mini slider burgers that just fell apart in your mouth. Lolipop buffalo wings with blue cheese fondue, fiery mojito lamb chops – which were delicious by the way, and featured above, and New England Lobster Rolls which were just bursting with flavour. This was a great place for us as we love sharing food and trying lots of different dishes together.

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Foody goody @ Kuching Malaysia

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Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

Mmmmmmmmm, sooooo much food!!! Seriously this was breakfast.

So we started with the laksa (top left) not bad, nice taste, enough salt, enough prawns and what not, only problem is don’t go late as they water it down at the end I think because the broth was quite weak when we went. I’ve found my new favourite breakfast food as well in Kuching, its the asian version of a bagel, kong piah (man autocorrect really doesn’t like that word) its basically fried bread with a meat filling. Unfortunately it wasn’t that great here, but that does mean I’ve got a new food to search for at all the stalls! I also love the youtiao filled with kaya(bottom right), it is so fattening but delicious, its got that gooey oozy kaya spread inside the just fried crunchy youtiao, wow just talking about it makes my mouth water. And last but not least we have the kueh chup, which is nice as well I’m not a big fan of this dish, -no idea why it really should appeal to me, but that is complete personal preference, and from what I heard from the people eating me and what I tasted myself its definitely not bad here.

Anyway I won’t bore you with anymore details, but if you’re ever in the area go give this place a shot 🙂

Lot 4126 Jalan Stapok, 93250 Kuching, Malaysia.

The Pizza Pub – Review

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Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

I’ve recently been in Tasmania and been crazing pizza. But not just any pizza, the cheesy, chewy, crunchy pizza, with sauce oozing, and toppings galore. Turns out, this was the place to go! It was great, there was such a friendly atmosphere, quirky butchers paper as tablecloths, candlelit tables, and of course awesome company. We decided on ordering two large pizzas to share and ordered the ‘Red Centre’ and the ‘Pizza Pub Super’ and yep it was super all right! Soooo many toppings serious you name it, that pizza has it, salami, ham ,cheese, capsicum, onion, olives, mushroom, pineapple, prawns and anchovies 😀 I love anchovies! Now comes WARNING time, because the ‘Red Centre’ is hot. We added the jalapeno’s and that had us all calling one word, “Water!”. It’s seriously not too bad at first but the heat, it grows! There’s no way to eat more than one slice at time, you have to alternate with another pizza or ur mouth just burns!

Now the way to end any delicious dinner of course is dessert, and what goes better after pizza than ice-cream 🙂 They have great sundays, jazzed up with a little sugar art, and its just mmm the perfect way to end the evening.

— and on a side note, for the starving student, yes they do do cheap Tuesdays here, where the pizzas are half off 😀

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Jailhouse Grill

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Rating: 3.8 / 5 stars

Rating: 3.8 / 5 stars

mmm is there anything better than a hot, juicy, melt in your mouth steak! It’s the perfect meal after a long trek and swim. I had an amazing day yesterday, we went for  a fantastic trek through Narawntapu National Park and saw so many animals, a baby wombat even came up to us, it was so cute and fluffy 🙂 there was also a tiger snake hiding underneath our car 😀 Definitely an eventful trip! Also I got to swim in the Bass Strait!! It was freakin freezing but perfect.

Anyway what better way to top off the day than a perfect steak. It was delicious, perfectly cooked with a great dark mushroom sauce on top, not only that but there was an open salad bar that was great. It worked perfectly as an entree for us, and I loved that there was roast vegetables as well. The only thing was that some of the salads weren’t completely brilliant- there was a weird mushroom pickle thing that was just way too sour and …bitter (thats not the exact word I’m looking for but I just can’t think of it atm), but other than that they were great to eat before the steak.

The steak itself was perfectly done, medium with a fantastic cut and roast potatoes that matched perfectly. I honestly couldn’t eat it fast enough! I love that there was different cut sizes to choose from and that you could choose the cut you want, I’m definitely a scotch fillet kind of person. The only thing this restaurant was sadly missing was good steak knifes to cut the steak with! Other than that the service was excellent, the drinks were great and the waitresses were so friendly. I’d definitely come here again 🙂

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Elaia Cafe -Review

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Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

Rating 3.0 / 5.0 stars

mmm Seafood linguine. I’ve been having an amazing time in Tassie, enjoying the sights and getting my fair share of exercise! In case you’ve never been to Launceston Tasmania let me tell you that it is extremely, incredibly, implorably hilly. I decided to visit Cataract Gorge today and idiotically decided to follow the path of google maps….. not the smartest idea in the world. I first thought I should take an alternate path through the main city first then loop around but thought ‘hey google maps should know its stuff more then me right? I’ll definitely be there in 21 minutes if I follow it”. I’m an idiot. It took me an hour. See the unfortunate thing was the path was ALL uphill!!! By the time I got there I was so ready to jump in (but of course I didn’t bring bathers cause 20degrees didn’t seem hot enough- again dumb mood). This was definitely not a good day intellectually, the good part was it only took me 20 minutes to get back as it was a lll downhill 😛

All in all though it was a fantastic day, I got to check out several of their trails – including my old favourite the zig zag steps 🙂 I really think I’m five years old as I still love running up and down steps, and these were just plain awesome! Got to eat an ice-cream perched on the edge of a track over looking the fantastic scenery, and even took a nap under the shade of a tree. I haven’t felt this relaxed in ages. This is the perfect reprieve from exams.

I start work tomorrow and I’ve been enjoying trying out the food from the local cafes and restaurants, and one amazing one was the Seafood linguine at Elaia cafe in Launceston. It was great the only thing missing was some bread to dunk in the remaining sauce! The broth was tasty, the seafood cooked nicely and generously provided, and of course the mussels were perfect. I’ve got to say Tassie’s definitely know their seafood 🙂 I wish I could’ve tasted more dishes but alas I’m only by myself  😛 so this review is only based on one dish, but hopefully everything is just as delicious, or better. Please let me know what you think if you’re ever in the area and have a chance to try it 🙂

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Burger Got Soul – Review

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3.5 stars

Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

mmmdelicious! I have been craving a good burger for weeks, ever since exam week started and I was in my hermit phase, meaning I was relegated to scrambled eggs, sandwiches and spaghetti in a can bleugh! (also why I haven’t posted in so long, sorry!)

I’ve now finally finished exams Yay yay yay yay yay!! (i’m seriously doing a happy dance right now!) and I’m now in Launceston Tassie. I’m here for work placement and  am loving trying the food at different places. It’s gonna be an awesome two weeks, and to kick it off are brilliant burgers.

Juicy, fresh, and scrumptiously delightful these burgers are the perfect start to the the weekend. With a tasty tomato relish, juicy lean patty and mayo that’ll melt your soul this is the place to go. The chips have got that perfect crunch on the outside and hot and gooey in the middle, and there’s a mayo dip that goes with it perfectly. The staff are so incredibly friendly and polite, that it makes up for the long wait. I really love Tasmania, the people are so nice, and you can’t walk down the street without someone giving you a smile, it just lifts your heart 🙂 Anyway before I start rambling again I just wanted to say that I’d definitely eat here again.

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