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Architects and Heroes

From Instagram, Facebook to Urbanspoon reviews, Architects and Heroes have been gaining popularity for their food, coffee and cakes. Since it’s opening a few months back, this local cafe in Subiaco is currently the talk of the town.  If you are a coffee aficionado, I highly recommend you to check out Architects and Heroes.

We arrived early at Architects and Heroes for brunch (I do hear that it can be quite crowded as the cafe is compact). We were given a seasonal menu and an all day menu to choose from. It’s really great to see cafes doing seasonal menus to give customers something different. For brunch, mum had the Seafood chowder with fresh local produce: mussels, prawns, scallops, fish and squid with a side serve of crusty bread ($17). The seafood chowder was generous in serving and was smooth and creamy. The mussels, prawns, scallops, fish and squid swimming in the chowder were fresh and full of flavour. A perfect dish to keep warm for a cold, rainy winter’s day.


Seafood Chowder

I had the Eggs on toast which consists 2 slices of toast with the 63 degrees egg ($10) with Elmar’s Continental Bacon and Kransky Sausage as an add on for $4 each. The 63 degrees egg was spot on with an explosion of oozing yellow liquid once I sliced it through. Look at how beautiful that egg yolk is! The bacon was crisp and the Kransky sausage was delicious.


Eggs on toast with bacon and kransky sausage

After finishing off our brunch, we had a cup of coffee each. We both had the Lattes and it was smooth with a strong, rich blend of coffee. Oh and I’m loving the Latte Art on the coffees too, making it look so pretty. :)


Coffee Art at Architects and Heroes

We also shared the Belgium waffles with apple, raspberry and rhubarb compote with macadamia parfait ($16). It was a lovely dish. The waffles were soft and fluffy. Together with the apple, raspberry and rhubarb compote, it gave the waffles soft and sweet flavours, topped with macadamia parfait like icing on a cake.



 Belgium waffles with apple, raspberry and rhubarb compote with macadamia parfait ($16)

Overall, I thought that Architects and Heroes was cool, hip and trendy together with warm and friendly service. A great place to catch up with friends over food and coffee. Oh and if you are at Architects and Heroes, don’t forget to check out their cakes on offer too!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Chapter 88

Ciao Italia is a household name to many in Perth and a local institution for Italian cuisine. The end of last year marks Ciao Italia’s new venture, Chapter 88, strategically located at Broadway Shopping Centre, near UWA. And no, this is not like Ciao Italia in South Perth. Chapter 88 shouts modern, casual and contemporary, serving up breakfast and lunch favourites. From hearing about Chapter 88, I have always wanted to give it a shot since it was so close to uni and it was decided that Chapter 88 would be a perfect place to catch up with the girls over lunch.

We ordered one dish from each section of the menu to get a little taste test of what Chapter 88 have to offer. First up, we had the Crispy spiced calamari, lime garlic aioli and mixed leaf tomato salad ($19.50). The calamari was fresh and crispy on the outside. Not oily. Not greasy. It was light. Together with the lime garlic aioli, it gave some fragrance and acidity to the calamari, making it a perfect starter or an afternoon snack.


 Crispy spice calamari, lime garlic aioli and mixed leaf tomato salad

We had the Special of the Day which is the Lamb Fettucine (sorry I can’t remember how much this was!). As Chapter 88 is also owned by Ciao Italia, you would expect that the pasta here should also be as good. Yes, it was. The Lamb Fettucine at Chapter 88 was executed well. The fettucine was cooked perfectly to al dente and the sauce, creamy and flavoursome.


Special of the Day – Lamb Fettucine

Next up, was the  Grilled Barramundi, tomato salsa and mixed leaf tomato salad ($29.50). The Barramundi was fresh and it was cooked perfectly. Not undercooked or overcooked. It was soft and tender with light and subtle flavours. The tomato salsa, together with the salad added a punch of freshness and acidity to the dish, marrying the flavours well together.


Grilled Barramundi, tomato salsa and mixed leaf tomato salad

We also had the Grilled Pork Bratwurst, caramelised onion jus, creamed truffle mash, buttered brocollini and crispy potato wafers ($26.50). The Pork Bratwurst was delicious – it was full of flavour together with the caramelised onion jus. The creamed truffle mash was perfectly smooth and creamy. But, my only question is – Where are the truffles?


Grilled Pork Bratwurst, caramelised onion jus, creamed truffle mash, buttered brocollini and crispy potato wafers

The part which we have all been looking forward is dessert. And everyone knows what Ciao Italia is popular for – wait for it – TIRAMISU! Yes, yes, the classic Italian Tiramisu. Chapter 88’s tiramisu did not disappoint – it was melt in your mouth heavenly. The tiramisu was layered perfectly with soft textures and creamy mascarpone plus a drizzle of chocolate sauce. When you have finished devouring one, yes, you will be asking for more.



Here’s what one of my friends, Clara thought of Chapter 88 – The food was absolutely amazing! I especially enjoyed the grilled pork bratwurst with caramelised onion jus, creamed truffle mash, buttered brocolini and crispy potato wafers. This was my favourite main – succulent pork sausages combined with smooth, creamy mash and a beautifully caramelised jus… mmmm great comfort food! But where’s the truffles!? I also loved the calamari rings – crisp and well seasoned without being overly greasy. Let’s not forget dessert… I took one bite of the tiramisu and was in dessert heaven! Overall, Chapter 88 is a great place to catch up with friends and indulge in good food

My thoughts? I enjoyed Chapter 88 and thought that the food was excellent. Service was very efficient and friendly too. How I wish Chapter 88 existed a few years ago – it would be a perfect place to reward ourselves with food, cake and coffee to celebrate the end of assignments, exams or a semester. Oh and I have good news for you. Chapter 88 is not only open for breakfast and lunch but it is open for dinner too!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Sandalford Estate Restaurant

As you drive into Sandalford Estate, you are greeted by a majestic entrance and welcomed by lush greens and vineyards. Sandalford Estate is located along West Swan Road in the popular Swan Valley region. It is one of Western Australia’s oldest and largest privately owned wineries and was founded back in 1840. When you enter the restaurant, it feels like you’re stepping back in time. The restaurant features a rustic interior and a dining area outside, shaded by 125 year old vines with beautiful views of the vineyards and its surrounds. Perfect for blue skies and cool, sunny days.

We started off with a Charcuterie Plate ($28) which consists of Duck Rilletes and Onion Jam, Pork Terrine and Cornichons, Chicken Liver Pate and Sandalera Jelly and Fresh Baked Baguette. It was well presented and executed. The Chicken Liver Pate was smooth and creamy. The Duck Rilletes were soft and flavoursome together with the sweetness of the Onion Jam. Oh and the Pork Terrine was lovely.


Charcuterie Plate

We shared a Chargrilled Fremantle Octopus with Smoked Paprika Hummus, Olive, Red Pepper and Caperberries ($22). The octopus was fresh – chargrilled perfectly from the outside while retaining is tenderness. Absolutely perfect. The smoked paprika hummus, olive, red pepper and caperberries marries well with the octopus, giving the dish a burst of flavour.


 Chargrilled Fremantle Octopus with Smoked Paprika Hummus, Olive, Red Pepper and Caperberries

I had the Seared Margaret River Venison Loin ($45) with Artichoke Puree, Braised Venison Shoulder Pithivier and Roast Baby Vegetables. The Venison Loin was executed well. See that red in the middle? It’s melt in your mouth juicy. It was perfect – not overcooked or raw. The Pithivier pastry was fluffy and the braised venison shoulder inside the Pithivier was tender. YUM!


Seared Margaret River Venison Loin with Artichoke Puree, Braised Venison Shoulder Pithivier and Roast Baby Vegetables.

Mum had the Confit Duck Leg ($42) with Du Vuy Lentils, Sweet Potato and Snap Peas. The Confit Duck was crisp on the outside and tender. It was cooked perfectly, topped with crunchy and crispy sweet potato. The Du Vuy Lentils and Snap Peas tasted really nice too, complementing the confit duck leg well. (I have not heard or had Du Vuy Lentils before)


Confit Duck Leg with Du Vuy Lentils, Sweet Potato and Snap Peas

From looking around, the royal blue chips seems to be making an appearance on quite a few tables. To complement our mains, we had the Royal Blue Chips with Cumin Salt and Roast Capsicum Aioli ($9.50). The Royal Blue Chips were delicious. With a sprinkled of cumin salt on top, it was like an icing on the cake. Oh and not forgetting the Roast Capsicum Aioli, giving it an additional punch and flavour to the chips. Yes, I could totally eat and snack on this all day.


 Royal Blue Chips with Cumin Salt and Roast Capsicum Aioli

To finish off, we shared an Avocado Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumbs, Chocolate Macaron and Pasmak ($16). The Avocado Cheesecake was smooth, creamy and was not overpowering with strong avocado flavours. Light, subtle and delicate. How does chocolate and avocado work together? Surprisingly, the flavours actually complements each other well. It was meant to be.


Avocado Cheesecake with Chocolate Crumbs, Chocolate Macaron and Pasmak

Overall, we had a lovely lunch together with a nice ambience. Food and presentation was topnotch. The service – attentive and excellent. For dining at the restaurant, we also received a discount which we could use on the same day at the cellar door. I highly recommend Sandalford Estate Restaurant and I can’t wait to come back to Sandalford again to see what else they have to offer. You can also use your 2014/2015 Entertainment Gold Card here too!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Located in the heart of Subiaco is Equateur. Equateur is a celebration of exotic cuisine from the Reunion Islands with influences from India, China, France, Madagascar and Africa under one roof. As mum’s birthday was approaching soon, I was lucky to book a table for dad, mum, Matt and I at Equateur. When we first arrived at Equateur, we were welcomed by a red carpet, followed by a red carpet service from the friendly and delightful owner, Mickael Maillot. 

As we were there on a quiet Thursday evening, there were no other tables throughout the whole night apart for ours. I jokingly told mum – “Looks like we have the whole restaurant to ourselves for your birthday”. According to Mickael, it was very unusual for a Thursday evening to be very quiet as they are usually packed to capacity, especially the weekends. Yes, bookings are highly recommended as there are only 20 seats!

Equateur only does Set Menus and we were presented with two options to choose from: Option 1 which consists of  a three course meal for $60 per person. I repeat, $60 per person! Option 2 is a two course meal for $49 per person. In the end, all of us went for the three course meal. Oh and menu changes every month and a half so be sure to check out Equateur’s Facebook for updates!

We started off with a Mise En Bouche which is a Pumpkin and Turmeric soup. The soup was a heart warmer. It was thick, creamy and flavoursome.


 Mise En Bouche

Dad had the Assiete Creole deep fried served with a red cabbage salad and french dressing. The Assiete Creole was deep fried to perfection and it was crispy on the outside with a good crunch factor. The red cabbage salad was fresh and the sweetness of the french dressing complemented well with the assiete creole.


Assiete Creole

I had the Arancini filled with snapper served with a vegetable achard. The Arancini was full of flavour – it was lovely, crispy and tasty. Together with the vegetable achard, it gave a punch of freshness and acidity to the arancini.


 Arancini filled with snapper

Matt and mum had the Pumpkin and choko gratin with parmesan cheese and tiger prawns. The tiger prawns which were floating in the sea of parmesan cheese were fresh and cooked to perfection. Melted cheese and tiger prawns? Yum!


 Pumpkin and choko gratin with parmesan cheese and tiger prawns

Next up were our mains – round 2. Dad, Matt and I had the Lamb Navarin which was flavoured with ginger and served with a butter nut mousseline. The Lamb was the star of the night. It was juicy and tender and the meat came apart easily. It was well cooked. The butter nut mousseline was creamy and soft. Put it together with the tender lamb and you get a matchmake in heaven. Oh so delicious.


 Lamb Navarin flavoured with ginger served with a butter nut mousseline

As mum loves her rice, she went for the Creole Prawn Curry which was flavoured with kafir lime and turmeric, served with a yellow turmeric rice and lemon chilli salsa. Mum enjoyed her prawn curry and thought that it was bursting with flavour. The yellow turmeric rice and lemon chilli salsa blends well together with the Creole Prawn Curry like it was meant to be.


 Creole Prawn Curry flavoured with kafir lime/turmeric served with a yellow turmeric rice and lemon chilli salsa

So far, so good. We were all impressed and very satisfied with our entrees and mains and were looking forward to dessert! Matt and I had the Fondant au Chocolat which was served with passionfruit coulis. The best part was slicing through the chocolate fondant and thick chocolate lava erupts carefully and flows down smoothly. Full of chocolatey goodness. It was perfect.  A 10/10.


Fondant au chocolat served with passionfruit coulis

 Mum had the Coconut and Kafir Lime Creme Brulee which was served with a seasonal fruit smoothie. Like the chocolate fondant, the Creme Brulee was executed well – smooth and silky in texture, topped with a thin layer of caramel. The light, delicate and subtle flavours from the coconut and kafir lime together gives the creme brulee its freshness and sweetness. It was a dessert which felt like summer is coming soon!


 Coconut/kafir lime creme brulee served with a seasonal fruit smoothie

Dad had the Crispy poached apple flavoured with cinnamon and rum served with vanilla cream. Equateur has taken it to a whole new level here with its crispy poached apple. Crisp from the outside but when you sink your teeth in, you can feel the soft textures of the poached apple together with its sweetness and its combination of cinnamon and rum flavours.


Crispy poached apple flavoured with cinnamon and rum served with vanilla cream.

All of us enjoyed and had a great dining experience from the start to the end together with good food, service and a nice atmosphere. With soft music playing in the background, crimson interiors, white tablecloths, the scene has been set. Equateur is perfect for all occasions whether it is to celebrate that special day, a romantic date or for dinner with friends. Perth needs more hidden gems like this and Equateur is one of Subiaco’s hidden and precious gems.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Wicked Satays

Once in a while I get cravings for Malaysian food. So what am I craving for this time? I am craving for satays! It has been a while since my last trip back home and I must admit that it is hard to find a place serving authentic satays in Perth. After stumbling upon Wicked Satays on Instagram (Wicked Satays is a new addition to Victoria Park which has just been opened for business 4 weeks ago), my family and I decided to give Wicked Satays a try.

We started off with a Beef Murtabak ($9). Murtabak is a wrapped roti (Indian crepe) filled with minced meat with eggs and onion. The murtabak was crispy on the outside and soft and fluffy in the inside. The filling was stuffed neatly into the murtabak dough with a great marriage of subtle flavours. It was put together perfectly. Overall, I thought that the Murtabak was well executed. 


Beef Murtabak

We also shared a Mi Rebus ($8). The Mi Rebus consists of yellow noodles served with a thick potato-based gravy and garnished with hard boiled eggs, topped with fried shallots, bean sprouts, tau kwa (fried beancurd) and cut chillies. The Mi Rebus was delicious. The gravy was thick, rich and flavoursome and the yellow noodles were cooked perfectly. It was lovely.


Mi Rebus

As Wicked Satay’s speciality is authentic satay grilled over charcoal, you cannot leave Wicked Satays without ordering satays! We ordered 30 satay sticks ($43), with 15 chicken and 15 beef satays from the satay crazy sets. All satay crazy sets also comes with satay sauce, cucumber and onions. You can also order rice cakes for $2 a serve. The chicken and beef satays were cooked to perfection. It was full of flavour, tender and juicy. It is quite hard to find good satays in Perth but I think the satays at Wicked Satays is pretty close to satays I usually have back home in KL.


Chicken Satay


Beef Satay


To complement our satay feast, we ordered a jug of  Teh Tarik/Pulled Tea ($6). The Teh Tarik was smooth and was not too sweet. It was a great winter warmer for the cold night.


Teh Tarik/Pulled Tea

Wicked Satays also makes a great place to catch up with friends while sharing and indulging in a plate of satays. With deliciously wicked satays and food, decent prices and friendly service, Wicked Satays is truly a hidden gem. Looks like I may have found a place to go to satisfy my satay cravings! Wicked Satays, I’ll be back! :)

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Le Vietnam

Located along Barrack Street in the middle of Perth CBD near the shopping district, is Le Vietnam. Think Paris. Think Vietnam. Put it together and you have Le Vietnam – a Vietnamese French cafe. Yes, the interior and decoration speaks for itself too. When Le Vietnam first opened its doors to customers early last month, they were offering Free Original Banh Mi to customers from 11am-2pm. (Le Vietnam sells their Original Banh Mi for $6)

Matt and I arrived at Le Vietnam on the day of the opening just after 1pm. Luckily, we did not have to queue long to be able to get a seat inside and have our hands on the Banh Mi. It did not take long for our Banh Mi to arrive too. The Original Banh Mi was very fresh and the pork was tender and moist. It was delicious and full of flavour. Oh and not forgetting the crusty bread which have been toasted before it arrived on our table. YUM!


 Original Banh Mi ($6)

If you are around Perth CBD, do check out Le Vietnam, famous for their Banh Mi. If you are ever at Le Vietnam, don’t forget to give their snacks, salads, pastries and coffee a try too.  I think I may have found a place where I could have a quick and decent lunch while doing my shopping in the city :)

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Halo Espresso

Just before we dropped dad off to the airport, we decided to have brunch on the way. So a few places came to mind and in the end, we thought of going to South Perth to see what food they have to offer. On the way down to South Perth, I flipped through the Entertainment Book and discovered an Entertainment voucher for Halo Espresso. Without looking at the reviews on Urbanspoon, we decided to give Halo Espresso a try since we were in the area.

We arrived at the peak lunch hour during a weekday and Halo Espresso was busy. As usual, we just missed out on breakfast and had to order from the lunch menu. Dad had the Halo Burger ($17.90) which consists of 150g beef, bacon, egg, beetroot, dijon mustard, cheese, caramelised onion, tomato relish, lettuce, tomato and mayo. I had a taste test of the burger and the beef patty was tender and juicy. The tomato relish complements the burger well. It was a bit messy to eat but well, I guess that’s what burgers are for.

IMG_5531 Halo Burger ($17.90)

 Mum had the Toasted Flatbread ($11.90) with shredded chicken, cheese, spinach, tomatoes and aioli. The shredded chicken was tender with a good amount of melted cheese on top the crispy flatbread.


Toasted Flatbread Chicken

I had the Soup of the Day ($11.90) which was the sweet potato and pumpkin soup. I enjoyed my soup and thought that it was creamy and full of flavour. You can never go wrong with ordering soup during winter. It’s winter comfort food. The serving was also very generous as the soup came in a large bowl. I was really full when I finished my soup.


Soup of the Day ($11.90)

Halo Espresso is actually famous for their coffee and was voted No. 4 Best Coffee Spot in WA by Menu Magazine. Dad and mum had the coffee and they thought that it was good. The service at Halo Espresso were friendly but we had to wait quite a while for our food to be brought out. By the time our food arrived, we had already finished the coffee and hot chocolate. (I guess maybe it was a busy day?)  I thought that the food was alright but I guess the coffee may be well worth trying.

Mel’s Rating : mmm (good)

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