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"There is no sincerer love than the love of food" – George Bernard Shaw

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Last Tuesday, I attended the Ria Yelp’s Elite Event held at the newly refurbished Ria in Leederville. Ria has been a local institution in Leederville for Malaysian food. It has been ages since my last visit to Ria and I could notice the changes and how large the venue is now compared to a few years back. There’s outdoor and indoor seating areas and it’s so much more spacious now.

To start off, we had the Crispy Prawns, Lotus Chips and Pork Belly Tacos to share. The Crispy Prawns had a light and fresh flavour with a crispy finish. I enjoyed the Lotus Chips and thought that it was deep fried to perfection crunchy – it would definitely make a perfect snack if I can have this all day! For the Pork Belly Tacos, the Pork Belly was marinated well, giving it a nice sweetness. Oh and not forgetting the crispy taco shell which complements well with the juicy pork belly.


Crispy Prawns


Lotus Chips with Chilli Sambal


Pork Belly Tacos

The mains arrived not long after we finished our starters. We were presented with a variety of popular mains Ria had to offer to us. There was the Watermelon Crab and House Cured Trout Salad. Both were very fresh and bursting with flavour with a nice punch of acidity. The roti complements the tenderness and flavourful Malay Slow Cooked Beef well. Among the dishes that I had, I must say that the star of the night was the Rib Eye. It was full of flavour, juicy and tender. Across the table, I could hear a few of us commenting how delicious the Rib Eye was. It was definitely a winner.


Watermelon Crab




Malay Slow Cooked Beef


House Cured Trout Salad


Rib Eye

Overall, I thought that the food at Ria was quite good. I had a look at the menu and there was just so much variety to choose from! Oh and the white wine on that night was lovely too – a great complement to the dishes we had!  I would like to thank the Community Manager, Laura from Yelp Perth for organising this event and for inviting me. I had a great time getting to know other Yelpers around Perth too and at the same time enjoyed the food by Ria.

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Launching of V Burger Bar’s new Brioche Line

Yesterday, Matt and I attended the launching of the Brioche Line at V Burger Bar’s Blogger Nite along with other Perth bloggers at V Burger Bar Floreat Forum. When we arrived, there was a long table set up specially for guests with roses and candles as decorations in the middle. Together with champagne and wine to start off, it was a celebration to launch the brand new brioche line. During the night, we mingled around with the shareholders and also got to know a little bit about V Burger Bar. We also took the time to get to know and have a chat with bloggers, Yoshika from Everyday Weekends and Shaun from Perth Food Review. Be sure to check out their blogs too!

To start off, we had the Deep Fried Haloumi with Tomato Relish and Crumbed Mushroom with Spicy Mayo. The Haloumi was deep fried to perfection. With one bite, you can taste the melted cheesy textures of the haloumi with a crisp finish. Another winner on the table was the Crumbed Mushrooms. Once again, it was deep fried to perfection making it crispy and crunchy with a little hint of spicy from the spicy mayo. So tasty.


Deep Fried Haloumi


 Crumbed Mushrooms with Spicy Mayo

For our mains, we had a choice of three burgers to choose from – Americana, Space Mushroom and Piggy Back featuring the brioche as the burger bun. Each burger was served with battered chips and aioli.  Matt had the Piggy Back which consists of off the bone pork ribs, house BBQ sauce, pickled jalapenos, aioli, coleslaw and crispy onion ring. I tried a quarter of Matt’s Piggy Back and it was great! The pork ribs were soft and tender with a hint of smoky-ness from the BBQ sauce. The coleslaw and pickled jalapenos also gave a hint of freshness to the burger.

I had the Americana which consists of grilled prime beef patty, melted cheddar, pickle, mesculin mix, red onions, tomato, aioli and house relish. I loved it! The grilled beef patty was juicy and tender. Oh and the melted cheddar on the beef patty just melts in your mouth. So delicious.

But what actually makes this brioche line burgers so special? You guessed right! It’s the brioche. The sweetness of the brioche complements the saltiness of the ingredients in the burger well, giving it a well balanced flavour. Apart from that, the bun was soft, delicate and fluffy too. Well done V Burger Bar, you have definitely took gourmet burgers to the next level!


The Piggy Back




Space Mushroom (cheese filled crumbed mushroom, spicy mayo, mesculin mix,tomato and red onions)

After our burgers, we were so full and satisfied. Apart from the delicious and satisfying food served during the launch, we had a great night getting to know others and mingling around. When we left, we were also presented with a Thank You gift for attending the launch which comprises of Dark Chocolate Brownies, Colombian Jacoba Coffee, Earl Grey Tea and a Twenty Dollars V Burger Bar Voucher. The Dark Chocolate Brownies were heavenly and decadent. A perfect and sweet finish to a great night! Would really love to see V Burger Bar selling these brownies one day :)


 Thank You Gift from V Burger Bar

To finish, Matt and I would like to thank V Burger Bar for inviting us to try the burgers from the new brioche line. We would like to also thank V Burger Bar for the warm and welcoming hospitality. We really had a great time and was very full after. I really hope the new brioche line will be successful and popular to customers looking to try something new. The brioche line will be available from this Friday onwards at both V Burger Bar’s Floreat and Victoria Park stores.

Disclaimer: Take Me To Foodie Heaven was invited to attend V Burger Bar’s launching of the new brioche line.

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Millpoint Caffe Bookshop

I have heard so much about Millpoint Caffe Bookshop and one fine day, we decided to head down to Millpoint Caffe to give their brunch a try. Interestingly, this store is part bookshop and part cafe with seatings both in the bookshop and at the alfresco courtyard area outside. However, books are not allowed to be taken to the alfresco dining area. We arrived there around lunchtime and I was so surprised to see that the cafe was so busy although it looked small from the outside. Looks like I was wrong!

I had the French Toast ($14.50) topped with mixed berry compote, lemon and vanilla mascarpone cheese and Persian fairy floss. When my French Toast arrived on the table, I had a good stare at it for a while. It was presented beautifully with the Persian Fairy Floss like icing on a cake. The mixed berry compote and lemon and vanilla mascarpone cheese complements each other well with a lovely combination of sweet and creamy flavours. However, the toast itself was a bit dry and could be much better if it was moist or soaked through.


 French Toast

Mum had the Trio of Sauteed Mushrooms ($14.50) which consists of a mix of mushrooms, goats cheese, mixed greens served on rye topped with a soft poached egg with a drizzle of truffle oil. There was a generous amount of mushrooms with a great variety. I had a test of mum’s dish and it was delicious with lots of earthy and tasty flavours coming from the mushrooms. The eggs were poached perfectly too with yellow liquid oozing out and drizzling on top of the mushrooms and rye. This dish definitely shouts mushrooms galore or mushroom fest. Perfect for the mushroom lover.


Trio of Sauteed Mushrooms

Apart from offering good food, Millpoint Caffe also offers a good selection of cakes, pastries and slices to choose from. It was hard to make a decision but in the end I had the Orange and Almond Cake ($7.50) and the Lemon Meringue Tart ($4.50). I think what Millpoint Caffe has executed well is their cakes. The Lemon Meringue Tart had a lovely lemon flavour with a smooth meringue and a well executed pastry. The Orange and Almond cake was another one of our favourites. It was moist and not too dense with a subtle hint of tangy sweetness.


Lemon Meringue Tart


Orange and Almond Cake

What I liked about Millpoint Caffe is the atmosphere. It is simple, relaxing and comfortable which makes it great to catch up with friends over food, coffee and a cake or even getting lost in a book while sipping your coffee. The service – friendly and welcoming. My only advice to you is to come during off peak hours as it can take up to 30 minutes for the food to arrive on your table if it’s busy unless you don’t mind waiting. Apart from that, I guess it’s worth a try!

Oh, and you can also use your Millpoint Caffe entertainment voucher here and get 25% off the total bill!

Mel’s Rating : mmm (good)

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Three Coins Italian Trattoria

Located along Beaufort Street towards Inglewood is the newly opened two month old, Three Coins Italian Trattoria. Three Coins is the literal translation of the family name Trequattrini and is run by the Trequattrini family of five where food is a family passion. Originally from Umbria, Italy, the Trequattrini family moved to Perth with a dream of running their own restaurant, combining their individual areas of expertise to offer Perth locals the real taste of regional Italian cuisine.

We started off with the Farmhouse Duck Liver Pate with toasted ciabatta ($16), both homemade and taken from the family recipe. The Pate was very light and earthy. As some Pates are strong in flavour, the Pate at Three Coins was executed well as it was very subtle in flavour and not overpowering. The Pate also complements the crisp texture of the toasted ciabatta.


Farmhouse Duck Liver Pate with toasted ciabatta

We also shared a Prosciutto Pizza ($23.50) which consists of Mozzarella, Prosciutto San Daniele, Cherry Tomato, Rocket and Shaved Parmesan. At Three Coins, the pizzas are authentic Italian style and is wood fired. We enjoyed the Prosciutto Pizza – it was rich in texture and had a rich tomato base. It was fresh and full of flavour.


Prosciutto Pizza ($23.50)


Slow cooked Lamb Leg Ragu Fettuccine

My parents had the Gagliata Mista for 2: Italian Sausages, Lamb Cutlets, 250g Scotch Fillet and Vegetables ($60). I had a taste test of some of the elements on the Gagliata Mista. The Scotch Fillet and Lamb Cutlets were deliciously tender and juicy. We loved the Italian Sausages. They were seasoned well and flavoursome. If you want your daily dose of protein, I recommend the Gagliata Mista. Plus, it’s perfect to be shared.


Gagliata Mista for 2

For dessert, I had the traditional Italian dessert, the Baileys and Chocolate Tiramisu ($14). The Tiramisu was creamy with a subtle flavour of espresso and baileys. It was soft and smooth in texture. Oh so heavenly.


Baileys and Chocolate Tiramisu

Mum and dad shared the Baked Ricotta Tart Choc chips and orange zest ($14) from the Specials of the Day and dad had a cappucino ($4) . We were also told that the baked ricotta tart was made by the mama of the the Trequattrini family. The baked ricotta tart was light, moist and had a good hint of tangy-ness from the orange zest. It was lovely.


Baked Ricotta Tart with chocolate chips and orange zest


As a restaurant run by a family, Three Coins encapsulates a family friendly atmosphere while enjoying Italian comfort food together. The service at Three Coins is welcoming, friendly and homely. It’s really great to see a new addition along Beaufort Street and I am sure that Three Coins will excel in bringing their passion of food to the table. Three Coins is definitely the place to be for Italian comfort food.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Sushi Wawa

Sushi Wawa is Perth’s newest sushi sensation located in Innaloo, just right opposite Ikea. What makes Sushi Wawa different to other sushi restaurants around Perth? Well, Sushi Wawa boasts Australia’s largest sushi conveyor belt which is 62 metres long. And yes, it is situated right here in Perth. (Fun Fact – The sushi train can hold up to 400 plates at any time!) Sushi Wawa also features a line-up of Japanese chefs who have worked in popular restaurants around Perth before Sushi Wawa was born. There’s head chef Hiroaki Fijioka (Nobu Perth) who leads sous chef George Yamahara (Satsuki), Mitsunori Nishida (Jaws) and Hidenori Otani (Rockpool).

So, on a Saturday evening after church, we decided to head to  Sushi Wawa for a quick dinner. The best part about Sushi Wawa is the ease of finding a carpark and the best part is FREE PARKING!!

To fill up my hungry tummy, I started off with a plate of Salmon Nigiri ($4.20). The Salmon was very fresh – it had a nice hint of orange colour and the sushi rice was perfect. Next target on the sushi train was the California Uramaki ($4.90) which consists of crabmeat and avocado pieces surrounded by an outer layer of seaweed and sushi rice, topped with tobiko. The California Uramaki was wrapped delicately and was neat.


Salmon Nigiri


 California Uramaki

Next up, I had the Salmon Aburi ($4.90) and Takoyaki ($4.20). Aburi style sushi is a type of nigiri sushi when the fish is partially grilled (topside) and partially raw. The Salmon Aburi was fresh in flavour, decadent and tasty. The delicate hint of teriyaki sauce on top added some sweetness to the Salmon Aburi. I loved the Takoyaki. It was deep fried to perfection on the outside while retaining a nice chewy texture from the octopus in the inside.


Salmon Aburi



Apart from the endless options of sushi to choose from the sushi train, you can also order from a variety of Rice, Udon, Hot Entrees and Salad dishes from their menu. I decided to get the Tempura Udon ($11).  The tempura were lightly battered – light, fluffy and crispy. It was a good complement with the clear broth and the udon. It was delicious.


Tempura Udon

Overall, my experience at Sushi Wawa was good. The service – quick, polite, efficient and friendly. It is often quite rare to find a family friendly restaurant in Perth and Sushi Wawa is definitely one. If you are looking for a quick and healthy Japanese meal, Sushi Wawa is the place to be making it a great addition to the Innaloo dining scene.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Located at 1 Leonard Street at Victoria Park which is also home to two other pop-up shops, Wicked Satays and The Sarapan, is JBento, Perth’s first pop-up bento shop. Come during lunchtime from 11.30am to 2.30pm, Monday to Friday and you can enjoy a decent bento lunch from JBento with a variety of main meals to choose from to suit your palate. You also do get a choice of either dining indoors or if the weather is decent, you can sit outside on cute little cushions and have your bento. :)


Each bento set  at JBento consists of your choice of main meal, fresh salad, wakame salad, daikon pickle, rice and potato salad. I had the Teriyaki Steak Bento ($13.90) which consists of perfectly cooked steak pieces that are grilled and generously covered in JBento’s housemade teriyaki sauce. The steak was juicy and tender together with the sweetness from the teriyaki sauce. I loved the potato salad and thought that it was fresh and was not overly creamy or full of mayonnaise. It was just right. I also loved how the rice is presented in triangular shapes, which looks pretty close to an Onigiri (Japanese Rice Ball) with seasoning on top, giving it an extra hint of flavour. Overall, I loved my Bento and was very happy and satisfied with it :)


Mum had the Saba (Mackerel) Fish Bento ($13.90). I had a taste test of the Saba Fish and it was fresh and tasty. The Saba fish was seasoned and grilled to perfection. It was executed well and I must say that a perfectly cooked and tasty Saba Fish is hard to come by in Perth!


Saba Fish Bento

Jess at the Bulgogi Beef Bento ($10.90) which consists of delicious, savoury Korean Bulgogi Beef, prepared in authentic marinade. Here is Jess’s review of her Bulgogi Beef Bento – I though that it was really good! It was tender, juicy and not too dry with a good amount of fat in it. The beef was marinated well and the marinade complements the rice well. The rice was well cooked, not too soggy and definitely had a good amount of seasoning.


Bulgogi Beef Bento

We also decided to order two sides – Karaage Chicken ($5) and Miso Butter Steak ($6). The Karaage Chicken consisted of juicy chicken pieces coated in a light, seasoned batter. It was deep fried well with a nice hint of crisp on the outside and it certainly did not feel too greasy or oily. The Miso Butter Steak was full of flavour from the melted butter and there was also a subtle hint of miso flavour which marries well with the tenderness of the steak.


Karaage Chicken ($5)


Miso Butter Steak ($6)

Apart from having bentos, there is also free green tea provided by JBento just at their counter. The service at JBento is also friendly and efficient – it did not take too long for our bentos to arrive. If you have a Rewardle card or app on your smartphone, you can scan your QR code or card here where you can accumulate points and redeem freebies such as drinks, miso soup or potentially a Bento! If you know what to order and want to save some time, you can also call or text your order to 04 1416 8837. Highly recommend JBento for their delicious bentos!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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I realised that there are quite a few cafes around the Scarborough or Doubleview area, which is close to home.  After finishing a BodyPump class on a Friday morning, Matt and I decided to head to Pizzaca for brunch. Pizzaca is a small cafe located along Gildercliffe Street in Scarborough with seatings both outside and inside.

As I had to work later in the afternoon until 9pm, I went for the Pizzaca Big Breakky ($22.50) and Matt, being the “healthier” other half had the Turkey, Brie, Avocado, Spinach and Cream Cheese ($10.50) sandwich. The Big Breakky was really BIG. It has all your usual suspects in it – you name it – pork and fennel sausage, crisp bacon, roasted tomato, potato parmesan fritter, chilli beans, mushrooms and poached eggs, which were the eggs of my choice. To me, the pork and fennel sausage was the star of the dish as it was really flavoursome. The eggs were also poached to perfection and bacon was crispy. The roasted tomato was fresh and explodes in the mouth – BOOM! Potato parmesan fritter was lightly crisp with a hint of cheesyness and the chilli beans and mushrooms were delicious. Pizzaca Big Breakky is one hearty breakky that will definitely keep you full throughout the day.


 Pizzaca Big Breakky

Here is Matt’s review of his sandwich – The sandwich was nice and light with alternating hits of cranberry sweetness, cream cheese and Brie. All ingredients worked well together and the generous amount of seeds on the bread was a nice appetising and finishing touch.


Turkey, Brie, Avocado, Spinach and Cream Cheese Sandwich

Pizzaca actually has a good variety on their menu to choose from for breakfast, brunch or lunch. I would say even their cakes look mouthwatering too. Unfortunately, I had no room for cake after my big breakky. Service was excellent – friendly and efficient. If you come to Pizzaca after 5pm, pizzas are served for dinner. We spoke to the lady who is a regular at the table next to us and she said that the pizzas at Pizzaca are really popular around the area. Looks like there will be Round 2 at Pizzaca soon!

Mel’s Rating: mmmm (excellent)

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