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PappaRich Northbridge

PappaRich has finally arrived in Perth and is a newbie on the Perth dining scene. It’s the first outlet in Western Australia too, along with 10 outlets operating in other Australian states. Established in 2005 with its first restaurant in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and today, PappaRich has expanded across Malaysia and internationally. (Yep believe me, it’s everywhere in Malaysia!) PappaRich also boasts an extensive menu with a variety of dishes to choose from. Oh and their menu comes with mouthwatering photos too. From Malaysian classics like Nasi Lemak and Satays to Roti Canai, PappaRich caters for all tastes and palates.

PappaRich has a unique ordering system which may be new to some of us. There is a notepad and a pencil placed at each table. All you have to do is to write down the menu item from the menu, the quantity and additional remarks such as extras. Once you have written down and decided what to order, press the button on the table and let the staff know that you are ready for them to take your order. It’s simple and efficient.

For our drinks, Matt and I decided to go for the Iced Teh Tarik ($3.90) and the Milo Dinosaur ($4.90). Having Milo Dinosaur will always bring back the nostalgia of my childhood days spent in Malaysia before migrating to Perth such as going to mamak stalls at night to have supper with my family whenever we feel hungry.

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Iced Teh Tarik

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Matt and I ordered and shared a Roti Telur ($7.90), Roti Telur Bawang Beef Rendang ($13.90), Satay Mixed ($22.90), Pappa Special Briyani Rice ($15.90), Pappa Special Nasi Lemak ($15.90), Beef Rendang ($7.90), Seafood Curry Laksa ($14.90) and Pappa ABC with Green Tea Ice Cream ($9.90)

The Roti was soft and fluffy with a bit of a crisp on the outside. A great complement to the Roti was the beef rendang. The beef rendang was tender and flavoursome. It was executed well. Oh and not forgetting the curries which goes together with the Roti. One of them has a great chili kick – I’m sure you can tell which one from the photo. Next to arrive on our table was the Mixed Satay which consists of 6 satay sticks of chicken and 6 satay sticks of beef. My verdict? I loved the satays and thought that they were delicious! The meat itself on the sticks were not too chunky and the satay overall had a nice aroma to it.

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Roti Telur

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Roti Telur Bawang Beef Rendang

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Beef Rendang

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Satay Mixed (12 pcs)

Here is Matt’s review of the Pappa Special Nasi Lemak – The nasi lemak overall had great presentation. The curry chicken was tender and cooked to perfection. It was a truly authentic dish and would recommend it to anyone who’s trying this place out. I had the Pappa Special Briyani Rice with Sambal Eggplant, Fried Chicken and Sambal Prawns. The briyani rice was fluffy and fragrant. The Sambal Eggplant and Sambal Prawns gave a hint of chili kick to the dish and the fried chicken was crispy, marrying the dish as a whole together.

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Pappa Special Biryani Rice

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Pappa Special Nasi Lemak

We also shared a Seafood Curry Laksa with mussels, prawns, eggplants, tofu puffs, foo chok (beancurd skin), fish cake and bean sprouts.  The Curry Laksa was quite authentic and there was a generous amount of fresh seafood swimming in the sea of spicy coconut gravy and yellow noodles. It was lovely.

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Seafood Curry Laksa

You must be thinking have these two finished eating yet? Nope, the feast does not end here. To finish off, we shared the Pappa ABC with Premium Ice Cream. We were also given a choice to choose from between green tea and vanilla, so went for green tea instead. The ABC has most of your usual suspects in it, corn, cincau, lychee, red bean, you name it. It was a refreshing ending to our Malaysian feast.

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Pappa ABC with Green Tea Ice Cream

I have been to a PappaRich restaurant before during one of my annual holidays to KL and I would say this is pretty similar to PappaRich back home. Matt and I enjoyed our PappaRich experience from the start to the end. The service was very efficient and friendly as not long after we placed our order, our food arrived promptly and our table was soon filled with food. PappaRich Northbridge has a casual and simple interior while retaining a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. The open plan layout allows you to take in the aroma of flavourful Malaysian food while watching the chefs in action. Whether it is a casual catch up with friends or a meal with the family, it will always be a Malaysian feast at PappaRich.

Matt and I really did have a very indulgent Malaysian feast. Well, maybe more like a Malaysian food marathon and we went home feeling satisfied and very very full from the delicious food at PappaRich Northbridge. It was our pleasure to be invited to dine at PappaRich and we would like to thank Wasamedia and PappaRich for the opportunity to feast Malay style at PappaRich Northbridge.

Oh and if you are living down south, PappaRich is opening its doors next at Carousel in a few months time!

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Mindfulness Matters at Grill’d

For the month of August, Grill’d in collaboration with not-for-profit organisation Smiling Mind introduces the Mindfulness Matters campaign. Smiling Mind is Australia’s first not-for-profit online tool developed by a team of psychologists with expertise in youth and adolescent therapy to assist in improving lives of young Australians through Mindfulness Meditation and web-based wellness programs. (Check out the Smiling Mind App. It’s free to download!)

The Mindfulness Matters campaign is designed to encourage burger lovers across the country to take the time to make more mindful decisions in their day to day lives for the wellbeing of mind and body. Only this month, Grill’d will dedicate its Local Matters program and rename it to ‘Mindfulness Matters’ to help fund the provision of Smiling Mind resources to be used at schools and organisation working with young people and also sporting clubs local to each restaurant. So, everytime you buy a burger, you will be given a token to pop in one of three jars ultimately deciding which group you would like to support. At the end of the month, each Grill’d restaurant will donate $500 towards provision of Smiling Mind resources. The group with the most tokens receive $300 worth of the program resources and other two groups receive $100 each so everyone gets something. It’s a great cause to support!

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I was invited and were given vouchers by Grill’d to experience mindful eating. On a beautiful Friday afternoon, Matt and I went to Grill’d Scarborough for lunch to have our own mindful eating experience. As Grill’d Scarborough is close to the beach, the cool sea breeze and the lovely ambience created a relaxing experience to indulge in our Wild Wild West Burger. There was no rush and we took our time to enjoy each bite of our locally and freshly prepared burger while thinking about each element of the burger and where it came from.

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Wild Wild West Burger and Sweet Potato Chips

Check out these handy tips on how you can also practise Mindful Eating:

  • Avoid mindless eating! Take the time to enjoy your food and eat at a slow pace, paying attention to the smell, aromas, texture and look of what you are eating. It is easy to over eat as it can take up to 20 minutes for your stomach to talk to the brain about how full you are.
  • Even when your day is jam-packed and time is not on your side, it is important to spend a few seconds to choose a healthy meal that will ultimately fuel your body with the nutrition it needs to get you through the day. Fresh is always best!
  • Find a nice and relaxing place to eat your food and arrange your food nicely on your plate to make it a positive experience. Negative thoughts can effect even the healthiest food.
  • Try not to use technology such as the television or mobile devices while you are eating. This includes staying off social media and checking emails.

Want to join the Mindfulness Matters Movement? Share your ‘mindful moments’ on Facebook or Instagram using the campaign hashtags #grilld #MindfulnessMatters #mindfulness #mindfuleating #smilingmind

I would like to thank the team at P4 group for the invitation to have our own mindful eating experience at Grill’d and Grill’d for the fresh and delicious burgers as always.
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Rumours

After reading some reviews on Urbanspoon and Dimmi, my parents and I decided to give Rumours a try for dinner after church as it was only 10 minutes away from home. Coincidentally, there was also a voucher for Rumours in the current Entertainment Book which allows you to get 25% off the total bill.

Rumours is located in the suburb of Tuart Hill, on the corner of Wanneroo Road and Cape Street. The restaurant is quite large and from table to table, it was quite spacious. Rumours also has a really nice and lovely ambience with live piano music playing in the background. Each table had a free music CD to take home by Len Brauer, the pianist of the night.

There are a good selection of drinks at Rumours and I have always heard that their cocktails are good. It was hard to decide which cocktail to order but from our waitperson’s recommendation, I had the Mojito ($15) which was very refreshing.

We started off with a Grazing Plate ($35). From Arancini Balls, crispy turkish bread to slices of ham and salami, the grazing plate had a good variety of starters. A great way to start off the dinner with a plate full of delicious and yummy goodies. The Grazing Plate is also perfect for sharing as the portion is very generous.

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Grazing Plate ($35)

I had the French Lamb Cutlets ($38) marinated in garlic and rosemary, served with creamy mash potato, wilted spinach, roasted capsicum and red wine jus. The lamb cutlets were cooked to perfection – tender and full of flavour. Beneath the lamb cutlets lies a generous portion of creamy, smooth and soft mash potato. It was flawless.

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Lamb Cutlets ($38)

Dad had the 300g Black Angus Scotch Fillet with red wine jus served with hand cut chips and fresh garden salad ($38). Dad’s Scotch Fillet was cooked perfectly to medium and it was juicy and tender. The red wine jus complements the Scotch Fillet giving it a lovely hint of flavour. I had some of the hand cut chips and they were very tasty with a good sprinkle of salt on top.

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300g Scotch Fillet ($38)

Mum had the Fish of the Day ($32) which was the Crispy Skin Barramundi. The barramundi was fresh in flavour and was cooked well, with its perfectly crisp skin on the outside, giving a nice crunch. Mum enjoyed her barramundi and thought that it was a lovely dish.

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Fish of the Day

Overall, we were very satisfied and full after our mains and unfortunately had to give dessert a miss during this visit. But that means, there is Round 2! I thought that the service was excellent – friendly, warm and attentive. Rumours is a perfect place to celebrate all occasions whether it is a romantic date, that special occasion or a casual dinner with family or friends. There seems to be a hidden neighbourhood gem in every suburb. And yep, you heard it right. Rumours has it.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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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.

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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.

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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. :)

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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.

 

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 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.

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 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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Tiramisu

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.

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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.

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 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!

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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)

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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.

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 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.

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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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Equateur

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.

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 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.

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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.

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 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!

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 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.

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 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.

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 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.

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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!

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 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.

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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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