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


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Asado

Okay…so I realised that this post is long and way overdue but here it goes!

Firstly, I would like to thank the lovely Laura Moseley for organising this bloggers brunch catch up at Asado a few months ago! As I had missed out on the launch party because I was away, I was excited to give Asado a try after hearing some good reviews about it. On a beautiful Saturday morning, we were seated at the outside dining area indulging and enjoying our food while chatting with each other away with a modern interior and a relaxed atmosphere.

For my dish, I ordered the Lamb Short Ribs with mint yoghurt and grilled garden greens ($22). The lamb short ribs were marinated well, juicy and tender. It was so flavoursome together with the mint yoghurt giving it a lovely texture and balance to it. The garden greens were fresh and I loved how the tomatoes explode in your mouth with one bite.

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 Lamb short ribs, mint yogurt, grilled garden greens

My fellow dining partners had the following dishes. Everyone on the table seemed to enjoyed their food and gave positive reviews. Looking at the photos taken, I must admit that the other dishes look really good too! So…let’s get ready for some food porn….

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Tomato adobo, slow egg, house beans, labne, guacamole,tortilla chips (18)

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Chilli eggs; slow eggs, rocket, feta, avocado, sourdough (18)

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House-cured salmon, kipflers, tartare, dill verde ($21)

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Brekky board; quinoa bircher, fruit, sourdough, boiled egg, jamon, relish ($19)

Overall, I really enjoyed the food at Asado and after attending the Taste of Perth festival recently and trying a few more dishes, I can’t wait to return for dinner. The dishes on the Parilla BBQ in the dinner menu has already caught my eye too. From breakfast to dinner, you can enjoy the flavours of Argentina featuring brunch with an Argentinian twist, street food and a parilla BBQ in a fine, relaxed atmosphere. It’s worth a visit.

  Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent) Asado on Urbanspoon


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Flora and Fauna

Imagine sitting under blue skies, cool breeze and sunny days, sipping on coffee or tea and indulging on a beautiful plate of food comfortably. Sounds good? It sure does.

Situated in a small laneway just along Aberdeen Street, is Flora and Fauna. At 18sq m and six tables, this cute little micro cafe is unique for its outdoor seating area. It’s also great to see that this laneway shop space is getting some love as it had been empty for four years. There’s also a mini herb garden and you can also find flowers, tea and cards for sale in the cafe. The inspiration to visit Flora and Fauna with my family comes from reading Flora and Fauna’s appearance in an article from the Sunday Times Magazine by The Sunday Times Newspaper. And so, I set out on a beautiful, cool day to have my brunch with my family under the bright blue sky.

Dad had the Smashed Avocado on Turkish ($14) which comprises of lemon and basil avocado smash sitting on top of the grilled organic Turkish bread with an addition of a pot of scrambled eggs for $5. The turkish bread is supplied by local bread artisan, The Woodfired Baker.  I had a taste and the turkish bread was light and fluffy complementing well with the smooth and creamy textures of the avocado smash. The addition of lemon and basil gave the avocado smash a punch of acidity and freshness, resulting in a harmonious blend of flavours.IMG_8181

Herbed Smashed Avo on Turkish

For me, I picked the Goji Superfood Muesli ($15) for a refuel after teaching a BodyCombat class. It was a very hearty dish, packed full of your superfood suspects. There’s goji berries, nuts, seeds, fresh seasonal fruit, milk and yoghurt topped with a drizzle of real maple syrup, like an icing on the cake. For the milk, you have a few varieties to choose from dairy, almond, rice and soy. The Goji Superfood Muesli was presented very beautifully with lots of colour to brighten one’s day bursting with a bowl of hearty, fresh and healthy ingredients.

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Goji Superfood Muesli

Mum had the Canadian Style French Toast ($19), one of the most popular on the menu. The french toast consists of a thickly sliced ciabatta, dipped into a sweet egg mixture and pan fried until golden brown. Kissed with a mix of fresh and compote blueberries with a finishing touch of maple syrup to keep it Canadian. The french toast was fluffy and moist with a hint of sweetness, soaking up the blueberry compote. It was made with so much love and presented beautifully (I’ll let the photo below speaks for itself here). There were plenty of healthy stuff on the plate too with ingredients giving you a pack full of anti-oxidants and health benefits from the nuts, pomegranate, blueberries and apricots. The mint leaves and edible flowers as a garnish adds a fresh touch to the french toast. With every element put together, it was texturally well balanced. Now I know why the french toast is so popular!

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Canadian Style French Toast

The food at Flora and Fauna is put together with lots of love, care and attention with a touch of colour to the table. After a very satisfying brunch, I thought this beautiful cafe should no longer be kept a secret and is definitely worth the visit. If you need a good kickstart to the day with a satisfying breakfast or brunch, come for the food and don’t forget to say hello to the lovely and friendly owners who runs Flora and Fauna. It’s a true hidden gem.

Mel’s Rating: mmmmm (take me to foodie heaven)

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Max and Sons

One 40 William is the home to many up and coming eateries. Just to name a few, there’s Brotzeit, Koko Black, Jamie’s Italian, Bambamboo and most recently, Max and Sons. Max and Sons is brought to you by the guys behind Mo Espresso in Trinity Arcade. Recently, I was invited along to celebrate the launch of this new coffee shop with fellow food bloggers, media personalities and the team at Max and Sons. Just along the lane at 140 William, walk past Brotzeit and Bambamboo and you will not be able to miss this welcoming and bright little coffee shop.

To start off the night, we had a refreshing watermelon juice with West Winds gin. A gin is all you need after a long and tiring day.

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Watermelon juice and West winds gin

We were also treated to some little scrumptious sliders and sandwiches. Looking for a sandwich with a chilli kick? I recommend you “The Carlotta” which comprises of stuffed jalapeno peppers, bacon, avocado, sesame slaw and chipotle smear. It has a good chilli kick which will make you breathe fire and make an excellent winter warmer.

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Scrumptious little sliders (not on the normal menu)

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Delicious sandwiches with Interesting names

Apart from sandwiches and sliders, we indulged in donuts from Top Dup Doughnuts. I have heard so much about Top Dup Doughnuts and was really happy to see them at the launch of Max and Sons event. Apparently, the doughnuts sell out really fast, so make sure you are there bright and ealry to grab one with your coffee! Oh and the doughnuts are only delivered to Max and Sons twice a week! During the event, there were strawberries and cream, bikkies and cream and blood plum chantilly. It was hard to choose which is my favourite flavour but I think I quite like the blood plum chantilly the most :)

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Doughnuts!

Apart from indulging in sandwiches and doughnuts, we had some coffee and watched a live demonstration of how the modern drip coffee machine played its role to make the quality coffee at Max and Sons. I must admit that that coffee machine looks pretty cool! Coffee is a serious business at Max and Sons and I must say that their coffee here was lovely as they use quality beans from Five Senses.

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Coffee

If you are in the city on your way to work and you need a dose of caffeine to kick start your day, head down to Max and Sons and don’t forget to grab a sandwich or doughnut (if available)!

I would like to thank Justin from The Skinny Perth for the invitation to attend the launch of Max and Sons. We had a great and enjoyable night! :)

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Urbon

Located In the heart of Burswood next to Crown Casino, under the Peninsula Apartments is Urbon cafe, bar and restaurant. One step into Urbon and the interior has an urban and relaxed feel with an alfresco dining area outside and an intimate and comfortable setting inside the restaurant. As it is open every day of the week, Urbon not only serves dinner but also breakfast and lunch. 

We arrived at Urbon for dinner on a Saturday evening. To start, we had the Urbon Combo ($23) pizza to share, consisting of chicken, bacon, baby spinach, avocado and prosciutto. With a thin and crispy crust, the Urbon Combo was already a hit and it was texturally well balanced in terms of flavours. You get the creaminess from the avocado, tender chicken, juicy bacon and the melted cheese on top. It can’t get better than this.

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Urbon Combo Pizza ($23)

Not long after, our mains arrived. Dad had the BBQ Pork Riblets ($28) with grilled corn on the cob, chips and salad. Wow, I was feeling a little bit envious when I saw dad’s dish! The pork riblets were glazed and marinated so well that it gave a hint of sweet and a slight smoky flavours to the tasty, finger lickin’ good pork riblets. Feel free to get dirty and use your hands to lick the bone clean.

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BBQ Pork Riblets ($28)

I had the Lamb Cutlets ($38) with smokey chocolate jus, mint jelly, mushroom paste, fried kipfler potatoes, asparagus and carrots. The lamb cutlets which had a hint of red in the middle, was tender and juicy, with a decent layer of fat. Together with the smokey chocolate jus, mint jelly and mushroom paste, the dish was bursting full of flavour together with the lamb cutlets. It was indeed very satisfying.

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Lamb Cutlets ($38)

Not being a huge fan of meat, mum had the Pasta Alla man-di, lobster medallion, smoked salmon with creamy cajun sauce and topped with yarra valley salmon caviar ($33). Mum enjoyed her pasta and thought that it was cooked perfectly to al dente, complementing well with the creamy textures of the cajun sauce and the well cooked lobster medallion. The salmon caviar on top gave a hint of crunchy-ness, exploding in the mouth with every bite.

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Pasta Alla man-di

Although we were quite full, we did have some room for dessert. We decided to share the Chocolate Dome ($15). If you order this dessert, make sure you get your phones and cameras ready so that you can witness and capture the magic of drizzling warm caramel on top of the dome to reveal plenty of goodies inside. There’s fresh season fruit, turkish delight and popping candy. Yes, it’s all under one dome and covered with chocolate. It was just simply magical.

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Chocolate Dome ($15)

With its good food, seasonal menus, lovely ambience and atmosphere, it is no doubt that Urbon is truly a hidden gem. The service was excellent – friendly, attentive and efficient. Whether it is a date night, casual dinner with friends and family or a special occasion, Urbon is definitely one place to eat, drink and chill.

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Taste of Perth Ticket Offer

Attention Perth foodies!

Taste of Perth is back from the 15-17 May at Langley Park serving up The World’s Greatest Restaurant Festival! To celebrate the expanding and eclectic Perth dining scene, you will get the chance to experience 15 of Perth’s latest, greatest and hottest restaurants all at one festival! From el Publico, Nobu, Print Hall, Lalla Rookh and many more, you will have a choice to have a taste of over 40 bite sized dishes served up by these restaurants. Apart from food, participate in one of the many interactive masterclasses, shop from boutique artisan producers or soak up the festival atmosphere and enjoy the live entertainment.

Sounds awesome? Here’s the exclusive offer for you where you can purchase two general tickets for $50, creating a value of $22 in savings! So how do I redeem the offer? All you have to do is book the general entry tickets through Ticketek and enter FOODIE in the promotional code box to save. :)

For more information about the festival and to purchase tickets, check out the website, Taste of Perth.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TasteofPerth
Twitter: @TasteofPerth
Instagram: @tastefestivalsaus
And….don’t forget to Hashtag: #TasteofPerth

I can’t wait for Taste of Perth and I have a feeling that it is going to be a great event that you will not want to miss!

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James Parker

New to the Northbridge dining scene is Japanese restaurant, James Parker. Why James Parker? Because James Parker is located on the corner of James and Parker Street. Put the two street names together and you get James Parker. I have passed by James Parker several times when I was in Northbridge and was attracted by the entrance. On a weeknight, my friends and I decided that James Parker will be a good choice to catch up over dinner. Upon entering the restaurant, you are greeted with a modern interior and welcoming atmosphere which has a feel of a modern Izakaya style restaurant. It’s slick, intimate and classy.

To start, we shared four pieces of three types of sashimi ($28). There’s salmon, tuna and kingfish. It’s texturally delicate, fresh with a subtle flavour and good quality. IMG_7956

 Three different types of sashimi

My two friends shared the Aburi Salmon Roll ($19) and Eel Dragon Roll ($20). When it first arrived, presentation was spot on with attention to detail – it looks too perfect to eat! I took a taste test of each of the rolls and they were delicious. The aburi salmon on top of the roll was juicy and melt in your mouth and the grilled eel was just as tasty and flavoursome with an added sweetness from the teriyaki sauce. It’s like icing on the cake. The sushi rice was also rolled compactly and neatly, holding the ingredients together.

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Aburi Salmon Roll

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Eel Dragon Roll

I had the Unagi don ($23). I am a big fan of eel and recently, it seems that I have been having a lot of unagi at Japanese restaurants! Like the Eel Dragon Roll, the unagi surrounding the rice was grilled to perfection and tender, topped with a hint of sweetness. It was just melt in your mouth.

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Unagi don ($23)

My friends and I enjoyed the food at James Parker and thought that the food was fresh, flavoursome and authentic. Bookings are highly recommended as the restaurant can get quite busy. Yes, even on weekdays. With an intimate setting and good Japanese food, James Parker will no doubt be popular among Perth locals.

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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Flinderz

On a cool, cloudy Autumn’s day, my dining buddy and I decided to set out for our foodie adventure, exploring some of Perth’s cafes and eateries. As I had just finished teaching a BodyCombat class, we head towards Flinderz for a fulfilling and satisfying meal.

I had the Salmon with green pea mash ($20) from the lunch special. The salmon was poached to perfection, tender and juicy, with a crisp skin. Sitting under the salmon, is the green pea mash which was creamy and fluffy. And also, not forgetting the freshness of the salad; full of acidity on the side which complements well with the salmon and green pea mash. IMG_7744

 Salmon Lunch Special

My brunch and lunch buddy, Jess, had the Chicken Turkish ($18), which comprises of grilled chicken with avocado salsa, swiss cheese and house cut chips. I had a taste test of the chicken turkish and it was delicious. The chicken, grilled to perfection was tender and was not too dry. The avocado salsa adds a hint of creaminess to the the chicken turkish and the melted swiss cheese was like the cherry on top. We loved the house cut chips too and thought that they were really tasty. It was addictive.

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To finish a well satisfying lunch, we had a yoghurt cake to share ($4.50). The yoghurt cake was texturally well balanced with   a balance of moist and dense textures. Topped with a cherry compote, it gave an additional punch of sweetness to the yoghurt cake.

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Yoghurt cake

Overall, Jess and I had a great dining experience at Flinderz and we thought that the service was friendly and attentive. As I was at Flinderz only for lunch, I’m already looking forward to be back to try the food from the breakfast and dinner menu!

Mel’s Rating : mmmm (excellent)

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