Pachi Pachi; Clap Clap

Pachi Pachi is a modern Asian cafe which serves fusion cuisine, mixing asian influences down under. There are not a a lot of restaurants in Perth that serve Asian inspired breakfast or brunch, so I was looking forward to trying it out.


Taro latte ($4)

To start we decided to try something different and ordered the taro latte. Although it was smooth and creamy, the taro flavour could have been more pronounced.


A.K.A. the egg slut ($14)

When you see a dish on a menu that contains the word “slut” how could you not be intrigued and have a little chuckle to yourself? A slight twist on the classic eggs on toast, it consisted of coddled egg and warm potato cream poached, served with toasted soldiers. The salad on the side was a nice little addition which brought freshness to the dish.


Salted egg & chicken congee (rice gruel) ($14)

Reminiscent of my childhood, I had to try the congee.. my mom always cooked it for me every winter and I have not found one that tasted better. It had all the familiar elements of shredded chicken, chinese donut, coriander and spring onion.. it was just missing a dab of chilli. The congee itself was a good consistency but lacked a bit of flavour.


Eggs benedict with pulled yakinuku beef brisket & housemade hollandaise ($18.50)

Another play on a classic pulled beef brisket, I loved the addition of the yakiniku sauce which coated the beef and added an element of sweetness. The beef was so tender and the poached eggs were cooked perfectly. I also appreciated the generous splash of hollandaise sauce which was enough to cover every bite. This dish was definitely our favourite out of all the mains.

Have I told you by now how much I love matcha? This dish was pretty much the reason I had to come to Pachi Pachi and it definitely did not disappoint. Various elements of matcha were incorporated: matcha ice cream, matcha crumble and matcha sauce to drizzle on top. Paired with sweet red bean and fresh strawberries to balance the slightly bitter edge from the matcha – it was perfect! The egg waffles provided a crispy and chewy textural element and were just delicious. Unlike a lot of other matcha desserts I have tried, this one was definitely packed full of matcha flavour which made me ever so happy!

The term “pachi pachi” is an onomatopoeic Japanese phrase that denotes the sound of hands clapping. A round of applause for having one of the best matcha desserts I have had in Perth, and for successfully incorporating Asian influences in all the dishes.

Pachi Pachi
608 Albany Highway, Victoria Park 6100 WA

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 11am – 2pm,  5pm-9pm
Saturday to Sunday: 8am – 2pm,  5pm-9pm

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The Shorehouse; Date By The Ocean

Before flying off on our belated European honeymoon, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice, celebratory lunch at The Shorehouse. I wanted to go here for the longest time.. and what a great way to temporarily say goodbye to Perth with a beautiful lunch with spectacular views of the picturesque Swanbourne beachfront. After almost a year of planning every little detail of our European itinerary and saving and scrimping every penny to fund our holiday.. we were so close to living our dream. It was definitely time to reward ourselves a little.


The interior of The Shorehouse is upscale beach house chic to perfection. It is light and airy with a sense of freshness and vibrancy. Sea breeze wafts in and out through the open windows of the restaurant, creating the perfect beachside atmosphere.

On offer is a modern Australian menu with a mouth-watering combination of Mediterranean influenced food and seasonal produce. As expected from a beachside venue, the menu is predominantly seafood based.

Since it was a celebratory occasion, we decided to indulge in a little fancy cocktail. We could not go past the Burnt Butter Old Fashioned. A concoction of barre noisette, salted caramel and mole chocolate – it was smooth, buttery, salty and sweet with a strong hit of alcohol.


Fried buttermilk chicken, pickled coleslaw, ricotta salata, yoghurt sauce ($22.50)

Juicy, tender chicken in a golden, crunchy coating, topped with cheese and sauce – YUM! The ricotta salata had a mildly salty, nutty and milky flavor which complimented the tang in the yoghurt sauce. Although the coleslaw was another creamy element, it gave freshness and tartness to the dish. This was an incredibly moorish dish which was just oh-so-good.


Tiger prawn, calamari & tomato broth, chorizitio, fregola, basil pesto ($34.50)

Generous portions of perfectly cooked tiger prawns and calamari were piled on top in all its glory. The fregola soaked up the concentrated tomato broth which was packed full of flavour. Freshness came through from the pieces of sliced tomato and aromatic basil pesto, with a hint of saltiness from the chorizo.


Prawn & crab linguine, saffron, garlic, chilli, pangrattato ($28.50)

There was an abundance of seafood in this dish which was really pleasing to see; plenty of succulent crab pieces and plump prawns in every mouthful. The linguine was cooked perfectly al dante and was ever so silky. A mild heat came from the chilli in the tomato-based sauce, and I loved the crunchy textural element from the addition of the pangrattato. Seemingly humble and simple in appearance, it really was a perfect dish with no faults!

Dessert looked like an abstract piece of artwork on a plate.. and let me tell you, it certainly tasted as good as it looked. The light, airy caramel sponge was the perfect accompaniment to the heavenly smooth coffee cream and the sweet, sticky spheres of poached pear. To balance it all off, the goats cheese sorbet was cool and refreshing. The textures and flavours of this dish were to die for!! We demolished this dessert and scraped every morsel clean.. I wished there was more!


I must admit that the food is a bit pricey, but you are definitely paying for top quality, fresh food which makes it all worth while. The atmosphere and venue are equally good, with beautiful glimpses of the ocean. Service is on the ball with our waitress being attentive but not intrusive, and the food was spaced out well.

All the dishes were absolutely amazing with little to no faults or room for improvement which is a rare thing for me to say. It was such a treat to indulge in plate after plate of deliciousness and leave fully satisfied with our meal. The Shorehouse is definitely a must-try destination that I would highly recommend.. it has left me singing its praises!


The Shorehouse
278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne WA 6010

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 7am – 10pm

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Nomstar Ramen; Nom Nom Slurp Slurp

On a cold winter day, my husband and I were craving something warm and hearty to fill our bellies. It was the perfect weather for ramen so we finally decided to try Nomstar Ramen for lunch.


Exposed brick walls, hanging pendant lights and a huge mural on the wall – the atmosphere is modern and industrial. A simple one page menu made it easy to decide what to order. Each bowl of ramen on the menu contains similar fillings with chashu pork and ajitama egg featuring in each and only a few slight variations in vegetables included.


Pork Gyoza ($7)

For starters, we had the pork gyoza which was absolutely delicious. The dumpling skin was silky smooth with the sides having the perfect amount of char and slight crispness from being pan fried. The filling was stuffed to the brim with pork, with notes of ginger and spring onion and the soy-vinageirette dipping sauce was the perfect accompaniment.


Ryo’s Spicy Miso Ramen ($14)

My choice was easy.. the spicy miso ramen was the clear winner in my eyes. Filled with homemade ramen noodles in a spicy miso broth, topped with chashu pork, ajitama egg, cabbage, sweet corn and toasted seaweed. The broth was thick, rich and hearty and contained a good amount of spice. I loved the addition of sweet corn which provided pops of sweetness. The chashu pork slices just melted in your mouth and the egg was cooked to perfection with the yolk still a little bit wobbly in the centre.


Shio Ramen ($14)

For his bowl of ramen, my husband chose the shio ramen which is a salt-dashi flavoured tonkatsu broth with homemade thin noodle, chashu pork, ajitama egg, cabbage, bamboo shoots and red pickled ginger. I found the broth way too salty for my liking (might I mention, I have a low intolerance for salt as I grew up without it in my home cooked meals).. and had enough after a few spoonfuls. My husband agreed it was a bit too salty, but still finished the whole bowl nevertheless.


Each bowl of ramen is filled with a generous amount of broth. The noodles were cooked perfectly al dante and had great texture and flavour; there really is something special about homemade noodles. However considering the price, I thought the portion size of noodles was slightly on the smaller side compared to other noodle/ramen places. I would have liked to see a whole egg, rather than just half.. and more pieces of chashu pork as the slices were rather thin. But overall, I enjoyed my bowl of ramen.. and you definitely must try the pork gyoza if you visit Nomtar Ramen.

You can find the perfect winter warmer in a rich, hearty bowl of ramen packed full of flavour to fill your belly and warm your soul!

Nomstar Ramen

34/230 Manning Rd, Karawara WA

Opening Hours:
Monday to Sunday: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm to 8pm

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Brooklyn Lounge; Hey Americana

In the heart of Claremont you can find a little slice of Brooklyn. Brooklyn Lounge specialises in North American-style dishes which are served in a hip space with exposed-brick walls and leather couches.

On a Saturday afternoon during peak lunch hour, I was surprised how quiet it was.. but that meant with a group of four, we were seated right away. We each chose a dish to share and the food came out soon after.


Buffalo Wings: Spicy Chicken Wings with a Blue Cheese Sauce ($15)

The buffalo wings were coated in a sticky, tangy sauce and served with a few cucumber batons on the side which provided freshness to the dish. Slightly caramelised skin with juicy, tender chicken inside – the wings were flavoursome and cooked well. However, I didn’t enjoy the blue cheese sauce which was way too pungent for my liking.


Wild Mushroom Arancini, Blue Cheese Sauce & Walnuts ($22)

Coated in a crunchy, golden breadcrumbs filled with risotto and mushroom. Although the risotto was cooked well, I would have liked to see some chunky mushroom pieces inside to elevate the flavours. You can probably tell by now.. I avoided the blue cheese sauce as it overpowered everything else.


Crispy Cut Fries with Parmesan & Truffle Oil ($13)

As promised on the menu, the fries were crispy on the outside with a soft potato interior. Unfortunately, I could not really taste the truffle. It would have been better if the fries were tossed in the parmesan and truffle oil, rather than just sprinkled over the top.


Pear & Walnut with Baby Spinach, Blue Cheese & Balsamic Dressing ($14)

I admit that I am not one to order salad when eating out.. I feel like salad should be left for the mundane regular weekday lunch.. but you can’t choose every single dish when eating with friends. Definitely the only healthy option on the table, it was filled with fresh spinach leaves and slices of sweet pear and the walnuts provided a crunchy element. Again – gave the blue cheese a miss.


S’mores: Choc Chip Cookie Sandwich with Nutella & Marshmallow ($18)

Definitely could not leave without trying the s’mores; layers of rich, decadent choc chip cookies sandwiched with pillowy soft marshmallow, drizzled with nutella. This dessert is one to be shared.. it’s recommended to serve two but we shared amongst four and were all satisfied. I loved that the cookies were soft and chewy, and the addition of peanut butter provided a hint of saltiness to balance it all off.


From the food to the drinks and the decor, everything here nods to the trendy Big Apple borough. If you are craving American-style food, Brooklyn Lounge is worth a try.. even if you do come by only for the dessert!

Brooklyn Lounge
14/22 St Quentin Ave, Claremont WA 6010

Opening Hours:
Tuesday: 11am – 3pm
Wednesday to Thursday: 11am – 12am
Friday to Saturday: 8am – 12am
Sunday: 8am – 10pm

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Layup; A Crackling Brunch Game

Layup is the name, brunch is the game. Brunch is that meal right in between breakfast and lunch; it is the perfect excuse to be able to eat pretty much anything you want. This seems to be the mantra followed by Layup who have a killer all-day brunch menu.

I am usually decisive when it comes to picking dishes.. but there were so many drool-worthy options it proved difficult to only select a few. But you had me at pork crackling


Spiced Fried Chicken, House-Made Pork Crackle, Watermelon & Herb Salad ($22)

Sweet – tick. Salty – tick. Spice – tick. Crackling – double tick. This dish really had it all and was sinfully delicious! Boy, that crackling sure was good and the star of the dish.. you could hear that crunch from miles away! A lot of moreish elements (pork crackling and fried chicken combined in one dish – calories galore), but freshness came through from the juicy watermelon tossed through the herb salad. Only minor thing was that the watermelon could have been sweeter, then it could have been perfect.


Slow Roasted Pork Belly, Miso Caramel, Beetroot Gel, Chargrilled Asparagus ($24)

And.. another pork dish.. with more crackling. Can you tell by now my true love for crackling? The pork belly was so tender and just melted in your mouth. Once again, the crackling on top was on point. Aside from the pork, the hero of this dish would also have to be that miso caramel sauce; so deliciously thick, gooey and sweet. The beetroot gel provided a hint of acidity to balance it all off, and the asparagus made you feel a little bit less guilty.


Brioche Donut Balls, Salted Caramel, Orange Zest Chantilly Cream, Crushed Pistachios, Shaved Chocolate, Candied Citrus ($18)

Of course we had to end it all on a sweet note. There weren’t too many sweet options on the menu.. so we decided to go with the donuts. Being brioche donuts, I expected them to be fluffy and soft.. but in actual fact, they tasted like regular donuts to me. I was also a little bit disappointed there was no filling inside the donuts. Overall, the dish was well balanced and not too sweet.. the rich, velvety salted caramel was cut through by the luscious, zesty orange chantilly cream. And the crushed pistachios were a great textural element.


Three words to describe the amazing brunch at Layup; glutinous but glorious! Brunch game is definitely strong at Layup.. easily one of my new favourite places!


197-199 Brisbane Street, Northbridge WA 6000

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 7am – 4pm

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Cafe 2TwentyFour; Take Me To Wonderland

There is a place where tiny teddies frolic in blue cotton candy clouds, rained upon with sprinkles; Cafe 224 – please take me there!

On a late Sunday morning, Cafe 224 was absolutely packed and buzzing with customers.. there was not an empty table in sight. We waited about ten minutes for a table of four. During the wait, we had studied the menu extensively and pretty much decided what to order.

Upon being seated and placing our order, our drinks arrived very quickly with the food following not long after.


Iced Matcha Latte ($7.00)

I was so tempted to order the iced matcha latte on such a warm day but decided against it. After all, I travelled all the way to Belmont for this one thing in particular………………

Wonderland cappuccino/hot chocolate – ahh, how ridiculously adorable!! I ordered the cappuccino but was mistakenly given the hot chocolate (which was my friend’s order). By the time we sipped our drinks and realised, it was too late.. our fates were already decided.

It was delicious nonetheless with a strong chocolate flavour which had a slightly bitter edge to it. The cotton candy and chocolate tiny teddies were such a novelty and it was rather amusing to watch the cotton candy melt into the hot chocolate, along with the drowning teddies.


Chunky Guacamole on Ciabatta ($16.90)

Smashed avocado, diced tomato, red onion, lemon and seasoning – one of the best guacamoles I have ever tasted! It sounds deceptively simple.. but I was surprised with the punchy flavours of this dish. The creamy avocado was cut through by the pungent onion and zesty lemon. All the flavours were well balanced, with all the elements of this dish complementing each other.


Mushroom Trio ($14.90)

Three types of mushroom served on ciabatta toast, topped with goats cheese and truffle oil. Great textures on this dish, with the sautéed mushrooms still fresh and flavoursome. The soft, crumbly goats cheese and drizzle of truffle oil were the perfect accompaniment to the medley of mushrooms.


Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict ($18.90)

Two poached eggs on a bed of shredded pork, wilted spinach atop ciabatta toast finished off with hollandaise sauce. The pork was well seasoned, soft and tender; just melt-in-your-mouth perfect. It was tossed in a slightly spicy sauce which paired well with the poached eggs. A delicious and hearty dish packed full of flavour.


Nutella Waffles ($16.90)

Waffles drizzled in nutella and sprinkled with crushed hazelnut, garnished with fresh strawberries and vanilla ice-cream. We were impressed with the generous amount of waffles, with the four of us receiving a piece each. Although soft and fluffy inside, the waffle were missing that slight crispness on the outside. I enjoyed the crunch from the hazelnuts.. and you can never go wrong with nutella and ice-cream. Probably could have done with a few more strawberries to provide freshness to the dish.

Heaps of options on the menu with generous portions for a reasonable price. Definitely worth the trip to Belmont.

Cafe 2TwentyFour

224 Belmont Avenue, Belmont WA 6104

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday to Sunday: 7.30am – 3pm

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Night Noodle Markets; The Perfect Evening in Perth

Good Food Month were hosting a competition for the “Perfect Evening In Perth” which consisted of dinner at the Night Noodle Markets, followed by a movie at the Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema. I had been dying to go back to the markets so entered the competition as it was easy enough as tagging a friend you would like to go with. My husband also entered and obviously we tagged each other.. cos that’s what married couples do right?

I will be the first to admit that I enter a ridiculous amount of competitions/giveaways just to try my luck.. who knows maybe today will be my lucky day – or so I keep telling myself.. but I never ever win anything. That statement still holds true.. but to our surprise, my husband was picked as one of the lucky winners – I was ridiculously excited and in pure disbelief!


So on the last day of the Night Noodle Markets, we headed down to Elizabeth Quay. I grabbed a table for the two of us, while my husband went to the information desk to claim our prize. The organisers were running late and we had to wait almost half an hour before we could start buying food.. I was pretty anxious that all the good stuff would be selling out fast. But our luck continued.

We were given six $10 vouchers and a free cup of cider. Winners are grinners; we were pretty stoked with our prize!


Sticky Piggy Bao: Pulled Pork Shoulder, Szechuan Plum Sauce, Asian Slaw ($7)

Lucky Chan’s pulled pork bao was a little bit disappointing. Although the bao was soft and fluffy, the pork was a tad dry and there was barely any sauce.. I couldn’t even taste a hint of the szechuan plum sauce.


Professor Kwok’s Korean Fried Chicken Wings ($10)

Apple Daily‘s juicy, tender chicken wings were finger-lickingly good; I loved the tangy, sweet and sour sticky glaze.


Peking Duck Fries ($15) + Trifecta ($20)

Bao Stop was a favourite amongst the crowd and I could see why with these mouth-watering offerings. A creative twist on the traditional peking duck, replacing the “pancake” wrap with fries was ingenious. Would have loved a little bit more duck and hoisin sauce (or maybe I am just being greedy).

The delectable trio of baos consisted of the following:

  • Pork belly with hoisin sauce, roasted peanuts, fresh coriander, pickled mustard greens and Taiwanese mayonnaise
  • Fried chicken with chilli mayo, carrot and spring onion
  • Pecking duck with hoisin sauce, cucumber and spring onion

Sakura Burger: Ramen Fried Chicken, Sakura Glazed Bun, Japanese Curry Sauce ($15)

Everybody Loves Ramen‘s bun was glazed in an eye-popping pink sakura icing which was a little bit too sweet for my liking. The  juicy, crispy chicken was a perfect match with the Japanese curry and kewpie mayo. A hint of freshness came through from the seaweed salad. It was served in a mini bucket filled with miso butter popcorn.


Chilli Crab Slider: Battered Soft Shell Crab, Egg Chiffon Chilli Sauce, Coriander, Peanut, Chilli, Fried Bao ($14)

Pasar Malam‘s chilli crab slider was definitely our favourite savoury dish of the night. To sum it up, it was deep fried goodness! The soft shell crab had a light, crispy batter and the combination of sweet chilli sauce and peanuts was delicious.. and to top it off, that deep fried bao – YUM!


Strawberry Watermelon Cake: Almond Dacquoise, Fresh Cream, Watermelon, Strawberries, Pistachios & Rose Petals ($9)

One of my food dreams has always been to try Black Star Pastry‘s famed strawberry watermelon cake.. so as soon as I discovered that they were coming to the Night Noodle Markets, I knew I just had to go to cross it off my bucket list. One word to describe the strawberry watermelon cake; heaven! Ethereally light with the perfect amount of sweetness. Words cannot even describe how good it really is.. the flavour combinations and textures are amazing. Oh. My. God. It definitely lives up to its hype and sits up there with one of the best cakes I have ever eaten!

After the feasting was over, we quickly walked over to the Ben & Jerry’s Open Air Cinema to watch Hail, Caesar! Free, unlimited Ben & Jerry’s was served between 4pm to 7pm.. and although we were pretty full from dinner, who is crazy enough to say no to free ice cream?!

Thank you Good Food Month & Perth Open Air Cinema for the Perfect Evening In Perth and an awesome date night!

Restaurant Amusé; Birthday Part II

Every birthday must be celebrated.. be it big or small, a celebration is always necessary. This year I decided to go all out and opted to go to Restaurant Amusé with my husband. We had been once many years ago and were absolutely blown away, so why not give it a second try.

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The menu is a degustation comprising of ten courses over approximately three hours. It changes every month or so according to what produce is in season. As you are seated, a small menu card is placed on the table.. I couldn’t resist peeking at all the dishes before they arrived.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetTo kick things off we started with a small tasting plate of burnt vegetables, dill and salmon floss | pardon pepper and goats cheese | cheddar cheese puff. Everything was simple, delicious and full of flavour.. it definitely got the appetite going.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetTo cleanse our palates we were served tomato, long pepper and sago. It was a soup of tomato served cold which was tangy, light and refreshing.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetAs an accompaniment, each table was supplied with unlimited bread and smoked butter. I am pretty particular with how I like my bread and I have to say this was on point; toasty crust with soft pillowy centre which was served warm, allowing the butter to effortlessly melt into the bread.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetLamb, capers and capsicum. This dish was my favourite amongst all the “mains” as it was packed full of flavour. The lamb was cooked perfectly and melted in your mouth, and I loved the smokey capsicum flavour which a subtle hint of spice.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetPotato, chicken and oyster salt. I found the potatoes to be a bit too firm and the miso broth was rather salty. But that chicken skin though.. so crispy and so good!

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetMarron, cauliflower and bay leaves. The marron was sweet, fresh and tender which contrasted well with the crunch from the sunflower seeds and pine nuts. There was a subtle vinaigrette flavouring through the cauliflower.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetDuck and succotash. A piece of duck accompanied by a mixture of beans and sweet corn. I did not particularly enjoy this dish, I am not a big fan of beans and the duck was a bit too chewy for my liking.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetPork, apple and tomatillos. Maybe it is the Asian genes.. but this dish was like an extremely fancy version of sweet and sour pork. A tender piece of pork accompanied with a tomato-y salsa, and a thin sliver of sweet apple.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetPre-dessert was coconut, peach and buckwheat. It looks deceptively simple but the textures in this dish were amazing; crunchy buckwheat sprinkled with peach sherbet which popped in your mouth, accompanied with smooth coconut sorbet.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetAmusé’s rendition of the humble peanut butter jelly sandwich was deconstructed into peanut butter, cherries and caramel. The peanut butter mousse was glazed with caramel and was decadently rich with a hint of saltiness and paired perfectly with the cherry sorbet and frozen chocolate granita.

Processed with VSCO with e5 presetTo finish it all we were served with mint and pepperberry | chocolate. Warm tea heavily infused with mint and pepperberry, along with chocolate biscuits with a gooey lychee filling.

Priced at $130 per person, I must admit it is very expensive. Along with the hefty price tag, you do get great service and are tentatively looked after by the wait staff, with your glass never being empty. The array of staff were very knowledgeable about not only the dish and how it was prepared, but also the produce and its origins.

I must say, the first time we went the dishes were more creative and innovative.. but that’s the luck of the draw I guess. Definitely worth a try.. at least once in your life.

Restaurant Amusé

64 Bronte Street, East Perth WA 6004

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 6.30pm – 10.30pm

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The Standard; Just A Standard Birthday

Last weekend was my birthday. After you pass a certain age [probably twenty-one for me], you tend to put less emphasis on celebrating another year passing by. I didn’t have much planned for my birthday weekend.. in fact, everyone seemed to be cancelling on me last minute. I didn’t really think much of it and was happy enough to be having a quiet dinner with the husband at The Standard on a Saturday night.

Little did I know, my closest friends had planned a surprise dinner for my birthday. What I thought would be a dinner for two ended up being a dinner for eight. This was the first time in my entire life that any friend(s) had ever planned a surprise for me.. so I was extremely humbled and touched to say the least!

Caribbean Blush: Cachaca, Aperol, Passion Fruit, Prosecco & Lemon Sherbet Garnished with Pineapple Puree & Thyme ($42 for a carafe)

To kick things off, we started with a pretty punch. A tropical, fruity concoction which was deliciously sweet, with a strong hit of alcohol.

Slow Cooked Squid, Green Mango, Mandarin Salad, Cuttlefish Crackers ($16)

Full of flavour, punch and tang, the squid salad was a beautiful little plate. I am usually apprehensive about ordering squid as I find most of the time it is too chewy, but I was glad to be proven wrong. The squid just melted in your mouth and was complemented by the tart green mango and the sweet mandarin and I absolutely loved the cuttlefish crackers.

Beef Brisket, Onion Cream, Daikon, King Oyster Mushroom, Horseradish ($25)

Pairing the incredibly tender beef brisket with onion cream and mushroom was a winner. I liked the subtle flavour of the horseradish coming through, as well as the slight crunch from the daikon. A flavoursome and hearty plate.

Usually, I am not one to blog about dishes I have not personally tried. But in this instance, I could not resist.. everything smelled and looked mouth-wateringly good.. I just had to snap a few photos – it was my birthday after all, and the birthday girl can do as she pleases, right?

Anyways, I don’t know about you.. but before I go to any eatery, I try and find photos of the dishes that catch my attention on the menu before making my decision. Visual appeal plays a big aspect for me.. so here are a few more delicious visuals to drool over.

Yellow Fish & Pineapple Curry, Gooey Rice Balls, Coconut Sambal ($24)

I was absolutely torn with the task of choosing a dish, the yellow fish curry would have easily been my second choice. It was a crowd pleaser, with half the table ordering this dish and everyone coming back with rave reviews.

Potato Salad, Cucumber Pickle, Fried Onion, Egg Yolk & Air Dried Pork ($18)

If all salads looked this good, I’m pretty sure a lot more people would be eating salad more often.

The Standard definitely does not serve just standard food. Honestly, I wish I could have tried every single dish on the menu. But my only real regret was not ordering dessert.

Great food with great company.. what more could I ask for. It was definitely more than just a standard birthday!

The Standard
28 Roe St, Northbridge WA 6003

Opening Hours:
Monday to Thursday: 4pm – 12am
Friday to Saturday: 12pm – 12am
Sunday: 12pm – 10pm

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Little Matcha Girl; Little Girl In A Big World

My love for matcha is one that never fades.. something I never tire of, something that I always look forward to. So when I first discovered a few months ago on Instagram that Little Matcha Girl would be opening its doors, I was extremely excited. I waited for the perfect opportunity to visit as I wanted to avoid the crowds.. I wanted to sit and enjoy my treats, rather than boxing them up and taking them home.

While my husband and I were on wedding leave, we decided it was the perfect opportunity to pay Little Matcha Girl a visit. Coincidentally, it also happened to be his birthday.. you don’t need an excuse to eat cake on your birthday, and anytime is a good time for dessert!

We arrived at about 11am on a Wednesday morning, with only a handful of customers in the store.

The decor is simple, clean and minimalistic with a theme of white and oak. I loved the touch of the paper cranes in shades of green and yellow floating on the ceiling. In a little corner of the shop, there is a shelf stocked with loose leaf Japanese teas, matcha and coffee beans which you can purchase and take home.

Freshly baked pastries welcome you in rows near the entrance, housed in a glass cabinet. The pastries on offer are reflective of signature Japanese flavours, complemented by French culinary techniques.  While the big pastry world of Perth has a long list of amazing contenders, there are only a small handful that specialise in Japanese flavours.. so I could not wait to sample Little Matcha Girl’s offerings.

Iced Matcha Latte ($6)

The Iced Matcha Latte was smooth and slightly bitter, while maintaining a delicate, sweet aftertaste. The matcha flavour was definitely pronounced but still refrained from being overbearing or rich.

Orange-Yuzu Tart: orange & yuzu curd, sweet shortcrust pastry, torched meringue ($8)

Tangy orange-yuzu curd generously topped a crumbling, melt-in-your-mouth shortcrust pastry which was just perfect. The sweetness from the torched meringue balanced the citrus and sourness from the orange-yuzu curd. And the fresh, unique yuzu flavour could still be tasted through the orange notes.

Matcha Éclair: green tea crème pâtissière, choux pastry, roasted rice ($7.50)

What let down the éclair was the choux pastry; the shell was too crunchy and the inner layers of the pastry were a bit stale and chewy. There was also a lack of green tea filling, with only a thin smear within the éclair, thus missing that matcha hit. Although, I did enjoy the addition of the roasted rice providing a textural element to the dish. I guess having high hopes and expectations left me thoroughly disappointed.

Raspberry-Lychee Gâteau: raspberry mousse, lychee gel, vanilla sponge, raspberry crumble, dry meringue ($10.50)

A sweet and sour raspberry mousse layered on top of a slice of cloud-like vanilla sponge, topped with a delicate layer of lychee gel. Although the raspberry mousse was light and airy, the raspberry flavour dominated to the point where I could barely taste any hint of lychee. I did enjoy the amount of sweetness in this dish, and the lightness of the gâteau.

Overall, I was happy with some dishes while being disappointed by others.  There is definitely a niche market in Perth for desserts with a focus on signature Japanese flavours. While I did enjoy the Japanese flavours, I think the flavour combinations need to be perfected and balanced, and the individual elements of each dish needs to be refined and mastered.

Little Matcha Girl is worth a try for anyone who loves Japanese-inspired desserts. I would be interested in going back in a couple of months to see what other exciting, creative things they have in store.

Little Matcha Girl
4/10 Preston street, Como WA 6152

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday: 8am – 3pm
Sunday: 8am – 2pm

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