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Lunch review – Houghton Cafe, Middle Swan

There are many places to eat (and drink) in the Swan Valley, particularly amongst the selection of wineries in the area, although it can be hard to choose where to go – as well as varying quality there can also be vast differences in price from one place to the next. Thankfully the City of Swan is on hand to help, and offers the Swan Valley Food and Wine trail map to help you explore the area – download it here. One relatively mild Sunday summer’s afternoon in February we decided to have lunch at the Houghton’s Winery Café. Given the time of year, we were surprised that there weren’t many people around, although the restaurant itself was quite busy. We had no problems getting a table, however, and you could even order from the restaurant and eat at a picnic table on the grass – a very nice touch. There were…

Breakfast review: New Norcia Bakery & Cafe, Mount Hawthorn

 New Norcia Bakeries produces authentic artisan breads and a wide range of pastries, biscuits and cakes using two wood fired ovens, one of which was installed in 1886 at the Monastery in New Norcia, Australia’s only Monastic town (located 133Km north-east of Perth). The bakeries’ sourdough is acclaimed as amongst the best in the world. Renay recommended that we try the cafe at the bakery in Mount Hawthorn, so we decided to go there for breakfast. Arriving just after 8am on Sunday morning, we were pleased to see that there were a couple of tables still available, however it wasn’t long before there were other potential customers circling. Although the cafe is quite small inside, it has a warm feeling and the staff were very welcoming. There’s a long table (similar to at Mrs S) if you’re dining by yourself and / or it’s busy and you don’t mind eating in close…

Takeaway Review – Marco’s Organic Pizza, Joondanna

According to its website, Marco’s Organic Pizza in Joondanna was the recipient of radio station 6PR’s “Perth’s Best Pizza” award in 2011. Now I’m not sure what makes 6PR pizza experts, but working on the assumption that winning an award is better than not winning one, we decided to give them a try. We ordered two large pizzas & a garlic bread ($34), which we had to go and pick up because they only take cash. I was surprised when I arrived to find the shop full of people waiting for pizzas, which is usually a good sign (unless they’re shouting and / or throwing things). There’s plenty of comfy-looking chairs to sit in, although my order was being packed up just as I walked through the door – I was told 15 minutes and that was pretty much spot on. You can download the menu here – as well…

Dinner Review – The Inglewood Hotel

The restaurant at the Inglewood Hotel has been recommended to me on several occasions, so Renay and I decided to go there for dinner to celebrate the end of my recent house-moving / life-upheaval chaos. Centrally located on Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley, the Inglewood Hotel has two bars, a garden / alfresco area, restaurant, function rooms and a bottle shop – you can see photos of the venue (including the one above) here. We planned on having a three-course meal, and started at the “small plates” section of the menu for entree. We shared the roast pumpkin & feta arancini and pork, apple & sage handmade sausage rolls with cranberry chutney ($12 each). The arancini were a little bland by themselves, although the pumpkin puree was excellent and saved the dish. The sausage rolls were very tasty, especially with the cranberry chutney. The pan fried chorizo, sherry & fresh crusty bread ($10) was also calling to…

Breakfast review – Bellisa Cafe, Bedford

As regular readers will know, going out for breakfast is one of my very favourite things, and was indeed the original inspiration for this blog. Over the last few months I’ve tried quite a few different places and have some new firm favourites (Toast in East Perth and Mrs S in Maylands spring to mind) which I’ll be writing about in due course. This (Sunday) morning, my girlfriend Renay suggested that we try Bellisa Cafe on Walter Road in Bedford, a small but popular place that gets very busy during the day (particularly on weekends) with both sit-down customers and locals grabbing takeaway coffee. Bellisa Cafe is situated on a busy road in the middle of a fairly random group of shops, and at a quick glance you wouldn’t expect it to be anything special. It’s simply but comfortably fitted out, and there is an interesting assortment of giftware and…

Breakfast & Lunch at the Hogs Breath Cafe

I have recently had the opportunity to sample both breakfast and lunch at the Hogs Breath Cafe in Rockingham (and not on the same day, before the accusations start). Breakfast experience 1 I remember seeing a breakfast menu at Hogs Breath in Mandurah a long time ago, however I never had the opportunity to try it so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the Rockingham restaurant serves breakfast 7 days a week from 8:30am. Normally I’d go for the big breakfast, although here it’s steak-based with bacon, cheese, two eggs, sautéed mushrooms, sliced tomato, grilled onions, 3 hash browns, barbecue sauce and toast all for a reasonable $19.95. That wasn’t really grabbing me so I decided to try the scrambled eggs, which came with toast, bacon, two hash browns & barbecue sauce, again for a reasonable $12.95. Other options include pancakes with maple syrup & ice-cream ($6.95) or bananas &…

It’s cake time: Mandurah Bakery & Hot Bread Shop

Independent local bakeries seems to be becoming less common these days, no doubt thanks to the spread of franchises such as Brumby’s and Bakers Delight – not that there’s anything wrong with either of those – but today I’m taking a look at The Mandurah Bakery & Hot Bread shop, a small bakery that is open 7 days a week. It’s a great place to visit for breakfast or lunch, or just to pick up some yummy items to feed the family. When you walk into the bakery there’s plenty to look at – the cabinet full of cakes in front of you, the fresh bread behind the counter, the sandwich bar, the pie & sausage roll cabinet, the bain marie full of tempting hot goodies…now what do I fancy today…? As you can see, there’s plenty of fresh bread to choose from. They also make sandwiches & rolls to order,…