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The 2011 Perth Good Food & Wine Show

Regular readers of this blog will know that the organisers of the Perth Good Food & Wine Show were kind enough to provide me with tickets to attend, plus double passes that were won by two of my lucky readers. I arrived at 9:30am today (Saturday) and was surprised to find a long queue already forming outside, so I grabbed my complimentary copy of The West Australian (thanks for the handy bag, now where can I dispose of this paper?) and joined the line. The doors opened shortly after 10am and in we went. After skilfully avoiding the merchandise stand (and hence the purchase of an ugly trolley full of oven gloves, bags, tea towels and other paraphernalia) I did a quick lap to get my bearings. The first thing that hit me was the sheer variety of exhibitors, and I knew that I was going to have an enjoyable and…

Lunch at Rockpool Bar & Grill, Perth

During 2008 & 2009 I frequently travelled interstate on business and would often eat at Rockpool Bar & Grill when in Melbourne, so like many others I was excited to hear that Perth was getting its very own Rockpool at Burswood Entertainment Complex (Casino). My first visit was a month ago, when I enjoyed the incredible Wagyu Burger (there is no question that this is the best burger in Australia). My second visit was last weekend for lunch. Entering Rockpool is a somewhat intimidating experience, firstly through two huge wooden doors that open into the Burswood reception area, and then down a dimly lit corridor adorned with candles and creepy glimpses of aging beef (or is it customers who couldn’t pay?) to the side. The restaurant itself is quite bright, particularly compared to its Melbourne counterpart. The waiter did her best to sell us some champagne, however my wife favours dessert…

Lunch review: Outback Jacks Bar & Grill, Rockingham

I really miss Lone Star Steak House & Saloon. In my early 20’s I lived just up the road from the Belmont restaurant, and would eat there two or three times a week. The food wasn’t spectacular – although I’m yet to find a better cooked pork chop, or roasted sweet potato with butter and cinnamon sugar – but it was consistent, there was plenty of variety, servings were generous, and there was always a great atmosphere…not to mention the bootscooting waitresses. Since then, when it comes to steak I’ve been spoilt by Coco’s in Perth, frequent visits to Rockpool in Melbourne, and the best steak I’ve ever had, a beautiful ribeye at The Old Brewery. That being said, I’ve been eagerly awaiting the opening of Outback Jacks’ new restaurant in Rockingham. Outback Jacks’ menu is extensive and includes most cuts of steak known to man as well as a decent…

Breakfast review: Stones Pizza & Cafe, Canning Vale

My breakfast reviewing has slowed down lately because I’m getting tired of drinking awful coffee and eating the same foods prepared to varying degrees of mediocrity from week to week. That being said, it was with some delight that I stumbled across Stones Pizza & Cafe in Canning Vale where I had one of the most enjoyable and interesting breakfasts in a long time. Stones has stores in North Perth & Canning Vale and is best known for its pizza which I haven’t had the opportunity to try, but based on the awards they’ve received they must be doing something right – indeed, the West Australian Good Food Guide 2011 places them at the top of its “five of the best” pizza list. You can see their full pizza menu here – the cajun chicken (with sweet potato, black bean, red onion, capsicum, jalapenos and sweetcorn) sounds fabulous. The Canning Vale…

Win tickets to the Perth Good Food & Wine Show

Good Food & Wine Show is back again in 2011, and visits the big ugly shed Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from July 15 to 17.  This event gets bigger and better every year, and is an absolute must for anyone who loves food & wine. I will certainly be taking my shiny tasting fork, trousers with an elasticated waist and an assistant to carry all of the autographed cookbooks and MasterChef Australia branded paraphernalia that I will no doubt purchase. So what can you expect from the show? Quote the official blurb: “This year attendees can succumb to their senses as they  explore, indulge and sample good food, acclaimed local produce, enticing chocolates, luscious cheeses, and of course, award-winning Western Australian wines. With over 150 exhibitors it’s an epicureans delight.” What could be better? There ‘s plenty of entertainment on offer as well as the opportunity to get hands-on, including: The 750-seat live Fisher & Paykel…

A spot of lunch: Catch 22 Restaurant, Mandurah

My offsider Dave and I had some things to discuss and we were in need of some fresh air, so we escaped from our office at lunch time and headed around the corner to Dolphin Quay for a quick lunch at Catch 22 Restaurant. Catch 22 is situated next door to Cafe Moka and is one of several places to eat at Dolphin Quay. Catch 22’s menu features a variety of entrees including scallops topped with pancetta chips ($18), corn fritters with poached pears and mozzarella ($16), spiced baby calamari ($16.50) and spicy chicken drummets ($16.50). Main courses include fish & chips ($24), barbecue beef ribs ($29), pork & jumbo shrimp risotto ($28.50), duck breast with plum chocolate and port reduction ($34.50) and sirloin steak with mustard herb mash, brocollini, fire roasted capsicum, onion jam and a brown sugar & bacon emulsion ($36). Side dishes and salads are available, as is…