Cafes & Restaurants


The Northbridge Brewing Company’s Chilli Fest returns for 2016!

I’d already had a sneak preview of the Northbridge Brewing Company’s Chilli Fest menu, and yesterday attended the official launch to try some more of the specially created dishes. Items on the menu for the festival include chilli mud crabs, the 18″ heat-seeker sub, pulled pork nachos, monkey bread, buffalo wings and two dessert dishes – a chilli chocolate fondant and deep fried ice cream. Master Brewer Ken has even brewed a special batch of chilli-infused beer to wash it all down. The star of the show is the Trinidad Scorpion chilli, which features in a few dishes and hides among the wagyu sliders if you’re brave enough to take on the Russian Roulette challenge! I’m a fan of the pickled scorpion, but it’s not for beginners 🙂 NBC’s Chilli Fest runs from September 12-18.

Saturday Lunch at Bad Apples Bar, Ardross

Bad Apples Bar is located among the busy group of restaurants and shops around the corner of Riseley Street and Canning Highway in Ardross. Renay and I were recently invited to sample the menu, and went along for lunch on a Saturday. The lengthy, well stocked bar is the main feature of the venue, although the Enomatic Wine System you can see at the back stands out – more on that later. Most of the seating is bar-style, although there are couches scattered about and some more traditional seating outside. The menu is made up of sharing dishes, a selection of pizzas and a few main courses. Shared dishes are mostly around the $10-18 range, pizzas $18-25 and mains $26-28. We decided to try a few dishes from the sharing menu. A no-brainer for me – and what turned out to be my favourite dish of the day – was…