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A Winter Evening of Chocolate at Koko Black, Claremont

After a busy few weeks moving house, Renay surprised me with tickets to Koko Black’s annual dessert degustation evening, which promised us a “journey of discovery” with four deconstructed desserts, each based on a popular Koko Black truffle. This event sold out quickly – as were the other events held around the country – and tonight there was about 40 guests. Each course was introduced throughout the evening by Executive Chocolatier Grant Inches and Head Pastry Chef Adam Tippins, who were very approachable and genuinely interested in our feedback. The first course was based on the Aurelia Champagne Truffle, which is a white chocolate ganache infused with Marc de Champagne, a liqueur made from the skins of champagne grapes. The dessert started the evening on a very boozy note and featured a white Cream de Cacao and Marc de Champagne granita spritzed with sparkling white wine and served with a…

Lunch from the Cuban Sandwich Co.

I work on the outer edge of the Perth CBD (near the Arena) and there’s not a great variety nearby when you want to grab a quick lunch to eat at your desk, so I was excited to see a tweet from The Cuban Sandwich Co. (@cubansandwichco) announcing that their food truck was going to be on Murray Street (outside the Sony Centre) for lunch today. The Cuban Sandwich Co. is a Perth-based food truck that sells Caribbean pulled pork sandwiches at events, markets, festivals etc – read more about them here. I was surprised to learn from Justin – one of the company’s owners – that they’re not really made welcome in the CBD because of other food businesses, which I think is a real shame – competition inspires excellence, guys! In saying that, Justin tweeted at 12:18pm that he’d sold out so lack of demand doesn’t seem to…

A spot of lunch at Sayers Sister, Northbridge

It’s no secret that Sayers in Leederville and Sayers Sister in Northbridge are two of the best places in Perth for breakfast. The ever-changing menus are always full of unique items that are reasonably priced and generous in size…and the coffee is excellent too. The early breakfast crowds at Sayers Sister seem to have dropped off a little lately, maybe they’re all going to Gordon Street Garage..? Anyway, today we decided to see what was on offer at lunch. I went for the Ploughman’s Lunch ($22) with ham, brie, vintage cheddar, pickled vegetables and some dense but very tasty bread. This was a very nice combination of quality items, and a solid serving for lunch. Renay had the gnocchi with chorizo, rocket, tomatoes, pesto & parmesan ($25) which she really enjoyed. Speaking of breakfast, here’s what the full breakfast looks like – sourdough toast, beautiful scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, a pot…

Lunch at The Merrywell, Crown Perth

I’ve been very keen to eat at The Merrywell at Crown Perth since it opened, and regular readers will know that the kind of food served there – “dude food” as they call it – is right up my street. We’ve waited so long to go there as Renay and I are not big fans of crowds, and today (Monday) on a day off together we decided to give it a go. (It’s for this reason that we are yet to venture towards Jamie’s Italian, but that is moving close to the top of the agenda…) Arriving at around 1pm, I’d say the restaurant was only around one third full so there were plenty of tables to choose from inside and out. The first thing that you notice is the size of the place, and I can imagine it being very loud and intimidating when full to the brim. We…

High Tea review: Ramon’s at Willow Pond, Canning Vale

Having lived in and around Canning Vale for quite a few years I’ve been to Ramon’s at Willow Pond several times. Despite the beautiful setting it has struggled with its food, which has been overpriced in comparison with Kelly’s Cafe not far away and even the nearby competition (and I use the word loosely) Nicholsons and The Last Drop. I’ve had breakfast, lunch and dinner there over the years, and was recently drawn back by its introduction of high tea. There’s plenty of places around Perth to have high tea at the moment – over the last few months I’ve been to The Hyatt and The George. You can check out Ramon’s full menu here – you’ll notice the high teas right at the top, including an Asian version which is presumably their attempt to cash in on dim sum. The English high tea costs a very reasonable $26 per person…

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,…

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…