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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…

Lunch Review: V Burger Bar, Victoria Park

Okay, I know I’ve been on record moaning about how difficult it is to get a good burger in Australia (particularly Perth). Of course I know that quality options are available – I have been to Jus Burger – but every time I go past there it’s packed to the rafters and so quality tends to become inaccessible on a casual basis. I recently picked up The West Australian’s “Good Food Guide 2011” ($19.95 from newsagents) and was pleasantly surprised to see a “best burgers” category. I wasn’t surprised to see Alfred’s Kitchen in Guildford (an essential stop on the way home from visiting friends in that area who liked to dine on the cheap and had small appetites) and The Burger Bistro in Shafto Lane, which I’ve walked past on several occasions but have never tried because it’s always full, like Jus Burgers. New to me was V Burger…

Quick Dinner Review: Grand Indian Flavours

Now that Indian food has a firm place in the Australian palate, Indian restaurants and takeaway establishments seem to be popping up all over the place. I noticed the Rockingham store of local franchise Grand Indian Flavours preparing to open a few weeks ago, and tonight I took the plunge. I’ve been particularly keen on this store opening as it’s a few doors down from Nick’s Place, definitely the best kebab establishment in the area, and a favourite of my wife’s. I enjoy a good kebab, but would usually rather have a curry or Chinese takeaway. Tonight I was able to please both of us, and that’s never a bad thing. I’ve always felt there are two kinds of curry you get when eating out: “restaurant” curry and “food hall” curry, the latter being generally served from a bain-marie and distinguishable only by how much they burn your throat, regardless…

Just a quickie – Bellisimo Ristorante Pizzeria, Rockingham

Heading home on a wet Monday after a morning of job interviews, I decided to stop for a quick bite to eat. Fancying pasta, I decided  try Bellisimo Ristorante Pizzeria on the Rockingham beach front. I had an enjoyable family dinner there a few years ago so expected to have a nice lunch. There was only a couple of others dining in the restaurant so I had the pick of the tables, although the smallest set was for four. The very friendly waitress proceeded to clear the other three places from my table, and kept doing so even after I told her not to bother because I wasn’t going to be there long. A nice touch. I wasn’t feeling overly adventurous so decided to give the lasagna a go – although you could argue that it’s always an adventurous choice in this town. I was introduced to lasagna as a…