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Chi Restaurant, Victoria Park

It’s been awhile since we found the time to make something special, or cook for that matter! I’ve been in and out of Perth again in the last weekend, so that threw any inclinations to cook or bake out of the window! Our routine has also been a bit topsy turvy lately and my poor hubby had to fend for himself because there was no one to cook for him!

Anyhow, it explains why we’ve been eating out a lot!

Chi Restaurant is another one of those restaurants which we frequent, especially when we’re in the area and in the mood for EasyWay Bubble Tea. We decided to go to Chi after a game of squash, and also because we have a few vouchers to use there. Yes, the asians in us are out in full force that week, trying desperately to use up the Entertainment Book Vouchers!

Just a note to remember to book ahead with Chi (especially at night), because they few times that we tried going there without a booking, we had to be turned away. Having said that, we were quite surprised when we did make a booking for lunch for 1pm on a Saturday, the restaurant was quite empty.

There were 7 of us that day, and we were quite hungry after that game so we ordered 5 dishes. There’s a formula that we used to use to work out how many dishes to order in a Chinese Restaurant that would be enough to share around the table, but for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was! But this is a little snapshot of our orders…and I had no complaints about any of them – they tasted great.

Our orders:

1. Spinach with Century Egg and Salted Fish

Spinach with Salted Fish and Century Egg Chi Restaurant Victoria Park

2. Golden Spicy Pork Ribs

Golden Spicy Pork Ribs (Chi Restaurant Victoria Park)

4. Combination Seafood with Tofu Hotpot

Our token hotpot dish – we always tend to order these when we dine in chinese restaurants – maybe because of the asian in us who will try to combine as many things as possible in one dish, therefore making it more value for money! In this hotpot we have servings of seafood, tofu and seasonal vegetables, all cooked in a tasty sauce which you can eat with rice alone..

Seafood Combination Hotpot Chi Restaurant Victoria Park

5. Chilli Pepper Tofu

The whole chilli pepper ordering craze for us, I think, started here in Perth – I don’t think I have ever ordered anything back home that is chilli pepper! It’s yummy though and I think you can’t go wrong with chilli pepper anything – chicken, pork, squid! Crunchy, salty, slightly spicy on the outside and juicy on the inside – mark of a good chilli pepper dish..yumm

Chilli Pepper Tofu Chi Restaurant, Victoria Park

5. Steamed Herbal Chicken

Oops..I think I forgot to take this dish! But anyway, when we first ordered this dish, we thought that it would come in a form of a “paper bag” where the chicken will be cooked. But it was steamed chicken with a herbal sauce (which was quite nice) – the chicken was cooked well and it was tender..just the way I like it!

Overall, our experiences at Chi Restaurant have always been positive (unlike its’ Perth City counterpart which I hear has closed down). The waitstaff have been friendly and the food has always been prompt and delicious and with our vouchers in hand, we will be sure to come back for more!

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Posted by on June 13, 2011 in Perth Eateries, Victoria Park

 

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Ohnamiya (Applecross)

Apologies for neglecting the blog! I have been away for about a week in the land of culinary delights – aka Melbourne 🙂 So I have been busy working, eating and obviously, not much blogging…but here I am! Since I have been away, I obviously haven’t been baking/cooking very much – so stay tuned for Sammy’s chronicles because she has been cooking up a storm lately!

We have also been eating out quite a bit because it is MAY 2011 which heralds the end of the Entertainment Book 2010-2011!! If you have one sitting pretty on your bookshelf, and if you’re kiasu and Asian like us, it’s time to dust it off and tear out all the ones that you want to use because you have exactly one more week to use it!!

Which is what we’ve been doing 😛 We’ve been busy tearing out coupons and using the ones that we have somehow saved until the last minute. Ohnamiya was one of the places that we often frequent, but somehow never used the voucher…hmm, we need to stop hoarding our vouchers and actually use them!!

A few of us went to Ohnamiya on Friday (yes, in the pouring rain!). Ohnamiya Japanese is located in Applecross and can be quite unassuming. Walking in, you can choose to either order at the counter for takeaway or be seated to be served (make sure you have your whole party!) and you can choose from a range of basic Japanese food (Katsu, Teriyaki, Karaage etc) set out in different boxes (Bento box, Rice box, Sushi Rice box, Salad etc). We often come here for cheap, quick and good dinners and I like the variety that they have. Also, we get great service from a team of very polite staff which doesn’t hurt as well! 🙂

So, I ordered Chicken Karaage in a Rice Box (comes with a side of salad and pickles), I liked it- one of the better ones I’ve tasted, chicken was tasty, the batter was crispy and goes so well with the rice – I especially love the toppings on the rice!!

Ohnamiya Chicken Karaage in Rice Box

The others ordered Prawn Katsu (and I can’t remember what Deb ordered!) both in a Sushi Rice Box, also came with sides of salad and pickles. Deb says she loves the sushi rice – and that definitely says something!!

Ohnamiya Japanese Prawn Katsu in Sushi Rice Box

Esthey also ordered Salmon sashimi which was nice and fresh – if only it was a little bit thicker! But I remember that the wasabi was really good 🙂

Ohnamiya Salmon Sashimi

Once again, Ohnamiya didn’t disappoint and there is a reason why we always come back here. With the Entertainment Voucher (which gives you 50% off the total bill up to a value of $6.00) we saved some money too! Thinking back, with the howling wind and the weather outside, it would have been good to have an udon instead…oh well! I’m sure we’ll be back, and I think I know what my next order will be!

*All credits of the photographs go to Deb*

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Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Applecross, Perth Eateries

 

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Jus Burgers, Subiaco

Many other blogs have written about Jus Burgers in Subi, Northbridge and Leederville – so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel here – but just letting you know what we think is GREAT in Jus Burgers 🙂

I think our group of friends are frequent diners of Jus Burgers (especially the one in Subi) – mainly because of the distance to church and also how it instantly hits the spot of any onion ring cravings 🙂

Jus Burgers has quite an extensive menu and drinks that are made on the spot. I’m thankful for the Grommit sized burgers (smaller in size and comes with a side of chips) because I’m always too full after eating a normal sized burger. But that’s just me and hubby wallops the whole burger without thinking much about it :p

We’ve tried quite a few burgers but I always return to the Wagyu Beef burger (with Wasabi Mayo). It’s me and hubby’s favourite!! The beef pattie is cooked to perfection and paired with the hint of Wasabi – tasted soo good. The other burgers are not much to shout about however.

Jus Burgers Wagyu Burger

If you DO want to shout about something involving Jus burgers – it’s their onion rings with aioli!!!

Jus Burgers Onion Rings with Aioli

The batter is crunchy, the onions are sweet and tender. And when you eat it with the aioli it’s a match made in heaven!! Ok, not quite but I’m craving them big time now!! So next time when you’re there don’t bother with the chips, go straight to the onion rings!!! 

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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Perth Eateries, Subiaco

 

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Orange & Poppyseed muffins.. because toast for brekky gets boring!

We tend to get bored of eating toast or cereal for breakfast every morning, so sometimes I go looking for something yummy to bake so we can keep it for breakfast the following day(s). Sometimes we get frozen mantous or rice rolls (chee cheong fun) from the oriental shop to create some variety as well.

But last weekend, we visited the Subi Station St markets for our weekly fruit & veg shop, and jie went to pick up some veggie chips (of which she has an upsetting story to tell) as well as some poppyseeds.

I’ve never seen poppyseeds until I came to Australia, and they would typically be paired with lemon in a muffin/cake. It doesn’t add much flavour or smell, but it is visually appealing, and adds a bit of texture -sometimes you might bite into a seed when chowing down the muffin/cake.

So since we had them, I decided to hunt down a recipe to use them in. Off i went to Dr. G again.. oh what would I have done if the internet wasn’t around? (probably not writing this post.. but I digress!) And I found this orange and poppyseed muffin recipe from taste.com.au (they have some great recipes there! I’ve used them a few times for dinner ideas before)

Muffins have got to be the easiest thing ever to bake! No gentle folding, or creaming butter and sugar, or need for fancy-schmancy cake mixers. Just measure out the ingredients, put them in a bowl, give it a good stir with a wooden spoon (or spatula, whichever you fancy!), and put them into lined/greased muffin pans! even Becks (our younger sister) should be able to do it! 😛

So thats basically what I did. Measured the ingredients according to the recipe, and about an hour later (taking into account the prep & baking time) we had fresh, hot and fluffy orange and poppyseed muffins ready to be devoured! *lip-licking smiley* (someone sholud create one!)

Orange and poppyseed muffins

 
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Posted by on April 21, 2011 in Cakes/Muffins, Perth Eateries, Snacks

 

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Rendezvous Hotel Perth

Disclaimer: All pictures were taken by my iPhone so I apologize for any graininess, or if the food doesn’t look too appetizing! 😛 Once again, the resident photographer is still out of town!

 

Hubby and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary last month (woohoo! two years of bliss!) with a bunch of friends down south. It’s probably not a typical way of spending your anniversary, but what better way than to share it with friends that you consider family right?

Well, we didn’t actually plan it that way to be honest! We wanted to use a voucher that we bought from Scoopon that gave us a night’s stay at the Rendezvous Hotel with champagne, dinner and breakfast included but because they were booked out for our anniversary weekend, we had to postpone it. We finally used the voucher last Saturday,  which worked out well because it was a weekend away with just the two of us before hubby got sent off to Mission Week for 5 days where we have to do the whole long distance relationship thing again! (sobs!)…brings back not-so-good memories.

But anyway, the day started off in Claremont Quarter area , so we had lunch there and of course we HAD to drop by for more Koko Black 🙂 where we shared a delicious chocolate mousse martini. But more of that in another post to come 🙂

We checked into Rendezvous Hotel and Observation City at about 2pm in the afternoon. The concierge there were excellent and were so willing to help with my 1 tiny overnight bag 😛 and check-in was a breeze (also the state of the lobby area!).

Perth Beach Scarborough Sky Sea and Sand view

Our room was on the 17th floor and had a fantastic view of the ocean and the beach and their Cascade Pool and Bar, and we had champagne chilling in the fridge as well (which was part of the deal).

Rendezvous Hotel Perth Bar Cascade Pool

The hotel was a stone throw away from Scarborough Beach, so we decided to take a stroll down the beach. Even though it was a fine day, it was really windy so the “No swimming” signs were up that day, which was a bit of a shame but there were still surfers there enjoying the waves.

I reckon Perth has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – blue skies, soft sand, clean and the inviting waters of the sea! There’s just something about the sea and the waves crashing that just calms everything down…

Sand Sun beach Scarborough Beach Perth

We managed to get back to our hotel room and watch the sunset, which was literally breathtaking 🙂 Hubby had a field day clicking away on his camera taking pictures of the sea and the sky as it changes colours. It was so pretty and a perfect way to end the day. I will try and post some pictures from his camera when I actually get my hands on it!

sunset beach scarborough beach perth

Then, it was dinnertime! We were starving by now and since we had a voucher to dine at the Pines Grand Carvery and Buffet (Dinner – $36 per person), we decided to give it a go (even though I’ve been there a few times for lunch and I remembered that the food wasn’t too impressive). We were ushered into our seats straightaway and a very nice waitress came and explained where everything was, told us of the wine special to go together with the buffet, and gave us a bottle of water to start off with, which I thought was a nice touch.

There were basically 3 sections to their buffet – the colds or starters, the hot foods and dessert. My first impression was that the selection wasn’t huge but there were a lot of people that night, so there was a constant flow of food. There were a combination of hits and misses with regards to their food – I started off with soup; it was chicken and noodle soup, doesn’t look that great, but tastes good! It reminds me of the soups that I drink at home, I wanted to go back for more, but knowing me and my small tummy capacity, I didn’t want to waste space. 😛

Chicken Noodle Soup Rendezvous Hotel Perth

The salads were alright, nothing to shout about…prawns were fresh and cooked just right.

Pines Restaurant Buffet Roasts Mashed Potato Hot Foods

I liked the roast beef and mashed potato (especially the mash! It was smooth and creamy, very buttery)…

Rendezvous Hotel Pines Carvery Roasts and Mashed Potato Buffet

I was a little let down by the other hot foods, the crumbed fish was a little soggy, the cream sauce ravioli was ok and the lamb shanks, whilst it was tender, still had that game-y taste which really didn’t do much for me. I think it was a preference thing though because a couple who sat beside us polished it up clean!

Lamb Shank ravioli Rendezvous Hotel Perth Pines Restaurant Buffet

With desserts, they had a range of cakes which tasted pretty good. I just wished I had the tummy space to fit them all in! There was chocolate cake, passionfruit cheesecake, brownies and a selection of fruits. The brownie and the passionfruit cheesecake was a standout I thought and I wouldn’t have minded going for more if I could!

Passionfruit Cheesecake and Brownie Rendezvous Hotel Perth Buffet Desserts

As a whole, the buffet was not too bad, but the food didn’t have a great selection, neither did it have the quality (with misses more than hits!), if only they improved the taste of their foods – I think that the dining experience will be quite pleasant, especially with the view and the delightful waitstaff!

We were also given breakfasts for 2 the next day and I was delighted to find that there was a hot breakfast included as well due to past experiences of being served only continental (cold) breakfast. My plate of hot foods had scrambled eggs (good!), bacon (a bit cold), tomatoes (a bit soggy), mushrooms (I preferred fresh ones), hash browns (excellent! fried to perfection) and sausages (yummy! I think they were chipolatas). Hubby took the fried eggs but complained that they were cold and a bit rubbery. They also had a coffee machine which you could select which type of coffee you wanted and even provided guests with little takeaway cups if you wanted to do that. There was a range of fruit juices and different types of cereal (which I thought wasted space in my tummy and therefore didn’t take any), so I went for the danishes instead. It was yummmy! I wished they were a little bit heated up, then it would have been perfect.

Perth Rendezvous Hotel Breakfast Buffet

Once again, there were some hits and misses for their breakfast buffet, but overall a positive dining experience because of the atmosphere and the smiling waitresses even at 8 in the morning! I liked Rendezvous Hotel quite a bit – even though it’s a bit older than the flashier hotels in Perth, it’s in a great location with great staff making their guests feel comfortable and well looked after. I would go there again if I had the chance, but I probably wouldn’t dine there, we just might try out the local restaurants in the area…or splurge out at Hippo Creek! 🙂

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Posted by on April 12, 2011 in Breakfast, Perth Eateries, Scarborough

 

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It’s Finally Here!! Koko Black & Grill’d @ Claremont Quarter

We love our food a lot! And one of the reasons we love going to Melbourne is the yummy and wide array of food! One of our Melbourne finds is the chocolate boutique (?) I think they call themselves a “chocolate salon”, is Koko Black. Imagine our excitement and delight when we found out they were opening here! In Perth!! Even Canberra got theirs’ before we did 😦 Anyway, we set the day we would pay a visit and satisfy our Koko Black craving.

We found out that there was a Grill’d next to it, so we hatched a plan to head there for dinner after our usual Saturday night church service for dinner and then head over to Koko black for dessert.. awesome plan! 😀

Grill’d is one of the many burger franchises that have popped up in the recent years. Also another franchise that has recently made its way over from over East. They make really good burgers, from beef, to chicken, to lamb, to veggie burgers. We’ve had it on a few ocassions and have never been disappointed.

Grilld Claremont burger menu boards

The menu boards

Our burger choice for this trip was the Baa Baa Burger. We decided to share the burger because we knew we had to fit lots in out tummies that day! The burger was made from lamb mince, accompanied by salad, relish, avocado (yumm!), tasty cheese and their yummy herb mayo, all sandwiched in a panini bun. It was one awesome burger and fully satisfying.

We also go to Grill’d for their fat-cut chips, seasoned with sea salt and rosemary. They also sell dipping sauces to go with these. They have 3 choices of herbed mayo, tomato relish and sweet chilli mayo. The chips are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, and the sea salt & rosemary seasoning makes it that extra bit special compared to your other burger joint chips.

Grilled chips with seas salt & rosemary

After dinner, we head over to Koko Black which is just opposite. The decor inside is contemporary, whimsical and very pretty. A glass-window panel in the shopfront, where you are greeted with an array of chocolate bunnies and eggs (easter is near y’know), to the large display cabinet of chocolates, We head in and there are table and chairs (with plenty more on the outside). I love the illustration on the wall that runs throughout the main walls of the shop, and its complemented by black wood panes and panelling, very tastefully done I must say!

Koko Black chocolate Perth Claremont

So we sit ourselves down and have a look at what’s on the menu, and there’s just so many chocolate-related things to choose from. We usually have the Ice Chocolate here which is yummy (it doesn’t JUST taste like chocolate milk) its rich and choclatey and oh so sinful! (There’s no pic just cos we were too excited to drink it before the camera had a chance! :D)

Koko black chocolate ice-crem Perth Claremont

A must try is also the Chocolate Moelleux with a Raspberry Espuma. Its served warm with a crisp outside and has a thick, gooey centre the raspberry espuma (foam) gives it a bit of acidity to cut through the richness.

Koko Black Chocolate fondant molten

We also tried the Mocha Tart which was really yummy as well. The Chocolate ganache filling wasn’t too sweet, and I love the crunchy coffee-bean bits that were served with it.

Koko Black Mocha Tart Perth Claremont

Other items on the menu we tried included the Panna Cotta, which was served in a small shot-glass. They have an array of petit pastries displayed in a glass cabinet you can choose from. They also sell 2 Perth exclusive chocolates – Stout Caramel, featuring Little Creatures’ Single Batch Oatmeal Stout and also the Truffle Caramel, with truffles from Manjimup being the key ingredient. They also have an array of beverage like Hot Chocolate, Affogato, and also St Ali’s (Melbourne) Coffee.

Koko Black Chocolate Perth Claremont Menu

Anti-clockwise from left: Panna Cotta, Belgian Hot Chocolate, Stout & Truffle Caramel Chocolates

All in all it was a great night and our tummies are now fully satisfied. Best of all is we don’t need to wait for months to get out Koko Black fix, or travel 3hrs by plane for it either! 🙂

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Posted by on April 4, 2011 in Claremont, Perth Eateries

 

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You never know until you give it a go!

Back when we were students, eating out was quite the luxury, and our choices were very often limited by our budgets. So, we end up going to the usual places, knowing that we can get decent food at good prices. Ten Ten Kitchen in Vic Park was one of the chinese restaurants we used to visit, but stopped after a while because of their non-existent customer service. We had our plates thrown at us, and very unhappy looking waitstaff and boss, so we had boycotted them for several years now.

Recently, with the renos going on at Karawara and the injection of many eateries, we chanced upon Ten Ten Kitchen.. looks like they’ve branched out! It had been “trendified”, with good lighting and modern decor.. very inviting indeed! So we decided to give it a go, to see if visiting them was worth a shot.

Ten-Ten-House-Review Chinese Restaurantthe sign that greeted us

So we sat down, and had a look at the menu. All the dishes we averagely priced (around the $15-$20 mark), and there was quite a bit to choose from as well, I saw the Sambal Fried Runner Beans and decided we should try that.

Sambal-fried-runner-beans Long-beans chilli

It was really good. With just the right amount of chilli and crispy salty bits! And the beans were nice and soft, not too soggy or crunchy. It was yummylicious! And something different from our usual Sambal Kangkung or Kailan in Oyster Sauce.

We also ordered the Sizzling Japanese Tofu, one of the usual dishes we order at a chinese restaurant, along with Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs. Both dishes were good. The Sizzling Tofu had chunky bits of meat in it, and the sauce (you know we LOVE our sauce) was good for smothering our rice in! 😀

sizzling-tofu bean curd japanese-bean-curd Random side note: I just noticed the carrot in the middle looks a bit like a butterfly!

The Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs were good too! We usually go to Happy Meals in Vic Park for our Chilli Pepper Spare Ribs fix, but I think this one tastes just as good too! The pork was still tender, with a crispy outside, and the chilli, garlic and spring onions it is fried with rounds it off nicely!

Chilli-pepper-spare-ribs pork

We also had the Assam fish, which was the least stellar of the dishes we had. I was expecting a rich, red sauce, but was disappointed with the yellowy gravy we were presented with 😦 It was tasty, but the fish was a bit rubbery (not soft and flakey), so we probably wouldn’t be having it again.

Although the food was good, and the atmosphere was pleasant, the service was not fantastic. Although not as bad as what we had experienced in the past, we had to repeat our order to the waitress a few times, and also our tub of rice got thrown onto our table, with no apology from the waitress, who went on to serve another table (!!). The people in the table next to us were quite taken aback as well, we were like.. what the?? But yes, with the perpetually-in-a-bad-mood lady boss not there, we might venture back there.

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The serving sizes were a bit small, and we felt like some dessert. We were contemplating making a visit to the newly opened Koko Black, but it was a bit of a drive away, so we popped into Gelare, which was just next door. It wasn’t half-price waffle day, and we forgot our voucher, so we had to pay full price! (horror! :P) We had the waffles with Jamaican Chocolate and Honey Malt Crunch. The waffles were really good – golden and crispy.. just the way I like it! And the Honey Malt Crunch, even though not my usual Gelare flavour, was quite good too!

waffle ice-cream gelare

Jamaican Chocolate in the foreground; Honey Malt Crunch in the background

What a great way to end the night with good company! And I thought I would end with this video for you to enjoy! (especially you Deb! :D)

 

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2011 in Karawara, Perth Eateries

 

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