It’s not been too long since my last visit - but I cannot rave enough about the beer garden at The Rose and Crown Hotel in Guildford. If you’ve never been, do yourself a favour and go and have a lazy afternoon in the sun dappled garden. The historic hotel, has been beautifully restored, inside and out. I spent a Saturday Lunchtime there, with my work besties (Kez and Kimee) after a pamper morning. It was the perfect place to continue our relaxed vibe.
Caesar Salad – bacon, anchovy dressing, shaved parmesan, eggs, croutons and wood fired chicken
Sweet Potato Gnocci $28 - Pan fried, porcini mushrooms, spinach & parmesan cream sauce (This was mine and I thought it was delicious!)
Salt n pepper squid $16
We all enjoyed our lunch. For the most part, a lot of what’s on the menu is standard pub fare. Every time I’ve been (about 5 times now) it’s all been of very good quality and flavour. Which is why I’ll be back another 5 times… and probably some more!
For more on the R&C, here’s the link to my last post»> http://thechefhiswifeperth.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/rose-crown/
What a stunning day it was for drinkies and nibbles at The Breakwater. There were 10 of us celebrating Mrs G’s birthday and Reid’s Lounge was a fantastic location. We sat on the balcony, overlooking Hillary’s Boat Harbour.
Reid’s is a little more sophisticated than the downstairs bar and has an extensive to share/tapas menu. We had;
* Antipasto plate Turkish bread, kalamata olives, sun-dried tomato pesto, cured meats, capel cheddar, pickles & mustard $32
* Salt n Pepper Squid $15
The nibbles were complimented by a lovely glass of sparking rose. I was impressed by the bar staff – they seemed very knowledgeable when I was chatting to a barman about champagne. And when he realised the glass of bubbly he poured wasn’t “bubbly” enough; he opened another bottle for me. I’m so glad he did, as it was a great drop.
It was an excellent way to spend a couple of lazy Sunday hours. Thanks Mr & Mrs G :) :)
The last time I dined at the Atrium, it wasn’t the enjoyable experience I’d hoped for! Bistro Guillaume was still being fitted out and we literary had a jack hammer going throughout our whole lunch. Thankfully, it seems most of the stunning transformation of Crown Perth has now been completed. Our lunch this time was a little noisy, thought that just came from our fellow cheery diners.
There are a couple of different areas to sit; we sat in the room overlooking the Crown Metropol’s stunning Vegas-style pool area. It’s a very elegant dining room, for an all-you–can-eat buffet. It’s popular with groups of people, as it’s easy to please everyone and it can get very busy at times.
The Atrium buffet is immense. There are several different sections, seafood, salads & deli, Asian and traditional carvary. For me, someone that loves to try a bit of this and a bit of that, I was literally like a kid in a candy store.
I had; Beef Curry, Biriyani, roti, steamed dumplings, Asian greens, Peking duck (yum!!), samosas, roast root vegetables, roast pork, salmon w béarnaise sauce, Yorkshire pudding, crumbed fish – I’m sure I’ve forgotten some too! As it’s a very busy restaurant, there is a high turnover of dishes and everything is always super fresh and hot.
The dessert section is a treat. From freshly made waffles, many mini-desserts, lollies, ice-cream, slices and fruit breads; if you weren’t already full, you will be bursting after eating some of this! I had a selection of mini desserts, Pecan Pie, a berry cheesecake, mousse etc They were fantastic.
The Atrium buffet is arguably the best in town. The only other that could seriously rival it, is Café at the Hyatt. We dined at lunchtime (midweek) which at $39.50pp, is much cheaper than dinner times ($65/$75 depending on which night). Whatever your favourite food; something exotic or something more traditional, you are bound to find it here with such a sensational choice!
Embers is a former haunt of ours, when we used to be hillbillies. It is tucked away amongst the gumtrees in Gooseberry Hill. Embers is a casual neighbourhood restaurant, which is particularly known for its wood-fired pizza. On this occasion I was catching up with the lovely Mrs H, for her birthday. Since I’d already been out for lunch that day, I decided to skip the delicious pizza and chose something light. I had a lovely Pan-fried Salmon Salad ($29), with citrus pieces and perfectly cooked asparagus. Very simple, very fresh.
Red wine doesn’t traditionally accompany seafood, but I just couldn’t say no to one of my favourite drops, which was on the wine list. The Millbrook Pinot Noir is delish! Embers is nothing flash, but it’s been popular with hills locals for about 10 years, which means it’s no flash-in-the-pan. It’s popular with families and small groups. My girlfriends and I stayed a while and chatted over our drinks. It is a warm and inviting place, especially on such a cold winter’s night.
I’d been following Cookie Dough on Facebook for a little while, after seeing them at one of Perth’s “Up-markets”. They have now opened their own lovely café on the gorgeous George Street. After running little chef ragged at a nearby park, we stopped by for a coffee and some sweet treats. The light and airy café is very welcoming - especially with the smell of baking wafting thought the door.
There was a BIG choice of cookies, little chef picked a very colourful cookie for his afternoon tea. He wouldn’t let me have a bite, which is unusual, as LC usually is good at sharing. It was that good!
Sweetie Pie - A buttery, vanilla cookie, iced with white chocolate and topped with natural rainbow sprinkles.
Chef and I chose a cupcake and coffee each. We savoured the moment, eating in silence, apart from the odd “mmmm”. They were so decadent and delicious. They’re served on a plate with a small fork and we felt more like we were eating a dessert or slice of cake – rather than a humble little cupcake.
White Chocolate & Raspberry Cupcake (like a beautiful little rose!)
Chocolate Cupcake with salted caramel and peanut butter
Cookie Dough’s delights change regularly, I’m keen to try their “Muff-nuts” (muffin/doughnut hybrid!). We both really enjoyed the cupcakes. It’s a big call, but these are THE BEST cupcakes I’ve had in a Perth café to date.
There seems to be something vaguely alcoholic-sounding about going to The Wine Store at 10am. To be fair, we just had coffees (no, not Irish!).
The Wine store is an independent bottle shop; as well as a great dinner/wine bar venue. The Wine Store also does breakfast. We had…
Banoffe French Toast ($15) Banana, dulche de leche & chocolate crisps on French toast. This was very decadent – I felt a bit of a piggy having this. The dulche de leche (a sauce made from sweetened milk, heated and caramelised), Bananas and chocolate made it a delicious sweet treat.
Pesto eggs w/fried jamon ($15) Two poached eggs on ciabatta toast w/rocket & pesto. Chef enjoyed this dish (though he thought there was a bit too much pesto) and added some chorizo for an extra $5.
The Wine store is a superb little bar and they also have fantastic Five Senses coffee. We’d love to go back there and try out their amazing wine list too – after 12 noon of course! *wink*
George Street is one of those fantastic streets where there are multiple places to eat, drink and shop. Its in East Fremantle, just a few blocks south of the Tradewinds Hotel.
George Street is great for a wander round gift shops and boutiques and has endless possibilities for bunch, lunch, dinner or a coffee. There’s also a park, so it’s a good spot for kids too.
At the east end presides the Grand George Hotel, which is sometimes empty, sometimes holds an art gallery. It’s a stunning federation building and it’s sad that this grand old lady isn’t put to better use.
As you walk down the street, passing lovely little cottages, there’s Barque, Cookie Dough (A+ Cookies and Cupcakes), The George Street Bistro (who claim to have Freo BEST pancakes!), Hubble’s Yard, The Wine Store and much, much more.
Next on our list is a visit to the popular restaurant Barque, who’s Asian fusion brunches and dinners sound very enticing. I’ve heard great things about their delicious duck spring rolls!
So whatever floats your boat or tickles your fancy - you’re bound to find it on the gorgeous George street.
Fremantle for us (being from North of the River), is about Fish n Chips, ice cream, the Esplanade Park, the Markets and having a pint at Little Creatures. We’d never really ventured to far out of our usual Freo routine. Two of my besties Nay and Myl had recommended that we try one of their favourite haunts. I was enticed by the beautiful mural at the side of the South Terrace Café – two multi coloured Zebras.
The café is junk shop chic, with lots of old bikes and trikes adorning the walls, as well as some quirky indoor murals and light fittings. Ootong and Lincoln is particularly popular for brunch, though on this day we stopped for a spot of lunch.
Chef had a coffee, I fancied a juice. On my Sydney trip this year I had some fantastic breakfast juices. I’ve since tried to find a veggie/ginger juice combos but not found a decent one yet in Perth. The juice I had at O&L was presented beautifully in a jug, but it was too ginger-y. To the point the ginger burnt my throat. Disappointing. I should have had a coffee!!
However, though the juice on this occasion wasn’t perfect. The food at O&L is outstanding.
Lamb Burger ($17) The thick Lamb patty was tasty and juicy, with the melted cheddar oozing all over. The salad of tomato, beetroot and lettuce was fresh. The house made relish was delicious. It was finished with a dab of mayo and all sandwiched in a super fresh brioche bun. Chef LOVED it!
Squid Chorizo Salad ($21) This salad was A-Mazing!! The baby squid was tender, the meaty chorizo and its juices ran through the salad (of fennel, tomatoes and leaves) and was lip smacking sweet. The herbed cornbread was delicious too and very generous. It was perfect for mopping up the last of the juices.
Little Chef had a Ham and Cheese Toastie. It was on delicious looking thick –cut bread.
We were impressed by the simple, but ever so tasty food at Ootong and Lincoln. Their produce is organic and mostly made in house. We’ll be back soon to try out the delicious looking brunch menu!
My little sis “The Singer” had finally moved home from Sydney. She’s a fabulous person. It was fitting that we met up in one of the most fabulous venues in the CBD; for an oyster and champagne lunch. We sat at the long Print Hall bar – underneath the neon sign “Jerry’s Oysters”. Before long, the man himself, Jerry Fraser appeared. We were greeted like old friends – The Singer and Jerry go way back.
Jerry’s Oysters are renowned around Perth as THE BEST. He has been shucking the sublime little morsels for over 30 years. He hails from Scotland, but you’d not really know – he grew up in Latin America and we were even treated to some his Spanish skills – he’s a multi-talented man!
Jerry has three rules, for those who pull up a stool at his bar;
1 you never share
2 you never queue
3 you never count!
You should also not mention the “K” or the “F” words - Kilpatrick and Frozen.
Jerry sure knows his stuff about oysters. He sources the best from around our beautiful land. Jerry’s personal favourite are the Tasmanian Oysters, of which he gets a couple of bags a week. They sell VERY fast!! Albany Oysters are commonly eaten at Print Hall, but on this occasion we had oysters from South Australia. We enjoyed Coffin Bay Oysters (on the west coast of Eyre Peninsular) and the larger Franklin Harbour Oysters (from the bay of Cowell, on the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula).
Oysters are incredibly nutritious. Some Interesting Oyster facts…
- Highest concentration of protein of ANY animal in the world
- By eating 6 oysters, you will have the daily recommended allowance for Zink
- They are 87% Water, 13% Zink, And an excellent source of calcium, iron, omega 3 and Vitamins A & B.
- No cholesterol, practically no calories!
Jerry expertly shucked the oysters with his oyster knife, opening the shell, and then separating the oyster from the shell by cutting the muscle. They were so fresh. Most restaurants don’t shuck their own oysters. They’re often bought in, already being shucked up to two days prior. Once oysters are shucked and washed in fresh water, given that they’re salt water creatures, they basically start to decompose. Shucked to order should be only way to eat them raw.
The Oysters, served on ice, are delicious - however you eat them. At Print Hall they come accompanied with lemon, lime and a couple of very tasty dressings. I loved the Asian-style dressing – it didn’t overpower the flavours of the oyster. The duct muscle is sweet; though it can be gristly. Some oysters are very salty; some have a more subtle, buttery flavour. It really depends on the region they are from and what the waters are like there. The smaller of the two varieties we had, the Coffin Bay oysters, were my favourite. Bigger isn’t better – the smaller oysters are often the tastiest.
The Singer and I had a half dozen each, with our glass of bubbles. What shall we have next, what would complement the oysters, we mused? We came to the conclusion it would be more oysters (and Champagne!). We decided on the Prawn cocktail; which was beautifully presented in a martini glass. Like so many things at the moment, like the “old fashioned” drinks etc - everything old is new again. The prawns were deliciously juicy, the sauce sweet and tangy. As the Singer said – it was just like Nans!
I’ve had quite a few visits to Print Hall now. I love its ambiance – the staff and service is top-notch. At the moment they’re running an Oyster Frenzy promo.
You don’t have to dine at the Print Hall bar to enjoy Jerry’s Oysters. They are available in Print Hall’s main dining room; the Apple Daily Eating House upstairs and Bobs rooftop Bar also have oysters on their menus. Jerry swaps between the three venues owned by the Colonial Leisure Group - he can also be found The Raffles (Applecross) & The Royal (East Perth) various days of the week. Jerry is highly regarded and many people seek him out when visiting Perth. He’s recently shucked for the Masterchef presenters, P!nk’s management team and also Manu. He was in for lunch the day before us.
Jerry has a tremendous passion for oysters and it’s infectious. I left feeling that “the world was my oyster” (hehe!) I was already looking forward to sitting at his bar again in the not-too-distant future; it was a very enjoyable way to spend a mid-week afternoon.
Well my tumblr blog has served me well, but I felt it was time to try something a little new.
Thank you to my tumblr followers and I would absolutely love it if you continued to follow me over at my “new” blog.
We have lots of exciting things in the works, including the World Hospitality Championship in Dubai and the Eat Drink Blog Conference.
Thanks again and see you soon!!
The Chefs Wife xxx
Beaufort Street has really come alive in the last couple of years. The rapidly growing dining scene in Highgate and Mount Lawley is partly to do with the restaurateurs behind Cantina, El Publico and Mary Street Bakery; Alex Cucciova and business partner Michael Forde. Ace Pizza is also part of this crew. If you’re expecting a pizza joint like Little Caesars; this will surprise you. Sure, there’s pizza on the menu, but also much, much more.
It’s a dimly lit restaurant, but very well planned. With spotlights right above the tables, we could definitely see what we were eating! And the glowing green neon lights and wall art adds to the funky atmosphere.
You could easily go to Ace Pizza and not actually eat pizza (though it is very good!). We ate…
Fried Mac n Cheese ($7) this was creamy, Cheesy and heart-stoppingly crispy!! We actually had to fight Little Chef for them.
Ms Loren Pizza ($19) topped with spicy sausage, ricotta & lemon on a fantastic thin base. Like its namesake, this is one sexy Italian classic – Chef loved it.
Beef Short Ribs ($32) This was a humungous serving! The short ribs were super meaty and full of lip-smacking smoky flavours. The braised carrots on the side were juicy and sweet too.
By this point we were getting rather full - but we’d promised Little Chef some soft serve…. and the doughnut sounded fab.
Tiramisu Doughnut ($5) SCRUMPTIOUS!
Ace Soft Serve ($7) Little Chef went to town with all the toppings; honeycomb, biscotti, salted caramel topping,& chocolate topping. He loved putting it all together and we were very lucky to have tried a bit too, before he wolfed it all down!
The three of us enjoyed Ace Pizza a lot. Though it was incredibly busy, the wait staff were all very welcoming and warm. The food was very well cooked and we liked the vibe of the restaurant. Chef thanked me for suggesting it for dinner which means I chose a winner!!