All posts filed under: Perth

Flora and Fauna / Northbridge

On our recent return to Perth we checked out the tiny little cafe, Flora and Fauna. When we say little we really do mean it, this cafe is seriously tiny with seating space located in the Northbirdge arcade. Flora and Fauna is designed to be cute and charming it’s definitely achieved that. It’s the mismatched chairs, flowers and vintage decorations that have obviously be combined with care. But consider yourself warned, because there’s such a small amount of tables the staff are very vigilant in ensuring you’re sitting in the appropriate one. It can be a bit off putting, especially if you’re sitting at the right table but waiting for friends. The menu at Flora and Fauna vegan and vegetarian, with mostly healthy and some sweet eats. You’ll need to place an order at the counter and your meal will be brought out to you. We started with a light and fresh strawberry sunshine juice, and a decent but not otherwise particularly memorable latte. Our meals came soon after, and it was obvious they were …

Tbsp / Bayswater

There’s been a lot of improvements around the Bayswater area since we were last here. The best of these is Tbsp. a long and narrow venue that has opened in our absence. You’ll find it on King William Street, unassuming but comfortable in its simple fit out.  We enjoyed the light steaming in from the front window. Finding ourselves a table and a menu, we decided what we wanted before ordering and paying at the counter. We enjoyed our coffees, a nice flavour and foam, and served at a drinkable texture. The beautiful insulated glass was just a bonus. Tbsp. has taken some simple dishes and added a twist to make them very special. The highlight for us was the Kimchi Grilled Cheese. We decided to add bacon and the crew were nice enough to put it straight into our toastie. The presentation of this dish was stunning and the flavours just divine. The kimchi is perfect with the rich cheese, it cuts through and adds that chilli hit. Why no one has done this already (that …

Little Matcha Girl / Como

We loved the idea of a little cake shop in Como, specializing in Matcha and delicious Blacklist coffee. It’s even better when you arrive and find this beautiful shop, a small, but light, bright and clean space with elegant touches throughout and a light wood and white finish. The accents of green and paper cranes on the ceiling will have you pulling your camera out for a quick shot before you know it – don’t worry they’re used to it!

Asado / Claremont

We spent a lot of time in Claremont before we moved and coming back we were delighted to discover Asado had opened in our absence. It’s a long and narrow venue, inviting you in with the allure of space and modern sheek decor.    We went all the way through to the back for the intimacy of the lounge and the view to the garden. The cafe was empty when we arrived but people began to filter through soon after. The staff were initially attentive but seemed to forget about us tucked in the back corner. We eventually had to walki back to the front to get the attention of someone to get our order taken. Not the best start to our meal but we persevered. When our latte arrived it was hot but rich with a wonderfully fruity flavour. The table staff needed some work but we can’t fault their barista.When you’re offered the opportunity to have steak and chips you take it, the egg on it is really just for show… We knew this meal …

Lucky Chans Laundry and Noodlebar / Northbridge

    We love the kickstarter food movement. There’s some great ideas we’d love to get on board with and kickstarter gives us a chance to be a small part of it. Lucky Chans Laundry and Noodle Bar were one such Kickstarter campaign we threw our support behind before moving to Melbourne. We were disappointed we didn’t get to try it before we left and made it one of must visits on our return!  Lucky Chans has an awesome marketing strategy behind it – we loved the #whoisluckychan social media movement. A quick search of the hashtag will show you it’s still successful now they’ve opened, there’s something about the intrigue of it all that pulls you in.  The set up inside is intimate with a clutter of decor. We especially loved the wall of ironing boards leading up to the rooftop garden. ‘Noodle bar and Laundry’ aren’t just words, they really committed to the theme and went all out.   We were seated comfortably and quickly and soon had a menu to peruse and drinks on their …

Margaret River Chocolate Factory / Margaret River

  If you’re around the South West region of WA you absolutely must visit the Margaret River Chocolate factory. It’s a haven of sweet chocolate delights and the beautiful day we visited only amplified its charm.  There’s an abundance of chocolate treats as well as the tasters on offer. The big metal bowls overflowing with pastelles gives you plenty of opportunity to try their chocolate. It feels generous. There’s no staff hovering over them and plenty of people sheepishly returning for another spoonful or two. When the chocolate is this good you can’t really help it and we made sure to sample everything.  The store is full of chocolate. There’s actual chocolate, chocolate truffles, every flavour of chocolate you could envisage and chocolate themed body products, homewares and gifts. We went home with a selection of chocolates as gifts and for ourselves and a chocolate scented candle. The prospect of of our apartment smelling as good as the Margaret River Chocolate Factory was too hard to resist! If you’re still hungry after gorging on free samples (don’t worry …

Lamonts / Smith Beach

 When down South in Western Australia you’ll want to make the most of the proximity to its beautiful beaches and Lamont’s is just perfect to soak it all in. It’s such a chic location, the beach comes inside with you – just as the tourists and locals wander in straight from the water, shoeless and bronzed. Why wouldn’t they – with a beach like this just a couple of minutes walk up the road! When you’ve finishing soaking up the view you’ll need to grab yourself a table and place your order at the counter. We started with coffees. There was no attempt at latte art but we found the coffee quite good considering the isolation of our location. It was probably a bit over extracted but full bodied with creamy milk.  Our first meal was a simple bacon and eggs to which we added some hash browns. Both the bacon and eggs were very well cooked and we loved the addition of the dill. The hash brown was crisp and tasty. This was a simple dish, but …

Wills Domain / Margaret River

You’ll find Will’s Domain in an absolutely stunning locale in Margaret River. From the moment you drive up you’ll know that you’ve stumbled upon something really special!    The view is enough to stop you in your tracks. The building is exquisitely shaped to pool the light through, to let you take in the view from every angle. It’s a truly breathtaking experience to share a meal out in the sunshine on a day like we were blessed with.    We opted for the 7 courses with some on the table choosing the matched wines. We decided to pass on the additional courses that could be added. There was a wedding on and we had to leave by a set time, something we weren’t made aware of in our original booking. The meal started with snacks. First was a still warm bread roll. It was fresh, warm and delicious and we were just starting to wonder what the next course would be when more snacks arrived at the table!    We were treated to house made crisps – a league …

East Village / Perth CBD

Tucked inside 140 Perth is a new American inspired watery, East Village. 140 has been striving to bring new and different venues and retailers to the Perth CBD and East Village has been creating quite a stir. The layout of the restaurant is long and narrow, diner style to bring an American feel to your meal. The venue is noisy, often with a queue out the front so be sure to book ahead. The service is patchy at best, scattered and slow, they were doing their best but when we visited there just wasn’t enough people to keep up with the lunch rush.  Strawberry milkshake Looks great but made with syrup. Good froth. Kinda just tastes like the fake strawberry ice cream we had as kids We ordered a strawberry milkshake after seeing another table get one. It certainly looked impressive served in a mason jar, topped with whipped cream and raspberry liquorice. Unfortunately the flavours were lacking. It was made with syrup, was overly sweet, tasting like the fake strawberry ice cream you buy …