All posts tagged: perth cbd

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 …

Banh Mi at Boss Mama

When you work in the CBD you are always on the hunt for good coffee and quick lunches. On the west end of town in particular there are less places to go, however this has been steadily improving in recent years. One of the newer venues is Mama Trans on Milligan st, and you’ll find Boss Mama as an inconspicuous little window with counter and coffee machine just inside their doors. For those familiar with Mount Lawley, this is another spinoff of Bossman, a little coffee and light eats venue in an arcade on Beaufort st. Boss Mama are quick building a reputation for their $12 Banh Mi and coffee deal, and there’s often disappointment in the mid day rush when they’ve already sold out their counters worth. If you’ve missed the memo, Banh Mi is one of the hotter food trends right now. It’s a French-Vietnamese fusion baguette filled with ingredients like pork, coriander, chilli, fish sauce, pickled veggies and pate. Banh Mi is a sandwich, but it’s not like any other sandwich you’ve …

The Painted Bird Bar and Kitchen

For a special dinner out we headed out into the CBD intending to check out the Flour Factory. Unfortunately they had a function on and instead we walked to the Painted Bird, tucked inconspicuously behind the Wesley Church. The Painted Bird was quiet, a welcome escape from the steady hum of traffic to the peace of the restaurant. The staff were pleasant and relatively efficient in providing us with menus and drinks. The menu is hard to describe, a mix of starters, mains and desserts without a particularly cohesive style of cuisine. They started the meal with appetizers, beef empanadas to whet the appetite. The pastry was light and crispy and the sauce was nicely spiced. The meat was tender and moist. We found the empanadas tasty, though they were a little unconventional for an appetizer. For starters we selected the charcuterie board and bread to share. It’s a nice way to get a mix of things to try, the pate in particular was a standout, especially with the sweetness of the caramelized onion. We …

Willie Wagtail on William St

A new cute little spot has just opened on William street, meet Wille Wagtail! Everyone’s favourite cute little bird is now a cafe. The cafe is relatively small but it has a lovely warmth to it. The countertop full of treats help but the beaming and genuine smiles from the staff are what really create that welcome feeling. We were hoping for some more substantial breakfast options but Willie Wagtail offers lighter fare with plenty of options to grab and go on the way to work. We opted to eat in and take a seat in the somewhat sparse courtyard out the back. The cafe has literally only just opened and is having some teething problems, which can be expected. We ordered the fruit salad and a muffin but ended up with two muffins. I decided to just go with it though because the muffin was steaming hot and frankly smelt pretty amazing. The blueberry muffin was fresh and hot with a lovely crust, reminiscent of brioche, and choc chips throughout. The coffee took a …

Moana Coffee in the CBD

We ventured over to Moana cafe after a number of recommendations about their coffee, and cool fit out. You’ll find it up the stairs almost above croissant express in the Hay st mall. For those unable to get up the stairs there is a lift available too. The interior is woody and a bit retro. The Moana cafe is one of three initiatives including an art gallery directly next door. We went and got a seat on the balcony over looking the Hay St Mall. There were plenty of others doing the same, and most people who walked into the cafe couldn’t help but check the view. There is certainly something magical about looking down on the frenetic pace of the street below as you start your day slow with coffee and food. You’ll need to place and pay for your order at the counter. There are mostly lighter breakfast options but a fairly expansive drinks menu. As well as coffee we went for something a little different. The London Fog is a sweet, tea …

The Greenhouse Revisited

The Greenhouse is one of our favourite CBD venues, ands well known for it’s now celebrity executive chef, Matt Stone. It offers a dining experience that is like any other, with that unique, innovative flair that has earned them high praise. This time we sat inside to avoid the weather. It had the same recycled edge, with plenty of wood and the kind of art you’d expect for a place as sustainable as the Greenhouse is. The service was as good as it always has been, with menus and orders taken quickly, and water topped up (from a watering can no less) as we dined. Our coffees came out fairly quickly but they weren’t as nice as they have been previously. It was creamy but just a but not and over extracted for our tastes. The menu at the Greenhouse is frequently updated and we weren’t disappointed with the choices on offer this visit. Our first dish was pork sausages with fried egg, onion rings and potatos with mustard. The sausages were packed full of …

The George, Perth CBD

You’ll find the George on St George’s Terrace, long a lunch and evening haunt of professionals courting colleagues or clients over a drink, it’s now open for breakfasts too! The decor is that kind of luxe that works the crossover between day and night, and it feels a little odd to be sitting down to breakfast amongst the velvet trim. It does have the signs of a nice eatery though they are inexperienced with breakfast cuisine. It’s very spacious inside, we could see it as a perfect place for breakfast meetings or a stop in on your way to the office like we were doing. The coffee was decent, better then we were expecting but nothing too special. First up we tried the corn croquettes with tomato salsa corn purΓ©e, avocado and a poached egg. The croquettes were creamy, but a bit bland and the smear was the same as the filling. The other elements were nice but this dish needed more variety and a bit of kick. For our sweet option we tried the …

La Veen on King Revisit

La Veen on King is one of those cafes we absolutely loved when we first visited and have been meaning to get back to for some time. We love that they pair interesting and unique meals with brilliant coffee and our expectations were high! We placed our orders and the counter, starting with a couple of lattes. They were just as we had hoped, delicious, creamy and full of flavour, La Veen really know how to nail great coffee! Our first dish was jamon Serrano with poached eggs and rosti. This was a more recognizable version from that we tried at Metrio and probably more traditional. Jamon Serrano is a favourite ingredient at Le Veen, and we really enjoy it’s crispness and flavour. The slow poached eggs were well cooked and the dish as a whole was very enjoyable. These waffles have done the rounds of Instagram and it’s no surprise. They are pretty as a picture, the berry just shines through and it’s obvious a lot of effort has gone into their plating. The …

Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall

We’ve had a mixed history with Uncle Joes Mess Hall. Mostly because we tried to visit soon after it opened and were faced with closed doors. This time however it was definitely open and we finally got to taste their much heralded breakfasts in the CBD crowd. Uncle Joes also doubles as a barber shop, and it was no surprise that you’ll see plenty of hipster haircuts drifting from the barber shop into the cafe. There’s also the corporate crowd, bringing wide eyed co-workers to the wondrous place, and picking up coffees for the entire office. Uncle Joes has a far reaching reputation for their brew in the CBD. The atmosphere is a bit quirky, but still comfortable with plenty of tables scattered around the large cafe with a view to the sweeping counter to the side. Our lattes met our expectations. It was undeniably specialty coffee, with interesting flavour and a nice creaminess. The menu at Uncle Joes Mess Hall is quite American, and there’s some diner style favourites and unusual flavours to chose …

Varnish on King American Whisky Bar

Keen for a whiskey in a classy bar? Want an amazing meal while you’re at it? Too hipster to go to a bar that you can actually find easily? Then Varnish is for you! You’ll find Varnish on the basement level of King street, behind heavy wooden doors and down a flight of stairs overlooking a wine cellar. We visited for our Valentines day dinner. The inside is dimly lit, full of wood, American artifacts and leather. The staff are attentive and you’ll be quickly catered to for both food and drinks, with an extremely long list of whisky’s to sample. The food comes out as ready and most were designed to be shared. The first dish we sampled were corn fries with a roasted garlic mayonnaise. The chips were perfectly crisp with a beautiful crunch, the flavour of the corn and polenta was clear. The only downside of this dish was the fantastic mayo came in such a small serve! These chips really deserved a good dollop of mayo to properly appreciate their brilliance …