Monday, 30 March 2015

The Royal, East Perth

Going to The Royal in East Perth is like leaving the actual world and entering "Barbie's dream land". Located on the waterfront on Royal St, The Royal overlooks a row of perfect dollhouse looking townhouses. 

I met my friend Pen at The Royal for a quick mid-week after work drink recently. It was a beautiful autumn evening and the bar area was packed. We weren't able to find a table, so decided to head to the restaurant side for dinner and drinks instead. 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Home improvements: bathroom

Late last year,  my 1970s bathroom was renovated from top to bottom.  The entire bathroom was gutted and brand new everything was put in.

Friday, 13 March 2015

Oppa BBQ, South Perth

Note: I returned to Oppa BBQ last weekend and had a very disappointing experience. This second visit was at 6pm and the restaurant was much busier than my first visit. There were ample staff but many were not trained and needed to refer to other staff. We had issues with our hot plates being too hot and then too cold. They seemed to control themselves - we had the middle section with the hot pot on the lowest setting and then it started to heat up and boil over. The staff did not have the capacity to cook the meat for us (not an issue as many Korean restaurants are 'diy') but they also did not know how to use the heat control to be able to instruct us.  

Have you every bought a Scoopon/Groupon voucher, used it and thought "well I know why they've got a special deal... it's AWFUL!". I feel like 99% of the times I've bought vouchers, I've vowed that I would never buy one again. I can list the number of times I've bought a voucher and afterwards though "this was good, I'd come back" on one hand. Actually make that one finger. Mr Munchies in Mt Lawley. I can now add Oppa BBQ to that list. I bought a $29 meal for two voucher which included a hot pot broth and bbq meat platter. The date I booked coincided with my cousin's birthday, so I asked her to join me. 

Mom's Dumpling House, Victoria Park

About a month or two ago (yes, I'm running behind with my blogging...!), I visited Mom Dumpling House in Vic Park for a work lunch. I had a meeting directly beforehand, so arrived a little late. By the time I arrived, the table had ordered a feast for us to share.  

Mom is a little hole in the wall gem in Vic Park that has been on my radar for a while. While they're not known for their ambiance and service, the food is great and cheap. 

Cabbage and pork steamed dumplings 

Sizzling chicken with cashew nuts $15.00

Sizzling chicken with cashew nuts $15.00

I would definitely like to return and work my way through the menu. The restaurant was really busy the lunch I went, so it might be a good idea to make a reservation. In saying that, it is the kind of joint that you'd eat at and then move on from, so the turnover of customers would be quite fast.

Mom Dumpling House on Urbanspoon

Monday, 2 March 2015

The Bonsai, Northbridge

My friend Pen and I headed into the city to see a show at Fringe World a few weeks ago. I got trapped in a line for a full carpark, so was running late (I feel like being late is a common occurrence in my blog posts of late). Anyway because I was late, we couldn't go to the restaurant we had wanted to which was a bit of a walk from our Fringe venue and instead headed down William and Roe streets and found ourselves at The Bonsai. If you asked me to describe The Bonsai (which you didn't), I’d say it’s a modern fusion Japanese tapas restaurant. Dishes are ordered to be shared and dishes come with a twist… think guacamole, salsa and the like.

We ordered three hot plates - beef and asparagus skewers, portobello mushrooms and prawn skewers which was enough for a light pre-show dinner.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Thai Orchid, Inglewood

Mum wanted to do something low-key and local for her birthday this year. Our first thought was to visit Three-Coins Trattoria but they were closed, so instead we headed to the restaurant next door, Thai Orchid. 

After pre-drinks (a bottle of Mumm champagne... yes, Mumm on Mum's birthday - this was 100% intentional!) at Mum and Dad's house, we headed down the road 30 minutes early for our 7pm booking. The restaurant only had three other groups, so they were able to seat us immediately.

Mum and Dad shared a serving of spring rolls for entree which were devoured before I had a chance to take a photo.

We ordered three dishes which we shared for mains. The first to arrive at our table was the Pad Thai, which was my favourite dish of the evening. Nutty, sweet and slick. I know 'slick' might be an odd word to use but I recently had a noodle dish that was so dry, that all the noodles clumped together. This was not the case at Thai Orchid!

Pad Thai $20

Pad Thai $20

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

PappaRich, Carousel

In late 2014, I was invited to the opening of PappaRich Carousel. Due to a series of unfortunate events and a busy schedule, I wasn't able to attend any of the blogger events that were organised (including an awesome lunch with Poh - devo!) but I did receive an invitation to dine at the new restaurant at a time that suited me. No-one loves Malaysian food more than my Mum and Dad, so I invited them to join me.

PappaRich is a fairly young restaurant group, especially given the size of their 70 outlet world wide franchise. The first outlet opened in 2005 in Kuala Lumpur and the group currently have 15 restaurants in Australia, two of which are in Perth (Northbridge and Carousel). 

I had read about the lines at PappaRich Carousel when they first opened but assumed a few months on from opening, the hype would've died down. Apparently not! When I arrived on a hot Sunday at 12noon, there was an impressive line of about 15 groups. PappaRich don't take bookings, but as I was there for a pre-arranged visit, I was able to skip the line. I did enquire about the wait time and was told that the line does move quite quickly, so don't let it deter you!