Saturday, 11 April 2015

The Standard, Northbridge

There's nothing standard about The Standard! Their exceptional hosts and servers, great menu and retro industrial fitout has me singing their praises to anyone who will listen (including The Standard paper who I accidentally tweeted).
Fava chips ($9)
My friend Claire and I met at The Standard on a Friday for an after work drink and nibble. While chatting about family, friends,  travel and work, we munched on fava chips ($9) and sipped Prosecco from coupe glasses (how chic!). The fava chips came with two dipping sauces, a creamy aioli and a vinegary mushroom ketchup.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Viet Hoa, Northbridge

BBQ pork wonton egg noodle soup ($12.50)
After battling the school holiday crowds at Ikea earlier this week, my Mum and I called into our perennial favourite, Viet Hoa in Northbridge. As always, I ordered number 18 from the noodle and soups list. BBQ pork wonton egg noodle soup ($12.50), with rice noodles instead of egg noodles.

While I have ordered other things from the menu, if it's a big bowl of steaming hot noodle soup I'm after, number 18 will always be my 'go to'.

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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.

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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.