Monday, 5 September 2016

I've said it before, and I'll say it again! I love celebrating birthdays! Of course my birthday is my favourite. But, in my family, Mr. T, my sister-in-law and my brother's birthday all lands in the same week of August, so that week is always an exciting week in our households. This year, with my brother turning the big three-oh, we decided to visit a fancy schmancy restaurant, Nine Fine Food.

We decided to dine on Friday night, the night of my brother's birthday, so when we arrived we were all famished from a long day of work and ready to dine. Looking at the menu, we all agreed with the Osusume ($69 per person), the 4 course set menu to satisfy our hunger. The 4 course consisted of two entrees, one main and one dessert. From each course you're given the choice of one of three items, but, they also have specials of the day which you could choose instead of the normal menu.

Salmon Sashimi
Beef Cheek Soup
Beef Tataki

The dishes above were what we ordered for the first entree. My entree was the salmon sashimi and I give it nothing but praises. The sashimi was fresh and juicy, a dish that is so simple yet so satisfying. The beef cheek soup was another amazing entree. The tenderness of the beef cheek took everyone by surprise. It literally fell apart with a spoon with no effort! The taste was also very enjoyable, it was surprisingly refreshing despite looking like a very heavy dish. The beef tataki was also tasty. There was nice smokiness to the dish and it was nice and fresh as well!

Miso Salmon
Pork Belly

For the second entree we ordered the miso salmon and pork belly. The miso salmon was amazing! The miso flavour was to die for and again the salmon was very fresh. There was also deep fried oyster on the dish which was delicious! With the pork belly, we really enjoyed the crackling, however we thought the flavour of the chickpea mixture did not go very well with the pork belly.

Confit Duck Leg
Beef Tenderloin

For the mains we had the confit duck leg and beef tenderloin. The meat of the confit duck leg was, as expected, tender and fall-off-the-bone, with the skin remaining nice and crispy. The flavours was tasty, but not at all Japanese. I was expecting a more unique fusion of flavours, but overall it was a nice dish. We had the same opinion of the beef tenderloin, but we enjoyed the succulent steak and the portion was humongous. 

Espresso Panna Cotta, Matcha Brulee, Chocolate Gelato and Forest Fruits Sorbet

For desserts we chose the espresso panna cotta, matcha brulee and their chocolate gelato with forest fruit sorbet. We hated to admit it, but the dessert was very meh. It was pleasant, but it didn't amaze us. Also the top of my matcha brulee was burnt, so it left a bitter aftertaste. They did redeem themselves by surprising with a happy birthday black sesame ice cream. We actually didn't mention we were celebrating birthdays, but the staff were very observant and took it upon themselves to serve us this very nice surprise!

We we had that night was just a fraction of what Nine Fine Food offers. We really have to commend the service, it was impeccable and made our night so much more enjoyable and memorable, thank you!

Food: 8
Value: 8
Atmosphere: 9
Service: 10
Overall: 8.8/10

Restaurant information

Nine Fine Food
227 Bulwer Street
Ph: 9227 9999
Website: Nine Fine Food

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Wednesday, 31 August 2016

I'm writing this review as I'm mentally preparing myself for my wisdom teeth extraction. I've decided on taking the high road and extracting all four at once. As I have to go under general anaesthesia for this procedure I did have to fast. I only had to fast for six hours, but to take full advantage of this excuse, I've decided on a special "last" meal. Miss A actually chose the place, Sumiya Gin, the new Japanese grill restaurant in Northbridge.

When we stepped into the restaurant I felt like I was transported right into the heart of Japan, not that I've ever been to Japan =( . But the crowd, the decor, the atmosphere was everything I imagined Japan would be!

Wagyu Ribs with Special Soy Sauce
Premium Ox Tongue & Pork Belly

So, Sumiya Gin is the cutest grill restaurant I've ever seen. Even the grill was adorable! We started our meal with the wagyu ribs and the premium ox tongue and pork belly. We got grilling straight away and couldn't wait until everything was cooked to our liking. The first thing I tried was the ox tongue. I love grilled ox tongue, and this one didn't disappoint. It was cut into the perfect thickness, so it was easy to eat without having to cut up! The pork belly was also delicious, it was juicy, tender and the smell was so enticing. The pork ribs was cut a little thick than what I would've liked, but it was the tastiest one so far, especially with that soy sauce smothered all over it!

Wagyu Skirt with Salt and Pepper Sauce

At first Miss A and I were convincing ourselves the three first dishes we ordered were enough, but as we got our taste buds running, we could hold it no longer and ordered the wagyu skirt, this time trying the salt and pepper sauce. I thought we made the perfect decision to satisfy our bottomless appetite! The meat soft and there was the right fat to meat ratio, making it really indulgent. I did prefer the special soy sauce though.

Fried Red Bean Taiyaki With Black Sesame Ice Cream

To top it all of, we finished with desserts, the taiyaki with black sesame ice cream. I was a little disappointed that the black sesame ice cream was in fact vanilla ice cream with black sesame sauce, I was expecting real black sesame ice cream. As it was just the sauce the black sesame flavour was not strong enough. The taiyaki was lovely, with a good amount of red bean filling. I thought it didn't need to be fried though.

So, thank Miss A for bringing me here, what a memorable "last" meal! Your company was okay too =P.

Ratings: /10
Food: 8.5
Value: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Overall: 7.9/10

Restaurant information

Sumiya Gin
Shop 3, 447 William Street
Ph: 6114 7083

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Saturday, 27 August 2016

One place people have been telling to try is Old Lane Street Eats in Northbridge. Apparently the food is cheap and delicious. Well I didn't need anymore of a reason to go check this place out. So the time my family and I were unsure about what to have for dinner, Old Lane came to mind!

As we were going through the menu, we wanted to try everything! But, we managed to regain self-control and only chose a dish each with some more to share.

Marmite Bao ($8.90 for two)
Crispy Pork Belly ($8.90 for two)

For starters we chose two of their most popular (according to the waitress) baos, the marmite chicken and crispy pork belly. Everyone at the table really enjoyed both flavours! My personal favourite was the marmite chicken because the chicken was deep fried, but that crispy skin on the pork belly was also a tasty winner! You can't go wrong with either or both!

Fruit Rojak ($11.90)
Lou Shu Fen Dry ($6.90)
Roast Pork Belly Noodle ($8.90)

Another share plate we ordered was their fruit rojak. The flavour of this rojak surprised me, it was a lot sweeter than I expected. I'm used to the Indonesian fruit rujak, which has sauce that is a lot more peanut-y and less sweet. My favourite part about this rojak was the fried dough, it was nice a crispy. Overall, not my favourite dish of the night because it was so sweet.

Charcoal Chicken Wing ($6.90 for two)

Nasi Lemak ($6.90)

My brother decided to order the nasi lemak. But, because the nasi lemak does not come with any meat, he also ordered the charcoal wings. The rice in the nasi lemak was nice and fragrant and the anchovies was crispy. He also really liked the sambal!

Mee Kolok ($6.90)

I ordered the Mee Kolok which was highly recommended by my friends. Well I was glad I listened to everyone's recommendation, because it was delicious! The portion was the perfect size, not too big and not too small (for me anyway). The noodles was soft but firm and the dish was just really tasty. I liked that the dish was not too oily like mee kolok you might find at other restaurants.

Mr. T. ordered the fried kway teow ($8.90) which he inhaled before I can take a photo. I loved that dish too, it was so aromatic. It was perfectly cooked with the perfect amount of charring on the kway teow and the flavours were not too strong but tasty.

So yes, we ordered quite a bit of food, but because of the great prices, our bill was nowhere near as high as I expected! Another great Asian eat in Northbridge!

Ratings: /10
Food: 9
Value: 9
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Overall: 8.5/10

Restaurant Information:

Old Lane Street Eats
Shop 17, 68 Roe Street
Ph: 9227 9992

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Monday, 22 August 2016

As most Vietnamese food loving Perthian would know, Tra Vinh in Northbridge is always full! Especially during meal times. One day, when my family was craving Tra Vinh, but didn't have the time to queue, we decided to try Okay Vietnamese which is right next door! We were able to get a table almost immediately!

Okay restaurant, just like most Vietnamese restaurant in Perth, has a massive menu. We decided to stick to our favourite Vietnamese dishes.

Diced Beef with Fried Rice ($15.90)

Mr. T chose the diced beef with fried rice. This dish was very satisfying. The beef was tender, cut to the perfect bite size and tasty! There was a generous portion of fried rice as well, unfortunately we thought it was a bit on the bland side, but certainly not bad.

Bun Bi Cha Gio ($11.90)
I ordered my favourite Vietnamese dish, bun cha gio. The main reason I love this dish is the deep fried spring roll! Well the bun bi cha gio at Okay did not disappoint. It was tasty and refreshing and the spring roll had to be the highlight of this dish!

Crispy Chicken Egg Noodle ($14.90)
Pho Tai ($11)

I also got to try a little bit of everyone else's dishes and thought it was all tasty. Overall, Tra Vinh is still tastier, but Okay certainly has its perks! The restaurant is more spacious, they have fast and attentive service and less queue! It's certainly a great alternative if you're looking for Vietnamese in a hurry!

Ratings: /10
Food: 7.5
Value: 7
Atmosphere: 8
Service: 8
Overall: 7.6/10

Restaurant information

Okay Vietnamese Restaurant
459 William Street
Ph: 9227 6688

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Thursday, 18 August 2016

One way I get ideas of where to eat is to scroll through the Entertainment book. There's something very satisfying when you redeem an Entertainment book voucher! As I was scrolling through the book one night for dinner ideas and Mr. T drove around the city aimlessly, we decided on Southern Star. It's near Mr. T's office so he has always wanted to try and they have 25% off offer in Entertainment book! It was like the southern stars aligned for us!

As there was only the two of us, we tried to limit what we ordered. Below are the dishes we had.

Fresh Rice Paper Rolls ($8.90)

The restaurant was very busy the night we dined there and it took a while to get someone's attention for menus, so we decided we had to order and entree tout de suite! Fortunately for us, the entree didn't take too long. We ordered the rice paper rolls. As you can see, it was presented beautifully for rice paper rolls! It was tasty too, especially with the hoisin sauce. We liked how they were generous with the prawns.

Roast Duck & Lychee in Red Curry Sauce ($27.90)

Salt & Pepper Local Tiger Prawns ($27.90)

For mains we chose the roast duck and salt and pepper prawns. We thought we chose very well. Both the dishes were delicious. The roast duck deboned with very tender meat and crispy skin. I personally would've liked thicker duck slices, but no complaints on flavour! The sauce was rich and creamy and the lychee added a nice freshness to an otherwise rich dish! The tiger prawn dish was also very enjoyable. The prawns were nice and juicy and it was very nicely crumbed! 

We left the restaurant with happy tummies and thanks to the discount we felt very thrifty! Will definitely be back to try other dishes!

Ratings: /10
Food: 8
Value: 7
Atmosphere: 7
Service: 7
Overall: 7.3/10

Restaurant Information

Southern Star Cafe & Restaurant
132 Terrace Road
Ph: 9325 1868

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