Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MIX : Korean-Mexican Fusion, Perth 6000

Located at Equus Arcade, is a cute (I think anything that's groovy is cute :P) restaurant called MIX, serving Korean flavours with a Mexican twist!

I was so pumped when I found out this place opened! When I was watching those American food shows that always showed Korean-Mexican food trucks, I was like daymn why can't Perth have something like that?! But my dreams came true :P

Came here with my mates for a catch up since they also wanted to try Korean-Mexican food! :)

Spicy Chicken Quesadilla [$10.50]
Ohhh the goooey melted cheese! The spicy chicken made this quesadilla delicious! However, I would prefer if there was salsa or something fresh (besides the guacamole) with it because I only managed to eat one LOL

Combos: 5 in One [$20]
We ordered:
  •  bulgogi & kimchi w/ mango salsa - great combination of flavours, I really liked their kimchi, it was not too fermented (just how I like it)
  • spicy chicken & pickled raddish w/ cucumber salsa - I enjoyed this taco the pickled raddish complemented the spicy chicken well; made it more interesting!! :)
  • tofu & avocado w/ mango salsa - a refreshing taco perfect for summer - even a meat-eater like myself enjoyed this taco! :) 
  • grilled fish & coleslaw w/ roasted salsa - originally I wanted my fried (I've had bad experience with grilled fish before) but they said it would take a while for the oil to heat up so we chose the grilled fish. I was surprised by how nice it tasted - great seasoning and cooked well - the fish wasn't dry at all ! Thumbs up! :)
  • pork & cucumber kimchi w/ tomato salsa - this was probably my least favourite (but maybe that's because it was cold when I had the chance to eat it) - despite that it was still delicious :P

Chips in the tray - Kimchi Fries [$10]
Far back - Sweet Potato Chips (which was complimentary usually $6)
the chips closest to the sauce - Spiced Fries [$5]

Kimchi Fries: a different take on your chilli con carne fries. Bulgogi beef, kimchi, tomato salsa, melted cheese on a bed of crispy french fries - that's how Mix does their Kimchi fries! Sounds delish yeh? Well it was and I am craving for some right now as I am typing *drools* - Please give this one a try :)

Sweet Potato Chips: These were given complimentary to us and we were like YAY ! such a nice gesture from them :) We enjoyed this a lot :) It was nice and crispy and I was so happy that they sprinkled salt over as well mMmMmm

Spiced Fries: Your regular french fries sprinkled with a generous amount of korean (?) seasoning (which I don't know what it is - an excuse to go back and try it again!) which tasted even more awesome when dipped in the spicy mayo! 

Overall: Maybe it's because it's the first time I've ever eaten korean x mexican food, but I am loving this place so far and can't wait to go back. I do recommend that you at least try this place out for the experience. It's cheap eats as well.

Food: 4.5 /5
Atmosphere: 3.5/5 
Service: 5/5 because of the free chips HAHAH ;)
Will I go back? Yes yes yes! I can't wait
Recommended? Definitely!

Address: Shop 211 / 580 Hay st (Equus Arcade), Perth. WA 6000

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Thursday, March 13, 2014

Double post: The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen,

Readers please note: This is an unpublished post I forgot to publish a few months ago - I am publishing it now mainly for my mates to read :) 

So.. this is a combined review of my dining experience at The Butterworth Bar & Kitchen.
The first post was on a Saturday evening and the other on a Thursday lunch-time.
Their menu has changed when I came back for lunch.

Okay sooo.. Saturday evening. Came here with my bf - Charizard.
We received complimentary bread. It was a croissant-like bread which was nice and warm. Crispy on the outside & soft in the inside but unfortunately it was salty. It was such joy eating the bread, I love seeing butter melted on warm bread!

Freshly shucked South Australian oysters: From the left; mango & mirin dressing, natural ($3.50ea)
Unfortunately for me, I don't eat oysters cos' they make me feel sick :(.
But Charizard said the mango mirin ones were awesome and he recommends it !
I did try the sauce left on the oyster-shell, and daymn the sauce is bloody nice! mangoey-creamyish and not too sweet!

Pork Belly, Rhubarb, Fennel, Pear Butter ($19)
I enjoyed this dish a lot, especially the pear butter! Gawsh it's so delicious, it was a light creamy butter (I couldn't even tell it was butter!). It went very well with the pork belly.
Pork belly: it appeared to be a pressed pork belly, was a bit overcooked at the bottom of the meat as it was a tad chewy to eat and cut. The skin unfortunately, was not crispy crunchy which I hoped for.  On the bright side, the skin wasn't chewy at all despite its lack of crunch.
The salad; it was a nice simple light salad I thoroughly enjoyed.
Overall, I'd definitely order this dish again despite its minor disappointments.

Blackwood Valley Organic Beef, Pearl Barley, Leek, Tomato - Scotch Fillet - 300g ($41)
My homie ordered this because they didn't have any wagyu left. Which was such a shame!
I did try a bit of it, I didn't dig the pearl barley (it' was my first time) - I think I just don't like pearl barley in general :P
The scotch fillet was cooked accordingly to my home's request - rare. It was cooked perfectly! I love it when it's chargrilled! My homie said the dish was alright, and personally, I don't like it that much.
Pork Cutlet, Cavalo Nero, Pork Floss, Cider Sauce ($39)
When the dish came out, I was like daymnn that's a massive serving! I am not going to finish this! (and I didn't haha)
The pork cutler was massive! It was big, juicy, tender and there was some fat attached on it as well *YAY*
I didn't dig the cider sauce, it has a strange after taste in my mouth.
The pork crackle chips reminds me the one you can get at your Asian groceries - nothing special about it.
Will I order this again? Probs not unless it was a different sauce etc.

Shoestring Fries & Porcini Salt ($9)
The fries reminded me of McDonalds fries with lots of salt!
Funny thing is Charizard dunked the fries in a glass of water (yep, very classy :P) and you can see the salt sinking down! Eeeek.

Spearmint Parfait, Strawberries, Yoghurt Cloud ($16)
Oh this dessert is so damn refreshing and delicious! Charizard ordered this and even though he's not into sweets, he demolished this!
I too am not a big fan of sweet desserts & I enjoyed it a lot as well!
The ice-cream was nice and creamy, there was enough spearmint flavour so you can eat it all day long if you could :P
The yoghurt was nice and light.

Saffron Macaron, Honey Mousse, Chocolate Truffle, Honey Comb, Pollen ($16)
As mentioned previously, although I'm not a big fan of sweets I ordered the sweetest dessert on the menu (what was I thinking :P)
But c'mon, how can you go pass this?! the name of the dessert already sounds enticing!
This is a honey-lovers dessert dream come true!
Visually, it looks awesome.
Taste, just as awesome as it looks.
This dish was too sweet for me but I kept trying to finish it cos it was oh-so-yummeh! I was actually eating the spearmint icecream with this dessert so I wouldn't get too sick of the sweetness!
I had to use a knife to cut my macaron.. so it's definitely not the crunchy and cookie like inside you would usually get. It was crunchy throughout.
Every time I tried cutting it the mousse would just ooze out! which really sucked but bleh :)
I enjoyed the honeycomb so much!! I love how it's been sandwiched between the mousse so when you put it in your mouth its crunch, cloudy creamy mousse and then another crunch!
The truffle was very rich which complimented the honey very well.
The only downside of this dish is that it is very sweet!

Post 2

 Grilled Chorizo & Lemon ($7)
Chorizos are the bomb ! These chorizos were meaty, full of flavour, and squeezing lemon on top of it was perfect. What would be more perfect if there were some Turkish bread on the side!
These chorizos weren't spicy

Pork Belly, Rhubarb, Fennel, Pear Butter ($18)
It was consistent to what I had last time.

Blackwood Valley Organic Beef, Potato Bake, Red Cabbage - Skirt Steak (200g) ($39)
Unfortunately, my steak wasn't cooked to my liking (medium rare) as it turned out well-done. The manager(?) offered get me a new plate but I thought it was a waste of food and just told her to let the chef know so he is a bit more attentive next time.

Confit Duck, Sweet Potato Mash (?) ($40)
My gf order this dish and she didn't enjoy it very much as it was very salty and heavy. I tried a bit of this dish and I agreed with her opinion. It was very salty (I usually like salty food but this was wayyy to salty for my liking). It was a disappointment. 

Vanilla blood orange (?) creme brulee & macaron 
This was complimentary (because I didn't return my steak XD how nice of them) :)

Summer Pudding, Champagne Jube, Berries, Meringue 
This was the first time I tried summer pudding - and for me it was my least favourite dessert on their menu. I guess it's because I didn't like the texture of the pudding (wet and cold).

I enjoyed my experience at The Butterworth, the service was great, awesome atmosphere (perfect for a date or group outing); however the mains was quite a disappointment after eating their entrée. But I do recommend the desserts (besides the pudding - unless you're a fan of them!) we've ordered.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Stolley's Grill @ Ballajura, 6066

Stolley's Grill = tasty affordable meals :)
*ceebs reading? Scroll down to the bottom for a short summary!*
After purchasing a scoopon/groupon voucher for this place last year..it is now one of my favourite local cafe/restaurant. It's a place where you want cheap tasty comfort food. The menu has changed a bit and now Stolley's menu consists of maily burgers. A bit sad because I enjoyed the other items in his previous menu such as the "gym junkie food options"
Everytime I have eaten here it has always been consistent but enough about that :P 
Lets review the food!
Came here on a Wednesday evening with my sister-in-law and nieces (Foodie adventure with MIRI!)
Is the place kid-friendly? Besides the high-chair there were no plastic bowls & cutlery for the kids which was a bit disappointing. I was really worried that Miri would break the plate! xD

Ribs with mash & salad - $16.90
One of the main purpose coming on a Wednesday is for the lamb ribs for only $16.90 comes with mash and side salad! 
My sis in law ordered that, I did try a bit of it though, the meat was not the fall-off-the-bone type ribs but it was soft and tender. The sauce was BBQ flavoured - nothing special about the sauce (kinda tasted like BBQ sauce from the bottles) but it tasted ok but I don't think I'll order the dish for myself though (I am quite picky about how ribs should taste like!). My sis-in-law enjoyed it a lot though and it satisfied her ribs craving! 
I would definitely recommend this dish especially for the price, flavour and serving! Totally worth your money IMO!

Stolley's Fried Chicken (6) Meal (small german frites & 350mL drink) - 
The chicken - it was fried nicely, crispy on the outside and still tender in the inside. The skin was covered in seasoning & spices which gave it a bit of saltiness and flavour but I think it tastes better when you dip it in the Stolley mayonnaise.
The german frites - tasted like your normal chips you can get at your local fish&chips store but covered in different spices. A nice twist to boring old chips!

Stolley's burger $9.90
Stolley had a special promotion for the week after discovering the perfect beef bacon! So if you were to order a burger/sandwich you can request to add bacon for free!
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it because it was for take away as my midnight snack hehe.
I was a bit upset when I realised they forgot my bacon but meh, I'll be back to try it :D
Unfortunately for my burger it was missing onions..but I didn't mind..would taste nice if there were some though. 
When I took a bite, you can taste the creamy and spiciness of the mayo, sweetness of the balsamic glaze and a juicy char grilled patty on a toasted turkish bread with fresh iceberg lettuce and tomato.
The burgers are tasty - I particularly like it cos' you can see the chopped onions and spices in the patty. 

Service: do not expect fast service as most of the time it's a one man show doing everything - cooking AND serving you especially in the evening. When it's not busy, he'll come up and talk to you... check if everything is fine.
  • Lamb
    • Pros: cheap, good value for money
    • Cons: Soft but not fall-off-the-bone (I don't eat much lamb though, so maybe it's just the type of meat?). Sauce kinda tastes like the bottled bbq ones.
  • Stolley Fried Chicken Meal (6)
    • Pros: chicken is crispy yet still tender inside, not so oily - chips: a nice twist to boring old chip
    • Cons: needs a bit more seasoning if were to eat it without dipping the mayo
  • Stolley's Burger:
    • Pros: nice burger size
    • Cons: nothing so far :)
Overall: It's my one of my local favourite. Definitely give this place a try if you want tasty cheap eats. They serve halal food, and have chicken wing eating challenges!
Food: 4 /5
Atmosphere: 3/5 
Service: 3.5/5
Will I go back? Yes!
Recommended? Definitely! Cheap tasty food! why not?! So if you live around the block, give this place a try!
Click here for Stolley's Facebook page : He updates his page regularly with specials of the day or if the shop is closed due to off-site catering!
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Red Opium, Thai-inspired tapas @ East Perth, 6004

Located just the opposite of The Perth Mint is an awesomo hidden gem, a Thai-inspired tapas restaurant - Red Opium.
If I were to walk down this street, I don't think I'll ever notice this restaurant.
My friends and I came here on a weekday evening. We were excited to try this place out because:
#1 it's in the entertainment book ;P (cheap asians hauhauah)
#2 they had a tapas menu
#3 unique names for their dishes
They say, never judge a book by it's cover. So don't be fooled by the entrance, you'll be amazed once you enter the restaurant. 
These photos does not do this place justice ! (I need a camera :( Someone want to donate ;P? ) The concept and decoration of the little restaurant is amazing. It felt like you were in a different part of the world :)

What was so cute about this place is that there was a mini chalk board with my name on my reserved table. 

Now lets talk about the food & drinks :)
Cold Thai Milk Tea - $4
My friend ordered this but I did have a sip of it. It tasted nice haha that's all I can say. But my friend said it tasted like Teh-C

Thai Iced Coffee - $4
Personally, the coffee didn't taste strong at all (which I like) and it was super sweet (just how I like my coffee :D) Definitely give these drinks a try!
Small Plates: Yin & Yang Dips - $12.80
The Yin & Yang dips comprised of: Papadum, creamy prawn & minced coconut dip, fresh cucumbers, minced pork and tomato dip and crackles.

One word: AWESOME!
A great sharing starter. I was expecting a strong sweet coconut flavour.. but there was none.. and I was glad that it didn't as well. 
The minced pork and tomato dip had a slight hint of spiciness but I wished it was spicier!
The manager kindly offered more papadum after we finished ours.. and surprisingly we said no thanks.. what were we thinking? (totes lost our inner asian-ness :P HAHAHA) 

Small Plates: Petite Satay - $7.80
They came out in 4 mini skewers. I have had a few bad experience with chicken satay sticks. Usually the chicken is dry or the sauce is just crap but not at Red Opium! It was soft and tender and definitely not dry. I recommend this :)

Small Plates: Mixed Entrees $10.80
So this is what you get; Vegie spring rolls, potato wrapped around a prawn, crab claw and steamed chicken. Honestly, there wasn't anything amazing about this mixed entree but what I really enjoyed was the crab claw ! Unlike the few crab claws I have tried which are stringy, floury and tastes fake xD The crab claw at Red Opium had the flakey meat yay!
Other than that, there wasn't anything special. Everything was fried til it was crispy and they drained the oil enough :)

Soup: Tom Yum (Extra Spicy) - $7.80
I like spicy stuff and from my experiences.. When I order something extra hot... It really isn't that hot but daymn..don't be fooled by the clear broth of this to yum soup! It is packed with flavours and boy..was it spicy..delicious spicy! So for you tom yum spicy lovers out there this soup will not disappoint you at all!
The waitress offered me some cucumber cos' she saw me struggling finishing the soup since it was quite spicy ..and to think I wanted to grab extra chilli as well....
Big Plates: F-Duck - $23.80
I've only tried this type of curry once before and it was a crappy experience (and I was put off fro ordering this dish ever again from any restaurant) but after reading all the rave about this dish I just had to give it a try!
And I was glad I did! I can't say much about the dish...you have to go try it out yourself :P

Big Plates: Pad Thai - $14.80
So we order the vegetarian one.. taste wise - it was okay, no wow factor and nothing special about it - but didn't taste horrible. Not something I'd be like "OMGOSH YOU MUST ORDER THIS"
Dessert: Assorted Ice Cream (mango, mangosteen, coconut) 
Unfortunately for us we went on a weekday.. Penny told us that there was a larger selection of desserts available on the friday (?) & weekend only.
So we ordered the 2 types of dessert that was offered on a weekday.
The ice-cream tasted awesome. Nice and creamy.
Dessert: Mango Rice Pudding
I'm not a fan of this dessert (but then again, I never liked rice-pudding), however my friend enjoyed it a lot.

Overall: Awesome!!

Food: 4 /5
Atmosphere: 5/5 
Service: 5/5 Wonderful service
Will I go back? Yes yes yes!
Recommended? Definitely! I came here using the entertainment card, but will be coming back regardless if I get discount or not!

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Seoul BBQ Cafe

Sooo I was craving Korean (especially the spicy marinated pork), but I didn't want to go anywhere that is pricey (sucks being a poor uni student who enjoys eating out!). So where did I decide to go? Seoul BBQ Cafe ! The little cafe is located in a corner in front of red dot. This place is provides quick service and cheap delicious food! Their menu is small but they are very consistent with the flavours of their food!

When dining in at Seoul BBQ Cafe, after ordering, you receive a ticket with a number on it. When the food is ready, your number is called so you can pick it up at the counter and then nomnomnom away!

So here is what my bf and I ordered:

Chilli chicken
These were so delish - wished I had a bucket of it !!!
They were crispy and the meat wasn't dry, and the chilli sauce covering was actually somewhat spicy! You could taste each element of the sweet chilli sauce that is covered on the chicken nibbles, the crushed chilli, garlic and fish sauce!

Meat Combo Set - Beef Bulgogi & Crispy Chicken
Each set always includes miso, kongnamul muchim (seasons beansprouts), some sort of sauce(depending what you order) and a small serving of salad (lettuce & tomato with sweet mayo drizzled over)
The crispy chicken... was well... crispy (just like how it should be!)
It tasted like kaarage chicken you would get from Taka but less oily! It's totally delicious! :D

Beef bulgogi (Beef marinated in a sweet soy sauce)
The best thing about this beef bulgogi is the marinade! You can really taste the marinade on every single piece of meat!

Meat Combo Set - Pork & Crispy Chicken
Every time I eat here, I always, MUST order the pork belly. Why? Because pork belly is yummy but the marinade for it makes it  more yummier! The marinade has a small hint of spiciness and the fact it's cooked on a bbq absorbs flavours from the juices from the meat that was previously cooked on there!

The only downfall of this experience was that there was a person smoking nearby =___= but I highly recommend it if you want a quick, consistent, tasty Korean food! They also do take-away ;)

Food: 4 /5
Atmosphere: 3/5 
Service: 4/5 Quick fast service! 
Will I go back? Yes yes yes!
Recommended? Yessss, especially if you want a quick casual tasty lunch. 

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Alexander Bar & Bistro

The Alexander, I came here because I purchased a scoopon deal for it hehe (yeeee unleashing my inner asian :P lol)
So the deal costed me $39 which included: 2 drinks, sharing platter and 2 mains (awesome deal yeh!?)

When first entering into the tavern, it looked really dull, dark and lacked decor but they had a nice outdoor area. I was quite indecisive with which drink I should order because I haven't tried any ciders before (besides rekordelig) I asked the waiter to recommend a sweet alcoholic beverage and he recommended -  Canadian dry beer (?). He said if I didn't like the taste of it, I can order something else :) 
The beer had a sweetish gingerish flavour, couldn't really taste the beer flavour - It was quite nice..


Sharing platter - Turkish bread, feta cheese, olives, roasted capsicum, chorizo and dip.
There was nothing really special about the capsicum, olive and feta.
The chorizo tasted okay, it had peppercorns inside which I liked, but other than that, it looked/tasted like there were not or any herbs and spices in it..
But the dip..... It was so nice! I had no clue what it was but just tasted nice hahaha,

My homie ordered steak, medium rare. We specifically asked to have the mushroom sauce seperately so then the chips dont go soggy hehehe. As you can tell it was chargrilled, it was cooked nicely as well, but it didn't taste that great. Maybe it was the quality of the meat? I'm not too sure...

So I ordered ribs.. I totally lurves it when they just fall of the bone and melt in your mouth but unfortunately this was not the case :(
My ribs were very chewy, dry and tough. I kept chewing and chewing and then I gave up and just ate the chips and salad instead. It was definitely not slow cooked which was unfortunate because it had the potential to be an awesome dish! The bbq sauce was great!

Nevertheless, the service was great (but then again, we were the only ones there haha)

I will be going back to try other stuff on their menu mainly because I live so close to them and  it's in the entertainment book :P(but I won't be ordering the ribs ever again!).

The Alexander is available in the entertainment book with the offering - receive a complimentary main meal when another main meal is ordered.

Food: 2.5 
Atmosphere: 3.5/5 
Service: 4/5
Will I go back? Yes.. once more because it's in the entertainment book ahah :P
Recommended? Indecisive - still need to try their other food before I can decide!  But based on that one experience only, no (because of the ribs).

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