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Perth – choice breakfast spots in the centre

Posted in Australia, Central Business District, Leederville, Northbridge, Perth, West Perth, Western Australia with tags , , , , , on January 4, 2020 by gannet39

I spent my first week in Perth staying in an AirBnb in Northbridge which is the most happening neighbourhood in the centre. Every morning I’d walk to a new breakfast spot. Aussie breakfast cafes rule and the ones within walking distance were no exception. Here are a few of my favourites…

The Little Bird Cafe (Intermediate A), 100 Lake St, Northbridge, m.facebook.com/thelittlebirdcafe

This was my local spot which I visited a few times. Nice staff, pleasant outdoor seating, good coffee, great food.

I adore their Acai Bowl with seasonal fruit, ‘coastal crunch’ granola and coconut flakes overlaying an acai, orange and blueberry smoothie (A+). Such a great way to start the day.

The Bird Benedict with bacon, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on sourdough with fresh spinach was another good one (A).

The classic Brekky Brushcetta with fresh tomatoes, smashed lemon and mint avocado, bacon, poached egg and feta on sourdough can’t fail (A).

These were all around the $20 to $18 mark. If you’re staying in central Perth, my advice is to get a place near here!

Leederville, another central neighbourhood with a few good eateries and shops, is a thirty minute walk from Northbridge.

Sayers (Intermediate B+), 224 Carr Place, Leederville, www.sayersfood.com.au

I liked their Potato Rosti with poached eggs, bacon, onion jam and ‘lemon-scented’ wilted spinach (B+).

Their chocolate-banana bread with honey butter is also great for a bit of indulgence (B+).

While you’re in Leederville you should check out Restore at 231 Oxford Street m.facebook.com/ReStoreOxford. This deli is a treasure store of ingredients and wine. Dare say the cafe is good too.

West Perth is another central neighbourhood between Leederville and Northbridge…

West End Deli (Intermediate B+), 95 Carr St, West Perth, www.westenddeli.net.au

A nice neighbourhood spot. I had poached eggs with dukkah, smashed avocado with mint and peas, and seared kale. All very healthy and simple but totally delicioius (A).

Dukkah by the way is an Egyptian spice and nut mix that is used around the Arab middle east. It has really taken off in Australia due to immigration from the Lebanon and other Arab countries, and has been further popularised by cooking shows.

Wish I’d been here more than once to try the rest of the menu.

And in the CBD, a previously mentioned favourite…

Toastface Grillah (Elementary B+), on Grand Lane, a side alley off Wellington St near the corner with Barrack St, www.toastfacegrillah.com

Top marks for the name! They serve great cheese toasties and decent coffee. See my Perth CBD food post for more info.

Petition (Intermediate B), State Buildings, St Georges Terrace & Barrack St, petitionperth.com

A busy lawyers hangout in the CBD. I had their wonderful Poached Salmon, Smoked Egg Gribiche, Rocket and Ricotta Salata (B+).

I miss these breakfasts so much! They’re a major reason I to go to Australia!

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Perth – great places to eat in the CBD

Posted in Australia, Central Business District, Perth, Western Australia with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2020 by gannet39

There are heaps of places to eat in the CBD, from basic to high end. These are my favourites, all scoring high marks on my scale of A to D, and a couple to be wary of at the bottom (Cs). There’s a gem for every meal of the day so you could have a toastie for breakfast, ramen for lunch and a top notch Thai or Italian with great Aussie wines for your evening meal, it’s all there.

My map here.

Toastface Grillah (Elementary A), Wellington St & Barrack St, Perth, www.toastfacegrillah.com

I love this little place, for its name, attitude and grungy location down a back alley, and the coffee and toasties are pretty good too (A/B+).

I can recommend the ‘Ol’Faithful’; smoked ham, cheddar, sweet pickle relish on grain.

There are lots of other interesting combos with great names like the ‘Notorius B.A,G’; bacon, apple, gouda!

Nao Ramen (Intermediate A-), 191/580 Hay St, www.naojapaneserestaurant.com.au

I know my ramen, and this was the best ramen-ya of the four that I tried in Perth. The all-important broth is deep and rich (B+) and their cha-siu pork is some of the best I’ve ever tasted (A).

You can choose from four kinds each of flavoured broths and noodles. I had the Miso and I came back a second time and had their Spicy Miso too (both B+). Plain egg noodles every time for me.

Their Pork Gyoza are very dense which might be to some people’s taste but I like them to be just a little more delicate (B).

Hikaru Ramen (Elementary B+), 4b/50 St Georges Terrace, www.hikaru.com.au

Hikaru is another very good ramen place that’s worth trying, but it comes in second to Nao.

The Aviary (Intermediate B), Level 1/140 William St, www.theaviaryperth.com.au

This is a good spot if you’re looking for a beer terrace to escape the afternoon heat or watch the sunset. Slightly more expensive than other pubs I think but a good location.

Lalla Rookh (High Intermediate A), 32/77 St Georges Terrace, www.lallarookh.com.au

This atmospheric basement restaurant off Perth’s main drag was awarded One Hat by the 2018 Good Food Guide, so I felt had to try it and I was very glad I did.

It serves very authentic Italian food at not unreasonable prices and I also learned a lot about local food and wine from the accommodating staff.

I had the tasting menu; ‘Il Capo’ for A$68. With an additional wine matching the total came to a hefty €162. Not cheap, but it was good value for what I got.

The Beef, Stracciatella and Bottarga was a bit salty but still very good (A). The pic was blurred sorry.

I had this with the first of many good local wines; a Lowboi Riesling which was bone dry with very little nose (B+).

The Kingfish Crudo with pink peppercorns, grapefruit and thyme was nice (B).

I really liked the oaky Vasse Felix Chardonnay matched with it (B+).

I forgot to take a pic of the delicious Marinated Ox Tongue Marjoram and Lemon (B+), sorry.

The Blind Corner Field Blend Shiraz wasn’t bad (B).

Best of the food was the Paccheri Pasta with Smoked Pancetta, Ox Tongue and Pine Nuts which was absolutely killer (A+).

The Empirica Syrah with it was just okay (B).

Food-wise I also loved the Quail with Beetroot, Pistachio, Orange and Chevre (A).

Thankfully I had a good red with it, the Hay Shed Cabernet Sauvignon (B+).

For dessert just a canolo…

… and a glass of a local sweet liqueur called Talijancich Verdelho which was fantastic (A).

I liked it so much that I went back to their shop (entrance just around the corner on Sherwood Court) and bought a bottle for $40. Absolute nectar.

I was also treated to a shot of Limburners Honey Liqueur (A).

As a finale the waitress offered up the information that at a recent wine festival in Perth, all the wine spat out by the tasters was distilled and made into a spirit called ‘Kissing A Stranger’. I’m actually quite glad I missed out that one!

Long Chim (High Intermediate A-), corner of St Georges Terrace and Barrack, www.longchimperth.com

Long Chim, meaning ‘come try’, sells authentic Thai street cuisine. The food is very good, but it sure ain’t cheap, by UK let alone Bangkok standards. Chef owner David Thompson has managed to garner quite a reputation and it’s another One Hat winner in the 2018 Good Food Guide.

It’s located in the basement of the 19th century Treasury where the government records and archives were once stored.

There’s a nice outdoor area…

… featuring quirky décor and cartoonish street art.

The Mandarin & Lemongrass Negroni was an interesting twist on the classic (B+).

I was by myself and not particularly hungry, so I couldn’t justify splashing out. In the end I made the very unimaginative selection of Pad Thai, which was excellent (A) and made with a good variety of ingredients. I particularly loved the tiny chunks of tofu which I’d not had in Pad Thai before.

The Tirra Lirra white blend was nice (B).

I would go back to Long Chim if I was with a group. It’s very famous and popular so booking in the evenings is definitely recommended.

Wildflower on the roof of the same building is also very well reputed but I saved it for next time.

A couple of places I went to weren’t that great.

This well-known Vietnamese cafe was a let down…

Mama Tran (High Elementary C), 6/36-40 Milligan St, www.mamatran.com.au

Despite having a rep for being the best in town I thought their pre-packaged Banh Mi (pork sandwich) was tasteless. I’m sure their pho is fine. It’s cheap and very busy at lunchtimes, closed in the evening.
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Another one to be wary of despite the great location on the waterfront…

Oyster Bar (Intermediate C), Level 1/&2 Geoffrey Bolton Av, Elizabeth Quay, www.oysterbar.com.au

Not particularly keen on this place even though oysters were half price on the night I went. I’ve had better oysters elsewhere (see my Northbridge posts). We sat on the top floor to catch the view but it got a bit windy. Service wasn’t great and the other food was mediocre.

However I would go again just for their Bloody Mary Oyster Shot which is a very fine concept indeed!

More good food in neighbouring Northbridge next!

Perth – Street Art in the CBD

Posted in Australia, Central Business District, Perth, Western Australia on January 2, 2020 by gannet39

Perth has a big reputation for street art and many local businesses have embraced the form to decorate their buildings, so you’ll see it everywhere. However the main hot spot is around Wolf Lane in the CBD, where I took most of these pictures on my visit in 2017. Two years late I know but hey, I’ve been busy 😀 My map with Wolf Lane on is here. I’m going to dedicate a seperate post to street art in Fremantle which has its own thing going on.

Click on the pics to expand.

Perth – Urban Architecture Old and New

Posted in Australia, Central Business District, Perth, Western Australia on January 1, 2020 by gannet39

In January 2018 I had a few weeks holiday in Western Australia. It was my second time in Oz (see my New South Wales posts) but my first time over this side of the country. Although I originally had plans to experience the natural beauty of the northern part of the state, I instead decided to leave it until my next visit and, except for a couple of weeks in the Margaret River wine region in the near south, keep things fairly urban. Seventy nine percent of the state’s population lives in Perth, the capital, and city boy that I am, this is where I most wanted to be.

You’ll find my state map here and my Perth map here.

One of the best places to get a view of Perth’s skyline is from Kings Park which has an elevated view over the city, video here.

Many people enjoy coming here around dusk to watch the sun go down. Video here.

Another good view of the CBD can be had down at Elizabeths Quay on the waterfront. Video here.

The quay is also very atmospheric at night. Video here.

The whole area was redeveloped in 2016 so it’s a good area to walk around whatever the time of day.

Perth was built with mining money. One of the highest towers belongs to mining behmoth Rio Tinto, coincidentally named after one of the rivers mentioned in my previous posts on Huelva in Spain. You’ll find a brief history here.

To be honest the skyscrapers don’t have much going for them and the Rio Tinto HQ is no exception.

Local architects are getting quite good at the smaller scale modern stuff though. The City of Perth Library and History Centre is a nice example of the contemporary timber style of modernist architecture.

If nothing else at least it’s a good place to cool down on a hot day!

My favourite building is just a short distance away at 27 St Georges Terrace. Council House is a beautiful (to me) brutalist monster by day…

…and is now an even lovelier glowing rainbow by night. What a great way to show off the design.

You get the full effect from the video here.

Another modern building I quite liked was the newly completed Children’s Hospital.

And there were a few other post-modern bits and pieces dotted around that caught my eye.

There’s the odd nice bit of Deco.

They are quite good at integrating old colonial era facades with modern buildings.

The entrance to the Cadogan Song School next to the Cathedral is another example.

Plenty of colonial buildings have been lovingly preserved alongside their modern counterparts.

So, lots of architerctural eye candy around Perth. Street art next…

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