Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Old Crow

Inspired by WenY at WenY Wonders Why's "delicious" food photography and the dining experience of Kristy at Queen of Bad Timing, I was dying to visit The Old Crow for ages!!

...and eventually I did, one Friday evening after work. I had to book a week in advance just to get the time slot that I wanted (6:30pm) and it was well worth the wait!

We started off with some complimentary bread and butter; follow by the Duck Liver Parfait along with the Pickled Sardines and Bunker Mushrooms dishes to share.

Complimentary bread and butter ツ

Duck Liver Parfait ツ

Pickled Sardines ツ
Bunker Mushrooms ツ

As the sign said "Take a pitcher... It'll last longer" and so we did literally that! MM (Mere Male) and I shared a pitcher of Pimm's for only $32.00 (you get about 4 glasses of drink out of it). What a bargain and it was so yummy and refreshing too! I it!
Pimm's Pitcher ツ *YUM!*
To sum up my experience - all those plates to share plus the pitcher of Pimms only came to $78.50 (work out to be an average of $39.25 per person); that is an awesome price (and value for money) for a (light) dinner for two in Perth CBD, not to mentioned the fantastic service they were given us too.

I am looking forward to return to this place and trying out their lunch menu, as I am keen to know how their lunch menu differ from their dinner menu.

The Old Crow on Urbanspoon

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

BMT Bánh Mì Thịt

Inspired by photos posted on Urbanspoon by other diners, I decided to hunt down BMT and trying out their Bánh Mì Thịt (that is what "BMT" stand for).

BMT wasn't hard to find, the sign was clearly visible from afar and the shop was constantly busy with shoppers going in and out with carried on conversations from the regulars.

I was in awe as soon as I stepped inside the shop. There were food everywhere, not just Bánh Mì Thịt which is the main thing they sell here, but other assortment of take-away meals and sweet treats as well.

Assortment of treats from sweets to savouries ツ 

More sweets & savouries treats ツ

More treats..... ツ

Pate Chaud (hot pastry), sticky rice rolls, freshly made green mustard pickles *YUM!* ツ

The sight of food got me so excited, that I practically forgot what I originally wanted to get from this shop! It took me a good 15 minutes of going back and forth deciding what to get in the end. Mere Male (MM) was with me, so I wasn't able to go on my usual "food" shopping spree as freely as I wanted to and so I settled for the Bánh Mì Thịt and our usual favourite drinks of sugarcane juice.
Bánh Mì Thịt fillings ツ 

Assorted meat fillings ツ

Roast pork ツ

There weren't any tables or seats available at the shop, so we took our breakfast and juices to the nearest park to eat.

 the Bánh Mì Thịt! It has a good balance of meats, pickles and butter (not your average kind of butter, but the Vietnamese kind which usually consisted of egg yolk, olive oil and a pinch of salt - similar to the making of mayonnaise but minus the vinegar and the mustard).

Bánh Mì Thịt ツ

I like the Nước Mía (sugarcane juice) too, but it was lacking a bit of zing from a squeeze of lime juice or preferably kumquat, other than that it was a great drink and so refreshing too!

Nước Mía (sugarcane juice) ツ 

There were so many other good treats to try at the shop, but of course... I can't try them all out at once Smiley note to self though... I will be back for other treats very soon!!!
BMT Vietnamese on Urbanspoon

Monday, August 26, 2013

Green Juice

I recently got into the new craze of "green juice" which is rich in immune-boosting nutrients. It's great for providing energy, detoxifying and alkalising your body. Green drinks get their vibrant colour from chlorophyll, a nutrient-rich pigment found in all leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, celery and lettuce, that cleans the body of harmful toxins, oxygenates the blood and helps boost energy levels.
Here is the first recipe of Green Juice for you to try. I was a bit put off with the idea of drinking "spinach" & "basil" initially, but the orange juice actually helps to mask away that and in doing so, making the drink tasted so good!
400mL of freshly squeezed orange juice
a handful of baby spinach
½ cup of fresh basil
Blend all ingredients together, including fresh orange juice.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Koko Black

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I can't believe it has been 2 months, since I impulsively said yes to going to this event with Miss Katie and Aunty Lesley (Miss Katie's mum). I mean $80.00 just to eat chocolate is rather expensive and a bit on the "luxury" side I must say!

All 3 of us arrived at Claremont Quarter at about 6:30pm and decided to grab a regular chip to share at Grill'd. We were anxious... too anxious for what's to come in an hour time. I have had quite a few degustations before, but never a "dessert" degustation, so this event was just as excited for me as it does for Miss Katie and her mum.

Upon arrival, we were seated at a very comfortable corner sofa towards the back of the room. Once settling in, we started to skim through the menu's description to see what we will be devouring throughout the night.

SmileyOur first drink for the night was a Champagne Truffle (White Creme de Cacao and Marc de Champagne Granita, spritzed with sparkling white wine, dark chocolate swizzle stick) and it was so delicious, I scoffed it all down in a less than 5 minutes!!! ツ

After our first course, Shane Hills - Koko Black's founder and Executive Chocolatier Grant Inches gave us introduction speeches and what to expect in each of the dishes to come.

Our second dish for the night - Yuzu Truffle (Chocolate choux pastry, yuzu gel, chocolate creme, citron fizz) ツ .....I was literally in heaven!!!

Third dish - Liquid Salted Caramel Truffle (Caramel mousse, salted caramel centre, chocolate soil)

By the time the third dish came out, I was stuffed and could not fit another bite in! Reluctantly I asked for a takeaway box - there is no shame in asking for a takeway container I must say! Why? Because I simply did not wanted to waste the $80 I paid for, by not able to take what I can't eat home!!! Sad to admit, but I am a true piglet when it come to food *sad*

Fourth dish - Gianduja Truffle (Warm chocolate fondant baked with a runny hazelnut gianduja centre) ツ

Fifth dish - White Chocolate Truffle (Caramelised pear and white chocolate panna cotta, pear crisps, chocolate madeleine, truffle honey gel) ツ

I chose Peppermint Tea as the beverage to finish off the night's degustation ツ
Koko Black at Claremont Quarter
The verdict: I love "LOVE" Koko Black It is AMAZING! The cafe is so cute and welcoming, the food and drinks are delicious and the staffs are so friendly and helpful!!! I will definitely be coming back here again, even if it takes me an hour to get there!!!

Koko Black on Urbanspoon

Monday, August 19, 2013

Mary Street Bakery

Having seen mixed reviews about Mary Street Bakery, I decided to give this place a go and trying out their food myself.

I arrived here one very early Sunday morning... about 8am to be exact! This is a very rare thing for someone that likes to sleep in on the weekend! Even at 8am, the place is already busy with diners, especially solo-diners like me, which is a good sign that this place is Solo Diner-Friendly!

Having looked through the menu, I decided to go for the Mushroom sautéed pickled crispy egg mojo crispy parmesan and a side dish of "kim chi" because it sounded yummy.

While waiting for my order to come out, I asked if it's ok for me to take some photos of the place for my blog. Once given permission, I practically bombarded the place with snapshot of photos.....
Skinny Flat White ツ

My food arrived soon after.....
Mushroom sautéed pickled crispy egg mojo crispy parmesan ツ
I am not sure what to make of the above dish. I love mushrooms and would always choose a mushroom dish over anything else, but this particular dish with some pickled mushroom was rather..... interesting.
"Kim Chi" ツ
The "kim chi" looks great; I would have been happily grazing this on its own, if it wasn't too salty. I took 3 bites of it and decided to give it a pass as it wasn't worth losing my appetite over.
My second cuppa ツ
a busy Sunday morning at Mary Street Bakery ツ
Urban Art murals on Mary Street [close to corner of Beaufort Street] ツ

The verdict: Mary Street Bakery's customer service was fantastic; however the food (on the menu) didn't quite match up to it. Great concept of fusion food aka the "kim chi", but perhaps the method of "fermentation" is not quite right. 

Kimchi (Korean: 김치 Korean pronunciation: [kimtɕʰi]), also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. It is often described as "spicy" or "sour". (Source: The above "kim chi" was either sour or spicy, it was simply too "salty".

The menu looks interesting, but perhaps too adventurous for me. I wouldn't mind trying out their pastries next time I visit though...

Mary Street Bakery on Urbanspoon