Thursday, October 6, 2016

Slate Café

We attended a VIP Family & Friends Launch Party at Slate Café last Sunday. Slate Café is a sister business to La Belle Peau in North Perth, which is co-owned by a family of 6 coffee snobs as they called themselves ツ

Slate Café located at the corner of Dulwich Street & Marshall Road, one of three main entrances to Whiteman Park. The café offers a Modern Australian cuisine with a choice of 4 Vietnamese dishes (in the Yellow Fever section) and a Kid's Menu.

There are hardly any dog café in Perth I know of, that has an enclosed dog area with nice coffee or a good selection of food. They either have one or the other but not both! Well.. Much to our delights, Slate Café has it all - Enclosed dog playground, indoor/outdoor children playground and an amazing choice of food and coffees as well!

The best part is the café is only 10 minutes away from our house! I think we can make a weekly weekend visit here for coffee, food and doggy play dates etc
Indoor/outdoor Dining Area
Children Playground
For brunch hubby ordered the Wagyu Ph which consisted of Wagyu beef, rice noodles, beansprouts and mints served with steaming beef broth ($16).

While I ordered the Bò Kho which was a Vietnamese Beef Stew slow cooked over 24 hour in a fragrant tomato broth with carrots and daikon and served hot with Thai basil and usually a Vietnamese roll, but they didn't have any on the day ($17).

Hubby and I also ordered coffees. Hubby has the Soy Cap while I had the Skinny Flat White.

All of Slate Café food is of Instagram quality, just to show you how much they care about the quality of their food, as well as the presentation. While their coffees range from $4 or more, their food however were priced at under $20 per dish - Well priced if I may say so myself!

Slate Café is a casual and laid back café that welcomes anybody and everybody. They provide great food, great service and not at all pretentious (which is a good thing!); I look forward to returning here often!

Disclaimer: Nini Foodielicious would like to thank Slate Café for the complimentary meal at their café. While the meal was sponsored; all opinions on this post are Nini Foodielicious' own.

Sunday, September 18, 2016


We were stoke to be invited to Tavolo's Launch Party last Saturday. Located at the Reading Cinema Complex, Tavolo is owned by the gorgeous Jess and her hubby Mario, is the newest addition to Belmont's Food Scene.
Tavolo's Official Launch Party w/ the Gatsby themed
Tavolo's interior was huge with indoor / outdoor seating and they are also a dog-friendly restaurant (outdoor only), if you wish to dine out with your fur babies! 

On arrival, we received a glass of sparkling wine each. I also got to meet Jess, co-owner of Tavolo and all the lovely and attentive staff at the event.
Tavolo's sparkling wine on arrival

The food came out soon after and there were so many round of food circulating throughout the night. We were spoilt rotten thanks to the generosity of the owners ❤
Above are highlights of some of the tastings we had on the night, but my favourites were the arancini balls; they were not only nice, crunchy but also oozing with mozzarella cheese on each bite ❤ Yum!

I also love the simplicity of the Aglio E Olio pizza w/ extra virgin olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sea salt beside all the other glamorous pizzas such as the Tartufata w/ truffle cream.
Aglio E Olio pizza w/ extra virgin olive oil, garlic, rosemary and sea salt
Tatufata w/ mozzarella, mushrooms, truffle cream, shaved parmigian & parsley
My other two favourites were the beef and roast pork, although I don't think these are available on the menu however 😐

Overall we had a great night celebrating the launch with the owners, their staff and fellow foodie bloggers. Thank you so much for the great hospitality Tavolo, I can't wait to return and sampling the other items on your menu soon.

Tavolo Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Nini Foodielicious would like to thank Tavolo for the complimentary meal at their restaurant. While the meal was sponsored; all opinions on this post are Nini Foodielicious' own.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Harvest Espresso

So I've been eyeing this particular dish from Harvest Espresso the last few days, after they updated their Winter Menu; and since Harvest Espresso was on my "wish list" for months, I couldn't resisted the wait any longer and dragged Kim, one of my gal pal out to lunch with me!

We started off with coffees (because I hasn't had any that morning!). I ordered my usual Skinny Flat White and Kim ordered the Matcha Latté with a shot of espresso on the side.
(L) Skinny Flat White (R) Matcha Latté

For lunch, Kim ordered the Cured Kingfish with Lime & Mascarpone Cream, Baby Beetroot, Baby Tomatoes, Mustard Soy Cider Vinaigrette, Capers, Egg Wedges and Lavosh.
Kim's dish looked "way too pretty to eat" (but she ate it all of course) fondly

I, of course, ordered the Doughnuts which served with Fois Fras Ganache, Fairy Floss and Seasonal Berries.
My dish was as delicious as it looked and was worthy of however long I was stalking Harvest Espresso's posts on Instagram for!

 Harvest Espresso's new menu and can't wait to come back to try the other items on their menu!

Harvest Espresso Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, August 22, 2016

Brotzeit Joondalup

Recently we were invited to try Brotzeit's TOMAHAWK Pre Launch Dinner at their Lakeside Joondalup outlet. 

On arrival, we were greeted with the amazing styled and décor table setting by Lustere Living and the personalised menu and name plate by Mrs Lustere Living

The evening started of a delicious platter of German brezn and bread basket serves with tasty salmon spread and Obatzda (cream cheese spread) for entrée - all were house-made at Brotzeit.

We were also given a choice House Red Wine or House White Wine with our meals, complimentary of Brotzeit.

For main we were spoilt with this mammoth size steak of 1.3kg spice rubbed beef rib eye, slow roasted to medium rare with gourmet potato, spiced eggplant, grilled corn, fennel salad, herb butter and port wine jus.

The verdict, as demonstrated by @PerthFoodieNicki (below) clearly showed how amazing and tasty the rib was...

and as commented by hubby on the night: "A good hearty meal, I'd recommend it for two to four people to share. As well as the juicy medium rare rib eye, you also get get the crispy, biltong like parts off the bone. Good value for $79 a plate including side dishes".

For dessert, we got to enjoy a slice of German's Black Forest cake which came in a nice spongy texture with cherry, cream and chocolate.

The Tomahawk will be launched on Wednesday 24th August - Make sure you call up for a booking a few days ahead and mention that you want to order the Tomahawk for the night.

Overall a tasty dining experience and guess what?! Hubby and #iSurvivedtheTomahawk and we're so proud of it! The steak itself was honestly one of the best I ever tasted!

Brotzeit German Bier Bar & Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Nini Foodielicious would like to thank Brotzeit for the complimentary meal at their restaurant. While the meal was sponsored; all opinions on this post are Nini Foodielicious' own.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Hey Griller

A group of foodies and I got invited to Hey Griller for dinner a few weeks ago. Hey Griller was recently opened in Victoria Park, serving modern Australian with a touch of Asian Fusion grill cuisine. 

We started off with a selection of dishes from their Entrée and HGTM Skewers sections.

The Prawn Toasts (4 pcs) topped with sautéed squid, garlic sauce and caviar drizzled with chilli oil came out first.

Followed by the Pan Grilled Squid my favourite! The Pan Grilled Squid (2 pcs) were brushed with herbs and spices and cooked til nice and tender. We were lucky to have one squid each and it was soooo good!

The Lamb & Pork Skewers came out next; I tasted a bit of the lamb skewer but find that the flavouring wasn't as good as the pork and so I went straight for the rest of the pork skewers or as much skewers as I could get my hands on *grinned*

The Embotido of grilled pork and sultana roulade served with smoked corn salsa came out about the same time.
Hand model courtesy thanks to Wayne of FoodBloggerPerth
The Chicken & Vegetable Karima of crispy pastry stuffed with chicken / grilled marinated vegetables with adobo chipotle sauce and mayonnaise, served with chips.
Hand model courtesy thanks to Wayne of FoodBloggerPerth
I didn't get a chance to taste the Chicken Karima but the Vegetables one with eggplants and zucchinis were so tasty and flavoursome!
Hand model courtesy thanks to Wayne aka FoodBloggerPerth
For my main, I ordered the perfectly cooked skin on Salmon on top of sautéed vegetables and spinach and a dollop of cauliflower puree sprinkled with roasted pistachios. I was a bit sceptical of the cauliflower puree as it was not something I usually eat but it turned out to be quite tasty and compliments the rest of the ingredients really well.

Everyone seems to raved on the Chocolate and Hazelnut Fudge (served in a cup topped with torched marshmallows and a scoop of ice cream), but I find that it was too sweet for my liking - I much preferred the Grilled Watermelon (served w/ vanilla ice cream and in house made lime sorbet) however, despite it being quite plain and rather simple compared to the torched marshmallows. Yes I liked the simple things in life.
Chocolate and Hazelnut Fudge
Grilled Watermelon
If you're in Victoria Park and want to try something different, why not pop into Hey Griller and check out their menu - I highly recommended the Pan Grilled Squid *yuuuuuum*

Hey Griller Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: Nini Foodielicious would like to thank Hey Griller for the complimentary meal at their newly opened restaurant. While the meal was sponsored; all opinions on this post are Nini Foodielicious' own.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Xuân Thủy Bánh Mì Thịt (Vietnamese Bread Rolls)

I am officially in  with this new opening at Alexander Heights Shopping Centre! Not to sound crazy but I have been there at least 10 times since it was open almost 5 weeks ago!

Xuân Thủy Bánh Mì Thịt's menu focused mainly on Bánh Mì Thịt (Vietnamese Bread Rolls) and there are 4 options to choose from, at a bargain price of $5.00 a roll - How good is that?!

The four options are:
  • Bánh Mì Thịt Nguội (Vietnamese Combination Roll)
  • Bánh Mì Xíu Mại (Vietnamese Meatball Roll)
  • Bánh Mì Thịt Quây (Vietnamese Roast Pork Roll)
  • Bánh Mì Nem Nướng (Vietnamese BBQ Roll)
The classic version, Bánh Mì Thịt Nguội, sometimes known as the combination roll is made with various Vietnamese cold meats, such as sliced pork or pork bellies, chả lụa (steamed pork roll), liver paté, Vietnamese mayonnaise, pickled daikon and carrots.
Bánh Mì Thịt Nguội (Vietnamese Combination Roll) $5.00
I was told (by the owner) that their Bánh Mì Thịt, particularly the combination roll was the most sell out item on the menu and I am not at all surprised as their rolls are really good!!

Other items on her menu are Phở (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup), Bún Bò Huế (Pork & Beef w/ Rice Noodle in Spicy Soup) and Cơm Sườn (Grilled Pork Chop w/ Steamed Rice).
Bún Bò Huế (Pork & Beef w/ Rice Noodle in Spicy Soup) $11.00
Phở (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup) $11.00
I have tried both the Phở and the Bún Bò Huế and I must admit that these are possibly the best I've eaten in Perth (to date) and the best thing is you can eat these noodle soups any time in the day - be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or even three times a day if you're that keen - because Xuân Thủy BMT opens from 7am - 9pm seven days a week!

The only feedback I have is the lack of Thai Basil and other Asian herbs typically eaten with Phở. I understand that it's hard to get these herbs in winter but if they could add them on in the warmer months, their noodle soups will taste ten times better than what they are now!

The menu also offer Meal Sets, you'll get a choice of 2 dishes with steamed rice for only $8.50 a meal! That's under $10 for lunch or dinner for ya! 

Xuân Thủy BMT recently introduced new items such as Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Sizzling Pancake), Bánh Khọt (Mini Vietnamese Sizzling Pancake) and Bò Cuốn Lá Lốt (Grilled Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves) onto their menu and I can't wait to try them all out!!!
Bò Cuốn Lá Lốt (Grilled Beef Wrapped in Betel Leaves) $11.00
Xuan Thuy Banh Mi Thit Vietnamese Bread Rolls Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Don Tapa

Hubby and I braved the crazy weather on Saturday morning to meet up with some friends for lunch at Don Tapa. 

Don Tapa is a modern South American cuisine with an Asian Fusion twists also know as Nikkei Cuisine - the beautiful love child of Peru and Japan. Located at the Mantle, Don Tapa is a pop up space in a beautifully converted warehouse in the East End of Fremantle.

Don Tapa's menu was designed to be shared amongst friends and hence the arrival of the Kimchi Pancakes for us to start off with.
The Kimchi Pancakes ($18) consisted of broccolini and corn, kimchi salad, togarashi spiced egg with added house cured bacon on the side. 

Despite not having any kimchi in the "kimchi" pancakes batter, the pancakes still tasted quite good complemented by the rest of the flavours on the plate. The kimchi salad could be a bit spicier and with a little more kimchi sauce, this dish would have been amazing!

We also had the Ancho Chilli and Bacon Ramen ($18) which consist of Char Siu Pork, 62 degree egg, pickled mushroom and prawn toast.
Hand model courtesy thanks to Andrew Nguyễn
The ramen was Inex's choice and initially she wasn't going to shared with the rest of us (j/k!) but eventually she gave in and managed to split it into 5 little bowls beautifully. The ramen was delicious and heart-warming and if the broth was to be a little bit more (chilli) spicier, I think this dish will be our absolute favourite! 

Next up was the Ceviche Sushi Roll ($15) with market seafood, tiger milk and chilli.
Hand model courtesy thanks to Andrew Nguyễn 
The sushi roll is Don's twist on the classic ceviche dish. The dish was light and together with the pickled chilli (on top) was so refreshing and flavoursome. The trick is to pop the whole thing in one mouthful in order to experience that burst of flavours at the same time. 

Fourth dish on the list was the Koji Chicken Donut Slider ($7) with spiced fried free range chicken, jack cheese and Jarra honey butter.
Hand model courtesy thanks to Inexology
The combination of ingredients flavoured the dish so well and thanks to Inex's knife skill we'd all managed to have at least 2 pieces each of the sliders!

Fifth dish we tried was the Don Does Saigon ($22) with peanuts, coriander black pudding, smoked chilli and green tomato salsa and panko crumbed egg.
I didn't get a chance to taste this dish as I was probably too busy taking photos, but the boys said it was quite nice!

The Szechuan Soft Shell Crab Tacos ($18) were last on our list; served with chipotle aioli and corn salsa. Lucky me I got to chomp down not one but two of these tacos!!!

Overall we had a wonderful time at Don Tapa. The ambience and vibes were nice too despite the horrid weather outside.
Our waitress was also amazing and ever so patience with us, especially when we literally took forever to decide what we wanted to order.

P.S. I'm a Northie gal (proud of it too!) and rarely dine out anywhere South of the River, but Don Tapa's relax atmosphere and friendly service has prompted me to explore Freo and its surrounding even more so now. Can't wait!

Don Tapa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato