Saturday, January 30, 2016

Chapels on Whatley

We celebrated our 15 years of togetherness and 1 year anniversary September last year at Chapels on Whatley, an Asian Fusion tea house turned café about 4½ years ago. 

Having read numerous reviews about Chapels on Whatley on various social media platforms, we decided to trust my gut's instinct (despite the mixed reviews) and giving it a go anyway. 

We booked for 12pm and on arrival the tea café was already full! I am glad we made that reservation a couple of days prior!

On arrival we were given a really nice table right in the middle of the dining area, close to the display table and tea cabinets.

We started off with a pot of tea to shared at $5.50 per person for 2 hour period with unlimited (water) topped up. We chose my favourite tea Pu-erh, a microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled. All type of pu-erh can be stored to mature before consumption, which is why it is commonly labelled with year and region of production.
The tea came out in a clear tea pot with 2 sets of clear cup and saucer, which looked kinda lovely apart from the water stained/spots on both the cups and the tea pot. 

Being Asians, we typically love sharing food in general so it came to no surprised that we have chosen 2 dishes to shared, the first one was the Oriental Tasting Plate
which was a combination of Asian treats including Fried Vietnamese Rice Paper Spring Rolls (typically known as Chả Giò Rế - closer translation would be Net Seafood Spring Roll), Vegetarian Fried Spring Rolls, Steamed Shaomai Prawn and Pork Dumplings, Thai Spicy Fish Cakes, Japanese Takoyaki (octopus balls) and Chinese BBQ Pork Buns $29.95

The second dish we ordered was the Duck & Orange Salad
with Slow Roasted & Shredded Peking Duck, Orange Segments, Asian Greens and fried onions.
The duck was nicely roasted, moist together with the sweetness of the orange slices and the Asian Greens; it took us literally minutes to devour our dish!  

Chapels on Whatley was an exotic place with high ceilings, brick walls and all sort of exotic furniture and paintings - the place made me feel like I was being transported in time to the 1920s-30s Old Shanghai, instead of just the good old Perth!

Curious with Chapels on Whatley's exterior décor, I wander out the back towards the 2 outdoor areas in the courtyard and took some photos of the terracotta warriors and other things.

Overall, we had an amazing anniversary lunch! Thank you Keith and the team for the yummilicious food (and tea) and friendly service - I can't wait to go back again to try the High Tea menu!

Chapels on Whatley Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Yelp's Newbie Party

Hubby and I attended the Yelp's Newbie Party at Llama Bar in Subiaco tonight, together with our friend Lily of Foodieguide_Lily.

On arrival, we were given a drink token each to exchange for a bottle of Sofi Spritz - the "new kid on the block" at Yelp's event tonight.
The Sofi Spritz has citrus, bitters & soda over a Riesling base and would have been nicer topped up with extra soda for that extra fizzy drink!

We were also being spoilt with some nibbles... my favourite was the Truffle Arancini Balls
Pulled Pork Croquettes with pea mash
Lamb kebabs
Braised Beef Meatballs
There weren't as many people attending this event (as compared to the last one at the Botanical Balcony Party) but that's ok cos there were plenty of food for us all to enjoyed, courtesy thanks to Laura, the Yelp Team and Llama Bar.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Yelp’s Botanical Balcony Party

Hubby and I got to attend the Yelp's Botanical Balcony Party at the Perth Concert Hall on Friday night, courtesy thanks to Laura and the amazing team at Yelp.

Together with our friend and fellow foodie, Lily of Foodieguide_Lily we were practically the first 3 people arriving at the venue prior to 6pm! Yes we were that keen!
I often find reasons to dressed up when I go out and with Yelp's dress code being 'botanical', it was just the perfect excuse to dolled up in a few of my favourite pieces and the benefit of arriving early was that we get to try everything we want before the queue kicks in!!!

Stampede Gelato was on one of my top list to try as soon as we got in, while Lily dash off to take pics of all the other food/drink stalls.
Both hubby and I tried the "coconut fig jam rum" flavour and loved it! 

Next up was The Standard stall and their delicious "Chicken grill, rice noodle, peanuts, Asian herbs, fried onions and nước chấm" These were so good that we went back for second!
We also shared between us a plate of "Beef Carpaccio with wasabi cream, soy pearl and bay leaf" - I would have gone back for second if the line wasn't that crazily long!

In between our savoury dishes, we also tried a few drinks, first up was the Aperol Spritz - we had a couple of these and frankly I lost count!

I also queued up for the Bombay Sapphire gin but again the line was way too long for me to go back for seconds!

Hubby also got to try out the Young Henrys' beer and cider - his preferred choice was of course the cider

We also tried the chicken satay at Satay on Charcoal served with rice cube, onion and a generous amount of peanut sauce!

For dessert, I got to try a piece of the Honey Cake and Cake in a jar by Carina's Kitchen and they were both delicious!

All in all we had an awesome time! A special thank you to Laura (and team at Yelp) as well as the traders for putting up such an amazing feast for us all to enjoy! 

See you again at the next event!