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

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