Miss S and I decided to return to Bib and Tucker to give their service another go when we went for another morning walk and swim at Leighton beach. When we arrived the place was half filled as we were given the choice of sitting inside or outside. We chose to sit outside in one of the lower couches and tables facing the beach.
It took a while for the waitress to come and take our order but we did not mind, as we did not have anywhere to be and plenty to catch up on. When the waitress arrived this time around we ordered all our drinks at once so there would be no chancing of drinks not arriving. I ordered a freshly squeezed Apple Juice as well as Russian Caravan Tea ($4.50) to drink. About 10 minutes after ordering our drinks another waitress came by and we each ordered some toast with homemade preserves choice of sourdough, ciabatta, quinoa & linseed and rye bread ($7.00). Both of us chose to select the sourdough toast for breakfast.
The drinks arrived a little while after we placed our food order and not long after that our toast arrived also. I selected the sourdough toast and it arrived with berry preserve, apricot preserve and butter. I enjoyed the bread and preserves and it just hit the spot.
The service was far better than our previous time, however it was still slower and disorganised than I would have hoped and expected. Thankfully Miss S and I had a lovely view of the water to watch and nowhere to rush off to but I do hope that the service at Bib and Tucker can tighten up as it does let the place down.
Freshly squeezed apple juice
Sourdough bread with preserves.
I caught up with my friend Mr A for lunch during his lunchbreak so he could introduce me to Pancakes at Carillon which he had discovered and then raved to me about. When we arrived after a quick walk from his office we were quickly seated and presented with menus by the friendly waitress. The menu was larger than I expected and took me back to memories of my visits to IHOP (International House of Pancakes) when I was last in the States with the lists of different flavoured pancakes and crepes options.
After about 5 minutes the waitress returned to take our orders, it was a little rushed but considering it was mid-week and during common lunch hours I we did not mind as we had places to be. The food like the ordering did not take long either; with what seemed like barely another 5 minutes we had our pancakes in front of us.
I ordered the Bavarian Apple Pancakes, which contained ‘hot cinnamon spiced apples and sultanas with two buttermilk pancakes topped with cream, vanilla icecream and dusted with cinnamon sugar’ ($14.90) along with an Iced Chocolate ($4.90). I quite enjoyed the pancakes but soon realised that their size was deceptive as they were quite filling and found myself unable to finish my serve, as my eyes had been hungrier than my stomach was. I enjoyed the pancakes, they were fluffy and cooked just right and the apple and cinnamon flavouring is a favourite of mine so it did not disappoint.
Overall I enjoyed Pancakes at Carillon and think it would make for the perfect stop or start for weekend shopping in the city. Pancakes at Carillon is located on the top floor of the Carillon City Arcade next to the ABC Shop.
Bavarian Apple Pancakes
On Christmas Eve last year I went to Port Beach for a mid-morning swim and walk with my friend Miss S before I had to head into work. After we had been for our walk and swim we wandered past Salt on the Beach and decided to pop in for lunch. We ordered our food at the bar and took and outside table, at lunchtime on Christmas Eve and the place was empty save for an elderly couple. While we waited for our meals to come out we sat and enjoyed the view.
I ordered the fish and chips as well as a lychee cocktail. I really enjoyed the cocktail as it was very refreshing for the warmish summer weather we were having around Christmas in Perth. I really enjoyed the fish in the fish and chips and would dare to say it has been the best I can remember having! The flavour was not overly fishy but just right, the texture was firm in that the pieces did not fall apart the moment you touched them and the batter was delicious but not overly oily. The chips were nice, nothing to rave home about but they paled in comparison to the highlight that the battered fish was in this dish. The only disappointment I had with the meal was that I found a live creepy crawly in the salad when I was halfway through eating it. I chose not to notify the staff when they collected our plates as I had eaten enough of the dish by that point to be satisfactorily full.
Overall it was a nice to walk right off the beach and enjoy a meal while we dried off. The staff were attentive when we needed assistance, otherwise they remained at the bar as the outside area seemed self-service for water and cutlery. I would happily return for another meal and a few drinks, I will however be a little more attentive to any side salads that accompany my dishes to make sure they have been washed properly.
Fish and Chips
My friend Miss S and I decided to catch up for a walk and swim at the beach and when she picked Port beach I quickly suggested a detour past Bib & Tucker as I had been meaning to check it out. It was a lovely Saturday morning when we met up and after a nice stroll along the beach catching up ad building up an appetite we then headed over to Bib& Tucker. The restaurant was quite busy at around 10am and we managed to luck in and arrive minutes before a large group of people arrived. There was also a kite surfing event that weekend which could have added to the number of people having breakfast there on that Saturday morning.
When we were seen by the staff we were lead to a table outside on the side verandah. The outside tables were the perfect spot to enjoy the cool summer morning weather.
After looking over the menu I could not go past their Breakfast Pizza while Miss S was eyeing off the Lemon and Ricotta pancakes. Miss S ordered a coffee to go with her pancakes while I ordered one of their freshly squeezed juices and a pot of tea (Russian Caravan).
I enjoyed my breakfast pizza however it was too much just for me but would be perfect to share between two. The tea was nice however it took me a while to flag down a staff member so I could get some milk for it. The juice coming in a sealed cup was a novel concept and made for the perfect takeaway as we returned to walk along the beach a little longer before going for a swim. Miss S enjoyed her coffee and the pancakes did not last very long as they too were enjoyed.
I had read reviews before going to Bib and Tucker and had seen some comments regarding the service at Bib and Tucker being lacking. Miss S and I did have some troubles getting the attention of the wait staff and I think this was due to us being seated at a table in the middle of the side verandah hidden from their view during a busy breakfast service. We also had a drinks order not arrive and had to wait some time at the counter to pay the bill. While it was disappointing to see these reviews being confirmed I did enjoy the food however and will be back again to give the service another try.
Tea for one
I finally got the chance to check out Public & Co. in South Fremantle for their brunch, a week or so before they opened up for dinner service. The group I was with were seated in the front main room next to one of the open windows. While waiting for everyone to arrive those of us who were there ordered some juices and coffees. I have been avoiding coffee for the past few years as I hope to delay the onset of the caffeine addiction that seems to creep up on teachers as they progress in their careers. I loved how the juices came to the table in the bottle along with the cute paper straws and a glass to drink the juice from.
When everyone had arrived we ordered some breakfast. I chose the corned beef hash, spinach, potato, fried egg ($18). It may not look like a large portion however when the dish came out I was stumped as to how one person was going to be able to eat it all, I obviously was not hungry enough as I couldn’t but if you’re every at Public & Co for breakfast and feeling very peckish then this is the dish for you! I should also mention that it was a very delicious filling meal. There were no complaints from anyone at the breakfast and we all enjoyed the entire meal.
The staff were fantastic and attentive. I do hope to check out their dinner menu as I have been enjoying their posts on their Facebook page and if their breakfast was anything to go by I will definitely enjoy it!
Corned beef hash, spinach, potato, fried egg ($18)
This blog is a little over a year old and it has been quite the adventure already!
Firstly I have met some wonderful people this past year through this blog including the pleasure to be a part of a group of wine lovers in Perth who formed a Wine Century Challenge group. If you want to see our progress in the wine century challenge you can check it out here.
Secondly I have as a result of this blog discovered some wonderful places to dine out in and around Perth. It is amazing how many little places either already existed or have popped up in the past year. It has been a great thing to see how Perth has changed these past few years, and many many changes for the better!
Along with all these experiences I had quite a hectic year in 2013 outside of this blog as can probably be noted by my sporadic posting. In 2013 my highlight was that I completed my final year of studies to become a qualified secondary teacher and the lowlight was the ending of a long-term relationship with formerly known BF on this blog. With all the commotion of 2013 I decided to follow through on a dream that I have had since my first year of university. I have always wanted to live overseas and it was one of the first things to go on my bucket list when I sat down and wrote out a list when I turned 18.
With all my experiences from last year I begin 2014 with a very ambitious challenge – I have begun a second blog… and before I you say it I know what am I thinking two blogs when I could barely keep up with this one last year?! Well, this new blog is a more personal one to chart my travels as 2014 is bringing a change of scenery for me. In less than a months time I will be packing my life up into 30kgs and heading off to live on the other side of the world (the UK) for two years. For those who wish to see how my travels go feel free to check out Europe: Travel and Teach. I do not know how often it will be updated as I plan to use it more as a journal for my experiences while overseas as a teacher and traveller, as well as a way of letting friends and family back home know what I am up to while I am away.
So what does this mean for this blog in 2014? I will still be posting food and wine related content on this blog, however there will be a slight change of location and there may also be a slight drop in content uploading as I settle into my new life overseas (mainly find a place to call home on a semi-permanent basis with reliable internet) so I apologise in advance. I do however hope to post at least one new post a week – fingers crossed this will be a resolution I can keep this year
I caught up with some girl friends at Bread in Common in Fremantle a few months ago when it had not been open very long. We met early on a Sunday to have brunch and to avoid the crowds that had been frequenting the establishment. The atmosphere of Bread in Common is very well done and provides the restaurant with an intimate feeling even when you are seated at a long table with other diners.
We ordered a range of juices and the others also got some coffees before we settled into looking at the menu. After a quick glance I saw a dish with asparagus and my decision was made – quite a feat as I’m usually the last to decide what I want to order! I did enjoy the dish with it’s interesting combination of flavours, it unfortunately did not fill me up as I had hoped it would. What it did give me that chance to do was to order a dessert and boy was I glad to have done that! All the desserts looked quite delicious and I took a little longer to decide on which to have but I was very happy with the decision I made. The banana, meringue and caramel desserts elements worked well together and made for a very filling way to end the meal. By the end of the desert dish we were all in love with it and throughly filled.
The staff were attentive and nothing was ever too much for them. I will happily go back to try our their lunch and dinner menu and hope to do so soon.
Yoghurt and Berries
Asparagus, Egg, Peas, Quinoa, Pecorino
Banana, meringue, rosemary and caramel