Jamie’s Italian, Perth

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Back in July I caught up with a friend L and we decided to try our luck at Jamie’s Italian in Perth for a Friday lunch. L managed to grab a spot in the line minutes before the opened at 11am and by the time I arrived a few minutes past 11am we were instantly seated. We opted to skip entrees after snacking on the complimentary bread basket to save room for desert, and let me tell you that was a smart move on our part!

Bread Basket

Bread Basket

I ordered the Tagliatelle Bolognese main size ($19) along with a Jamie’s iced tea ($16) and split a side of the Posh Chips ($6.5) with my friend. The chips were a bit of a let down after all the hype I had heard about them as they were nice but nothing special. The pasta however was perfectly done both on cooking and portion sizing, especially for the price.

With mains out of the way we settled in for looking at the desert menu. I had my mind made up before arriving that I would be having the brownie ($9) – however the rest of the desert menu at Jamie’s sure put up a temptatious fight. I had heard mixed reviews about the brownie. My first bite into the brownie was looking like it would be a disappointment as it was quite dry on the outside, however I quickly found that the centre of the brownie was not like that and was instead a rich, decadent, and gooey delicious brownie. The brownie like the pasta did not last very long, and was followed up with a pot of tea ($4.25 for one) as L and I continued to catch up and work off the food coma we had developed over our lunch at Jamie’s.

We left the restaurant about an hour and a half after arriving and in that time it had gone from a near empty restaurant to a packed one with a line forming out the front. The noise level towards the end definitely encouraged us to move on to continue our catch up to a quieter spot. Really loved the food, the service was exceptional, the only downside was the popularity of Jamie’s making it very loud and noisy come peak-lunchtime. Definitely worth the visit but try to catch them in an off-peak time to be able to enjoy the meal peacefully and to be able to give it the justice the food deserves.

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First Vegan Meal – Heavenly Plate, Melville

Hi everyone,

I went out to dinner to a restaurant, which my vegan friend had selected. She chose heavenly plate and while I knew it was vegan I was a little caught out by seeing chicken and other meats on the menu. I started the meal by ordering a cup of tea (pictured below), they had quite a selection of teas and I ended up selecting the White Orchard tea. My review of the tea can be found in this blog post. My other friends ordered a smoothie and another tea, both of  which were nice and had the weather been a little warmer I would have definitely gone with a smoothie.

White Orchard.

White Orchard Tea.

Entrees

We ordered 2 entrees to share. 1 from their specials menu and the other off the main menu. Both were very nice. The second pictured entree was the favourite however of the group.

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Bags of Treasure.

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Entree off the ‘Special Menu’.

Mains

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Triple C with Salad.

The Triple C with Salad was my selection off the menu described as ‘Marinated Chicken with coke and deep fried in flour‘ making me order it out of sheer curiosity as to what deep fried chicken which had been marinated in coke tasted like. I have to say I ended up quite liking this dish and found that the coke could not be tasted in the batter.

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Satay

My friend M ordered the Satay which is a favourite of hers. She devoured it quickly and enjoyed it as it is her usual order when she comes here.

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Lasagne.

Lastly, my other friend L ordered the Lasagne off the ‘Specials Menu’ of the night. We were all quite amused at the inclusion of corn chips on her plate, however L still enjoyed the lasagne, especially as it used soy cheese which she was allowed to eat.

Deserts

I had been forewarned about the deserts at Heavenly Plate and made sure to leave plenty of room for it. From eyeing off the desert cabinet while we had our meal I was not to be disappointed.

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Apple Cake.

M ordered the last slice of the Apple Cake which she had raved about for the entire meal. I managed to get a bite and would have to agree with her on it being very delicious. I will be having a slice of this in the future!

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Passionfruit Cheesecake with Apple Sorbet.

This was the desert I ordered. The flavours in the cheesecake and the sorbet worked extremely well together and I would highly recommend this desert!

My friend L ordered the Tiramisu, however I was not quick enough to get a picture before she started. L polished off the tiramisu and gave it a big thumbs up.

Until next time!

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A night of Firsts – Dinner at Fuku, Mosman Park.

Hi everyone,

I was invited earlier this year to dine at Fuku as their guest. I should also note here that I do not eat a lot of seafood so my views of the meal were skewed by this however my dining companion S is a lover of sashimi and teppanyaki and overall loved the meal.

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Saki

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I had never tried Saki before and when offered some I quickly accepted. The first saki was a chilled one. I did not know what to expect when trying the saki, however I quite enjoyed the Saki. The second saki came slightly warm in the smaller clay glass and had a very different mouthfeel to the other Saki. For a first impression of Saki, I really enjoyed it and look forward to trying more in the future!

1st Course: Calamari with Herring Roe and Antarctic Ice Crab

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I was quite interested by all the different textures and flavours in this dish. While I was exploring this dish S quickly polished this dish off enjoying it. The seaweed crisps were the highlight for me as I found them very easy to snack on and would make for the perfect studying snack.

2nd Course: Smoked Wagyu, Oyster Tempura, Burdock and School prawn Kakiage.

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The Wagyu in this dish was outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed it. The oyster was a first and an interesting experience, however I must admit it was not as bad as I had expected, though I think it will take many more tries of oysters before I will become a fan of them.

3rd Course: Sashimi

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Another first and I was in awe of how different the textures of sashimi is compared with smoked and cooked fish. The fish presented on the dish was fresh and delicious and S and I were both impressed. My fist try of sashimi was a good experience and while it will take a few more tries to get used to it I am definitely keen to give sashimi another go.

4th Course: Partridge

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A well flavoured dish that just melted in my mouth! The mushroom in this dish were not your usual mushrooms and their texture and taste were quite different however they worked well to tie this simple dish together.

5th Course: Scollop, prawn & crispy prawn head

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I watched this dish being cooked in layer upon layer of butter and my mouth was watering by the time it was plated up and placed in front of me. On my first bite I was quite impressed with how the butter have a rich flavour to the prawn. S was a big fan of the crispy head of the prawn in this dish.

6th Course: Fish of the day

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I was a little off put by the baby octopus in this dish, however S was most enthralled by it. The zingy citrus sauce in this dish comes from a Japanese fruit and was quite an unusual taste. This sauce added a who new dimension to the dish.

7th Course: Wagyu (full blood) sirloin steak Mayura Station grade 9+, Friend rice with wagyu flavour.

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The waygu in this dish was exceptional! I devoured it quickly and wish there had been more it was tender, juicy and perfectly cooked. Simple flavours, which were well cooked and melted in my mouth. Also the chefs did an exceptional job of cooking this dish including flaming stacks of onion rings and cracking eggs by flipping them into the air and using their spatulas.

8th Course: Yuzu Cheesecake, Chocolate drink and Mountain Peach.

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Lastly came desert. The wasabi cream has a lovely zing to it and the dish as a whole just hit the spot to end the meal. A well arranged dish with a number of unusual and interesting flavours that were brought together so nicely.

Overall I really enjoyed the experience and highly recommend it to anyone who loves Japanese food or is interested in going to an intimate restaurant or for those who have always wanted to see their meal cooked for them. The 3 hours for the meal past in no time as we watched our food being cooked and prepared before our eyes and then eating it while the next course was prepared. The presentation and execution was exceptional. The chefs were fantastic and always happy to help explain a dish for me as were the wait staff. My friend S who came along with me has been to many of the Teppanyaki restaurants in Perth and said Fuku was one of the best she’d been to.

A big thank you to Fuku for inviting me to dine there!

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Where have I been?

So the last month or two has been a little dormant on this blog, sorry about the lack of posts. I ended up getting swamped with graduate studies leading up to my final prac in a months time. I have been spending more time with my head buried in books writing assignments that my nose has been in a wine glass sniffing and swirling. I have a few posts that I hope to get up in the next month before I go into my final practicum. There will likely be few posts until I finish prac in early December so I will try to post as often as I can but apologies in advance for my intermitted postings. Until then enjoy a glass (or bottle) of wine for me!