Post Swim Lunch @ Salt on the Beach, North Fremantle

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.

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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.

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The Blue Duck, Cottesloe

Hi everyone,

While the family was in town a few weeks ago we went to The Blue Duck in Cottesloe to celebrate a family member’s birthday. I didn’t manage to get a photo of every single dish we had as there was too many of us but I managed to grab pictures of those around me before they proceeded to polish off their meals.

I got there a few minutes late and the tasting plates had already been partway demolished so I didn’t manage to get any pictures of those but everyone had enjoyed them immensely. I did however arrive in time to attempt to capture a shot of the sunset that night, unfortunately my phone’s camera could not do justice to the sunset that night as it really was spectacular with all the cloud cover that evening.

View of the Sunset from the table.

View of the Sunset from the table.

For mains there was a range of dishes ordered from the menu. Those which I managed to grab a photo of were:

Lamb.

Roasted Marinated Lamb.

Fish and chips.

Tempura Fish and chips.

Mushroom.

Stuffed Field Mushrooms.

Gnocchi.

Pan Seared Gnocchi (Entree sized).

The gnocchi dish was mine and it was delightful! I wish I had ordered the main however at the time I ordered I knew there would be cake so I didn’t want to have too big a portion, however upon trying the gnocchi I could have happily eaten plate-loads of this dish! The gnocchi melted in my mouth and was accompanied by pumpkin puree, roasted tomatoes, sage butter, feta cheese and cashew nuts of which none remained by the end and the flavours worked beautifully together! This is a dish you could safely say that I would happily reorder. I also had a chance to sample some of the lamb and boy was that tender and well cooked. The fish and chips also came with the most amazing sauce (grebiche). The chicken dish off the menu was ordered by some people on the night as well and was also enjoyed by many but I did not manage to grab a photo or taste of it. The portion sizes were also well done and everyone at the table was happy.

And as it was a birthday celebration cake was obviously necessary so we had a cake arranged through The Blue Duck. The supplied us with a carrot cake which was moist and delicious!

Carrot Cake.

Carrot Cake.

I would love to come back here in the summer and sit out on the deck for dinner to see how it is out there. For me the food alone (the gnocchi in particular) is worth heading back for!

Until next time!

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Perth Wine Group, First Meet

Hi everyone,

As many of you should know I stumbled across the Wine Century Challenge a few weeks ago and over that time there has been a lot of interest from other food and wine bloggers in Perth as well as general people. The founding members of the group consists of The Perth Wine Enthusiast (PWE), Perth Food Journal (PFJ), Travelling Corkscrew (TC) and myself. TC was not able to make it to our first meet at Steve’s Fine Wine and Food in Nedlands.

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If you want to find people who are passionate about wine then Steve’s is the place to go! Michael who runs the bottle shop brought such great energy to the place and he really loves his wines both to sample them and to talk about them!

We ended up adding sampling two new varietals along with a few well known varietals as it turned out that Wednesday nights is when Steve’s has a winemaker or rep in for tastings. We ended up also sampling most of the range from Soumah winery in the Yarra Valley, which consisted of their Pinot Noir, Wooded Chardonnay and Savarro (their trademarked name for Savagnin, due to their vines being planted as Savagnin intentionally while it was still being mistaken in Australia for Albariño). I adored their Pinot Noir and it made me quite excited for my trip to Melbourne next month! Their labelling was delightful and informative unlike many labels you see out on the shelves these days.

Soumah label.

Soumah label.

Our two new varietals tried were:

Müller-Thurgau

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This wine had some nice acid, minerality and a hint of spiciness that made for an exciting wine to sample.

Savagnin

(aka what was accidentally thought to be Albariño in Australia for quite some time)

The Savarro when first poured was very chilled and as a result there was little to no aroma that BF or I could determine and on the palate it reminded me of Gewürtztraminer and how it had been disappointing for me compared to Rieslings which I love. The wine improves as it warmed in the glass but by then I had moved on to other wines before ending up back with the Müller-Thurgau which had impressed me at the start of the night.

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The picture below is a shot of the sides of the labels on Soumah’s wines and what makes it clear that the wine makers are driving these wines. The detail on the side of the label are like nothing I have ever seen before but something that I truly hope more wineries will adopt as it makes selecting a wine so much easier when you actually know what is in the bottle.

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I adored the first wine (the Müller-Thurgau from northern Italy) from the aroma to the taste of the wine across your palate it continued to surprise me with where it went next. A real treat and one I just barely resisted adding to my collection, but it is on the list along with a few other wines for when I have depleted my stash.

After having a quick sample of the wines we were all quite peckish, especially after PFJ had told us all about her food adventure while she was in New Zealand recently, especially her all-time favourite fish and chips. We ended up grabbing a Fish and Chips and a Pizza to share. The fish and chips batter was a little on the soft side for my liking, however the tartare sauce and chips were delicious. The pizza was however the highlight of the two dishes, the base was delicious and cooked just the way I like it, the toppings worked very well together and overall the pizza was just yum.

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Pizza: prosciutto, fresh tomato, fresh basil and mozzarella.

Fish and chips.

Fish and chips.

We ended the night with one last wine which Michael brought to us as a blind tasting. It was a wine that threw us all. I knew it was a wine varietal I recognised, but could not narrow it down more than that. PWE said it seemed like an ‘Old World’ wine but Michael then went on to tell us he had thought the same but it was an Australian wine. In the end we all quite liked it but had no idea as to what it was, Michael then revealed it to be the 2010

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Torbrek, 2010, Kyloe, Barossa Valley. (Mourvèdre grape varietal)

It was a wonderful night and BF even popped in for a little while and gave both the new varietals a tick of approval. he too was more of a fan of the first wine, his preference being based upon the lack of aroma on the second wine as well as it being quite limiting on the palate until it had had a chance to warm up in the glass.

For anyone interested in attending our next meet and joining us on the Wine Century Challenge please feel free to contact any one of us on our blogs or Facebook pages as we will add you to the list for those to contact for the next meet which will likely not be until late January next year.

Until next time!

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