Summer Wrap is a series of my highlights and favourites from summer. A collection of eating,drinking and dining that captures the sunny warm weather of a Perth summer to a ‘T’. This two part post was the inspiration for this series as I have recently been looking back over this past summer and all the things I have enjoyed doing in and around Perth to do with drinking and dining. This post will be split over two entries as it was getting a little long. This post will be on wine and other drinks with follow-up entry coving my go-to summer drink – cider!
With summer winding down in Australia I have been looking over the past few months for my favourite drinks, places to eat and things to cook during the season. With the warmer weather I found myself gravitating towards and embracing white wine a lot more this summer than I have in the past. I also found the hot summer weather was perfect for drinking a few ciders with friends on the weekend.
With the warmer weather a dry white wine was my go to. I found myself seeking out dryer white wines, often a Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon blend or a Riesling. Castelli had a stall at UnWined WA last year and is where I ended up falling in love with their Riesling. If you are looking for a nice riesling and want it to be local I have yet to try a Great Southern reisling that I did not like!
I have also been enjoying a few bottles of bubbly with friends this past summer. Bubbles is a drink that is acceptable at all hours of the day from straight up or in a Mimosa for brunch right through to toasting and celebrating at the end of the night. I am loving Prosecco and Australian bubbles. A local favourite I tried at the start of summer last year was Sitella’s sparkling chenin blanc, this is a great bubbly with a twist! Highly recommend checking this wine out at their cellar door if you are visiting the Swan Valley or keeping an eye out for it on wine lists around Perth.
Sitella Sparkling Chenin Blanc
Lastly for those red wine drinkers who cannot give up their beloved red even in the heat of summer. I have found that chilling my red wines, especially lighter reds such as Pinot Noirs to be very enjoyable. Another option is to swap out your glass of red for a glass of Rose. I tried a lovely 2013 dry Rose called Cajones Muy Grande (a Grenache and Mourvedre blend) from Bakkheia Wines in the Geographe Wine region at a wine showcase last year, it was my favourite wine I tried that night.
When I was dining out with friends this past summer I found myself often gravitating towards a cocktail with my meal. When ever I am dining out at a beachfront location I always find myself in the mood for a cocktail. At Salt on the Beach just behind the dunes at Port Beach in North Fremantle I stumbled across a delicious and simplistic lychee cocktail. At The Pickled Fig off South Beach in South Fremantle I tried their Earl’s Punch cocktail and enjoyed its refreshing flavour. Lastly if you are in the CBD looking for a cocktail and meal combo you cannot go past Jamie’s Italian and its whole package. I have tried quite a few of the cocktails at Jamie’s and have yet to have a bad thing to say about any of them on their flavour and they are well priced!
Earl’s Punch Cocktail
Keep an eye out for the second instalment of this post up later this week!
I caught up with some university girlfriends for lunch at Jamie’s as I knew I had to squeeze in another visit before I left and as some of the girls had not yet been to Jamie’s this was the perfect chance to go. We arrived around 3 and as a walk-in group we were quickly seated with very friendly and professional service along the way.
We began our Jamie’s experience by ordering some drinks. I selected the Florence Fizz ($16.50), which contained Limoncello, pomegranate juice, elderflower cordial and Prosecco. Miss Y ordered the Amalfi Punch ($15.50) after requesting a sweeter cocktail. The Amalfi Punch contains vodka, limoncello and strawberry puree with a squeeze of lemon, finished with pink peppercorns. The other two, Miss N and Miss K ordered the homemade lemonade and lime bitters ($5.00).
Once the drinks were sorted we decided to order some entrees to share. I quickly spotted the Fried Three-Cheese Gnocchi ($9.50) and one of the other girls had tried it before and loved it so we decided to order a serve of that to share as well as the Crispy Squid ($12.50). The Crispy Squid dish was quickly devoured by those who ate calamari and all I heard was positive comments about the dish. The only complaint we had with the entrees is that the gnocchi was delicious and there was not enough of it!
After our entrees we then received our main meals. I ordered what I believe has become my favourite pasta dish at Jamie’s – Jool’s Favourite Sicilian Tuna Fusilli ($13.00 entrée). Miss K ordered the Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli ($14.00 entrée) that I had tried on my previous visit to Jamie’s. Miss N ordered the Honeycomb Cannelloni Three-Ways ($22.50) and Miss Y ordered the Prawn Linguini ($16.00 entrée). All the main dishes were enjoyed and we were barely able to part with our dishes even to share a mouthful but the temptation to try them all won out. Jamie’s again did not disappoint with their pasta!
To end our meal we found room in our already quite full bellies to look over the desert menu. I ummed and aaahhed as to whether I should get the brownie again or try another of the deserts, Miss K helped me out in this regard by ordering Jamie’s Epic Brownie ($10.00) and promising she would share some of it with me. Miss Y ordered the Creamy Pana Cotta ($8.50). Lastly Miss N and myself ordered the Special Tiramisu ($11.00) and Raspberry Frangipane ($8.50) to share between us. I really enjoyed the brownie, pana cotta and raspberry frangipane,however personally I found the tiramisu to be too overwhelming with an alcoholic taste.
Once again it was another fantastic dining experience at Jamie’s and one, which we timed perfectly – finishing our meal just as the dinner rush was arriving. The whole group enjoyed the meal from start to finish and the service was professional, prompt and friendly like always. I look forward to seeing how Jamie’s has grown and developed when I return to Perth.
Fried Three Cheese Gnocchi
Sicilian Tuna Fusilli
Spring Pea and Mint
Honeycomb Cannelloni Three Way
Creamy Panna Cotta
I went back to Jamie’s Italian in Perth after going to see Peter Pan at the ballet last month. I arrived quite late in the evening, and was worried that we were too late to be seated. However, the staff at Jamie’s happily found us a table and had food out to us in no time at all!
For my main meal I ordered the Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli and a Peach Belini to go with it. Our pastas did not take long at all to come out of the kitchen even at 9pm at night. I was impressed with the speed and presentation of the kitchen so late in the evening. I enjoyed the flavours in this dish and it was a nice, simple summery dish.
After we finished our pasta we quickly agreed that we still had room for desert, a favourite of mine at Jamie’s. I did look over the desert menu but could not pass up another chance at having the brownie again. The brownie was better than the first time I tried it, a very nice rich and moist brownie and hot chocolate was the perfect end to my night out in the city with friends at the ballet.
Spring Pea and Mint Ravioli