Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I was so excited to hear from Stewarts and was eager to try out their new winter menu for 2015.

We chose a Sunday lunch to indulge and we did just that.

As I've mentioned before in my previous visit here not too long ago (and that's just how I think ill keep my visits to Stewarts in future- very regular) one of my favourite wines happens to be on the list - the one I'm still yet to find to purchase in Perth. I found this lovely drop when I competed in the Buy West Eat Best 2014 WA's Signature Dish Competition down in Denmark WA and it's made by Forest Hill Estate. It's a 2012 Riesling and is very easy to drink. My husband agreed and we ordered a bottle of this right away.

We decided to have an entrĂ©e each instead of sharing this time around. My husband couldn't pass up the Beef Cheek. A small portion of thinly sliced cheek, served with mash, artichoke puree, it was like a mini roast and it was very tender and delicious.

I ordered the Duck Liver Parfait with Orange Jelly, Cornichons and Crisp Breads. I was definitely loving the creamy rich flavor of the pate and was very happy sipping my wine and nibbling on my little platter for one.
Filo Wrapped Chicken Wellington, Ecrase Potatoes, Silverbeet and Mustard Cream Sauce was my hubby's main (after we almost both ordered it) and the filo was lovely and crispy. The light mustard cream sauce added a nice touch also. This was a great sounding, looking and tasting dish!
For my mains, I decided on the Caramelized Pork Belly, Boulangere Potatoes, Choucroute, Sweet Potato Puree and Apple Cider Sauce to help break my pork belly drought. I don't know why but it's been a while since I've had pork belly. A perfectly sized portion of belly with a thin crispy crackling and a meltingly tender meat underneath. I'm always mesmerized how the grains of meat alternate in different directions layer by layer in pork belly and was loving every minute.

Looking through the menu I noticed they've switched from doing weekend breakfasts to now serving weekend brunch. Brunch is served 10am - 3pm Saturday and Sunday and looks great! The friendly waitstaff also mentioned that the new brunch menu has been very popular due to the more relaxed serving time. You can still order the full lunch menu on the weekends too so all bases are covered!

I'm so glad Stewarts isn't far from home and now I've seen the brunch menu I'll be back here in a few weeks to check it out!

The rest of the winter menu looks great too. They have a different Fish of the day dish and a pretty decent kids menu too.

Thanks Brookleigh!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Another lovely catch-up was on the cards with my friend Brooke (Cooking 101) . It was Brooke's choice this time around and Mary Street Bakery was the decision. A very popular little spot in Highgate on the corner of Mary and Beaufort Streets, I can't believe I hadn't dined here sooner!

We met up around 11, grabbed a table outside and looked through the menu. I love how MSB's breakfast menu extends all the way to 3pm. I decided on the slow cooked eggs with bacon. Lovely silky smooth eggs that overflowed with the touch of my fork; this was perfect and just what I needed on that cool morning.

Brooke went the very popular Crispy Chicken Buttermilk Pancakes, with Maple syrup and a Fried Egg. Delicious, tender, crunchy chicken thigh on top of a pancake with a fried egg surrounded by a sticky sweet maple syrup. The flavour combo on this one was to die for!

I couldn't help but steal a bit of Brooke's breakfast, then she kindly offered up a piece of chicken smothered in the sticky maple syrup and I was in heaven!

We got talking to one of the friendly staff members who asked if we'd like to see the wine list. I think we all know the answer to that one, and just like that a lovely glass of champagne was quickly in our hands!

Satisfied from our brunch at MSB we sauntered over the road to The Queens Hotel and ordered a beer each to soak up the sun and make the most of the time we had left to chat!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

This recipe is to die for! It's a hot cheese dip with Mexican flavours and is great to whip up when you have a few friends over for some drinks.

I remember as a kid going out with my family to our local Mexican restaurant Acapulco Annie's and ordering this every single time!

3 spring onions, sliced thinly, reserving half for garnish
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Mexican seasoning spice
1/2 tsp chilli powder
Handful of coriander, chopped finely
salt & pepper to taste
1/2 cup grated cheese
1 block Kraft velveeta cheese, grated
2 TBSP parmesan cheese
4 tbsp jalapeno chillis, chopped finely, reserving half for garnish
1 cup milk

Place everything in a microwave safe jug and heat on high for 3-4 minutes whisking halfway. Mixture should be thick, hot and combined.

Pour into a serving bowl and garnish with spring onions,jalapeno chillies and cracked pepper. Serve with corn chips and raw vegetable sticks.

Leftovers can be refrigerated and gently reheated within 4-5 days.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

AFCI is just tucked away on Beaufort St., right behind Miss Kitty's Saloon on Ninth Avenue.

A great little location, with an ATM across the road and plenty of parking nearby. We decided to eat here for lunch on a Saturday. The menu changes daily, reflecting what was bought fresh from the fish markets earlier that morning!

Looking upon the menu, I don't think we could go past the seafood platter for 2 which came with 2 glasses of red or white wine. It was just one of those days where an easy but tasty seafood platter was needed, but not the long drive to Fremantle to have one!

The wine selection we were given was the 'Chain of Fire' red or SSB, so we both chose the white to come out with the platter whilst ordering a beer from the handpicked beer menu to drink now. AFCI have just had their liquor licence approved, so now have a well stocked fridge full of old favourites and hand picked boutique style drinks to compliment your lunch or dinner.

The kids are looked after with their own little menu and some colouring in to keep them occupied.

Our daughter chose the fish and chips and ate it all! (with a little bribery of AFCI's house-made ice creams for after of course!)

Our platter was filled with a yummy selection of the usual things you'd find on a seafood platter. The oysters were lovely and fresh and the squid was the best I've had in a long time. It was soft and tender, definitely cooked to perfection. Everything else was delicious too!

A relatively new business in Inglewood, great location and family friendly, I can definitely  recommend this place!

They also have a little take away menu, great if you live nearby, or quickly stopping past, with the fave's like fish and chips, fish burgers and salads.

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