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Dux Cafe [Sep. 13th, 2008|09:18 am]
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Went to Dux Cafe for dinner last night with Amy. www.duxrestaurant.com.au and the only thing we can think negative of the place was its unusual location. Not that it is particularly off the beaten path or a long drive to get to, just that all the surrounding businesses are not what you would expect next to a restaurant of this class.

Dux Cafe was pretty much spot on my ideal dining experience.

The meals were delicious: I had a prawn and scallop linguini for entree followed by confit duck for main, Amy had the soup of the day (which was NOT pumpkin soup!) followed by rabbit for main. Neither of us could fault a thing, although Amy's soup was larger than expected, not to say that is in any way a bad thing.

The menu options were excellent: Not to say that it was a tome of every dish in creation, but rather it was short (total of 10 main options, 2 of which could be entrees) yet every dish was distinct not just a variation on a theme.

It was a small and quiet yet not crowded: est. 30-40 capacity. Conversation was easy and there was no need to yell over anyone.

The service was both quick and professional: Plates were cleared after finishing, new cutlery provided between courses, perfect break time between courses. Our waiter knew all the specials from memory and was able to reccomend an excellent wine for Amy which perfectly suited her main.

Good prices: Mains were around $35, entrees usually under $20, they have a set 3 course option for $65 ($55 if you join the Dux Club) To be honest with how happy I was with the quality of the meal and service I would have gladly paid more. Definitely value for money. Page A70 Gold section of the Entertainment Book.
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Tombstone Mexican Restaurant [May. 20th, 2008|10:37 am]
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Tombstone Mexican Restaurant
Level 2
340 Walcott Street
Mt Lawley

PH: 9443 8888

This awesome little place is so often overlooked, but I urge anyone who has a hankering for some good mexican chow to take a chance on this little place, I dont think you'll be dissapointed.

We go here quite often.  The restaurant is comfortable, with lots of space and comfortable booths for seating.  A fully stocked bar and great music / video projector make for a great mood.  Would also make an excellent venue for a private party if you were that way inclined.

We usually start with the Chilli Con Queso dip and tortilla chips, but we also had the Con Carne dip last time and that was yummy as well.

We had burritos, which are always cooked great and scrumptious to boot!  Fairly large and filling servings at reasonable prices sweeten the deal further.

The restaurant does a good mix of traditional mexican fare such as burritos, enchiladas, tacos etc, plus has a good selection of steaks and seafood.  They are child-friendly and have some good children's options too.

The cocktails are divine too - just thought I should mention that!

Oh, and for those who like their food HOT HOT HOT - dont be shy, ask the Chef for his special level of hotness, guaranteed to melt your face off! 

The staff are extremelt attentive and helpful, and the owner/chef is often seen out in the Restaurant chatting to the patrons.  I really recommend this place for a great night out that wont make your wallet scream, but will definitely make your tummy thank you.
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2 Fat Indians [May. 3rd, 2008|11:07 pm]
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[mood |sleepysleepy]

I think this restaurant has been already mentioned here - but thought I would add in my 2cents worth.

Ate at 2 Fat Indians - Mt Lawley, tonight.... hrmm.. can't say I was too impressed.

I've heard great things about it.. but unfortunately wasn't the best tonight!!!

Service was great....  on time, and very attentive...
Entree was great.... Onion Bhaji (sp?)
Mains.. hrmm...
Was 6 of us tonight... and we ordered 4 mains, rice and bread for all....
Butter chicken..... nice, but was only 3 pieces of chicken in the dish
Bhuna Gosht (Lamb) - very nice
Dal Tadka - very nice
Chicken Tikka Masala - nice sauce..... unfortuantely - the chicken was raw... - the waitress was very good.. and replaced the dish.... MOST of the chicken was cooked - but yet again....  one or two were under done :(
One of the breads ordered never arrived...... even though asked 3 times for it during the mains....

Prices weren't too bad.... less than $50 per person, so thats about average... just not sure I would recommend it without caution!!!
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(no subject) [Mar. 16th, 2008|07:48 pm]
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Had lunch at Little River Winery today and highly recommend staying away from it.
(Address 2 Forest Rd, Henley Brook)

The wine was very poor quality, and had high pressure sales in the tasting room. My parents and I know quite a bit about wine, and the vast majority of what she was pushing on us was bull. She also made assumptions, such as that I, as a young female would have to love sweet whites, and the man next to me was a beer drinker.

The decor was particularly of note, as it was a mismatched assortment of plastic lawn furniture with table-cloths and cushions, both of which seem to have been pulled from the Good Sammy's bin.

As for the food, it was a very limited menu, all of which were simple cold platters, or a choice of two salads. We had the main platter, and some bread with dukkah. It was alright, but nothing special, just some sliced meats and some olives. The bread was fresh and the cab sav merlot was okay.

The service was also very average. The one good point was that the dessert menu looked good, but after waiting 20min with the menus, we decided to give up and go down the road to the Margaret River Chocolate Factory.
The 'booking' system was just whether or not the waitress remembered your name. There was at least one other family annoyed by being seated at an inappropriately sized table. That same family raised the question Mum and I were thinking; "Is this the only menu?"

I was very upset by this, as it was supposed to be a special outing, the first time I took my parents out for their birthdays.
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A couple of places to review... [Feb. 25th, 2008|10:58 am]
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That Little Mexican PlaceCollapse )

Carnegie'sCollapse )

Exomod CafeCollapse )
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fine dining at West Perth/Subiaco [Jan. 3rd, 2008|03:53 pm]
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[mood |calmcalm]

I am trying to find a nice restaurant in West Perth or Subi area to entertain some of my Chinese clients.  I don't usually go that area, so if anyone could advise any fine dining (asian would be nice) , it will be much appreciated.  

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Good place to order cakes [Nov. 26th, 2007|08:20 pm]
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[mood |anxiousin need of cake]

Now that I've posted a review and thus feel justified in asking for help...

I want to order a pavlova from somewhere. Any recommendations of good cake places that would do that sort of thing? Otherwise I may end up stuck with the Cheesecake shop :(

(And to those who know me: yes, I will be getting it without cream. Which is kind of a waste but I don't care :))
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Jade Chinese Seafood Restaurant [Nov. 26th, 2007|08:10 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]

Address: 40 Francis Street Northbridge (was "Jade Dynasty")

I went here with my family, most of whom hadn't gone to dimsum much if at all. I can't eat soy, milk fat, or anything deep fried and my grandma has a lingering reluctance to at pork or prawns from her jewish upbringing, which affected what we ordered and means I can't personally vouch for some dishes. (Also some got eaten before I had the chance :)) We both found enough to eat to be happy, I think even a vegetarian could find 2 or 3 different dishes to eat (plus many desserts), but as you'd expect it's mostly pork and seafood.

Had lots of dishes, off the top of my head:
bean curd rolls: I think they were a bit odd for my family, but they looked tasty :)
steamed buns: Pork were VERY popular, chicken not so much
steamed dumplings: afaict every variety of prawn + X, all delicious. Vegetarian, nice if a bit plain. "Sharks fin" (not actually made of shark) were popularish
Deep fried: prawn and almond, odd but tasty. Prawns, octopus, and spring rolls very popular.
Greens and oyster sauce: very nice, less greasy than it usually is.
Desserts: custard tarts and mango pudding went down very well. Sponge cake was too buttery for me, and noone else wanted it.
Soy milk: apparently tastier than the stuff you get from stores.

Overall there was all the stuff you'd expect from a largeish dimsum place, except I'd say there was less chicken dishes than usual (which will make things difficult for jews, muslims etc). There's also apparently a buffet steamboat thing but I didn't see it. No european tea (I'm not sure about coffee), so my grandma made do with free chinese tea and soy milk :)

We all loved it. The service was reasonably good in that carts came round pretty quickly, but they were quite slow with orders for things like water or extra tea. Also for some reason the dessert cart avoided us for literally two hours until I went up and asked him to come over (and then couldn't eat anything. But it made my family happy!) The staff were all reasonably good at describing what dishes were made of, though some were a little pushy about it ("It's prawn covered in almonds. It's delicious! You'll like it! Trust me!!")

The prices were pretty average, I think, starting from $3 per dish. All up it cost $160 for nine people.

The decor is quite nice, fairly standard for a nice chinese restaurant (brush paintings of flowers on the walls etc) with high ceilings and lots of room between tables making it less horribly noisy than dimsum can be.

It was reasonably busy, but we found a table for 9 immediately when we arrived at 11am on a Sunday. I don't know how long you'd have to wait if you arrived later.
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Cafes with free wireless... [Sep. 9th, 2007|04:26 pm]
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Anyone know of a good cafe with complimentary wireless that is open on a Sunday? Preferably in Subi or Leederville...I had contemplated The Sicilian in Subi, but apparently it is closed from 3-5:30 on Sundays...
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FREE FRIDGE [Jun. 10th, 2007|11:39 pm]
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My parents are getting rid of their old fridge.
It is in good working condition even though its about 20 years old.
The only thing is the door seal is probably going to have to be replaced.

ANYHOW it does still work and is FREE!
it is a big fridge, 2 separate doors for the fridge and freezer
freezer is on top of the fridge.

pickup from midland-ish area of perth

leave a reply if ur interested :)
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