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Lambretta Cucina Italiana [Jun. 8th, 2007|08:14 pm]
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[mood |satisfiedsatisfied]
[music |Smooth - Santana & Rob Thomas]

Tonight I had the best meal in a long time (given that I live at a student college, I realise this is not hard), right here on Hampden Road in Nedlands.
We were getting sick of the usual choices (Broadway, Tiamo, the Terrazza for anyone familiar with the area) so this time we went to Lambretta on a friend's recommendation.
It was quite crowded when we got there at 7 on a Friday night and we hadn't booked, but we managed to get a table. (I wouldn't recommend just walking in though).
The service was a little slow (I noticed a sign advertising for staff vacancies), but overall we were looked after quite well, with the owner coming to ask us how our meals were going.
We ordered herb and garlic bread to start off with - It's hard to really make that special so we had no idea the kind of taste sensations we'd be in for.
I ordered a vegetarian calzone for mains, with my beloved going for the saffron pasta...I'm not entirely sure what it was called. It had pine nuts as well apparently, I didn't find them when I was stealing from his plate. It started with s anyway. :D
Both our meals were absolutely brilliant, I cannot stress that fact enough. My calzone was woodfired to perfection, and the pasta was beautiful. I thought the pasta was a smaller serving that one normally gets these days, but that was fortunate because I needed help finishing my meal.
The atmosphere was very cheerful and inviting, with several fireplaces burning. One of the best aspects for poor students like us though was the price - Under $20 each. The specials were on the more expensive end of the scale, around $30.
Unfortunately we had places to be so there was no time for dessert, but I'll definitely be heading back there again - and I'll make the effort of booking a table.
They do lunch and takeaways as well, so if you're in the area and are after pizza that's better than Broadway's, you know where to go.

Ph: 9389 5858
Address: 45b Hampden Rd, Nedlands.
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Restaurant Review - Dao Vien [Jun. 2nd, 2007|08:46 am]
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[mood |fullfull]

The guys took me to "Dao Vien" Vietnamese restaurant on the edges of Northbridge for a farewell lunch today and there were a few things that I thought I would share with you the reader.

The Scene:
Dao Vien is decked out like one of those dodgy restaurants, cheap furniture, tacky furnishings, cheap cutlery and plates etc. You get the idea?

The Food:
Bloody nice. "Soft" spring rolls stuffed full of crispy bean shoots, mint, pork/chicken, lettuce wrapped in a soft rice skin with a spicy dipping sauce. Very tasty. Laksas, spicy seafood noodle soups, and mine the salt and pepper squid. Full of flavour and nom noms, lots of chilli, garlic and coriander to cover the yum squid. It was a little over cooked and doesn't come close to comparing with the Grand Palace's salt and pepper squid but still tasty in its own right.

The Service:
... It was unprepared and undisciplined. The woman (appears to be the owner)who appeared to be most organised and knowledgeable spent most of the time helping in the kitchen with a couple of clueless gophers to serve the patrons. We waited for about 15 to 20 mins for our orders to be taken, and had to ask twice to get the drinks -after- the entree's of pre made spring rolls arrived. Another 20 to 30 mins rolled past and we still hadn't received our mains, though a table who arrived when we were placing our order were already receiving theirs.

My boss was starting to get a bit antsy about the deal, so I went up and asked about what was happening and got told by one of the gophers that if I could do a better job to go into the kitchen and do it. I was too stunned to say anything at that point, and found out one of the guys knows the owner and didn't really want to have a scene raised.

If you're starving and want decent service - don't go there. If you want nice, flavoursome food then its got the thumbs up.

One star for service, four stars for taste.
Edit: don't know if I want to even give it one star for service.
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Places to eat in the Mt Lawley area. [Mar. 24th, 2007|11:01 am]
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Peking Chinese Restaurant
BYO, 752 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley (between first and second Ave) 5pm – 10pm 7 days.
A dimly lit restaurant, the Peking has solidly stood the test of time. The food is your standard Chinese (although I am somewhat suspicious of how they managed to prepare six dishes in ten minutes), in plentiful quantity. While it might look a bit dodgy when you go to microwave the leftovers for breakfast the next day, the first time round it tasted good, and had no anonymous pieces in it. The component veggies seemed fresh.
The restaurant itself has almost a film noir feeling to it, if it weren’t for workplace regulations I could well imagine the top half of the room being hazed over with smoke. (Read: It needs redecorating, but some nostalgic part of me likes it as it is). I believe that the majority of their customers are of the take-away variety, and true to form it’s been a couple of years since I ate in there. A good place for a change away from the ultra-trendy eateries that seem to be popular at the moment.

Tan Po Po, Swish and Chips, Red Rooster, Hanami, Monte Fiore, Siena's, Café Martino, Mille Café, Avenue NineCollapse )

and Newish in Mt Lawley:

-Globe Café: not exactly new, but in a new location. Previously across the street in an arcade, the Globe has now taken over the site of the Indoneasian restaurant. If it hadn’t gone, I’d have reviewed it already as “that Indoneasian place always gave people food poisoning”. ALWAYS. Lets hope the Globe has cleaned the kitchen a bit.

-Two Fat Indians: at the site previously occupied by The Red Orchid. Previously an expensive Thai place, the Red Orchid used to have a very nice chilli-mango (insert meat of your choice) dish. It has relocated to open again in several months, and an Indian restaurant has opened in its place. Since I am not normally disposed towards Indian food, I thought I’d just mention it in case someone else is looking for new Indian restaurants to try it out. Located next to the Queens Hotel, Beaufort St, Highgate.

Now, go forth and eat! (and review!)
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My favourite Japanese Restaurant [Jan. 5th, 2007|04:25 pm]
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A great and affordable Japanese restaurant is Hanami located at 685c Beaufort St, Mt Lawley. Its in the location of the old Peppers vegetarian restaurant. They have a few low tables that can be reserved and the waitresses all dress in traditional Japanese clothing. Lunch is from 11.30am-2.30pm Mon-Fri and all lunch meals come with miso soup, rice and salad. Lunch prices range from $8.90-$16.90.

Dinner (Mon-Sun 5.30pm-10.00pm) is fairly cheap and really delicious. They have many varieties of sushi rolls, nigiri, tamaki, sashimi, tempura, udon and teppan yaki. There really is something for everyone and also loads of vegetarian choices. Generally, a dinner for two with one alcoholic drink is between $30-$45.

It's generally a good idea to book as its a busy little restaurant. Their number is 9371 9855.
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Billy Lee's Chinese Restaurant [Nov. 15th, 2006|11:47 pm]
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Billy Lee's is a little restaurant tucked away in Chinatown. It's open till the wee hours of the morning and great when the late night munchies take hold while out and about in the city. It's an unassuming place with a menu that boasts dishes from as little as $5.00 to seasonal prices, (to be read as quite expensive especially if you opt to dine on a freshly killed snow crab selected from the aquarium). The basic mains that you find in any Chinese restaurant are at the $10.00 which is better value than Hans Cafe given that the quality of food is superior at Billy Lee's.

May I take your order...Collapse )
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the full moon thai restaurant [Oct. 27th, 2006|09:13 am]
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I have previously blogged about The Full Moon Thai Restaurant here, but I always enjoy eating there so much that I want to talk about it some more.

The Full Moon Thai Restaurant is on Walcott Street in Menora (the next suburb along from Mt Lawley). I ordered a delicious Red Curry Vegetables, and my eating companion ordered the Green Curry Vegetables. Both dishes were delicious, and the service at the Full Moon is always prompt. On a previous visit, I ordered the Red Chicken Curry (I know you can see a pattern in the food I like to order), and so I can tell you that their meat dishes are also delicious.

Rice is served as you require it, rather than all at once, so it stays warm and fresh and fluffy.

Their prices are middle of the range: all up, including an entree, dinner cost me about fifteen dollars.

They do quite a roaring trade in terms of take out, but each time I've dined there the restaurant itself has been only half full. I've never booked, but I have only ever been on Thursday evenings, usually at about 18:30 or 19:00.

Finally, I think you should know that the interior decorating is awesome. It is like a shrine to the Thai Royal family, clothes and photos hanging on the walls, garish paintings and golden leaves and it's so over the top yet really fabulous, and I recommend going just to see it.
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(no subject) [Oct. 27th, 2006|02:58 am]
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Ello Ello,

Might as well mark my territory here with my favourite restaurant ever: Spaghi.
It's on Mends St in south Perth, right near the zoo.

Quite possibly, this is the best restaurant I have ever been to, and I've been to a lot, in a few different countries. It's an Italian restaurant, run and staffed by Italians and they seem to have perfected the cuisine. They serve a range of pasta, pizza, meat dishes and delicious appetisers, my favourite dish ever being their Crespelle. Thin crepes stuffed with leg ham, ricotta, parmesan and mozzarella in a beautiful creamy tomato sauce. It sounds simple but the taste is nicer than -anything- I've ever had!
Then again, I've been there numerous times and tried many of their dishes, and all have been absolutely delicious. Nothing over or undercooked, pasta perfect every time. They even bake their own foccaccias as a nice starter.

Anyway, enough rambling. Just go try their food! The prices are a little high but the food is well worth it, and stay for a coffee and chocolate afterwards. You won't regret it.
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