Lawley’s Bakery Cafe, Mount Lawley

On the way home from Sculptures By The Sea (4:30pm on Sunday) my friend and I wanted to stop by Mount Lawley to grab a coffee, and I couldn’t have been happier that we decided to visit Lawleys. Normally I only stop by here for the bread, but this time I couldn’t help myself, especially after I saw there was a $5.95 coffee and cake special.

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Because we were so enticed by the special we decided to ask the girl behind the counter what the cakes included were. She wasn’t sure, apologised and straight away went to grab another girl who showed the girl and told us what the cakes where. The girls were lovely and this friendly level of service continued throughout our entire experience. We had a selection of any coffee, along with either a chocolate cake or mocha cake. We both ordered the $5.95 coffee and cakes special which was perfect, especially as they were happy to make our coffees just as we liked it, including a long black with a side of milk at no extra charge. We each grabbed a different cake with the intention of sharing.

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When the lady behind the register brought out our coffee and cakes (we decided to sit outside due to the lovely weather) she asked if we’d like another plate and knife so we could share our cakes, as she had heard us mention that was our plan. The coffees were delicious, and presented nicely with a rich crema and a tasty (what I remember being a) coconut shortbread biscuit on the side. The cakes were delicious; moist cakes with sweet flavoured mousse layers and the chocolate cake had a rich icing that was to die for. The servings were a good size for the rich cakes, not too big and not too small.

As we came so late in the day we noticed by the end they started closing the store, but at no point were we rushed, moved or asked to leave. The service was lovely the whole time, and the staff very friendly. The food was delicious and the pricing was even better. I simply couldn’t fault my afternoon pit-stop. I even ended up leaving with a Margarita flatbread and muffin, both of which were delicious evening treats.

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Santorini Fish and Chips, Bayswater

Service:
The service here is friendly and quick. The servers are polite, nice and friendly. When I came in for my order this evening they greeted me politely and even asked if I wanted salt, vinegar or both on my chips. The food here also comes out in a suitable time. You can call in to pre-order if you don’t like to wait, but even on a busy weekend evening, the wait seems to be only 10 minutes or so. There is currently no EFTPOS available, so you do need to remember to bring cash with you.

Food:
I ordered 2 barramundi ($8.50ea), minimum chips ($3.00) and 2 pineapple fitters ($1.50ea). There was a very good serving of chips for $3.00, and they were salted just right. The batter was super crispy, the barramundi was meaty and pineapple fritters were tasty ($1.50). The chips were wrapped up separately from the fish and fritters which was wonderful. The order even came with lemon slices which were wrapped in a little plastic bag to avoid making the crispy batter soggy. It’s the little details like this that makes Santorini my local fish n’ chips shop of choice.

Another wonderful thing worth noting is that when it comes to the fish you actually have a selection. You can ask for snapper ($7.50), cobbler ($8.00), Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, Shark (bronze) ($8.50) or emperor ($11.50) and it seems that you actually get the fish you ask for. They also have a variety of snack/additional items that are super cheap yet tasty. The menu is well priced, and there are even deals available such as kids fish & chips (6.50), fish n’ chips ($9.00), single special 1 1⁄2 fish and $3.00 chips ($12.00).

Atmosphere: Like most local fish n’ chip shops this place isn’t anything fancy, just some plastic waiting chairs, a couple magazines and a little TV in the corner… but really, what more do you need? The interior is clean and I like the fact you can see the people cook your food right behind the counter. I should mention there’s no dine-in option here, it’s purely a take-away shop.

Summary:
I’ve tried a lot of my local fish n’ chip shops lately and I can honestly say that Santorini is the place I’m going to be sticking to. The service is lovely, the price is great and the food is wonderful.

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Kelly’s Café at All Palms Garden Centre, Canning Vale

Kelly’s Café is one of those hidden local gems that you just kick yourself for not discovering earlier.

On a gorgeous Saturday morning I was invited to have breakfast at Kelly’s and boy was I glad I said yes.

Atmosphere: Let me start by saying that I love the atmosphere of this place. Not only is there plenty of parking but the surrounding grounds are gorgeous. The inside of the café has beautiful garden bits and pieces to admire, whilst sitting outside will give you lovely views of the many flowers and gardens… which are worth taking a stroll through after your meal.

Food: The breakfast menu is served until 11:00am and it’s full of ythe usual suspects, hot and cold drinks, toast, pancakes, omelettes, breaky buschetta’s, big breakies and eggs. On the table we ordered a variety of foods and drinks, a sample of which included juices ($2.50 ea), tea ($4.00), cappuccino (3.60),a Tomato, Onion and Cheese Omelette with toast ($16.50) and a Farmhouse Breaky with bacon, 2 eggs, grilled tomato, hash brown, mushrooms, baked beans and 2 slices of toast ($23.50). I personally ordered the omelette, and it was delicious! The omelette was cooked well, the ingredients inside were generous and the size of the dish was very satisfying. There is definitely something on the menu to suit everyone here.

Price: The pricing is right on the money for the location and quality of food. Prices on the breakfast menu range from $5.00 for 2 slices of toast with jam and butter to $23.50 for the Famehouse Breaky, so you’ll still have money in your wallet for a plant or trinket on the way out.

Service: The servers here were lovely. Polite when taking your order, and easy enough to get hold off if you need something. Simple but good service.

If it isn’t already clear I really am kicking myself that I didn’t know about this gem when I was living in the area. I highly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of weekend breakfasts, or anyone wanting to treat their mum to a nice meal and catch-up.

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Sebastian’s Italian Cafe, East Victoria Park

Out to dinner on a Thursday night with the boyfriends family, and dare I say I wished they’d picked somewhere else.

Food: The best way to explain Sebastian’s menu is simple, common, non-offensive westernised Italian food. The kind of food children, or very plain eaters might enjoy. Everyone at the table ordered a different dish, pastas, crepes, pizzas, chicken and all if it had one thing in common… A taste of blandness and the accompanying look of disappointment on everyone’s face. The serving sizes were good, but the food was so uninspired that you didn’t really want to finish it.

I ordered the chicken with an avocado cream sauce and salad. When it came out a massive plate with 3 palm sized chicken breast pieces drowning in a thick cream sauce and a small garden salad with a punchy vinaigrette on the side was popped down in-front of me. The chicken was juicy but grilled, meaning the sauce the chicken was drowning in was going to have to carry the fish. Unfortunately, the only flavour in the sauce was from the pepper I had a server freshly grind for me from their giant novelty pepper grinder (which is more like a weapon if you ask me). The garden side salad is what you can expect, though it was worrying that the salads vinaigrette was the highlight of the meal for me as it was the only thing on my plate with any flavour. Needless to say it was so average that when it came time for dessert head across the street elsewhere.

Price: Pricing was very family friendly at about $20 for a pizza, mid-$20s for mains such as pasta or chicken and about $30 for the nicer meals such as fish and meats.

Service: The waitresses were average. Struggling to get the attention of a waitress to take out order, I watched another gentleman across the room getting slowly frustrated as he spent 5 minutes trying to do just the same. After completing our average meals our table was cleared, even though we still had a lady sitting at the table who was clearly only half way through her meal.

Atmosphere:The atmosphere was possibly the best part of the experience, though still average. Nice, easy on the eyes but nothing worth remembering.

With so many wonderful l places and restaurant options in the area, and as much as I hate to say it, I recommend taking your money elsewhere or staying in at home and cooking up some simple but tasty Italian for yourself.

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Bravo’s Restaurant, East Victoria Park

Wake-up on a Sunday, tired, hungry and in Vic Park. Head down Albany Highway looking for some brunch only to discover every major café is either closed until lunch, completely packed out or not worthy of a single dollar in my wallet. About to eat my own arm I finally came to Bravo’s Restaurant (933 Albany Highway) in East Victoria Park, and boy was I happy I did.

Not only where they serving breakfast from 8-4pm but the menu was exactly what I was after.

IMAG0826IMAG0827Food: There was a variety of egg dishes, mueslis, burgers/subs from 11:30 and drinks. Being my indecisive self when faced with so many great options I flipped a coin and ordered the Food from the gods: 2 organic quinoa cakes, poached eggs, peppers, feta and spinach ($19.5) and I couldn’t have been happier. The Quinoa cakes were super crispy, the poached eggs oozed upon being cut open and the peppers, feta and spinach were the perfectly appealing addition. I also treated myself to a strawberry milkshake ($5.50), which was thick, rich and ridiculously good. The person I was with ordered the Toasted muesli : made in-house, greek yoghurt, berry compote ($14.50) and a strawberry milkshake (don’t judge us).

If you would like to view any of their menus, please click here.

Price: The pricing was right on the money for the quality and amount of food, the location and the restaurant in general. I wouldn’t hesitate to compare the prices and food to that of popular Leederville and Mount Lawley cafés.

Service: I found the servers lovely and energetic, which was a great contrast to my tired self. I was greeted at the door quickly, and politely told I could sit anywhere I liked. The milkshakes came out first, water was popped on the table and the food followed not too long after.

Atmosphere: This place is quirky, and I like it. The only way to describe it could be a modernised version of hipster perhaps? It’s an interesting mix between a hip café, a funky restaurant and a quirky bar. There’s a tv behind the bar that’s big enough to watch if you’re interested, but small enough to ignore, yellow and black swirl pattered couch seating with white and yellow swiss cheese looking plastic seats to match. You can sit inside or outside and really mould the atmosphere to what you’re after.

As you can tell I’m a big fan of this place, and best of all it’s discovery couldn’t have come at a better time because I stumbled across this today:
Book by Monday, 14 April and receive 50% Off your food purchases. Offer valid for dining Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; Saturday for breakfast and lunch; and Sunday for lunch and dinner from now through to Monday, 9 June.
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Northbridge Chinese Restaurant, Northbridge

On the first Sunday of March a group of my friends decided we’d get together for dim-sum/yum-cha in Northbridge. We all have our favourite places, but the host decided we’d visit Northbridge Chinese Restaurant which I had yet to visit. We somehow managed to reserve a table for 13 people for 11:00am which I’m told is not common. A few of our guests were running late so we kept getting asked to move and whether out guests were going to arrive.

After a while the employees got so persistent and pushy about it we couldn’t work out why they were so desperate to kick us off our table even though most of us were there. What we eventually worked out was that the person who took the booking thought we’d said 30 people, so they were holding 3 big tables for us whilst the crowd waiting outside kept growing. Needless to say we all laughed it off and the serves all apologised for the misunderstanding.

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After we resolved that issue we really had a wonderful time. The food kept flowing, and every server stopped at our table to ask if we wanted what they had to offer. We ended up completely stuffing ourselves with a variety of tasty dishes from BBQ pork buns to various dumplings, desserts and even chicken feet. We ended up paying just under paid $27 each for our share of food and drinks which was very reasonable with the amount of food we ordered. I’ve had quite a few dim-sum/yum-cha experiences throughout Perth and I can honestly say that Northbridge Chinese Restaurant is quite up there when it comes to the food and service. I’ll be putting it in my top 5 as I have had experienced slightly better food before (I judge this on the quality of squid tentacles which were quite hard and gummy, though the various steamed dumplings were good), but overall it’s quite a good yum-cha/dim-sum place.

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Galleria Podiatry, Morley

Podiatry is one of those underrated essentials that a lot of people don’t think about but should. This great local find is once again thanks to my mum. She has been coming here for years, and after highly recommending Galleria Podiatry to me for the 100th time I went. My mum visits N.Lange regularly for callus removal etc. and always comes back pleased, whilst I’ve now visited R.Lange to get dry skin removed and get more information on replacing my orthotics. My experience of Galleria Podiatry couldn’t be better. The receptionist was polite and lovely, whilst the podiatrist was friendly and professional. She did a great job on my feet, gave me some great advice and even answered all my questions about replacing my orthotics.
I can honestly say that Galleria Podiatry is the place for me, and I’ll definitely be making it my regular.