George Street Quarters

If you’re looking for a new brunch spot on a rainy Saturday morning, then this place is definitely worth checking out.

Sitting pretty on one of Freo’s hidden streets, George Street Quarters serves up a mean brunch menu all damn day. So if you want dukkah crusted avo on toast at 12PM, you’ll get it here. Not only is the menu all day, it’s got something for everyone. Their buttermilk pancakes with dragonfruit ice cream can go a long way on a cold winter morning. And if you’re looking for a souvenir to take home, their Acai Bowl is served up in what was once a young coconut that you can opt to take home along with a matching wooden spoon.

If you’re after something savoury and manage to pass up on the Croque Monsieur with three cheeses and ham, the super green omelette with pine nuts and feta is a good compromise.

The team here also do a nice warm Tumeric Latte, but if curry in a cup isn’t your thing, their smoothies are spot on.

After you’ve filled your tummy, check out the store attached to this neat cafe. It’s got loads of take away food (if you were too impatient to wait for a table or are somehow still hungry?), as well as the usual goodies like Kommunity Brew Kombucha, a range of Granola’s and even Paella kits (dinner = sorted!).

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Perth’s Best Drool Worthy Dishes

Sure clean eating is great for you, but what could be better than a big fat burger after a long day at the office? This weekend I suggest you ditch the calorie counter and head out for a cheat meal.


Mac Daddy’s

Mac Daddy’s is the one and only place you can get 22-inch pizzas by the slice and feel like you’re in New York at the same time. Think thin base, crunchy crust and super cheesy. The pizzas here are sauce-less with a heap of cheese, making them a lactose intolerants nightmare. If you’re after oversized comfort food, loud art work and killer hip hop tunes then this is the place to be.

568 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley 


Meat Candy

With former chef at Cantina 663 and The Old Crow, Ben Atkinson at the helm, it’s no surprise Meat Candy is delivering the best fried chicken around town. Located on the outskirts of Northbridge, its laid-back dining space makes it the perfect pit-stop after a long day at the office. The menu inspiration comes from authentic Southern food, with American favourites like fried chicken legs, hot ribs, potato hash and jerk corn.

465 William St, Perth


Johnny’s Burger Joint

Health warnings are certainly high at Johnny’s Burgers. With the “Burgerzilla” challenge running monthly, diners are required to sign a waiver before consuming the 3kg burger. Finish 1.5kg of beef, 700g bacon and 500g of cheese plus a side of fries in 45 minutes and it’s free. It’s suggested you go here hungry, as the American meal sizing is no joke. Don’t forget to order a side of curly fries and cheese sticks!

6/395 Warton Rd, Canning Vale


Old faithful Bar & BBQ

Vegans are advised to stay as far away from here as possible. With the crew at Old Faithful serving up good old-fashioned American-style BBQ meats with hot sauce on the side and cocktails aplenty. Some say it’s like a licensed food truck without the wheels, serving potato salads and coleslaw in paper cups with a side of food truck attitude and casualness, I say it’s a damn good meat party. You decide.

86 King St, Perth

 

 

Perth’s Best Cosy Cafes

Who doesn’t love curling up on a couch with a freshly brewed cup of coffee at your fingertips? Whether you’re looking for a place to sit and read, to do some work or perhaps meet up with that guy/gal you matched with on Tinder, there are actually cafes out there that bring you good coffee with a side of maximum comfort.


Greens & Co

In the heart of Leederville you’ll find this gem bustling all day from 6am to 12pm. They’ve got couches aplenty here, and their cake cabinet is always abundant. And if you’re feeling a little competitive, they’ve got tones of board games scattered around the place, as well as a massive pool table – winner buys coffee!

123 Oxford St, Leederville


Chinta Café

Stepping foot into this café will have you feeling as if you’ve just been teleported to Bali. Not only is the interior calm and colourful, but the food here is on point. And if it’s a cold winters day and you’re after something warm and comforting, they do one heck of a chai latte that will warm your socks off!

29 Scarborough Beach Rd


Little Bird

The guys at Little Bird are pro’s at dishing up some of the prettiest food around Perth. But if edible flowers aren’t your thing, they’ve also got a complex list of smoothies and juices that are sure to hit the spot. Grab a cookie and take a seat on one of the arm chairs and watch the day pass you by.

100 Lake St, Northbridge


Boucla 

If you’re after a really good slice of cake with your coffee, then Boucla has just that. Their cake cabinet has everything from traditional Greek sweets like galaktoboureko to the more simple yet enticing options like the chocolate and ricotta cake. And with its Mediterranean vibes and interior, you’ll feel nice and cosy with your cake and coffee.

349 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco


Hush

This cosy little café is sitting pretty on High street in Fremantle. The gang here serves up specialty coffee as well as a cabinet full of goodies – think muffins, bagels and burgers. And if you’re lucky enough to claim it, the couch upstairs is so comfy people have actually taken a nap on it.

68 High St, Fremantle


Moore & Moore

Doubling as a café and art space, Moore & Moore are all about chill vibes. Besides serving up delicious breakkies, they’ve also got some pretty decent coffee. Cosie up on a big arm chair with a good book and you’re set for the morning.

Building 46/42 Henry St, Fremantle

 

48 Hours At COMO The Treasury

We’re officially into the second half of 2017, and I think it goes without saying that we’re all in need of a little getaway. But with most of Perth having used up their annual leave to experience that European sun, some of us can only afford a two-day weekend escape. Thankfully, I’ve come up with the ultimate not-so-getaway that will have you returning to work on Monday feeling refreshed and relaxed. All you need to do is cancel your weekend plans and pack your overnight bag.

Nestled in the heart of Perth’s CBD is COMO The Treasury. This urban hotel was awarded Gourmet Traveller’s Hotel of the Year in 2016, and you can certainly see why. Taking over what was formerly a post office and treasury, the hotel is housed in the 19th century state buildings. It contains over 40 rooms and suites all boasting a serene retreat away from the hype of the city, giving off that ‘home away from home’ vibe.


DAY 1

9AM

Leave your car in the hands of the hotel Valet and head over to the 24-hour concierge to grab the keys to your very own suite and begin your mini holiday. Once you’ve unpacked that overnight bag and tested out the custom-made king beds draped in Egyptian cotton bed linen, head downstairs to Post for brunch.

10:30AM

Treat yourself to some lemon scented pancakes with banana, berries and cashew maple cream, or opt for something light and healthy like the egg white and kale omelette with mushrooms and roasted tomato.

12PM

It’s time to unwind and be selfish. Check yourself into the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape for some ‘me time’. Specialising in hands-on-healing and holistic treatments, they offer a variety of different massages as well as facials and hydrotherapy. Once you’ve finished being pampered, take a dip in the 20m heated indoor pool to cool off.

2:30 PM

Replenish your energy levels and fuel up on caffeine downstairs at Telegram Coffee. The head barista here has spent 20 years perfecting his brew, so you can expect a nice smooth latte. If you’re feeling peckish, they’ve also got a few treats on offer like Honest Goods coconut bread – 100% guilt free.

4PM

Head back to your room, roll up those Roman blinds and take in the view of Perth city through the oversized windows before running yourself a nice long bath in a German deep-form Kaldewei free standing tub.

6PM

It’s been a long day, you deserve a drink (or two). Head up to the fourth floor and order yourself a signature cocktail from Wildflower. The Wildflower Martini with West Perth Vodka, Gerladton wax and Victorian vermouth goes down nicely while admiring the view of both the city and the Swan River.

8PM

After you’ve quaffed down a few cocktails, it’s time you fill that hunger in your stomach. The menu at Wildflower boasts dishes that revolve around the indigenous six seasons, and is driven by farmer and forager style. For entrée you can expect dishes like salt baked heirloom beetroot with whipped goats curd and native thyme, and for main there’s options aplenty, from line caught wild fish to wood grilled Arkady lamb. Finish off your feed here with something sweet like the Whipped Bahen and Co Chocolate with wattle seed cream and Geraldton wax sorbet.

10PM

Head back up to your room and get comfortable in that king bed, taking full advantage of the Samsung LED television with endless movie options.


DAY 2

10AM

After that sleep in you’ll need something satisfying for breakfast. Get dressed and head down to Petition Kitchen for their signature baked slow eggs with beans, ham hock and kransky sausage. If that’s too much for 10am, their oatmeal porridge with mandarin and rhubarb is light and warm and perfect for those cold wintery mornings.

12PM

Now you’re out and about check out some of the little boutique shops within the building. Lust over some of the amazing luxury jewellery at Rohan Jewellery where they specialise in working collaboratively on bespoke pieces for their clients. Once you’ve picked out some of your favourite pieces, stroll over to Ginger B where you’ll find gifts aplenty (in case you needed even more reason to spoil yourself). From gourmet hampers, to facial and body products and even gifts for friends with newborns. Everything here is locally sourced, organic and eco friendly, so you can feel good about your purchase. The next stop is Sue Lewis Chocolatier aka coco heaven. Here you’ll find some of the world’s finest coverture chocolate all handmade with care and passion. The salted caramel block is a must try. With 70% Valrhona dark chocolate encasing a soft buttery caramel flavour throughout and pink Murray River salt flakes sprinkled on top, it’s hard not to finish the whole block.

3PM

It’s time to take a wander around the historic building and check out some of the art. The white sculpture standing before St George’s Cathedral is an abstract interpretation of St George and the dragon and was created by artists Marcus Canning and Christian de Vietri in 2011. The name it takes has an interesting history that you can read more about when you head over there. Another interesting piece of art is Dirty Deeds. It illustrates exactly where the two holding cells for the Police Court used to stand, and shows the kind of people who spent time there.

5PM

After experiencing some old history and culture, it’s time to fill your belly. Head over to Long Chim for an early dinner and be prepared to eat your body weight in Thai food. Long Chim means to come and taste, and that’s exactly what you’ll end up doing here. Indulge in dishes like a coconut and turmeric curry of chicken, deep fried squid with garlic and peppercorns and fried rice with roast duck. Wash it all down with a Thai inspired cocktail like the Pomelo Spritz, made up of pomelo, grapefruit sherbet, Aperol, vodka and bubbles, then finish off the night with a palm sugar pudding topped with grated coconut.

8PM

If you’re feeling up to it, head over to the Treasury Lounge and Bar for a nightcap. Located on the ground floor, it spans three interconnected rooms with high ceilings, timber shuttered windows, and a drinks menu that’s available until late. Order yourself an old fashioned Cosmo before heading up to your room to pack your bags and run yourself one last bubble bath.


DAY 3

9AM

It’s time to check out, but before you go make sure you book yourself in for another stay, because chances are you’ll be needing another inner-city getaway in a few months!

For more info and details on COMO the treasury check out their website.

 

 

 

 

The Best Noodle Dishes Around Chinatown

Nestled in the heart of Northbridge, Perth’s own Chinatown offers up some of the best Asian cuisine around. But if you’re not a local visitor here, figuring out where to eat can often be a challenge. Thankfully (with some help) I’ve managed to pick out the best dishes around the area that are sure to give you the ultimate Chinatown experience.


Phi Yen

For an authentic southern Vietnamese food experience, Phi Yen is all that and more. It boasts a relaxed vibe in an easygoing spot where you can grab a rice-paper roll to-go or take a seat street side and soak in Chinatown. It’s owned and run by a husband and wife duo who use fresh ingredients to bring you the best of Southern Vietnam on a plate.

Try: Hu Tieu Xao Ga Hay Bo – Chicken breast stir fried with rice noodle, bean sprout, chives, egg, carrot strips and onion.

205 Brisbane St, Northbridge


Nao Japanese Ramen

You know its good Ramen when you have to fight your way through the door. But what makes this place worth the wait is their noodles. The springy texture they hold and the broth they sit in will have you dreaming of ramen for days. Not to mention they’ve got 4 types of noodles (including squid ink infused). More importantly, their broth has this layered sweetness to it. It’s salty and sweet all at the same time, leaving your tastebuds satisfied.

Try: Shio Ramen – Ramen in a shio (salt) flavoured soup with a slice of roast pork

191/580 Hay St Perth


Ok Vietnamese

This place offers up some of the best Vietnamese dishes around. Their deep fried tofu is the perfect heart-melter for any vegetarian, and their pho is un-pho-gettably amazing. It’s recommended you go with a group so you can try every dish on the menu, but if you feel like going solo you’ll have a better chance at snapping up a table.

Try: Deep fried prawns on crispy noodles

457 William St, Northbridge


Big Bowl Noodle And Roast

If it isn’t blindingly obvious, these guys are a noodle house, so you can expect only the best when it comes to their noodle game. Made fresh on site, this little hole-in-the-wall noodle joint has not one but three noodle making machines, which they use to so churn out oodles of noodles. But surprisingly enough, their pork and prawn dumplings have copped quite the raving review.

Try: Chicken stir fried noodle with XO sauce 

408 William St, Northbridge


Good Fortune Roast Duck House

As the name suggests, this eatery does duck (and it does it good). I’m not exaggerating when I say Good Fortune has some of the best duck around. And if you don’t believe me, drive past on a weekend and you’ll see the queue of hungry individuals waiting to be seated and get their hands on some roasted meats.

Try: Boneless Roast Duck (technically not a noodle dish, but a must-try)

354 William St, Perth