• Dining like that is not possible here and now, but I think I can definitely feel some of that love for The Tuckshop out on Gerler Road in Hendra. It's a perfect spot for casual breakfasts (or lunches) with friends, if you want to head away from the city.

    The Tuckshop

    Dining like that is not possible here and now, but I think I can definitely feel some of that love for The Tuckshop out on Gerler Road in Hendra. It’s a perfect spot for casual breakfasts (or lunches) with friends, if you want to head away from the city.

  • Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide's Ryo's Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide's Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo's Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

    [Adelaide] Ryo’s Noodles

    Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide’s Ryo’s Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide’s Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo’s Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

  • My first visit to Hawker's Cuisine was a mere three years ago, but oh, have the times changed. The new Hawker's Cuisine location is one expansive floor of dining with lots of space between to navigate a pram. No wonder it was still popular with extensive Asian family gatherings.

    [Perth] Hawker’s Cuisine

    My first visit to Hawker’s Cuisine was a mere three years ago, but oh, have the times changed. The new Hawker’s Cuisine location is one expansive floor of dining with lots of space between to navigate a pram. No wonder it was still popular with extensive Asian family gatherings.

  • Perth has changed a bit since our last visit. There is now a Melbourne-sique vibe to the laneway action this west coast city has developed, adding to the excitement of urban exploration for us visitors. Taka Japanese Cuisine was one of these fortunate wrong-turn discoveries and we were not disappointed to have our Monday dinner there.

    Taka Japanese Cuisine, Perth

    Perth has changed a bit since our last visit. There is now a Melbourne-sique vibe to the laneway action this west coast city has developed, adding to the excitement of urban exploration for us visitors. Taka Japanese Cuisine was one of these fortunate wrong-turn discoveries and we were not disappointed to have our Monday dinner there.

  • Sydney seemed full of hole-in-the-wall coffee joints for those on the run, but we had trouble finding a breakfast place that coaxed you to linger. Delisse on Clarance Street was the first we encountered and I fell in love with their pastry display.

    Delisse: Sydney CDB Cafe

    Sydney seemed full of hole-in-the-wall coffee joints for those on the run, but we had trouble finding a breakfast place that coaxed you to linger. Delisse on Clarance Street was the first we encountered and I fell in love with their pastry display.

  • When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind's eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

    Slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi

    When you think of Bondi Beach, the picture in your mind’s eye might be of the white sand, crashing surf, suntanned bodies, buff lifesavers and fish and chips. In fact, chowing down on piping hot chips and crispy fish fillets goes hand in hand with sand between your toes down here. Yet we found ourselves slurping away at Handmade Noodle & Dumpling Kitchen in Bondi.

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The Tuckshop

I loved the school tuckshop when I was growing up in Singapore. They were set up like hawker centres, with a range of stalls selling a range of freshly prepared cheap meals. A bowl of noodles in hot broth with fishballs made to order was only 30 cents. A cup of cordial water was 10 cents. You could eat like a gluttonous king on just $1.

Dining like that is not possible here and now, but I think I can definitely feel some of that love for The Tuckshop out on Gerler Road in Hendra. It’s a perfect spot for casual breakfasts (or lunches) with friends, if you want to head away from the city. There is plenty of on-street parking and the abundance of fresh sunshine that pours over the wood floors at The Tuckshop encourages you to take a moment to inhale and savour your coffee for the day.

It’s not just decent coffee that sucks me in – everything I’ve tasted at The Tuckshop has been spot on. A casual light lunch after dropping off Bubby at daycare and I had a gorgeous fresh roasted cauliflower salad that danced with raisins pops of sweetness. The hearty masala-spiced omelette dispelled my famished tummy rumbles one morning, while the housemade granola with fresh seasonal fruit and yoghurt was a gentler introduction to the day on another morning. They haven’t gotten anything wrong yet and I love it!

The Tuckshop - Roasted cauliflower salad with fresh greens and raisins

Roasted cauliflower salad with fresh greens and raisins in tahini dressing

The Tuckshop - House made toasted granola with seasonal fruit and yoghurt. AUD$12

House made toasted granola with seasonal fruit and yoghurt. AUD$12

The Tuckshop - Smashed avocado, chilli & sour cream cornbread, black-beans & tomatillo salsa. AUD$18

Smashed avocado, chilli & sour cream cornbread, black-beans & tomatillo salsa. AUD$18

The Tuckshop - Fruit salad, house-made yoghurt & organic honey. AUD$10

Fruit salad, house-made yoghurt & organic honey. AUD$10

The Tuckshop - Masala-spiced omelette, tandoori paneer, buttered spinach & tomato kasundi. AUD$17

Masala-spiced omelette, tandoori paneer, buttered spinach & tomato kasundi. AUD$17

The Tuckshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Adelaide] Ryo’s Noodles

We were on the hunt for dinner our first night in Adelaide – the beginning of our adventure to witness the union of two beautiful friends. It thankfully was looking far better than our last visit when we arrived in Adelaide airport at 3am due to having our Perth bound flight diverted. We had already checked into our hotel and wandered towards Chinatown, sure we’d find something to fill our tummies.

Ryo's Noodles logo

Not to be mistaken with the Japanese restaurant of the same moniker in Crows Nest, Sydney, Adelaide’s Ryo’s Noodles first opened in 2014 to fill the gaping ramen hole on Adelaide’s Asian eatery strip, Gouger Street. Two years later, Ryo’s Noodles seemed to be going strong with a steady stream of hungry customers, eager for warm soup and noodles to boister themselves against the winter chill.

Ryo's Noodles - interior

Ryo's Noodles lunch special

Ryo’s Noodles‘ menu was primarily divided between their tonkotsu (pork based soup) and chicken based soup. The topping combinations were fairly simple and traditional, but to help those with trouble deciding what to have, Ryo’s Noodles have taken the guesswork out by slapping their own recommendation on select items.

Ryo's Noodles menu

Ryo's Noodles menu

Both the SO and I opted for the super traditional tonkotsu (pork based soup) – the SO deviating towards the miso version, while I went with soy.

In comparing the two bowls, mine looked like it had a lot more going on in terms of toppings. Everything in it looked authentic, except for the addition of bak choy. Who puts bak choy in ramen?!

Ryo's Noodles - Ramen in soy sauce pork soup with roast pork, egg and naruto. AUD$14.50

Ramen in soy sauce pork soup with roast pork, egg and naruto. AUD$14.50

Ryo's Noodles - Tonkotsu miso flavoured soup with roast pork egg, bamboo shoots and naruto. AUD$15

Tonkotsu miso flavoured soup with roast pork egg, bamboo shoots and naruto. AUD$15

My soy tonkotsu had a far richer and thicker flavour than the SO’s miso version. His felt cleaner and didn’t leave as salty an aftertaste in the mouth as mine, but Ryo’s Noodles apparently guns down the salty pork barrel. By the way, their not-too-thinly-sliced slices of roast pork were well-cooked and soft, while the noodles were firm and springy.

The generous portion sizes weren’t massive and despite being hungry, we went away satisfied without having to order entrees or side dishes. A definite thumbs up!

 

Ryo's Noodles Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Perth] Petition Kitchen

It has been a real struggle deciding if I should put up this review of Petition Kitchen from our recent Perth trip. My photos turned out so awful: I forgot to bring the decent camera and the lighting was so low if it were any darker, I might’ve poked my eye out with my fork. The experience also had such a contrast of elements, I cannot decide whether we had an overall positive or negative dining experience.

But you know what? Let me edit the photos as best I can and describe what went down, and I leave it to you to draw your own conclusions. YOU be the judge.

Petition Kitchen

Now I didn’t do a LOT of research into Petition Kitchen prior to arriving in Perth. I had seen a couple of Instagram posts from fellow bloggers and it piqued my interest. My employer needed a restaurant to take a couple of clients – I made a phone reservation before sending him and over a dozen people to spend some serious dough.

When I asked a colleague who had joined them for the dinner how it went, the reply was sort of indecisive, so I bundled up Bubby and went down with the SO for dinner the next night to see for myself.

Petition Kitchen

We rocked up to an already busy early evening without a reservation. It almost looked like there might not have been an available table, but we were ushered past the open kitchen where kitchen staff were working with military precision on the evening’s orders to a table near the back door.

Petition Kitchen has quite a range of seating arrangements, including long tables perfect for groups enjoying the sharing menu. Unfortunately our table was one of the couple seats set against the back wall, which have barely much room between each one – I am a size 8 and worried my butt would brush the next table’s dinner onto the floor.

Our waiter introduced himself and presented the menus, before mumbling that it was his first day. He asked if we were interested in drinks before excusing himself, promising to come back with water and the day’s specials. He wordlessly brought the water and disappeared again without mentioning the specials. After studying the menu, it took us several minutes to get anyone’s attention to take our order. There were still a number of empty tables, so it wasn’t as if Petition Kitchen was at capacity.

Petition Kitchen

Roasted mushrooms, salted ricotta, warrigal greens, potato. AUD$20

Petition Kitchen

Burnt pumpkin, farro, pickled ginger, silken tofu. AUD$19

Petition Kitchen

Lamb rump, roasted turnips, minted peas, gremolata. AUD$38

Petition Kitchen

Market fish, cod roe, sofrito, aubergine, watercress. AUD$36

In saying that, the food came out of the kitchen and hit our table quickly. The flavours, textures and presentation were magnificent. Each dish had a unique personality and fairly generously portioned for share plates.

My absolute favourite dish would be the burnt pumpkin, but it was intense and complex. Bring to mind the most mind blowing Japanese meal and intensify the umami-ness of seaweed, ginger and tofu flavours ten-fold – that’s what the burnt pumpkin rocked my world.

If you have a delicate palate or less adventurous, the lamb rump would be my recommendation – succulent melt-in-your-mouth slices perched on a slightly chunky puree of peas with a delicate hint of mint.

The SO loved everything too and was pained when pressed to name a victor.

At the conclusion of our meal, it again took us awhile to get staff attention to bring the bill. They brought the wrong bill and we had to wait several more minutes for the correct one to be delivered, and several more for the portable credit card machine to be found and delivered to make payment.

While the level of service was not up to our expectations for the price point, the food might almost be worth it. What do you think?

Petition Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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[Perth] Hawker’s Cuisine

My first visit to Hawker’s Cuisine was a mere three years ago, but oh, have the times changed.

Hawker's Cuisine

For one, the new digs are extremely spacious. No more large 10-seater round dining tables cramped between the two pokey levels of dining – the new Hawker’s Cuisine location is one expansive floor of dining with lots of space between to navigate a pram. No wonder it was still popular with extensive Asian family gatherings.

But here’s my confession: I really wanted to come back to Hawker’s Cuisine to share their Marmite pork ribs with the SO. They were THAT good.

And I’m glad to report they were still on the menu, and as good as I remember. These salty umami crunchy pieces of pork are super moreish and definitely worth coming back for. Don’t worry – the Marmite flavour is quite subtle.

We also had the homestyle tofu claypot with generous thick slices of pork belly, served piping hot on top of a burner at the table – a great tummy warmer.

And of course a simple fried rice to carry everything else through.

Hawker's Cuisine - Marmite pork ribs. AUD$14

Marmite pork ribs. AUD$14

Hawker's Cuisine - Homestyle tofu claypot. AUD$15.80

Homestyle tofu claypot. AUD$15.80

Hawker's Cuisine - Hawker's Fried Rice. AUD$10.90

Hawker’s Fried Rice. AUD$10.90

Hawker's Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Taka Japanese Cuisine, Perth

Perth has changed a bit since our last visit. There is now a Melbourne-sique vibe to the laneway action this west coast city has developed, adding to the excitement of urban exploration for us visitors. Taka Japanese Cuisine was one of these fortunate wrong-turn discoveries and we were not disappointed to have our Monday dinner there.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - interior

Don’t get me wrong – there is absolutely NOTHING fancy about Taka Japanese Cuisine. The orange plastic chairs were generic. The square faux birchwood tables were generic. The lighting was unflattering. The walls painted a pea green. The menu photos reminded me of the 80s.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - menu board

BUT they had a giant menu board at chest height (ie. no neck strains studying menu boards in the heavens) with simple descriptions and photos for those who have been living under a rock the last 50 years and are unfamiliar with Japanese cuisine.

The prices were also ridiculously reasonable. Most meals were under AUD$10, making it a perfect spot when it’s the end of the month and you can’t afford to splash out too much. The chicken katsu don and the ramen we had were AUD$8 and $9 respectively, and tasted fine. Sure, there could have been more egg over the chicken katsu or a runnier yolk with the ramen, but hey! It was cheap eats.

Taka Japanese Cuisine - Chicken katsu don. AUD$6 (S), AUD$8 (L)

Chicken katsu don. AUD$6 (S), AUD$8 (L)

Taka Japanese Cuisine - Ramen. AUD$9

Ramen. AUD$9

Taka Japanese Cuisine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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