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Archive for April, 2013

Ha-Lu, Mt Hawthorn

Everybody who knows me knows how much I love Ha-Lu. It is one of my top 5 Perth restaurants.

The menu changes from time to time and the new dishes are always exciting. Here is a photo diary of tonight’s visit.

Ha-Lu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lyche chu-high - Shochu based cooler

Lychee chu-high – Shochu based cooler

This is a drink called a chu-high which contains some Shochu. They also do ume plum and yuzu flavours which contain tiny jelly pieces. All three are lovely.

Sashimi of the day

Sashimi of the day

The sashimi is always really high quality – this is scallops, salmon and kingfish. The wasabi provided is nice and hot – as it should be.

Tuna and watermelon

Tuna and watermelon

Tuna and watermelon is a new dish on the menu – lovely fresh raw tuna on slices of succulent watermelon. With different toppings, mustard mayo, spring onion, radish and wasabi.

Root vegetable salad

Root vegetable salad

This is a dish which I always order at Ha-Lu. A salad with root vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, carrot, lotus root, with soy mustard dressing and a perfectly poached Onsen style egg in a crispy wanton basket. The whole dish is a delight.

Tori Tempura

Tori Tempura

This is another new dish – soft succulent chicken tempura served with ponzu dipping sauce, plum mayo, and hiding underneath the pile of chicken is some pickled turnip. Very very good quality dish.

Miso soup

Miso soup

I don’t know the secret ingredient, but Ha-Lu miso soup always tastes particularly delicious.

Scallops Nanban

Scallops Nanban

Another favourite – lovely plump scallops on a crispy lotus root with radish, chilli flakes and black caviar.

Duck with aubergine and madeira

Duck with aubergine and madeira

This is a signature dish of Ha-Lu. Tender duck breast with slices of perfectly cooked aubergine and different dipping sauces – madeira, mustard, wholegrain – always a favourite.

No room for dessert. If you haven’t tried Ha-Lu yet, please do, it is a tapas style approach to Japanese food – if you think Japanese food is all about raw fish and sushi, think again.

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Xintiandi, Francis St

UPDATE – Xintiandi is now permanently closed.

I have only ever been to Xintiandi for lunch time dim sum. It serves consistently good dim sum, and I have tried some others in the area, but tend to come back here. It used to be called Jade, but had a bit of a makeover about a year ago.

The interior of the restaurant is quite nice, with purple wall fabrics and glass balls floating from the ceiling. The queue on Sunday lunchtimes can get quite long, it all seems to depend when you turn up – the business peaks around 1pm, but I have never had to wait for more than 20 minutes for a table.

Xintiandi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you are lucky, you will be there when they serve soft shell chilli crab as a special.

If you have not had dim sum before (or yum cha as Australians tend to call it), dim sum means ‘touch the heart’, and they are little morsels of food to do just that. There are a lot of dumplings – I try to have plenty of steamed dumplings to counteract the amount of fried dim sum which is also available. Traditionally some dumplings go together – siu mai go with har gao. I also like to have steamed glutinous rice in a lotus leaf which is rice mixed with chinese sausage, meats, egg and mushroom. Another favourite is cheung fun or rice flour rolls which contain bbq pork, prawns or chicken, and come with an oyster sauce dressing. You can also order off the menu if you like.

Here is a selection of some of my favourite dishes:

Prawn and Seaweed rolls

Prawn and Seaweed rolls

Steamed scallop dumplings

Steamed scallop dumplings

Siu Mai pork and prawn dumplings

Siu Mai pork and prawn dumplings

Crispy seafood dumplings with salad cream

Crispy seafood dumplings with salad cream

Prawn and mushroom dumplings

Prawn and mushroom dumplings

Sticky rice in lotus leaf

Sticky rice in lotus leaf

Sticky rice outside of the lotus leaf with mixed meats

Sticky rice outside of the lotus leaf with mixed meats

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