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Baby Mammoth, Northbridge

Baby Mammoth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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A work colleague told me about Baby Mammoth. She is vegetarian and raved about a cauliflower dish that they made in this funky little bar on William Street.

Baby Mammoth is in the heart of Northbridge, nestled amongst many Asian eateries between Newcastle and Aberdeen Street, it is indeed a funky little bar. Sporting contemporary artwork, intimate booths and mood lighting, you can come here for a first date or a cocktails and shots evening with friends – it is a very versatile venue. They advertise a plethora of international craft beers on a very large chalkboard as well as some innovative cocktails. The menu has a South African flavour and consists of smaller plates and larger plates, designed to be shared.

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We were pleased to be given a table for four even though there were only two of us – we like to have room for all of our dishes so that we can eat comfortably. The waitress was very helpful and non-intrusive. We ordered two glasses of Clare Valley Riesling and got down to studying the menu, deciding on two smaller dishes and two larger dishes.

The first dish to arrive was a tuna ceviche. Lots of plump tuna chunks, tomato, corn, red onion, chilli and lime juice – this was a stunning dish with a nice spice level. It really refreshed the palate without being too overpowering.

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Then came the smoked fried potatoes with chilli mayo. If you know me, you know that I am a bit of a potato-phile and nothing pleases me more than a perfectly cooked chip, jacket, or roast potato. Well…. baby Mammoth just took it up a level by smoking roast potatoes – who knew? I could have easily eaten the whole plate to myself – very tasty and heartwarming with a definite wow factor.

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Next we had the vegetarian bunny chow – lentil curry with pickled cauliflower, cashews and brioche. It was a South African curry, and we chose medium heat. To be honest, when ordering curries, I prefer them to be cooked according to the heat that they naturally should be, and not given a choice of heat strength because this indicates that the chef just uses more or less chilli. I like the appropriate spices to be well cooked throughout the curry, and for it to be presented as they present it in the country of origin. Having said that, this was a nice curry blend, and the lentils were good quality and well prepared. The brioche was soft and luscious.

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The last dish to arrive was a triumph. Spiced pork ribs with turmeric and ginger sauerkraut. Boneless and beautifully sticky, they had been cooked to perfection – had I not been so full, I would have ordered another plate of ribs.

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So did Baby Mammoth deliver ? Most certainly. I also realise that I didn’t try the cauliflower, date and barley dish recommended by my friend, so I must pay a return visit. There were at least 7 vegetarian options on the menu, and with the extensive drink menu and variety of non-veggie options, there is something here to please everybody.

Read more about Baby Mammoth here.

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The Tuck Shop, Northbridge

Tuck Shop Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I finally tried the Tuck Shop Cafe for brunch last week. I have heard a lot about this place and decided to see what the buzz was about.

When we got there, we had to wait in line for a table, but the waitresses were lovely and found us somewhere to sit within 15 minutes.

The menu has something for everybody, including breakfast dishes, pancakes, nasi goreng, cheese kransky, meatballs, and salmon. Every dish was described beautifully and I wanted to try them all. There is also a chalkboard with daily specials, and I chose a date, banana, honey and cinnamon smoothie from the specials board.

smoothie

My partner had coffee – which was Toby’s estate. This was nice coffee, but not the best in Perth.

For my meal I chose the chorizo with paprika potatoes, peppers, spanish onions and crispy pork belly with fried egg. This was absolutely delicious – and very filling.

chorizo meal

My partner chose the beans with ham hock, parmesan toast and fried egg. There were some home made onion rings on top. This dish was extremely tasty.

Beans, ham hock, parmesan toast

The cafe also has a nice range of cakes. We chose a brownie and a strawberry lamington for afternoon tea at home. They were very nice.

I will definitely return to the Tuck Shop Cafe – I am keen to try the other offerings on the menu. Based on the brunch that I had last week, I can see what the hype is about. The Tuck Shop cafe is one of the best cafes in Perth.

The Red Teapot, Northbridge

The Red Teapot Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I had heard about the Red Teapot, but not actually seen the restaurant before. We intended to go to the nearby Four Seasons Roasting Duck House only to find that it had closed so we backtracked to the Red Teapot. Not the most noticeable establishment on William Street, it is a small canteen style Chinese restaurant, I counted only 35 seats. Luckily it was not fully booked, so we were able to spread out on a table for four. The menu has a good selection of dishes and as we were choosing from the menu, I was tempted by the sights and aromas of dishes being served around me.

We chose crab and prawn spring rolls to start – they were extremely tasty and served with a little dipping sauce.

Crab and prawn spring rolls

Crab and prawn spring rolls

Fir the main course we chose vegetable fried rice kung po beef and seafood with ginger and spring onion.

The seafood was very fresh, the squid extremely tender and the fish a nice texture. The beef was lovely, a nice cut of beef that melted in the mouth, watch out for the dried chillies in this dish though.

Seafood with Ginger and Spring Onion

Seafood with Ginger and Spring Onion

Kung Po Beef

Kung Po Beef

Vegetable fried rice

Vegetable fried rice

Yum what a lovely meal. I will definitely return.

The Old Crow – Northbridge

UPDATE – The Old Crow is now permanently closed.

The Old Crow Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I popped in here for lunch before a visit to the art gallery. I have heard a lot of good things about the Old Crow, so was interested to see if lunch was nice – if so, it may warrant a return visit to the city for dinner.

The ambience was very welcoming – it appears to be quite a large place with lots of nooks and crannies and options for eating either inside or out. The cuisine is predominantly Southern/Soul food.

The options included olives, oysters, lamb and chickpea scrumpet, potatoes with cajun salt, marinated anchovies, veal schnitzel, mushroom omelette, spicy pork rillette jaffle, smoked salmon spaghetti, and carrots with garlic sauce and cornbread.

I chose a duck parfait with pear and charred bread, and my companion chose the slow roasted brisket sandwich with thousand island dressing, pickled cabbage and fries. I also chose soy chai latte, and received the real deal – brewed chai tea in a pot with spices rather than the ubiquitous syrup based option. My companion reports that the coffee was excellent.

Chai Latte

Chai Latte

Duck parfait with pear

Duck parfait with pear

The duck parfait was lovely, the pear being a perfect accompaniment and served both as diced pear and puree. The amount of bread was just right.

Beef brisket sandwich

Beef brisket sandwich

The slow roasted brisket sandwich was jam packed with beef and pickled cabbage – delicious. The fries had a spicy coating.

Cakes

Cakes

The desserts looked very tempting, but we chose cakes to go – a chocolate brownie and a slice of orange and pinenut cake. The cakes were moist and delicious with a cup of tea later on that day.

I was very impressed with the Old Crow. I’ll be back, that’s for sure.

UPDATE – we did go back for dinner, but sadly, the dinner menu did not deliver in the same way that lunch did.

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

Sayers Sister

I have heard a lot about Sayers Sister, so decided to give it a try for Sunday breakfast. It is in Northbridge at the Bulwer St end of Lake St. I haven’t been to this area before and was quite surprised to stumble across some other places that I have heard of such as Tarts and The Dizzy Witch.

Sayers Sister was the only of these restaurants with a queue, so we persevered and queued up. The restaurant is not quite as chaotic as Sayers in Leederville, the whole layout is better, and the staff allocate tables, so it is a much fairer system.

Sayers Sister Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
We were seated at the long  central communal table, which has lots of sweet treats in the middle that you can graze on while you are waiting – you just put your payment in the little jars on the table. I think it’s nice that you can do this in Perth – you wouldn’t be able to get away with it in London – those coin jars would disappear on the first day!

I chose the potato rosti with bacon, poached eggs, rocket, spinach, parmesan and bramley apple/thyme chutney.

Every mouthful was delicious and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You could really taste the quality of the ingredients.

Potato rosti with eggs and bacon

Potato rosti with eggs and bacon

I also had a white peach and passion fruit lemonade to accompany it.

My companion had a coffee – which was really delicious and smooth with a caramel richness. He also had a full breakfast which was equally enjoyable – lots of nice quality ingredients, and a lovely cumin mousse/sorbet on the beans which was unusual and tasty. It consisted of home made beans, crusty bread, eggs, bacon, bubble and squeak, mushroom and pesto.

Sayers Sister full breakfast

Sayers Sister full breakfast

Sayers Sister also has a very attractive selection of home made cakes – if I were not on my January diet, I would have tried one (or two).

I will definitely be returning to Sayers Sister. I think it is slightly better than Sayers, but they are both good quality restaurants that I will always be happy to dine in.

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