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April 2014 Perth Trip Recap

singleguychef | Apr 18, 201404:38 PM

Went to Australia end of March and early April, and this is just a recap of the different legs of my trip and the food I tried. Hopefully this might help others planning trips there.

I did one already for my Sydney days, and the second part of my trip was in Western Australia in Perth. I actually stayed in Scarborough at the beach, and there were very little good eating options to talk about. But these are my good and/or noteworthy experiences.

Wild Fig Cafe -- I think this is the only good eating option right at the heart of Scarborough Beach. It's a cute corner cafe with some really nice food and friendly service. I ate there for breakfast and had a nice Spanish-style green scrambled eggs (pesto sauce made it green) with figs of course.

Print Hall -- In Perth, this is one of the biggest dining establishment with a large bar that's pretty popular with the after-work crowd, and an upstair terrace. The dining room only offers the option of a four-course dinner or tasting menu. I went the four-course route where you choose from the menu in the four sections (starter, first, second, and dessert) and I enjoyed all my dishes. The chef also gives some nice in-between palate cleansers or amuse. I had a really nice kingfish crudo with tomatillo and pastrami with pickled onions. All the plates were creative and beautifully plated, and the service was great.

Stables Bar -- This was also very happening for the after-work crowd who comes for drinks. Place is tucked in the alley in the CBD near the theater. Great service, very friendly, and interesting small plates. The quality of the food might sometimes seem overdone, but they were fresh and made to be shared. Lots of interesting stuff, but really it's the festive vibe and friendly service that's a draw. Also, prices are pretty decent after eating at other places where it really seemed Perth was an expensive spot.

Bread in Common -- This large cafe is in the quaint town of Fremantle south of Perth, and it really has an innovative menu, very Mediterranean style. They're known for the bread, which you pay by the slice. It seemed like a really pricey place, but the ingredients all seem fresh and the service is great. I got a Cos salad with coppa and peaches and it was a large bowl, but also cost nearly AUS$25.

You can see some of the photos on my blog. If you're reading this in the future, you can click on the "travel" label to see all my Australia posts.

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