I spent the last few days in Perth and had a few good experiences and a few let downs. I spent a few days in Fremantle to be close to the beaches, and to be honest, Little Creatures.
I had breakfast on Saturday at Moore & Moore. This was a great little spot and wished I was in Fremantle longer to make it to breakfast there. It was just a good standard breakfast (eggs, bacon, toast and tomato relish), and it was the first place in a while where I got my eggs cooked properly to order, over easy. I'm not a big coffee drinker so I can't judge Moore & Moore on that base, but I'd definitely go back. Plus, it was nice walking around the contemporary art gallery attached.
I was really looking forward to dinner at the Little Creatures brewery that night after good reviews for the Chili and Shrimp pizza. Unfortunately, it doesn't look to be on the menu any more. I was a bit let down by that and the other pizzas didn't quite fill the void, so I went with a panzanella salad and the pork belly. The salad was a typical "American bar" salad. Nothing special, the bread seemed more like a crouton than grilled and was a bit soggy. The pork belly, on the other hand, was well cooked with nice salty crackling. I just wish it was served with something other than chips. The beers right from the tank were worth the disappointment of not having the pizza.
The next night for dinner I tried to go to Nahm Thai, but it was closed. I couldn't find a website and the first blog I found said it was open all nights. I was a little disappointed after cabing it there, but decided to pull out the trusty iphone to see what else was in the area. I was very happy to see the eclectic food that Northbridge had to offer. Plenty of Vietnamese, Chinese, Malaysian and more. I ended up at Viet Hoa on William Street, primarily because it was the busies on the street. While I’m sure there were other good options, a packed house is usually a good indication for me. I had a few pork spring rolls, fried chicken with fried rice and a house special roast duck stir fry. The spring rolls were pretty bland, but the dipping sauce helped out. The fried chicken was great with just the crispy skin. You could taste the char from the wok in the rice. The duck was good, but I kept going back to the rice.
I did make it back to Nahm Thai the next night and it was worth the trip back. I was a bit knackered from the day so made a quick meal of it. Starting with a duck with lychee, palm sugar and a few other ingredients I was too tired to remember. The flavors here were off the charts. It had all the salt, sweet, sour and that small kick of heat at the very end. I had no problems going for the spoon to get every last bit. Next I went with the special of the night which was the barramundi in a green curry. It was very well executed with just the right amount of heat at the end, but frankly I could have gone for a larger portion of the duck and been perfectly happy.
The last two nights I ended at Must Wine Bar. I stopped in the first night for a glass or two or three and a few bites at the bar since I got out of meetings late and was plenty fully by the end of the night. I had the charcuterie plate which had a pate en croute, pork rillettes (a bit of a guilty pleasure), black olive tapenade and a pork terrine. All were great and just enough food to go with the wines. My favorite wine of the night was the Valminor “Davila” Albarion Blend from Rias Baxias Spain. It was a nice white with a good bit of character and a nice divergence from the standard whites I get locked into drinking out of habit. I made it back the second night and had a few more of the bar bites and glasses. The Davila was a little disappointing the second night. I think I got the end of the bottle from the previous night and it didn’t fare so well. But the Stella ’08 Bella Margaret River Chardonnay was a good follow up. It had a bit more oak that I’m used to, but still let the floral notes of the grape come through at the end.
It was a good trip to Perth and was wrapped up finding a bottle of ’07 Cullen Diana Madeleine at the airport bottle shop waiting for the red eye back to Sydney. I’ll be back in a few weeks and try to get to the wine regions, but I’ll have to expand the food options to see what else the city has to offer.