2015 was overall a pretty good year for me personally – with our move back to the West in January, lots of short professional opportunities that made me grow as a person and snagging a more permanent job to start in the new year. A and I also had a fantastic overseas adventure in the U.S., and I loved getting reacquainted with unordained burgers, greasy fries and old-school milkshakes. To sum up my favourite eats this year, I’ve kept it short – here are my five favourite dining experiences for 2015.
TOP 5 DINING EXPERIENCES FOR 2015
I love Malaysian food, and the Joondalup outlet of PappaRich was a staple of mine for the last quarter of 2015. I can’t tell you how many times I went there, with all visits encompassing their fantastic buttery, flaky roti canai. I’m surprised that I’ve put a chain restaurant outlet in my Top 5, but the food is really, really good and worthy of the spot.
Stunning views, local produce and an exciting menu – Bib & Tucker is an excellent all-rounder. I still think about the soft shell crab burger and wagyu rump steak I had during my birthday dinner in June.
The brilliantly priced three course option for $60, which allows you to choose your own items, was a memorable dining experience. The food, service, atmosphere and the Xanadu wine all contributed to an amazing, lavish lunch. I highly recommend a try the next time you are in Margaret River.
A and I love Greek meze and Brika serves authentic, flavoursome Greek meze dishes. I keep ordering the house-marinated slow cooked lamb and the melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant dip) whenever A and I return to Brika – both are perfect dishes!
The Old Crow, Northbridge
You either love them or hate them, but the best brussel sprouts in Perth are at The Old Crow in Northbridge. The combination of ingredients might sound a little odd, but don’t let it deter you – combining brussel sprouts, chili jam, pine nuts and buttermilk is amazing! A and I have also enjoyed a fantastic mac n’ cheese here, as well as Beef Brisket.
Since I’ve returned to Perth, I’ve also spent a bit of time getting reacquainted with some of my previous favourite eateries in Perth. Honourable mentions for fantastic meals in 2015 go to:
Kanta Japanese Kitchen and Sushi Bar, Langford
An exquisite surburban gem that I was introduced to by The Food Pornographer a few years back, and TFP and I headed there for lunch again earlier in the year. They’ve changed venues now (they are still in the same block of shops), but the food is still as good as I raved about in my earlier post, if not better.
Fiori coffee + Bannister Downs Milk + talented baristas = excellent coffee. Plus, the view opposite is an added bonus. My dog Mia and I have been frequent visitors this year, with doggy treats available to purchase and a dog friendly beach opposite. It’s a win-win for both of us!
A had Foragers earmarked as her venue of choice for her birthday dinner months before we arrived back in Perth and we spent three nights at Foragers in April, and dined at Foragers twice. Foragers is run by Sophie Zalokar, a qualified chef who has worked with Maggie Beer and grew up in the Barossa Valley. Sophie’s seasonal dinners are an amazing experience, featuring local produce and rustic cooking. A and I can’t wait to head back there, which will be our fifth trip to Foragers.
Dusit Thai, Northbridge
Dusit Thai was our venue of choice for our anniversary dinner this year and they are still serving up fantastic Thai food after 27 years.
Phi Yen, Enex100 Foodcourt, Perth CBD
This was at the top of my list of places to revisit on our return to Perth, and it is still the best version of dry egg noodle soup with crispy chicken I’ve had in Perth. I’m so excited that I’ll be within walking distance from here in the new year – as I’ll be working in the Perth CBD. Winning!
A and I had a fantastic dinner here a few weeks ago, and I love the vibe, food and wine list.
The Wembley, Wembley
$12 Surf and Turf at The Wembley is still such a bargain – and delicious too!
Flipside Burgers, Wembley
There’s so many great burger joints in Perth, but Flipside is still my favourite.
On an additional side note, I also want to tell you about my favourite wine and coffee (two of my other loves) during 2015. I’ve been making my coffee at home and have recently discovered local roaster Remedy Coffee. The beans are roasted fresh to order, and are single origin Arabicas. I love my coffee strong and I love supporting local, so I feel like this is a great match for me. For wine, my current favourite/obsession is the Wirra Wirra Churchblock – a cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot blend that is ridiculously smooth but full-bodied. I’ve been ordering a few of the qantas epicure mixed cases and it’s been a great way to discover new wine.
As always, thanks to all my readers! Your support by reading the blog, commenting and emailing are greatly appreciated. I’m aiming to get back into writing more regularly next year now that my year-long job hunt is finally over and I look forward to another year with you and CFJ in 2015.
May it be our best year yet!