Monday, January 23, 2017
Monday, December 28, 2015
The burger half:
We asked the burger to come medium rare to get the best of the juicy patty. The burger came brilliantly red in the middle so it was no surprise that the first bite was intensely juicy. Simply seasoned with salt and pepper, it was delicious! Jacques on the other hand thought it was a little too red. I can see his concerns as certain parts looked really red haha.
The lobster half:
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Monday, August 4, 2014
If fine dining has always been a part of your priority undertakings to understand the culture a city was built upon, these finer establishments might be the thing you are looking for. NYC is a city of swag, so common delights can become fancy and clearly so when acknowledged by the headmasters at the Michelin corp.
Food business in NYC is big business. NYC residents are fussy and no trend is always there to stay when you are at the top of the class. Evolution counts for survival. Thankfully, with a superbly variable price tag, there is something for everyone. Whether it is Asian or Western, Chinese or Japanese, Italian or American, be prepared to eat. But prices in the big Apple can quickly add up especially if you do not watch the cheque due to taxes and tips which usually bumps the bill up by a minimum of 25%. So, do tell me what you think if you hit the big Apple and try out the food I had. Note that all opinions here are a from a hungry traveller's perspective which is one that is open and receptive. If you come here acting all big headed with a mindset from home, it is likely that you will have different views.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Expect to see pigs on the wall, on the counter, along the rails and when your dish arrive, possibly on your plate too. But no pig on my plate today, it was all beef! When my cheeseburger came, I was thinking “Wow! This looked exactly what I expected to see,”. And it was even more to be honest.
Friday, July 11, 2014
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Burgers are easily one of most versatile feeds on earth. With a bun, you can simply stuff anything from an honest patty to a luscious foie gras (see pic here) and even deliciously grilled vegetables. Perth is no stranger in the gourmet burger scene with Jus Burgers, and Grill’d dominating the market. On the other hand, we still see a bunch of special places like Alfred’s Kitchen Past and Missy Moos sticking close to their roots and serving their burgers exclusively from the same place. Past experiences at these places have never let me down, but to a certain extent some of these brands have moved from being “THE burger” to being just another burger thanks to poor quality control and a for-profit mentality.
So is there still a standout in the crowd? I was recently invited to another popular spot in town called Local Shack which serves a great combination of alcoholic beverages with delicious burgers. To start we had crunchy chips with a herbed aioli.Golden brown crunchy goodness kept our tummies satisfied while we waited for our drinks and burgers. It was crunchy as it should be and the aioli was just perfect. Definitely went well around the table especially when the watermelon cocktail arrived at the table!
The watermelon cocktail which was the perfect drink for non-alcoholics. The subtle alcohol taste made it easy to consume. A mixture of Vodka and Midori gave that kick but not to the extent where one would go on a high. I really enjoyed this drink as it was simply refreshing and the fruitiness was great considering the type of food we were about to have!
The burgers came looking big. No doubt on generosity unlike some places where the patty is only half the size of the bun! My pick for the night was the Moroccan Lamb @ $16! Built from prime Australian Lamb, brie, roasted capsicum, and a refreshing homemade Tzatziki, this really hits the Moroccan sweet spot. The subtle tang from the capsicum went well with a cool tatziki. There was some heat in the burger as well probably due to the spices. It was a great feed. I would particularly like to point out that the lamb tasted great too.
Little darling and Yv had the Bring it On @ $14 which was the Shack’s take on a good cheese burger. Perhaps a bit more luxury with the crispy bacon, and herbed aioli included. As expected, the girls struggled to the finish line with the little darling forced to leave her burger roll behind. I had a little bit of hers and found the patty to be a stand out once again . At the Shack, its not a plain patty with salt and pepper as there were herbs and other ingredients infused together. I cannot complain about the sauces but one improvement diners will expect is the “crispy bacon” promise which was only partially fulfilled as the bacon was in no way a qualified crispy bacon.
Fishman had no fish for his burger but decided to fulfill his steak cravings with the Shack Steak burger @$16. With little complains except for the readiness of the meat, he enjoyed the burger and complement the whole package to be “still a nice burger to eat”. Perhaps a few resting minutes before coming would have been ideal as his plate was mildly soaked with the juices from the steak.
Looking back at our meal here last Friday, I really found the Local Shack to be a great place for friends looking for a casual hangout. Its laid back environment with catchy music videos paired with great burgers and drinks quickly lived up to its name, the Local Shack. It does not throw gimmicky marketing like “healthy burgers” because seriously, let’s get real. If I were to eat a burger, do I even count the calories? Obviously not.
So this brings me back to my main question. Is there still a standout in this overpopulated scene? Definitely yes with the likes of the Local Shack, Missy Moos and Alfred’s. The Local Shack for me might not the BEST burger but to be honest, I have not found any burger worthy of that title yet. More importantly, this place packs substance in their burgers! Also, it is so depressing to find the lack of exclusivity and honesty in places like Jus Burger and Grill’d makes them no more different than McDonalds. In fact, I will not lie that Jus Burgers used to be my favourite gourmet burger place in 2008-9. Back then it was just Leederville. Then things started growing and the rest is history. Sucks.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Coming back to Perth after holidays, I knew that my care free life would have been put to rest. Eating like a glutton, bunking in bed from 12 till 12. You should know what I mean. Fortunately my parents were here for two weeks. Being parents, they did what they could to make life better. Nonetheless, it did not stop me from getting less than 10 hours of sleep from the first three days. I had to clean my car, clean all my linen, sweep and mop the floor and others. Moving from one house to my new place wasn’t easy either. 3 petrol tanks in 2 weeks shuttling from one house to another to move things. Have to thank the little darling and fishman too! They helped much as they were only three of us moving everything. Waking up 5am and sleeping at 12am was almost routine for the past week. But I definitely could not miss spending the the last day of my parent’s holidays. After we settled in, my sister brought them over and I drove them for lunch at Freo. As mom was dead bored of having Chinese everyday, I decided to bring them to try a burger place called Miss Moos which fares well among lovers of this sinful meaty affair.
My sister and dad! My sister looked half-assed the entire day because she was suffering from symptoms of a coffee drawback lol!?
Missy Moos don’t do UFO buzzer when it comes to picking your order, instead they have colourful figurines.
Before the food came, I snapped shots of the wall which was cheerfully decorated with colour works of children who patronise the burger bar. How so? Well, when a child comes to Missy Moos, they are given a drawing and a set of colour pencils. They are allowed to colour it in anyway they like and bam! The drawings are stuck onto the wall when they have been coloured :)!
To quench our thirst on that 40 degree day, we had the world most well-known brand to accompany us at the table too ;) After waiting for awhile, the efficient Missy Moos crew had our burgers rolling out :P
I had the burger (shown in pic) which had aioli, baby spinach, crispy bacons and a really tasty patty! I have to say, the best part of the burger was the blue cheese and fresh spinach. It really worked for me. My sister had the Jack & Jill which was pretty much the same as mine except that it came with Cheddar Cheese instead of blue cheese, and an extra avocado mash! I think hers was good too? ahha! But she does not like bread so I guess burger won’t make the cut for her. She had half left at the end of the meal. Yh gladly finished it for lunch a few days later!
I think I will cut the post here. At the end of the meal, I was satisfied and was craving for a second time. Its true, the burgers here are easily one of the best. It is definitely better than FAB at Subiaco, but easily on par with Jus Burger and Alfred’s @ Guildford ahah. Can’t wait for my second time haha! Oh and really, much credit for the fresh baby spinach which was juicy and sweet. The meatiness was not overly, a good ratio of bun-meat-vegetable.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Gawddddd today was so stupid! Went to my office but took the wrong bus back oh man @.@! Ended up going so deep into Claremont and Subiaco suburb that I was able to see horses. But the very friendly bus driver and I had a chat about life in Australia. Him being from England and stuff. Great chat! Yesterday I had one of those “bros” outing with Yobi! We had lunch and shit before walking about in Leederville. For something a little different, we decided to eat something without rice or noodle. So yea, why not have burgers! Yummy burgers ^^.
It was about noon and we were ready to depart! Did not really know which train platform we were supposed to go to, but oh well! I used my memory and somehow we managed to get on the right platform lulz! The waitress there changed from punk-emo to pretty-retro. YUMS! ok jk. But one thing I’m not joking is that there is this Chinese guy working there, he cannot stop picking on the food omg! I was most WTF when he wanted to eat one onion ring but he did not want the aioli sauce so he took one sauce plate, poured tomato sauce and had that piece of onion ring =.=”.
My original lamb burger @ 11 bucks! Not the prettiest thing but it was yums! The chutney-mint sauce combo was not as bad as mint sauce normally is for me! This burger is totally awesome. I came here last week and had cheese burger with blue cheese and mushrooms! Gawddddd! So delish!! Yobi had the beef hamburger. Full on meat patty but he said it was not salty enough ahah.
rawks!! Can you see Yobi’s watch? It’s a Casio Databank Calculator watch man! Wonder who bought that for him! WAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHA. The burger were large in my opinion. I went from zero to full tank and yet I could not finish my burger. Then the waitress was like “Hey, even I can eat one entire burger myself”. And some other stuff. And when we left she said something like “hey! Make sure you come here for your burgers again.., And finsh it”. With that Yobi concluded that she was hitting on me @.@! Lameeeeeeee!
This was my errr… Onion rings mmm but the Chinese guy did not sprinkle salt on top or maybe there isn’t meant to be any on top! No idea @@! But the last time I had it, there was salt. I really like the onion ring here! Yummmmmm!!
Jus burger was my first stop for my burger tour! I’m happy with the burger there. I think most people are so happy that within a year, a second branch has open @ Subiaco. Just a stone’s throw from the train station! But even then I'm still ready to go on my burger tour! What’s left hmmmmmm! Ahh Alfred’s Kitchen and Flipside!
Haihhhhhhhhh! The week will start to get really busy! Cheryl’s last week of work but it is the start for me! Working in the city meeting working people! So anxious yet so excited! But the bus to and back from work is horrible! It’s like ackkk! Everyone looks like their brains got sucked or something.. noooooooooooooooooo! We’ll see what happens soon!