Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Monday, September 29, 2014
To start, we could go no further than the homemade bread with two dips. One was a sausage dip while the other was a zucchini sesame one. I had also asked the other bread staples which was butter and olive oil. It was an all out affair on this one.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Two weeks ago, I attended a wedding of a friend who was fortunate to have found a suitable person to share his life with. To celebrate this once in a life time occasion I was told that no expenses were spared and boy I think the groom was right. The venue was a beautiful riverside restaurant called the Red Herring in Fremantle. Although this seems rather cliché with heaps of other places like Mosmans, Matilda Bay, and Zafferano’s around, I am still impressed :)!
After the formal ceremony where the couple exchanged their vows, we were treated to a 3-course meal.
Our appetizer was shredded duck in egg parcels which was pretty damn yums! The fillings felt somewhat inspired by a typical Sang Choi Bow but a little bit more refined. The greens were complemented the overall dish well too.
For my main I had the seared lamb fillet with fluffy mash, and root vegetables.
I could not be happier with what was served to me. Despite the inconsistency in the lamb around the table, mine was spot on. The pink in the middle was very good. Perhaps a little more resting time would have been great but a good piece of tender lamb. Seeing the beetroots had me feeling nostalgic reminding me of my 2nd anniversary at Amuse where the little darling and I were served lamb with beetroot. I never liked beetroot but that earth taste of the vegetable really complements the lamb well when served in correct proportions. This dish was definitely a highlight for me! Full points :)! Not sure how other would feel because as mentioned earlier, some lamb fillets were served well-done despite being asked to serve medium.
A cheesecake dessert was the sweet ending for the day. Unfortunately though, it shot wide. Presentation was one of its weakest points. The cheesecake served to me felt like it was falling apart. The sides were very messily cut. I guess no amount of hot water can keep the knife warm in such events. Luckily, the flavors were really good except for those black espresso jelly which was so bitter it was beyond belief. But for coffee lovers , this might nice because the bitterness do tend to cut through the sweetness of the cake.
Overall, it was a pleasant meal that I had that afternoon. Other than the gloom from the overcast, the ceremony turned out beautifully. The Red Herring provided the guests with a solid meal that was both delicious and special. For myself, I was impressed for most parts of it, except the dessert. Definitely have room for improvement and perhaps with smaller volumes, heightened finesse in the presentation. At the end of it all, my wishes are for the bridge and groom, live happily ever after and love each other. Last but not the least, they say a man without a woman is nothing. So is human without food! nom nom nom nom!
Saturday, August 13, 2011
We recently celebrated Vanessa birthday at The Monk in Fremantle. From my previous trips to Fremantle, the Monk has been a place I’ve always passed by but never ate there before. With rave reviews in the pipe and through word of mouth, it seemed like a must try. Pair those reviews with a steady steam of awards for their home brewed beer, the Monk is a must GO. So, how did that turn out for us? To begin, the interior was well presented and was well above my expectations.
It was really spacious and slightly dimmed with a high concentration of light in the centre of the dining table to see the food. Also, I found the fitting quite stylish and there was a good mix of sitting areas. Some were intimately hidden, while others like our table of 20 was in the middle of the dining area. Quite good really.
Reservation for 20!
Unlike all Monks, this one has a different approach to its religion. It’s way? Good food & Great Beer. So, now for the most important question: did the Monk’s philosophy satisfy me that night?
Lets see the food we had that night. I only have a say on the food I have tried by the way!
Tiong’s entree was a mix of prawns and sausages was it? Cannot really remember. It also had a garlic sauce I believe?
The next appetizer for the night was the one most recommended dish by all reviewers and patrons . The sticky pork belly with scallops and Asian salad @ $20!
The delicious sticky pork belly and scallops is described by most as flavourful and delectable. Without tucking it, I was already pleased with the way the dish was presented, neat and nice! My first look without touching the dish tell me that the sticky pork belly along with the scallops and salad has a very Oriental feel to it. When it comes to taste I loved the sticky sauce that came with the Pork Belly. The acidity of the beansprout salad was lovely too. But after that, it was down hill.. all the way.. The let down was the decency of the cooking. With about 6 plates of these lovely beauties on order, every plates’ quality were different. Mine has two main problems. One, the pork belly was not soft enough. The skin ended up being chewy while the bottom bit was a little tough. What I was really looking forward to was a soft layer of meat with a melted layer of lard enclosed in a beautiful soft/crisp skin. But it was not so. The scallops on the other hands were not seared properly. A little longer on the pan would have been perfect. Charles on the other hand felt that his scalloped tended to be a little raw. It’s not that we cannot eat raw scallops because they are delicious when served as sashimi. But in this scenario, it was BAD. Not at all acceptable. One trivial but hmm ok not really trivial. The serve was inadequate and not as I have seen on other bloggers’ posts. Each plate was written to cost $18.50 but cost $20 instead. In addition, we see 1 set of scallop and pork belly less. So putting that to numbers we had 6 plates but which had a total of 18 pork-scallop pairs and paid $120. In contrast the old menu would provide us with 24 pairs for $111. That is a whole lot of difference! Money back please! $$$$!
The girls called a few mains to share and one of it was Monk’s Ribeye @ $40:
The girls and everyone else including Vil and Edwin seemed really please with the steak. It was deliciously juicy, more importantly, the chefs listened and cooked to order. The potatoes were not out of the bag chips but hand cut and fried. It was delicious. The sauce did justice with its good flavour but lacked the much needed saltiness. Luckily the potatoes itself were salty enough! But the drawback of the Rib eye was from the knowledge the Monk website puts up! We went there hoping to get a 350gram slab for $38 BUT ended up paying more for LESS. A little nuisance here considering that this problem went on the entire night .
Goat Shoulder Meat or was it called Greek Goat. Whatever it is, Henry’s first mouthful left him with a speechless expression. Pretty much said what it needed to anyways. “WTF”! Easy
Kelvin, Henry and I were the unluckiest people that night. We ordered this disastrous dish. To sum it up, uninspiring, blend, horrible and oh jeez man! Seriously? The meat was lean and it tastes horrible in stew! The sour cream/yoghurt at the top did not help a tad. Aubergines pickles were used but why? Over-roasted potatoes sounded promising but it was a big NO-NO with this dish. At the end, I only ask one question. WHY ME? For $32 bucks I believe it was a BIG BIG mistake. But the joyful crew at the Monk should only ask ONE question. Why was this even on the menu? Oh my god. Seriously!@#
Nana’s Steak Sandwich!
The Fish Pie was pretty much a Shepherd’s Pie with a creamy sauce and fish flakes instead of a meaty one. Xin Nee and Xin Ling took a bite into the pie and immediately said ‘I think your Shepherd’s Pie is better’! Wahahahah! My take on the pie is that the fish-cream-mash combination didn’t really do the trick for me. It felt rather flat. The sauce did not have enough flavour and the fish.. what did they even do with it before making the pie?
At the end, the dinner left me with mixed feelings. The dish served to us that night really showed me how wide the quality of food can range in one restaurant. From the delicious steak all the way to the horrible goat shoulder. Also, Cherry ordered the Risotto that which through my experience is a no nonsense-killer dish. The end result at the Monk? An inedible Risotto which even the most forgiving monks will not eat. Why? Undercooked and consistently crunchy bits in it had us return the dish after a few spoonful. THAT INEDIBLE. But I have to insist that perhaps the sheer volume of us that night left the Monk’s with little time and ingredients to serve our hungry crew. Perhaps an intimate evening for two will allow the chefs to work up their magic. But then again, the company might end up stealing the limelight from the food.
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.