Having to think of somewhere different to take my relatives out for dinner, Echye Restaurant pop into my mind. It is an Eritrean cuisine, prepared using African spices, Family-ran by a group of women. The menu items are unique, that probably needs more explanation.
After ordering, a complementary entree was provided which is Azifa, cold salad made of black lentils, served with home made bread. Azifa is very refreshing, but for those not so big on onions, it has strong red onions taste. The bread is really enjoyable with a sweetness to it.
Depending on how pack the restaurant is, the time it takes for the food to be serve varies. Initially, we ordered two meats and two vegetable dishes, but ordered an additional serve of vegetable dish in between. The vegetable dishes are relatively small, so you might consider ordering more for a larger group. The food is normally served with bread, or rice. If eating with bread, feel free to dig in with clean hands.
We ordered two meat dishes, Kifto, a beef mince and Tibsi, diced lamb. We had the option of choosing how we would like the mince cooked. Normally, I would order medium rare, however as my relatives prefer it cooked, medium well was ordered. The mince was a little dry probably cause of how we chose it to be cooked, but the lamb was very flavorful.
We ordered two vegetable dish, hamli, chopped greens and fasolia, a potato dish. This was very well liked by the table. Wish the portion was bigger though.
As the vegetable dishes were a little small, and loved by the table, we decided to order one other vegetable dish, Shiro, finely ground chickpea. As we didn’t know how it is cooked, what was served was indeed different. It was like a thick soup, but this goes well over rice, or picking it up by the bread.
We decided to end off with habesha coffee since it is unique and new. The family roast their own beans and brew it in a special pot. The staff warn us it was a strong shot, and indeed it was like an espresso shot. A good try for anyone that is game for it.
A good restaurant offering something unique. Reservations on weekends is a mess, and this is a cash only restaurant.
401 Albany Hwy,
Victoria Park WA 6100
(08) 6161 0029
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – 17:00 – 22:00
Wednesday – 17:00 – 22:00
Thursday – 17:00 – 22:00
Friday – 11:00 – 22:00
Saturday – 11:00 – 22:00
Sunday – 11:00 – 22:00
I was going to try Tina’s Kitchen in South Perth one rainy weekend as it was recommended by one of the readers commenting in one of my posts. Unfortunately, when I arrived, Tina’s kitchen has closed and replaced by Satay on Charcoal. Since I was there, and already paid for parking, I decided to just give Satay on Charcoal a try.
It doesn’t have much on the menu but do carry some favourites and after all its specialty is satay. I ordered mamak mee goreng. This was quite disappointing. Mamak mee goreng is one of my favourites and I would try everywhere I go. It usually is served spicy so I ordered for it to be mild. However, when it came out, it wasn’t the taste I expected. It was a tad too salty, damp and no hint of spice.
The other dish ordered was mee siam, after all I ventured out looking to try mee siam at Tina’s Kitchen. The Mee Siam turned out also different to what I am used too. It managed to break the saltiness of the meegoreng above, and tasted better. However, it tasted very strongly of coconut and also lack the tang and spiciness of the usual Singapore mee siam that I’m used to.
The satay however was nicely charred and had good flavours but pricey at $9 for 6 sticks. I’m also quite glad it came with proper satay sauce.
Anyway, after my experience there, I ponder where the style of food is from. It isn’t from where I’m used to and hence as I was expecting something but got served another. Maybe someone could enlighten me where this may be from.
Well, being based in South Perth where you have to pay parking, I am not so sure I will be returning. Unfortunately, the food is not good enough for me wanting to pay additional parking to eat there.
Satay On Charcoal
Shop 16 Mends St
South Perth, WA 6151
Opening Hours: Everday (Except Thursday) 5pm-late
Maple crepes cafe is relatively new in the Vic park scene. Having seen it few months ago, I have been wanting try it and finally did so few nights ago.
Not only do they offer sweet crepes but also savory ones. Since I already had a filling dinner, I just wanted something sweet. however check out their menu below, they offer an extensive range of crepes to select from.
We ordered a strawberry way, it was one of the hot favourites. There is a picture on the menu, but unfortunately it did not appear the way it was on the menu. The strawberries were a tad sour, but I do think that helps break the sweetness.
The item ordered was Fruit Delight. It comes with nutella and mango, strawberry and banana. It was filled with alot more mango and banana. Chocolate and fruits, what can go wrong? Well, ordering it without Banana but being served with Banana.I’m not fussed, and besides my friends eat bananas. I just have to pick the bananas out. Without the Bananas, I do think this is a pretty good dessert. Although, I hope they remember orders the next time because the next customer may not be as forgiving.
Maple Crepes Cafe
Shop 1 363-367 Albany Hwy
Victoria Park, WA 6100
Had breakfast at Kinky Lizard on Monday. It is a small corner cafe just on Royal Street in East Perth. It provides the usual suspects for brekkie but offers other options, bringing about something different.
I tried the breakfast hot pot and the corn fritter stack. The breakfast hot pot was a common order for me but that’s because I do like beans. It does not look too big but it sure fills you. Besides, on a rainy day, don’t you just want something warm and hearty?
The corn fritter was something new for us. It is a good vegetarian option to have for those who don’t take meat and the portion isn’t as big as the hot pot for smaller eaters. It is cooked with some curry powder to give a little spice, served with soft poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
Kinky Lizard has their own roasted beans and pride themselves on delivery. They definitely do not disappoint so if you’re not up for a heavy breakfast, just stop by to get your cuppa.
With lots of cafes around Perth, you definitely have to stand out to get a returning crowd.
78a/20 Royal St East Perth
WA 6004 Tel: 9221 9133
Average price per person: $15 – $20.
Due to work commitments, I will not be able to deliver a detailed blog as I used to have.
This will be a blog on the go with my faithful phone. If I come across a unique restaurant, more details may be shared. There will still be pictures of food, but not necessary details of how it is.
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As you have realised that this blog has not been active for an awfully long time. I sincerely apologise for that. I am currently in the middle of completing a major project and have not had time to explore places and blogging them down.However, once I have completed, the blogging will be back.
I thank you for your patience, and stay tune cause I will be back.
Time to try some irish food as we head down to Fibber Mcgee’s, an irish pub. Entertainment book offers discount on Fibber.
A group of 7 of us, Mushroomong, Chiku, Will, Leo, Mos, Jas and I were heading to Fibber for dinner. Even though it was an Irish pub, there was a small steakhouse situated at the back of the pub, away from the noise. However, the steakhouse is pretty small, so it is advisable to make reservations. Read more…