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The Old Crow, Northbridge

Breakfast at The Old Crow

There’s something seriously magical about a slow cooked egg. Cooked in their shells below boiling point for far longer than the usual (65 degrees celsius for 65 minutes) - the resulting egg is soft and silky, but quite solidly set.

This weekend,  I met the slow cooked egg of my dreams, at The Old Crow in Northbridge.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

The slow cooked egg was served with a flavoursome mix of lightly sauteed mushrooms including fresh shiitake, portabello and button varieties ($19.00). I really enjoyed the meaty texture of the mushrooms. Lightly browned just a hint of caramelisation, they really satisfied my craving for something something - though they weren’t my usual breakfast go-tos (bacon, chipolatas).

Breakfast at The Old Crow

The provolone croquettes were seriously good. A delightful contradiction, even. Crisp yet pillowy soft. Salty yet just barely sweet. Rich but amazingly light and almost fluffy.

When paired with the rich red sauce (hidden beneath the mix of mushrooms and croquettes) – utterly moreish.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

As well established gluttons, it was hard to ignore the fried potatoes with cajun salt and ranch ($9.00). ‘They’re a bargain!’ we said. ‘But I’m starving’, I assured J.

But try as we might, we were utterly defeated by these crunchy beauties. I’m guessing their fantastic crunch and deep golden brown was the result of being double-fried (or par-boiled then fried). The cajun salt had a kick that was perfectly offset by the cool and creamy ranch dressing.

Breakfast at The Old Crow

Getting into the weekend spirit, J kicked off his meal with a mustardy, spicy Bloody Mary ($15.00). I’m not much of a fan of tomato juice …so he enjoyed that by himself! (My usual soy flat white did the trick, thanks.)

Breakfast at The Old Crow

Though I passed on the Bloody Mary, J’s choice of cowboy beans and eggs with belly bacon ($18.00) was much more covetable – just check out that charry belly bacon!

We both really loved the faint sweetness and subtle smoke of the beans. They tasted like the real deal – cooked low and slow with a flavoursome tomato-based sauce and probably a meaty bacon bone or two for a mellow yet flavourful punch. Mild hints of cumin, paprika and maple (I think) were a highlight.

Suffice it to say – we’re really quite smitten. The food and drink options we tried were really well executed. It’s a well thought out menu that’s got options, but isn’t so big that you just can’t pick. The service was friendly, but more importantly quick and efficient. It was a great way to start my weekend!

Breakfast at The Old Crow

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In other Juji Chews news…

After much debate, pro and con lists, and general procrastinating … I’m now officially a Mac user. Bye bye, old laptop. You served me well.

It’s weird but exciting, and I’m getting the hang of the command button. And holy crap, when I’m using Lightroom to post-process my photos … oof. This thing looks amazing!

Are you a Mac person or a PC die-hard? Opinions? Favourite tricks? Got any advice for Mac noobs? Make sure you share in the comments!

U & I Cafe, Northbridge

U & I Cafe

Pho bo vien – sliced raw beef and beef balls

I guess I should start this post by stating: I am by no means a pho connoisseur. But I know what I like, and if the empty bowl on my table at U & I Cafe on Sunday morning is anything to go by, then I guess it was pretty good!

Did I mention we ate this pho at 7.30am on a Sunday? Though this pho neophyte may not be the best judge of authenticity, one thing I will say is, it’s exciting to see a 24-hour restaurant in Perth (that doesn’t have golden arches).

More exciting still, when you can enjoy your morning coffee, Vietnamese style, drip filtered with a generous slug of super-sweet creamy condensed milk. You can have it over ice (which is listed on the menu), or hot – as we attempted to ask for. Luckily our patient waitress was totally on board with my inability to describe what I wanted that early in the morning!

U & I Cafe

Pho tai – with sliced raw beef

My pho tai was fragrant with a light, beefy broth. I would have really loved a stronger spicier kick from the usual suspects – start anise, cinnamon, coriander and fennel seed – though it definitely packed a black pepper punch.

The onions in the soup were just al dente, which was a great textural contrast with the soft slippery rice noodles. The beef was perfectly tender, and cut to a good thickness – with a bit of bite, but not so thick it was hard to chew.

Lashings of Sriracha and oyster sauce with a generous squeeze of fresh lemon were essential here, as the soup didn’t seem to be overly seasoned.

U & I Cafe

I’ve been reliably informed by my friend G that other dishes on the menu here, like the Bo Kho which comes served with a crusty baguette, are worth trying out. I’m keen to see what they’re like, maybe at dinner so I can sample other items not on their “overnight” (10.00pm – 10.00am) menu!

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Good Fortune Roast Duck House, Northbridge

Good Fortune Roast Duck

Crunchy tiles of pork crackle. Sweet, sticky char siu. Star anise laced duck, bronzed to perfection. If there’s a Chinese roast meat in creation that’s bad, then, I don’t think we’ve met….

J and I joined his family at Good Fortune Roast Duck House for lunch on a recent Sunday. K (J’s brother) and I were more than a little excited when the three meat combination arrived. We went with a selection of char siu, roast pork and roast duck – perfect for sharing in a group, and even better for the indecisive.

The roast meats on offer here are delicious, but I’m still convinced they’re better at my favourite roast meat shop, Hong Kong Barbecue.

Good Fortune Roast Duck

The reason why J’s parents chose Good Fortune for this particular lunch, was because J’s Dad had heard lots of good things about the other dishes on offer here.

It’s no wonder, when they serve up beauties like this salt and pepper flounder. Topped with a fragrant rubble of chopped spring onions, chili, golden fried garlic and generous amounts of salt and pepper, the tender white fish is hard to resist. The fish has been deep fried until both its tail and fins are as crunchy as the pork crackle on offer at the restaurant.

Good Fortune Roast Duck

The surprise star of the show is the stir fried long beans with pork mince. It’s not complex by any means, but is a definite crowd pleaser, with tender pieces of crunchy green beans and fragrant soy-laced pork mince.

The soft chunky pieces of onion throughout make me smile, reminding me of my late Grandmother’s version of this dish. I used to hate the onions (and the beans) with a passion as a kid – but luckily for me that’s not any issue any more – as I’d be missing out on this great dish.

Good Fortune Roast Duck

We’d ordered conservatively, deciding that three dishes between us (with rice) would be enough. But by the end of the roast, the fish and the beans … we knew we wanted a little more.

In the end, these sticky barbecue chicken wings were our choice – one which none of us had ever tried before. These sweet and sticky wings were coated in the same marinade as the char siu, and were the perfect small bite for these gluttons.

Good Fortune Roast Duck

One thing I love about roast duck restaurants? The Hong Kong style drinks! Sweet and strong iced coffee and iced milk teas were our beverage of choice.

Good Fortune Roast Duck

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Love Thy Neighbour, Northbridge

Love Thy Neighbour

When it comes to warm and fuzzy feelings for my fellow man, I’ve got to confess – I’m a much nicer person once I’ve had my morning coffee.

And breakfast. Let’s not forget about the most important meal of the day!

Love Thy Neighbour

On a recent Saturday, my husband J (die-hard coffee nerd) suggested we drop by at one of his favourite coffee finds in Northbridge, the aptly named Love Thy Neighbour (LTN), and I was very keen to see if their caffeine and grub would help improve my mood.

Love Thy Neighbour

Their coffee, made with the house blend ‘seven’, was strong, flavourful (with a slight fruitiness) and damn good. It comes from Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills – which I’m pretty sure I wandered past at least once on my last visit to Sydney.

J was equally impressed with his traditional long macchiato, and neither of us hesitated when we were offered a second round.

Love Thy Neighbour

J’s brioche breakfast came with softly scrambled eggs, house cured trout on a lightly toasted individual brioche. The Organic Loafers brioche was beautifully light and pillow-soft with a golden glow that only comes from the addition of fresh egg yolks.

Actually, this was declared some damn good brioche. I’m sure it would have been perfectly satisfying on its own, with a generous smear of jam.

But partnered with the salty-sweetness of the trout and the creamy eggs, this golden, buttery bread was even better!

Love Thy Neighbour

When there’s a biscuit on the menu, you’d better believe I’m going to order it. It took all of eight and a half seconds for me to make up my mind, and I’m hoping if you visit LTN, you’ll do the right thing and make the same choice.

Love Thy Neighbour

The American-style biscuit is rarely seen on Aussie menus, a rare mysterious breakfast (and any time) food that’s probably closest to a scone, but usually lighter in texture, dusted in cornmeal, and often made in it’s homeland with the snowiest of unnatural looking cooking fats – Crisco.

Love Thy Neighbour

The money shot – the bacon was hiding.

I don’t think the partially-hydrogenated-police have anything to worry about with the biscuits on offer at LTN.

The lovely light biscuit served here sandwiched a generous combination of fresh spinach, bacon, spicy homemade chutney, cheddar cheese with a softly set egg over easy.

I was glad the egg was cooked to the point of being slightly oozy, but just enough to ensure it didn’t dribble out of my biscuit.

It’s a deliciously different departure from the usual Saturday morning fry up that still manages all the main hangover food groups – in a neat carby package!

Truth be told, even though I was relatively stuffed after this, I did entertain ideas of other breakfast “snacks”.

Love Thy Neighbour

And how could I not, with the promise of smoked white chocolate ice cream, spotted on the blackboard as we wandered inside?

Consider my interest piqued. If I ever try it, you bet I’ll be telling you all about it.

Love Thy Neighbour

Oh hai, J’s phantom hand!

Love Thy Neighbour

Love Thy Neighbour are located at the rear of William Street Arcade, next to Ezra Pound. The team have recently expanded the seating area, so there’s choices for all – inside and out, bikes optional.

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Opening hours

Monday – Friday
6.30am – 5.00pm

7.30am – 4.00pm

Closed Sundays

Is Donburi, Northbridge

IS Donburi

Miso chicken katsu don, $13.80

When my sister told me that Northbridge’s latest Japanese hot spot, Is Doburi was serving their katsu don with a special misonaise, I was very keen to taste it for myself.

And taste it I did, on both the pork, AND chicken katsu don, when I visited Is Donburi on a recent Friday night.

The combination of a crunchy katsu and egg is a classic Japanse combination that’s just perfect over fluffy white rice. All of the chicken and egg toppings I’d previously enjoyed were quickly coated in a sweet-salty soy sauce, but here, Is Donburi has kicked it up a notch, drizzling their protein double-team with a house made misonaise – mayonnaise and miso! Together! It’s the perfect balance of creamy and salty with just a hint of something-something, the fifth taste - umami.

Each donburi here comes with a complimentary side salad and bowl of miso soup, which are perfect to round out an already satisfying meal.

IS Donburi

Combination sashimi 9 pieces, $16.80 – featuring salmon, tuna and kingfish

Both J and I were very glad to welcome this stunning sashimi combination to our table. The fresh chunks of tuna were smooth and creamy – without a hint of the rough, almost gritty texture that’s common with low grade fish. The salmon is similarly swoon-worthy, lightly rippled with fat, with a pleasingly firm bite.

IS Donburi

The delightful kingfish

But it’s the kingfish on offer at IS Donburi is, that is seriously outstanding. We were both impressed with the care taken in the chef’s knife work on the lightly scored skin-side of the flesh, and floored when we nibbled on the fish itself.

It’s fresh with a distinct sweetness. Fish this fresh is offset so well by a smidge of wasasbi and a light drizzle of soy sauce.

I’m always pleased when I find a new food destination is as exciting and satisfying as everyone tells me it is. I’m now definitely a misonaise convert, and the sashimi was so good it had us talking about it for days. So much so that we returned in less than a week to sample the big kahuna (15 pieces for $26.50) !

On both our visits we were glad to find that service was consistently friendly and efficient. The kitchen and front of house teams handle service with a smile, all while managing a constant stream of customers eating in and ordering take away.

Is Donburi is a great little spot, whether you’re picking up lunch on the run (check out the spring roll sushi handroll!) or looking for comfortable place to eat in.

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Open daily 11.30am to 9.30pm

Sayers Sister, Northbridge


During August, Sayers Sister, Northbridge’s newest breakkie hangout opened on Lake Street. J and I were only too happy to join the crowds welcoming Mark and Steph Sayers’ new outlet to the neighbourhood.

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

The coffee is strong and just what I needed on a chilly Sunday morning. We enjoyed our short macchiatos in just a few gulps. I try to stretch out the enjoyment, but always end up failing…

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

J couldn’t resist the Bubble and squeak cake with two poached eggs, wilted spinach, fried speck and hollandaise sauce ($19.50).

A wave of menu envy hit me as I spied the thick doorstop of speck, glistening beneath the oozing hollandaise sauce.

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

I chose the Ham hock terrine, which came topped with a fried egg, dark rye toast soldiers and a sunny ring of fried pineapple ($19.50).

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

The rich ham hock terrine was a bit of a surprise – falling apart easily when I prodded it gently with a fork. Wrapped in streaky bacon or pancetta, the flaked ham pieces were mixed with onions and carrot, making a hearty impromptu ‘hash’ on my plate. I enjoyed it with the green tomato relish which was helpfully kept in place by my pineapple.

The rye toast soldiers made for an excellent accompaniment to the fried egg – I love dipping toast into soft yolks.

Breakfast at Sayers Sister

It’s a little hard to tell from the photo, but things were really cranking at Sayers. Arrive early or be prepared to wait for a table, as there’s no bookings on weekends.

Pooches waiting for their owners Sayers Sister

Don’t worry if you’ve got to wait for a table. I’m sure the pooches waiting for their owners will help keep you amused.

Sayers Sister serve breakfast
Tuesday to Saturday 7.00am – 11.30am
Sunday 7.00am – 2.00pm
Closed Mondays

For menus, visit the Sayers website 

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New Moon Dim Sum, Northbridge

New Moon Dim Sum

How did these Xiao Long Bao stack up?

Ever since our visit to Sydney last year, I’ve been a girl on a mission – to find Perth’s best Xiao Long Bao (also known as soup dumplings, or Shanghai dumplings). My favourites in Sydney were from the well-known chain, Din Tai Fung.

So when I realised I still hadn’t eaten at one of Perth’s newest dim sum joints, New Moon, I decided it was worth checking out. Two birds, one dumpling (or several).

New Moon Dim Sum

New Moon Dim Sum

To test the waters, J and I quickly pounced on a steamer basket of one of our favourites – Char Siu Pau (steamed pork buns).

We were both pleased to find that New Moon’s sweet-salty barbecue pork filling was generous, with a sticky sauce that was used conservatively.

There’s nothing worse than breaking open a steaming Char Siu Pau and finding the filling is all binder and no substance.

New Moon Dim Sum

Our next target was four plump, juicy Siu Mai (steamed pork dumplings). I hear you asking, ‘where’s the fourth? I only see three!’ …. well, you’ll have to ask J. :)

I was immediately impressed with these, because they also included large chunks of fresh bursty prawns. The wanton wrapper outer layer was a little thick and chewy, but as a result, held the dumpling together well.

New Moon Dim Sum

New Moon might just take the cake for Perth’s most impressive chee cheong fun (rice flour roll) plating. The tablespoon above is included for scale!

This version, known as Zha Leong, features rice flour rolls cloaked around Yar Chow Kuey (also known as You Tiao), the crispy fried ‘bread’ sticks usually eaten with Chinese rice porridge.

New Moon Dim Sum

Yar Chow Kuey are one of my favourite things in the world, so it’s no suprise this double carb mash up appeals so much to me.

But though I’m a die-hard fan of this combination, there was one element of this dish that could either make it or break it – the rice flour rolls.

The ultimate chee cheong fun should be light, with a firm but supple texture. Each layer should be silky and quite thin, as a thick rice flour noodle often makes for a gluey-textured mouthful.

We were pleasantly surprised and impressed with the silky thin noodles on offer here. Each mouthful provided a wonderful combination of textures – soft on the outside, and crunchy on the outside.

New Moon Dim Sum

So how were those Xiao Long Bao? In a nutshell – delicious, but probably not Perth’s best.

I prefer my Xiao Long Bao to have thinner more delicate outer wrappers, which – though challenging to wrangle from steamer basket to spoon to mouth – makes for a much more pleasant bite.

These Xiao Long Bao were definitely soupy, with a great flavour of pork. But unfortunately, their thick outer dumpling-skins looked to me like they were commercially made, unlike the beautifully hand-pleated versions I’ve tried elsewhere.

New Moon Dim Sum

As we were leaving, we realised that New Moon is the reincarnation of one of Perth’s favourite dim sum spots, Hoi’s Kitchen, a hole-in-the-wall on William Street which closed a number of years ago.

I have the vaguest recollections of the food at Hoi’s Kitchen. Mostly, I just remember how small it was, with plastic tablecloths and sticky chairs.

New Moon is like Hoi’s with a major face-lift, nose job, and a whole new wardrobe. I wouldn’t recognise it as ‘the new Hoi’s’, but it’s worth checking out.

Though the Xiao Long Bao weren’t my favourite, I was impressed with the other dishes we tried from New Moon, and I’d be happy to have them again, as they were as good as any from my favourite dim sum haunt, Dragon Seafood.

And another plus for all Perth’s dim sum die-hards, is that New Moon opens for dinner service on Friday and Saturday nights, which is a rarity here.

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Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant, Northbridge

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Char Siu Pau (Steamed BBQ pork buns)

Though we’ve been friends for close to eight years, I only recently found out that my good friend L had never experienced the delicious chaos that is dim sum.

Whether it’s the lining up for a table, to the billing system or the endless chatter of pushy waitresses offering you food from steaming carts, for the uninitiated, eating at a dim sum restaurant can be a little intimidating.

For starters, dim sum is traditionally served from as early as 7.00am, if you can find a restaurant open (common in parts of Asia, but not in Perth!), and service ends typically at 3.00pm.

There’s growing numbers of restaurants now serving all the favourites through dinner, but dim sum is usually eaten for breakfast, brunch, lunch or as a snack anywhere in between.

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Har gao (steamed prawn dumplings)

Once you’re seated, the real fun begins, as trolleys of steamed dumplings clatter towards your table. 

My all time favourite steamed dumpling are har gao. Chunks of fresh bursty prawns are mixed into a delicious paste that’s steamed inside a sticky glutinous rice dough. There’s something so addictive about the slightly al dente wrappers.

Watch out as you manoeuver your chopsticks around a dumpling – those sticky wrappers have an uncanny tendency to stay attached to the steamer basket!

 Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Pai gwut (pork ribs) with black beans

A big grin spreads across our friend I’s face when another trolley comes along stacked high with pork ribs in a black bean sauce.

The ribs are chopped into bite-sized pieces, perfect for sharing. The black beans add a burst of salty flavour to each bite.

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Salt and pepper chicken wings 

Waitresses bearing trays laden with fried treats arrive, and we pounce on the last dish of fried chicken wings.

They’re liberally dressed in a spicy salt mix that includes a tumble of chopped spring onions and generous pieces of red chili.

Chili heroes J and I are game to enjoy their wings with bites of chili, but it’s a different story of L and me, who instead just go for the least chili-doused wings on the plate.

This dish comes with four pieces … but there’s only three pictured above because someone (not me!) started eating before I snapped a pic.

You’d think after years of being friends with a food blogger they would be used to the routine by now ;)

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Siu Mai (steamed pork dumplings)

We also enjoyed some plump Siu Mai – steamed pork dumplings wrapped in wonton wrappers and topped with bright orange flying fish roe (which you might recognise from Japanese menus as Tobiko).

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Spring rolls

When the offer of hot spring rolls straight out of the fryer comes up, we’re given the option of vegetarian or meat versions. 

The decision is unanimous - meat please! - we all say at the same time.

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

kai lan with oyster sauce

Lightly steamed or blanched kai lan is one of the healthiest options on the dim sum menu, and comes doused in a flavoursome oyster sauce based dressing. The crunchy stems are my favourite part.

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Salt and pepper fried squid tentacles

The crunchy salt and pepper squid is J’s favourite, and the talking subsides as we all dig in. Dragon Seafood Restaurant always seem to manage the perfect balance between salt and spice in their flavouring mix, with just a bit of fragrant garlic for good measure. 

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

BBQ pork puffs

These baked puffs are one of my favourites, featuring a flaky buttery crust and sweet-salty barbecue pork filling. 

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Loh mai (Lotus leaf glutinous rice)

I and J both polish off the sticky rice, fighting it out for every last scrap of Chinese sausage, shiitake mushroom and chicken. 

Dim Sum at Dragon Seafood Restaurant

Fried prawn dumplings

And just in case you’re still in the mood for more prawns – don’t forget the fried prawn dumplings, which come wrapped in super-crunchy wonton wrappers. They’re the evil twin of Har Gao, and just as delicious as their saintly-steamed siblings! 

This crash course in dim sum was highly successful, with the final bill coming in under $20 a person. 

I realised L’s dim sum conversion was complete, when we piled in the car and drove out of Northbridge, as she declared her new obession for Char Siu Pau.

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Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

It’s a wonderful thing when you discover that a new restaurant is as good as you hoped it would be.

Aisuru Sushi opened two weeks ago, along the rapidly transforming section of William Street. J and I had been watching the space closely, and we were both keen to check it out. 

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

If you’re given the option, I recommend choosing a counter seat at Aisuru, for a ring-side view of the chefs at work.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Scallop sashimi, $11.50

We started with two sweet, fresh Hokkaido scallops, served au naturel with a sprinkling of Tobiko (flying fish roe), wasabi and pickled ginger.

The scallops were beautifully tender and worth a try if you’ve never sampled them sashimi style. Among the freshest I’ve enjoyed in Perth. If they’d ever seen a freezer, I couldn’t tell, as they were sweet, firm and not at all watery.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Sweetcorn tempura, $9.50

We took a little while to come to a decision after being tempted by so many options on the menu. So we asked the two of the chefs behind the counter for some recommendations. 

The lovely lady who turned out to be the restaurant’s tempura expert, recommended the Sweetcorn tempura, which was my favourite dish of the evening.

The corn kernels were tender and naturally sweet, and bound together lightly with a super crisp tempura batter. The chefs shared their secret to this fantastic dish, telling us that the corn is cut off the cob by hand, ensuring it’s at its best before service.

The freshly fried tempura is topped with a generous drizzle of aioli and truffle oil, and sprinkled with spicy togarashi flakes.

I’m seriously contemplating weekly visits, just for this dish.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Spider roll, $18.50 (8 pieces) or $11.00 (4 pieces)

Soft-shelled crab is a personal favourite of mine, so I was very keen to try the Spider roll. 

The tempura-coated crab was crisp and light without a hint of grease. As we ate, the sushi chef told us Aisuru cooks fresh sushi rice throughout the service, for the best results with every bite.

I really enjoyed the freshness of the Spider roll. The soft-shelled crab was still hot, and wrapped with crunchy lettuce, crisp nori and fluffy rice. Perfection.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Black velvet roll, $22.50 (8 pieces) or $12.00 (4 pieces)

The mysteriously named Black velvet roll is definitely worth a look, if you’re keen to try something a little different.

Topped with a generous sprinkle of black caviar and crowned with ripe avocado, you’ll find a tempura prawn, seared tuna, cucumber and a crab stick. 

The chili mayonnaise beneath the roll adds a welcome zing and ties all the elements of each bite together.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Dynamite roll, $17.50 (8 pieces) or $10.00 (4 pieces)

I’m always on the look out for spicy options, and the Dynamite roll was right up my alley. 

Sashimi grade tuna tossed in a spicy sauce runs through the centre of the roll, which is also topped with chili mayonnaise. 

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

The Dynamite roll also arrives freshly flambeed, adding a satisfying smokiness to each mouthful that’s perfectly at home with the spiciness of the chili.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

Banana split maki, $12.00

Choosing between the House made green tea ice cream, $5.00, and the Banana split maki was a tough decision.

I had settled on the ice cream, but unfortunately it was sold out – making my decision easier than I expected.

The bites of sweet, ripe banana are dipped in more of the fantastic tempura batter and fried until crisp. The banana ‘maki’ are topped with sliced kiwifruit and strawberries, swirls of whipped cream and drizzled with chocolate and strawberry sauce.

I loved the tempura banana bites, which reminded me of my favourite goreng pisangwhich I haven’t been able to find anywhere in Perth.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

The cream and fruit were a nice touch, but I would have enjoyed a little less of the sweet syrups.

But I’m willing to overlook any sugar high for these crispy banana bites – they really showcased the fantastic tempura.

Aisuru Sushi, Northbridge

I’m very pleased that the renovation and fit out is finally complete in this little section of William Street. 

But I’m a little concerned for my waistline … this obsession with Sweetcorn tempura and Banana split maki could prove problematic! :)

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Photo Friday

Here’s some happy snaps from a recent visit to the renovated Hong Kong Barbecue…

Hong Kong Barbecue

Hong Kong Barbecue

It’s my favourite spot for Chinese barbecue – the roast pork is crispy and the duck glazed to a beautiful bronze.

The char siu features the perfect charred-to-tender ratio, adding a caramelised depth of flavour that makes me weak at the knees.

Hong Kong Barbecue

Hong Kong Barbecue

This time, we also tried the stuffed tofu with seasonal greens, which was a delicious surprise! Fat chunks of firm tofu were stuffed with fish paste, fried until golden, then doused in a savoury sauce.

The whole lot was surrounded by plump garlands of bok choy, tender yet crisp, and the perfect accompaniment to the otherwise rich, meaty dishes.

Hong Kong Barbecue

Best enjoyed with hot steamed rice – the perfect medium to soak up the flavours of the roasted meats. 

Hong Kong Barbecue

As we left the restaurant, I gazed at the window of roasted delights and thought, let’s never part. 

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