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Food Review: NorthSea Genuinely Belgium @ Ipoh, Malaysia

Located right across the street from Excelsior hotel is the nautical-themed Belgium restaurant – NorthSea Genuinely Belgium. Originally owned and operated by a Belgian gentleman, it has since been sold to the current owners. With the interior decked out with beer bottles on wooden shelvings, the place had a pretty clean 1800s pirate ship vibe. We started off with their Soup of the Day (RM15.00) which was a Homemade Mushroom Soup with Truffle. The truffle oil that they used was very strong and fragrant and I instantly fell in love with the soup. They also had nicely toasted olive bread that complemented the soup so perfectly. Moving on to starters… We had their Belgian Styled Scallops (RM29.00). The scallops had a nice sear to it, giving it an extra layer of texture. The dish was served with a herb garlic sauce which had a strong intensity that went really well with the scallops. The combination blends really well in your mouth. The Ostend Shrimp Croquettes (RM25.00) had a thin breaded layer which gives it a …

Food Review: Gordon St Garage

Gordon St Garage was the place where I had my first proper Perth cuppa and so you can imagine that it holds a special place in my heart. However over the past few years, apart from occasional quick stops to get some takeaway coffees before heading to Watertown, I’ve not stepped foot in here to try the food. So on this hot summery day, and with the spur of the moment decision, it was finally time to head back to the first gorgeous place that I fell in love with in Perth. Admittedly, it was daunting at first… Staring at that menu and trying to figure out what to eat. (I usually do a bit of research of the place I’m heading to before I go.) But after that initial setback, I finally selected my meal and waited in anticipation. I ordered the BBQ Salmon with quinoa, fennel and orange salad. When it arrived, I was pleasantly surprised at dish that sat before me. The presentation was definitely different from what I had in mind. …

Review: The Cat Cafe @ Bugis Village, Singapore

When I was in Singapore for the holidays, my friends Sam and Don brought me to the Cat Cafe. Located in the heart of the ever-busy Bugis, is this accessible cafe where you can chill and enjoy the company of the resident cats. To be honest, I was kind of reluctant when Don suggested that we hang out here as I am a dog-person (and forever will be. I shall not be swayed!) But I figured it’ll be an interesting experience and so I braved on. The entry fee is $15 for unlimited minutes of cat time and a complimentary first drink. You can always have your meal there by ordering from their decent array of food items. 🙂 What I really enjoyed about the Cat Cafe is the relaxed atmosphere; with the cats lazing about/sleeping and the pitter-patter of the rain outside, it was a purr-fect little escape from hustling and bustling Singapore. Unfortunately, we got there during the cats’ nap times, so most of them were sleeping there instead of walking around the cafe. Looking at them …

Food Review: The Modern Eatery (Mount Lawley)

Their sister branch in Freo has long been one of my favourite Japanese places. So when I was invited to visit their Mount Lawley outlet, I was ecstatic. The Modern Eatery specialises in Aburi sushi, where the top of the fish is lightly cooked with a blow torch whilst the rest of it remains raw. Their decor consist of a sleek and minimalist style that holds the whole place together. Now all my friends can attest to this, I’m not the type of girl who goes to a restaurant and orders a salad. So if I said that I really liked the salad, I REALLY liked the salad. The sesame dressing and the mix of vegetables blends really well. It was super refreshing and perfect for the hot day. But my favourite part of the salad was the tiny little sweet potato fries at the top! It’s so yummy that I’m even considering ordering this salad the next time I come back. Oops. It is a pretty sizable portion and I recommend that you share this among 2-4 people if you want …

Cafe Review: The General Sherman @ Murdoch, Perth

Saturday mornings are the best time to go out and explore new cafes… And after many failed attempts, I finally had the chance to visit The General Sherman. Located right opposite Fiona Stanley Hospital is a cute little cafe, perfect for a little me-time as it’s quiet on the weekends. The decor in the cafe has an industrial meets organic kind of vibe. With all the natural light shining in from the full-panel windows that is surrounding the cafe to the rustic pieces, I couldn’t help but love the brunch feels that I was getting. In addition to that, I love the fact that they had a kitchen, which basically means that I’m free from the fridge food choices! Yay! After much deliberation, I finally decided on an iced coffee($5) and the Pulled Pork Benedict ($19) as I felt that it was a unique dish that you wouldn’t usually find other cafe menus. And I’m glad to say that it did not disappoint!!    Needless to say, I polished off every bit of my yummy brunch, from …

Cafe Review: Red Cherries Coffee Bar

Some cafes are worth braving the rain for.. And Red Cherries Coffee Bar is one of them. Tucked in the back section of The Piazza at Freo, this one is a slight toughie to find, but when you do, it’s a hidden gem. The decor is the main thing that drew me to the place. Decked with beautiful murals, old school pieces, and good vibes, I instantly fell in love with the cafe. It’s has the perfect chill environment to catch up with friends or even a book date. On top of the cozy interior, it certainly didn’t hurt that the staff were friendly and unafraid to strike up a conversation. These are definitely plus points in making this visit a pleasant and memorable one. While the choice of food is limited to what’s in stock at the fridge, there are choices of soups to help customers brave the winter cold. As the sister store of Black Cherries Espresso from the Fremantle Markets, the coffee lives up to expectations and did not disappoint. I especially …

Food Review: Lot Twenty, Perth

Our plan for this Saturday was simple: Go to the Fresh Prints event at Northbridge Piazza and then get something to eat. As we didn’t have a plan on what to eat, we ended up walking around aimlessly for a long while and sweating profusely before finally settling on having an early dinner at Lot Twenty. Lot Twenty is one of those places that we’ll walk pass and say we’ll go there soon but never did – until now that is. This place has a really chill ambiance with the artsy decor and The Black Adder as a soundtrack for the toilets. It exuded so much coolness that I instantly fell in love with the place.   While Lot Twenty is known for their yummy cocktails, I opted for one of their house made sodas, Lemon Lime & Bitters, and Preet got a Rockmelon and Rose soda spiked with Gin. My drink was refreshing and went really well with the food we ordered. Preet’s drink was equally delicious although the rockmelon wasn’t a favourite for her but it had …

Food Review : MAX + SONS COFFEE @ Perth City

It’s always risky for me to go to Perth city, not because of safety reasons, but mainly because I have no self control when it comes to shopping. The abundance of boutiques and trendy clothes for affordable pricing available at the city is insane! If I lived anywhere nearer to the city, I would go broke! Thankfully, it takes a slight effort to head to the city, so the laziness is not a bad thing after all, hey! I did some damage to my wallet while shopping for winter necessities and when that was done, I took  a stroll down Williams Street while feeling like a million bucks with new clothes… (but oh, the irony!) After that day, I promised myself that I will only go shopping next season. All that shopping made me hungry and thirsty for something yummy.  I wasn’t looking for anything huge to devour, but a sandwich or a kebab didn’t sound too bad. I was aimlessly walking down Williams street and debating on whether I should go home and eat (to save cost) or …

Food Review: Hush Specialty Coffee @ High St, Fremantle

Barely 24 hours from the time I got back to Perth, I started to have massive cravings for coffee (as always) and lucky me lives a 10 minutes bus ride away from my favorite place in Perth – Fremantle. I made my way to there and got my coffee fix from the Markets which I have missed oh so much, I then decided to take a stroll down the Cappuccino Strip in Freo to see what I have been missing out from the last 3 months that I have been away. I made it all the way down to High street which usually is somewhat less crowded than Cappuccino Strip or even Market street in Freo. While I was aimlessly walking around with no sense of directions or whatsoever, I stumbled upon this really cozy looking cafe called “Hush” and I just knew that I had to drag Jannah here to try this place out with me, which then begins our little coffee adventure the very next day. As usual, standard Jannah and Preetha timing for …

Food Review: The Attic @ Bannister St, Fremantle

So winter is almost over and the weather is currently pretty awkward. Nevertheless, we were keen on trying out this really cute cafe called “The Attic”. Funny fact, I came across this cafe on Urbanspoon sometime last year but somehow I could never find it in Fremantle because I kept getting lost. Of course like any other hungry human being, I gave up and went for the closest option to fill my tummy instead. Thankfully the weather this time around was perfect. However, we did get a little lost while trying to find this place since its quite easy to miss (especially if you’re not familiar with the streets of Fremantle).      If you are looking to have a nice and cozy Sunday morning breakfast or brunch with a small group of friends or alone then this is the place for you. The first thing that caught my eye about this place was their dessert choices. Instantly, I felt like a little kid craving for my sugar fix. I am obsessed with the layout of this cafe. …