The Birdcage


If our experience at the Birdcage this week is anything to go by, chefs Luke Firth and Chad Dufall are turning out some of the best Asian themed vegetarian food around town. We stopped in for lunch, didn’t head up to the Aviary bar on the roof ...

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Parkerville Tavern


The small hamlet of Parkerville in the Perth Hills, named for the first Chief Justice of WA, is home to local institution the Parkerville Tavern. The tavern is apparently direct descendant of the Railway Hotel founded in 1902 to look after the ...

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Elba, on Napoleon Street, with pictures of the old Emperor and Josephine adorning the loo doors, is a darkly lit, moody little spot in the heart of the Cottesloe café strip. As well as the comfortable benches and stools, and lounging area ...

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Bassendean Oriental Restaurant


One of two Chinese restaurants in and around Old Perth Road in Bassendean, Bassendean Oriental is illuminated by flashing lights outside. Inside it has all the standard fit out of a suburban Chinese - faux wood panelling on some the walls, ...

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Mandoon Estate Restaurant


These days there are a number of very, very good restaurants in and around the Swan Valley and the restaurant at Mandoon remains right at the top of the tree. The development itself is quite stunning, on the banks of the river, a beautifully fitted ...

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Wines of the Week – 5


2014 Miles from Nowhere Rose Sourced from vineyards around Cowaramup (my early boyhood home) this is a blend of Cabernet, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, with a little Petit Verdot for good measure. Soft salmon in colour, it shows pronounced cherry ...

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Black Swan Winery Restaurant


The Black Swan reasonably enough situated in the heart of the Swan Valley has been a regular - well at least a two or three times a year - haunt for us for quite a while, and we have always enjoyed the food and general ambience. The dining ...

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Max + Sons


Lady FWO, fresh from buying up big to stock up her dress shop in Guildford from the King Street fashion wholesalers, popped into 140 William Street, which seems to be the address of more and more food outlets. At the back of the area towards ...

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Epicure on High


Walking into Epicure, a reasonably new bar on High Street in Fremantle, you get the impression this could be another great addition to the scene in the Port city. The furniture is attractive - the owner apparently owns or owned a jarrah furniture ...

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Ugly Duckling


Ugly Duckling is a small winery on West Swan Road, opening up to the public around 2011, with a tasting area at the back of a little California bungalow style cottage. Since then a covered al fresco area has been set up, as well as other ...

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