Lady FWO and I try to get out to Chesters at least two or three times a year – it is one of the many good restaurants to be found in the Swan Valley – in this case part of the Heafod Glen winery on West Swan Road at Henley Brook. We find the ...

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Santa Fe


On a fine, sunny day this week Lady FWO and I, having lunched elsewhere, felt in need of one more drink before heading home and took the opportunity to stop in at Santa Fe in Hay Street, Subiaco. We sat at the rustic tables on the footpath, soaking ...

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Ploy Thai


Ploy Thai is a small restaurant in Eighth Avenue Maylands that enjoys a solid reputation among locals for good food and at the right price. It certainly is a tiny little spot and on our visit there we both enjoyed the food, and the service ...

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The quaintly named CU@Park is located adjacent to a very pretty little park, complete with waterwheel, in the centre of Gingin. I had been a to a couple of vineyards up that way with a mate, it was getting on well past our eating hour, and had been ...

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Oakover Grounds


The restaurant/café at Oakover in the Swan Valley has had quite a makeover – internal walls removed, floor tiles stripped off and the concrete polished, false ceilings removed, rustic wooden tables installed, distinctive red entrance doors. As ...

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Tak Chee House


Today in my ongoing search for Perth’s best laksa I arrived at Tak Chee House at the top end of William Street. Serving Penang-style food, this is a very popular and busy little spot – we went last Friday but by the time we arrived at 12.30 it was ...

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Stewarts at Brookleigh


Brookleigh is a large equestrian venue on Great Northern Highway and on any given day, and especially during school holidays, you are likely to run into hosts of people decked out in jodhpurs, riding boots and hats, and lots of “Caution Horses” signs ...

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Fusion on Swan


A pretty little cottage on West Swan Road houses Fusion on Swan, with dining areas both inside and outside on the encircling veranda. On a wintry day, we dropped in for lunch – it is BYO – and sat inside near the fireplace, looking out through ...

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The Cheese Barrel at Olive Farm


The Cheese Barrel has been built next to the tasting room and cellars at Olive Farm, in the Swan Valley, with an outlook down to Susannah Brook which flows behind. The veranda is a great place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine or two with a ...

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Padburys restaurant


Housed in the historic Padbury House at the corner of Terrace Rd and Swan Street, the inside dining room is a bit like a warehouse – it was once a general store – and has high ceilings, some exposed brick and is decorated with vintage pieces and ...

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