Hands up if you’ve ever had leftover cake for breakfast? If you have a snack draw at work, filled with chocolate? If you regularly save a tiny bit of room for dessert when you go out? Sugar fiends rejoice, as a fellow lover of all things sweet and indulgent, I’m here to guide you through some of the best treats our city has to offer. So come on over and join me sweet tooths – it’s time for a sugar high!
There’s no need for any preamble here, so I’m just going to come out and say it – Mashawi Moroccan & Middle Eastern is, hands down, one of my favourite Perth restaurants.
In a gorgeous space with high ceilings and a great big wooden feature wall, in a prime spot on Mt Lawyley’s Beaufort Street, with very attentive staff, a large menu and SO MANY absolutely delicious vegetarian and vegan dishes, there really is a lot to love here.
Mashawi is a friendly and unpretentious spot – high ceilings, large windows looking out over Beaufort Street, bright decorative touches including recurrent pomegranate motifs. The tables are a little on the small side (especially when you want to try as much from the menu as possible) but the place regularly gets booked out, resulting in a lively and eclectic atmosphere.
A few weeks ago, I was invited along to experience all that Eat The Street has to offer with an awesome bloggers brunch – if you follow me on Instagram, you would’ve seen all the amazing food we got to eat, but I wanted to share a few more details about the day.
Eat The Street offer unique walking tours of Perth that give you the opportunity to eat some of the city’s best food at a range of impressive locations. Forget boring, stuffy tours crammed with irrelevant historical facts and generic touristy venues, these tours are laid back, fun, and most importantly, put a huge emphasis on amazing food.
Unless you’ve worked nearby, you’ve probably never really had a reason to check out the iconic QV1 building in the heart of the city, but that is all about to change.
Earlier this week I was invited along to learn a bit more an exciting new dining and retail destination under development at QV1.
Back in December, before the Christmas madness took hold, I was invited to the opening day event for Health Freak Café in Ellenbrook. As you may know, I’m a huge fan of Health Freak so I was super excited to come along and check out the latest addition to their family.
Now Ellenbrook isn’t normally my first choice when I’m looking to head out for brekky or lunch, but at only 20km from the CBD it’s a rapidly growing suburb with lots of families, so it’s the perfect spot for a healthy café. It also happens to be where one of my best friends lives, so this was just the excuse I needed to pop out for a late brekky with her and her two young girls.
It would be so easy for me to start this review with just a bunch of heart-eye emojis, but I guess I owe it to a place I love so much to write a bit more than that!
So yes, I love Health Freak Café and I am so excited that there are finally places like this around – where there are loads of vegetarian and vegan goodies on the menu, alongside meals to make the omnivores happy. At Health Freak Cafes absolutely everything is gluten and refined sugar free, and the whole idea is that whatever you order you can feel good about eating it.
Have you been to Guilford yet? For those not in the know, it’s a gorgeous town close to the Swan Valley that is steeped in history with The Guildford Hotel at its heart.
The hotel has been around since 1886, but in more recent history it’s been through three iterations. First up in my memory, it was a typical ‘local pub’ with a drive-through Bottle-o, where you could play pool and get in on some karaoke, nothing special but in a great spot and in a beautiful old building. Unfortunately it burned down in 2008 and for the best part of the next decade the old building remained gutted while activists constantly fought to bring it back to life.
Luckily for us that happened earlier this year, and The Guildford is now back bigger, better, and more beautiful than ever.