The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land.” – G.K. Chesterton

Friday, 21 October 2016

Trendy cafe @ Lot Six Zero Eatery & Espresso Bar, Perth (Australia)

We had a few opportunities to try out new dining places when we were in Perth a few months ago. We met up with friends during their lunch break at Lot Six Zero, which is conveniently located near both their offices. It is a trendy cafe with a cool urban vibe, and apparently good coffee too, but sadly I resisted from indulging in a second cup of coffee that day since I am still nursing the youngest (only 5 months at the time). The menu is quite extensive for a cafe, with gluten-free, dairy-free and vegetarian options. Expect to pay around AU$20 per dish; orders are made and paid for at the counter, and the food are served to the table.

Cool and urban:

The boy's Ham and Cheese Toast. He'd wanted the Chicken Burger, but without any vegetables. When I mentioned it was for my son, the server kindly informed me that I could order a ham and cheese toast which wasn't on the menu. I was glad because the toast was much cheaper than the burger, and the boy ate it without causing a fuss about salad or vegetables:

Hubby's Steak Burger (AU$23) with thinly cut WA scotch with mixed leaves, house relish, cheddar, aioli, broiche bun and chips . He enjoyed it so much that he ate it all before realising he hadn't given me a taste of it:

I ordered the Smoked Salmon Wrap (AU$17) with mixed leaves, carrot, onion, tomato, aioli, house relish and garden salad. It was flavoursome and healthy, and I really enjoyed it:

Lot Six Zero is a good option for breakfast and lunch if you're in the area.

Lot Six Zero Eatery & Espresso Bar
375 Scarborough Beach Rd
Innaloo WA 6018
Tel. +61 8 9244 2201

Lot Six Zero Eatery & Espresso Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, 13 October 2016

A fantastic fishy lunch @ Fish Bar (Marriott), Hong Kong

It's the kids' schools' mid-term break and my son's got his birthday coming up, so I've been super busy juggling party planning and cake-making with the rugrats at home. Sleep training the littlest one is also keeping me busy, and this blog has unfortunately been sitting on the back burner. But I still make time to go out and eat every weekend! It's a nice treat, and also a lot of work dining out with three little ones, but I don't have to slave away in a hot kitchen cooking and cleaning up! A couple of weekends ago, we revisited an old favourite we hadn't been to for years: the Fish Bar. We love the casual setting, the great service and the simply awesome fresh fish! The food here may be more expensive than elsewhere, but the fish is certified sustainable, and the outdoor casual setting means the kids can be noisy without causing us too much embarrassment. The blackboard menu lists out the different fish available, and you could choose char-grilled, pan-seared or blackened, with mashed potato, fat chips or baked potato. All comes with salad and seasonal vegetables.

Boy wanted the Mini Burger and Chips from the kids menu, with a different bread substituted for the burger bun which contained sesame (which he is severely allergic to). Absolutely scrumptious, and the chips disappeared faster than you can say "would you like fries with that?":

Hubby's sole fillet (HK$290), pan-seared with fat chips:

I love pomfret, and I could not resist ordering this again, char-grilled with my choice of creamy mashed potato:

The sides of garden salad with peas and corn:

[Prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

Fish Bar
JW Marriott
Pacific Place
88 Queensway,
Hong Kong
Tel. +85 2 2810 8366

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Old favourites @ Malaysian Gourmet, Nedlands (WA, Australia)

I feel like such an oldie for writing this, but it has been more than 12 years since my uni days. When we were in Perth a couple of months ago, we took the kids to the UWA campus to show them where we used to go to school, and also to look at the resident peacocks - I cannot believe they are still there! Walking through the university grounds brought back many fond memories - of hours spent at lectures and labouring over assignments, projects and my final year thesis, but finding time to have fun with friends; of our courting days; and of course the food we used to enjoy when we hung out with each other. We didn't eat much of the food on campus, which I felt was pricey but not that tasty, choosing instead to walk the short distance to the nearby Broadway Fair shops for lunch. There we found a gem, Malaysian Gourmet, and it's so good to see that business is still running strong as ever. Four years ago, when we revisited Malaysian Gourmet on a trip to Perth, we found that the noodles wasn't quite as good as 10 years ago, and that was because uncle had delegated the cooking responsibilities to another person. Well, I'm happy to report that this cook has perfected uncle's recipe for char kuey teow, as it was as good as the master's cooking himself. I saw uncle at the shop, but my friend has confirmed that he no longer does the cooking. The food was still delicious!

The no-frills small shop with enough room inside just for ordering (communal dining space is outside):

The boy wanted Soy Chicken Rice, and he ate it all without complaints!

Our usual order of char kuey teow:

And hor fun:

I hope this place is still running when we visit Perth again!

Malaysian Gourmet
Shop 4A
Broadway Fair Shopping Centre
88 Broadway
Nedlands, WA 6009
Tel. +61 8 9386 9511

Malaysian Gourmet Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

All American Brunch @ Lily & Bloom, Hong Kong

Last month, we celebrated 12 years of marriage. It's amazing we've come this far together. At our wedding, I would never have imagined that in 12 years time, we would have lived in both Japan and Hong Kong, with three kids all born outside of Australia! We've done so many cool and awesome stuff together, and our latest adventure sees us trying to raise our kids (two of whom are under 3) in Hong Kong. This year, the anniversary date fell on a Sunday, so we took the opportunity to treat ourselves to a nice brunch with the kids at Lily & Bloom, who had just introduced their All American Brunch (HK$320) on Saturdays and Sundays. We'd been here previously a few years ago, and I had quite enjoyed the experience. I love the design concept based on the New York 1920s speakeasy, and there was plenty of space to move around. There was a play area set up on the 6th floor, but we didn't use it because it was on a separate floor and we wanted to eat!

There were two sittings for brunch, and I booked the 11am slot which was perfect because we practically had the whole place to ourselves and our noisy children can be their boisterous selves without too much embarrassment. Service was friendly and attentive, and the food was delicious. The All American Brunch included an appetiser buffet and a variety of small plates for sharing served to our table. The kids' a-la-carte menu was also available to order from, and I appreciated the flexibility as our 7-year-old was just uninterested in the brunch selection. The appetiser buffet was quite small, but quality of the dishes were good. There were a few salads, a charcuterie and a cheese board with some bread, as well as seafood on ice (smoked salmon, prawns and mussels). We particularly enjoyed the chicken salad, and I helped myself to multiple servings of smoked salmon. There was also an omelette station, where there was several types of omelettes to choose to be freshly cooked and served to the table. The dessert buffet looked delicious, and the chocolate fondue was a novelty.

Appetiser buffet:

The chocolate fondue fountain was the main centrepiece of the dessert spread. There was also pineapple upside down cake and creamy coconut flan:

Cupcake decorating station! Our kids are already hyperactive without sugar and artificial colours, so they only enjoyed the plain cupcakes

The boy's Hot Dog and Scrambled Eggs (two of his favourites in one plate) from the kids' menu:

The first of the sharing plates was the BLT Avocado Toast with toasted brioche bread, zesty jalapeno avocado mash, fresh lime, cherry tomatoes and crispy bacon. The 6-month-old loved this! She didn't seem to mind the mild spiciness at all:

Lily & Bloom Diner Corned Beef Hash with slow-cooked spa egg, crisped potatoes and corned beef:

Billy's Blueberry Pancakes with crispy bacon and breakfast sausage links:

Big Brioche French Toast with orange spiked classic maple syrup and fruit compote:


The cappuccino was disappointing as it tasted like burnt coffee with too much milk (so it was more a latte than a cap). Hubby's flat white was a bit better:

This was another enjoyable experience at Lily & Bloom.

[Prices quoted above do not include the 10% service charge.]

5th Floor, LKF Tower
33 Wyndham St
Tel. +85 2 2810 6166.