Indian Garden Restaurant Review

Indian Garden Restaurant, North Perth

For me this is the best Indian food I have tasted outside of India and Malaysia. The Indian Garden Restaurant in North Perth serves tasty rich Indian food. On weekends they do a buffet which is made freshly and provides a great range of Indian sides, mains and sweets, providing a great way to sample a range of dishes.

Other Things You Should Know

  • takeaway available

Location & Contact

  • 323 Charles St North Perth WA 6006
  • ph 08 9228 3553

Royal Thai Restaurant Review

Royal Thai Restaurant, Mt Hawthorn

Good Thai should not be hard to find, but for some reason in Perth it is. The Royal Thai Restaurant in Mount Hawthorn, just up Oxford St from the main hub of Leederville, opposite the Oxford Hotel. Royal Thai serves excellent quality Thai food, which is not always easy to find in Perth. The husband and wife team David and Tuan provide fantastic authentic Thai cuisine with a warm friendly service.

Other Things You Should Know

  • takeaway available

Location & Contact

  • 370 Oxford St, Mount Hawthorn, 6016
  • ph 08 9444 1335

Azure Restaurant Review

Azure Restaurant Lounge & Patisserie

A casual yet cool dining experience. The Azure Restaurant is located at The Mezz shopping centre, facing onto Scarborough Beach Rd in Mt Hawthorn. It has a bright and breezy feel, with tables and chairs spilling onto the pavement. Owner and chef Christian Fogliani has many years of experience on the international culinary scene. The menu would be described as Modern Australian and Mediterranean. For dessert, there will definitely be something to tempt you from the patisserie counter.

Location & Contact

  • The Mezz Mt Hawthorn, Shop 40/148 Scarborough Beach Rd, Mt Hawthorn 6016 WA
  • ph 08 9443 5433

Groove Train Restaurant Review

The Groove Train café, bar and restaurant

There is something mass-produced about this place, but the menu selection and food quality belies this assumption. There are several Groove Train Restaurants around Melbourne and Brisbane, we have been fortunate to visit the newly opened restaurant in Victoria Harbour Docklands, and also one at Plenty Valley. There is a vast menu selection, featuring wood-fired oven pizzas and Mediterranean and modern Australian-inspired dishes. There is something for everyone, and whichever one you find yourself at, you know you will be getting the same choices and same high quality service and food.

Other Things You Should Know

  • Open 7am ‘til late, 7 days

Location & Contact

  • Shop 8P, 833 Collins Street, ANZ Centre, Victoria Harbour, Melbourne, Docklands
  • Phone 03 9614 7001

Epping Thai Restaurant Review

Epping Thai Restaurant

If you are a fan of Thai food like ourselves, this is the only such restaurant in a large radius. Thankfully the food is great. The Epping Thai Restaurant is located on High Street in Epping, serving authentic Thai food. All the usual favourites are here, served with love and care.

Other Things You Should Know

  • takeaway available
  • Open Daily from 5:30 pm
  • Fully Licenced & BYO (wine only)
  • Function Bookings Available

Location & Contact

  • Shop 4/772 High Street, Epping (Cnr High and Rufus Streets)
  • ph  03 9408 9880
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Star Hotel Restaurant Review

Star Hotel Cafe and Wine Bar, Echuca VIC

We went here as part of a large group, and they handled the multiple order requests quite well. The food was not extraordinary, but not much more was expected in Echuca. The Star Hotel is located in the historic precinct of Echuca. Facing the river is the old facade of the former Star Hotel (est. 1867), a nice place to stop for a drink as you explore the history of Echuca. This hotel is well known for the special escape route for drinkers that was created so that drinkers could get away during the police raids after it lost its license in 1897.

Other Things You Should Know

  • dinners only available on Friday and Saturdays

Location & Contact

Kawanku Restaurant Review

Kawanku Restaurant

The Kawanku Restaurant in Mill Park, Victoria, serves Chinese and Malasian food. The restaurant wass estasblished in 1992, and has faithfully served the local clientelle good tasting food with a smile. When we visited we purposely chose the traditional Malaysian style dishes, such as Satay beef and chicken skewers, Sambal Prawns, Tom Yam Soup and Nasi Goreng.

Other Things You Should Know

  • takeway available
  • free prawn crackers with over $20 purchases

Location & Contact

  • Shop 1/5 Bush Boulevard, Mill Park, VIC 3082 (behind Hungry Jacks and KFC)
  • ph 03 9436 6338

Santa Fe Restaurant Review

Santa Fe Restaurant, Subiaco, Western Australia

An old favourite, this place is as popular now as it has ever been. Not just the usual Mexican food, Santa Fe serves south west american and new mexican styles and flavours. The menu includes many interesting variations of the traditional nachos and burritos. It has been around for a long time on Hay St, and has undergone some changes over time.

Other Things You Should Know

  • it is a fully licenced restaurant, B.Y.O bottled wine only (corkage charged)
  • open from 10am to Late every night, serving brunch from 10am – 5pm and dinner from 5pm onwards.
  • happy hour is from 6-7pm, which is two for one cocktails
  • Takeaway available

Location & Contact

Anna Vietnamese Restaurant

Anna Vietnamese RestaurantIt is an institution in Leederville, and it shows. Anna Vietnamese Restaurant is a casual eatery, quite old school but popular with locals. It can get busy at times, and is suitable to bring the kids or come along in a group. The menu is quite long, though contains mostly standard Asian restaurant fare – don’t expect any ‘pho’. There is nothing surprising on the menu, but if you choose wisely or go often enough you will find something satisfying. The restaurant is BYO, with two handy bottle shops in just down the road in Leederville.

Our Experience

At a recent visit Clare ordered one of the specials from the board, Cinnamon Chicken, which was chicken on the bone, which we did not expect. It smelt and tasted great though. The serving sizes were good, with three dishes ordered for two adults and one child we had extra took home extra. Overall the food was OK and we may go there again if looking for a cheap night out.


175 Oxford St
Leederville 6007
Western Australia

Phone (08) 9444 3122

Wagamama Noodle Bar

wagamama-logoWhen I first went to Wagamamas it was a bit disconcerting sitting side by side with your fellow diners. This is now commonplace, and it does have it’s advantages, and is part of the experience. They serve Japanese and other Asian cuisine inspired food, mostly noodle and rice dishes, at  reasonable prices.  Wagamama is a successful international restaurant chain, with more than 90 restaurants around the world. We have been to several, the latest was in Subiaco, WA.

Food & Drinks

The restaurants are kid friendly, which is part of the attraction for us.  Not only do they provide crayons and paper for the kids to play with, but all children under 12 eat for free. The children’s menu is not the standard chicken nuggets and chips, though the majority of their choices did have chicken. The rest of the menu is mostly noodle as expected, but a good choice of flavours and regional specialties.

Our Meals

I had Yaki Soba – teppan-fried soba noodles with egg, chicken, shrimps, onions, green and red capsicum, beansprouts and spring onions. garnished with mixed sesame seeds, fried shallots and pickled ginger. It was a good as it sounds. My partner did not have such a great experience. She ordered a vietnamese beef  salad from the specials menu. It came out bland with the noodles undercooked. She is not one to send back food, but she had no choice this time as it was unedible. They happily took it back and returned with the same dish cooked as it shoudl have – cooked noodles and lots more flavour. The chef apparently cooked it this time! For the kids meal, we chose chicken skewers (Yakitori), which came on a fun serve of long noodles.


The staff were great, even though we moved tables to get a better view, and sent back one of the mains. Young and cheerful, they were efficient and there when needed.


It was a windy evening, and we were not too sure about our choice to sit on the balcony exposed to the elements a bit. The space to ourselves and the comfy lounges made it worthwhile. It is probably easier to eat your meals seated at the long tables.


Reasonably priced meals, which you would expect for a mostly rice and noodle menu. Drinks were a bit pricey, I never like paying over $7 for a local beer.


It is a nice casual place to go out, and not too expensive. We will go back.


Wagamama Subiaco
Shop 1 / 3 Roberts Rd
Subiaco 6008
phone     (08) 9388 6055