If you are looking for a cosy place to sit down and have a chat with a friend over a refreshing cup of coffee or tea, along with a cake or toasted sandwich, then follow your nose to the Esther Café at 16 Preston Street in Como (also known as the Cygnet Café, since it is located next to the Cygnet movie theatre in Como).
This cheerful café is run by the charity group The Esther Foundation, which helps young women who have come from difficult situations develop their life and work skills, and gain work experience in a hospitality setting.
The girls behind the counter who run the café are friendly, and while chatting to them I learned a bit about the history behind the Esther Café and the Foundation that has been set up to support its members.
The Singapore Chicken Rice restaurant located just near the entrance to the Coventry Village Markets car park does a roaring trade, weekday or weekend. It serves up popular hawker style dishes such as chicken rice, chicken noodles, laksa, Singapore fried mee hoon, char kway teow, and fish ball mee hoon soup.
On the day that I visited with a friend, the restaurant was packed, and we had to wait for a table, though not too long though luckily. I tossed up between having the chicken rice and the chicken noodles (with wanton noodles). As it was my first time here, I decided to try the signature chicken rice. My friend and her young son also decided to have the chicken rice, as well as the laksa served with prawns, tofu, and rice noodles.
For around $10, you can have delicious fresh authentic hawker dishes served up to you.
Summer in Perth can be century heat and winter is coldish, so you may just be in need of some desserts to cool you down or warm you up. If you’re looking for some different desserts to try, then head on down to Taro Taro in Victoria Park which serves up Taiwanese desserts.
Taro Taro is a popular hangout for those wanting to catch up over a cool dessert, drink or two or meal.
One of its signature desserts, the “Taro Taro Signature Herbal Jelly Ice” consists of a combination of herbal jelly, taro balls, taro and sago pearls. You can also order other different dessert variations with soya bean, tow fu fah, similar to the soya bean desserts that you can buy from the tofu shop on William Street and dim sum places in Northbridge.
Tucked away down an arcade behind local favorites Grill'd and Gelare is a bustling Japanese sushi eatery called Mr Munchies Sushi - which has been open since October last year and has rapidly made its mark in the Mt Lawley dining scene.
The inside of the restaurant has a contemporary casual feel with low table chairs and an arty background against one wall, while the orange uniformed staff run like a well oiled machine with orders churning out to keep the hungry masses fed. On the weeknight that I popped in, the place was cooking gas, and the busiest café by far in the complex, along with Grill'd.
You can find the Il Cammino Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria tucked away down a side street (Raleigh Street) off Archer Street in Carlisle. It’s an unassuming older style house but don’t be deceived by its modest appearance - Il Cammino packs a punch when it comes to tasty Italian food.
On the menu are the usual favourites such as the veal parmigiana, saltimbocca alla romana, and lamb shank, along with a fantastic range of pastas and woodfired pizzas to tempt even the most discerning of diners. Seafood lovers will enjoy the chilli mussels, which is one of the house specialties.
On the Thursday night that my partner and I visited, the string of lights outside Il Cammino beckoned us inside, and we entered the restaurant in anticipation of a relaxed evening together enjoying some traditional Italian food.
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