Apr 242014
 
Big El's Latin American Fusion - Perth

Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Mexico. Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, and Peru. Big El’s Latin American Fusion is one of the newest eateries to pop up in Northbridge, bringing to Perth some much needed Mexican and South American food. Headed by stockbroker-turned-restauranteur Logam, Big El’s presents a menu of modern dishes from the far south, bringing together flavours and techniques from different parts of Latin America. Belinda from Why Yes I do Eat Constantly and myself went one night for dinner, which turned out to be a pretty substantial feast. Upon walking in, the first thing that caught my eye was the wacky interior decor. There was no avoiding the freaky paintings on the walls seemingly inspired by the mexican Día de los Muertos, but the most obscure thing of all was the plethora of coloured milk continue reading

Feb 192014
 
The Fat Duck - Bray

What can I say, my lunch at The Fat Duck was by far the most spectacular, and expensive, dining experience I’ve ever had – I still get excited just thinking and talking about it, and cannot wait to go back the next time I go to the UK. The Fat Duck is the restaurant that brought fame and fortune to arguably one of the most famous and talented chefs of the modern age – Heston Blumenthal. Heston has a somewhat unconventional biography as far as Michelin starred chefs go. He is almost entirely self-taught and places a lot of emphasis on really understanding food and cooking in a scientific sense, which has formed the basis of his many collaborations with scientific departments of universities. His cooking philosophy can be succinctly described in two points: Question continue reading

Feb 172014
 
Osteria Francescana - Modena

There is no doubting that the food scene in Emilia-Romagna is quite spectacular, and there is no need to fork out large sums of money for a very decent meal. A great lunch or dinner can be had at one of Bologna’s many trattorias, for example, for less than 20€. Sometimes, though, it is nice to visit a restaurant that is a little more upmarket, a restaurant that serves food a little differently to the typical trattorias. For this, one can’t look past Osteria Francescana, the Emilian creation of Massimo Bottura and recently placed as the third best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine. After having booked one of the twelve tables months in advance, I was pretty excited to visit this world class osteria, and it marked one of the cornerstones of my continue reading

Jan 192014
 
A Foodie Day Trip to Modena

Of all the cities to visit in Italy, one of the ones I was most excited about was Bologna, sometimes known as the food capital of Italy. The great food in Emilia-Romagna doesn’t stop with Bologna, though. Only a short train ride of less than 30 minutes away is Modena, home of balsamic vinegar, and birthplace of names such as Luciano Pavarotti and Enzo Ferrari. I hadn’t originally planned on writing about this day trip, but it turned out to be one of my favourite days so far in Italy, and one that I wanted to share. As mentioned previously, Modena is the home of balsamic vinegar; that sweet, acidic and fruity condiment that goes perfectly with a piece of aged Parmigiano-Reggiano or sweet vanilla ice cream. Most people know only of the balsamic vinegar continue reading

Jan 142014
 
A Few Things to Eat in Rome

I’ll get to the point straight away: Rome is an amazing city in every regard, from some of the most delicious Italian food found in many of the trattorias, to the rapid segue from stunning architecture to ancient Roman ruins as you walk around the city. I spent six days in Rome, however I think I could spend a lifetime there. Six days isn’t nearly enough to sample all of the food offerings, however here is a list of some of my favourites. Cacio e Pepe There are a few pasta dishes that are found consistently on the menu of just about trattoria in Rome, one of which is spaghetti cacio e pepe, which literally means cheese and pepper. It is pretty much the Roman answer to Kraft’s Mac n’ Cheese, and an answer that continue reading

Dec 252013
 
Lluerna - Barcelona

Another day, another Michelin starred restaurant. Difficult life eh? Headed by Victor Quintilla, winner of the Young Chef Award 2012 awarded by the Catalan Academy of Gastronomy, Lluerna restaurant was given a star by the Michelin Guide in 2013. The night started with a rather unusual appetiser, the solid mojito. The name pretty much describes exactly what it is – a little frozen gel with the flavours that would be typical of the Cuban cocktail. The fresh mint garnish added a nice touch, and it certainly got me salivating in anticipation of the meals that would follow. A second appetiser, also inspired by an alcoholic beverage, soon followed. Inside two big plump green olives was a mixture of Campari and orange juice. Bitter, sweet, salty, perfect. Just when the cocktail themed dishes were finished, out continue reading

Dec 242013
 
Quimet y Quimet - Barcelona

High on my list of things to avoid is meat and fish from a can, so it comes as a bit of a surprise for me to say that my most memorable food experience in Barcelona was at Quimet y Quimet, a bar where instead of somebody standing over a hot stove sautéing a duck breast or chopping fresh peppers, there is a man standing at the counter opening cans of food and assembling hundreds of little open sandwiches each day. Canned products are usually associated with inferiority, however the quality of the products used here is so high that the canning almost enhances the flavours and textures. Located on Carrer de Poeta Cabanyes, this tiny (and I do mean tiny) bar gets packed quickly with both tourists and locals, so it pays to get continue reading

Dec 212013
 
Dans le Noir? - Barcelona

We entered the restaurant, sat down, and were promptly served our entrées. The ambiance of the room and its interior decor were a bit different to anything that I had experienced before. I was seated at a table with two people that I had never met before. If I had to pick my most unusual dining experience, this would be it. I don’t usually spend 50€ to share an intimate table with total strangers while eating with my hands, but Dans le Noir? is all about the idea that if we take away our ability to see, our other sensory organs become more sensitive and important. The dining room is completely void of light, so it was impossible to make out even the faintest outlines of the tables and chairs, let alone what we were eating. continue reading

Dec 202013
 
Eslava - Seville

Tucked away on a side street, away from the crowds that gather in the city centre, is Eslava, one of the gems of the Seville food scene. This was a location recommended to us by Madrid Food Tours, and what a great recommendation it was. Being foreigners without much of a grasp on the local language, we decided to get there early before the crowds hit (and believe me, the crowds flooded into this popular joint very fast) so that it would be easier to communicate with the bar staff in a calm mix of English and Spanish. Like most bars in Spain, we made our drink orders and were served a small appetiser to begin the meal. This, to date, was my favourite complementary appetiser so far. The olives had a glorious mix of continue reading

Dec 172013
 
Restaurant Abantal - Seville

The Michelin Guide is somewhat of a notorious annual publication within the food community, and can make or break a chef’s career. Each year, Michelin has its anonymous “inspectors” visit restaurants within a particular region for the purpose of rating and critiquing it. Michelin may then award up to three stars for outstanding dining (or remove existing stars if it feels the restaurant has dropped its standards). Restaurants with three Michelin stars are quite scarce, however are said to offer some of the best dining experiences in the world (often at exorbitant prices). Restaurant Abantal, located in the eastern parts of Seville, was my first time dining at a Michelin starred restaurant. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by a waiter who spoke English quite well. He took our jackets and showed us to continue reading