Mount Lawley our #1 eating destination and second home

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burger boy and I have always loved Mt Lawley but it’s now become our second home. It’s been exciting eating our way down Beaufort Street and exploring some of the restaurants/cafes for the first time and reuniting with others this year.

Our recent Beaufort Street dining highlights included dinner at:

• Must Wine Bar – the service was next to none & food was amazing but it was the dessert menu which blew burger boy away (he isn’t usually that into his dessert!) – my Must Wine Bar dinner review will be posted soon

Five Bar – we were happy to discover that Five’s kitchen opened till 11pm even on week nights, the bangers & mash was just the comfort food we were after on a cold Winter night

Saffron Indian Restaurant – it was my first encounter with home delivery in years and I think I’m addicted – I’ve had it twice in two weeks

Back in May we also went to the Laura Moseley’s Autumn Roving Dinner in support of the Beaufort Street Network. I was really intrigued by the Roving Dinner as I had never been to one before, tickets were $160 each and part proceeds went towards the Beaufort Street Network so we rounded up a crew and made a night of it.

For those of you who don’t know, the Beaufort Street Network is made up of local residents, businesses and groups who all want to make Beaufort Street a better place to work, live and play. They are also the guys behind the Beaufort Street Festival, which is back in just a few months – mark Saturday 17 November 2012 in your calendar, more details to come!

Anyway, the Beaufort Street Roving Dinner started at Must Wine Bar for canapés and champagne in their lavish champagne lounge…

We had a good chat to Must Wine Bar’s head chef Russell Blaikie.

Enjoyed a few too many glasses of champagne…

The champagne went down really well

So much so, Must started to bring out the beers 😉 which went down just as well…

Beer at Must Wine Bar

The arancini balls which were filled with corn were out of this world…

Arancini balls at Must Wine Bar

My friends tried to get me to have the salmon canapé, I love salmon but can’t get past the texture when it’s not cooked…

Salmon canapés at Must Wine Bar

We then headed to Beaufort Street Merchant for matching wines and entrees.

I fell in love with mulled wine here. It was really soothing as it was a cold night.

Mulled Wine at The Beaufort Street Merchant

I don’t eat lamb so burger boy happily had two servings of the entree…

Lamb for entree at the Beaufort Street Merchant

We then roved to Raah for Mediterranean mezzes and more wine. Raah’s owner Troy Payne flew to Perth just to cook for us at the Roving Dinner (I was super impressed)…his animated and energetic personality was great entertainment :)

Raah's Troy Payne flew to Perth for the Roving Dinner

I think I’ve been quite good of late with my food and not as picky. But as you all know I’ve got this phobia where I can’t eat animals I can mentally visualise…when the quail was served and although titled the best dish in Melbourne I just couldn’t have any…

Vine cloaked quail with nutty chorizo stuffing, stinging nettle whip & paprika salt at Raah

To give you a bit of context behind my odd food phobia, as kids my bro & I used to go out every Sunday night for dinner with my parents and their friends. When quail was served, my parents would always tell us that quail was just like KFC chicken and as I absolutely loved the taste I never thought anything of it. In my mind, I thought this was a piece of chicken rather than a small bird. My parents’ strategy of telling us it was KFC failed when a platter came out with the quail in full, head and all, hence why I don’t eat quail.

Instead I had heaps of vegetables roasted in pistachio dukkah butter…

Roasted vegetables in pistachio dukkah butter at Raah

As well as the freekotto of pumpkin, pea & blossom…

Freekotto of pumpkin, pea & blossom at Raah

I loved the spinach, chickpea and pine nut tagine – I went for seconds & thirds…

Spinach, chickpea & pine nut tagine at Raah

You don’t often see me with a vegetarian plate but this is what I had that night…

My vegetarian plate at Raah

Last stop was for dessert at Cantina and by this stage we were extremely full!

Dessert at Cantina

Fortified dessert wine at Cantina

What I love about progressive dinners is that you get to taste the best of multiple cuisines/restaurants all in the one night :) I’m now really keen to try a regressive dinner and to have my favourite course, dessert first!

We finished up the night full of amazing food & drinks and left with a foodie bag filled with vouchers for restaurants and cafes along the Beaufort/Walcott Street restaurant and café strip :)

A delightful paper bag of surprise...

Since Laura Moseley’s Autumn Roving Dinner, burger boy and I have been eating our way through Beaufort / Walcott Street :) so watch this space for more Mount Lawley restaurant reviews!

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I have foodie cravings all the time and sometimes at very odd hours, hence the name of this food blog, where I share my love for Perth food, writing and interviews with inspirational foodies who have made their mark in the food scene. I also own Crust Mount Lawley with my burger eating half burger boy and have a mini me who eats all my food, she goes by the name junior burger on the blog :)

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