fuku…

Fuku (foo-koo) is an Omakase & Teppanyaki restaurant found on Gylde Street, Mossie Park.  It’s intimate (with just 16 seats bar style), cosy & bathed in a golden glow matched only by licks of flambé searing chefs in full flight.  Opened in late 2012, this little gem has one of the most gorgeous fit-outs I’ve seen to date & it all starts at the front door…

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Teppanyaki for those who may not know, is a style of Japanese cooking employing the use of an iron plate & Omakase is the chef’s selection – so at Fuku the cuisine is cooked Teppanyaki style & the menu is chosen by the chef, which leaves you with nothing at all to do but sit back & select your Saki.

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Fuku offers diners a choice of 3 menu’s – good ($100), better ($135) & best ($220) & a walk-in menu ($75) if seats are available on any given night.  Your drinks selection is in addition to this…

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I think that the novelty factor for us westerners none too accustomed to this style of dining is a huge draw card.  To be able to sit within arms reach of your chef as they prep, dice, slice, sear, chop, chuck, fry, plate up & fold napkins even, is what makes Teppanyaki such a treat…

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The wall lined with glowing Saki bottles is a particular favourite…

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Calamari with Herring Roe & Antarctic Ice Crab…

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I, because I’m a total party pooper & don’t eat raw seafood, was instead served up the most amazing Wagyu.  To my foodie shame I’ll have to admit that I never really understood the whole fuss about Waygu but now consider myself enlightened.  That small portion of Wagyu you can see to the left on this plate, melted in my mouth & was for me, the highlight of many that night…

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Sashimi…

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Partridge…

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Fish of the Day…

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Wagyu (full blood) sirloin steak Mayura Station grade 9+ (uh huh)…

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Unfortunately we missed dessert which was entirely devastating but sometimes one does need to get home!  Next time.

Where: Fuku 20 Glyde Street, Mosman Park

Things to note:  Fuku only takes reservations through their online booking system.  Fuku can be booked for private functions which I think would be awesome for a group of friends (ask to bring your own playlist) & because I was a guest at Fuku on this particular occasion, you can be thankful I have resisted an immense urge to make wise cracks about the pronunciation of the word Fuku!

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Have a great week.

the stables bar…

 It’s the same old city, but yet it’s not.  Perth has never been a place to flock to, never caused a ripple or a stir in the melting pot of ‘must see’ cities of the world & for a long time, I’m sorry to say – there weren’t too many great words used to describe it either.  Perth – it is the same old word but it’s not the same old place.  It’s changed, it’s busy & bustling & growing finally into the big brother of its former self.  True, it might not yet be a city worth flocking to, but if you’re already a part of the herd – you can be pretty happy that after a long dry summer, the grass is finally growing.

This is The Stables Bar, a new venue in our city CBD…

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It’s a long laneway that blazes a trail to The Stables Bar & courtyard.  Turning in from the hectic lunch time stampede of Hay Street, you’ll be greeted with a calm landscaped oasis & surprisingly, for a city – space…

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The downstairs bar is spacious, dark, stylish & rustic…

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The serious business of lunch was taking place in the upstairs dining room, with which I am in love.  In fact, I’m in love with the complete fit-out of this venue.  Where the downstairs bar is dark & edgy, upstairs is bright, airy & classic, with views of the city from the outdoor garden terrace.  The references to the venues history as one of Perth’s original horse stables & residences fuels the imagination.  The old black & white canvas photographs lining the wall & the dark green studded bench seats complimented by lush green velvet chairs are all well thought out inclusions to this interior…

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and then of course there’s my love of lights…

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Of course you’ll want to know something of the food.  We shared a few items from their all day grazing menu – freshly shucked oysters, eggplant chips & zucchini, pea, mint croquettes with cardamon yoghurt.  For mains we tried chicken schnitzel, pan-fried ricotta gnocchi & a warm salad of beetroot, farro, goats curd & candied walnuts.  All thoroughly enjoyed.

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Where:  The Stables Bar – 888 Hay Street – Perth

Any dirt to dish?  The lunch portion sizes if you’re a big burly male might not fill you up – so graze a little longer if you feel the need.

The Stables Bar on Urbanspoon

don’t be distracted… this is MKII

  Salon MKII is a very groovy little hair salon in North Perth (formerly Distracted of Leederville).  I meant to blog these snaps ages ago but for some reason didn’t get to it, so with the Angove Street Festival running this Sunday I figured it was a good time to have a little look at what’s new in the very old – North Perth.

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I love the hint of exposed red brick they incorporated into the interior & this rather archaic looking hair dryer (which could in fact be new) is a feature all to its own & one which I’m assuming works, given it has its own power source – anyone game?

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The little window cut out which looks through to the back room is gorgeous & really gives this little salon a homely feel…

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It can be hard work sitting around in a hair salon – we’re busy people, working people, eternally time poor & reluctant to give up the hours it takes for a full head of foils, cut & blow dry but here at Salon MKII you can relax.  You’ll get wi-fi offered with a tea & coffee menu & why not – we deserve it!  Keep on working…

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Salon MKII Hairdressing – 390 Fitzgerald Street – North Perth

I was at Salon MKII for Urban Walkabout Perth

jamie’s italian…

I’m not sure if you’re aware of this little tidbit, but I have a 7-yr old who loves Jamie Oliver & to be fair, I’ll have to admit to loving him too.  He’s brought hours of entertainment into our home both on screen & in the kitchen & it’s just astounding to me how one person can have such an impact & on so many people.  His stats alone on Instagram are nothing short of incredible, with somewhere close to 1 million followers, including little ole me & then of course there’s everything else.

Today’s blog post is a little homage to the man who has inspired so many & who, through his own drive, acumen, creativity, talent & talented team has amassed a bit of an empire, it would be fair to say!

Jamie’s Italian opened to a very low-key hum in Perth this week & quite by chance we landed there yesterday morning.  Our 7-yr old can take the credit because as we lazed around, rather sloth-like, it was he who suggested we head into the city for a walk – I kid you not.  I’m sure he had it all planned out!

Would you believe there was no queue?  Right at the point in time we arrived, there was no queue – what luck huh!  The staff were amazing & with their kind permission I was given carte blanche to snap away.

Here’s a little look at the new Jamie’s Italian, Perth…

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lovely lights…

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loved the tiling…

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This graffiti on two of the interior walls is particularly outstanding.  Our very own local artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers can take all the credit for it too.  Job done…

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simple table settings…

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a healthy beverage selection…

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and a kids menu to top all kids menus… that is the menu…

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For all the foodie types wondering, the food was yum.  I’m happy to tell you that the Pasta Alla Norma & Sausage Pappardelle could not be faulted & nor could the service for that matter.  Get thee there & if you jag it, you won’t even have to queue, though probably you will!

Where: Jamie’s Italian Perth
140 William Street, Perth WA 6000

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