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Stewart Van Raalte

Prawns to die for

IT IS a sad reflection that some of the finest seafood in the world, caught off the fabulous Western Australian coast, is consistently overcooked in restaurants. Our lovely prawns are a prime example, and seem to suffer this fate more often than any o...

Mamma’s chicken magic

MOST restaurants, be they glamour dining rooms or more humble eateries, boast a signature dish.In the case of Mamma Maria’s on the corner of Lake and Aberdeen streets, it is a grilled chicken ($18.90).Many have attempted to imitate this succulent...

tasting notes

IF LIKE me you are a regular restaurant person, you will have noticed the steady climb of wine prices and I believe that this Everest-like rise remains far from the summit.So, if paying such prices you must ensure you demand your rights as a patron....

Romany welcome

EVERYTHING changes, I constantly tell my staff. That is, until I lunched at the Romany Restaurant and was proved wrong.I reflected on this 60 year old Northbridge time warp come Italia-Australian eatery and had to change my philosophy.The Romany, ...

In praise of shiraz

PETER Lehmann placed his tongue firmly in his cheek to maintain that, when god created shiraz, it was with the Barossa Valley in mind.The god in question would have to be Allah because shiraz vines were brought to France from Persia by the Crusaders...

Morsels

FRASERS Restaurant received the award for Most Popular Hall of Fame Restau-rant for 2000 in the recent American Express National Restaurant Awards. To enter the Hall of Fame, Frasers won American Express Restaurant Awards in three consecutive years....

tasting notes

NEW people are breathing new life into our city’s doorstep wine region.Thirty minutes from Perth a revitalised Swan Valley awaits a city population still slow to realise the goodies offered by a short drive.Once recognised as our major wine produc...

Perugino perfection

Perugino is one of Perth’s special places and certainly rates among our finest restaurants.

Steve’s new view

Locals hardly recognise their surroundings as Steve’s these day because owner Murray McHenry has given the old Nedlands pub a serious makeover.

tasting notes

I AM blessed with a delightful ability to sniff out a wine bargain.