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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.

The Loose Box Restaurant in Mundaring was pipped by Launceston restaurant Fee

and Me for the prestigious accolade of Best Restaurant in Australia.

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CRITERION Hotel Brasserie offers $12 set lunches from 11:30am to 2:30pm.

The entrée choice is from soup of the day or chef’s salad of the day.

Main course options include vegetarian foccacia, beef kofta curry, spinach fettucine, chicken vol-au-vent, perch fillets in tempura batter and chicken makhni – which is marinated tandoori chicken stewed in fresh tomatoes and mild spices).

The price also includes the dessert special and coffee or tea.

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FRIENDS Restaurant will hold special evenings as part of the Art Gallery of Western Australia’s forthcoming art exhibition Side by Side, which opens on August 12.

Art from the Kerry Stokes, Wesfarmers and Holmes à Court collections will be on display alongside works from the State art collection.

Attendees will be able to view the exhibition and then dine on a three-course meal matched with wines.

The evenings will be held on selected dates during August, September and October, commencing at 6:30pm at the Art Gallery and finishing at Friends Restaurant.

The cost is $65 per person all-inclusive.

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ICON CafE, on the corner of Aberdeen and Lake Streets in Northbridge, has released a new menu.

Appetisers include spanakopitta (spinach and ricotta in filo pastry), saganaki (grilled goat’s cheese) and the mixed mezze platter for two which includes dips, olives, fetta, dolmades, octopus, bourckia and pitta bread.

Highlights from the main course menu include snapper veronic, mediterranean cypriot chicken and swiss steak.

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JOY Garden Seafood Restaurant in Northbridge offers dim sum lunches.

The à la carte menu also includes tempting dishes such as mud crab with black pepper, abalone with vegetable and mushrooms, sautéed sliced Tasmanian salmon and baked crayfish with garlic and butter sauce.

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LAMONT’S city shop in the Grain Pool Building will relocate on August 14 to new premises on the corner of King Street and St George’s Terrace.

A week of tastings will take place in the new store from 5:00pm to 7:00pm each evening from August 14 to 18.

Tastings will vary on each night and range from coffee and tea made by Lamont’s barista and accompanied by sweet treats to Simon Johnson Providore products including olive oils, French lentils and risotto rice. Lamont’s wines will be showcased by winemaker Mark Warren on the final evening.

The new store will incorporate an area for informal dining and coffee. Takeaways, catering, picnic hampers and gourmet gift packages will remain the store’s mainstays.

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THE KNUTSFORD Arms café and bar has a new chef and menu.

Highlights from the seafood selection include cajun calamari, the Knutsford’s own seafood basket cooked in Emu Bitter batter and Thai chilli jumbo prawns served with crispy bacon.

Harvey eye fillets can be cooked to the diner’s preference or try the Knutsford house specialty – prime eye fillet topped with Morton Bay bugs and creamy hollandaise sauce.

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TAGINES Restaurant on George Street in Kensington, is a top spot for North African cuisine, which is characterised by contrasts stemming from the diverse lifestyles of nomadic tribes and city dwellers.

The spices used give this cuisine a piquant flavour, but usually not a spicy one.

Signature dishes include slow cooked tagines (an exotic Moroccan and Algerian stew), and delicately prepared couscous.

Menu highlights include Fatima’s Fingers, which are rolls of crisp Tunisian warkha pastry filled with either spiced lamb or spinach and cheese served with mint yoghurt, and chicken bistila – a classic Moroccan chicken, egg and spiced almond pie.

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