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Miss Kitty’s Saloon, Inglewood

As a replacement for the old eyesore Avenue 9 on the northern end of Beaufort Street, Miss Kitty’s Saloon is decidedly much more interesting.

The Western-themed bar/restaurant is as kitschy as they come despite looking rather ordinary from the outside, decked out with old saloon doors, a worn piano and a background soundtrack of Johnny Cash.

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I’m not sure whether it was because it was a Wednesday night or because it’s the norm, but as soon as we sat down the service was hard to fault.

Miss Kitty’s Saloon is dedicated to the fine (albeit fatty) cuisine of the US and Canada, so those looking for something a little more complicated and upper class should head further up Beaufort Street.

I barely had time to look at the wine list when our waitress came back and took our complete order, which would normally annoy me but since it was the most disgusting weather that I’d seen in a while it wasn’t hard to make a decision – particularly on red wine.

Taking the saloon feel to another level we were given a bowl of peanuts to shell and by the time our food came we’d only just finished the entire bowl.

The traditional-style buffalo wings came out first, and for the Wednesday special of $14.80 it was total value for money.

They’re pretty much exactly what you’d expect: greasy, crunchy, hard to eat and drenched in US culture (and mild sauce).

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However, since I’m not a massive fan of fried chicken, I found the trout croquettes with pickled onion and capers a nice change. Not only were they tasty but the trout was smooth and almost melt-in-your-mouth.

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The roast duck waffles with sweet potato were possibly one of the most deliciously different dishes I’ve ever had. I never imagined that duck, maple syrup, waffles and sweet potato would mix but I was so wrong. The sweetness of the maple syrup paired with the roasted duck was perfect, and the duck-to-waffle ratio was almost even – there was even duck inside the waffles, which I was quite excited about at the time.

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For two coffees, a glass of Pinot Noir and four dishes a bill of $78 isn’t even remotely expensive.

Miss Kitty’s Saloon is summed up in its mac and cheese: it’s okay, it’s simple and it’s fun, but you don’t really expect better than good from a place that serves US-style food and drinks.

It’s just a shame it’s away from the main Mount Lawley strip.

 

Miss Kitty’s Saloon

882 Beaufort Street

Open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday.

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Cantina 663, Mount Lawley

Cantina has become a solid Mount Lawley establishment; everyone knows what it is, everyone knows what to expect and every week it’s packed for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
We thought we’d be the first people there as we trudged in from the cold, miserable weather right on opening time but surprisingly people had already started to arrive.

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Moments after we sat down at our window seat we were offered menus and water, and every few seconds I’d glance up and see the dedicated runners heading to City to Surf and feel slightly guilty as I pored over the delicious things on the menu.
The pancakes were incredibly tempting but I opted for the braised brisket, potato and spinach ($22) while the man typically ordered the steak sandwich.

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I didn’t know what to expect but it wasn’t what arrived in front of me. The fried egg was a welcome surprise and added a ‘breakfast’ element to the dish while the meat itself was so flavoursome I could’ve eaten it without all of the other things on the plate. The potato was cut into small chunks that were creamy and easy to eat – I only wish they went easy on the parsley.
The entire meal was covered in an oniony-vinegary jus that went so well with everything I was disappointed when there was only a tiny bit left by the end of the meal.
The verdict on the steak sandwich backed up my meal choice; “Yeah, it was nice, but yours was better.” Internally I smiled with pride.
What I love about Cantina is that it doesn’t have a typically breakfast-style menu. While there are bacon and eggs, pancakes and muesli on the menu there’s also a steak sandwich or brisket or fritter, and that makes for a delightfully unique way to the start the day.

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Cantina 663
663 Beaufort Street
Monday to Saturday, 7:30am til late
Sunday 7:30am til 3pm

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Jackson’s, Highgate

Originally, the plan was to head to Rottnest for a Moss Wood wine dinner as part of Rottnest Lodge’s wine dinner series but, as fate would have it, the weather stopped us in our tracks.
With an adventurous budget and a fire in our bellies, the most sensible thing to do was score a reservation at one of Perth’s most renowned fine dining establishments.
Despite the rough weather and quiet streets, Perth bars and restaurants were alive and pumping behind closed doors and Beaufort Street was no different.
Jackson’s is the brainchild of Englishman Neal Jackson and is close to the trendy bars of Mount Lawley/Highgate like Clarence’s and Must.
Although we were left waiting at the door looking awkward as we waited to be seated, a smiling and apologetic staff member glided towards us and you couldn’t help but feel at ease.
The main thing that I noticed about Jackson’s, apart from the wonderful ambience and sophisticated, moody design, was that you never felt like you were in a high-end, snobby, fine-dining restaurant. The staff members were friendly, although sometimes a little too casual, and you didn’t feel uncomfortable asking questions about the food or wine. For those just becoming interested in the fine dining scene, it’s a good place to start the journey.
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We opted for the degustation with wine pairing, starting off our dining experience with a glass of sparkling rose.
It wasn’t long after finishing our drinks that a complimentary entree was offered, and we were left wanting more.

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The scallops in our first course were cooked perfectly and blended well with the citrus flavours on the plate. Although the citrus was too overpowering at times, the French champagne cut through the tang and left a clean finish.
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The marron, crab, chicken and mayo sandwich was a very unique dish that benefited from the truffle flavours drizzled over the dish; once you took a sip of the viognier, the truffle flavours finished and the next bite could begin afresh.
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The next three courses involved the incredibly rich, delicious meats of pork, lamb and venison – a personal favourite of mine.
Each dish was cooked perfectly and the pork and lamb dishes complemented each other well as the flavours slowly built up to the venison.
The beetroot element of the venison course made the difference between a good dish and a great one, with the horseradish noodles a welcome palette cleaner from the complex flavours.
Although I didn’t order the cheese course due to nearly bursting from my full stomach, the men on the table decided to give it a go. Between mouthfuls of an apple and bacon strudel, I was told it was very different but “f-cking awesome”.
I always look forward to the desserts in degustations; mainly because they’re always fantastic, but also because there’s no other way to finish a meal than with a kickass dessert.
To my delight, a thin chocolate brownie with edible gold foil was placed in front of me surrounded by coconut soil, raspberry coulis, milk chocolate gel and lavender ice cream.
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It’s easy to scoff at lavender ice cream, but when it’s used the way that Jackson’s did with the incredibly intense chocolate brownie and tart raspberry coulis, it allowed it to come into a world of its own. The sparkling sweet red that was paired with the course was unusual for a dessert wine but could have easily been one of the best inclusions in the menu.
After the restaurant cleared out and our voices only became louder and louder after a few glasses of vino and a final coffee, the staff never made us feel unwelcome; as always, we were the last ones left after midnight.

Best dish: Marron, crab, chicken and mayo sandwich, truffle, asparagus
Best wine: CassioDorus Amarone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River
Although it was on the sweeter side of cabernet sauvignon, when paired with the pork belly the wine really opened up and enhanced the flavours of the pork.

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Jamon Iberico, seared scallops and blood orange
V. Testulat Carte d’Or Brut NV, Epernay, France

Marron, crab, chicken and mayo sandwich, truffle, asparagus
Whicher Ridge Viognier 2009, Geographe Bay, WA

Roast pork belly, black pudding, scotch quail egg, sprouts
CassioDorus Amarone Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River

Amelia Park lamb rump and belly, white bean, parsley gravy
Domaine du Espiers 2010, Cotes du Rhone, France

Venison loin, horseradish noodle, beetroot, bitter chocolate
Morgante Nero D’Avola 2010, Vendemmia, Sicily, Italy

Optional cheese course
Camembert, apple and bacon strudel, waldorf salad
Le Pere Jules Cidre, Normandy, France

Chocolate and lavender
Trentham Estate Maestri Frizzante 2012, Trentham Cliffs, NSW

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