Archive for September, 2009

Four Seasons Roasting Duck Restaurant

The dinner at Four Seasons was probably a month back. So long ago that I don’t remember the prices or the names of the dishes, I remember that everything was quite affordable though, around the $18 – $22 price range. I’ve been talking about trying out Four Seasons for a long time, when it first opened, I went there for dimsum and wasn’t overly impressed. But then, the name kept cropping up in blog reviews, newspapers and articles, they were winning awards left and right,some even said that they had the best roast duck in town.

You know how I get when people start saying something is ‘the best’, the foodie flowers start floating and I started thinking ‘ was it only good in terms of Westerner’s version of Chinese food?'(since Aussies were raving about it) or was it actually really good? I just had to try it for myself.

First up was soup on the house, I think it was pork ribs soup, sweet and tasty. I always like the complimentary soups served at Chinese restaurants, I can’t seem to recreate the same comforting taste at home.

We had to order the roast duck at the ‘Roasting Duck’ restaurant. I am told that their Peking duck is one of the most awarded in town but we didn’t order that. The roast duck was really quite good, tender, juicy and moist. I think some of my foodie gang said they prefer the duck at Good Fortune (the other best roast duck in town restaurant) but I personally preferred Four Seasons roast duck.

Toothfish, probably my favourite fish besides salmon. This was was well done, crispy on the outside and tender juicy fish on the inside. But I think the sauce wasn’t flavourful enough and I would have preferred it pan friend instead of deep fried.

The healthy dish for the night, seafood tofu hot pot. I can’t remember whether this dish was any good, it definitely wasn’t bad and I love everything tofu.

The crispy chicken was surprisingly good, the skin was crispy thin and the chicken flesh was juicy and tender. I was actually quite impressed and thought ‘ok, maybe it’s really is good after all’.

Pork belly with yam, I expected this dish to be very oily and rich, but the flavours were surprisingly tasty but  light, not oily, the yam was soft and went really well with the tender pork belly. Since I have tons of pork belly at home, this is a recipe that I will try to recreate in the near future.

Overall we were impressed with Four Seasons and the food was a lot better than I expected it to be. The service while not impeccable was alright and passable. I thought to myself that I would return pretty soon.

BUT…. a couple of days later, I went into Four Seasons to takeaway some char siew and the service was atrocious, as in unforgivably rude and deserving of a walk out. I think Richard who was with me wanted to walk out immediately but only stayed because I was the one purchasing the char siew.

So now I’m having second thoughts about returning, maybe for the food, but the service… nah, I don’t think I could.

Daitaoha ratings:

Food: 7/10


Service :4/10 (I am averaging based on 1st and 2nd visit)

4 service ha

Four Seasons Roasting Duck Restaurant
Shop 8-9
375 William St
Northbridge 6003 WA
Phone: (08) 9228 9883

The Grey Hoodie Boy Part 9: Just like magic

We’ve been bumping into each other either on the bus or on the street lately.

His latest song to hum is ‘Isn’t she lovely’.

 He likes Fang Da Tong so much that he’s looking for guitar tabs to practice on his guitar. He confessed shyly that he is no longer listening Jay Chou and has switched to listening to Khalil everyday. I told him I was doing the same thing and we both laughed at ourselves.

 He used to love magic tricks when he was young. Today while walking on the street, he made a coin disappear from his hands. It was pretty cool (=^_^=).

 He always greets me with ‘Hello Diana’.

The weekend Jo and I were very very happy ….

As usual, the weekend started off innocently enough. It was dinner at RIA’s which is a very popular Malaysian restaurant in Leederville. Xinlong has been working at RIA  for the past few years and we’ve always had yummy samples from his takeaway dinner boxes. The lady chef is from Sarawak.

The food didn’t blow me away  but it was still pretty good Malaysian fare, and there’s something really comforting about chicken curry and rice.

It started raining when we finished dinner so we walked down the street to 130 cafe for cakes and coffee. The cakes weren’t very good and the coffee was a bit too strong for us. So strong that Richard and Bryan had trouble sleeping that night and even felt a bit ill.

It was a night of exchanging lame jokes, actually I think it was only me telling lame jokes, I will never live down my image as the Lame Joke queen. ‘Char siew bao and mantou went to watch a sad movie, char siew bao came out crying but mantou didn’t cry, why?’

Guess who’s back? Jaso from Gero dropped into Perth for the Father’s Day weekend and we met up with him for dimsum at Royal Seafood restaurant on Saturday. It was really nice seeing Jason again albeit for a short while, he’s coming back again in 3 weeks so hopefully we’ll get to hang out again soon.

Nightfall came and Jo and I started getting very very happy. For some reason on Friday night we decided that we would have a wine drinking session on Saturday. So even before the rest of the guys came over, Jo and I were already drinking our bottle of rose (those pink sweet drinks are deceiving and pack a punch!), snacking on roasted chestnuts and happily watching Die Hard 2 on tv. Before midnight, we were smashed.

See how Jo got happier and jollier as the night went on? To be fair, I was even more drunk than her, I have tons of photos that I took of everyone and anyone, and I don’t even remember when I took these photos! Sunday I suffered from  my first hangover in five/six years, it was truly horrible and transported me right back to my uni days.

Gerry and Richard who have become close over the weeks. It was the night before Gerry’s convocation which was another reason to open a bottle of wine *slaps forehead*

The guys were a lot more sober than us girls.In fact Xinlong sat in front of the computer  letting out little giggles and sniggering all night. I’m told that he has already told all the others about my drunken escapades, oh dear 😦

The caretakers of the night, Rabbit and HiengChiong who hardly drank at all! I remember being cocooned in double layers of quilt, I think it was to protect me from the otherwise really chilly night but also cushion me from my falls. I normally fall about a lot even when I’m sober so you can only imagine what I was like when I was drunk.

This picture pretty sums up the night. It was a night to remember.

The Grey Hoodie Boy Part 8: Just when you thought it was the end

We meet on the bus frequently. He loves Fang Da Tong’s new Timeless album which I introduced to him. The other day on the bus while talking to me, he starting humming ‘you are the sunshine of my life’.

I was like (-_________-)” .

He played 4.5 hours of tennis last weekend and hurt his left shoulder. I told him about how I’ve been cooking non-stop for the past two weeks.

One day he wore glasses on the bus. I think boys who wear glasses are very cute. He also got a haircut, it’s short and spiky, I told him that it made him look neat and he laughed in embarrassment (= ^ ^ =).

He said it was a pity that he couldn’t go to C Restaurant for the lunch, I introduced him to Zekka and said we should go some day. He told me about his favourite cafe in Leederville and said he would bring me there some day and teach me to play pool.

We’re going out for dinner next Friday.

Bento Week 2 : Mission accomplished!

The bento bandit strikes again!

Bento Monday

Leftovers from Merdeka night, mostly basmati rice with chicken curry, sambal kangkong and sambal prawns.

Bento Tuesday

Sweet pork fillet, stir fried brocolli and carrots, japanese egg tofu and half boiled egg with rice. This was probably the most ‘homecooked’ and easiest bento to cook, it’s probably what I would enjoy the most too.

Bento Wednesday

Spaghetti bolognese. I used a mixture of pork and beef mince, Jamie Oliver style 🙂 But I bought the wrong spaghetti and ended up buying spaghettini which is a lot thinner and not as good with a meat sauce. Epic fail 😦

Bento Thursday

Pad Thai. One of the managers gave me a bag of limes from her backyard so I knew I had to cook a Thai dish. Pad Thai is probably one of the first dishes I learned how to cook when I started getting interested in cooking. I still like cooking it now and enjoy the crunchiness of chopped peanuts and the limey, sweet and sour flavours.

Bento Friday

Surely Friday bentos are the happiest bentos? This is comfort food for me, Japanese beef brisket curry, I like using beef brisket which I braised overnight to make sure it was tender. Only I cooked this dish in such a rush and didn’t taste it properly before boxing it, I hope it tastes alright tomorrow.

It was my mission to cook a different bento every weekday continuously for two weeks and I’m glad to say ‘mission accomplished!’ While I was happy that I didn’t run out of ideas (in fact I had trouble deciding on what to cook) I felt stressed out at times because I was cooking in a rush, wanting to run off to watch a movie, hang out with friends or go swimming. I just didn’t have time to cook a proper meal. All this rushing ended up with sub par bentos and lots of cut fingers 😦 So I guess I’m not ready to be a housewife yet, hehe.

I missed having takeout on lazy days (not that I eat much fast food nowadays). Btw, do you know McD is introducing the new Angus beef burgers?

I didn’t try this but it looked very good! What can I say, sometimes you need a burger.

Anyway, I’ve really enjoyed cooking and utilising my bento boxes this week. I also had ideas for desserts (which I didn’t take pictures of) which I tried to incorporate every now and then.  So that ends my two weeks of non-stop cooking in the kitchen, many thanks to my fellow foodies, Xinlong, Jo, HC, Bryan, Mingsian and especially Rabbit for sharing in my foodie adventure and bento journey, it was fun! I’ll do it again in a heartbeat.

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