Monday, August 25, 2014

Play: Exploring Western Australia in Winter (Day 7)

It's Day 7, and we have been in Perth for a week. Today daddy finishes his work and our holiday has officially starts :)

We went to King's Park in the morning... It is a very large park in the central of Perth city, it is nice having such a huge park in midst of the city's building and best of all, it is free to enter :)

Visitor can enjoy the view of Swan River from the Fraser's lookout, having a picnic on the ground, kids can enjoy the nature at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park or play at Synergy Parkland. There is a lot to do and suitable for all ages.

More info on the park: King's Park Offical Website

We reached there late morning and spend most of our time at Rio Tinto Naturescape Kings Park, there are a mini activity zone in midst of nature landscape, something different i would say...

It is open from Tuesday to Sunday... closes at 4pm.


Enjoying the nature
Busy exploring
We are being adventurous... even climb the tree!!!

Adventurous trio


Some nice flowers along the way...


We had a late lunch at this all day brekie restaurant.. reached there at about 1plus and full of people.. need to wait for a seat to be available..



Kiddos enjoying the outdoor mini chair while waiting for our turn...
Pie on display
Interior


It is a small and cosy restaurant ... and a simple menu..on a piece of paper for Friday 4th July.... 

Menu for the day
Nice and hot cappuccino to warm up!
I am satisfied with my Chorizo with paprika potatoes, peppers, spanish onions and crispy pork belly and fried egg... the crispy bacon accompanied by the fresh salad and a perfect egg. Yummy! The only downside is the chorizo (sausage) is a little too salty...

Chorizo with crispy pork belly, $19.50
There are many good reviews on The Tuck's Shop pie so hubby ordered their Beef, Bacon and Cheddar pie but he was disappointed.

Beef pie, $12.95
Ordered Nasi Goreng with brown rice, chicken, egg and vegetable in kecap manis for the kids to share. We are quite surprise to see this on the menu... even have its name in Malay...very nice to see familiar words abroad.. and kids can't do without rice.. hehe, so ordered this for them. Nothing fantastic but it does fill the kids stomach and they enjoyed having rice :)

Nasi Goreng, $17.50
Overall, we had a decent meal at The Tuck Shop but it is really not as amazing as its review on Trip Advisor, i think this place is definitely over-rated on Trip Advisor...Do note the opening hours is 7am-4pm and closed on Monday!

After lunch, we went back to hotel so that the kids can take their nap :)

And looking forward to our dinner at Ciao Italia.. this restaurant is highly recommended by my ex-colleague who studied in Perth. 

This restaurant does not takes reservation, closed on both Sunday and Monday, only open from 5pm-10pm..... and if u reach there after 6pm, be prepared to queue up!!!!

So, we are super kiasu and didn't want to queue up, so we reached there before 5.30pm, there are already people inside the restaurant but lucky for us, still have seats so we didn't have to wait...


Ciao Italia!!!!
Cosy little place with very lively Italian music upon entering the restaurant, you can really get into the Italiano mood once you step in. It is not a big restaurant and the tables are pretty close to one another to maximise the amount of diner....and you would appreciate this table configuration if you are one of the diner queuing and waiting for table :)


After ordering, i walked around and saw the legendary tiramisu HIGHLY RECOMMENDED both on Trip Advisor and by my ex-colleague. The staff are putting them in box for people who wanted to takeaway!

Tiramisu
Hubby had spaghetti carbonara, taste good and its super HUGE portion. Even my hubby can't finish his share.. be prepared to share when you are there... so that won't waste food!!!!

Carbonara
I had their special lasagna which is recommended by their staff, if i didn't remember wrongly is spinach and pumpkin lasagna, and it was nice.. the only problem is the HUGE portion and i definitely wanted to save space for my tiramisu....


Close up of the lasagna...can see the generous fillings!
Saw that their chilli mussels also highly raved by online reviewers... but were disappointed. Didn't really like it...the photo doesn't do the justice but believe me, my jaw drop when this was served.... its SUPER BIG.... we had hard time finishing it!

Chilli mussels
Despite being super full, all of us enjoyed the tiramisu to the MAX!!!! This is definitely something you can't miss..... its very very creamy and soft... BEST TIRAMISU i have ever tasted... imagine us loving this soo much even though we are very full.... if you are too full, make sure you takeaway this .... u won't regret!!!!

After eating, we even takeaway one more to bring back and eat later at night.... it is soooo good that i can't bear leaving the place without takeaway at least one more portion!

"Slurp!"
Yum!!!!
Before leaving, took another picture, wanted to show the queue that is already forming... but was too dark, if you look carefully there is a bunch of people to the right side of the photo, that is the queue to go in...


We went home, satisfied with the meal and especially the desserts :) 

Time for everyone to catch some sleep cause tomorrow we will be checking out from Perth and going to Busselton ... yay!!!

Next up: http://eatplaycook22.blogspot.sg/2014/09/play-exploring-western-australia-in.html