Address: 867 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park, WA 6010
The section of Albany Highway where you can find Ninniku Jip is dotted with some pretty good range of cuisines. To stand out from the crowd, Ninniku Jip focuses on the family diners. They are a very family friendly restaurant with playground (although it was closed for renovations during Mothers’ Day weekend), change tables and kid’s menu.
Looking from the outside in, you would think that this was just another modern looking restaurant. But you can tell by the many patrons who bring in their kids, toddlers, babies (prams and all) that it is a popular family haunt. The food service was great, our waitress efficient with the order and the food was served promptly despite being quite busy that night.
I can’t remember everything that was ordered, but I mostly ate the Bundae Chigae Hot Pot (shared between 2 ppl). Generally you can’t go wrong with ordering a bulgogi and kimchi… and I personally think the Bibimbap is also quite nice although I didn’t try the one at Ninniku Jip. I was also really glad to try some of the Dukbboki Hot Pot my cousins ordered, it really took me back to the freezing winter days in Beijing when I would buy a cup of Dukbboki to warm up!
The next time I go to Ninniku Jip, I would probably not order the Bundae Chigae hot pot again because I found it too sour and spicy for my taste… it would be perfect if you are a lover of kimchi though!
Massive Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers out there!!
Taking mum out is always handy for celebrating Mother’s Day because really, she needs a break!
We tried out Ninniku Jip, a Modern Korean restaurant in East Victoria Park. It’s a very family friendly restaurant with playground, change tables and kid’s menu. For the second round of dinner, we went to the yummy Thai Corner on Canning Highway. But with my cheeky little nephew there, it was difficult for mum and 2 grandmothers to get any rest.
Well I guess that’s the pains a mother must go through….
I’m sure most people in Perth know about the popular Ciao Italia Restaurant which doesn’t take any bookings. Now, don’t get Ciao Italia in South Perth on Millpoint Road confused with Il Ciao in Applecross which is found on Canning Highway…
I’ve been to Ciao Italia and Il Ciao a couple of times now, and I found them to be quite different from each other. Where Ciao Italia is small, buzzing and friendly, Il Ciao is big, busy and not so casual.
Perhaps it’s because I’ve grown up on the buzzing and crowded atmosphere, perhaps I like South Perth better than Applecross.. There’s a lot of ‘perhaps’ but at the end of the day, you can’t go wrong at Ciao Italia if you want amazing Italian food. And yes, I am saying that Ciao Italia’s food is better than Il Ciao!
- The smoked salmon pizza had slices of salmon which you could actually SEE (unlike some other italian restaurants)
- The cream sauce in their Ciao Italia Fettucini had the perfect texture, not too runny and not overly thick either. Not only that, it actually had flavour.
- Garlic bread is always good at Ciao Italia. Hard to believe but I’ve had some pretty crappy garlic bread in my time (rock-hard, stale, soggy).
- I can’t say much about the Risotto because I rarely order this when I go out, but their Risotto Marinara has got to be the best around. It sure beats the risotto I had at Dome though, both by the portion and the taste.
- Staff there is always friendly and easy going, no matter how busy they are.
- Portions are always more than enough and the atomosphere is always buzzing
There’s a lot more on the menu which I have yet to try, you can view their take-away menu on their website here.
I took my Lumix FX36 out and was pretty pleased with the camera.
- First of all, I forgot to put in an SD card (I haven’t received the 4GB SD, extra battery and warranty yet) but could still take photos because of the 50mb internal memory!
- The food scene setting worked like a charm
- Intelligent Auto mode is AMAZING!!
- I totally love the 24mm wide angle lens because I regularly take photos by holding it an arm length away. Usually I can only get 3.5 heads in the picture but now I can fit 4 heads with shoulders as well as some background!
- Downside would have to be the noise, I need to take more photos to clarify but I fear that there’s a bit more noise found on the images compared to the canon ixus (when taking photos at night).
Cream is a classy little restaurant located in East Perth, which was highly recommended by a friend of a friend. I was curious, but not convinced because both my siblings hadn’t heard of it and they eat out at these types of restaurants all the time. The restaurant itself is not too difficult to find, especially with the help of GoogleMaps =)
The easiest way is to just GoogleMap search:
11 Regal Pl
East Perth 6004 WA
The restaurant itself was very nicely done up, the only complaint I might have is that it was a bit too dark for my liking. If the food had been bad, I might have suspected they didn’t want their patrons finding strange things in our meals hAHa! ^_- As a group, below is a list of the dishes we ordered at Cream
|Twice Baked Lemon & Goat’s Cheese Soufflé
Fresh Grilled Local Scallops
|Warm Fillet of Cream’s Home Smoked Tasmanian Salmon
Steamed Spinach Tossed with Horseradish Crème Fraîche, Salmon Caviar
|Handmade Potato & Ricotta Gnocchi With
Fresh Tomato, Basil & White Castello Sugo, Reggiano Parmesan
|Crispy Roasted Pork Belly
Caramelised Apple, Leek & Goat’s Feta Strudel
|Red Wine Slow Braise of Baby Beef
Green Pea Puree, Horseradish Potato Crush, Crispy Onion Rings
|Slow Roasted Breast of Free Range Chicken
Fluffy Organic Roast Vegetable Couscous, & Wild Fig Jus
|Individual French Chocolate Baci Cake
Frangelico Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
|Fresh Passionfruit Cremé Brulee Tart
Belgian White Chocolate Sorbet
All in all it was a good experience, and the bill totaled to a bit over $50 per person. Pretty good considering the range and quality of food we had. I’m no critic, but I do have my personal preferences, and I think that the food at Cream Restaurant was pretty good. Things to note:
- The pork belly, which I ordered, had a really crisp and overly sticky skin
- I would totally go back just for the gnocchi =P
- The Baci Cake tasted a lot like the Beard Papa ‘Fondant au Chocolate’ I had in Beijing. It cost was a whole lot more though!
- Baby beef main seemed very mushy. Mushy beef sitting on a pile of mash potatoes and mashed peas. It was very filling, but felt like it was more appropriate for people who don’t have teeth… But you’ve got to love the onion rings!
- Loved the fresh scallops (they were pretty big!) but wouldn’t have paid that much for it (Freo would probably be better), I would rather have had another salmon or gnocchi dish…
- The walls are furry…
- Staff was friendly and efficient, we only had a bit of difficulty getting their attention because we were hidden in the back darkest corner
- The wait between Entree, Mains and Dessert were okay, though it could be better. We were just a little miffed that a couple of the other tables who ordered after us were served before us.
So maybe I won’t be going back there any time soon, but I wouldn’t mind going back (when I’m actually working full time) ~