Carmen

Carmen Schöffel

Picky (with my food) middle aged German that looooooves to dine and wine. I am the organiser of a couple of large social groups here in Perth and always on the look out for funky good food.
Carmen's Latest reviews: Carmen's Top 10 restaurants:

The Cabin Small Bar

Mount Hawthorn

Carmen dined on Fri, 10th Nov 2017 (7)

A lovely place but can become very noisy. The music is just too loud at times. The dishes are small for the price but interesting. Staff is always friendly and attentive.

Recipe Restaurant

East Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 28th Oct 2017 (9)

Always a pleasure to return to this lovely venue.

Positano

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Tue, 24th Oct 2017 (2)

What a shocking experience. The venue and service were lovely. However, the food was a shocker!!! Worst Italian restaurant in Perth.

Nunzio's

Fremantle

Carmen dined on Wed, 20th Sep 2017 (10)

Perfection. Wonderful food and impeccable service.

Mister Walker

South Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 12th Aug 2017 (10)

We are eating out A LOT and therefore have a fair idea of what is being served in Perth. It has been now our third time, and this place gets it right. ALL of their meals taste so darn good. The beef cheek and Gnocchi are to die for. The last couple of times we went in a large group, and every single meal was delish. The venue can get a little noisy at times but with food that good who cares? Prompt, friendly service and finger licking meals. We will keep coming back.

Sen5es

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 2nd Aug 2017 (8)

A lovely buffet breakfast. Service was prompt and very accommodating. We certainly will revisit.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Sun, 30th Jul 2017 (8)

Always good Indian food. Lovely, friendly service.

Mister Walker

South Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 29th Jul 2017 (9)

Very good food. Generous serves and good quality.

Fillaudeau's Cafe Restaurant

Caversham

Carmen dined on Thu, 27th Jul 2017 (9)

Always a pleasure to dine at Filladeau's. Service is impeccable and the food is of good quality and well presented.

Saffron Indian Restaurant

Inglewood

Carmen dined on Tue, 25th Jul 2017 (10)

Good prices, lovely Indian food and very friendly service. We couldn't have asked for more.

Julio's

West Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 22nd Jul 2017 (9)

Julio's never disappoints. Such fantastic service, beautiful interior and innovative, jet approachable food.

The Boulevard Hotel

Floreat

Carmen dined on Tue, 11th Jul 2017 (10)

The Boulevard is one of the best places around. Interesting menu with lots of choices. Beautiful plating with good size serves ... and the price is right! To top it all off, you will receive excellent service. I couldn't fault this place if I tried.

Nook by Niche

Leederville

Carmen dined on Tue, 4th Jul 2017 (7)

The pork belly and crispy chicken strips were delish. Gnocchi a little rubbery but the sauce was lovely. Service was very friendly and personable.

The Cabin Small Bar

Mount Hawthorn

Carmen dined on Sat, 1st Jul 2017 (9)

What a fantastic place. Very good, innovative food and friendly service. The only negative was the noise level. We could hardly understand even the person sitting next to us. However, the restaurant was booked out to the last seat that afternoon. Highly recommended.

Trattoria Galetto

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Thu, 29th Jun 2017 (7)

A great place for a casual Italian meal. The service is very accommodating and friendly. The $35 buffet meal deal is great value.

Dejavu Rooftop

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Sun, 18th Jun 2017 (9)

What a lovely place. Service was impeccable and food innovative.

Brooklyn Lounge

Claremont

Carmen dined on Fri, 9th Jun 2017 (10)

Always a pleasure to dine here. Food and service are excellent. Max is our favourite. Always so very helpful.

Quills

Wattle Grove

Carmen dined on Wed, 24th May 2017 (7)

Lovely service and ok food.

Recipe Restaurant

East Perth

Carmen dined on Fri, 28th Apr 2017 (9)

Always enjoy my visit to Recipe Restaurant. Such lovely service and great food. Generous portions and the best potato salad in Perth.

1907 Restaurant

Perth CBD

Carmen dined on Tue, 28th Feb 2017 (0)

Not a nice experience at all. Very overpriced.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Carmen dined on Tue, 31st Jan 2017 (8)

Always a pleasure.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Carmen dined on Tue, 20th Sep 2016 (10)

Always a pleasure to dine at the Must Wine Bar. We never leave disappointed.

The Terrace Hotel

Perth

Carmen dined on Thu, 15th Sep 2016 (9)

Always a pleasure to dine at the Terrace Hotel. We never leave disappointed.

Essence Bistro

East Perth

Carmen dined on Thu, 1st Sep 2016 (9)

Lovely place with wonderful food and really good service.

Arirang

Perth

Carmen dined on Thu, 18th Aug 2016 (10)

Lovely place with wonderful food and really good service.

Davvero! Caffe Cucina

Floreat

Carmen dined on Thu, 11th Aug 2016 (8)

The venue has been beautifully decorated. We enjoyed all our meals with the homemade pasta being the highlight.

Davvero! Caffe Cucina

Floreat

Carmen dined on Thu, 4th Aug 2016 (8)

Lovely food and venue. The homemade pasta is delish.

Brooklyn Lounge

Claremont

Carmen dined on Fri, 8th Jul 2016 (10)

The best Oysters! Service is impeccable. A great vibe with fantastic food.

Laneway Lounge

Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 18th Jun 2016 (6)

Very noisy and food is quite expensive for what you get.

Beccaria Bar and Restaurant

Perth

Carmen dined on Mon, 6th Jun 2016 (10)

We couldn't fault this place. Food, service and venue was impeccable.

Bluzou Bar

Perth

Carmen dined on Thu, 26th May 2016 (8)

Lovely new venue.

Juniper & Bay

Como

Carmen dined on Mon, 23rd May 2016 (10)

The Juniper & Bay is a wonderful place. Impeccable service and really good food. Do yourself a favour and try their duck main course. Crispy skin, tender meat and lots of yummy jus. Every plate came out beautifully presented. All five of us enjoyed their entrée, main and dessert. There was not a crumb left on the plate lol. This chef certainly knows how to cook. Don't forget to try their sour-dough bread ... simply divine.

Blackbird

East Perth

Carmen dined on Sun, 15th May 2016 (6)

All of us left disappointed and underwhelmed ... again! We gave it another go after our last two unpleasant experiences. Booked for two occasions with 12 people all up. The portions are just far too small for the price and the quality is sadly also lacking. Everyone agreed, the Blackbird is not what it used to be. The Chicken main dish cost $36 for a couple of simply pan fried pieces, accompanied by bland steamed turnip. Nothing to mop up the juices, but then the juice was not that tasty anyway. We all added salt to make it more palatable. The squid ink pasta at $32 was a joke with just a VERY few pieces of seafood scattered over the dish. The seafood would not have been more than 50 grams ... if that. The ox-tongue was bland and very uninspiring. Calamari was tough. Sorry to see this place offering now such bad dishes,

Habitue

North Fremantle

Carmen dined on Wed, 4th May 2016 (10)

I can't praise this place enough. Always great food and friendly service. The venue has a lovely ambience.

Brooklyn Lounge

Claremont

Carmen dined on Fri, 22nd Apr 2016 (10)

You can't bet the oysters at the Brooklyn. Always impeccable service.

Must Winebar

Highgate

Carmen dined on Wed, 30th Mar 2016 (9)

Lovely as always.

Habitue

North Fremantle

Carmen dined on Fri, 25th Mar 2016 (9)

Beautiful place with really good, reasonable priced food.

Barchetta Cafe

Cottesloe

Carmen dined on Tue, 8th Mar 2016 (6)

Lovely view and good coffee.

Blue Duck Restaurant

Cottesloe

Carmen dined on Tue, 8th Mar 2016 (7)

Nice view into the ocean. Good coffee.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 13th Feb 2016 (9)

Never disappoints. Good food and first class service.

Jezebelle

Guildford

Carmen dined on Mon, 8th Feb 2016 (8)

Lovely place with good service and good food.

Heirloom Restaurant & Bar

East Perth

Carmen dined on Mon, 28th Dec 2015 (9)

Immaculate service. Lovely venue and good food. What more could you ask for?

Brooklyn Lounge

Claremont

Carmen dined on Fri, 27th Nov 2015 (10)

Always a pleasure to visit this venue. Great service good food ... what more could you ask for!

Shanghai Tea Gardens

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Fri, 30th Oct 2015 (10)

Very tasty authentic Chinese cuisine.

Globe Cafe and Restaurant

South Perth

Carmen dined on Tue, 13th Oct 2015 (7)

Nice enough venue. Lovely coffee and cakes. We went for dinner and had mixed responses. The pork belly was lovely and tender but we did not like the crackling and soggy coleslaw type of salad. Snapper was ok, but again a strange kind of gravy style glazing and no crispy skin. The steak and mushroom sauce was a hit though.

Azure Restaurant

Mount Hawthorn

Carmen dined on Thu, 8th Oct 2015 (6)

It is a nice enough venue. The food was a little of a hit and miss. The gnocchi are lovely and so was the peanut butter dessert.

The Trustee Bar & Bistro

Perth CBD

Carmen dined on Sat, 3rd Oct 2015 (10)

A wonderful venue. They are doing everything right.

Lamont's Bishop's House

Perth CBD

Carmen dined on Thu, 17th Sep 2015 (8)

It is a lovely venue but the food is grossly overpriced. Nothing special at all. Service was immaculate.

Dusit Thai

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Tue, 15th Sep 2015 (7)

A lovely place. A little on the pricey side.

Firewater Grille

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 26th Aug 2015 (9)

A chic venue with good service. The buffet food was lovely presented and good value for $29.95.

Sen5es

Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 1st Aug 2015 (8)

Lovely :)

Chiquis Tapas

Leederville

Carmen dined on Wed, 22nd Jul 2015 (4)

This place has the loveliest service. Such friendly staff but the food was sooooooo bland. No flavour or taste at all. Sorry, we didn't want to give it such a bad review but there was no way around it :(

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen

Perth

Carmen dined on Tue, 14th Jul 2015 (9)

All dishes have been well prepared and presented. Friendly and efficient service. All round a satisfying experience.

6101 Tapas & Meze

Victoria Park

Carmen dined on Wed, 17th Jun 2015 (10)

This place never fails to impress. Great food, good service and all at a very reasonable price. What more can you ask for? We certainly will be returning.

Hippo Creek African Grill

Hillarys

Carmen dined on Tue, 16th Jun 2015 (8)

Again, we can't complain. The service was friendly and the food good :)

Hippo Creek African Grill

Hillarys

Carmen dined on Thu, 11th Jun 2015 (9)

We went with a group of eight and all enjoyed our meals. We had very good service. Can't complain!

6101 Tapas & Meze

Victoria Park

Carmen dined on Sun, 7th Jun 2015 (8)

Exceptional service ... a lovely charming little restaurant. Well worth a visit.

iLPASTO Italian Trattoria

East Perth

Carmen dined on Sun, 17th May 2015 (9)

A charming little place. We went with a group of ten and all of us enjoyed their meal. Good Italian fare served by friendly, competent waiters. Well worth a visit. Plenty of free parking right next to the restaurant.

Recipe Restaurant

East Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 13th May 2015 (6)

Overall a pleasant experience. Entrees a little too expensive for their size.

The Flour Factory

Perth CBD

Carmen dined on Wed, 6th May 2015 (7)

Got potential. Renovations are on the way. We mainly had 'Hot Dogs'. Innovative but a little on the dry side. The bread was lovely. By far the best are their desserts. The Panna Cotta was outstanding.

The Standard

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Sat, 25th Apr 2015 (10)

10/10 for food/venue/service/value for money. What a cool place. We went with 10 diners and all loved our food. Innovative Tapas style food. We will definitely back!

Villa D'Este

West Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 22nd Apr 2015 (10)

We can not fault this place. Always just perfect in every way.

Tamarind Cafe

Claremont

Carmen dined on Wed, 8th Apr 2015 (6)

It was an ok dining experience.

Big El's Latin American Fusion

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Thu, 2nd Apr 2015 (8)

Went with a group of eight. We all gave the: Food 7.5/10 ... good with room for improvement Service 8/10 ... lovely and helpful Atmosphere 5/10 ... just far too noisy. Nice decor though :)

Next Door @ No4

North Perth

Carmen dined on Sun, 29th Mar 2015 (9)

Impeccable service. The food was inventive and tasty. We went in a large group and had the chef's choice tasting plates. Large variety of share dishes. The owner/chef cures all of his meats on-side. Lovely unlimited sourdough and home made butter. I think they are on the right track.

Dux Cafe Restaurant

Como

Carmen dined on Sat, 21st Mar 2015 (10)

Wow, wow, wow. What a pleasant surprise. Outstanding preparation of food. Went with 9 foodies ... including one food blogger. Every dish was prepared with lots of care and attention do detail. Generous portions, reasonable priced and perfect service. What more could you ask for? I hope the Dux Restaurant won't change it's style. We will be back.

Hippo Creek African Grill

Hillarys

Carmen dined on Thu, 19th Mar 2015 (10)

A group of 9 enjoyed every morsel of food. All meals were well received. Very tasty and succulent meat/chicken dishes. Beautifully flavored and generous portions. A very happy bunch of diners will be back for sure!!!

Funtastico

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Sat, 7th Feb 2015 (10)

We ... all 23 of us ... had a fabulous evening. Generous portions of very well prepared food. You can't do wrong at this place.

Funtastico

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Sat, 7th Feb 2015 (10)

We ... all 23 of us ... had a fabulous evening. Generous portions of very well prepared food. You can't do wrong at this place.

Mediterrani

Ascot

Carmen dined on Sun, 30th Nov 2014 (10)

Wow, this restaurant ticks all the boxes. We went with 16 diners. Every single dish was beautifully presented, well cooked and generous in its portion size. The menu had a good selection of different kinds of food and all was very reasonable prized. The staff could not be more friendly and attentive ... just outstanding in their service. The restaurant is sectioned into three area. Indoor, alfresco patio and proper outside with views on gardens. Can't recommend this place enough. We certainly will be back.

Northbridge Food Co

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Sun, 16th Nov 2014 (10)

Fantastic service. Big open windows with views to the park give this place an alfresco feel. Good variety on the menu and generous portions. We went with 12 picky foodies and we all left happy diners. Can't fault this place.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 22nd Oct 2014 (7)

We have visited the restaurant now for the fourth time. Our last visit was on a 50%off deal. The food was received with mixed feelings. The chicken liver pate was really bad. No taste at all and almost tasted as if had been pureed raw. The dish was replaced for something else, no question asked. All serves are on the rather small size. The fish fillet on risotto was a very small serve for almost $40. Oysters again extremely small. If you had to pay $3.50 for each!! It also seems as if the desserts have shrunk in size ... but very good in taste. Overall we left a little disappointed when it comes to serving size and some execution of their dishes. The service and atmosphere was TOP NOTCH as ALWAYS. Very quirky bar tender with impeccable manners. We will be back because it is such a lovely venue. Hope the food picks up a little.

Blackbird

East Perth

Carmen dined on Tue, 14th Oct 2014 (10)

What can I say? ... one of the nicest places in Perth to go for a meal. I am an event organiser and frequently take groups of people to dine and wine. This place has NEVER disappointed. Immaculate service, great food, lovely surroundings and a good wine list. I take my hat off to the management of the Blackbird.

Q International Cuisine

East Perth

Carmen dined on Fri, 10th Oct 2014 (6)

We had a mixed experience. There is certainly room for improvement. Dips where too small for the price. Some of the meat was chewy and overcooked. Bread tasted stale. No pepper sauce with the fillet steak. The garlic Aioli was really sweet and tasted like bought from a cheap mayonnaise brand. Mushroom soup was really good. They really tried to please, but the food let them down on several fronts.

Haweli Indian Restaurant Northbridge

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Wed, 24th Sep 2014 (10)

Again, I have to say just outstanding!!! Do yourself a favour and visit this lovely restaurant. You won't regret it.

The Olive Tree Restaurant

West Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 13th Sep 2014 (10)

Can't fault this place. Food, service and ambiance are all spot on. Well done!!

Purl Bar

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Tue, 9th Sep 2014 (10)

Very well presented food. The service was impeccable. Nice ambiance.

Metro Indian Restaurant

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Thu, 28th Aug 2014 (10)

Brilliant food and service. We went with 10 people and every entree and main was just delicious. Really good food, atmosphere and very friendly service.

Bluewaters

Cottesloe

Carmen dined on Sun, 24th Aug 2014 (5)

The food tasted ok but small serves for the price. Very noisy premises. No tablecloth, carpets, window dressings or chair upholstery is absorbing the noise ... as in many Perth "Hip" places. Feels like you are eating in a canteen.You can't see the water from the restaurant. You are looking onto the road and are car park. Dhufish was slightly dry ... $55 for a serve. Sticky pork was good and so was the mash potatoes. Tiramisu terrible, dry and also no flavour. Went with 10 people. Won't be back.

Rumours Restaurant

Tuart Hill

Carmen dined on Tue, 19th Aug 2014 (10)

Very good all round. Large serves. Food is incredibly tasty. Brilliant service. We went with ten people. All of our food was perfect. Could not have been any better!!!

The Painted Bird Bar & Kitchen

Perth

Carmen dined on Tue, 12th Aug 2014 (7)

Lovely place with good food. Sadly the portions are a big let down. I had 4 small prawns with a smear of sauce and paid $21 for that entree.

Miss Maud Restaurant

Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 26th Jul 2014 (10)

Good food and lovely service. Well worth a visit.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Carmen dined on Fri, 25th Jul 2014 (10)

One of Perth best restaurants. Consistently good on all fronts. Very good food, stylish surroundings and perfect service.

Funtastico

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Wed, 16th Jul 2014 (10)

Very lovely meal and good service!

Sushia Izakaya Perth

Perth

Carmen dined on Tue, 1st Jul 2014 (10)

Lovely fresh food and very good service. An attractive venue.

George's Meze

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Sun, 22nd Jun 2014 (8)

The service was excellent. The food is good but far too small serves for the price. Big platters don't hide extremely small portions. Very disappointing.

Fat Dragon

Mount Lawley

Carmen dined on Thu, 5th Jun 2014 (10)

This is a lovely place. The service is very attentive and spot on. The food could not have been better. Went with a group of five and every entree and main course was superb. A must try are the crispy duck dumplings and the prawns in a buttery sauce. Just divine.

Lalla Rookh

Perth

Carmen dined on Sat, 24th May 2014 (2)

Very bad experience. I am an event organiser for a large social group and dine out often. The portion size of this restaurant ruin the whole evening. Don't bother going there. So many high quality venues around the area with far better value meals. Their main courses would hardly qualify as an entree size dish. $27 for 9 pieces of Ravioli??? ... and it went on. Smallest piece of fish we ever seen for a whopping $38. No thank you. Go to The Butterworth just across the road for far better food.

Bravo's

East Victoria Park

Carmen dined on Sun, 18th May 2014 (10)

Lovely food. Friendly service!

The Belasyse

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 14th May 2014 (9)

Food was tasty except a couple of dishes. Service was very friendly. Nice atmosphere.

Blackbird

East Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 2nd Apr 2014 (10)

Lovely setting near the little lake. Very attentive service. The food is always outstanding. We have been a few times and never had anything less than a perfect experience. Highly recommended.

Chik & Kent

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 26th Mar 2014 (10)

Very nice venue. Good lighting comfortable seating. Erika the waitress was very sweet. The food was very good, just a little too expensive. $30 for a little bowl of curry is too much.

Noble House Restaurant

Northbridge

Carmen dined on Wed, 26th Feb 2014 (10)

A very nice place. Superb food and excellent service. We will be back.

Butterworth Kitchen

Perth

Carmen dined on Wed, 19th Feb 2014 (10)

Beautiful food and very friendly service.

George's Meze

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Wed, 5th Feb 2014 (9)

Lovely food and very friendly service.

Three Five Three

Wembley

Carmen dined on Sun, 22nd Dec 2013 (10)

Lovely atmosphere and good food.

Funtastico

Subiaco

Carmen dined on Wed, 13th Nov 2013 (10)

Lovely evening

Dux Cafe Restaurant

Como

Carmen dined on Wed, 9th Oct 2013 (8)

Very crowded and loud. Food was good.

Bouchon Bistro

Wembley

Carmen dined on Fri, 20th Sep 2013 (10)

We went on a 50% off the food menu evening. The food and service was very good. A little on the pricey side. But then, Perth had become very expensive to dine out. Couldn't fault the food.

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