James Paxman

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The Henley Brook

Henley Brook

James dined on Sat, 10th Nov 2018 (8)

The Henley Brook always looks busy when I drive past so thought I’d book in to see what it was like. It has a great family atmosphere and relaxed feel. There’s something for everyone on the menu if you like a pub inspired food with a country charm. Food will take awhile to get out though as it was a 1 hr wait for food. Overall a pleasant experience

Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth


James dined on Sun, 26th Aug 2018 (9)

We tried the Melbourne Rockpool and loved it so we thought to give the Perth Rockpool a try for a special occasion. As it was a special occasion birthday I did mentioned this when I booked and was pleased to hear the maitre de wish them a happy birthday upon greeting us and showing us to table. All of the service staff were polite and professional and after being overwhelmed with the wine menu, the sommelier provided some helpful suggestions. We considered the $55 lunch special, but the menu didn't overly appeal and we fancied having what Rockpool are known for which is steak. Knowing how big the serves are we skipped entree and ordered a T-bone steak for 2. I did see it on the online menu but not on the printed menu and had to ask if it was still available. Steak was expertly cooked to medium rare as ordered and the service staff did check that it was cooked to our liking. The sides of mushy peas, baby carrots in Bourbon sauce and mashed potatoes where all excellent accompaniments. We were too full to order desert, but did appreciate the complimentary piece of cake for the birthday girl. Overall, it lived up to our expectations. It is an expensive outing and there are cheaper options within the Crown Perth complex, but if you feel like a perfect steak, it is the place to go.

Wild Swan at Mandoon Estate


James dined on Sat, 14th Apr 2018 (9)

Lovely romantic dinner at Wild Swan. Small menu but very well executed with well presented dishes and matching wines and friendly prompt service.

Fillaudeau's Cafe Restaurant


James dined on Sat, 3rd Mar 2018 (10)

Took a friend who wasn’t sure what to expect and loved every moment of it

The Old Fig Tree


James dined on Sat, 3rd Feb 2018 (8)

Great food and service, food came out very quickly with friendly and efficient service. The Sticky Date Cheesecake is a must!

Homestead Brewery


James dined on Wed, 27th Dec 2017 (9)

Mandoon is always busy, booking is a must; but always worth a visit with good food, great views of the vineyard and some decent local brews.

The Old Fig Tree


James dined on Fri, 6th Oct 2017 (10)

It was our first visit and enjoyed the relaxed casual atmosphere, yummy food and good service. The starlights under the fig tree canopy was since touch.

Fillaudeau's Cafe Restaurant


James dined on Sun, 27th Sep 2015 (8)

This was our 4th visit and happy to see the constituency of food and service quality. The outlook is as pleasant as always and the opportunity to use food voucher from the Pinelli cellar door is a welcome addition. Food seem to take a little longer to get out of the kitchen then normal but wasn't disappointed with the quality. Can see why it is well awarded by the locals.