Saturday, 17 March 2012

Taste Test - Kitsch Bar

Tel: 9242 1229
Website: http://www.kitschbar.com.au/

Last night, Mr Jae, Mrs Jay and I left our partners to their own devices and went out for a much needed catch up. It has been almost a year since we caught up...just the three of us.  Mrs Jay suggested Kitsch as it was one of her "must try" restaurants on her never ending, always growing list of restaurants to try!! 


Just a tip for those of you who like me, forgets that Leederville does not only comprise of the strip of Oxford St between that of Vincent St and Leederville Parade...Kitsch Bar is not there, it's about a 5 minute walk from the Vincent St intersection...

Once we found it, we were impressed with the atmosphere - lights hanging off the tree, comfy and funky! The outdoor area looked so enticing to be part of but we were seated inside. As you enter the restaurant, you first pass the bar area and then a busy open kitchen...we were seated in the area opposite the kitchen. The decor on the wall is pretty cool, it was cosy and the seats comfy enough.



The menu at Kitsch spells no non-sense, there is not a large selection but everything on offer sounded very tasty.  The three of us decided to share. 

Our order:
Drinks
Moi - Red Rickshaw (rasberry and vanilla vodka, peach, cranberry) $12.50
Mr Jae - Kitsch gingerbeer (spicy) $12.50
Mrs Jay - Matso's mango beer $9.50
Food to share
Sesame prawn toast with ponzu sauce & Jap mayo $9.80
Deep fried salt & pepper tofu with hoi-sin peanut dipping sauce $8
Spiced corn fritters with green chilli coriander syrup $8.60
Coconut poached ocean trout salad with watermelon, green chilli & candies coconut $16.80
Sticky beef shin (whoops, can't remember the rest) $15.90 
Desserts
Red velvet cake with chilli ice cream $9.80
Fried pandan pancake and banana with ice cream x 2 $19.60 ($9.8 each)

Food and presentation - 4/5
Definitely one of the better medium priced restaurants I've been to in a while.  The food at Kitsch is Asian inspired (leaning more towards Thailand, Vietnam, etc), well presented (not fancy but funky) and very delicious.  The flavours dance in your mouth and leaves you wanting more!  The spiced corn fritters was my stand out dish - the green chilli coriander syrup was amazing!  I can't complain about any of our dishes because it was just yum...well actually I can complain...the servings are small.  If you are big eaters, you'll need to order a few more dishes.  

Sesame prawn toast with ponzu sauce & Jap mayo $9.80 and Deep fried salt & pepper tofu with hoi-sin peanut dipping sauce $8

Spiced corn fritters with green chilli coriander syrup $9.80
Coconut poached ocean trout salad with watermelon, green chilli & candied coconut $16.80
Sticky beef shin $15.90
My cocktail was served with a strip of sour, rainbow gummy tape which made it a breath of fresh air and Mr Jae was impressed with his gingerbeer with chilli. both of which was something a bit different for a Saturday night.

Red Rickshaw $12.50
Kitsch gingerbeer (spicy) $12.50
I know that everyone's taste buds are different and I can tell you that my taste buds didn't really enjoy dessert at Kitsch.  It wasn't bad, it wasn't good, it was just so.  The red velvet cake was a bit too sweet and the chilli ice cream isn't my cup of tea (Mr Jae and Mrs Jay didn't mind it though).  The fried pandan pancake was definitely different, the banana was just right and the ice cream was salty but the flavours somehow worked with each other, although I wasn't a huge fan.  For me, it was a bit of a downer to what was a magnificent meal.

Red velvet cake with chilli ice cream $9.80
Fried pandan pancake with banana and ice cream $9.80

Service - 3/5
They were quick to show us to our table but we waited quite a while before we were brought menus and water.  Our tea candle was not lit and they did not end up lighting it at all (all the other tables had their pretty tea light candles lit).  Service was a little slow but they were very busy and didn't seem to have enough staff.  However the wait staff were friendly and had a smile on their face when speaking to customers.  Water was not topped up unless asked and it was hard to get hold of a wait person.  We waited a long time for a wait person to get the bill, in the end I went up to ask for it whilst I was taking photos.

Unlit tea candle

Atmosphere - 4/5
Funky!  Decor is Asian inspired, the pictures they have up on the walls are mostly vintage Chinese or Japanese beer advertisements and they are pretty cool.  Seats aren't too comfy and it is very cosy, maybe a bit too cosy.  You can play hopscotch as you enter the restaurant or on your way out with the Chinese beer lady looking down at you. 
Wall art

Value for money - 4/5
We were full, we all had a drink and we paid $42 each.  Not bad considering the food satisfied the taste buds and it was enjoyed in a friendly, funky environment! 



Will definitely be back to try out the rest of the dishes.  Oh and they do cooking class! 

Taste Test Total Score 15/20
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2 comments:

  1. Awww where to next Ms Kay?~ xoxo Mrs Jay

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  2. I think you'll let me know where as usual! Miss Kay x

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