Perth Foodlogue 2: Sumo Salad, Koko Black and Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant

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I have always been a huge fan of Sumo Salad’s Grilled Chicken Caesar salad. Although Singapore now has a few braches of Sumo Salad, the taste is slightly different, because Aussie’s veges are fresher.

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My large Grilled Chicken Caesar salad cost AUD $10.95 while Mummy had a Fire Cracker Sumo Bowl  (AUD $10.45), which consists of grilled chicken, baby spinach, crunchy slaw, fresh tomato, red onion and coriander tossed with steamed brown rice, red and while quinoa with a soy and citrus dressing.

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In the afternoon, I met up with 2 girlfriends for afternoon tea at Koko Black, a chocolate salon which opened in 2003. There are now 9 branches in Victoria, Western Australia and Canberra. None in Sydney though.

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Koko Black is heaven for chocolate lovers, but do order with restraint. It can be diabetes inducing 🙂

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Desserts are petite so you can have more than one!

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Passers-by can watch the chocolatier handcrafting delicious little treats.

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The truffle menu.

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We ordered drinks, a chocolate platter and an afternoon tea set. The sweets fared much better than the savories.

Queen of Hearts afternoon tea set (AUD $42) is deceptively filling and enough for 2 to share.  2 drinks are included in the set and we had Koko Black’s signature traditional Belgian hot Chocolate. This hot chocolate must have fell from heaven. I have yet to come across a decadently rich hot chocolate like this.

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Alo had a Raspberry Iced Chocolate (AUD $8.50), a twist form the traditional iced chocolate.  Other flavors available are mocha and caramelized coconut. Vanilla ice cream is added to keep the drink cool and thick. Not a single piece of ice was in sight, which is good, because the drink will not become diluted. Yeah, I know, this drink is a bit pricy, but hey, Koko Black delivers!

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Our afternoon tea, served on a shaky 2 tier stand. Thumbs down for the faulty tableware. I am sure Koko Black can do better than this.

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On the bottom tier sits 2 different hot toasted sandwiches; I prefer the Pastrami, gruyere and seeded mustard butter over the Sundried tomato pesto, eggplant and bocconcini. The pumpkin and goats curd tart was rather bland.

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The top tier features:
Lemon curd tart
Vanilla Brulee Tart
Alice Lamington: delectable combination of sour cherry jam, cream, sponge and dark chocolate
White Chocolate Panna Cotta with raspberry coulis

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Belgian Spoil (AUD $14): A traditional chocolate platter consisting of:
Chocolate Alchemy Cake: Koko Black’s signature chocolate cake layered with chocolate cream and crunchy chocolate soil
Pralines
Florentines
Hazelnut Praline Delice: Gianduja mousse layered with dark chocolate crème, hazelnut dacquiose and a praline crisp
Chocolate ice cream

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Chocolate makes everything better and quality chocolate desserts complete me! Needless to say, we left the chocolate boutique with high blood sugar levels; but it has been worth every single bite and calorie.

Koko Black Claremont
Claremont Quarter, 23 St Quentin Avenue
Claremont WA 6010

I was craving for crabs so my Dear Daddy brought the family to Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant to satisfy my cravings.

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The restaurant serves steamboat buffet dinners at $39/pax. I thought the variety looks quite good.

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Crab meat and sweet corn soup (AUD $6.60) lacked flavor with only a small portion of chunky crab meat.  Sze Chuan Hot and Sour Soup (AUD $6.60) lacked dept and tasted flat.

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Golden Snow Crab (AUD $45/pound). I highly recommend Singapore tourists to try snow crabs in Perth. You can’t find snow crabs this fresh and at this price in Singapore. Golden snow crab is a direct translation from the name of this dish in Mandarin. Crabs are fried with salted egg yolk, giving making the crab look yellow, as if coated in gold.

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Sweet and succulent crab meat + salted egg yolk= WIN!

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Salted Steamed Chicken (AUD $23.80) flesh was a too dry, although it was soft and tender.

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Vermicelli with shredded duck and preserved vegetables (AUD $18.80) was average.

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Dragon Seafood Chinese Restaurant
108 James Street
Perth, Western Australia 6003

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