Squid and Chips – Cicerello’s, Mandurah WA Oz

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There was time to do some sightseeing when Junk and Boom was down in Ozland. It has been quite a few years since we have been to Mandurah and with the rare sunny winter’s day, thought a day out at the marina will do the spirit some good.

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After checking out the marina, property prices and the leisure boats on sales, Boom felt peckish and wanted some squid from Cicerello’s, supposedly WA’s No1 Fish ‘N Chip restaurant. Not feeling hungry and knowing the portion size in Oz, suggested to Boom that if he were to get an order of squid with chips and some gravy, that should be enough for the 2 of us.

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Eating out in Oz sure is not cheap! Perhaps I did not take the currency exchange into consideration but a portion of Squid and Chips for AUD$15.80? They also get you on the drinks here. A bottle of Solo for close to AUD$4! Then again, Boom paid so I can’t really complain.

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Pics of the menu so you can see the price range.

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And the ordering area.

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As you can see, I was right about the portion. There were 10 squid rings in total but they were not great for the batter tend to fall off the rings when you bite them. Was not expecting the portion of coleslaw as it was not mentioned on the menu. Glad it was included as the coleslaw was fresh and crunchy with bits of red onion which we both loved.

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The highlight of this snack was the gravy! Rich, beefy and totally slurpable! Definitely not of the Bisto quality, this is truly good stuff! Even after dunking each and every chip we had as well as the squid rings in the gravy, we were left with close to half a bowl. Boom suggested I drink the gravy from the bowl. I thought better but wished instead that I have asked for a takeaway container to doggy bag the remaining gravy!

Cicerello’s
Unit 2/73 Mandurah Terrace
Mandurah WA 6210
Australia
+61 8 9535 9777

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Meatball Rice Box – Leon, Bankside

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Got off my lazy butt and took a walk to continue my forage for lunch. Headed out to the Bankside development again to give Leon a try.

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I have came across Leon quite a few times during my other gigs in Canary Wharf as well as in the Fleet Street area. Never thought to give it a try though they have quite an interesting breakfast menu. Was told by others that the food is good but portions are a bit small for the money.

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The format is basically a few savoury options where you can have with rice, as part of a salad or in a wrap. There is also a fridge area where you can pick up drinks and pre made salad if you are in a rush. The decor and seating looks pretty cosy I have to say.

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Been awhile since I had rice and I have always favoured brown rice. So it’s the Meatball Rice Box for me today. At £6.30, it’s slightly on the steep side.

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In all, I counted 6 meatballs and I really enjoyed them. Slightly on the lean side but they are nice and moist. The rich, tart and tangy tomato sauce goes very well with the brown rice and the yoghurt dressing gives a nice creamy touch. The coleslaw combined very well with the meatball, sauce and brown rice. It’s crunchy, slightly sweet and the ample mint and parsley was very refreshing. Perfect companion to the rich tomato sauce.

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Enjoyed this lunch, the portion was just right but could be slightly cheaper.

Leon
7 Canvey Street
The Blue Fin Building
London SE1 9AN

Chicken Lasagne – Theo’s Cafe, Sackler’s Studio Southwark

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Found this small cafe inside Sackler Studio while wandering around the office area. Sackler’s Studio is part of Shakespeare’s Globe Theater and the cafe can be accessed via Bear Gardens along Park Street.

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Theo’s Cafe serves breakfast and lunch as well as toasted sandwiches, snacks and cakes for your tea break. Today’s lunch choice included roast pollack, cottage pie, chicken lasagne and a chicken and mushroom pie. There is also a daily soup and a choice of salads. All mains comes with a choice of salads and starts from $5. I went with the chicken lasagne with the couscous, roast squash and feta salad as well as the coleslaw. The lasagne was £6.50 and I threw in a can of Coke, total was £8.

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Though I love pasta, I’m have never really been a lasagne fan. Not too sure why, perhaps most places serves a square of it which can look insubstantial for greedy Junk. But looks always deceived and I was stuffed to the brim after lunch today.

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First up the salads. The coleslaw was made with a combination of purple and regular cabbage with some sliced green beans throughout. The purple cabbage gave the salad a nice lilac shade which was visually pleasing but otherwise, it tastes like a normal coleslaw. The couscous, roasted squash and feta salad was something else. The combination of the sweet squash and the salty feta was a treat, would have been better if the squash and feta cubes were cut a tad smaller. As for the lasagne, it was pretty darn tasty! The tomato sauce was not too strong with the bechamel and cheese sauce taking center stage. The generous portions of spinach layered throughout helped to cut down the richness and using minced chicken made much more sense than beef in this case.

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I’ll definitely be back to try other lunch specials at Theo’s Cafe.

Theo’s Cafe
Sackler Studio
Bear Gardens off Park Street
Southwark
London SE1 9DT

Piri Piri Half Chicken – Pepe’s, Brick Lane

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Back in my other office at Brick Lane today and I bought along the last portion of my homemade “flied lice” for lunch. Was wondering what else I can get to add to it when one of my colleagues mentioned that the Tech Lead in my project practically camps out at Pepe’s everyday for lunch. Had to give it a try!

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Pepe’s looks like one of those franchise chains serving grilled chicken like Nando’s. The other franchise I’m aware of is Barcelo’s. All 3 professes to serve grilled chicken Portugese style with Pepe’s being the cheap and cheerful version.

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Decided to keep to the classics and ordered the original piri piri half chicken with a side of coleslaw. You get to decide the level of hotness you want your chicken to be. It ranges from Mild to Extra Hot but they also have Mango & Lime and Lemon & Herb for those of you who can’t take the heat. I think the chicken is partially cooked in an oven before placing on the grill after you ordered. During the grilling process is when your selected marinade is lashed on the chicken.

The half chicken was £5.99 while the coleslaw is 99p. At a total of £6.98, much more expensive than Sha Karahi’s offering but you get a bigger chicken at Pepe’s and definitely more affordable than Nando’s.

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A bit worried that since the chicken was precooked, it might be dry especially the breast but I worry too much. The chicken was nicely grilled with the distinctive smoky taste and the Hot marinade I asked for was not that hot at all. The 2 sauces provided – I think one is chilli while the other is herb and garlic – when combined, made a nice additional gravy like sauce to have your chicken with.

I’m pretty happy with my meal, much tastier than Nando’s and cheaper. Might try the fried version from Pepe’s next time.

Pepe’s Piri Piri
82 – 84 Brick Lane
London E1 6RL
0207 247 3636