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Not Quite Nigella Competition & Our Perth Winter Bucket List

WIN! With Not Quite Nigella & Checked In

Tell us in 25 words or less, where you would most like to dine in Australia and why for your chance to win a 3 night stay at any Adina Apartment Hotel in Australia or New Zealand!

Competition closes 18 July 2017, see terms and conditions here.

See what Not Quite Nigella thought of Perth's foodie scene here!

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Not Quite Nigella's Top Places to Eat in Perth


1. Doric Street Kitchen, Scarborough

The town of Scarborough is home to Doric Street Kitchen & Bar, an on trend cafe that serves up Instagrammable and delicious cafe style food and a plethora of colourful, delicious cakes. People love the mix of juices, Korean style lunch offerings (eg flavour packed ramen, kimchi burgers, bibimbap) as well as Mod Oz items like their house baked granola or a fantastic beetroot cured salmon bruschetta with lemon ricotta, asparagus and fennel salad and two perfectly poached eggs. Save room for a cake paired with a matcha or turmeric latte-the hardest question will be which cake to order. It gets busy here so try and visit outside of peak hours.


2. Lalla Rookh, Perth CBD

Lalla Rookh sits on St Georges Terrace, one of the main thoroughfares of Perth's CBD. The food is perfectly turned out Italian. It's hard to go wrong with a menu that includes grilled octopus, squid ink aioli, kipfler or ox tongue, marjoram, oregano and lemon or a perfectly textured tuna, pickled fennel, pomegranate, orange. The service is easy going yet attentive and it's the sort of place that you wish would open up in your city.


3. The Raw Kitchen, Fremantle

The raw food movement is in full force at The Raw Kitchen in Fremantle or Freo as everyone calls it. And a bonus for those with sensitive tummies: everything is vegan, dairy free and gluten free too. It's a wonder how they get the food so tasty without all the other things. There is an extensive drinks menu with kombuchas, smoothies and all sorts of tea and coffees to mezze plates with great dips to a big bowl of yellow curry with tempeh and quinoa. It sounds a bit inaccessible to those that aren't vegan but once you dip a spoon in you may just eat your words as we did.


4. Petition Kitchen, Perth CBD

Petition Kitchen is one way Perth does fine dining but with a casual style. You're best to be armed with a booking-the restaurant is spacious but even on a Sunday night it is busy. If you threw a dart anywhere on the menu you'll land on something tasty whether it be their version of a beef tartare with organic beef, harissa chips (genius!) and sour cream or their signature dish featuring of all things broccoli. It's paired with a multitude of crunchy nutty grains, walnuts and sheep's feta. Or get everyone together to share the roasted pork knuckle, black vinegar, cavalo nero and buckwheat or the beef short rib with fermented chilli and a spiralised carrot salad. It's a triumph of the softest beef short rib!


5. Measure Dessert Bar, Mount Lawley

It's early days yet for Measure Dessert bar by ex MasterChef Karmen Lu. So far it has proved very popular with Perth locals-if you don't have a booking you'll be shown to the bar stools where there is a shorter menu and an extensive cocktail list. The elaborate desserts are beautiful but may need a couple of minor adjustments. The best thing we ate were the salted gula melaka beignets, unassuming little rectangles made using coconut flour-it's impossible to stop at one.


6. Bread in Common, Fremantle

Although the name suggests that it is a bakery, Bread in Common is a lot more than that. It really shines during lunch and dinner while breakfast is a smaller affair. The lunch and dinner menu is replete with “Ooh I want to order that” sort of dishes. Whatever you do start with the bread. It is $2 a person and is unlimited and you'll get a selection of their daily loaves. Don't worry gluten free eaters have a very tasty substitute of seeded crackers. The best thing to order with these is the ricotta dip with fresh WA black truffle on top and honey. You'll think you've died and gone to bread heaven (that's definitely a place too).


7. Toastface Grillah, Perth CBD

Turn a sad commuter face into a happy one with a grilled toasted sandwich. For a touch of Melbourne laneway in Perth's CBD you really need to know where to look for Toastface Grillah as it is hidden down a little one way alleyway. And once you find it you'll find a crowd of people waiting for juices, morning coffee or one of their dozen toasties on offer. The classic three cheese toastie with cheddar, emmenthel and gruyere is called Trillacheese while the Buon Rapper Tito has a bit of everything from coppa prosciutto,casalinga salami, mortadella, provolone, red onion, roasted eggplant, tomato paste and Italian herbs.

Checked In's Guide to Perth this Winter

The team here at Checked In have recently been obsessing over Perth. It is here that you can unleash your inner foodie, make friends with a quokka and discover the joy of winter days in beachside ‘burbs. Here is a list of our favourite things to do in Perth this Winter!


Find the freshest foods at the markets

Every Saturday, the Perth City Farmers Market brings growers selling organic, bio-dynamic, and ethically farmed produce to East Perth. The markets are all about sustainability and – in addition to the produce – offer hands-on gardening and cooking workshops for all ages. Winter in Perth is the perfect season for apples, oranges, bananas and avocados. Yum.


Explore street art in the city

While it may be lesser-known than Melbourne’s laneway scene, Perth's street art is among the best in Australia. Northbridge, Highgate and Leederville are all street art hotspots and there are plenty of hidden laneway pieces all around the city. Follow the Streets of Perth map to find the picks of the bunch.


While away an afternoon at a winery

Take the easy 25 minute drive out of the city to the start of the award winning Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail. It winds its way through 32 kilometres of country side bursting with cellar doors, paddock to plate restaurants and quaint boutiques, all ready for you to explore. One of the most tranquil and picturesque spots in the valley is RiverBank Estate, which we highly recommend for a long lunch with perfectly matched wines.

From where you'd rather be.... 🍽🍷😌 #nofilter

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Eat your way down Beaufort Street

Beaufort St in Mount Lawley is home to some of Perth's best foodie hot spots. From wine bars to breakfast haunts, late night diners and health-focused cafes, the strip is sure to satisfy any craving. A little further along you’ll find Northbridge, complete with a whole new selection of places to sink your teeth into.


Walk your way around Kings Park

Take in history and culture while you walk under the winter sun in beautiful Kings Park. The park is home to 319 species of native plants and is an Aboriginal sacred site. There are 8 trails you can follow, ranging from 15 minutes to over an hour.

Travel Secret: According to Aboriginal history, a mythical serpent, the Wagyl, is said to have entered the ground near Kings Park and emerged at the foot of Mt Eliza to create the beautiful Swan River.


Talk to the animals

Perth Zoo is home to more than 1200 animals from around the world. Book into one of the Eye to Eye Encounters to feed a giraffe, meet a Galapagos Tortoise or be a Zoo Keeper for a day.

Tiger selfie 😍😍😍 #favanimal #tiger #perthzoo #selfie #love #poser

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Go gaga over quokkas on Rottnest Island

Getting a selfie with a quokka has become a must-do for anyone visiting Rottnest Island and once you see how cute these little furballs are, you’ll understand why. Jump on a ferry and spend a day exploring all the island has to offer, including bike rides, walking trails, great fishing spots, world class snorkelling and of course the chance to get up close and personal with a quokka or two.


Get sand between your toes

Perth's beaches are impeccable, offering everything from great surf breaks to sublime snorkelling spots. While the water may be colder in winter, the good news is you’ll have giant patches of sand all to yourself. For a full day of fun, head to Scarborough where you'll find a great strip of cafes, restaurants, parkland, playgrounds and of course the beach itself. If you're after a family friendly option, Port Beach is free from crashing waves. Got a furry friend to bring along? Grant St Beach allows off-leash dogs so they can play too.


Explore Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay is fast-becoming the centre of the Perth social scene, with restaurants, a water park, public art and a playground located on the Swan River. At night there are special lighting features and events which take place throughout the winter, kicking off with the WA Day Festival on the first weekend in June.

Winter fun with the kids in the city ❄️

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Taste the best brews in Fremantle

In 1984, the Matilda Bay Brewing Company launched as Australia's first craft brewery in the Sail & Anchor pub in Fremantle. Since then, the port town has become a beacon of craft beer and is now also home to The Monk Brewery and Little Creatures, making it the perfect place to taste a couple of specialty brews fresh from the tap.

Round 1 🍻

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