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Pony Express O

I've been exploring the local cafes here in Perth, and I've been quite pleased at how many truly excellent coffee places there are. We're very lucky to be staying directly across the street from Zekka, and it's my favorite, but I've been working in West Perth for the last week or so and have been visiting "Pony Express O" out there. It's tucked away in an old stable off a tiny laneway, not easy to find, but it rewards the effort.

I'd already tried and liked Epic in West Perth, but some of my co-workers recommended "Pony" so I checked it out. One of the features of this place is their "Slayer" machine, the smallest of the "Big 3" espresso machine manufacturers (La Marzocco, Synesso, and Slayer). I'm not usually impressed by cafe equipment, but it was fun checking out the hardware.

One of the fun features of the Slayer is that there's a mirror strip under the group heads that lets you see the bottom of the grou…

Harvest Restaurant

We visited Harvest Restaurant in North Freemantle this evening. It's a small place with an innovative french-influenced menu. They offer a six course degustation, but Debbie and I opted to order a la carte instead.

We started with Veal Crudo, basically a veal tartare, with various preparations of beetroot. There was lightly cooked young beetroot, slightly pickled baby beetroot, and a beetroot cake of some kind. The veal crudo was delicious, delicately spiced and cut coarsely enough to hold an interesting texture.

Our other starter was "lamb nuggets" which are their fanciful name for breaded and fried lamb brains. The breading had a complex spicing that nicely complimented the warm soft texture and mild flavor of the brains. Served on a bed of red cabbage braised with cumin, a sprinkling of dried grapes and a drizzle of muscadel. It was the best preparation of brains I've had in years.

My main was a continuation in the theme of lamb, a slow braised lamb neck served with…