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A Progressive Lunch

Two weeks ago, one of the Wandering Gourmet members (DG) and I went for a progressive late lunch around Perth. I know, Progressive Lunches are so 70’s or 80’s, but they can be interesting. I guess what was more interesting was that DG had just come from a dental appointment which was a bit of a challenge!

First we headed off to Mooba Cafe which is on the corner of Cambridge Street and Jersey Street in Wembley as I heard that there was good coffee there. Yes, I know what my friend are all thinking – “You…. going….. for…. coffee?!?!?” This surprise is not unfounded seeing that I actually have jokingly threatened to ban coffee in my house and only have tea available. But since DG’s a coffee drinker, I figured why not let him figure out whether or not it really is good coffee or not.

Mooba isn’t an ordinary coffee shop in a shopping centre. It’s an open air coffee shop which poses problems for when it is windy and/or rainy, particularly since part of the place is not fully roofed just yet – this meant that there was a rather large pigeon on the uncovered pergola-like area which flew around. However, I can see that it would be a really nice place to hang out in the summer. Fortunately they had installed those clear plastic screens in an attempt to try and keep the wind out although I suppose it would defeat the purpose if part of the cafe was not covered!”

I ordered the Malabar Chai Tea and he ordered a Mocha with marshmallows…. and lots of hot water (as he still wasn’t feeling fantastic after the dental appointment). I can’t remember what the prices of them were, but I’ll assume the prices were both around the $3-$5 mark. For those who don’t know what Chai Tea is, it is a type of tea from the Malabar coast in India. It is a type of tea which contains cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, petals and other exotic tea ingredients.

When our drinks came out, DG was wondering where his marshmallows were. I suggested that perhaps they had put it inside the coffee to make it more sugary or melted since he was going to probably put his marshmallows in his coffee anyway. I hope I was right and they didn’t try to skimp on the marshmallows! 🙂 He gave the coffee a 6.5 out of 10 as it was not the most fantastic coffee he had ever had, but this might be because of the dental appointment that he had had.

He then asked me how my tea was. I said my Malabar Chai Tea was good – and it had better be good because if someone couldn’t figure out how to make tea from a tea bag we were in big trouble!

Next stop was Mt Lawley as I wanted to rent out some videos at Planet Video as my cousin was sleeping over. Planet Video is an awesome independent video rental shop where you can also buy movies, CD’s, Vinyls, tickets and more. You can find some bands that most people have not heard before in this shop as well, which makes it even more special.

We intended to head to the Leaf Cafe for tea (and possibly afternoon tea as well) but it was fully booked out. What a shame.

So we headed over to Swish n Chips for a late lunch or early dinner. Swish n Chips is a fish and chip shop and a seafood shop in one. They have specials from Monday to Thursday such as Teriyaki Tuesday. I’ve been to Swish n Chips before with a friend using a coupon from the Entertainment Book. Using the voucher, we had 1/2 Fish n Chips and a bowl of Chilli Mussels for $5 each.

This time I had some kind of Seafood Basket thing that was around $11 which had fish, chips, a crab stick, and other seafood goodies in it. DG had a Grilled Seafood Basket thing that was about $13, I think, which had fish, chips, two mussels and other grilled seafood in there.

DG gave his a 7.5 or 8 out of 10 for his order, but once again he said it could get more points if he hadn’t gone to the Dentists. What was amusing (for me at least) was that he was complaining that it took a while to chew his food because of the Dentists. What a workout!

What we both really liked about this place was that unlike most Fish and Chip places which have really greasy Fish and Chips, Swish n Chips’ Fish and Chips are not very greasy. I also like that this place has real salads and does different type of fish preparations such as sweet and sour, teriyaki fish, peri peri seasoned fish. We also thought this place was value for money because if we had bought our Fish and Chips at somewhere like Cicarello’s, it would have been way more expensive.