Well it was my turn to be taken out for my dinner over the weekend for my birthday. My plus one and I are born just under a month apart, so there is a lot of good eating this time of the year. For my dinner we went to Duende in Leederville. Unbeknownst to my plus one the cuisine was very similar to were I took him He didn't realise until we had been seated and given the menus. He felt a bit bad since we love to use this opportunity to try out new places and new cuisine. It will just be another part of our story, so I am ok with that.
The restaurant is an odd shape since it sits on a tight corner. A bar is in the centre of the room with the seating around the outside. The setting was more relaxed than Pata Negra with some spots at the bar and a few out the front. But it was a little too chilly to be outside. It was a Sunday night but the place was pretty busy. Duende has a great, friendly and lively atmosphere.
My plus one had a liqor 43 cocktail - $17
I had a summer cup - $17
Very pretty colours
We ordered our food in one hit, except for desert, and it all came out in such a rush we barely had time to clear one plate so they could take it away to make room for another. It was a little over whelming but we still had enough time to enjoy each dish.
Baby eggplant, pepperonatta and haloumi - $15
Sweetcorn and manchego croquettes - $14
Grilled chorizo with lemon and bread - $12
Beef cheek, cauliflower and pedro ximenez (white is a type of grape) - $22
Honeyed pumpkin, sumac and minted yoghurt - $14
Pork belly, braised fennel and orange glaze - $20
Then after a short break we decided to order some hot drinks and dessert.
He had doughnut balls and condensed milk ice cream - $14
I had flourless chocolate cake, orange and hazelnuts - $14
After dessert we headed out to wander a little to settle our stomachs, which had survived a fast onslaught of food. We wandered down the road to the Oxford Street book store. I love visiting the independent bookstores. They always have something quirky in store. After that we walked across the road to Fruity Tutti, a self serve frozen yoghurt shop.
This is my creation.
We probably didn't need anymore food, since we had dessert a the restaurant, by I love frozen yogurt and it was a perfect end to the night.
Duende was a great little restaurant and although I wouldn't consider it romantic by any means, it would be a great little place to catch up with friends and the pricesare really good and quality of the food was amazing.
Until next time.
Love, love Elle.