Mar 27th

Dejaxo Artisan Bakery - Carine Centra

By Buggybuddys

Review by Holly Clark.

Situated among the many shops outside the Carine Glades Shopping Centre is the new Dejaxo Artisan Bakery - Carine Central. Dejaxo Carine's atmosphere inside the cafe is warm and inviting, well-lit and decorated with lots of wooden furnishings and greenery.

The cafe was busy with lots of happy, chatting patrons. On arrival, while waiting to be served, we were greeted by the manageress and made to feel welcome. The staff were all friendly, and the service was fast. We'd barely sat down to wait for our order before they called us up.

We grabbed a takeaway latte for me, a glass of water for Little Miss, and a chocolate mud cake topped with a strawberry to share. The coffee was perfect, the same delicious blend they use at the original Dejaxo. The mudcake was coated in a chocolate ganache with a chocolate base, and was dense and moist. The two went together perfectly. The cake was half gobbled up before we remembered we should have taken a photograph!

As it is their first week open, cabinet options were a little limited. But, with lots of space to fill, I'm sure they will soon be packed with just as many fresh bakery treats as Dejaxo Mount Hawthorn. Otherwise, Dejaxo Carine also serves a similar menu from their kitchen. I think kids would enjoy the pancakes or the dejaffles, milkshakes or smoothies. Babycinos and hot chocolates are also available.

A new addition to this Dejaxo is dinners! These will be available from Thursday evening through Sunday evening. 

Like the original Dejaxo in Mount Hawthorn, this Dejaxo also has a kids area outside, albeit a little smaller to fit within the space available. This is located to the side of the cafe, just past the counter. It includes a table and chairs with some wooden puzzle toys, and a small chalk board for drawing.

Little Miss loved the puzzle toys especially. Outdoor chairs and tables are adjacent under the shady trees so that parents and carers can enjoy their coffee or meal while keeping an eye on their little ones.

Also like the original Dejaxo, this one also has highchairs available. We also spotted that there are slightly taller booster-style chairs kept inside in the same spot for younger children too old for a highchair. There is also space to park a pram or two inside, but there is probably more room to park outside.

Dejaxo Artisan Bakery Carine is located at Carine Glades Shopping Centre, Unit 1/8 Devallia Road, Duncraig. Dejaxo Artisan Bakery Carine is open from 7am to 5pm Monday to Wednesday, and 7am to 9pm Thursday to Sunday. www.facebook.com/dejaxo.carinecentral

Why not combine your visit to Dejaxo Carine with a visit to nearby Juniper Park or Carine Open Space? Juniper Park is a short walk away, accessible via Juniper Way or Rimu Place. Carine Open Space is across the street on Beach Road.

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Holly Clark  is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and baker of sweet treats, and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen. 
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Mar 26th

Smurfs: The Lost Village review

By Buggybuddys

Review by Holly Clark

Smurfs: The Lost Village begins with an introduction of who the Smurfs are. Every Smurf has a purpose, a job, something special that makes them who they are. But who is Smurfette? What is her purpose in life? She doesn't know, and she is determined to find out. 

Smurfette's friends Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy try to help lift her spirits by taking her smurfboarding. But in the middle of all the fun, Smurfette gets swept away on an air current which drops her close to the Forbidden Forest. Here, she has a chance encounter with a mysterious Smurf, who vanishes leaving their hat behind. The evil Gargarmel spies Smurfette and her friends in the forest and attempts to capture them all. He takes Smurfette back to his lair, and using the hat from the mysterious stranger, he manages to uncover the location of a lost Smurf Village. Gargarmel sees a chance to pounce and take the Smurfs of their magical power for himself. 

From here, the adventure takes off as bravehearted Smurfette and her friends race to beat Gargarmel to the Lost Smurf Village and warn him of his evil plans. Who are the mysterious Smurfs of the Lost Village, and will Smurfette find out who she really is? 



The movie is fast paced, full of action and adventure, and comedic moments both kids and adults will enjoy. There are some suspenseful, slightly darker scenes, and a big fight towards the end, but nothing that will scare the littler viewers. 

My little Miss loved the cute glow-bunnies and the dragonflies, and fell in love with the sweetness and bravery of Smurfette. She was a little upset at one point when she thought Smurfette had been hurt, but lit up when she knew she was okay. 

The Smurfs: The Lost Village looks like a movie the whole family will enjoy, from those of use who remember and loved the original carton to the littlest ones who are just meeting The Smurfs for the first time. You don't have to have seen the cartoon or the previous movies, as this movie will stand on its own and introduce new viewers to the Smurfs we all love, as well as some new ones such as Nosy Smurf, Paranoid Smurf, Smurf Blossom and Smurf Storm. 

The Smurfs: The Lost Village officially opens in cinemas on 6th April, just in time for the Easter School Holidays.

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Mar 24th

Affinity Cafe, Roleystone

By Buggybuddys

Review by Stephanie Rae

Affinity Cafe is located in the heart of Roleystone and is part of the Roleystone Recreation Centre. But fret not - you don't need to be a member to indulge.

All are welcome to enjoy the delicious menu in this very chilled, child friendly space. No need to get the active gear out.

Choose either indoor or outdoor seating where children are catered for with an outdoor play set as well as natures playground with plenty of space for little ones to roam. 

Indoors there are heaps of toys, activities and books for children to engage in at their leisure in a real home-style space. 

Enjoy a 5 Senses coffee or some delightful organic tea and indulge in a guilt free dessert the owners make on premises. They even offer an exquisite high tea just be sure to book in advance.

If you have time stop in for a freshly prepared meal for breakfast or lunch then take in the surrounds by the fire while your little one enjoys their own treats. 

Affinity caters for all dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan and it is consistently delicious and fresh and a favourite pit-stop for locals. 

Elaine and her husband who run Affinity are not only wonderful in the kitchen, but very welcoming and enjoy their cafe being filled with the sounds of children (believe me, mine were making many sounds and not even an eye-twitch from the gorgeous and patient owners!).

www.roleystonerec.com.au/affinity-cafe

Mon to Fri - 6:15am to 9pm
Sat and Sun - 8am to 3pm
Public Holidays - Closed

8 Wygonda Road
Roleystone WA 6111
9397:6538

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Mar 24th

Twelve of The Best Things to do at Whiteman Park

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By Amanda Carlin

Whiteman Park is not only home to many playgrounds, picnic spots and natural bushland, it’s also home to the biggest collection of transport heritage in Australia and many other things for the whole family to see and do. It’s one of the cheapest days out in Perth too. Here’s our guide to the twelve best things to do in this wonderful park in the Swan Valley.

Get Close to The Animals at Caversham Park        
Caversham Wildlife Park offers visitors a chance to get up close and hands on with over 200 species of animals, birds and reptiles, many of which are native to Australia. It’s a great spot to take international visitors. The Farm Show gives you a true blue Aussie experience - watch sheep being sheared, crack a stock whip, milk a cow, bottle feed a lamb, meet a stockman on horseback, swing a billy and watch sheep dogs mustering the sheep. In the Kangaroo enclosure you can hand feed the gorgeous marsupials. It’s a great day out for the whole family!
More on Caversham Wildlife Park here.

 

Splash About in the Water Playground
The free water play area at Whiteman Park is a top spot for the kids to cool off on a hot day. The water park is suitable for children aged 10 years and under. The paddling pool is 30cm deep and has fun water spouts that spray water! Soft-fall surrounds the pool for safety and there are shady shelters surrounding the area too.
More on the Water Playground here.

 

Explore The Motor Museum of WA
The Motor Museum of Western Australia is home to one of Australia’s largest collections of motor vehicles and motoring history memorabilia. Little motoring buffs will love seeing the old cars. The exhibit changes from time to time, but you may see Holdens, American muscle cars, racing cars and motorbikes, you’ll even find something a little bit fancy – like a Rolls Royce and Bentley! It’s expanding in 2017 doubling the museum area and collection in size.
More on the Motor Museum here.

 

Ride on Bennett Brook Railway 
Hop on board the steam or diesel train and be taken for a journey on the Bennett Brook Railway through Whiteman Park’s Banksia woodlands. It’s a fun ride for the whole family, especially little fans of Thomas the Tank Engine and Chuggington!
More on Bennett Brook Railway here.

 

Get Close to Nature at The Children’s Forrest     
The Children’s Forest is a community initiative aimed to teach children about revegetation and environment in Australia. This area of the park is fenced to keep it free from Kangaroos. Grab a list of  “50 things to do in the Children’s Forest” from the Visitor Centre and explore huts, bridges, stepping stones, hidden animals and much more for kids to spy along the way and mark of their list. The forest is located between the village and mussel pool and entry is free.
More on the Children’s Forrest here.

 

Use Your Pedal Power at Pedal Play Go Carts
Pedal Play is an energetic and fun way to explore Whiteman Park. There’s a Pedal Play go-kart to suit every family. Let the kids pedal around in a single go kart or grab a family kart and take the little ones for a cruise around the park. You can pop a trailer on the back for your esky too! Pedal around mussel pool, the Children’s Forest, across bridges and anywhere kart will take you around 14kms of paths, stopping for a picnic or to discover lookouts and playgrounds along the way.
More on Pedal Play here.

 

Play on The Village West Playground
The Village West Playground underwent a complete transformation with all new play equipment and shade sails in 2016. The fully fenced playground is a perfect park for sunny day with almost the entire park covered by shade. There are slides, swings, rope climbing frames as well as a few climbing walls and a balance rope bridge, making it fun for all ages.
More on the Village West playground here.

 

Enjoy a Family Tram Ride
Take your family for a ride on the heritage tram ride, which is the only place in Western Australia that you ride a genuine vintage electric tram. The tram departs in the village and takes you around to mussel pool via the paddocks. It’s a great way to see Whiteman Park from a different perspective.
More on the Tram ride here.

 

Create and Play With Clay Pottery
In the school holidays there’s “Play With Cay” pottery classes held at Whiteman Park. The children are showed into the pottery room where stations are set up and they each pick a ball of clay. On each table there are stamps, cutters and a selection of pottery examples that they can choose to make.
More on Play With Clay Pottery here.

 

Discover The Past at The Revolutions Transport Museum
Revolutions Transport Museum is an engaging exhibition that showcases the transport options that have been used across Western Australia over the many years from the early settlers to modern cars and busses. Kids of all ages will love exploring the museum - especially ones that have an obsession with wheels and tracks!
More on Revolutions Transport Museum here.

 

Eat at The Village Cafe   
The Village Café offers a range of dine in and take away food options - whether you need to grab a snack on the go, enjoy a weekend brunch or carvery. Even if you’re having a icnic, like a lot of families in Whiteman Park, that Village Café also sells Aussie BBQ packs that you can cook yourself on the park barbeques.
More on the Village Café here.

 

Watch the Tractor Parade
If your child is obsessed with machinery, they’ll love watching the monthly Tractor Parade, which features restored vintage tractors of WA’s agricultural past from the Tractor Museum of WA. It’s a great sight to see them tinkling, clanking and chugging their way through the Village Mall. The Tractor Parade takes place on the second Sunday of every month at 1pm.
More on the Tractor Parade here.

Have we missed your favourite family activity at Whiteman Park? Let us know in the comments below!

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Mar 23rd

Less is More 2017 – April 1

By Buggybuddys

For free family fun on April Fool’s Day, head to the Grove Library, Peppermint Grove where it will be transformed into a sustainable living hub inspiring the community to do more with less. 

The Western Metropolitan Regional Council will host the Less Is More Festival on Saturday April 1st and you would be a fool to miss it!

The free family-friendly festival brings the Perth community together by providing useful tips to reduce waste and live a more sustainable lifestyle. This year's highlights include a repair bike cafe, community bring-a-plate share lunch as well as interactive workshops and presentations.

Some of the hands-on workshops include how to make your own beeswax wraps, understanding fermentation, gardening advice, beer brewing, sewing your own reusable bags and much much more!

There will also be kids entertainment and craft activities with a focus on reusable materials.

All festival goers are encouraged to bring your own water bottles and coffee cups and contribute to making this a zero waste event.

The festival is on Saturday April 1st from 10am – 5pm at The Grove Library, 1 Leake Street, Peppermint Grove. More information is available at www.lessismorefestival.com

 
Mar 23rd

SALISA Horse Riding, Wanneroo

By Buggybuddys - Lorraine
Horse riding for kids is a gorgeous way to introduce your little ones to these beautiful animals.  But a word of warning!! Your kids may want one after this amazing experience at SALISA Riding School
 
SALISA offer pony rides during school holiday times and "little riders" lessons during term time at weekends only.
 
Pony Rides - School Holiday Program
  • 2 hours of fun activities both on and off the horse/pony
  • 3 x rides on the horse/pony including a long walk into the fields (your child can choose a horse/pony if its available
  • Grooming a horse
  • Playing horsey games and colouring-in competition
  • Leading the horse around the paddock
  • Feeding the horses
Costs are $15 per participant and places are limited to 12 children.  Recommended age is 3-8 years.
 
Upon arrival the kids get kitted out with a suitable safety helmet and must be wearing closed toe shoes. Your little one can then choose a horse/pony to ride for the first round of walking around the paddock.  The volunteers are brilliant at ensuring your child is happy and safe and the first ride around is done very slowly with someone leading the horse the whole time.
 
 
 
After a short walk around the paddock to get them used to the horse and sitting up in the saddle the kids get to have some horsey fun brushing the horses, playing games, sitting in the pretend saddles and colouring-in.
 
 
They also get a turn to lead the horse around the paddock around obstacles. Probably my daughters favourite part!
 
 
The kids then get to go back on the horses and many chose a different horse/pony to ride.  They go around the paddock again, this time walking over small logs.
 
By this time the horses are getting hungry so the kids get a chance to mix the horses feed and give them a huge bucket of their specially mixed food.
 
 
After all that hard work the kids are then back on the horses for their final and longer ride into the fields.
 
 
We then had lunch sitting next to a small playground complete with swings and picnic benches.  All in all a fantastic value for money activity to do with the kids in the school holidays!
 
Little Riders - term time at weekends only
 
The little riders sessions are offered during term time on a Saturday and Sunday morning and parents participation is required.
 
Kids will learn the basic skills of horse riding. Exercises are offered in a fun way of practising and enjoying a ride on a horse/pony.
 
Lessons include a one hour ride (parents leading their own child) and one hour of horse care and vaulting.
 
Recommended age is 4-10 years.  Costs:  $40 per lesson and a $50 membership fee for the year ( jan-dec.)
 
Lessons are offered on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis.
 
April School Holiday Lessons
Pony Rides 12th and 20th April 9am - 11am or 12pm - 2pm. Ages 2 - 12 years. Cost: $15
Little Riders 10th & 18th April 9am - 11am or 12pm - 2pm. Ages 4 - 10 years. Cost: $30
Horse Riding Day Camp 11th, 13th, 19th and 21st April. 8am - 4pm. Ages 6 - 14 years. Cost $150. 
 
For more Information please contact Sabine on sabinejamieson@yahoo.co.uk or 0450620760. SALISA Horse Riding is located at 36 Jambanis Road, Wanneroo. 
 
 

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Mar 23rd

Perth Night Noodle Market, Elizabeth Quay

By Buggybuddys

Review by Estabelle Ang

With all the colours, sounds and smells of an Asian hawker market plus the buzz, hype and vibe of a huge outdoor festival. The Night Noodle Markets is back complete with 20 food stalls, a selection of bars and nightly music, this year is set to another market not to miss.

We took advantage one cool evening to venture on down and see what all the hype was about, and also to sample that much talked about watermelon cake hailing all the way from Sydney. We decided to park the car at south perth and take the ferry across, which stops right smack bang at Elizabeth Quay itself. After you disembark, just look for the cloud of food-smoke and there you’ll find the Perth Night Noodle Market. Check out my top tips (end of the post) to help you plan your visit.

Ferrying into Elizabeth Quay
Ferrying into Elizabeth Quay

Elizabeth Quay
Elizabeth Quay


Entrance (bags will be checked)

With a whole selection of all sorts of cuisine from both local, inter-state and international food being represented, we were indeed spoilt for choice! From Bao Stop, Hoy Pinoy, N2 extreme gelato to Black Star pastry, there sure is something for everyone. New for this year is Eastern state favourite Gelato Messina.
Check out the amazing list of menu here.

The event is fully licenced and NO BYO alcohol is permitted. Bags are check upon entry. Once we entered, we could smell meat being char-grilled and oh boy it smelt amazing! With mouths watering, we queued up at Hoy Pinoy and got ourselves some chicken skewers. Although the queue seemed extremely long, it was fast moving. Rows and rows of skewers char-grilling constantly ensuring that everyone is well-fed.

Charcoal flames arising from Hoy Pinoy
Charcoal flames arising from Hoy Pinoy

Next, seeing the line for N2 extreme gelato and Black Star pastry was rather short, I seized the opportunity to grab the watermelon cake. I ain’t leaving till i try it and it did not disappoint. We also grabbed the creme brulee and cake smash gelato from N2 extreme gelato. Lip smackingly good.

Black Star Watermelon cake $9
Black Star Watermelon cake 

Next stop Bao Stop. Couldn’t decide on the trifecta (trio of traditional taiwanese buns stuffed with pork belly, peking duck and fried chicken) or the peking duck fries. Ah well, we grabbed them all. So so good.

Bao Stop Night Noodle Market

Armed with all our goodies, we then proceeded outside and sat on the benches (or grass) to fully savour our meal. It was such a amazing experience. Last year seating was very limited but this year the footprint of the event is bigger with lots more seating added. 

Night Noodle Market Perth

As the sun was setting, we got treated to some lion dance as well. Just like Chinese New Year!

The Night Noodle Market is on from the 22nd March until 2nd April

Top Tips:

  1. Park at south perth and catch the ferry (2 sections). You might be able to spot some dolphins.
  2. This year all the stalls take EFTPOS
  3. Bring a mat so you can sit outside on the grass as tables inside the market itself gets pretty packed.
  4. Don’t get put off by the long queues. They do move pretty quickly,
  5. If you can, grab the watermelon cake in a take away box first whilst everyone is lining up for mains. That way you can enjoy it after your dinner without the need to re-queue again.
  6. Pack your own water, especially for the kids. I’ve noticed not many stalls sell water.
  7. No BYO.
  8. Pack a jacket or cardigan as it cools down quite early.
  9. Head down early, enjoy yourself and soak in the atmosphere

Perth Night Noodle Market
Elizabeth Quay
Free Entry

Mon-Wed: 5-9pm
Thurs-Fri: 5-10pm
Sat: 4pm-10pm
Sun: 4pm-9pm

Find out more by visiting www.goodfoodmonth.com

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Mar 22nd

Scitech Birthday Party

By Buggybuddys Jennie

If you are looking for a fun interactive party where the adults have as much fun as the kids then make sure you check out the birthday parties on offer at Scitech!

 

Scitech parties are suitable for children aged 4 to 12 years and are 1.5 hours jam packed full of hands on science fun! Your party booking includes two entertaining party hosts, a private party room and unlimited free time to explore Scitech before and after the party session.

 

Scitech parties are great value at $25 per head (minimum 15 people). This includes entry for the invited child plus accompanying adult. Any additional adults and siblings over the age of 4 are charged at the child rate of $12.

I found that this was a party where the Dad was more than happy to bring along their child while mum enjoyed some kid free shopping time at neighbouring Water Town!

There are two styles of birthday party to choose from:
Science Workshop Party which consists of science show, hands-on workshop, allocated birthday cake time and a take home science activity.
Self-Catered Birthday Party which consists of a science show, allocated eating and birthday cake time and a take home science activity.

The party entertainment starts at allocated party time with an introduction from your party host. From my experience I would ask your guests to arrive 30 minutes before your allocated party time so that party guests can spend sometime together exploring Scitech and also to allow for any latecomers.

 

First up was the 30-minute Science Show where the party guests watched a range of engaging science experiments ranging from creating gooey slime to loud explosions! 

 

After the science show we were lead to our private party room to conduct our own science experiments. The first was a challenge to work in pairs to see who could create the tallest tower out of dried spaghetti pasta and marshmallows. 



The kids enjoyed the challenge and got quite competitive with each other. It was great to see all the interesting structures that were created.

 

The next task was big hit with all the kids as they got to make their own fizzy sherbet.  Each ingredient and the properties it had were explained to the kids as they added it.

 

By the end of the experiment we discovered that the saliva in your mouth causes the citric acid crystals to dissolve which in turn reacts with the bicarbonate of soda and produces carbon dioxide gas. The bubbles of carbon dioxide make the fizzy feeling on your tongue.

After all that experimentation it was time for cake. You can opt to bring along your own cake or Scitech can provide a Neapolitan ice cream cake for an additional $15. Candles, plates and utensiles are provided by Scitech.

 

After the party session you and your guests are free to spend time discovering Scitech. Miss 6 found that hanging out in a wind tunnel in your party dress was a lot of fun!

 

Birthday parties at Scitech are highly engaging, educational and packed full of fun. Many of the party guests stayed on after the party and enjoyed making their way around all the interactive exhibits on offer. The Jet Pack simulator seemed to be a big hit with a few of the parents!

You know your party has been a big hit when your child comes home from school the next day and says that everyone in her class wants their next birthday party at Scitech and that they would like to have their party at Scitech again next birthday because they really love science!

For more infomation about holding your child's next birthday at Scitech visit www.scitech.org.au

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Mar 21st

Pretty Princess Pamper Parties

By Buggybuddys

Review by Kelly Maloney

Does your little princess deserve a pamper? Let Pretty Princess Pamper Parties take care of it for you.

The ladies at Pretty Princess Pamper Parties have many wonderful options available to glam up your party and entertain the little lady in your life with hair curling, nail painting, manicures, pedicures, and relaxation.

Your host will arrive and set up for the party, providing beautiful bathrobes for the invitees and all the equipment for their spa experience.

Our princess had a glitz and glam party, which was a two hour party including robes to wear throughout the spa session, chair sashes for table set up, manicure lesson with hand soak, dress up props for fun photos, cucumber eyes, spa music, magazines to read, warm foot soaks, fingers and toes painted & hair curled or crimped.

There are numerous other options available including high teas, teen options and even a mum’s pamper party!!! All hosts are registered, insured and have working with children checks.

You can check out all the packages and options at http://www.prettyprincesspamperparties.com or look them up on facebook. 

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Mar 21st

Solo Pasta - Mount Lawley

By TheChefsWife

By Amanda Carlin

Solo Pasta is the new kid on the Beaufort Street strip. It’s not your traditional pasta joint at all. It brings to the dinner table a fresh and fun new concept of ordering “pasta by the metre”. I’d never really put that much thought into how much pasta, in length, that I ate! At Solo Pasta, their standard sized patsa dishes come in three metre serves, which is the average amount a person eats, if they laid out their pasta end to end!

The dining room is light and bright, overlooking the bustling Beaufort Street. The staff are very welcoming and friendly, happy to explain how idea behind the new restaurant works.

The menu is made up of share plates and pasta dishes, which are ordered in three steps.

  1. First you choose your type of pasta – classic, beetroot or spinach.
  2. Next choose your length of pasta, we chose the standard three metres. For those of us with big appetites, you have the option of adding extra pasta to your bowl for $4.50 per metre. Kids serves are two metres.
  3. Then you choose your sauce. There are options of tomato based sauces (like meatballs, bolognaise, chorizo and chilli and more), cream based (like carbonara, mushroom and more) and olive oil/jus based sauces.

To begin Chef and I shared the tender and tasty lemon pepper calamari, $14, served with aioli and a wedge of lemon.

There’s no kids menu at Solo Pasta. Children get to pick their pasta dish from the whole menu. They simply receive a smaller pasta serve of two metres. For $13 children also receive a soft drink and vanilla ice cream along with the pasta.

Little Chef chose the spaghetti and meatball dish, though he was also tempted by the yummy sounding chorizo pasta too. He absolutely loved his super long pasta, served in thick, flat strips. It was topped with the pork and kale meatballs and parmigiana reggiano. I loved that there was kale in his meatballs and he didn’t even notice!  Many of Solo Pasta's dishes have hidden veggies and their beetroot and spinach pastas are packed with nutrients too.

To keep little hands busy there’s fun pasta craft and colouring in to get creative with.

Little Chef really enjoyed making and decorating a dried pasta bracelet for me! There’s also plenty of textas and colouring sheets. This family friendly eatery has a bench for changing babies in the bathroom (or there’s room to take your stroller in there) and also high chairs for little ones.

I chose a Norwegian smoked salmon pasta dish, $22. My vibrant, fresh green spinach pasta was full of flavour, not like that dried spinach pasta you buy in the shops. The creamy pasta was full of flakes of salmon, roasted beetroot, parsley and roasted almonds. It was an interesting flavour combination that really worked. I loved it. I was just fine with my three metres of pasta. It sounds like such a huge amount, but it was a perfect serving.

Chef enjoyed the classic pasta with West Aussie fillet beef, capsicum, red chilli and parsley, $23. All the pasta was perfectly al dente and being freshly made, was full of flavour you just can’t get from dried pastas.

The desserts are made by Solo Pasta’s Pastry Chefs. Little Chef, proclaiming “there’s always room for dessert” devoured the French chocolate mousse, $9.90, topped with whipped cream.

I was feeling full, so just had a taste of Chef’s tasty slab of tiramisu, $9.90.

Solo Pasta is an innovative and welcome addition to Mount Lawley. The casual family friendly restaurant is excellent value for money, with friendly service and offering tasty pasta dishes, that the whole family will relish. Solo Pasta is well worth a visit.

Amanda and her family dined as guests of Solo Pasta, all opinions are her own.

Solo Pasta is found at 628 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley.

Amanda Carlin has her own blog - The Chef, His Wife and Their Perth-fect Life. The Chef's Wife LOVES to eat out in our beautiful city and discover new spots to dine. Amanda and Chef love tapas or something a little fancy for date night and with their son "Little Chef" in tow there's plenty of family friendly options too.

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