There are many different ways to get around a city on a night out. You can jump in a cab, hop some trains and busses or even burn some shoe rubber if you like, but all of them pale into drab insignificance when compared to the funky urbane chic that is the pedal driven rickshaw. This is what I found out when I was lucky enough to be invited along on the Leederville Food safari a couple of weeks ago. Ferrying guests between three of Leederville’s finest culinary establishments (Ria Malaysian Restaurant, Kitsch Bar and Foam Coffee Bar) on pedal powered rickshaws as part of a progressive dinner evening, the Leederville Food Safari is definitely one of Perth’s most quirky, unique and fun (not to mention delicious) nights out on the town.
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The start point for this urban gastronomic adventure is Ria Malaysian Restaurant just off Oxford St in the heart of happenin’ Leederville town. Meeting at 5:30pm we had a couple of drinks and a mixed platter of super tasty Malaysian starters before boarding the rickshaws and heading off down Oxford St to our next destination: Kitsch Bar.
Journey safely completed we settled into the trendy oriental-esque surrounds of Kitsch for some of their awesome cocktails and main course. Inspired by the vibrancy and raw, edgy appeal of Asian street cuisine, the food at Kitsch was a brilliant mix of dishes that blended a wonderful variety of flavours and textures with a pleasantly surprising level of spiciness (enough even to satisfy a craven chilli addict such as myself). The enamel serving plates added a nice street-foodesque edge to proceedings too. Special mention food wise must be given to the amazing corn fritters, the salty-and-crispy deliciousness of the pork belly and the unusual distinctness of the smoky, sweet beef curry. The cocktails also matched the food, both in their superb quality, uniqueness and level of spiciness. I had the spicy ginger beer and the tom yum themed drink (which also deserves special mention for getting me to actually enjoy something with Malibu in it, a drink I would not normally touch with a 10ft barge pole).
Last stop of the evening was Foam Coffee bar for a hot drink and something sweet to finish off the night. Being that the food at Kitsch was so lovely and in such plentiful supply I had very little room in my stomach left by this stage and thus went for a flat white and an earl grey macaron. Others in the group (who had been able to show a bit more restraint at dinner) went for peach crumble and one of the most brightly coloured cupcakes I’ve seen in a long time.
All things considered this was one of the most unique and enjoyable evenings I’ve had out in town for quite some time. The cost for this gastronomic escapade is $75 dollars per head (drinks not included), which when you consider the amount and quality of the food included is pretty awesome value. Add to that the novelty and fun of getting driven around by your own personal rickshaw chauffer and it’s a damned good deal indeed. It’s worth doing just to see the looks on peoples’ faces as you whizz past them in funky pedal powered style. I’ve now decided that, if it were an option, this is the only way I would choose to travel around town.
The Leederville Food Safari runs every Friday and Saturday night. For bookings or enquiries call (08) 9328 2998 or click here to visit their homepage.
Disclosure: I attended the Leederville Food Safari as a guest and not a paying customer.