Perth sits on the edge of Australia, it feels like the edge of the world with the nearest large city Adelaide being 2,104km away. This adds to the charm, it is refreshingly laid back and there is much to do. Perth stretches along the coastline, and so it doesn’t feel big or overwhelming. As with other Australian cities that I have visited (Melbourne, Sydney), there is a thriving and exciting food culture here. It may be the most isolated city in the world, but it is attracting impressive culinary talent and there are many new restaurants and bars.
As with all my food research trips, everywhere is researched thoroughly and only the restaurants that I rate and that cut above the others make the list.
Enjoy! Perth is a fun city and there are lots of great places to eat.
Where to Eat
Go for the superb Kasundi goat chops with Iranian figs, stay for the cocktails. Great little spot. Buzzing.
A bar and restaurant with an interesting wine list (I had some excellent local natural wines there) and very good food. Plus there is a lovely outdoor garden at the back where you can eat and drink.
Shadow Wine Bar
I loved the crab spaghettini here and also exploring the wine list. Also open for weekend brunch.
Great contemporary cooking using local ingredients and a terrific wine list here and at the Petition Wine Bar in the same building.
The Perth outpost of David Thompson’s Thai restaurant group. I had high expectations (I loved my meal at Nahm in Bangkok a few years back) and had a terrific lunch there. Great cocktail list also. Booking recommended.
Ace grilled cheeses and interesting combinations. Fun spot with street art and outdoor seating in the back lanes of Perth.
Ramen noodles are made in house at the front of the restaurant, and gorgeous bowls of ramen too. The real deal.
Lot 20 is a bar that served good food, and has a large outside terrace. They occasionally have oyster specials, and the beef carpaccio was terrific. I loved the local cider here also.
Authentic Bites Dumpling House
Very good xiao long bao made fresh in house, and large queues for them. Go at 11.30am when they first open, I did and watched the queue snake along side from 11.45.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry and Noodle Bar
Inside an old launderette, Lucky Chan’s serves handmade dumplings, bao and ramen. I tried the soy chicken dumplings in tonkotsu, the pigs ears with paprika mayo and a bao. Very pleasant and a fun place.
Fortune Five Chinese Restaurant
Proper dim sum served from the trolley, a wide variety made in house. Very busy, grab a ticket, join the queue and indulge.
108 James St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia
Tuck Shop Café, Pie House and Delicatessen
Pies! Aussies love pies and they make them very well. Tuck Shop make very good ones. I had a curry pie, and highly recommend it.
This was my first taste of Czech honey cake and it kick started an obsession. You have to go try it. At State Buildings.
Sue Lewis Chocolatier
Sue previously worked with Paul A Young in London and produces similar excellent chocolates in Perth in State Buildings. Her upmarket rocky road and local gin truffles are very special.
Where to Stay in Perth, Australia
I loved my stay at The Alex. It is perfectly located in Northridge, a buzzing and up and coming part of town with lots of restaurants and bars. It is only a 10 minute walk from the central station for travels to Fremantle and other places. The design and feel is contemporary and smart, the rooms are very comfortable and there are large communal areas and an (excellent) honesty bar, making this a perfect spot for social travellers. There is a wonderful roof terrace and bicycles available free for guests who want to explore further. Highly recommended.
I travelled to Western Australia with Tourism Western Australia, who sponsored this project. I flew with Qatar Airways, who fly daily to Perth from 4 UK airports. As always, I have complete editorial control.