With more creative menus on the board, Western Australia’s breezy capital is evolving into a deliciously vibrant culinary hot spot.
Until recently, Perth’s relative remoteness meant eating out tended to be an expensive affair. All that is changing. With Western Australia’s economy picking up, Perth’s food scene is shifting, with more innovative, mid-tier eateries opening up and narrowing the gap between casual bistros and top-end restaurants.
All things considered, Perth already enjoys a buffet of advantages. Its multi-ethnic culture, warm climate and proximity to the sea lend itself to a delectable dining scene. You can tuck into homestyle ethnic fare, sip a cup of freshly brewed coffee with the sun warming your face, or linger over an al fresco dinner of freshly caught seafood by the river.
And if eat.Drink.Perth, the city’s biggest food festival, is any indication, Perth has plenty to serve up. Here, we list some of best tables in the city for good, honest food.
Twilight Hawkers Market
On the menu: A melting pot of ethnic dishes, from north African shak shuka (eggs cooked in spicy tomato sauce), Moroccan tagine, to Persian kebab koobideh (barbecued spiced minced beef skewers). Open only on Fridays from October to April, it offers over 30 pop-up kitchens.
Good to eat: Polish national dish pierogi – a crescentshaped dumpling of potato, ground meat or cheese; also, takoyaki (octopus balls), tasty dumpling snacks with a chewy centre of seafood nuggets, served with okonomiyaki sauce.
Forrest Place, Perth Central Business District
On the menu: Modern Australian. Perched on the 33rd floor, it is the only revolving restaurant overlooking the city. Weekday lunch is a steal at AUD$53 for three courses.
Good to eat: Butter poached Manjimup marron (local crayfish) tail with squid ink linguine; Margaret River Wagyu beef sirloin; and signature potato gnocchi with spinach and gorgonzola cream sauce.
44 St Georges Terrace / +61 8 9220 8333
On the menu: The award-winning restaurant’s innovative 10-course degustation menu (AUD$130 without drinks) features fresh local ingredients. Secure reservations early as Amuse is often booked two months in advance.
Good to eat: Local venison with wattle seeds and rustleberry (a raspberry and blackberry hybrid) coulis. Finger food to die for: the marron, avocado and saltbush starter.
64 Bronte Street / +61 8 89325 4900
On the menu: Seafood galore! From dhufish (which has a strict catch limit), blue manna crab, to Rottnest island scallops, you name it, this Perth fine dining institution has it.
Good to eat: Fresh Geraldton dhufish, simply grilled. Sweet and flaky-fleshed, it’s reputed to be Australia’s best table fish. Also try slow roasted Muscovy duck Maryland with porcini mushroom and sage risotto.
85 The South Perth Esplanade / +61 8 9474 3030
On the menu: Italian bistro fare.
Good to eat: Slow roasted pork belly on a bed of mashed potatoes and spinach with red wine sauce – the skin’s nicely crisp, the meat not too fatty, the sauce a good complement. The Bistecca alla Griglia – a 300g fillet with baby spinach and roast potatoes also hits the spot. The place draws a crowd on Tuesday nights (usually a quiet weeknight), which speaks volumes about its food.
150 Bennett Street /+61 8 9220 9560
The Heritage Brasserie
On the menu: Hearty French brasserie meals at reasonable prices. What’s more, its 1920s speakeasy basement bar, Bobèche, opens from 4pm.
Good to eat: Twice-baked Gruyère soufflé, white tomato, haloumi and basil – this melting frommage is satisfying comfort food. The wine list is also extensive.
131 St Georges Terrace /+61 8 9226 5596
Perth City Farm Café
On the menu: Wholesome, organic farm-to-plate meals. The café is a weekday oasis amid the city hubbub and overlooks the farm’s permaculture vegetables and herbs.
Good to eat: Owner-chef Ayla Dare-collard suggests soft boiled eggs with buttered toast ‘soldiers’ and dukkah. Or pick up some freshly baked focaccia, muffins and brownies.
1 City Farm Place / +61 4185 94408
Smart Design, Stylish Living
Raising the benchmark for short- and long-term accommodation in Perth, Fraser Suites Perth raises hospitality to an art form.
With breath-taking views, standout facilities and situated on the fringe of Perth’s Central Business District, Fraser Suites Perth provides luxury accommodation for both business and leisure travellers.
Soaring above Adelaide Terrace and well-appointed with elegant interiors and tasteful finishes, Fraser Suites Perth offers 236 Gold-Standard studio and one-bedroom residences that are designed for comfort and practicality. Guests may choose from a selection of innovatively configured residences that offer a ‘dual key’ system, which enables a studio and adjoining one-bedroom suite to be combined to create a two-bedroom residence – ideal for families and longstay residents looking for more spacious accommodations.
Complementing the flexible living is a host of world-class facilities, including a 24-hour gym, pool, sauna and stylish, integrated dining, kitchen and living areas that are fully furnished to cater to your needs, offering everything from a state-of-the art entertainment system to exclusive Peter Roth Thomas bath amenities. The pampering experience extends to the exterior, where guests may enjoy a relaxing stroll amid an elegant canopy with soothing, cascading ponds.
Another hallmark of Fraser Suites Perth is its proximity to numerous places. It is close to prestigious offices, key financial businesses, entertainment venues, the famous WACA (Western Australia Association Cricket ground), Langley Park and the tranquil Swan River. Thanks to its convenient location within the Free-Transit Zone, guests can hop on and off buses at no extra charge. Explore the nearby Perth Convention Exhibition Centre and Burswood Entertainment Complex, or for more leisurely pursuits, hop over to Rottnest Island or discover the scenic Margaret River region, just 280km south of Perth.