Perth has one of the most exciting food scenes in the world.
From pub grub to posh nosh, there’s a dining option to suit every taste and budget in this amazing city. Perth actually has more eateries per capita than any other city in Australia, and this guide is designed to help you find a top spot to chow down.
It’s possible to eat your way across Europe without actually leaving Perth. Try the venerable Miss Maud Smorgasbord Restaurant for Swedish fare, and Brotzeit German Bier Bar and Restaurant for the flavours of Germany. Both are located in the CBD. Head to super-chic Bistro Guillaume at Crown Perth for fabulous French cuisine.
Tastes of Asia
Perth has no shortage of Thai restaurants, but one that’s unmissable is Long Chim. Located in the basement beneath COMO The Treasury hotel, this superb eatery serves up spicy Bangkok street food inspired fare in an industrial-chic setting. Essential spices are brought in from Thailand and mixed with the freshest local produce.
For must-try Malaysian, head for Ria Malay Kitchen in Leederville. Make a reservation well in advance (this place is always booked out). Nao Raman nails traditional Japanese noodles. You’ll find them in Hay Street in the CBD.
Steak and ribs in Perth
One of the hallmarks of Western Australian dining is quality beef, and the steak served in Perth is among the best in the world. Tony Roma’s steakhouse serves juicy prime beef which melts in the mouth. Tony Roma’s is also renowned for great ribs. Smoked to perfection and basted in barbecue sauce, the meat literally falls off the bone. Just be prepared for some sticky fingers!
With the Indian Ocean on its doorstep, Perth always serves up the freshest catch of the day. Tony Roma’s is a great option for seafood lovers. Try the pan-seared barracuda or the sea shrimp drizzled with tangy lemon juice and spicy black pepper.
With Greater Perth’s stretch of pristine coastline and glorious beaches, it’s no surprise that enjoying fresh fish and chips by the ocean is popular with locals and visitors alike. Some of the best places to get a fried fish feed include The Groper And His Wife at City Beach, Amberjacks at fabulous Cottesloe Beach, and Seacrest Fish and Chip Bar at Sorrento Beach.
Gourmet food and wine
Western Australia is home to nine wine growing regions, including renowned Margaret River and the Swan Valley — both of which also have very strong gourmet food scenes. Located just 25 minutes drive from the CBD, the Swan Valley is a must-visit for gourmands and wine lovers. Hire a car and follow the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail — a 32 kilometre route that will lead you to around 150 wine and gourmet food producers.
The Margaret River region is located about three hours’ drive south of Perth, and is home to huge number of vineyards, cellar doors and providores of every description. It’s doable as a day trip, but if you have the time, spending a couple of days immersing yourself in the tastes of the region is well worth it.
Pub grub and craft beer brewing
Perth has a vibrant pub scene and plenty of great pub grub on offer. Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub in the CBD is known for its traditional Irish stew, while the Grosvenor Hotel does upscale pub classics in a Victorian-era setting.
The city also has a strong local brewing tradition, and countless pubs and bars serve local favourites like Baskerville Feral White (brewed in the Swan Valley) and Little Creatures Pale Ale, which is produced in the historic city of Fremantle — just a stone’s throw south of Perth. ‘Freo’, as the locals call it, is generally credited as the birthplace of the Australian craft beer brewing movement. A visit to the Little Creatures Brewery is a must, along with the Sail and Anchor Hotel — where the country’s first craft brewery operated in the mid 1980s. Both are great places for a casual meal.
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