Western Australia’s capital city is starting to shed its slightly sleepy image and emerge as a city of exciting new bars and restaurants. Perth is full of the type of multicultural culinary delights you would expect from a city on the Pacific coast - you just need to know where to look.
Foodie Walking Tours
A foodie walking tour is a genius concept: Combine exercise (a known appetite-awakener) with tasty bites and you can abandon any guilt you might have about overindulging. Two Feet & a Heartbeat offer an evening “Small Bar Tour” that brings you through Perth’s emerging social scene, introducing you to three distinctive small bars, where you sample the complimentary food platter or beverage on offer at each venue. Local guides create a fun yet sophisticated atmosphere while giving an insider’s view of what is happening across the city.
Sample the Suburbs
Perth’s inner city suburbs are where much of the gastronomic action is happening. Beaufort and Walcott Streets in the exclusive enclave of Mount Lawley are lined with restaurants and bars, with standouts including the award-winning Must Winebar, where chef Russell Blaikie’s seasonally- based contemporary French menu is complemented by an extensive and enticing wine list. On the same street you’ll find the contemporary gastropub Five Bar, offering a rustic modern Australian menu, craft beers, and a constantly evolving wine list. For traditional Asian and Italian restaurants, go to Williams and Roe Streets in Northbridge, where you will also find hip bars and restaurants including Bivouac Canteen & Bar, with its exotic Greater Mediterranean-inspired dishes.
Indulge in East Perth
Arguably Western Australia’s finest restaurant, the award-winning Restaurant Amuse in East Perth radiates chic style and seductive ambience. Husband-and-wife team Hadleigh and Carolynne Troy present a nine-course dégustation menu meticulously crafted with creativity and panache. Delicacies including marron, orange & fennel pollen demonstrate remarkable technical prowess in their execution, as well as a focus on flavours. This is all complemented by a predominantly French and Australian wine list, which also displays faultless taste and knowledge.
Free Your Palate in Fremantle
A 25-minute drive from Perth, “Freo” is a delightful port city lined with early 19th-century Gold Rush-era buildings and radiating a relaxed, creative atmosphere. Wander around the harbour and stop at Kailis at Mews Road for the best fish and chips in town. Or you might prefer Little Creatures brewery, a buzzing spot serving such modern Australian fare as wood-fired pizzas and tasters of marinated octopus, kangaroo kebab with spicy tomato chutney, and sweet roasted corn cobs. Wash it down with one of the Little Creatures artisan ales brewed on the premises.