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Perth's laid back eats

Written by Max Brearley

November 2017

From Australian firsts, to neighbourhood favourites, you won't go hungry in Perth.

I've been covering the Perth food scene as a food writer and critic for nearly 5 years. When I arrived from London the city was starting to break away from a reputation as a culinary backwater. Now it's scene is positively burgeoning, drawing in young talent from the eastern states and big international names choosing to make landfall in WA before heading elsewhere. There's a mix of culinary styles at play, but all have Perth's sense that laid-back is best.

Long Chim at The State Buildings
Long Chim, the State Buildings, Perth

Long Chim

David Thompson is amongst the chefs listed against the World's 50 Best Restaurants List for his Bangkok fine diner, Nahm. An Aussie with a formidable record he also has Long Chim, his love letter to Bangkok street food. The original started life in Singapore but made first landfall in Australia, at the State Buildings. For a time it was the hottest restaurant in Australia (figuratively and possibly literally with Thompson's propensity for heat). Perfect for shared dining it's sociable and delicious. I love to skirt danger with the Chiang Mai Larp (it comes with heat warnings).

State Buildings, Corner Barrack Street & St Georges Terrace, 6000

Petition Kitchen
Petition Kitchen, the State Buildings, Perth

Petition Kitchen

Also found in the State Buildings, Petition Kitchen lured young chef Jesse Blake to Perth from Cumulus Inc. in Melbourne; where he was sous chef in the Andrew McConnell flagship. On the West Coast, Jesse has carved a reputation quickly for unpretentious food across the three menus at Petition (Kitchen, Beer Corner and Wine Store). Open from breakfast until late, Jesse is dialled into some of the state's best producers, meaning you get a true taste of WA.

State Buildings, Corner Barrack Street & St Georges Terrace, 6000

Ku De Ta Perth
Ku De Ta, Perth

Ku De Ta

Another international name that's taken its first steps in Australia, this Bali institution opened to much fanfare in 2017. It brought one of the cities brightest young chefs, Dan Fisher, last seen at Print Hall, back into the city's culinary scene. Over three restaurants Ku De Ta does casual to fine dining, with magnificent Swan River views. Grab a seat on the deck and live like a Perth local for the day.

306 Riverside Drive, East Perth, 6004

The Shorehouse
Josper Prawns by The Shorehouse, Swanbourne

The Shorehouse

You can't come to Perth and not head to the beach. Shorehouse for me is one of the must-visits in coastal dining. On opening it seemingly became an instant classic at Swanbourne Beach with a menu that speaks of WA's best produce, whether it’s from the land or sea. Shorehouse is welcoming, accessible and in keeping with WA's laidback coastal vibe. In a city that gets more sunshine than any other capital where else would you want to be?

278 Marine Parade, Swanbourne, 6010

Lulu La Delizia

There's carb loading and then there's a visit to Lulu La Delizia. Joel Valvasori-Pereza was previously at CBD favourite Lalla Rookh (77 St Georges Terrace, Perth, 6000), where he built a name for his spins on classic Italian. Lulu is not just Joel’s first solo venture as chef-owner, it’s an all together more intimate offering. His focus is specialty handmade pasta, a small menu that changes regularly and creating an atmosphere that is every inch the neighbourhood joint that everyone wants.

5/97 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco, 6008

Meat Candy

Meat Candy

Ben Atkinson's first job in food was with a certain chain headed by a Colonel. It obviously stuck with him, if his signature dish at Meat Candy is anything to go by. He does an amazing fried chicken, whether it's on its own or wedged into a fried chicken sandwich. My favourite. Match that with great craft beers and you've got a spot where you can forget the niceties of knives and forks and get hands on.

465 William St, Northbridge, 6000

Billie H

Alia Glorie is a name to watch in the Australian food scene. One time sous chef at Beaufort Street hotspot El Publico (511 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003) she’s now at the helm of this Claremont eatery, which has quickly earned a name for itself. Lauded nationally as a chef with imagination, Billie H is the perfect spot to order big, albeit across a number of smaller plates. Match it with their impressive wine list and this could be a quick bite, or somewhere to settle in to.

34 St Quentin Ave, Claremont, 6010


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