Japan has always been an extremely popular tourist destination for us Perthies.
Thousands of West Aussie flock to the land of the rising sun to hit the slopes at Niseko, explore the cherry blossoms in Kyoto or take in the pure craziness of Shibuya crossing in the heart of Tokyo. With so many mouthwatering dining options in Japan it’s no surprise that their cuisine has made it over to Perth shores and has been a huge hit. With so many Japanese restaurants to choose from in Perth, it can be a tad overwhelming to decide where to start. Here are eight of the best Japanese restaurants in Perth that you must give a go this winter.
D’s Authentic Japanese, Connolly
Off the beaten track in Perth’s northern suburbs, D’s Authentic Japanese truly does deliver some of the best Japanese food in Perth. It’s well worth the journey!
The restaurant opened its doors in a cozy space in Joondalup a few years ago but due to the popularity of the traditional and contemporary dishes, the restaurant moved to a location that could fit all of its happy customers in.
The lunch time menu is high quality and affordable if you like to indulge in ramen, bento boxes and Gyoza. The dinner menu is more of a fine dining affair, with delicious servings of chicken pilaf, stewed lamb and unagi don on offer.
If you’ve been to Japan before, you’ll appreciate that D’s Authentic Japanese is on top of its game.
The only thing that’s missing from the experience is ordering your food from a vending machine, like the Japanese locals would do.
Mori Japanese Cuisine, Inglewood
There’s a high chance that you’ve driven past this restaurant thousands of times on Beaufort St without realising it’s there!
Hidden away in the Inglewood Civic Centre, Mori Japanese Cuisine has all the classic Japanese dishes you know and love at good prices. There’s a wide variety to choose from with plenty of vegetarian options.
The lunchtime specials won’t break the bank at $10 a pop – handy if you’re short on time and between meetings. Mori is also a solid selection for a quiet weekday date night, or a casual visit with friends to get stuck into some karaage chicken, terekayi beef or agedashi tofu.
The décor is understated and not flash by any stretch of the imagination but Mori Japanese Cuisine puts the most important element of any restaurant to the forefront: good quality fresh food.
Located at the shiny and new Kings Square in Perth, Ipuddo has a solid shout for the title of “Best Ramen in Perth”.
There’s a wide variety of ramen dishes to choose from. The Shiromaru Motoaji is a good one to try with a delicious creamy tonkotsu broth and pork loin chashu to enjoy.
There was a lot of hype about this Japanese restaurant when it opened and the queue snaked around the corner. It’s fair to say we’re not surprised about all the fuss once we started to tuck into the yummy food on offer.
The décor is as authentic as you could possibly imagine for Japan, albeit with a lot more space to move around. It’s always a busy and fast placed restaurant serving hungry diners but still feels laid back and relaxed.
Our advice is to invite a group of friends out, order a few share dishes such as the seared Salmon sushi rolls or pulled pork buns and don’t forget to try out the many varieties of Sake on offer.
There’s plenty of sushi on offer as well as a selection of cold, hot and fried share plates for friends and family to try.
Fan favourites are the salmon aburi nigari, the Raghu cottage pie and the cheesy pork katsu. Yum!
The tall ceilings and mood lighting add a bit of a modern twist on the Japanese Restaurant with a dash of class to boot.
Patrons from far and wide have been praising the high quality Japanese fusion food and service for years and long may it continue.
Smack bang in the middle of Perth city, Nao Japanese Restaurant has been serving the CBD lunchtime crowd since 2003 and with winter upon us, there’s no excuse not to try out the delicious ramen on offer.
Portion sizes are very generous and prices reasonable and a shout out for the delicious karaage chicken, which is the unsung hero of this Japanese restaurant.
Other treats to take note of are the gyoza (both pork or vegetable varieties) and the takoyaki (deep fried octopus).
They even go to the extra effort of flying in their seafood from the Melbourne fish markets, resulting in mouth-watering sashimi and sushi that has been the talk of the town.
This does mean that the food isn’t the cheapest around but definitely worth a lunchtime visit for a spot of Japanese fine dining in Perth CBD.
Super Tetsudo, Cannington
The bullet train, or shinkansen, is one of Japan’s icons for it’s speed, punctuality and efficiency in transporting people across the country – qualities that are matched by Super Tetusdo Japanese Restaurant at The Carousel in Cannington.
You can either hop on the sushi train and eat whatever takes your fancy or order your main course on a tablet and have it delivered to you by bullet train!
The quality of the food and the freshness of the sushi is second to none, which is why Super Tetsudo is often packed. Make sure you head there a few minutes early to beat the lunch rush.
As you’d expect with such as reputable establishment as this, Nobu has picked up numerous restaurant awards with award winning food and table service.
The Wagyu beef and seafood dishes will make your taste buds jump for joy. This is definitely not the place for large portion sizes – delicacy and presentation are at the forefront of the Nobu experience.
While you eat you’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t try one of their inventive cocktails!
If you are ready to take your loved one to somewhere a bit fancy and special, pencil in a visit to Nobu.
The Japan Experience
If you love Japanese food, why stop there! There’s tons you can do in Perth to learn more about the fascinating Japanese culture.
Every March the Perth Japan Festival springs to life and hosted the best Japanese themed stalls to explore since 2013. There’s entertainment on all day at the main stage as well as a ton of food and shopping outlets to stock up on your Japanese paraphernalia. It’s like being transported to a 300 yen store in downtown Shinjuku.
If you feel like learning a bit of Japanese here in Perth, there are several schools that will cater to your needs.
iStudyJapanese Has weekly classes in North Perth to help you master the complexities of the Japanese language, of which there are many!
If you fancy mixing up your weekly shop, there are plenty of opportunities to buy Japanese goods in Perth.
Japan Shopping in Kewdale has everything you’d expect in a local Japanese FamilyMart and will help turn your home into a Japanese food heaven. Just make sure you take your shoes off before entering!