Voyage Kitchen | Image credit: Louise Coghill
Yep, we’re the first to admit Perth has a serious thing for anything new and exciting. But after the initial queues dwindle at the latest hot restaurant, it’s anyone’s guess whether people will return. But not the ones on this list. These tried-and-true Perth restaurants have stayed winners long after their novel shine wore off, and have become as much part of the Western Australian landscape as Cott Beach and Dennis Cometti. Screw flavour of the month, these Perth restaurants are the flavour of the decade—and beyond! If you're on the hunt for the best restaurants in Perth, here are 10 of the most iconic.
Sure, we have a crop of exciting new bars and restaurants opening almost weekly now. But back when Perth was still a sleepy little backwater town? Russell Blaikie’s lavish Must Winebar led the pack. And with its incredible seasonal French fare, 600-strong wine list, and sexy upstairs champagne bar, it’s got us every bit as smitten as were at the turn of the millennium. Definitely one of Perth's best restaurants.
Voyage Kitchen opened over a decade ago, and there are still queues: a testament to the quality of their exotic brekkies inspired by places as far flung as North Africa, Asia and France. They also have a great selection of pressed juice, a home-brewed espresso blend, and cold drip coffee (P.S. Perth—why don’t you have more by way of cold brews?). Plus, what could be more iconically West Australian than sprawling views of the Indian Ocean? That’s right: nada.
With its light-up sign and open fire, bare-bones roadside takeaway joint Alfred's Ktchen has been feeding Perth since the '40s and is one of Perth's best restaurants. How come no one’s sick of Alfred’s yet? That would come down to its unpretentious, unabashedly Australian burgers (think bacon, egg and pineapple) at bang-on price points.
The Subiaco Hotel
It’s been a Perth stalwart since the 1800s (seriously!) but The Subiaco Hotel recently got a mega facelift to the tune of a few million bucks. The new space doesn’t disappoint, with vertical gardens and an artsy mural, a courtyard with a retractable glass roof, and a rooftop bar with cute potted flowers. Besides, they might have the most fancy pub grub in existence, with offerings like chicken liver parfait or pork belly served with caramelised apple. Still one of Perth's best and most iconic restaurants.
Okay as much as we’d love to be cool and nonchalant about this… we seriously need to gloat over the fact that for once, Melbourne copied us! Mwa ha ha! Okay, now that we’ve got that out of our system (ahem), let’s talk about what it is about homegrown brewery Little Creatures that had our friends over east set up their very own. Rustic-cool décor. Moreish frites. And seriously excellent craft beer and cider. But the near-permanent sunshine out back and close-up views of the ocean lapping the jetty? Aint no Melbourne alleyway gonna compete with that.
Clancy’s Fish Pub
Clancy's Fish Pub is so family-friendly—with a kid’s menu, colouring-in crayons, and an outdoor park—it’s essentially a part-time crèche. Seriously, if you come here and don’t hear a parent say, "I used to come here when I was a kid,” (as they smile indulgently at their baby) we’ll get you a pint of craft beer on us. But apart from serving generations of Freo peeps, Clancy’s commitment to WA music wins it a spot as one of Perth's most iconic restaurants. They hosted blues band Zydecats (fronted by Grammy-winner Lucky Oceans) every Sunday for 20 years, and are putting on an increasingly cool lineup of Sunday residents like Koi Child, Kevin Parker’s latest labour of love.
Greens & Co
Proof that grungy-cool is no passing trend, Greens & Co, with its crammed walls of band posters and low-hanging paper lanterns is always packed out, even several years after it opened (and despite its total lack of online presence!) Head here for coffee and cake and the best people watching in Perth.
Ugh, not another trendy pizza joint with exposed brick walls. Oh wait. Chelsea Pizza has been busy being awesome since 1972, when it started serving traditional thin-crust pizzas to stoned UWA students and beyond. In the last decade, the menu had an update, with yummy gourmet options like tandoori chicken or chilli prawn, but the original goodness remains. Ooh, and it was the first place to do home delivery service in WA—take that, Dominos!
The Rose & Crown
It’s been around since the '40s—errr, as in the 1840s. Yep, it would be an understatement to say The Rose & Crown is getting on, but we still love her for her stately beauty, dependable dining, and gorgeous garden bar. Up the historic-factor with a meal at their Posh Convict Restaurant, which serves up fancy fare like duck liver pate or croquettes. Definitely one of Perth's most iconic restaurants!
Matilda Bay Restaurant
It’s perched smack bang on the banks of our pride and glory, the Swan River, so no surprises this modern seafood restaurant scores a place on the list. But unlike other location-lucky venues, Matilda Bay doesn’t get lazy and scrimp on the quality of food. Instead, it's remained on the best restaurants in Perth, plating up reliably delicious, immaculately presented, food—which you’d enjoy even without the panoramic views of Kings Park and Perth city.
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