Fine dining is certainly not for everyone. The cloth napkins. All the different types of cutlery. And figuring out how to pronounce ‘sommelier’ correctly. It’s not everyone’s jam.
But there is a reason it’s called ‘fine’ dining—because it is indeed fine. Enjoying a meal that has been skilfully created by an expert chef is something we should enjoy at least once. Plus, there are plenty of spots in Perth dishing out food that falls right into the fine dining category without that somewhat stuffy atmosphere you associate with traditional fine dining.
So when you need to get your fix, here are the best fine dining restaurants in Perth.
If you’re looking for food of the ‘fine’ variety, then make for Wildflower. Head chef Jed Gerrard has an extremely impressive CV, having worked in Michelin-starred restaurants in Europe, and is a strong advocate of sustainable and organic produce. His menu at Wildflower revolves around seasonal produce and celebrates the local resources. Choose from their seasonal menu or five-course tasting menu, both which feature dishes such as wood-grilled Arkady lamb and dry-aged Wagin duck.
Nine Fine Food
With a more casual atmosphere than your traditional fine dining restaurants in Perth, Nine Fine Food is still a haven for fine dining, with its classic Japanese cuisine that has twists of Modern Australian delicacies. Their ‘omakase’ or ‘trust the chef’ tasting course is our hot tip. Kick back and relax while you leave it to Nine’s highly trained chefs to wow you with their incredible cuisine.
Sushia Izakaya combines fine food, boutique Japanese beer and sake and excellent staff. Tick, tick and tick. They have two ‘trust the chef’ menu options, both of which are designed to share and feature incredible dishes like Tasmanian salmon sashimi, twice cooked pork belly and eye fillet. Pair those kinds of flavours with their amazing wine, cocktails and of course beer and sake, and you have yourself a very fine evening indeed.
Hidden away among the corporate offices of West Perth next to the Richardson Hotel, everything about Perth restaurant, Opus, is luxe—from the furnishings to the staff to the menu. Go on the weekend for a special occasion degustation or go on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, when $69 will get you an incredible three-course meal. Save room for dessert because the peanut butter dessert at Opus is next level amazing.
This Highgate treasure is touted as Perth’s best French restaurant, so it is well worth a visit if you want to experience gourmet French cuisine and wine. The menu at P'tite Ardoise changes with the seasons and the availability of the best fresh local produce, but you can expect dishes such as filet de boeuf flambe au cognac (Harvey beef fillet flambéed in cognac), poisson blanc poche (white fish poached in a court bouillon) and escargot a ma facon (snails cooked the chef’s way). They also have a special ‘fromage’ menu purely for their cheese selection. If that’s not reason enough to go, we don’t know what is.
Lamont’s Bishop House
Executive Chef Nathan Le has been managing the kitchens at Lamont’s for over a decade, so he knows a thing or two about feeding people. The menu at Lamont’s marries fresh and local ingredients, combines traditional cooking methods with new techniques and stays true to simple flavour combinations. The smoked duck breast and lobster with grilled peach will knock your socks off, as will the mango mont blanc dessert.
With a menu that features seasonal flavours cooked with British-Australian flare, choose from the a la carte, degustation, set (12 people or more) or prix fixe menus when you're at Red Cabbage. Whatever you choose, you'll be looking at some of the most beautiful (and mouth watering) food in no time at all!
This modern Australian restaurant has a menu that is constantly evolving, guided by the season and whatever the best WA produce is available. Mind-blowing dishes include the confit Wagin duck with spiced plum and hazelnut, and the raw kingfish, green tomato, finger lime and buttermilk vinaigrette. Plus, the Post sommelier will help you perfectly pair your meal with something from their impressive wine selection, which includes some of Australia’s best drops from our own Margaret River region.
Head chef Todd Stuart has won a slew of awards in his 20-plus years in the culinary world, many of which he notched up at this French-inspired restaurant, Petite Mort. Our hot tip is to try out their signature degustation, which offers 10 glorious courses of pure indulgence including gazpacho consommé, cured salmon and rabbit. Plus, it can be ordered with a wine pairing, so you don’t even need to worry about knowing what drop matches your delectable food—they’ve got it covered.
There is a reason Nobu is the world's most recognised Japanese restaurant. Esteemed Chef Nobu Matsuhisa brings his reputable fusion of traditional Japanese cuisine with South American flavours to create this unique dining experience. Along with their intimate sake bar, Nobu Perth also proudly boasts the first ever Nobu teppanyaki bar, with two private teppan tables creating a very swish dining experience indeed.
Rockpool Bar and Grill
Neil Perry’s signature steak and seafood grill, Rockpool is renowned for its elegance, superior service and of course the superb menu. Everything on offer here is dedicated to the finest and freshest Australian produce, and the open kitchen means you can watch the masters at work as they prepare it. The signature tasting is our recommendation, which is a selection of Rockpool’s finest dishes like yellowfin tuna, seared king prawns and Cape Grim rib-eye, paired with matching wines from their remarkable cellar featuring both local and international wines.
The team at Co-Op Dining have done a stellar job at creating a space where you can experience a regional degustation menu in spectacular surroundings. They have a few tasting menus to choose from, with dishes like Berkshire pork belly, 21-day dry aged Dorper mutton and Manjimup marron with crème fraiche. All of their sustainable, organic and biodynamic produce is sourced from Western Australian farmers and small family run suppliers, so you know everything on your plate is going to be of the highest quality.
Clarke's Of North Beach
With a ridiculous number of culinary awards under their belt, Clarke's Of North Beach is the place to go when you want to treat yourself to something a little out of the ordinary. A destination in itself, punters travel from all over Perth to see what all the fuss is about. This is as fine dining as it gets, with upmarket Modern Australian Cuisine that you most certainly could not replicate at home.
St Michael 6003
Another spot that doesn't fall into the traditional fine dining category, the vibe at St Michael's is very relaxed but the food is top notch and you can't deny it falls into the fine dining category! Get the seven-course tasting menu and then sit back and relax!
Juniper & Bay
Tucked beneath the Windsor Lodge Hotel in Como, Juniper & Bay has been dishing out delectable Eurasian cuisine for several years to those in the know. Owners Soren and Sabine, who did time at the George Street Bistro, have created a relaxed and intimate fine dining experience at Juniper & Bay. When it comes to the dishes served you can expect seasonal produce and plated perfection every time. Offering one of the most reasonably priced degustation menus in Perth ($73 for five courses) and some killer mid-week dining deals, this is fine-dining you can afford more than once!
It may take a few months to get a booking at Marumo in Nedlands, but be patient and you'll be treated to some of the best Japanese fine dining in Perth. Marumo only offers Omakase—a seven-course dining experience (which can take up to three hours) selected by Chef Mo. The creative and innovative dishes are selected on a seasonal basis—think the most delicious squid, sashimi, gyoza, and sushi you've ever had the pleasure of getting your chops around. At $60 per head, Marumo is also ridiculously good value.
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Nine Fine Food | Image credit: Nancy Hanna