No matter the cuisine, Northbridge has you covered, which is why we count ourselves very lucky that we get to enjoy one of Perth’s densest food ‘burbs. With almost every Asian flavour under the sun, pasta joints, Middle Eastern goodies and a whole lot of fried goodness, you could happily spend all of your days in this busy side of town.
Here are all of the Northbridge restaurants you need to try now.
Simple and delicious Italian fare is the name of the game at No Mafia. Their modern approach to traditional Italian places an emphasis on local produce, taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy. Grab a seat on the balcony and people watch as you devour Roman arancinis, burrata, and duck pappardelle. Wash it down with a bottle of nero d'avola and sit back and enjoy the Italian vibes.
Bivouac Canteen & Bar
One of the most difficult places to pick a menu fave in Northbridge, Bivouac is the best for casual, yet exceedingly delicious dining. The grilled haloumi with harissa honey is to die for, the slow braised goat shoulder will leave you more than satisfied, and those fluffy flatbreads will come in oh so handy for mopping every last bit of tasty sauce from your plate. If you’re going with a big group, we highly recommend opting for the feed me feast to avoid food envy. When it comes to Northbridge restaurants, this is easily one of the best!
We’re yet to find a single thing on the menu at La Cholita that we don’t like. From the tostadas and tacos to the quesadillas and entradas, each visit to this Northbridge haunt is a Mexican fiesta to remember. We’re pretty obsessed with their slow cooked pork and pineapple tacos, chorizo quesadillas and guacamole with house made corn tortilla chips! Plus, they’ve got more than 100 varieties of tequila! Drink up.
Located in the thick of the Northbridge action at 182 James Street, Yes Please has to be one of our favourite spots for an end of night feed—dishing up epic eats until 2am Monday to Saturday. We can’t go past the beef burger and dirty potatoes, washed down with a craft brew or two (I mean, you've come this far). Also hot tip, if you’re in a small group try and snag a seat along one of the windows so you can watch all the boozed up chaos unfold on the street—it’s better than any reality tv show I’ve ever watched.
For Indian with a difference, one of the first places that springs to mind is Sauma. Think delicious Indian street food, in a beautiful light-filled and relaxed environment right in the heart of Northbridge. Sauma’s onion bhaji is freakin’ amazing and their tender and sticky twice-cooked tamarind lamb ribs are lip-smackingly delicious. Go for dinner, an express tiffin at lunch or a Punjabi chai—you won’t be disappointed!
Francoforte Spaghetti Bar
If you’re looking for some of the best pasta in Perth, you’ll find it in Northbridge, tucked down Williams Lane at Francoforte Spaghetti Bar. Serving pasta just like Nonna makes it, this Italian joint is BYO—thanks legends! Urban List favourites include the guanciale carbonara with cured pigs’ cheek and pecorino and the porco rosso with sugo, pork sausage and Grana Padano parmesan (add extra N’duja sausage, you won’t regret it).
Authentic Bites Dumpling House
If you haven’t been to Authentic Bites Dumpling House then you must not like dumplings. The xiao long bao here are ridiculous and they have got the whole of Perth acting like crazy people lining up outside, rain, hail or shine. The wontons in spicy sauce are up there as one of our favourite Perth dishes of all time.
Shadow Wine Bar
Tucked underneath Northbridge’s coolest hotel, The Alex, Shadow Wine Bar is well known for their classic Euro menu and moreish wine list. Open from lunch to dinner during the week and brunch to dinner on the weekends, if you’re looking for a fancier Northbridge option, this is your place. The veal carpaccio will make your mouth orgasm, the prawn spaghettini is so fresh and so tasty and obviously, the cheeseboards are one of our favourite things to order.
If you keep heading down the laneway from Francoforte Spaghetti Bar you’ll find another hidden gem, Munchy Monk. This place is all about pot sticker dumplings—you know, those little parcels of joy that are beautiful and crispy on one side and juicy and soft on the other—and they have plenty of top flavours to choose between from Nepalese style beef momo to Thai chicken and classic pork. For us, though, it’s the hamburger dumplings we keep going back for. Who knew pickles and mustard taste so good in dumplings.
Little China Girl
You’ll find your late night yum cha fix at Northbridge’s Little China Girl. This super cool spot is open until 2am on Friday and Saturday nights, and they get back up again at 10am most days to service the early birds too. The menu boasts everything from salted egg yolk lava buns and BBQ pork pineapple buns to all the pan-fried, deep-fried and steamed dumplings under the sun, congee, rice and noodle dishes, roast meats and everything you could ever desire on a dim sum adventure. Look out for the fish-shaped mango pudding swimming in custard come dessert time, and if you’re game, the durian mochi
Juicy Bao Bao
Juicy Bao Bao is the brainchild of the legends that brought us Authentic Bites Dumpling House, and it should be your go-to for all things pan-fried and friggin' delicious. Every single one of these mighty morsels are bigger, better and larger than life and that means you'll need to dress yourself appropriately for the forthcoming food coma (because fried buns and rice clay pots galore). Along with being able to literally watch dumplings actually being born—i.e. you're in direct eye line with the super talented chefs—this gem is BYO so you're definitely scoring a hectic night of tipple and delish parcels oozing all the deliciousness ever.
North Bird is another top spot for modern share style nibbles and glorious wine, all set within a cool plant-clad dining space. The focus is on local with much of the fresh produce being delivered on the daily by the growers, while all the bread and pasta is made in house each day with freshly milled flour from Miller and Baker. The wine list also has a local flavour with the majority coming from Australia and a few international beauties thrown in for good measure. Best part, it’s also a bottle store so you can take a bottle home and keep the night going.
Double Rainbow Eating House
Located within the funky Rechabite building, Double Rainbow Eating House is a must-try for anyone with a love of modern Asian-inspired eats. Headed up by Chef Danny Sanchez, the kitchen is serving sensational dumplings, wontons, spring rolls and kung pao cauliflower bites, through to bigger eats like the grilled Donnybrook marron, clay pot roasted pork belly, and eggplant rendang. Feeling extra hungry? Go all in on the ‘Feed Me Full’ feast.
Follow the smoke down to K Town, grab a seat in the cosy gravel courtyard and prepare for a full-on Korean feast. K Town dishes up an all-you-can-eat barbecue set menu so you can keep the meat coming and grill going until you can't possibly fit any more in. It’s up there with the best Korean BBQ in Perth and a great starting or ending point for any night out in Northbridge.
The Standard is one of our favourite Northbridge hangouts when it comes to tasty nom noms. We’re particularly fond of the tamarind glazed pork belly with peanut satay and pineapple, and the slow cooked beef shin with rendang glaze, peanuts, and toasted coconut. Yum! We also love popping in on Sundays for Lazy Weekends, a rotating feast perfect for sharing between four all served up on a lazy suzan (of course)—at just $60 (that's only $15 each, people), it's the perfect way to round out your weekend.
Old Lane Street Eats
If you're after delicious and cheap South-East Asian delicacies look no further than Old Lane Street Eats in Northbridge. The menu at this little China Town eatery really packs a punch with everything from bao, satay and curry dishes to juicy noodles and fragrant rice. Do your tastebuds a favour and order the Roti John (a chilli-cheeseburger-tasting bun filled with beef, egg, onion, sambal, Sriracha and kewpie mayo) and the Marmite Chicken Bao (boneless chicken, cucumber, carrot, spring onion, kewpie and Marmite sauce). You won't be disappointed!
Insanely good Japanese food can be found at Aisuru Sushi in the heart of Northbridge on William Street. Pull up a stool and watch the sushi masters work their magic while you wait for your meal to arrive. The Plum Flower Roll (chicken teriyaki and avocado with special plum sauce) is a thing of beauty, as is the Spider Roll (tempura soft-shell crab, cucumber and lettuce). If you’re after something a little crazier the Baconator won’t disappoint—fresh asparagus, tomato and finely sliced red onion sushi wrapped up with flamed bacon and topped with tamago egg, mustard dressing and pepper.
Who doesn’t love the cheesey, filo deliciousness that is Greek food? For some of the best in Perth you’ll want to head directly to Brika. We can’t get enough of their spanakopita, saganaki, hummus and slow cooked lamb. If you’re after something quick and delicious for lunch Brika whip up some amazing gyros stuffed with slow cooked meats and chips. Yum!
Some of Perth's best burgers are served up by our mates at Hoodburger inside Northbridge's Old Shanghai. They're stacked sky high and filled with goodness like onion rings, fried chicken and chips—our fave might just be the juicy mash and gravy number but if you love things a little spicy you can't beat the hot tender.
If you’re a ramen fan who doesn’t mind a little bit of garlic—actually, make that a lot of garlic—you’re going to want to slurp your way through a bowl or two of Tosaka Ramen’s creamy and rich black garlic tori paitan. Tori paitan is the chicken-based cousin of the pork-based tonkotsu ramen broth we’ve all come to know and love, and Tosaka has three delightful varieties of this good stuff packed with chicken chashu, spring onion, boiled eggs and more.
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No Mafia | Image credit: Danica Zuks