If the sight of a big paella pan doesn't make your heart sing then we're afraid there must be something wrong with you. Uber flavoursome rice, fresh seafood and perfect crunchy bits (that's the technical term FYI), there's not much we don't love about this dish.
And while it would be great if we could just hop over to Spain every time we had a craving, it turns out there are plenty of people in Perth dishing out excellent paella, so there's no need to go anywhere!
Here's where to find the best paella in Perth.
Pinchos Bar De Tapas
Head to Oxford street on Wednesdays for Pincho's lunchtime paella party. Giant paella pans filled with colourful veg and chorizo plus some of the best people watching in Perth—sounds like the perfect hump day activity. You can also turn it into a real party thanks to their happy hour from 11:30 to 12:30, just saying.
Just like the streets of Valencia, the Freo markets is the place to go if you want to marvel at giant pans filled with paella being made right in front of you. While Eat Street is always at the Freo markets on weekends, you’ll probably also find the team setting up shop at various markets around town. If that’s not enough, they cater—so you can have some of the best paella in Perth at your next party!
Mobile Food Stall
It may be a three by three metre food stall, but it’s definitely one of our favourites. Offering vegan paella, vegetarian options and the good ol’ classics, the only job you’ll have this week is finding out where Kamal's Quarter is setting up shop for the weekend. You'll often find them at markets in the city, Mount Lawley, Subi, Freo and Victoria Park, but check out their Instagram to find out where they'll be next. If that’s all too hard, we hear they cater!
Wolf Lane. Four different flavour combos to choose from. All for under $25. It's a no brainer. We love the squid ink paella which is loaded up with seafood at The Spaniard, but the veggie option is pretty darn good too.
Hestia's Cafe Restaurant
Hestia's in Northbridge is dishing up all sorts of yummy Spanish eats and the seafood paella is just the cherry on top! Served straight to your table in the fancy pan and loaded to the brim with all the good bits, Hestia’s knows the way to our heart. You'll need a minimum of two people (unless you're up for a real challenge) and it will take about 45 minutes to prepare, so don't go too hungry.
Want to make it yourself? Here's a perfect smoky paella recipe.
Image credit: Louise Coghill