A little pocket of a suburb wedged between Mount Lawley, Perth and Northbridge, Highgate is one of those places that you can’t resist to explore. Combining old-school delis, florists and corner-shops with new and trendy bars and restaurants, the leafy streets of Highgate offer much to be discovered.
From intimate but relaxed fine dining to modern, vibrant eateries that cross as cocktail bars and everything in between, here are all the best restaurants in Highgate.
Side Door BBQ
Get your American barbecue fix at Side Door BBQ, home of all things smoked, marinated, charred and glazed. Grab your meat with all the trimmings you could want—think house-made cornbread, corn on the cob, jalapeño poppers and pickled slaw. Also, the pork-belly Lollipops and hush puppies are must orders. Go with as many people as possible and enjoy the SDB meat platters.
El Publico is a fun and energetic spot to start a night out on Beaufort, and their Tommy’s Margarita is, undoubtedly, the best of its kind in Perth. Choose from the a la carte menu—the fish tacos are a non-negotiable—or go for the ‘feed me’ menu which will see you buried in chicharron, street corn and tacos for just $39. P.S. The hot sauce is seriously hot, so be careful not to derail the night by going too hard.
Sparrow Indonesian Takeaway
Long noted as one of the best spots to get quick, cheap and delicious takeaway in Highgate, Sparrow Indonesian's charm lies in its disrepair. Housed in an old-school corner shop right at the end of Lincoln Street, Sparrow’s Gado Gado or Beef Rendang will transport you straight across the Indian Ocean to our favourite neighbouring islands with one bite.
2 Fat Indians
You can practically sniff your way into a bright and luxurious booth at this Beaufort Street institution, where the service is as warm and delightful as the curry. 2 Fat Indians specialise in Indian classics with a modern twist, and since the place is situated right in the little nightlife hub of Beaufort kept buzzing by The Queens and Must Wine Bar, it’s the perfect launching pad for a night out.
This contemporary pub is a Beaufort Street institution, welcoming punters in to enjoy a beer on the terrace street-side or a meal from their a la carte menu. Whether you’re looking for a full sit down pub meal or just some delicious snacks to share over your beers, Queens has got you covered. The rustic, lush surrounds won’t disappoint, either.
For something on the fine side, enjoy French-provincial inspired dishes from renowned West Australian chef, Russel Blaikie at Must Winebar. The menu doesn’t disappoint those looking for bistro favourites—pan fried pink snapper and confit duck make their obligatory appearance—but it also surprises with some more experimental favourites like the rainfed rice and vegetable paella (vegan) and baked polenta with buckwheat streusel and feta. Add a selection of over 500 wines and some seriously good cocktails and you’ve got a luxe dining experience.
Dishing out carb-loaded Italian goodness like it’s nobody’s business is Ischia, who has a seriously tantalising menu full of absolute classics like spaghetti marinara, napoletana gnocchi and chicken parmigiana, plus a pizza menu that can be ordered by the metre. Combine a selection of their pizza types onto a maximum of 180cm of house-made base—perfect for keeping the whole gang happy.
St Michael 6003
Taking the place of degustation luminary Jackson’s means some pretty big shoes to fill, but St Michael 6003 hasn’t left anyone disappointed. The pooled experience of owners Scott O’Sullivan (formerly of Red Cabbage fame) and Todd Stuart (of Petite Mort) result in classy, produce and technique driven share dishes that spell special-occasion-restaurant, and the wine list follows suit.
Annapurna Nepalese Kitchen
Literally translated, Annapurna means ‘perfect food’—a pretty bold statement to be making with your business name, but one that we wholeheartedly back. Annapurna Nepalese Kitchen has been around forever, but loyal customers go back again and again for the hearty, generous and flavoursome dishes, of which there are more than 70 on offer.
P’tite Ardoise Bistro
This is white-linen French dining at its finest. With a menu that delivers everything from cheese soufflé and escargot to confit duck and grilled sirloin, P’tite Ardoise is as satisfying as it is charming.
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