The iconic Beaufort Street strip has long been a hot spot for Perth foodies and those seeking a vibrant nightlife scene alike. From refined casual dining spots that face the colourful street to the cheap and cheerful eateries that fill the area’s various lanes and arcades, Mount Lawley offers dining options galore.
Whether you’re seeking something well-considered and unhurried or just want a place to fuel up on tasty eats before hitting the strip, here are our picks of the best restaurants in Mount Lawley.
The very best of Italian and Spanish cuisine meet in this casual modern European eatery. An O.G. on the Beaufort strip, Cantina is still wooing diners with winners like their duck liver parfait and fig jam ten years on. The gnocchi doesn’t do too badly either.
Partial to a good mid-week deal, Clarences is a much-loved neighbourhood joint offering a variety of drinking and dining options. Chill in the courtyard with a beer and some chips, tuck yourselves away at one of the high tables and enjoy some share platters, or go for a full sit down dinner in the dimly-lit, street-facing restaurant.
Joining the growing ranks of modern Chinese available on Beaufort Street, Dainty Dowager’s specialises in Hong Kong style roasted meat. Choose from roasted duck, crispy pork or char siu style BBQ pork (delicious), or a combination of all three. Other offerings include Sichuan fried chicken wings and roast duck bao, or ask for the dumpling of the day!
Beaufort Street’s newest iteration of supper club luxe, Peaky Bodega is not skimping on the eats. Three words: peanut butter burgers. Seriously, this thing is stuffed with PB & J, caramelised onions and potato crisps, and is seriously indulgent. That’s without even mentioning the mac and cheese bombs and delicious, thin-crusted pizzas. Wash it down with a cocktail or three.
Need we say more than ‘pasta by the metre’ to entice you to this airy Beaufort Street restaurant? Solo Pasta is putting a creative spin on the Italian staple; choose from classic, beetroot or spinach pasta, choose your length, and then choose from tomato, cream or olive oil based sauces. It’s hard to go wrong with their sauces, but the pork and kale meatballs are seriously good, as is the pumpkin puree!
The Modern Eatery
Bringing fine Japanese sushi to the people of Mount Lawley, The Modern Eatery specialises in Aburi Sushi which is the kind that’s seared with an open flame. The restaurant is beautifully fitted-out, but maintains a casual vibe. Share some ‘Japas’ (yeah, Japanese tapas) or go straight for the Aburi ‘feed me’ option.
From the living legends who brought us Mr Munchies comes Miss Potz, a BYO restaurant which combines Asian fusion eats with tapas style eating. Tucked down Beaux Lane, Miss Potz is packing some serious flavours into an affordable menu, featuring winners like rendang sliders, soft shell crab papaya salad and deep fried banana fritters for dessert!
The ultimate cheap and healthy noodle fix can be found out Goreng2, which has been a Mount Lawley staple since opening in 2005. Mix and match your meat, veg and sauce to noodles or rice, or order from their unfussy list of specialties. The satay egg noodle is a common order—it’s the thickest, most delicious satay sauce you’ve ever tried and it well and truly covers the food groups!
Mack Daddy’s New York Slice
There’s a lot of good pizza to be enjoyed in Perth, but few that really layer on the cheese and turn up the grease factor in true New York style. Mack Daddy’s is holding it down up the southern end of Beaufort Street, and if you’re looking for a bargain, you can grab an enormous pizza that’ll easily feed two (if not three or four) for as little as $22!
The slightly dated exterior of this long-time resident of the Beaufort strip should be seen less as off-putting, and more as a reason to enter. Hanami provides an authentic, minimalistic Japanese dining experience and their food is some of the best going around. From sushi to sashimi and tempura to teppanyaki, expect artfully prepared yet unfussy dishes and hope to get seated zashiki style (on the floor).
One of the strip’s newer eateries takes on an almost fast-food persona in Little B, but in the best way possible. You’ll find this gem in Beaux Lane off Beaufort, dishing out Insta-yum Thai favourites with a modern and youthful twist. It’s all the flavours of a Bangkok street market, just served on trendier plates. There are also a few surprises on the menu like red curry burgers!
Longlae Thai Cuisine
Using handpicked ingredients and ancient techniques and recipes, Longlae is dishing out seriously fresh Thai food that is literally brimming with flavour. The larb and papaya salad are must-orders, along with the ‘prawn in the blanket’ for starters. Then, go for some curry or a whole fish, which you can get soaked in tamarind, ginger, sweet and sour or pepper and garlic sauce. They also have a great little list of desserts, and they're BYO!
Grab A Yabby
Where some might enjoy their seafood plain and fresh, Grab A Yabby opts for saucy, carb-accompanied and as messy as possible. Head in, don your bib and get stuck into a full order of crab, yabbies, and crawfish, smothered in the restaurant’s own Cajun-inspired special sauce. Don’t expect to leave here totally clean, but do refresh the palate with one of their surprisingly spritzy cocktails before heading off!
Vegans, vegetarians and healthy eaters alike flock to Veggie Mama for a fix of their insanely fresh salads, bowls and sweet treats. Just as good for a quick takeaway lunch as it is for a healthy dinner, Veggie Mama offers a handful of Indian, Thai and Moroccan inspired dishes by night.
Rounding out the smorgasbord that is Beaux Lane, Pepper Lunch is all about the DIY meal. With your own 260 degree teppan at your table, you can sizzle up your very own Japanese style meat, vegetable and rice dishes for a fun night out. If you’re really adventurous, you can even try teppan pasta, though we have to say that the signature beef pepper rice is the highlight.
Perth doesn’t have too many Moroccan and Middle Eastern restaurants dolling out delicious eats, which might explain why Mashawi is always so busy. The food is hearty, wholesome, and great for sharing, not to mention very reasonably priced. Head in on a Saturday when resident belly dancers entertain eaters! Just remember to take a bottle of vino, because Mashawi is BYO.
Zeus Street Greek
Gone are the days where the only time for souvlaki was 3am. Zeus Street Greek is serving up some of the fluffiest pita north of the city centre, filled with fresh ingredients full of traditional Greek flavours. Get chicken, lamb, pork or vegetarian pitas, packed with goodies like slaw, tabouli and tzatziki, or get your meat and trimmings in the form of a Spartan box or share platter instead.
As the slightly unimaginative name suggests, Chapas is your go-to for Chinese-inspired tapas made from high-quality, hand-picked ingredients. Think bang bang chicken, crispy squid and black vinegar glazed sticky pork ribs: big flavours and finger-licking goodness.
Threecoins Italian Trattoria
If you’re the kind who enjoys your Italian best atop red and white checked linen, you’ll love Threecoins Italian Trattoria. This family owned and run neighbourhood joint is dishing out homely food just like Nonna's, with pasta freshly made in house and a menu that champions regional Italian fare true to the family’s Umbrian roots.
Offering a modern take on a Japanese staple, Mr Munchies’ sushi is legitimately burrito-sized. The funky little place is tucked to the rear of an arcade and offers the option for adventurous types to concoct their own sushi roll. Or, choose from their list of souped-up sushi options like Mango Chicken or Katsu Kilpatrick, which contains bacon!
For a more upscale bistro dining experience in Mount Lawley, head to Circa for a taste of their house made pastas (the prawn linguini is delish) or artfully presented mains; think pan-fried barramundi and black angus sirloin with confit tomato.
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Miss Potz | Image credit: Nancy Hanna