Restaurants

Leederville’s Best Restaurants To Eat Your Way Through In 2021

By Claire Logan
15th Oct 2021

a selection of plates and glasses of wine on a table at Servo

Home to some of Perth’s coolest cafes, restaurants, bars and shops, Leedy may be small but she’s really carved a space in our hearts over the years. The hip little Oxford and Newcastle Street strip is dotted with record stores, fashion boutiques and bright coffee shops manned by hipster baristas that’ll draw you in any day of the week. But by night, it’s the quality restaurants that have us hooked—the strip is brimming with everything from bite-size tapas and Asian eats to iconic pub meals and contemporary share plates.

We’re also chuffed to see that after suffering some closures over the last few years, there are plenty of new joints in the works to get your mouth watering again, including a whole new laneway to explore.

So without further ado, here’s our pick of Leederville’s best restaurants to hit right now (and very soon). 

Servo

Nestled in the newly created Electric Lane, Servo is the beautiful all-day restaurant and courtyard bar that has just opened as part of the Leederville redevelopment by FJM (the same people behind the State Buildings) and it's quite possibly our new favourite. Bold, bright and flavour-packed share plates are the name of the game, with the menu not following any particular theme beyond each dish being drop-dead delicious. And believe us, you will definitely be wiping each and every plate clean here. Our current fave is the eggplant with garlic yoghurt and some warm flatbread for dipping, coupled with a spicy marg for good measure.

a tiled table filled to the brim with yummy share plates at Servo in Leederville

Mon Japanese Bistro

You might struggle to get a seat at this bustling little Japanese bistro, but trust us it’s worth holding out for a table. Take your pick from classic bentos, donburis and Japanese curries, as well as slurp-worthy udon noodles, and super fresh sashimi and sushi rolls. Pair your feast with some sake or a glass of umeshu (plum wine) and tell us you’re not already dreaming of travelling to Japan for real.

Jus Burgers

There are so many specialised burger joints in Perth now, but Jus Burgers was one of the first to really make a name for itself, and the popular eatery is still going strong today. Known for its yummy gourmet burgers served on Turkish bread buns and backed by an unwavering dedication to fresh, local ingredients, the menu has every base covered—whether you’re chasing chicken, beef, lamb, pork or something completely meat and dairy-free. Throw on a serve of their steak-cut chips with farmyard salt and house-made garlic aioli and thank us later.

Pinchos

The perfect spot for a quick and light dinner (and let’s be honest, some epic people watching), Leederville restaurant Pinchos dishes out big on flavour tapas that won’t break the bank. The delicious morsels (like chorizo with honey and cheese, smoked almonds and marinated olives) start at just one buck, which leaves you plenty of dough to grab a carafe of sangria to wash it down with and a Portuguese tart to finish.

tapas plates at Pinchos in Leederville

Kitsch

Cosy, mysterious and oozing Leederville cool, Kitsch is the perfect spot if you’re looking for something a little off the beaten track. Sit under the huge frangipani tree adorned with lanterns and chow down on flavoursome, Asian-style eats while slamming back a few cocktails.

The Garden

A Leedy institution, Perth pub The Garden's open-plan space (and really good shoe-string fries) lends itself to laidback Sundays with mates. With plenty of classic pub grub and an extensive drinks list, it’s the perfect spot to soak up Perth’s summer vibes or cosy up in winter. They do pretty bangin’ pizzas here too and the jugs of Pimm’s are the bomb come summer.

Pappagallo

With ingredients imported straight from Italy, the menu at Pappagallo in Leederville is jam-packed with authentic Italian goodness but you can never go past one of their drool-worthy pizzas. Make sure you prepare your 'dessert stomach'—you'll definitely want to hang around for the sweet stuff too.

a bowl of pasta at Pappagallo in Leederville

Duende

If you’re on the hunt for the best restaurants in Leederville, get yourself to Duende. Romantic, sexy and dishing out some of the best tapas in Perth, Leederville restaurant Duende is a Spanish hot spot that also boasts a pretty serious wine list. It's practically screaming date night.

Fibbers McGee

Opened in 1998, Fibber McGees Irish Pub and Steakhouse has become a Leederville mainstay for good reason. Yes, the craic is always on point at this humble pub, but it's the food that sets it apart. Not only is 90% of their produce made in house—we're talking cultured butter, sauces, glazes, pickles, bread, sausages, and more—but they also own and operate their own certified organic farm in the Perth Hills where they raise their own cattle, and also dry age, butcher and cure their own meat inhouse. No wonder their steaks are the best in Perth.

Thugs Fried Chicken

Owned by local DJ Karl Blue and sitting pretty in the heart of Leederville, this hip-hop-themed fried chicken joint is hard to pass up. The menu is layered with hearty comfort food and we are digging the names of each dish just as much as the food. Take the GusFace Killah for example; a beastly burger or waffle stack made with not one but three Angus beef patties topped with American cheddar, two slabs of crispy bacon, pickles, jalapenos and barbecue sriracha. Drool.

Will St (Coming Soon)

It feels like forever since we’ve been able to hop on a cheap flight and live out our ultimate foodie dreams in Bali. And god do we miss it! Thankfully, though, Will Meyrick, the chef-owner behind super popular Balinese establishments Sarong and Mama San (to name just a couple), is here to fill those cravings—opening his very own place right here in Leederville. The exact opening date is still under wraps, but for now, you can read up on what we know so far about Will St here and rest easy knowing it’ll be every bit as good as his iconic Bali restaurants.

Naber and |||| (Coming Soon)

Meet your soon-to-be new neighbours, Naber and |||| (pronounced nay bur and four). Taking over the old Varga Girl site, this new space will be split into two distinctly unique venues—with Naber out the front slated to be your new fave date night destination thanks to its intimate and refined food and drink offering, not to mention special date night packages, and |||| the breezy laneway bar slinging fun and affordable cocktails, punchy snacks and untapped disco vibes that will keep you there all day and night. It's due to open this summer. Until then read more on what to expect here.

Once you've made your way through Leedy, check out the best restaurants on Beaufort Street.

Image credit: Shot By Thom, Nancy Hanna

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