There’s nothing like a long and luxurious lunch to make you feel like you’re living your best life. No other meal has quite the same feel to it; there’s something about lingering through the middle of the day, over a meal that’s usually pretty utilitarian, to give you a sense of time and life slowing down for a bit.
While the Perth dining scene boasts a pretty laid-back vibe all round, there are some places more conducive of all-afternoon-lunch-affairs than others. So grab your friends, park up for a bite and wind up accidentally-on-purpose staying all day at one of these best spots for a long lunch in Perth.
The perfect combination of fine and casual dining, Il Lido's food is a hug on a plate—a long, lingering hug. Lovingly crafted, produce driven Italian fare in a warm and welcoming beachfront canteen makes for the perfect long lunch, and that’s before even cracking into the award-winning wine list. Caution: this may turn into dinner.
So much more than somewhere to stop in for a quick coffee and newspaper after a swim, Odyssea offers sweeping ocean views and streaming sunlight throughout, not to mention some excellent long lunch options. Classy, yet definitively laid-back, you’ll head in wearing thongs for a smoothie and a salad, and wind up slurping oysters and cracking the champagne three hours later.
Lunch at The Camfield is such a great way to spend an afternoon that we think even footy-goers have trouble pulling themselves away when the siren sounds. Park up outside in the sun for a few pizzas and beers on tap, or dine on succulent fish and steak in the spacious and beautifully fitted out restaurant.
Hampton & Maley
The brainchild of the fine dining heavyweights behind Restaurant Amuse, Hampton & Maley's all day menu is a thing of beauty. Soft but abundant natural light and a distinctly casual atmosphere spell long lunch like no other. The mushroom gnocchi should do the trick.
Little Creatures Brewing
Never has there been a more obvious spot for a long and silly lunch. Little Creatures is always bustling, but the laid-back atmosphere, chatty and accommodating staff, and delicious food and drinks are a divine combination. When that fresh Freo breeze and the lapping water of the dock come into the equation, your long lunch might just be at risk of turning into dinner.
Perfect for long lunches with a big group, Market Grounds offers up a killer drinks list and some massive meaty shares. There's the salsa verde lamb shoulder that's been roasted for 12 hours and the 1kg dry aged sirloin served on the bone with fries and a bunch of condiments. For dessert you can't go past the bombe alaska.
The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. Linger over their seasonal menu and enjoy shared dishes that are one-part rustic refinement, one-part quirk. Throw in a few glasses of wine and perhaps a short black for the ultimate late long lunch in the beautiful State Buildings.
Come for the iconic Insta-pic underneath the striped yellow umbrellas, stay for the fried cauliflower and downright delicious Bloody Mary menu. Shorehouse lends itself to a long lunch of any form: relax and celebrate on the deck in the midday sun, enjoy a fine, lingering meal in the restaurant, or have a casual catch up in one of the booths by the entrance.
We have lost track of time more than we'd like to admit at Hadiqa, but that just means it's the perfect place for a long lunch. Sitting pretty at Hibernian Place, this Middle Eastern inspired restaurant mirrors the same beauty as the origin of its cuisine. Think Moroccan tiles, gorgeous greenery, natural light and some pretty impressive lights—once you’ve picked your jaw back up off the floor, make your way to a table and get prepared to drop it once again when you see the food.
There’s something about the historic grandeur of this gorgeous old local pub. Enjoy a casual long lunch with a bunch of mates out in the beer garden or grab a share plate and park up on a lounge under the beautiful arches inside. Either way, you won’t be leaving anytime soon.
A bonafide neighbourhood joint with a distinctly slow yet vibrant feel, Island Market's ‘thing’ is their filled pitas with lamb or chicken shawarma, pork and falafel as filler options. Or, grab a cocktail and just try to narrow down your order from the shared plates menu—deciding what to order takes long enough to constitute a long lunch alone.
Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by latest owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch with a sense of refinement or an extended midday escape from the CBD grind.
Perfect for a long and elegant lunch, The Reveley offers insanely good views of Elizabeth Quay, the cityscape and our beautiful Swan River. Fingers crossed for one of those cute tables for two pressed right up against the floor to ceiling windows.
With oceanic views as good as that offered from the Bib & Tucker deck, any meal here is bound to become a long one. The vibe is pitched somewhere between luxurious and laid-back, which is basically exactly what you want for a long lunch.
If it’s not the luscious greenery dripping from the ceiling that lulls you into a long and lazy lunch at Tiisch, it might be the pale pastel colour palette or the delicious food that does it. Between deciding what to order from their exquisite lunch menu and then never wanting to leave the beautiful space they’ve created, you could be there all day.
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