With the constant influx of new restaurants, bars and cafes, emerging trends and quirky pop-ups, the food scene in Perth never ceases to surprise us.
From Parisian-inspired coffee shops with cakes bigger than your head to true Korean soul food and wicked kombucha cocktails, we've done the hard yards to find all the best new Perth restaurants, bars and cafes you need to know about.
No Menu has only been open for a hot minute, but we’re already digging everything about this authentic Italian eatery. In the spot that was Rockefeller on Beaufort Street and Ace Pizza before that, we think this might be just what the punters were after. The dishes change every day (hence the name) and are chosen based on what the team finds at the markets each day, so you're guaranteed fresh, delicious eats every single time.
Trio Cafe And Wine Bar
From the guys behind Threecoins Italian Trattoria, Trio Cafe and Wine Bar is a new breakfast, lunch and dinner spot on Beaufort Street. Their bar manager—who was formerly at The Standard, so you know he's good—has come up with an entire menu dedicated to spritzes, and they're all only $12 during the Italian aperitivo—that's from 3:30 to 6:30pm every.single.day. See you there.
Move over sashimi bowls, say Aloha to Perth’s freshest & most loved Poké Bowls! Hoki Poke is serving raw fish with a twist, sourcing fresh and local ingredients direct from Kailis Bros each day. You can choose from six super tasty bowls including tuna, king prawn, salmon, kingfish, hot smoked salmon or tofu and if you're feeling a little bit adventurous, try the Special Poke which depends on the catch of the day.
A coffee window and gourmet-to-go foodie haven, Graffiti offers up a whole lot of urban vibes, featuring striking street art murals by artist extraordinaire Daek William. Serving affordable artisan coffee as well as savoury and sweet eats to satisfy your breakfast and lunch cravings, we can't get enough of the Portuguese tarts!
Finally, there is somewhere to get a good coffee in the morning in Mosman Park! If you happen to drive down Stirling Highway on your morning commute, you'll want to stop in at Lily Bean next time you're on your way to work. Aside from their delicious coffee, the team here also does great healthy breakfasts and lunches that look far more appealing than the salad you threw together before work.
After killing it with their pop up, The Don has now opened a permanent shop in Northbridge where they are dishing out their famous American x Asian eats. We're obsessed with their ramen burgers—burgers with buns made of ramen noodles and just enough Asian flavour in every bite. They also do perfect crepe cakes, bao buns, fried chicken and noodle soups.
MILLE ON BEAUFORT
New name, new owner, new style. On entering Mille on Beaufort you might recognise the centre bar area and polished boards from the old days but that will be all! The venue has been completely refurbished and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu has been designed with local and seasonal ingredients in mind. Breakfast is great, but we recommend heading in for a cheese board and a drink or two.
Perth Cultural Centre
Have you met Frank? The newest culinary family member of the Perth Cultural Centre. In the spot that used to be Arthouse Dine, the experience at Frank can be described as honest, casual and simple. The menu has an Italian influence with most dishes under $30 (the pappardelle pasta with lamb ragu is a must) and it's also a good spot to get your coffee fix and grab a pastry or two.
Not your regular coffee shop, Brown Spoon has everything from pancakes and bagels to bingsu and honey toast bread. If you don't know what bingsu is, you're seriously missing out—it's a shaved ice dessert served with all sorts of crazy flavours and it's basically the perfect summer dessert. Brown Spoon serves everything from watermelon bingsu to blueberry cheesecake bingsu and we're in love!
Inspired by the Spanish word for ‘ember’, Ascua offers an Australian approach to Spanish cuisine with a scorching spirit. The theatre-style open kitchen is the masterpiece, showcasing a sizzling wood-fired grill and chefs preparing dry-aged meats and seafood to perfection. And if your mouth is not already watering, take a peek at the menu—shaved Iberian jamon, seared scallops or char-grilled octopus to start with, followed by seared Spanish mackerel, beef rump cap or tiger prawns all cooked using the wood-fire grill.
ME ME JOANS
Whether you're looking to get your caffeine fix (with beans from Micrology Coffee Roasters no less), get your health on with pressed juices by Michael Brothers or fill the void inside your little belly with their fresh bagels by Holy Bagels with housemade smears, scrumptious raw treats and delish lunch boxes created by their friends at Daisies Cottesloe—you'll be in for a real treat!
Hongkies takes its origin from the traditional 'Cha Chaan Teng' or 'tea restaurant' opened by locals in response to the high-class restaurants introduced by British colons in the 1930's. The aim is to share the unique dining culture of the Hong Kong locals with affordable Western-styles for people from all walks of life. At Hongkies, you can have a quick and affordable lunch, enjoy a cup of Hong Kong milk tea with some afternoon snacks or finish your day with an authentic Cantonese dinner. Oh, and dim sum is also available all day long!
MEET & BUN
Meet & Bun has opened in Freo and is flipping the famous burgers we all know and love them for. They're also doing some legit frozen custard! For the sceptics out there, it's like ice cream, but better... The base is made with cream, sugar and egg yolks (unlike ice cream which is just made from cream and sugar), so it's rich and dense and flippin' delicious.
HENO & REY
Heno & Rey is a reinvented tapas bar with a huge focus on local produce and wines. Featuring a whole lot of rustic wood, bold Spanish patterns and moody lighting, as well as cheese and charcuterie as far as the eyes can see, Heno & Rey is perfect for date nights and gatherings alike. There’s a raw bar stocked up with plenty of local seafood and oysters and everything on the menu is designed to share, which gets a big tick of approval from us. Friday feeling anyone?
COOK & MASON
Cook & Mason is focused on high quality, seasonal and locally sourced produce. The menu is designed to share and changes on the regs to make the most of the freshest, finest foods in season. Hero dishes include the Blackwood Valley braised beef shin, Jindong pork, lamb tartar and grilled Blackwood Valley beef tongue. The venue features an extensive Australian focused wine list as well as handcrafted cocktails, local beers and ciders.
Gangway Bar in Cottesloe is the place to be for relaxed weekend drinks. They also do a killer burger—which you can get, with a beer, for only $15—and the view is one of the best in Perth. It's open on Friday and Sunday only, so get your squad together and don't miss out!
Atlas is the place to go for tasty and very Instagrammable brunch. They deliver specialised coffees, vegan smoothies and trendy eats. Our favourite has to be the teriyaki ciabatta with lotus chips, although we quite like the look of the hotcakes with white chocolate in a cone with peach, Sichuan pepper caramel, matcha soil, almond and dried raspberries!!
ARI & ESMAY
Ari & Esmay is a Parisian-inspired cafe where coffee and cake enthusiasts will find love at first sight. Co-owner Renata Taylor unashamedly admits that it's no place for anyone trying to cut down on their sugar intake, it's more about delicious cakes and treating yo'self. Don't worry health nuts, you can also get bircher muesli, acai bowls and all the standards breakfasts too.
This might just be one of the most exciting new openings of the year. Not only is the massive bar absolutely stunning and dishing out drool worthy eats and drinks, it's the first connection between Northbridge and the CBD in over 100 years, so we'd say this one will go down in history. It just opened this week so get yourself down there ASAP.
Henry Summer boasts five bars and different spaces for drinking and dining, making it the perfect summer hangout! The team has created their own natural wine which is on tap and they've also got delicious kombucha cocktails. It's brough to us by Clint Nolan, the legend behind La Cholita and Pleased To Meet You (to name just a couple) so you know you can expect very good things.
FREO SOCIAL HALL
Freo Social Hall is coming courtesy of Sunset Events—the same people responsible for St Jerome's Laneway Festival and Southbound. With a main entertainment section, two food and drink spaces plus two gorgeous alfresco areas, the Drill Hall can hold up to 800 people. Its going to have serious music festival vibes, tasty eats from local food trucks and local brews and loads of upcoming events.
After wild success with their vegan gelato in Mount Lawley, Kuld is opening another shop in Fremantle, south siders rejoice! This is seriously some of the best ice cream in Perth, so if you haven't made the trip to Mount Lawley yet, keep your eyes on their Facebook page to find out the exact opening date of the Freo store.
As one gelato shop in Mount Lawley opens another location in Freo, our favourite Freo cookie joint, Get Chunky is opening their second shop in Mount Lawley—talk about a tag team! These cookies are undoubtedly some of the best we've ever tasted and they are dangerously addictive!
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Hoki Poke | Image credit: Nancy Hanna