Lucky Chan's Laundry & Noodle Bar | image credit: Louise Coghill
Date-night is fast approaching. You’ve exhausted the locals. And you’re one ‘where d'you wanna go tonight? Dunno, where d'you wanna go?’ convo away from losing your sh*t. Will you resign to the couch and accept failure? Not on our watch! Check out our top picks for a sassy night out in Perth and bask in the glory of date-night success. From the cheap n' cheerful to the fancy pants spots, here are 11 of Perth's best date night restaurants.
Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar
Swap your delicates for chopsticks and head to Lucky Chan’s Laundry + Noodle Bar for a dose of Asian street eats. A newish kid on the ‘William Street block', Lucky's Chan's is Perth’s first ever 100% crowd-funded restaurant. The loft-style space is decked out with Asian lanterns, hanging Chinese dragons, pop art and a playful wall of ironing boards. But let’s face it; we’re here for the food. Kick the night off Lady and the Tramp style with a delectable bowl of Ramen Noodles—a Lucky Chan specialty. Then finish the night on a high, sipping Chan’s house wine (made from Kyoho, a Japanese grape), on the rooftop beneath the stars. Who knew date night in a Chinese laundry could be so romantic?
Budburst Small Bar
Housed in a 100-year-old cottage, Budburst's rustic space oozes warmth and romance—the perfect scene for footsies, tapas and flirtatious banter. Vino lovers will be wooed by the wine list, which offers a sophisticated variety of grape blends from boutique wineries. We recommend heading there on a Wednesday night for their wine special. Spend $70 on any bottle of wine and receive a FREE house-made charcuterie board. I mean what's a better combo then wine and nibbles ?
Cantina 663 should be top of mind next time your trying to impress. The superb menu, buzzy atmosphere and impressive wine list makes it one of the best Mount Lawley restaurants but Cantina's duck liver parfait with charred bread and onion jam elevates it to cult status. Hot tip: this place fills up quick on the weekends—be sure to call ahead and book.
Low Key Chow House
Sometimes you just need to keep date-night low key. And by this we mean The Low Key Chow House in Leederville. This place is Asian fusion at its best, and with such a generous selection of oriental delights, you’ll seriously struggle not to order everything on the menu. If you need help narrowing the field, spice things up with their mouthwatering ‘Pok Pok’ wings. And don’t get us started on the Mantou Buns—AKA addictive fluffy treats served with candied caramel pork belly, crushed peanuts and cucumber.
If you have a little something to celebrate with your special someone, then Wildflower is THE place. We’re talking one of Perth's best views, polished marble finishings and the finest of fine dining! You can also expect intimate lighting and swanky décor, all the makings of a cosy and romantic night out. Wildflower offers a different menu for each of the six indigenous seasons devised by COMO The Treasury’s Executive Chef, Jed Gerrard.
Opposites attract. He digs pizza but a juicy handmade burger is totes your thing! We get it, guys, and so does The Mantle—a heritage warehouse converted into a quirky, retro inspired hub for foodies and creatives alike. With a smorgasbord of cuisines under one roof, you may feel tempted by the South American bites available at Don Tapa’s, or perhaps a woodfired pizza cooked to perfection by Magna Pizza has your name written allllll over it. Whatever you’re itching for—you’re guaranteed to find a flavour to keep you both satisfied well into the night.
Victoria Park’s hidden gem Kuza embraces both traditional methods of Japanese cooking and contemporary trends. The modern, izakaya-style menu is designed for sharing and features all of your Japanese favourites. Perfect for sharing with your favourite person! You will not regret ordering the braised beef cheek dumplings—trust us on this one.
Nothing screams Perth date night more than dinner at the beach right? Stylish Italian canteen Il Lido is so close to the ocean you can hear the quiet hum of the waves rolling onto the shore—how romantic! The crew here are passionate about good food and good wine so you know the homemade pasta will be drool-worthy and the atmosphere will be top notch. Earn extra brownie points and make sure you get there in time for the sunset—the perfect backdrop for a #datenightselfie. No filter required.
Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House
Stylish, sexy and sleek, Lalla Rookh is dishing out some of Perth's best Italian fare and is one gem of a Perth date restaurant. Feast on home-made pasta and tender lamb while knocking back Tuscan wine. Oozing romantic and cosy vibes in spades, even if the date doesn't go well, at least you're tastebuds will be happy.
Do we have a travel hack for you! Trade flights to Vietnam for a booking at Mama Tran for a cool casual date-night with a guaranteed hit of authentic Vietnamese goodness. Seriously...what do you put in your Pho Mama Tran? The stuff is frikken addictive and we can’t get enough of it. You’ll crave everything on the menu, so make sure you know what flavours you’re itching for to avoid any unnecessary pho-mo! One of the best Perth cheap and cheerful date night restaurants!
Wok St Chow House
It could be the beer goggles, but you’re pretty certain you’ve just met your perfect match. You don’t want the night to end but your keen to get out of Mustang’s for a change of scenery. Something a bit more...romantic. There’s nothing quite like a spontaneous 2am date-night at Wok St Chow House where you can get to know each other over a delicious plate of Perth’s finest crying tiger beef strips. If you want to leave a lasting impression, order you’re new flame a top shelf Japanese whiskey on the rocks. Smooth.
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