Aisuru | Image Credit: Louise Coghill
When it comes to Japanese food we’re spoiled for choice in Perth. We’ve got everything from jacked-up burrito-sized sushi rolls, to dinner that you cook on a 400-degree volcanic rock from the comfort of your own table, and everything in between.
From budget to blowout—here’s where to find Perth’s best Japanese food.
Mr. Munchies Sushi
The burrito-sized, jacked-up sushi rolls from Mr. Munchies in Mount Lawley are among some of the best sushi in Perth. Featuring flavour combinations like The Naughty Coconut Roll, filled with a pulled lamb and sweet potato and topped with chilli coconut flakes and the Crunchy Spider Roll with deep fried softshell crab (our favourite), your tastebuds will not be disappointed.
Popular with the locals and other Perthians in the know, Hanami in Mount Lawley serves up some of the best sashimi and Japanese noodles in town. If it’s lunch you’re after, Hanami have you covered which a whole bunch of bento boxes which include all the trimmings. The staff are friendly and the service is quick, making this spot ideal for lunch or dinner on the run.
If you’re looking for some of the best ramen in Perth, look no further than Nao Japanese on Murray Street in Perth. Responsible for feeding the CBD lunch crowd six days a week, their steaming bowls of perfection go down a treat with a side of gyoza (grilled pork dumplings) or some takoyaki (crispy calls of deep fried octopus).
Kagura Sushi House
Don’t let the unassuming exterior fool you, the food served up at Como’s Kagura Sushi House is delicious, fresh and authentic. Kagura have got all your regular Japanese staples like sushi and bento boxes. If you’re up for trying something new, their bento boxes with grilled eel or red emperor katsu are worth a shot and they come with dumplings, spring rolls, miso and seaweed salad. There’s also a sushi train, so you can grab a few extra treats if you’re still hungry!
Popular and authentic, Japanese restaurant Sado Island is definitely one of our Claremont faves. The friendly and attentive staff are always on hand to help you choose from the sushi bar, sashimi or a la carte menu or if you want to try everything, go for the set bento menu (which also comes with home made green tea ice cream). No surprises Sado Island has been going strong with the Claremont crowd for 17 years.
One of the cooler places to get sushi in Perth, Bonsai serve up contemporary Japanese eats which will have your tastebuds humming. We like to kick things off with some fried shares, like the tempura soft shell crab and fried chicken tosazu before moving on to mains like the teriyaki wagyu and caramel soy duck. Yum!
If you enjoy watching the theatrics of a sushi chef in the kitchen, Aisuru is the place for you. Serving up some of the best sushi in Perth (including bacon sushi, OMG), there is a vast selection of tasty eats at this Northbridge eatery. Our faves: Dynamite Roll, Spider Roll (is it obvious we like soft-shell crab yet?) and the Plum Flower Roll.
The Modern Eatery
Sleek and stylish, The Modern Eatery in Fremantle specialises in Aburi sushi—a style where the fish is partially cooked with a blow torch and partially raw, resulting in a subtle buttery and smokey flavour. Fancy! Serving up fresh and delicious Aburi sushi alongside a good range of uramaki, sashimi, nigari and tempura, The Modern Eatery is the best place to taste craft rolls while you sip on 12-year-old Japanese whiskey.
Bringing the handiwork of esteemed international chef, Nobu Matsuhisa, and Hollywood actor Robert De Niro to Perth—Nobu serve up Japanese cuisine with South America flair. You may have to part with your life savings at the end of your meal, but the food is definitely worth it. Think yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, truffle flavoured popcorn edamame and black cod miso, as well as crazy delicious desserts like the miso cappuccino, salted caramel miso parfait and our favourite, dessert bento box! Hot tip: you’ll want to be on your best behaviour as the vibe here is fancy.
Tsunami in Mosman Park is the perfect destination for date night, complete with friendly staff, romantic ambiance and twinkly fairy lights. Test your cooking skills and order from the Ishikaya menu, where you’ll get to cook dinner on a 400-degree volcanic rock—your date will be super impressed and heck, they may even propose! Tsunami have a huge selection of sake and wine on offer. Winning!
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