By Lauren Jade Hill
With such a bounty of fresh produce in the surrounding region, it comes as no surprise that Western Australia’s capital Perth has a vibrant dining scene to match. Fusing native ingredients from the land and sea with innovative culinary techniques and an infusion of international influence, the city’s stand-out restaurants serve up exciting cuisine in a range of stylish settings. Step into the very best dining spots this city has to offer by seeking out our pick of the seven best restaurants in Perth.
Bistro Guillaume Perth
Taking inspiration from Parisian neighborhood bistros, this restaurant expertly creates innovative dishes that are based on classic French cuisine. The stylish setting then leans more towards its modern Australian identity, designed with an indoor-outdoor concept, at the edge of an outdoor swimming pool. Expect dishes like chargrilled swordfish with asparagus, jamon, capsicum and tomato, or escargot en persillade, along with freshly shucked oysters.
Showcasing the signature cuisine of chef Nobu Matsuhisa, which fuses specialties from Japanese cuisine with South American flavors, Nobu Perth offers up a diverse menu spanning ceviche, tacos, tempura and sushi, with a seven-course Omakase menu that’s accompanied by a glass of Veuve Clicquot champagne. Also in Nobu’s signature style, the restaurant’s interior is lavish yet minimalist with plenty of glamour.
Located with a 100-year-old rag factory at the heart of what is now Perth’s CBD, 1907 provides an atmospheric dining setting in which award-winning modern Australian fine dining plates are served. The chef’s seasonal degustation menus showcase the best of this cuisine, with plates such as WA barramundi, clams, shimeji, shitake and XO broth with wine pairing.
In a steel and glass box atop COMO The Treasury hotel in the city’s CBD, this highly acclaimed restaurant, which is accompanied by a bar and outdoor terrace, places the focus on contemporary plates revolving around the six seasons of the indigenous Noongar calendar in farmer and forage-driven cuisine. A five-course tasting menu brings together the season’s flavors, with dishes such as Shark Bay blue swimmer crab with preserved daikon, persimmon, eucalyptus and finger limes. Each dish is paired with a Western Australian wine.
Also to be found within COMO The Treasury hotel, this modern Australian ‘neo-bistro’ takes its name from the franking room of Perth’s original post office that the restaurant is now housed in. This high-ceilinged light-filled space has been transformed with stylish modern décor and is where diners can tuck into modern Australian cuisine with French influence and the Como Shambhala ethos of nutritional balance.
Classic French cuisine and modern Australian flavors are brought together at Opus Restaurant, championing the produce of Western Australia. Diners opt between a la carte plates or the degustation menu, in which dishes such as seared quail breast with tamarillos and spinach are served with French and Australian wines. The low-lit, white-table-clothed dining space lies within The Richardson Hotel & Spa.
Consistently winning plaudits for its tasting menus of seasonal dishes made from locally sourced ingredients and modern surroundings with a convivial atmosphere, Co-Op Dining places the emphasis on foraged ingredients and sustainable and organic produce from farmers in Western Australia. The tasting menu here changes daily but could feature dishes such as Manjimup trout with beetroot, cured trout roe and goat’s yogurt. This menu comes with wine pairing.
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