We’re past the point now of making fun of people who need their food sans gluten right? If you or someone you know is celiac, you’ll understand the pain (and long term health issues) of eating the wrong stuff, so it’s good to know Perth’s restaurant scene understands it too.
The majority of Perth eateries will have some form of gluten-free option at least somewhere on the menu, but for the purpose of this list we’ve tried to focus on places where you or your gluten-free date/mate gets the pick of the bunch, and aren’t regulated to the side salads section. We’ve also not included Japanese restaurants, because they’ll need a whole article of their own (AND HERE IT IS).
Not only is The Standard home to one of Perth’s best beer gardens, their menu is home to a seriously fantastic selection of gluten free options to choose from. Most of the extensive menu is vego and gluten free, and with options like crispy fried pork belly (below), shredded duck, NW jumbo tiger prawns, korean fried cauliflower and pan roasted octopus, there’s no doubt they’re setting the gold standard in GF dining around Perth.
28 Roe St, Northbridge
One of a bunch of Mexican-themed restaurantés that popped up when it was the done thing a few years back, el PÚBLICO has endured because quite simply, it is awesome. Their tequila selection is amazing (and won’t destroy you the next day), and basically the entire menu is gluten free, great for sharing, and delicious.
511 Beaufort St, Highgate
A lot of Perth pizza joints are happy to rock the GF-base these days, but it’s hard to go past Alfred’s, who make their’s fresh in-house. Tucked away in a downstairs basement, it’s the perfect setting for both an intimate night, or really letting your hair down with rock’n’roll vibes a-plenty.
37 Barrack St, Perth
While they may have only just opened, we can confirm Neon Palms on William Street has matched their delicious cocktails with an awesome menu featuring plenty of gluten free options. The Rump Cap chimichurri tacos pack a protein punch, while the Loaded Cassava Chips are a new take on loaded fries that won’t knock you out. And for something luxurious-yet-light, the Ceviche Di Hiramasa is a summer dream.
245 William St, Northbridge
Little Bird Cafe
While this list is very night time dining focused, we’d be crazy not to mention Little Bird Cafe on Lake Street’s insane brekky/brunch options. Their GF, vegan pancakes are basically world famous at this point, along with basically everything else on the menu having a GF option, even the popcorn chicken tacos (below)! And if you can manage to walk out of there without grabbing a slice of one of their insane gluten free sweets options (gluten free salt and caramel cheesecake anyone?), well than you’re stronger-willed than us we’ll give you that!
100 Lake St, Northbridge
Angel Falls Grill
Arguably Perth’s premier gluten free dining experience, not only is their menu freakin’ massive, it’s also 100% Gluten Free! Put it down to the authentic Venezuelan dining on offer, with some enticing South American-style starter plates to warm you up before some huge grills put you into a coma. Take for instance, the 2-person Big Grill: 500g of rump cap steak, grilled free range chicken tenders, AFG signature chorizo, Venezuelan morcilla (black pudding), congri, coleslaw, papas criollas and AFG guasacaca sauce – ooft.
Shafto Lane, Perth
Tasty pasta options are quickly catching up in our brave new gluten free world, and Tommy Sugo in Nedlands and at pop-ups around town is leading the charge. Take it from owner Nathan: “It’s been a passion of mine to create a menu of gluten free pasta that offer our customers choice, have great texture and taste amazing…even for consumers without sensitivities to enjoy.” And he really puts his money where your mouth goes.
88 Broadway, Nedlands
If you’re feeling a little naughty and want to indulge in a serious meat-fuelled extravaganza, you can’t go past Porkies in Bayswater and Gosnells’ huge menu, packed with gluten free options from top to bottom. Owners John and Byron have traversed the American highways to learn from only the best, with John even laying claim to a Bachelor Of Barbecue Science.
Photo by @christilyncarmen
208 Railway Parade, Bayswater + 2328 Albany Hwy, Gosnells
And on the opposite end of the spectrum there is Mt Lawley healthy staple Veggie Mama. Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner, their wide variety of GF and vegan curries and salads will nourish you in all the right ways – the perfect remedy after a weekend blowout.
Photo by @experth4649
5/567 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley
Something a little fancier perhaps? Ficus is a new restaurant on the upper level of Market Hall in Yagan Square, with a focus on farm to plate dining. Sourced from an extensive network of farmers, fishers and grocers, their diverse menu filled with gluten free and vegetarian options has been getting plenty of praise in their short lifespan.
Yagan Square, Perth
Similar to pizzas, Perth’s burger joint explosion is also doing well to acknowledge the plight of the gluten free family, and Varsity Burgers offer one of the best GF buns going around. With a number of different locations around Perth, there’s one to suite any occasion.
Flora & Fauna
Flora & Fauna in Northbridge offer some great vegan and gluten free options for brekky and/or brunch. Epic portions will get your day off to a filling start, and their GF banana bread is much-loved for a very good reason.
4/70 Aberdeen St, Northbridge
Redfish Fish, Chips & Grill
Any fish and chip shop around Perth worth their – chicken – salt (and here’s a bunch of our favourites) will offer a grilled option, but Redfish in Attadale take their gluten free fish seriously. They’ve got a dedicated gluten free fryer for their special gluten free crumbs, along with some huge fish tacos (below), coconut-crumbed prawns and even gluten free chips. Definitely worth seeking out if you’re a GF-fish and chipaholic.
88D Moreing Rd, Attadale
Annalakshmi has been a fixture on the Swan River for almost 30 years, with their HUGE Indian buffet offering a heap of tasty options. Many often wonder how a restaurant so big can survive with their pay-what-you-feel ethos, but after a couple of trips back to the spice-soaked buffet you’ll understand.
Photo by @ninamarlena
Barrack St Jetty, Perth
Header photo: Neon Palms by Danika Zuks.