You may have seen some stories in the news lately regarding many businesses suffering in the wake of the Coronavirus situation in China.
One such section of the community has been many Chinese restaurants experiencing a big downturn in clientele as a result of (misguided) fears from people worried they’ll catch it.
We know you, loyal Perth Is Ok readers, wouldn’t be so silly as to worry about such nonsense, but we figured there’s no harm in highlighting some of our favourite Chinese haunts around Perth.
So go forth, tuck into some delicious dumplings or beautiful barbecued meats in the coming days/weeks, because it’s a win for all concerned.
If you’re looking for a bit of hustle and bustle about your feast, Chilli Panda’s rowdy atmosphere and Sichuan menu should do the trick. Indeed, it’s called Chilli Panda for a reason, with most of their dishes packing some kinda punch, with some challenging even the bravest of warriors. Their huge menu is matched with pretty reasonable prices, and it’s BYO!
Suite 2/137 Newcastle St, Perth
One of the best spots for Chinese down Freo way, Vivisen have been doing it right for over 10 years now. The casual atmosphere definitely feels right at home given its location, the food is fresh and light, their housemade dim sum is beautiful, and if you’re game, you gotta try the twice cooked pork belly with chilli and black bean.
15 Point St, Fremantle
Good Fortune Roast Duck House
As the name of this stalwart of the Perth Chinese restaurant scene may attest, they know their way around duck. It’s been running the game in Perth for over 20 years now thanks to head honcho Mr. Jin Shou Chen, whose special prep techniques have made his restaurants world-renowned. If it’s duck your hunting, Good Fortune should be where you aim.
354 William St, Perth
884 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park WA
Another popular Newcastle Street haunt, Endless Delight’s secret weapon is their handcut noodles that will have you coming back time and time again. The competitive pricing and gluten free and vegetarian options combined with friendly staff and a very passionate, friendly owner make it another Northbridge winner.
5/145 Newcastle St, Perth
8 On The Point
8 On The Point brings fine Chinese dining to the banks of the Swan River, with a tantalising mix of tradition and modern Chinese cuisine. It’s a little on the pricier side compared to other places on this list, but it’s also a little fancier than them, and you’ll be happy to pay it thanks to the great service and super fresh, locally sourced ingredients. They also do one of the best dim sums going around.
306 Riverside Dr, Perth
This small Chinese joint in the CBD is a favourite amongst the locals thanks to a commitment to more traditional Chinese fare and preparation. Along with their great selection of traditionally prepared noodles, their naughty little Chinese bao burgers are hard to go by, and the generous serving sizes should keep your satisfied.
148 Murray St, Perth
Golden Mile in Como has been a popular family favourite for years, and once you stop in you’ll understand why. The menu is huge, the service is always with a smile and even though it’s popular with families, the atmosphere inside is quiet and relaxed. If you’re looking for old favourites like honey and lemon chicken and sweet and sour pork done right, look no further.
Shop 1/6 Preston St, Como
BamBamBoo is a CBD Chinese restaurants serious about healthy meals and freshness, which is why you can watch ‘em make it. The iPad ordering system makes things super easy, and their dumplings are some of the best in the city. The employ traditional, hundreds of years old elevated barbecuing techniques from Hong Kong to cook some damn fine WA meats.
25/140 William St, Perth
Authentic Bites Dumpling House
Alright so we might be double-dipping, already including Authentic Bites on our best dumplings list (check it HERE), but it really is that good. If you haven’t bothered to line up (like so many others, every day), now might be the time to get in and try their wonderful wontons, which you can watch them make through the window.
3/145 Newcastle St, Perth
Alright so Billy Lee’s might not be the best rated, and it might not be the classiest or flashiest option for Chinese in Perth, but it’s a gosh darn Northbridge institution and we’d kick ourselves for leaving it out. Nothing caps off a night out in the ‘Bridge quite like a sitting around a Billy Lee’s lazy susan and chowing down on a hearty meal with all your mates.
15/66 Roe St, Northbridge
Cover photo courtesy of Chilli Panda