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2022’s Best Restaurants In The Perth CBD

bySally Hall
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Perth may hold plenty of hidden gems across our sprawling suburbs, but the city centre’s vast number of next-level eateries is pretty hard to resist. Whether you’re schmoozing a client or finding a sultry spot to take your next Tinder date, here are just some of our favourites:

Heritage Wine Bar

With its crisp white linens, bentwood chairs and monochrome palette, Heritage Wine Bar has the classic good looks its name would suggest. Devoid of any trendy gimmicks, the menu has a distinctively European flair, with an unmistakably WA flavour: think chicken and rabbit terrine with wattle seed and Geraldton wax, or local fish with almond, sourdough and Warragal greens.

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131 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Long Chim

A visit to Long Chim will always turn up the heat. The Thai street food mecca has become an institution of sorts since opening its doors in 2015 – and for good reason. Bringing a slice of Bangkok to the State Buildings’ basement, the menu practically slaps you in the face with flavour.

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State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth


Balthazar

Polished, yet accessible. Business appropriate yet gives you a wink. This timeless dining room gives you all the confident, New York-y, money-never-sleeps vibes you’d hope for, but with an approachability that’s all West Australian. Tartare, terrine, kangaroo loin and duck fat potatoes tick all the hedonistic boxes, not to mention that impressive wall of wines.

​6 The Esplanade, Perth


Petition

Jack-of-all-trades is often used disparagingly, but in this case, we use it as the highest complement: what can’t Petition do? Whether you’re stopping by for a quick coffee, a long lunch, or a convivial dinner with friends, Petition is always there, with a thoughtfully executed menu that showcases the best local produce on offer.

Perth CBD's Best Restaurants, Petition

State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth


Santini

You just can’t overlook Santini’s dazzling dining room, with those caramel-y terracottas and rich blue hues that transition effortlessly from the bright approachability of a long lunch, into the dimly-lit deliciousness of dinner service. The menu manages to balance its accessibility with a focus and attention to detail that ensures any less-favourable hotel dining cliches are satisfyingly avoided. Inner-city slickness, paired with a vibrancy that’s classically Mediterranean-Australian.

QT, 133 Murray Street, Perth


Tiny’s

Had a rough day at work? The hustle and bustle of the big smoke getting you down? We are prescribing a Tiny’s rotisserie chook, stat. Served with a moreish kapitan sauce and plenty of spinach rice, it’s a masterclass of comfort eating. But, then again… it’s hard to go past their pork belly with Ajo Blanco, nashi pear and miso.

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QV1, Corner Hay Street and Milligan Street, Perth


Fleur

Having relaunched at the start of this year with a new, French-leaning menu – we have a reinvigorated appreciation for the Royal’s decadent dining room. Decked out in sumptuous velvet, Fleur boasts a polished dining experience that features classics like honey roasted Wagin duck à l’orange, an inventive take on lobster mornay, or a steak tartare served alongside a grilled onion emulsion.

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531 Wellington Street, Perth


UMA

Peruvian cuisine might not be on everyone’s “to try” list, but it sure will be after a visit to UMA. Perth meets Peru is their tagline, essentially meaning you’re getting stunning dishes straight outta Peru, brought to life almost entirely with exceptional WA produce. Award winning Executive Chef Alejandro Saravia combines incredibly bold, vibrant flavours across a variety of dishes including some untouchable ceviche options, grilled octopus, mouthwatering Anticuchos (Pardoo wagyu rump skewers), twice cooked Yucas and more. Honestly your best bet is the “Journey Menu” – just make sure you kickstart it with a pisco sour.

Pan Pacific, 207 Adelaide Terrace, Perth


Wildflower

Wildflower might be Perth’s crowning jewel of fine dining. Fittingly perched atop the State Buildings with stunning views over the city and the Swan River, the menu journeys through the six Noongar seasons and fittingly utilises uniquely Western Australian ingredients. The luxe Treasury Buildings surrounds and refined fit out certainly don’t hurt.

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State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Avenue, Perth


Golden Boy & Jade Girl

“Authentic” has become a bit of a loaded term of late, so we can’t help but admire the chutzpah of Golden Boy & Jade Girl‘s declaration of inauthenticity. One half restaurant (Golden Boy), one half rooftop bar (Jade Girl), they’re delivering big flavours packed with nostalgia and plenty of twists – like crab rangoon inspired spring rolls with mac and cheese, enoki gnocchi paired with a mushroom XO sauce, or typhoon nuggets: crispy, crumbed tofu with garlic and black bean.

Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Willi’s

A revamp of The Royal’s ground floor venue, Willi’s emerged victorious into the tail end of 2021. Their menu manages to be both decadent and precise, yet relaxed – while their wine list, curated by wine director Daisy Case, is robust.

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531 Wellington Street, Perth


Nippon Bar + Kitchen

Looks aren’t everything, but you certainly won’t be forgetting Nippon Bar + Kitchen‘s fluffy, flowering bar anytime soon. Holding its own against some of the city’s Japanese heavyweights – they’re serving up a selection that pays tribute to prefectures across the country. Their robatayaki is particularly worthy of note; grilled over charcoal, skewers of tiger prawns, chicken and M9+ wagyu are tender and flavourful, perfect for a quick bite with a drink. That’s the name of the game at Nippon: often izakaya becomes lost in translation, but the concept of grabbing a drink and a few bites to eat after work seems to be flourishing here.

QV1 Plaza, 250 St Georges Terrace, Perth


TOMA

We can bandy about the phrase “long-awaited”, but when we say Pirate Life‘s CBD brewpub was long-awaited, we mean long awaited. First announced way back in September of 2019, casual brewpub has a not-so-casual approach to good beer: the monster 15-metre main bar has 16 Pirate Life taps (and another 20 to come). In the rear you’ll find TOMA, an intimate dining space for when you’re looking for something a little more schmick – or if you’ve got a hankering for one of Perth’s most lavish surf n’ turfs.

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440 Murray Street, Perth


Annalakshmi

Annalakshmi has been a fixture on the Swan River for almost 30 years, with their mammoth 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.

Barrack Street Jetty, Perth


Post

With a flair for showing off WA’s best produce, Post’s menu delicately balances between Old-World-Italian and Perth-right-now – while reflecting the restrained refinement of the State Buildings, of course. Stop by for mouth-watering after-work antipasti (buffalo mozzarella with pickled mushrooms, or a rosy plate of beef carpaccio?), or delve into their pasta offerings – think rigatoni with guanciale, chilli and tomato, or dive face-first into that veal cotoletta.

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State Buildings, 1 Cathedral Ave, Perth


Lalla Rookh

An impressive blend of Italian dining infused with the spirit of fresh WA produce, Lalla Rookh‘s menu is a lesson in relaxed decadence. And when it comes to wines, Sommelier Jeremy Prus stocks an award-winning offering of only the finest Italian and Australian offerings.

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77 St Georges Terrace, Perth


Restaurant Jun

Long time cult-fave for Perth’s Japanese food lovers, you’d be forgiven for walking past this hidden spot a hundred times before ever noticing it was there. Once you turn down the alleyway and descend down the stairs into Jun, you could almost imagine you had stumbled upon a cosy, quiet pocket of Tokyo. Specialists in kushiyaki and yakitori (grilled skewers and grilled chicken skewers, respectively), it’s the perfect spot for after-work dinner whether you’re sharing with a group of mates or flying solo.

568 Hay Street, Perth


Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King

If you’re going to do just one thing, you’ve gotta do it well. That’s the whole idea behind cult noodle chain Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King – ramen, and that’s it. Founded by Keisuke Takeda and attached to the Melbourne Hotel, arrive knowing that although you might have to wait for a seat, you will be richly rewarded.

33 Milligan Street, Perth


Grand Orient

Another eatery attached to the Melbourne Hotel, Grand Orient brings some old-world glitz to the city. With a focus on Cantonese-style dishes, it’s a great dinner date if you feel like the theatrical grandeur of table-side Peking duck, all in a beautiful setting. Or why not stop by for a more glamorous weekend dim sum?

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33 Milligan Street, Perth


Palsaik Namoo

Pork belly is integral to the Korean barbecue experience, and at Palsaik Namoo, you know you won’t be left wanting. Eight types of marinated pork belly to suit every taste, from bulgogi to garlic or chilli. If pork isn’t your thing, don’t panic – they’ve also got plenty of beef, fried chicken and of course, sides dishes to keep everyone happy.

78 Barrack Street, Perth

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