Top-tier Western Australian produce and expertly prepared Japanese cuisine is truly a match made in heaven, and there’s plenty of places in Perth cranking out top-tier meals that will make your jaw drop. We haven’t even touched on ramen – that deserves its own list (which we’ve done for you HERE).
Here are our picks for just a few of Perth’s best Japanese restaurants.
Marumo’s seven course omakase menu has become the stuff of legends. A three-hour experience in the itty-bitty, minimalist dining room, which itself is tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable Nedlands shopping village. At $75 per head, Marumo is one of the best value fine dining experiences in Perth – its extreme mystique comes in part from the scarcity of its highly sought after reservations. Released only a few times a year and snapped up eagerly, this is an evening to plan well in advance for.
22/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands
I’m sure I’m not alone when I feel a degree of skepticism every time I see the words “tapas- style” thrown around willy-nilly. But Ha-Lu can cover even the most cynical skeptic to the merits of sharing. The menu spans from moreish zensai and otsumami starters through to more substantial mains – think slow cooked soy pork belly or grilled beef and miso plum sauce – all elegantly presented and designed for sharing. And I mean, that okonomiyaki… big oof.
Shop 4, 401 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn
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
If you’ve had a special occasion in the last ten years – anniversary, birthday, folks are paying… chances are, you’ve hit up Nobu. This global, Robert De Niro-owned brand has made a name for itself in excellence, and its Perth outpost is no different. The opulent dining room and its Crown setting naturally lends itself to celebrations, while complementing its modern Japanese-South American fare. The omakase menus are always a safe bet if you want to sit back and enjoy their signature dishes, but as any seafood-lovers will know, it’s well worth scoping out any local and seasonal highlights.
Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
This teeny-tiny Shenton Park spot works extra hard doing double duty, with one half of the restaurant a cheerful, neighbourhood BYO and takeaway, and the other half a slightly more sophisticated, intimate, licensed dining room. Whichever half you end up in, you’re in for a treat. You can expect many of the classics, with sashimi and sushi, as well as dishes like katsu, karaage, teriyaki and tempura on offer. For those wanting to explore their seaonal, Kyoto-inspired specialties a little more in-depth, their kaiseki degustation can be booked in advance.
142 Onslow Road, Shenton Park
If you’d stumbled upon Leeming’s family-run Ichirin for a quick lunch on the go, it would be easy to file it away as a particularly good, neighbourhood shopping strip takeaway joint. And while the casual lunch fare is, to give credit where credit’s due, extremely well executed – you’d be doing both Ichirin, and yourself, a disservice: the omakase is where it’s at. When it comes to seafood, chef Shiro Okuchi knows his stuff, and the chef’s choice omakase menu is the perfect way to showcase the union of Japanese culinary excellence and West Australian produce.
Shop 2, Cnr Beasley Road and Dundee Street, Leeming
D’s Authentic Japanese
If a restaurant is so picky about flavour that they start their own brewery for the perfect lager to pair with their menu… that certainly deserves special attention. D’s Authentic Japanese has been quietly accruing a fervent following amongst northern suburbs locals for their authentic Japanese offerings and warm service. Chef Koji (formerly of Nobu) is dedicated to sourcing only the highest quality local produce, crafting a seasonal menu that highlights the best WA has to offer.
13/1 Glenelg Place, Connolly
This cosy, unpretentious restaurant has been hidden away in Subiaco for yonks, and it’s difficult to understand why there isn’t a line out the door. Traditional food that ranges from sushi and sashimi, all the way to homestyle donburi and udon, with service so warm you’ll want to curl up on the tatami and stay there forever.
12/375 Hay Street, Subiaco
Cover photo via Nobu