Words by Kale Armstrong.
Gone are the days where the city was the only place to be wined and dined by Western Australia’s best culinary talent − the suburbs are quickly becoming the place to be! We checked out Karrinyup Shopping Centre’s West Deck to get the low down on the top-notch dining experiences ready to make your night unforgettable.
Inspired by the vibrancy and buzz of south-east Asian market culture, Spice Market is delivering authentic Thai flavours with the same tenacity and fervour. With a menu laced with fruits, spices and zesty delights, each dish delivers the unique flavours of the Asian subtropics. Rich spicy curries, whole steamed Barramundi and stir fries with that addictive wok-hei are only scratching the surface of what’s available. Featuring a list of even more colourful cocktails − check out the lychee caprioska − if the mouth-watering menu hasn’t gotten you in already, then the aromas floating through the West Deck certainly will.
Authentic Bites Dumpling House
From owner Lydia Zhang (Juicy Bao Bao, Authentic Bites Northbridge), comes Karrinyup’s very own Authentic Bites Dumpling House. A twin to their original − and ever so popular − Northbridge venue, Authentic Bites’ Chinese dumplings are some of the best that Perth has to offer. Famed for their xiao long bao and pork and prawn wontons, it’s not uncommon to find enthusiastic dumpling lovers queuing around the block for these juicy handmade wonders. With a stunning list of steamed and pan-fried Shanghainese classics − as well as some phenomenal rice and noodle dishes − Authentic Bites will leave you a committed dumpling devotee.
From the mind of Sauma chef and restauranteur Gurps Bagga, comes Topi – a flavourful exploration of India’s regional cuisines. After realising the importance of climate and produce limitation in creating India’s distinct regional flavours, Bagga became fascinated with regenerative farming and began to maximise his use of Western Australian produce. From fish curries with Shark Bay Barramundi to fresh Manjimup turmeric in their signature Margarita, the Topi experience is best enjoyed with a large group of friends and family.
Baguette Me Not
From starting out at farmers markets in 2014 to quickly becoming one of the CBD’s most popular lunch bars, Luanne Balaba’s much loved Baguette Me Not has gained popularity and love for all the right reasons. Inspired by traditional Vietnamese street food, Baguette Me Not’s contemporary rendition of the classic bánh mì and steamed bao are one of the West Deck’s highlights.
From the group behind The Camfield and The Elford comes their latest venue: Good Company. Helmed by passionate and energetic executive chef Ben Keal, the massive venue offers a wide variety of fruit-filled cocktails, carefully picked wines and beers with a stacked menu of refined pub classics. Good Company eagerly pumps out pizzas from their Marana Forni gas-back pizza oven, along with crispy nibbles and tasty mains − including a juicy lamb rump that’s out of this world. With a beautiful alfresco area to enjoy live music and a giant screen to watch the footy, Good Company is the long overdue pub that Karrinyup deserves.
Arirang Korean BBQ
No strangers to the authentic Korean tradition, Arirang have been around since 1999 with locations in Barrack Street and Cannington. After taking over from his uncle in 2001, owner Daniel Yu has been overseeing the running of their busy restaurant venues. Although famed for their Korean barbecue, Arirang also offers a wide variety of soups, noodles and more that’ll have you constantly taking the night off cooking.
O Mare Mio
With a stylish venue inspired by the Amalfi coast and utilising the best Australian seafood, O Mare Mio offers traditional Neopolitan wood-fired pizzas, pastas and Italian secondi, paired with a selection of local and international wines. With an alfresco dining area similar to a trattoria in Portofino, O Mare Mio is a great place to stay a while, and will have you reaching for the dessert menu every time.
From Laika Coffee in Lathlain, comes their new little sister venue: Little Laika. Offering traditional barista classics along with a rotating single origin filter or batch brew coffee, Little Laika has got your caffeinated needs sorted. They’re also serving up brunch favourites along with a few newbies that are sure to join that list − think chilli crab scrambled eggs and pulled pork eggs benedict. Along with a list of super salads, perfect pastas and brilliant burgers, Little Laika has all angles covered.
From CBD cocktail Bar Lafayette and pub W Churchill, comes a passion project that hits close to home. Inspired by their grandmother’s traditional Malaysian recipes, Laksarama is serving up sensational Curry and Sarawak Laksas. An aromatic coconut broth of vermicelli noodles, shredded meat, egg and fresh herbs, this brilliant bowl of deliciousness will have you feeling like part of the family. They’re also serving up a complete list of Nanyang specialities like handmade dark soy noodles and curry spiced Malaysian fried chicken.
Super Tetsudo is the West Deck’s new cutting-edge Kaiten style sushi train, offering incredibly delicious and affordable sushi, noodles and rice dishes, all delivered by robot waiters or high-speed trains! Inspired by the small boutique sushi shops found throughout Japan, owner Kenny Lim spent two years planning his state-of-the-art restaurant concept before deciding that it was finally ready to go. “I wanted it to be something new; something bold,” Lim says about his anime inspired restaurant. “Although we’re at the forefront of technology, our Chefs will always be the backbone of what we do.” Just be sure to get there as early as you can to avoid the queue!
Third generation publican John Parker (The Royal, The Standard and Fleur) has opened the group’s first suburban dining venue, Dandelion, which is also a two-storey bar and micro-distillery, specialising in house-made gin and vodka. Dandelion offers world class cuisine with bars on both levels, a sun-soaked balcony, and a rustic, wood fired lounge area. On the food front, Head Chef Chase Weber’s fresh and flavourful South-East Asian menu is one of his best. With a wide range of sharing options from zesty small bites to crisp and smoky larger plates, much of Weber’s menu features a “touch of fire” from Dandelion’s open coal grill and wok station.
From humble beginnings operating out of a shipping container in Northbridge to opening eight new locations over a two-year period, Pretzel’s artisanal sweet and savoury soft pretzels are modelled after a New York City subway station staple. Brittany Garbutt’s West Deck venue offers your classic sugar and salt toppings all the way up to three-cheese pepperoni and peanut butter and Oreo. Sauce-wise we’re talking American mustard to nacho cheese, or white chocolate to Nutella – there’s an infinite number of ways to bring those Instagram food pics to life.
Hermanos en Tacos
After their success with Hermanos en Cantina in Beaufort Street, Tex-Mex aficionados Siri Solumsmoen and Stuart Bernstein have opened their exciting, new and tasty taqueria out on the West Deck. Famous for their signature slow-cooked beef brisket and pulled pork carnitas, Solumsmoen and Bernstein offer a delicious twist on classic Tex-Mex flavours with their spicy Señor Incredible and king prawn loaded Booker T. Packed with plenty of vegan and non-vegan options, satisfy those Tex-Mex cravings with a refreshing Hermanos en Taco’s margarita or ice-cold beer on tap.
Billy van Creamy
Remember the echoes of Greensleeves through the suburbs on a Sunday afternoon? Perth brothers Alex and Mitchell Wells’ new West Deck ice creamery is here to take you back to the humble Mr Whippy van. Originally founded in 2014, Billy van Creamy prides itself on hand making the best classic ice cream using organic dairy and raw cane sugar. Doing away with the artificial stabilisers and colours, the Wells brothers choose to use fresh herbs, fruits and nuts to create their distinct and delicious flavours.
The British Chippy
Are you a homesick Brit craving those old school fish and chips? The British Chippy will make you feel as if you never left. After bringing a 150-year legacy of British fish and chip shops to Currambine and Butler, these fishy fellows can now be found frying up sustainably sourced Icelandic Cod and Haddock on the north end of the West Deck. Using West Australian potatoes for their hand-cut chips, The British Chippy recycles the oil in their fryers to be used in biofuel. As for those classic sides, you can expect to find curry sauces, sliced white bread and mushy peas just to name a few.
Header Image: Good Company