Perth’s Best New Bars And Restaurants of 2022
We had the best of intentions to release this round up smack-bang in the middle of the year… But like everyone else, each month has hit us like a freight train! We blinked and it was September, so before we blink again and we’re shouting “Happy New Year!”, we’ll tell you about our favourite bars and restaurants that opened in the first half(-ish) of 2022.
What else could be at the top of this list than Perth’s latest culinary enfant terrible? We can’t get enough of Testun’s irreverent attitude and big flavours. Combining Italian nostalgia with a new-wave Australasian approach, the neighbourhood osteria is quickly making its (neon green) mark.
12/760 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
It was a fortuitous few weeks that saw both Hunter Bread and Rym Tarng open in Bicton Central. The latter, helmed by former Long Chim, Wildflower and Hearth chef Art Bunraksa, is pumping out some pretty unforgettable Thai plates from the 16-seat restaurant. Pork and prawn donuts are enough of a reason to visit, but the signature pork jowl will certainly help seal the deal.
Shop 8, 258 Canning Highway, Bicton
The closure of Maylands’ Swallow Bar left a huge hole in our hearts, but the recent opening of Volare has meant we can finally start to heal. Bringing the Euro-holiday, aperitivo vibes to Maylands, they’ve managed to keep all the Art Deco delightfulness that helped make Swallow such a neighbourhood favourite – and the quality eats. A seasonally changing menu features plenty of drink-friendly plates, with decadent bites like a chicken liver pâté cannoli or negroni-glazed octopus.
198 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
East Fremantle has gained a slice of Parisian glamour with the opening of La Lune. One part bright and eclectic, one part sultry and romantic, the all-day bistro is enticing diners with classics like steak frites, salade niçoise, or breakfast-ready tartines.
71-75 George Street, East Fremantle
Ruinbar / Pretty Good Pizza
Inspired by the ruin bars of Budapest, this Northbridge haunt makes use of one (or rather, three) of Beaufort Street’s most charming heritage-listed storefronts. While inside has plenty of historical charm with booths for more intimate catch-ups, Ruin’s industrial-chic beer garden is looking like one of the area’s most enticing spots to down a cold one. As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve just opened an attached pizza joint, Pretty Good Pizza. We’d say it’s aptly named, but “pretty good” doesn’t quite do it justice.
165 Beaufort Street, Northbridge
This CBD bar is bringing a big cocktail game to one of the city’s lushest hidden spots. Tucked away down Howard Street, Terrarium’s greenery-filled rooftop terrace is crying out for summer after-work drinks, while inside the huge windows looking out over the leafy street makes the perfect spot to watch some wild winter weather.
99 St George’s Terrace, Perth (entry via Howard Street)
It was a sad day when this Leederville institution closed its doors after a whopping 25 years on Oxford Street – but Tom’s re-emerged, triumphantly into their new Beaufort Street location this year, this time as a wine bar and providore. Whether you’re dropping past for a nourishing meal and a coffee on the run, or settling in for a glass of wine and charcuterie board in the evening – Tom’s has got you covered.
290 Beaufort Street, Perth
At first unassuming, a second look makes it clear why this itty-bitty Swanbourne bar has been creating such a buzz. Vinotto’s drinks are curated by Caitlin Johnston, and hit just about every corner of Europe – in vibe, if not strictly in provenance. At the pint-sized pass, chef Justin Scarvaci (formerly of Lulu La Delizia) has taken over, putting his own stamp on the all-star lineup of snacks opening chef Justin Wong established when they opened back in March.
2/137 Claremont Crescent, Swanbourne
One of the most low-key openings of 2022, Una Més has become one of Menora’s hidden gems. Or at least, as hidden as you can be situated right on Walcott Street and adjacent to one of Perth’s biggest independent bottle shops, La Vigna. Owners Ana and Adam share an impressive CV that includes stints at Propeller, their now-shuttered, excellent Barcelona-inspired Claremont deli Xarcuteria, and the much-lauded Star Anise. Offering stellar tapas plates a-plenty, their hidden weapon is their impressive wine selection – which you can get at bottle shop prices.
300 Walcott Street, Menora
If you’re looking for big flavour, look no further than Freo’s Sana. Boasting street food and cocktails, the Middle Eastern eatery is one of Market Street’s newest additions. Dive into a smokey bowl of baba ganoush, some fig-glazed chicken wings or that succulent, slow braised lamb.
93 Market Street, Fremantle
Perhaps it’s the well-heeled surrounds of Claremont, but Corvo manages to walk a tightrope between a serious, meticulous technique and relaxed approachability. The Euro-leaning menu is defined by both seasonality and locality, whether you’re stopping in for a drink and a bite or settling in for something more substantial. A new Claremont classic.
34 St Quentin Avenue, Claremont
Sometimes, when extolling the virtues of Dandelion, we see an eyebrow raise in skepticism. “Where is it? Karrinyup? At the shopping centre?” Karrinyup’s West Deck is a triumphant exercise in transforming shopping centre dining into something entirely more palatable – and its shining jewel has got to be Dandelion. The menu can only really be categorised into “tasty” – kind of casual, kind of schmick, the focus is on big flavour, in no small part because of the rotisserie grill and wood-fired oven.
West Deck, Karrinyup Shopping Centre, 200 Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup
Considered, delicate and genre spanning, ANY – one of the CBD’s newest eateries – is bringing a fine dining flavour to Queen Street. Step out of the hustle and bustle and into their tranquil dining room: a sanctum of calm. At the Chef’s Counter, you’ll be able to see your five-course tasting menu prepared up close and personally.
26 Queen Street, Perth
Since opening back in February, Astral Weeks has quickly become our new favourite haunt (and Perth’s first ever listening bar). As well as a carefully considered drinks list, the star of the show is their hi-fi system, lovingly hand-built to showcase their immense vinyl collection.
Shop 12/60-66 Roe Street, Northbridge
This behemoth on Beaufort Street has made a huge impact since its opening in March. Like its sister venue, The Old Synagogue, the Beaufort spans multiple levels – each with something different to offer. Hit up the beer garden for drinks in the sunshine, venture into hidden speakeasy Cypher for late night libations, or dive into Lotus’ flavour-packed pan-Asian menu.
This Claremont eatery is set to become the go-to for locals, with an expansive approach to Japanese cuisine in a setting that lends itself to both midweek dinners and more special occasions. Make sure you get the wagyu skewers!
53 Bay View Terrace, Claremont
Madalena’s has long been a favourite for its relaxed Spanish-inspired yet uniquely West Australian fare – and they’ve quite literally taken things to another level with a new upstairs bar. While the ground-level restaurant is keeping to its award-winning formula, upstairs is a little more loosey-goosey, with a more experimental, laissez-faire approach to the menu – although you can still expect to see plenty of seafood-based snacks. As well as their top-tier wine selection, the bar will also be offering a robust range of cocktails, including some uniquely Madalena’s twists on classics.
Madalena’s is located at 406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Wild in the Street
From the same crew as coastal taqueria La Cabaña, Wild in the Street is turning up the temperature even more, promising “sexy food and good times”. While the big-sister restaurant down the road also promises a good time, this newer iteration puts more of a focus on cocktails and share plates – a winning combo for a night as colourful as the neighbourhood.
2/388 South Terrace, Fremantle
It feels like this mammoth brewpub has been on the port for years, but Gage Roads’ Freo outpost only opened in January. As well as the brewery’s signature frothies, you can feast on vibrant coastal flavours, perfectly matched to the refreshing sea breeze. Bring the whole family – there’s plenty of grommet-sized snacks for little ones, plus a playground that features a retired crayboat and a ’60s Land Cruiser for kids to scramble over.
A Shed, Walyalup Waterfront
Taking over the site that was previously home to Bistro Felix, Bar Amelie is at the front of the pack when it comes to Subi’s revival. Striking the right balance for locals and visitors alike – approachable and a little bit fancy all at once – the bar’s crowd-pleasing wine list and tapas selection are hard not to like.
118 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
Subi’s having a pretty good run of it lately, with not only Lums and Bar Amelie joining the fray but an absolute bounty of spots about to open – just about all of them helmed by some real hospo heavyweights. Lums is the sister to neighbourhood favourite Bark – they’ve brought the same community vibes down the road, with a touch more of a Euro vibe, wine list and snacks included.
433 Hay Street, Subiaco
We were disappointed when Bunn Mee stopped opening for dinner, but it was short lived with the opening of Phat Lon next door. Like Bunn Mee, it’s helmed by Masterchef alum Jenny Lam alongside her family, with a menu that showcases her mum’s recipes in tapas-inspired, perfect-for-sharing form.
Shop 2/106 Oxford Street, Leederville
Header image: Dandelion