On the hunt for new places to try? Well there’s plenty of ’em around at the moment, including some old favourites in new locations, along with new favourites just waiting to see you. Here’s 10 that have opened recently (or close to) we reckon are worth checking out:
Samuels On Mill
A brand new restaurant addition to the Parmelia Hilton Perth, Samuels On Mill is an elegant little slice of CBD bar and restaurant life, led by Chef Chad Miskeiwicz. Open from breakfast right through til late, their menu is very much a quality-over-quantity
14 Mill St, Perth
Old Faithful Fremantle
Finally someone has moved into the wonderful old Distribution Lane location down in Freo, and who better than the Perth barbecue kings Old Faithful. Head down to the basement of 1 Pakenham Street in Freo where they’ve set up shop in the Lane, with the kitchen located in the back courtyard. Oh and don’t mind the rotating 32 taps at the bar!
1 Pakenham St, Fremantle
Clarence’s Company Store
Perhaps in the most positive sign that Mt Lawley is coming back stronger than ever is the just-announced return of Beaufort St fave Clarence’s, now called Clarence’s Company Store. One of Perth’s original small bars, they’re bringing that vibe back with a New Orleans jazz twist and we couldn’t be more excited. The cocktails are all 12/10 (although we cannot stop ordering the Company Sour), and the food is fun to share as well.
566 Beaufort St, Mount Lawley
Fremantle’s newest brewery has just literally popped up right next to the Hougemont Hotel on Bannister Street. And at Calamity’s Rod you’ll find a selection of delicious, brewed-on-site beers, Freo sunshine in a lovely courtyard setting, and even the odd skewer or two (washed down with an ice cold lager, to be sure).
15 Bannister St, Fremantle
Bad Love Burger Co.
File Bad Love under another successful food truck fairy tale (well, almost)! The legends behind beloved Perth pop-up (the f’s just sounded nicer together) Smashburger BBQ have turned the good will from that pop-up into the Bad Love Burger Co. in West Leederville. Big, juicy, smashed-to-within-an-inch-of-their-life patties + booze is a winning combo as far as any sane person is concerned, but hurry down – people have already caught on and the place is buzzing.
4/39 Harrogate St, West Leederville
Republic of Fremantle
Not that Freo was short on spirit or beer options around town, the next two joints have shone brightly over summer to become strong favourites amongst locals and visitors alike. Republic of Fremantle’s stunning little distillery bar has you covered for incredible cocktails (their spirits are made from grapes instead of the typical grain base spirit creating natural citrus and zesty flavours), along with a great little selection of small share plates and aperitivo-style snacks.
3 Pakenham St, Fremantle
Running With Thieves
Head a little further south and you’ll find some great drops at popular WA-based brewery Running With Thieves, who opened their South Freo brewery just last year. They do some excellent, elevated pub-snack style food in the restaurant, and even have a few healthier bowl options because Fremantle! And they’re also just delicious.
218 Marine Terrace, South Fremantle
Murray Mews is slowly growing into a CBD sleeper hit if you ask us. Just quietly going about their business for the past few months, even though it opens out on Murray Street it remains a bit of a hidden gem. Not for long though, with crazy-good happy hour specials, a tidy selection of wines, a few great beers on tap and an excellent tapas menu to boot.
321 Murray St, Perth
No longer content with dominating the burger scene in Northbridge and Inglewood, the Hoodburger empire is expanding south to a new location in Ardross. Smack bang on the corner of Canning Hwy and Riseley St, they’re opening this weekend (February 27), and you can guarantee the same juicy goodness you’ve come to expect across their other two establishments.
31 Kearns Crescent, Ardross
In an effort to keep the north v south split even, last but certainly not least in terms of top new spots to pop into has to be Forklore. From the masterminds behind beloved Bayswater brunch locale tbsp., Forklore has set up shop in West Perth and very quickly become a hit with a menu that is as undefinable as it is absolutely delicious. Their chicken katsu sando has already become famous around Perth, along with the tonkotsu congee and classic XO scrambled eggs.
102 Railway St Suite 11-12, City West Centre, West Perth