You’re suave! You’re hip! You’re with it! You definitely know all the best places for that spicy, saucy Tinder date. But just in case you’re breaking out in a cold sweat over where to go for that romantic date night dinner, here’s a few suggestions.
Bread in Common
Bread in Common has become one of the most reliable dining experiences in Perth (well, Fremantle, but you get me). Always quality, always cosy. If you’re brave, you should share a plate of lamb ribs – if you can eat with your hands on a first date, it just might be true love.
43 Packenham Street, Fremantle
Like we said, you’re hip! You know about all the cool new restaurants! That’s just one of the reasons you should head to Le Rebelle on your next date night. With a high brow, French- inspired bistro menu, this is sure to impress. Just make sure you book ahead: tables fill up quick sticks, and you don’t want to have to resort to your less impressive plan B (Hungry Jacks??)
676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley
Lulu La Delizia
The cat’s really outta the bag with Lulu La Delizia. This inconspicuous Subi osteria has become mighty conspicuous after rave reviews, from Gourmet Traveller to Marco Pierre White. Just don’t get too tempted to reenact the Lady and the Tramp with your tagliatelle… or do, I’m not a cop! Follow your heart.
Forrest Walk, 5/97 Rokeby Road, Subiaco
If you’re wanting pasta, but maybe your pockets aren’t as deep as Marco Pierre White’s… Francoforte is the budget-friendly, post-work-CBD, dependable option. With expanded digs, you won’t have to fight quite so hard for a table, and they’re no longer BYO-only, so no stress if you forget to hit up the bottle-o on the way in. Mamma mia! Gimme that carbonara any day.
4/189 William Street, Northbridge
Yeah, yeah, I know. We’re talking about Madalena’s again. But for those easy, breezy, cruisey souls amongst us, Madalena’s is a perfect date night spot – particularly if it’s an easy, breezy Sunday evening. Nibble away at some prawns over a glass of orange wine in the sunshine, let the conversation flow… you’re the best version of yourself, buddy. I believe in you.
406 South Terrace, South Fremantle
Friendly neighbourhood pizza spot Monsterella opened their pumping wine bar Mummucc at the start of the year, and it’s gone from strength to strength since. Pizza’s already pretty sexy, but imagine it, like, MORE sexy. Like, buzzing wine bar, oozing buratta, side of syrupy figs kind of sexy. Mummucc means mother in Abruzzese, and Freud can read into this what he wants, but I stand by this assessment.
6/46-56 Grantham Street, Wembley
Market regular Bangkok Jump Street has made the leap to a brick-and-mortar location in Northbridge, and while Baan Baan means “comfort and simple”, that’s honestly a bit of an undersell. The menu is full of dynamic, exciting Thai street food, as well as home-style meals – but it’s all perfect for sharing. Let’s hope your date is as hot as some fresh Thai chilies.
172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
Cover photo of Francoforte in Northbridge