Are you a laksa lemak lover or an asam aficionado? However you prefer it, here’s eight of our favourite Perth laksa spots to hit up.
The Red Chair
What seems at first to be a pretty run-of-the-mill, unassuming lunch bar is actually home to some of the best laksa in Perth. Available from 10:30 until 2:30 on weekdays and 2pm on Saturdays, this laksa is rich, creamy and full of flavour – as well as generously loaded up with your choice of filling. It’s so generous that we might have been known to take half home for dinner… now that’s a bargain.
Crossways Centre, 2/180-184 Rokeby Road
Thornlie’s Spencer Village is a must-visit destination for foodie fiends of Perth. This suburban food court attracts legions of diners every week with its selection of authentic and delicious vendors, particularly when it comes to Singaporean and Malaysian hawker cuisine. One of these hawkers, Ya Kwang, is serving up some next-level laksa that’s so authentic, you’ll practically be transported to the streets of Singapore.
Spencer Village Food Court, 200 Spencer Road, Thornlie
Named after the Sarawak capital Kuching, it’s only fitting that KCH’s star dish is Sarawak laksa. Hearty yet delicate, this giant bowl combines the best of both worlds: the coconut milk creaminess of curry laksa, with the sour tamarind flavour of asam laksa. Make sure to book ahead, even though they’ve only been around for less than a year, this pocket of a restaurant fills up quick.
Unit 41/10 Angove Street, North Perth
With over 20 years of experience, it’s no wonder that Tui Cafe is winning hearts in the heart of West Perth. This family-run cafe offers a variety of South Asian dishes made to order, including a curry laksa that’ll knock your socks off. You’ll have to fight the West Perth lunch rush though, so we recommend going early or later to avoid the laksa stampede.
3/79 Colin Street, West Perth
High on 55
Set amongst the historic West End, High on 55 is a must-visit if you’re in the Freo area. This bustling cafe is popular with the lunchtime crowd, and for good reason. Offering a mix of both Vietnamese and Nyonya lunch options, their Penang laksa is the star of the show, with a flavourful, creamy coconut soup made to your preferred level of heat – helpful for us chilli wimps!
55 High Street, Fremantle
Pho 447 Asian Kitchen
After relocating from Dao Vien in Northbridge, Floreat’s teeny-tiny Pho 447 still packs a punch. We’ve professed our love for them when talking about our favourite Vietnamese spots, but much like High on 55, their menu features laksa as well as Vietnamese fare. Packed with chicken and noodles, this curry laksa is the business. Be prepared to fight the locals for a table, or plan to get it takeaway.
1/447 Cambridge Street, Floreat
Sometimes, you just want what you want – and that’s when we feel extra thankful for eateries like Goreng Goreng, who really go out of their way to cater to everyone’s preferences and proclivities. Their laksa is ace as-is, with udon and your choice of chicken or seafood, but if you prefer different noodles? No worries! An extra side of noodles or meat? Sure thing! We don’t expect it everywhere we go, but we appreciate it when it’s on offer.
75 Walcott Street, Mount Lawley
Cambodian fusion restaurant My Bayon combines a blend of South East Asian flavours with recipes passed down through generations. Inspired by over 18 years in Darwin’s markets and a unique family recipe, their famous and well-loved laksa is available with your choice of filling. This bowl is worth its weight in gold!
313 William Street, Northbridge