The self restraint we’ve shown in avoiding a larb pun is truly astonishing… we’ll just let you know that we really larb these Thai restaurants.
S&T Thai Gourmet Cafe
As soon as the temperature starts to rise, we’ve gotta head to S&T for a papaya salad, stat. A side of crunchy Thai pancake doesn’t hurt, either. This Northbridge eatery is a long-time favourite, particularly for spice fiends who are happy to turn up the heat to 11. If you’re after something more hearty, their guay teaw num tok soup will warm even the coldest of hearts.
Shop 3, 347-349 William Street, Northbridge
West Perth is really upping the lunch game. Gone are the days of the bleak lunch bar – instead, local office workers are treated to gems like Tim’s Thai. Just off Outram Street, this little lunch spot is easily overlooked, with its blink-and-you’ll-miss-it exterior and size, but the line out the door every midday should be a good tip off that you’re in the right place. The menu is simple, with just a few options in each category, all at reasonable prices. Call us basic, but we can’t go past a plate of pad thai when we see it, plus some larb gai now that the weather is warming up. No need for jealousy though – Tim’s is open for dinner four nights a week, so you can give them a try even if you don’t work in the area.
1297 Hay Street, West Perth
Wok & Ladle
They might not win any awards for ambience, but Wok & Ladle is proof that looks aren’t everything. Punchy, fresh flavours are the name of the game here, from their oh-so-crispy chicken wings, creamy coconut and spicy tom yum soups, or the mouth-watering stir fried pork belly. While you’re waiting for a table, pop across the road for a bottle of wine to BYO, because, obviously, you have A+ time management skills.
8/232 Hay Street, East Perth
Full Moon Thai
Full Moon Thai’s intimate dining room is certainly memorable. This cosy Walcott Street restaurant is filled to the brim – and we mean floor to ceiling, covered – with Thai royalty memorabilia. And although the jewel-box interior is remarkable, you’ll leave thinking about the meal you just had. Crispy golden bags to start, plus rich, aromatic massaman beef and green curries will have you feeling like royalty yourself.
310 Walcott Street, Menora
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
Longlae Thai Cuisine
Tucked away down a residential Mount Lawley street, Longlae is an unexpected treasure. Specialising in Southern Thai cuisine, you can expect intense spice, flavour and authenticity. More adventurous diners will be intrigued by their specials, with dishes on offer like pickled bamboo shoot curry with fish eggs, or offal and pork blood soup.
104 Grosvenor Road, Mount Lawley
While we love things cheap and cheerful, Dusit Dheva by the Sea brings a bit more formality to this list – without the price tag. Suitable whether you’re stopping by for a quick lunch or getting the family together for dinner, the menu is packed with crowd pleasers and specialties alike, with plenty of options for vegans and vegetarians.
Shop 206, Sorrento Quay Boardwalk, Hillarys
If you’re in the inner north, you’re in luck, because it’s where you’ll find the lion’s share of Perth’s best Thai food. One of the newer spots in town, Khanom Thai has nevertheless made a big impact, particularly when it comes to showstopper dishes like the whole fried snapper. Their namesake, khanom, is Thai for the desserts which these guys specialise in, with service just as sweet.
219 Bulwer Street, Perth
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Long Chim Perth
State buildings, Barrack St &, St Georges Terrace, Perth
Cover photo via Dusit Dheva