Words by Grey Edeson.
Whether you’re planning an intimate dinner for your better half, a third date with a Bumble match… or even a little solo dining experience, these are our top picks for Perth dishes to get your blood going.
Disclaimer: The science around the legitimacy of certain foods getting you feeling frisky is inconclusive. All suggestions are made with tongue firmly in cheek.
Manuka Woodfire Kitchen, Fremantle
Dark Chocolate Parfait, Raspberry, Roasted White Chocolate, Baked Meringue
Mood lighting that gives you the glow of health, the smell of the woodfire, the intimate stone building… Swoon. Manuka is the epitome of romantic, and boasts a menu showcasing WA produce with the finesse to please even the fussiest of foodies. Silky meringue, lip-puckering raspberry, and, of course, dark chocolate to deliver that hit of phenylethylamine to get you feeling flirty.
Lulu La Delizia, Subiaco
Saffron Spaghettini, Clams, Spigarello, White Wine, Garlic, Chilli
Rumour has it that Cleopatra bathed in Saffron infused milk for its aphrodisiac qualities. While the science is out as to whether or not saffron will whip you into a lusty tizz, the verdict on Lulu’s is emphatically in. The Rokeby Road staple has been serving up bowls of house-made pasta and glasses of fine vino since late 2016. Have a slice of tiramisu to finish; we’re unclear as to whether it has aphrodisiac qualities, but it’s Harry Met Sally good. I’ll have what she’s having.
Double Rainbow, Northbridge
Chili Marron, XO Sauce, Kay Lan, Prawn Floss
Spice it up. Housed within The Rechabite, Double Rainbow is adventurous, boisterous and never bashful. There’s something about chilli that gets your cheeks flushed, isn’t there? Paired with Donnybrook marron, it’s the culinary equivalent of la petit mort, as the French say. Follow it up with a helping of beef dumplings with black vinegar sauce to share, because sharing is caring.
Bread In Common, Fremantle
Asparagus, Raab, Parmesan, Preserved Lemon Dressing
August marks the beginning of asparagus season, so Perth can expect to be blessed with tender, green spears, direct from Torbay to our favorite eateries. With vitamin E to encourage blood flow, Bread In Common’s asparagus is fresh and zingy. As for Bread In Common itself, there’s not a lot of praise that hasn’t already been lavished upon this converted warehouse in the Notre Dame precinct. Rest assured that the welcoming and discreet staff have facilitated their fair share of date nights here. You’re in safe hands.
The Flour Factory, CBD
Halloumi, Fermented Apple, Raw Honey
Did you know that Hippocrates prescribed honey to improve sexual vigor? Sticky and viscous… and, as it turns out, a perfect pairing for cheese. The salty, squeakiness of the halloumi contrasted with the sweetness of honey has proven to be a winner, popping up on multiple menus around the city. Top of the list is, CBD staple, The Flour Factory’s version. Savor it with one of The Flour Factory’s house gin and tonicas, which come luxuriously garnished and chilled with floral ice. We eat with our eyes after all.
Chinta, North Perth
Poached Eggs, Seeded Sourdough, Avocado, Walnut Pesto, Feta, Coriander, Lime
If you’re looking for an early morning kick-start, old faithful avo on toast might be a winner. Full of energizing vitamins B6 and B9 (keep it clean, kids), Chinta has put their own spin on the millennial breakfast of choice. There’s also something to be said for Chinta’s romantic, Balinese inspired decor. The bamboo and imported homewares are plentiful. Start with a strong coffee for a dose of stimulating caffeine… Alternatively a Chinta espresso martini should also do the trick.
Wherever Jerry Fraser Happens To Be
Would any list of aphrodisiacs be complete without the mention of oysters? There are few things as romantic as a shared adventure, so why not check out where Perthonality oyster shucker Jerry Fraser is popping up this weekend? You can track his movements on his website. From The Royal on The Waterfront in East Perth, to Tiny’s in the CBD, Jerry always puts on a good show. Enjoy a dozen half shells with your amore, paired with a couple of glasses of bubbles. Bottoms up!
Header Image: Tiny’s