Sure, we might have giggled as teens every time we went past a Cockburn sign – but when it comes to the food offerings in this great southern land? With so many quality eats, it’s no laughing matter. Here are just a few of our favourites in and around Cockburn.
We’ll wax lyrical about Bread in Common all day long – so when they expanded their offerings to include Coogee Common, we couldn’t have been more pleased. The restaurant occupies the historic Coogee Hotel site; built in 1894, it includes extensive grounds which are now put to good use as veggie gardens for both restaurants – and are home to a resident hive of bees. This connection to produce is reflected in their menu, which is tangibly seasonal – a lot of it is grown on the Common’s doorstep, after all. Scallop ceviche, raw turnip and coastal herbs is just one feature of the springtime menu, while mushroom tagliatelle with ricotta makes use of the garden’s greens.
371 Cockburn Road, Coogee
Tucked in between Cockburn’s shopping centre and the neighbouring train station, you’ll find Loui Sushi – a hidden gem dishing up some A-game Japanese fare. Lustrous and juicy teriyaki, lovingly prepared sushi, and – a real favourite of ours – seared aburi-style nigiri.
Shop 11/23 Junction Boulevard, Cockburn Central
Just a few doors down from Loui’s, you’ll find another hidden gem: Noot’s. No, we’re not doing our best Pingu impression – but we’d certainly like to toot a horn or two for Noot’s. Fresh and packed with flavour, as well as reasonably priced? We’re pretty jealous it’s not at the end of our street.
Shop 7/ 23 Junction Boulevard, Cockburn Central
It almost seems unfair how many ace eateries are along this one lil’ strip in Cockburn… As if the last two weren’t enough, it’s also the same place that you’ll find Congee House. This Asian fusion restaurant specialises in Filipino cuisine, serving up its namesake congee in a style that straddles both the Chinese and Filipino arroz caldo. You’ll also find plenty of other Filipino favourites on offer, like adobo, sisig, and kaldereta.
Shop 9/ 23 Junction Boulevard, Cockburn Central
Io e Te Pizzeria e Ristorante
Cosy yet refined, authentic Italian? Sign us up, stat. With a combination of Neapolitan-style pizzas, luscious pastas and succulent meats, Io e Te is knocking it out of the park. Their name translates to “me and you”, which is what we’ll be seductively whispering to this rib eye steak.
We’re not hard to please: give us a jaffle and a quality coffee, and we’re happy. But when they’re as good as Grind Reaper‘s, we practically feel spoilt. Serving up excellent coffee out of the Port Coogee marina, they’ll also sort you out with a stellar iteration of the childhood-classic jaffle.
Chieftain Esplanade, Lot 1B/72 Pantheon Avenue, North Coogee
Coogee Continental Deli
Yet another gourmet haven we’re jealous isn’t on our street, Coogee Continental Deli is home to a truly enticing array of treats – from wholesome, family-friendly ready-made meals, to your morning coffee and chat, to those tempting, delicious Croatian doughnuts.
Shop 8/237-241 Hamilton Road, Coogee
Electric Bean Co
Warm and welcoming, you’ll be making any excuse to visit Electric Bean Co – not just because of their killer coffee, but their friendly service and delicious Asian-inspired lunch menu. Weekly specials have included karaage bao, slow braised pork belly and greens, plus a beef bulgogi bowl.
11/1 Merino Entrance, Cockburn Central
Adjoining the Coogee Beach SLC, Surfing Lizard might not have as insta-friendly a fit-out as some of the other beachfront cafes around Perth, but nevertheless: it’s what’s inside (or rather, on the plate) that counts. Classic breakfast plates, seaside lunch staples as well as Vietnamese specials will fill your belly, while their coffee and location is top notch.
20 Poore Grove, Coogee
Bibra Lake Lunch Bar
We kept seeing these tantalising, enticing banh mi showing up on our stories, and had to investigate. The source? Bibra Lake Lunch Bar. As well as some A+ banh mi, these guys are grilling up a storm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, serving Vietnamese street food cooked over the coals – let your nose guide you.
1/40 Port Pirie Street, Bibra Lake
U N ME Coogee
In spite of only just opening in August of 2021, U N ME Coogee has already had a huge impact. Whatever the time of day, they’ve got you covered: their mouth-watering brunches will have you undoing a belt notch or two, or stop by for their Thursday burger nights. Friday and Saturday nights, they’ve got a rotating dinner menu that’s often accompanied by live music – perfect whether you’re heading out for a hot date or just skipping the washing up.
2/180 Hamilton Road, Spearwood
Ready Eddie’s Cafe
Craving a Filipino feast? Hammy Hill’s Ready Eddie’s Cafe will fill the silog-sized hole in your heart. Freshly-made lumpia, pork adobo and grilled pork belly, fried tilapia and more are all on offer – though we find it hard to resist that crispy pork hock. Don’t worry – if pork’s not your vibe, there’s plenty of vegetarian options, too.
Shop 2, 337 Carrington Street, Hamilton Hill
Header image: Coogee Common, photo by @dan.bird92