Perth, Western Australia’s biggest city, is home to award-winning restaurants that reflect the region’s food culture and heritage in stunning settings. We list restaurants that are among the best gastronomic finds in Perth, all offering unique dining experiences and a slice of authentic Australian cooking.
Bar, Bistro, Wine Bar, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
Must Winebar, Highgate | Courtesy of Must Wine Bar
Located on Beaufort Street, Must is primarily a wine bar, offering a solid selection of wines and cocktails. Tantalizing delicacies such as polenta bites or scallop croquettes can be chosen from the bar menu to accompany the expertly prepared drinks. But Must also is a bistro, a self-confessed ‘little slice of Paris’, serving dishes with a French flair.
Balthazar is a classy restaurant in Perth’s Central Business District. Its peaceful and cosy mood, set by the dim lights and an expert selection of background music, makes Balthazar a top venue to enjoy a dinner in an intimate setting. The varied menu will leave no one unsatisfied, while the meticulous food presentation reminds guests of Balthazar’s creative flair.
Perth’s Rockpool boasts an open kitchen with a wood-fire grill located within the spacious and ever-elegant dining room. In addition to the succulent grilled meats, the restaurant also offers pastas, seafood and fish, all freshly sourced. A good bottle of wine, picked from the 1350 local and international options, makes a great accompaniment to every meal at Rockpool.
The outdoors of premier fine-dining restaurant Coco’s offer a stunning view on the river, with the urban panorama of Perth as a backdrop. The vista becomes even more striking in the evening, when the lights of the city and its skyscrapers reflect on the water. The exquisite food served at Coco’s only adds to the magic, and the menu offers treats which certainly match the atmosphere in terms of refinement.
Red Cabbage is undoubtedly one of Perth’s finest restaurants. Featuring a menu of roasted quail, ricotta gnocchi, ocean trout with asparagus and almonds, it is difficult to pick out a single best dish from the array of tantalizing options on offer. The desserts are particularly playful and creative, while the list of continental wines is yet another thumbs-up for the restaurant.