From old-school spaghetti bars to avant-garde sushi fusion joints, check out the 10 best places to grab dinner in Northbridge, Perth.
There’s no doubt about it — Northbridge is Perth’s coolest neighbourhood, and the key to its appeal is the international array of restaurants that line the suburb’s streets. With countless restaurants dishing up world-class cuisine from every corner of the globe, discover the 10 most mouthwatering restaurants to drool over in Northbridge.
Ask a Northbridge local where they’d head for a bowl of pasta, and their answer is likely to be Francoforte. Wander down Williams Ln to find this tiny eatery that specialises in spaghetti and spaghetti only. The menu is creative but compact, pairing pasta with an array of imaginative sauces, as well as antipasti to start and tiramisu to finish. No reservations.
The Hummus Club built a cult following in Perth by appearing at local markets for years, before owners Kaitlin and Ziad Zammar opened a pop-up shop then crowdfunded a permanent Northbridge eatery that opened its doors in 2016. Now a fixture on William St, the Hummus Club maintains a modern Middle-Eastern menu made up of various-sized share plates, a range of sweet treats and, of course, plenty of hummus.
Greek immigrants helped build Northbridge’s reputation as Perth’s food-and-drink epicentre, and this rustic Stirling St diner keeps that tradition alive. Brika serves generous mezze platters that are designed to be shared in good company — expect Greek classics like fried saganaki cheese, slow-cooked lamb and pork belly, then loukoumades doughnuts for dessert.
William St contains many of Perth’s coolest eateries, but few are as hip as this Mediterranean-inflected restaurant, which plates up an array of trendsetting dishes. The word ‘bivouac’ refers a temporary camp for soldiers or explorers could rest their weary legs, and this Northbridge diner is designed as a sanctuary for culinary adventurers, who’ll enjoy the works of local artists showcased on the walls.
A large community of South African expats gives the Western Australian capital its tongue-in-cheek nickname ‘Perthfontein’, and they can enjoy a little taste of home at this exciting William St restaurant. Baby Mammoth is the brainchild of South African owner Ryan Lambson and his wife Tania, transforming a tired Chinese restaurant into a very contemporary diner big on craft beer and inventive fusion food from around the planet.
Head chef Taweepong Sangsuriyapom grew up cooking in the street food markets of Bangkok before moving to Perth, where he sharpened his skills under some of Australia’s top chefs. These days, Sangsuriyapom dishes up some of Western Australia’s best Thai food at Dusit Dheva, an elegant James St restaurant that combines traditional Southeast Asian flavours with local Australian influences.
If you can resist the urge to sip on a cold drink in the fairy-lit wine garden or the rooftop bar, then the Standard’s modern kitchen is one of the best places in Northbridge to grab dinner. The meals on offer are anything but the standard pub grub — caramelised kangaroo, butter fish and cauliflower curry and a seafood charcuterie platter are a few of highlights on the sophisticated menu.
This cheery Indian restaurant adds finger-licking subcontinental street food to Northbridge’s premier food-and-drink strip, William St. Named after a mythological forbidden drink imbibed by the gods, Sauma serves colourful curries and seafood-focused share plates in a relaxed dining room kitted out with stylish décor imported from India.
This Roe St bar and restaurant underwent an enormous transformation in the middle of 2018, trading its big and bold American-inspired dishes for a lighter, fresher, Asian-influenced menu. The iconic pig on the spit has been replaced by innovative Chinese, Japanese and Korean fare — there’s even a dish dubbed ‘Japanese Bolognese’.
‘Aisuru’ means ‘to love’ in Japanese, and you’ll adore the sushi-fusion dishes coming out of the open kitchen at this stylish William St eatery. This cosy restaurant only has capacity for 60 diners across table, alfresco and sushi bar seating — walk-ins only — and unlike most Japanese restaurants, offers a generous list of vegetarian and vegan options.