The 10 Best Restaurants in Northbridge, Perth

Share plates at Bivouac
Share plates at Bivouac | © Bivouac
Tom Smith

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.

1. Francoforte Spaghetti Bar

Restaurant, Bar, Italian

Spaghetti bolognese © Luca Nebuloni / Flickr
© Luca Nebuloni / Flickr

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.

2. The Hummus Club

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Lebanese, Mediterranean

The Hummus Club exterior © The Hummus Club
© The Hummus Club

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.

3. Brika

Restaurant, Greek

Loukoumades © Alpha / Flickr
© Alpha / Flickr

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.

4. Bivouac Canteen & Bar

Restaurant, Contemporary

Bivouac interior © Jessica Wyld / Bivouac
© Jessica Wyld / Bivouac

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.

5. Baby Mammoth

Restaurant, South African

Biltong © WmJR / Flickr
© WmJR / Flickr

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.

6. Dusit Dheva

Restaurant, Thai

Pad Thai © Byron Lippincott / Flickr
© Byron Lippincott / Flickr

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.

7. The Standard

Restaurant, Bar, Contemporary

Courtyard of the Standard © The Standard
© The Standard

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.

8. Sauma

Restaurant, Indian

Dishes at Sauma © Sauma
© Sauma

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.

9. Pleased to Meet You

Restaurant, Asian

Barramundi with herbs © Alpha / Flickr
© Alpha / Flickr

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’.

10. Aisuru Sushi

Restaurant, Sushi

Sushi © Gordon Cheung / Flickr
© Gordon Cheung / Flickr

‘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.

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