When we travel we don’t bother going to Lonely Planet or any of the other out of date guidebooks that need to be signed off 12 month prior to their printing deadline and thus are out of date from the get go. We head to Twitter and Blogs and ask them where to go.
And to save you the trouble – here are all the tips with a few words about each to get your mouth watering. These came to us from @TheWestWindsGin + @PerthChocoholic
Gordon Street Garage
Based on the ideal of an Italian garage, where tomato passata making occurs, fresh pasta is hung to dry and home made wine is stored, Gordon Street Garage
provides warmth and energy to a sleepy industrial area of West Perth. Formally a mechanics shop, this Nonna’s kitchen style fit out is taking Perth by storm.
Contact: 16 Gordon St, West Perth WA 6005, Australia. Ph. o8 9322 8050
Old Faithful Bar & BBQ is not a restaurant. It’s a licensed food truck without the wheels. It has food truck attitude, food truck casualness and food truck free spirit written all over it. And it serves potato salads and coleslaw in paper cups.
But the aptly named Old Faithful bills itself as an unpretentious American barbecue joint serving meaty meats — pig, brisket and lamb — cooked just the way former PM Paul Keating likes them, long and slow in a smoke oven. Contact:
88 King St, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 0406 082 697.
“Old Faithful does not deserve to be on the Perth Roundup – TERRIBLE. Had better dog food”.
The Dominion League
The Dominion League, and is named after a WA political movement from the 1930’s of the same name and opened by the same team who brought Perth the Mechanic’s Institute. This new bar is everything they love about WA – sourcing the finest offering of wine, beer, spirits and food. They provide a comfortable, knowledgeable service that isn’t intimidating, all for a super reasonable price.
Contact: 84 Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia. Ph. 8 9227 1200
When Joost Bakker stumbled upon hundreds of discarded plastic shipping pallets in a recycling yard, he came up with a unique way of using them in the pouring of the Greenhouse’s concrete floor.One of the most talked about restaurants in Perth at the moment has to be Greenhouse
. A small, eco-friendly oasis designed by Joost Bakker, complete with a rooftop garden providing much of the produce for the kitchen and the bar. The exterior is covered in potted ivy and strawberry plants, and almost everything else, from the furniture, to the fittings, to some of the serving ware is made from recycled and reclaimed products.
Contact: 100 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 9481 8333.
Mary St Bakery
Organic artisan breads and baked goods, cold-press juice and pound coffee.
Open for breakfast and lunch.
Contact: 507 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003, Australia. Ph. 0499 509 300
Lot 20 is a laid-back bar opposite the Alex, on the edge of the cultural precinct. Customers are be served drinks from a 1950s caravan and male visitors to the bathroom will be able to shake hands with the females on the other side of the washbasins while listening to old soundtracks of TV’s Fawlty Towers.
Contact: 198-206 William St Northbridge, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 6162 1195.
Bills Bar and Bites
While the candle-lit tables say “restaurant’’, the pool tables, the order-and-pay at the counter system and the pub vibe shout, in unison, “bar’’. Though there is a menu of sorts and a chalkboard of daily specials, you should just really do a blind tasting (given the dim lighting that’s the best option). Whatever they order will hit the spot perfectly. It’s a Truth or Dare approach that works here.
742 Newcastle St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia. Ph. 8 9202 8222.
Enrique’s School for Bullfighting
From the folk that brought you the Beaufort Street Merchant and the Trustee Bar & Bistro comes this temporary bar in Highgate. With Spanish flair in the kitchen and a heavy gin focus on the drinks menu, there’s plenty to bring you back for more.
Contact: 484 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003, Australia. Ph. 08 9328 9918
Darling Supper Club
Darling Supper Club employs a mentality of no fuss, clean flavours and a super chill vibe. Nights here will see you catching smooth tunes that pump through the aesthetic of the exposed brick meeting rough flora design. The rustic bench decor and open kitchen makes for a visual standout and will have you counting down the days until you come back and sit kitchen side for some noodles.
Contact: 47 Lake Street, Northbridge, Perth, Western Australia Ph. 08 9328 9883
Bread In Common
In an old Fremantle warehouse space, stripped back to its original brick, sits the Kitchen & Bakery. Bread in Common is about communal dining, communal tables, sharing food, drinks, wine… with a focus down on the table. The kitchen food philosophy is about locally sourced, seasonal produce and house made. Constructed to be about sharing, enjoying time in common. Their bar and wine wall is about the small, rare and unusual as much as the loved and simple. The bakery bakes their traditional rustic breads, featured in their menus, and available to take-home, and also offers take-out sandwiches and coffee by Mano a Mano.
Contact: 43 Pakenham St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia. Ph. 08 9336 1032
Varnish on King
Tucked into the basement of Smithmore House in Perth, Varnish on King meshes together whiskey bar, wine bar and casual diner.
Contact: 75 King St, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 9324 2237
Whipper Snapper Distillery
As it says on the packet – distilling American-style whisky.
Contact: 139 KENSINGTON ST. EAST PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA 6004. PH 08 9221 2293.
Ezra Pound is another semi-clandestine bar, a tiny space that takes its inspiration from the US’s Prohibition days. Hidden down a dingy lane, Ezra Pound serves a literary line-up of vintage cocktails including Tom Collins, Ramos Gin Fizz, Ward Eight and Louisiana Jam. The decor is a cosy blend of wooden wine boxes and red velvet, the music ranges from hazy jazz house to funky soul, and the cocktails are potent.
Contact: 189 William Street Arcade, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia. Ph. 0415 757 666.
This small bar and music venue is tucked away in an old brick building, hidden from the crowds of the Northbridge nightlife. New on the scene, the Bird has become the place to be for Perth’s young hipsters. With wooden floors and leather couches, this intimate venue has a rustic, homey vibe perfect for catching some alternative tunes and up and coming new acts.
Contact: 181 William St, Northbridge WA 6003, Australia. Ph. 08 6142 3513.
The Bivouac Canteen & Bar
Bivouac is another of the cool recent openings on William St resurrecting the area as a hip destination. Mediterranean-style cuisine partners with a good wine list, and gourmet pizzas go well with boutique beers and artisan ciders. The coffee is excellent, and Bivouac’s utilitarian decor is softened with a rotating roster of work from local artists.
Contact: 198 William St, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 9227 0883
Apple Daily Perth
The Apple Daily Bar & Eating House is named after Hong Kong’s popular daily newspaper and serves a south-east Asian street style menu, designed collaboratively with Print Hall’s Executive Chef, Shane Watson and Apple Daily’s Head Chef, Andrew Moores.
Adding a patriotic touch to the bar, it exclusively showcases WA produced craft beer and wine.
Contact: 125 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 6282 0088
Lalla Rookh Bar and Eating House
Lalla Rookh Bar & Eating House is a local venue, offering respite for the residents and workers of Perth city.Head Chef, Joel Valvasori and his team serve modern Italian cooking showcasing West Australian produce. Their menu offering includes share plates, pizza and more substantial counter meals, pasta and main courses. The drinks selection focuses on Australian brewers and wine makers, complemented by other great producers from around the world.
Contact: 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 9325 7077
Some of city’s best food can be found not at some fine-diner charging megabucks but in this dimly lit burrow of a late-night tapas bar tucked away within the city’s corporate hub. If it’s intimacy you’re after, seek out one of the Chesterfields that nestle deep within the bar’s vault-like confines.
Contact: 21 Howard St, Perth WA 6000, Australia. Ph. 08 9481 0092
Let us know in the comments if there’s anything we’ve missed.