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Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower

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Jed Gerrard is the executive chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower restaurant, and he’s also spent time in the kitchen at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, including Bilson’s in Sydney, d’Hotel de Ville in Switzerland and SaQuaNa in France. He has an interesting background and approach to food (he uses wildflowers in multiple ways on his menus), and we had the opportunity to sit down with him at the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, a major international food and wine experience in Western Australia.

The Daily Meal: How did you get into cooking? What were your early influences?
Jed Gerrard:
I grew up in Balingup in the south west of Western Australia. It's a small town with a population of under 500. It is a very self-sustainable community and I learned from a very young age where food came from and how to grow and harvest produce. We would go pick wild berries, mushrooms after school and gardening and cooking where a part of our everyday chores. Also being surrounded by all the farmers and fresh local produce in the Southwest helped spark a deep connection to food and curiosity as to where it came from.

From the ages of 7 to 12, I lived in New Zealand in a boutique hotel called The Gerrard's Railway Hotel in Invercargill with my grandparents, so when I would get bored I’d go down to the kitchen and hassle the chef and get him to show me how to make stuff. I was immersed into the hospitality industry at a very young age and felt at home as soon as I stepped into the kitchen.

What do you enjoy about cooking?
I love everything to do with cooking; providing plated nourishment made with my own hands and creativity is a very rewarding. Feeding people and making them happy through food is a very special gift. It’s a constant evolution and learning curve for me and I love the challenge that comes with that. The theater and environment in a commercial kitchen is electrifying and makes the normal everyday things seem boring. The fragrance of garlic, the crackle from the skillet, and the sight of a perfectly roasted bird coming out from the oven. Cooking also speaks to all of my senses, the smells, sounds, tastes.

Tell me about your restaurant.
Wildflower occupies a Perth rooftop space – an elegant, contemporary steel and glass box on The Treasury Hotel’s fourth floor looking out over the city. Wildflower serves contemporary dishes revolving around the indigenous ethos of six seasons with farmer and forager-driven menus.

What are your plans for the future?
I would like to have a restaurant with an organic farm that’s around 30 acres. It would be a contemporary restaurant with six luxury guest suites – a place to interact with nature and eat from the land. Somewhere I can drill down on the ethos of the six seasons. Something small and personal.

We would use regenerative farming techniques to help restore the land. Organic principles will be employed to produce the seasonal vegetables, native edible plants, stone fruits, citrus, nuts, berries as well as olives for organic extra virgin oil. Our own chickens will supply free range eggs, while bees will produce honey and assist with pollination.

An ever-changing set menu will utilize the produce from the restaurants own vegetable plots and fruit orchards, the surrounding land and local farmers will also help to showcase a unique, contemporary cuisine built around an immense respect for nature, seasonality and the ethos of the indigenous six seasons.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


Interview: Jed Gerrard, Executive Chef of Perth, Australia’s Wildflower - Recipes

By Claire Logan | Urban List | 4th Feb 2021

From white linen fine dining to cosy neighbourhood eateries, there are a lot of contenders for Perth's best restaurant.

Regardless of what you’re in the mood for, one of these places should have you sorted. It’s a tough list to narrow down, but here are the very best restaurants in Perth, in no particular order.

Coogee Common

Housed in the Old Coogee Hotel, Coogee Common is brought to us from the team behind Bread in Common (which also scored a spot on this list of Perth's best restaurants, by the way). Head Chef Scott Brannigan has developed the seasonal menu around produce in their on-site garden so all dishes are simple, fresh and bursting with flavour. If you're just after a nibble, there are share plates available which are best enjoyed over a drink or two, whether it's a local wine, a botanical cocktail or their housemade elderflower soda. Green thumbs out there will want to book the garden tour which includes a welcome cocktail and a two-course meal for just $60.

Bivouac

NORTHBRIDGE

Since opening way back in 2011, Northbridge restaurant Bivouac has remained firmly in our list of favourite restaurants in Perth. With a delicious range of share plates—think grilled halloumi and honey, smokey beets with cashew whip, and slow-glazed goat shoulder—it’s Eastern-inspired menu perfectly serves both the bite-and-go diners and all-night grazers. Throw in one of their delightful custom cocktails or a bottle from the exceptional wine menu and you’re in for one helluva night.

Long Chim

The Perth population collectively died and went to heaven when David Thompson brought us Long Chim. Set in the converted basement of the State Buildings, you’ll enjoy the exposed brick and plumbing just as much as your chicken larp. Don’t miss the papaya salad, the prawn and fish dumpling laksa or the fried banana roti for dessert.

Le Rebelle

MOUNT LAWLEY

Le Rebelle is an intimate restaurant and wine bistro bar, inspired by the old romanticism (‘romantica’) of classic Parisian and New York bistros. With beautiful and cosy interiors, atmospheric lighting and ace staff to guide you through your night, Le Rebelle is a breath of fresh air. The menu is full of 'classiques' like the much-loved crab toast, the duck liver parfait or the Wagin duck with frites, though we'd recommend just going for the carte blanche menu and letting them do the deciding for you. The drinks program is just as important as the food with a wine list that is phenomenal—tight, thoughtful and intriguing.

Wildflower

Sublime CBD and river views, world-class service and a menu that’s a cut above make this the pinnacle of Perth dining. Wildflower's menu responds to the six Noongar seasons with contemporary flair. Trust in the chef: get the tasting menu and you'll agree with us in no time that this is one of Perth's best restaurants.

Petition Kitchen

The epitome of relaxed dining has emerged in Petition Kitchen. The menu is seasonal, with an emphasis on showcasing the very best of WA’s local produce which results in one part rustic, one part quirky dishes made to share.

Manuka Woodfire Kitchen

For simple, honest and hearty food head to Manuka Woodfire Kitchen in Fremantle. Big supporters of West Aussie produce, one visit to this multi-award winning venue and you’ll be coming back for more. The menu changes all the time, but when your food is roasted over coals or cooked in a woodfire oven you can guarantee it’ll be delicious.

Lulu La Delizia

This ever-so humble and intimate Italian osteria is crafting Perth’s best handmade pasta. Be brave and try the pig blood pasta when it’s on offer, but also grab the gnocchetti, tagliatelle and the tiramisu.

Bib & Tucker

NORTH FREMANTLE

Bib & Tucker has gained legendary status in Perth for its incredible food and beautiful beach views. Offering a spot-on modern Australian menu and spectacular views over Leighton Beach, this place sums up why living in Perth is so special.

Hearth

Hearth is the jaw-dropping restaurant attached to The Ritz-Carlton Perth at Elizabeth Quay. The fit-out is light, bright and uber-relaxing thanks to the cool blues and views of our beautiful Swan River. When it comes to the food, expect only the best WA produce with a good smattering of native ingredients thanks to Executive Chef Jed Gerrard of Wildflower fame. It’s the perfect spot to take your out-of-town guests, but we say don’t wait for them get there and treat yourself now.

Bread In Common

Bread is the main game here, and with a menu designed to accompany their doughs, you’ll be (unregretfully) eating a lot of it. The menu is seasonal, but expect winners like rustic lamb ribs or artichoke and borlotti beans to emerge from the long, open kitchen.

La Cabaña

SOUTH FREMANTLE

From the team behind the food truck favourite Eat No Evil, La Cabaña in South Fremantle brings authentic Mexican flavours to life by combining their expertise in Mexican cuisine with our own beautiful WA produce. Think tacos, ceviche and their trademark corn tentacles. La Cabaña is one of the few places whipping up epic tacos al pastor—that’s spit-roasted pork—and if you've tried these in Mexico, that alone should be enough to get you there. The drinks menu also highlights the incredible wineries and breweries that our state has to offer so snag a seat in the cool courtyard and show them some love.

No Mafia

NORTHBRIDGE

Perth wine bar No Mafia takes a modern approach to traditional Italian fare and places an emphasis on local produce. Taking inspiration from the recipes of Southern Italy, the food is simple but delicious, and bolstered by an impressive wine list featuring Italian and Australian drops, alongside selected cocktails (hello, spritzes, my old friend) and local and international beers. The atmosphere is relaxed yet sophisticated, with knowledgeable and friendly staff that make you feel right at home. Grab a cosy booth or sit at the outdoor balcony to people watch, while selecting from a menu that includes dishes like freshly made burrata, gnocchi with tomato sugo, duck pappardelle, and triple cooked potatoes with garlic, chilli and aioli.

The obvious choice for the most reputable Japanese food going around, Nobu has to be on your Perth dining bucket list. Grab the omakase menu that suits your hunger, sit back and devour. The yellowtail sashimi will blow your mind as it melts in your mouth.

Lions And Tigers

Coming to us from the team behind Duck Duck Bruce, Lions and Tigers is the kind of place that Fremantle locals try to keep hidden from the rest of Perth. It’s not exactly a secret gem—in fact, it’s often booked out and always buzzing—but there are far too many Perth locals who haven’t made their way yet considering it’s undoubtedly one of Perth’s best restaurants. The team has perfected modern Indian cuisine and every dish we’ve ever tried is teeming with flavour. The sourdough naan is basically a right of passage and you don’t want to go past the roti tacos—the filling changes on the reg so you can keep going back for more. The rest of the menu changes with the seasons, so trust your gut or ask one of the incredible staff to steer you in the right direction.

Balthazar

Around since the ‘90s (albeit under a few different ownerships), Balthazar is an institution. Somewhat ironically, share plates in an upright atmosphere were swapped out for a structured menu and casual vibes in 2016 by newish owners from No Mafia. Perfect for a long lunch or a fancy date.

Young George

EAST FREMANTLE

Perth bar, Young George is a unique neighbourhood haunt which places much more of an emphasis on food than your local pub. Situated smack bang in the middle of the super cool George Street in East Fremantle, the folks here serve up scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, alongside inventive cocktails, refined wines, craft beers and ciders. But it’s the dinner menu that they’re best known for. Our suggestion just make sure you get the milk buns with ramen fried chicken, fermented slaw and Caesar mayo. To top it all off, they’re running a waste-free kitchen and make absolutely everything in house.

Odyssea

With some of the most beautiful views in Perth, Odyssea serves seasonal produce in a modern Australian style that’s light, fresh and healthy. The crew here gives veggies the royal treatment, so don’t skip your greens, and don’t miss dessert. Grab a seat on the deck, order up and enjoy a few wines from Odyssea’s sophisticated wine list.

Fleur

Sitting pretty inside The Royal Hotel, fleur is as beautiful and as fancy as she sounds. With local produce front and centre, there’s plenty to get excited about when it comes to the menu. Think Mandurah blue swimmer crab with dashi coral custard, duck breast served with ume, spiced crumpet and duck jam and smoked pork butter egg noodles. Paired with a curated wine list, some stunning cocktails and equally lovely interiors, stop by on your next night out in Perth.


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