A Foodie’s Favourite Places in Perth

“You are what you eat.” – what wise words to live by.

I think that I have become this way because I am a creature of both habit and severe craving. If I try something and love it, I will be back. Being of the “Earth Dog” sign from the Chinese Lunar Calendar, I am a loyal friend and customer and I love to share with other people whenever I find something truly worth sharing, and I find blogging is one effective medium to do that.

When I first moved to Western Australia almost six years ago, admittedly, I was missing the food varieties I was accustomed to whilst living in Sydney.

Time has indeed changed for WA with all of the endless food possibilities and types of cuisine available and my eyes were opened to so many wonderful places. While the list of favourites grows daily, here are my tried and true picks and growing:

1.) Friday Twilight Hawker’s Markets at Forrest Place.

Friday Twilight Hawker's Markets at Forrest Place.

This Hawker’s Markets offer visitors to the city the chance to meander through rows of market stalls sampling cuisine from around the globe including Indonesian satays, Spanish paella, Turkish gozlemes, Moroccan tagines and more.

In addition to international street-vendor style foods, visitors to the Markets will be able to kick back and enjoy free live music and roving entertainment.

Accessibility is easy too if I might add.

2.) Jamie Oliver’s Italian Restaurant.

Jamie Oliver's Italian Restaurant 2

The restaurant is part of the 140 development above the Perth Underground station, at the corner of William Street and Murray Street Mall.

Apart from taking pride in using local produce, this new gastronomical delight will be able to cater to 214 diners and features the work of local graffiti artists, with a pasta machine taking pride of place in the front window.

The restaurant will be the 35th in the Jamie’s Italian chain that spans St Petersburg to Sydney to Dubai.

Jamie Oliver's Italian Restaurant

After giving it a try with my 83 years old mom, we both gives it a two-thumbs up!

3.) Gordon Street Garage

Gordon Street Garage

is the new cool kid on the block that has made a desolate part of West Perth now worth visiting.

16 Gordon St, West Perth (Breakfast served 7am – 11.30am weekdays, 7am – 12pm weekends)

I am quite lucky as this cool and unassuming place is just 2 blocks away from where I live.

One foodie critic says it all: “The interior has a raw industrial feel about it with tables as far as the eye can see. It was as if they wanted it to look like everything was salvaged and vintage but ironically, like any good hipster….there is something about it all that still says -we spent heaps of cash achieving this look.

Gordon Street Garage 2

The menu is far from ordinary with choices like corn omelette, coriander and nam prik ($16) and treacle baked salmon royale ($18) making you reconsider what you accept as “breakfast food” – I love it. I love having something else to choose from rather than eggs twenty different ways. ” wrote Liza Sheehan from WA today.com.au.

I also love this trendy place with it’s wide selection of breakfast menu, great for brunch on Sundays, and as a friend who dined with me quipped, ” It’s very Melbourne!”

Not to be outdone, Filipino Cuisine is also enjoying a much needed resurgence in WA.

Apart from the existing and long-running Manila Restaurant managed and operated by Mr. and Mrs. Rod Alido, this Karaoke-Restaurant along Albany Highway in Cannington, and a number of new Pinoy Restaurants are sprouting in the ever growing Fil-Australian market here in WA.

4) Yummo Turo Turo in shop 1/2 The Crescent, Midland Junction)

Yummo Turo Turo

Yummo Turo Turo is a frontliner in the ever-changing Pinoy Cuisine market in WA.

It features daily selection of Filo favorite dishes, Turo-Turo style.

The prices are reasonable, served in a “visit-your-friend-home” atmosphere, the foods are really – Yummo!

Yummo Turo Turo

The young entrepreneur- Operation Manager/Owner, Dante Marribay Jr. Or fondly called, Boyet by most customers, takes pride in serving a huge menu selection daily, and friendly ” chika-chika” service truly compliments the delicious pinoy dishes.

This growing trend to expand WA’s foodie choices is a much welcome change for not only the die-hard foodies, but also for the general public at large!


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