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Where is the Best Place for Hipster Food in Perth?

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Published October 12th 2014
Food, like anything, is dictated by trends and at the moment there are some hipster foods that you simply need to try.

Here are some currently hot hot hot foods and just some of the places in Perth where you can find them. What other dishes and restaurants can you add to the list?

Kimchi hipster food
Kimchi (image courtesy Wikipedia)

Kimchi: fermented Korean vegetables, yummy! Kimchi is popping up as an ingredient all over the place, most notably as Kimchi pancakes at Chapels on Whatley (Maylands) although you will find kimchi in a number of their dishes. Also visit Mix in the city to try their Korean and Mexican fusion tacos and burritos with kimchi.

Brussel sprouts hipster food
Brussel sprouts are experiencing a revolution in identity

Brussel Sprouts: once a martyr in the vegetable kingdom, and now a king. Brussel sprouts are being given a trendy makeover and if you haven't tried them since your Mum used to boil them to death, then perhaps it's time to try them again.

Try the crispy Brussel Sprouts with chilli jam at The Old Crow (Northbridge) or find these dinky cabbage balls getting a workover at Bib and Tucker after being caramelised and served with chestnuts.

kale hipster foods
Somethig super and very green (Image courtesy Solomon's Cafe)

Superfoods: it wasn't so long ago that superfoods like kale, quinoa, freekeh and goji berries were the domain only of the super-eco-organic-health foodies. Now you will find these foods being promoted as the answer to everything. Maybe they are, maybe they're not, but they are certainly taking over the world.

Try the kale pesto spaghetti at Francoforte Spaghetti Bar (Northbridge), head to Solomon's Café (Highgate) for a full menu peppered with all the trendiest superfoods. Try the quinoa and buckwheat porridge at the Blake Street Café (North Perth) or tuck into a ancient grains salad with spelt, quinoa and freekeh at Bib and Tucker (Fremantle).

slider hipster food
Soft shell crab slider (image courtesy Matgetsfat blog)

Sliders: tiny little burgers that last only a bite or two. What's not to like? The advantage of these is that you can eat them so quickly there's no time for the juice to run down your chin, and since they're small, you can have more than one.

Try the cheap as chips sliders at Jus Burgers made on delicious Jean Pierre Sancho brioche buns, pulled pork sliders at The Stables (Perth) or Pleased to Meet You (Northbridge) or the soft shell crab sliders at Bib and Tucker (Fremantle).

Gourmet hotdog hipster food
A gourmet hot dog (image courtesy Run Amuk)

Fancy Hot Dogs: first burgers were given the gourmet makeover, and now the humble frank. Laced with toppings that are a far cry from tomato sauce and fried onion, these fancy hot dogs are as hot as a Perth day in February. There is really only place in town for the über frank: Run Amuk in Fremantle.

cronut hipster food
Cronuts (image courtesy Daily Mail)

Cronuts: a doughnut made out of croissant pastry. The inventor of this dessert creation deserves to die a very rich, happy man. Try them at Lawleys bakeries around the city. You will also find all manner of donuts on menus these days, so try the breakfast donut at Miss Kitty's Saloon, the dessert donuts at Amphoras Bar (West Pert) and the Turkish Delight filled treats at Meeka (Subiaco).

taco hipster food
Cactus taco

Tacos that aren't Mexican: anyone can throw some beans and mince in a taco shell, but the hipsters are now filling tacos with non-traditional foods and bam! Instant foodie craze.

Try the pink snapper tacos at The Merrywell (Burswood), the tiger prawn tacos at The Classroom (North Perth) or pulled turkey tacos at The Cabin (Mt Hawthorn).

artisan bread hipster food
Artisan bread (courtesy Bread in Common)

Artisan Breads: these are the breads that are made with love, grains or a starter years that is a 100 years old. Sometimes all three. Try the rustic, hand-thrown loaves at Bread in Common (Fremantle) or the organic goodies at Mary Street Bakery (Highgate).

savoury icecream hipster food
Wasabi sorbet (image courtesy Petite Mort)

Savoury Icecream: some people consider this a step too far, but in many fine dining establishments, you will see savoury flavoured icecreams and sorbets gracing the dishes. Don't expect to see roast beef icecream at Baskin Robins anytime soon, but you can try the wasabi gelato at Petite Mort (Shenton Park) or the sorrel icecream at Red Cabbage in South Perth.

suckling pig hipster food
Pigs are hip

Things Made from Pigs: almost anything that comes from a pig can be considered hipster, but it all comes down to the execution. Not of the pig, of the dish.

Try the suckling pig at Miss Kittys Saloon (Inglewood) or Pleased to Meet You (Northbridge), pulled pork at The Classroom (North Perth) or for something that crosses way too many boundaries, the pork belly donuts at The Laneway Lounge in the city.

What is your favourite hipster food and what do you see as the next big trend?

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if you like Kimchi by itself, there's a store that sells mainly Kimchi in Myaree, I think it's called Perth Kimchi, otherwise Hi-Mart and Seoul Mart also sells kimchi and other korean side dishes.
Took Bae Kee 1 and tong 86 both do good kimchi soup.
by ajani (score: 0|5) 2434 days ago

Tacos are traditionally served with snapper, prawns and pulled pork. In fact these are more authentic than the Texas style beans and mince that is as Mexican as a Pizza from Dominos is Italian.

Not to have a go, but it just to let you know....
by delia (score: 0|5) 2310 days ago

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