There are plenty of great place to eat and in Perth. Here are your best 'north of the river' options.
Brisbane Hotel - corner of Brisbane and Beaufort Street Highgate, 9227 2300. Urban pub vibe / pizzas, pasta and more / relaxed / licensed Open Monday to Saturday from 11.30am till midnight; and Sunday from 11.30am till 10pm
Is it a bar, is it a restaurant? Actually the Brisbane is both. In summer it's great to sit outside in the terraced beer garden (it can get pretty busy) and in winter you might when you can hide away inside. There's plenty of space and a cool, urban vibe.
The menu includes things to share like salt & pepper squid, fritters and fries but their pizzas are also amazing and other options include pastas, lamb shanks and grilled salmon. You'll always get decent servings. The Brisbane takes bookings for dinner from Monday to Thursday and walk ins for dinner on Friday and Saturday. You can book for lunch seven days a week. Click here for more.
The pizzas are amazing at the Brisbane Hotel
Cantina 663 – 663 Beaufort St Mt Lawley, 9370 4883 Casual but cool / great coffee / local produce / European / licensed
It's a mix of casual and cool at Cantina and if you're a coffee-lover you'll enjoy their brews. The wait staff friendly and they know their stuff. You can book for lunch or dinner but breakfast is walk-ins only. They call it a European canteen and there are a lot of exciting ingredients on the menu. For breakfast try the polenta with slow cooked eggs or a ciabatta toastie. For lunch, sample the panfried gnocchi, duck liver parfait or a gourmet salad.
There's anti-pasto options in the afternoon and dinner has some of the lunch options again plus meals like braised lamb shoulder, citrus cured salmon and chicken terrine. You can match those with wines from Italy, Spain or Portugal. Cantina is famous for their long table dinners where you get to meet a lot of new people. Click here for more.
Chutney Mary's – 67 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, 9381 2099 Indian / homely / well-priced / popular/ licensed Open Monday to Saturday from noon till 2.30pm; and Monday to Sunday from 5.30pm till late
Chutney Mary's is a lot of Perth people's favourite Indian restaurant so it's always a good idea to make a booking, but you could try a 'walk-in' if you're in the area. It's casual but classy with colourful Indian decorations and there are a lot of options on the menu – something for those who like it hot, choices for the chilli-challenged and vegetarian options. Share a selection of starters with your friends.
Choose from Punjabi samosas, chicken tikka and tandoori king prawns. You're guaranteed an explosion of beautiful flavours and wonderful aromas at Chutney Mary's and you usually end up ordering too much food but who cares. The menu has all the favourites like lamb vindaloo, butter chicken and rogan josh plus wonderful tandoori dishes and authentic curries. Make sure you get the garlic naan too. The service is swift and you'll enjoy the homely vibe. Click here for more.
Possibly the best Indian food in Perth - at Chuntey Mary's
Duende - 662 Newcastle St Leederville, 9228 0123 tapas / Mediterranean / wine / cheese / dessert / licensed Open daily 7.30am till late
Leederville is a trendy spot for dining out and Duende is one of your best options. It's open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and channels a bit of Spain into Perth.
You can start the morning with coffee made from locally roasted beans and a cooked breaky with organic eggs and specialty meats.
The tapas menu kicks in at midday and the Mediterranean options and designed for sharing. There are plenty of vego and gluten-free options too.
For dinner you could also choose paella with seasonal produce and finish with Duende's famous doughnut balls with condensed milk ice-cream or a selection of cheeses.
Lots to drink on the menu too – wine that's Spanish and Mediterranean plus local drops too. There's also a range of local and international beers and ciders, house-crafter cocktails and unusual spirits like Sipsmith dry London gin or their own chilli vodka. Click here for more.
You need to try tapas or paella at Duende in Leederville
Must Winebar - 519 Beaufort St Highgate, 9328 8255 French / international wines / bistro or bar snacks / licensed
Open daily from noon till midnight
Great for lunch or dinner and of course a few cheeky wines. The menu is full of modern French cuisine with oysters, wagu beef, roasted duck and steaks. There are magical desserts on offer too including brownies and brulees. If you're feeling adventurous you might like to check out the seven-course degustation menu. And if you're a wine lover, you're bound to be impressed by the selection on offer. It includes reds and whites from France, Italy, Australia, NZ, Germany, Austria, Argentina, USA and South Africa. There's also a cocktail list with the classics plus some signature concoctions. Up to you – eat bistro style or just grab a few snacks at the bar. Click here for more.
The Witch's Cauldron – 89 Rokeby Road Subiaco, 9381 2508 Famous garlic prawns / special occasions / landmark / licensed
Open daily from 7:30am till late
The Witch's Cauldron is one of Perth's longest standing restaurants. It's a landmark in the heart of Subiaco and is a two storey building with different style seating from tables to booths to street side dining as well. If you go there you have to order their sizzling garlic prawns because it's what they're famous for.
Different pictures of witches decorate the walls at the Witch's Cauldron and always get good, hearty meals including steaks, gnocchi, duck, crayfish mornay and a range of salads. Good for group bookings and you can have a look at their set menu options online. It's not cheap but it's a good spot for a special occasion meal. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Click here for more.
A Subiaco landmark - chef Tony Humphreys and manager Darren O'Brien at the Witch's Cauldron
Voyage Kitchen - 128 West Coast Highway Sorrento, 9447 2443 Free range / simple food / salads / rustic / ocean views / byo only
Open Monday to Wednesday from 6.30am till 5pm
and Thursday to Sunday from 6.30am till late.
Soak up the casual, rustic and modern vibe at Voyage Kitchen while you take in the ocean views. Simple food with quality ingredients – that's what's on offer and pretty much everything, besides the bread, is made from scratch onsite.
Breakfast options include eggs (free range of course), pancakes and bircher muesli. For lunch there's a range including salads packed with vegies, savoury tarts and quesadillas. At dinner time enjoy a plate of gnocchi or pork belly. You'll also be tempted by desserts including banana cream pies. Very popular – you might want to book. Click here for more.
Yelo is more of a beach side coffee shop
Yelo – 331 West Coast Highway Trigg, 9447 9441 casual / beachside / takeaway / gourmet / organic / alcohol-free zone
Open daily from 6.30am till 5pm
If you're after a super relaxed, beachside vibe for breakfast or lunch, check out Yelo. There's a great range of gourmet delights with a focus on organic food. Early morning choose from bircher museli, fresh muffins or thick toast – or try their specialty breaky wraps. At lunch time take your pick from the fresh toasted paninis, bagels or wraps. They've also got frittatas and salads. You'll find something for the sweet tooth (tarts and cupcakes and banana bread) and gluten free options too. Grab a coffee, fresh juice or smoothie.
Yelo's not your conventional cafe, in fact it's more like a beachside coffee shop. Just order at the counter then decide if you'll grab a seat on a couch or bench or take a short stroll to the beautiful Trigg Beach park. Yelo is an alcohol-free zone. It's open every day except Christmas Day. Click here for more.