From fine dining to casual drinks, the top places in Subi
People say Subiaco is dying. It has lost the markets. It has lost the cinemas. It's even lost the football. Luckily there are still plenty of great restaurants – both old classics and new kids on the block – who will hopefully keep this once vibrant suburb alive.
Fine Dining Sometimes you want to splurge. It might be a special occasion, or you might just want to see some beautiful food on the plate. Here are the top restaurants in Subiaco for fine dining.
Bistro des Artistes. It has seen a few changes recently but that shouldn't affect the quality of this authentic French bistro. Expect to find ingredients and dishes you wouldn't normally see coming out of an Aussie kitchen, such as offal, brawn and pigs head. Go with an open mind and expect to be enlightened. 424 Hay St, Subiaco
Tues-Sat for lunch and dinner
Bistro Felix. It's almost old-school now, but it stands the test of time and is still full of VIP-looking people all day and night. The food is top quality European and it feel very grown up and mature. It has a reasonable set price lunch menu, but it's also very easy to wander into highly priced territory. 118-120 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco Lunch Tues to Sat, Dinner Monday to Sat.
Satsuki. The restaurant itself is tucked away into an uninspired corner of the train station, but once inside the sheer beauty and delicacy of the food will transport you somewhere else. At lunch the menu is economical, both in size and price, but at night time, a whole new world opens up. Shop 1/50 Subiaco Square, Subiaco Lunch and dinner Tues to Sat.
Meeka. It's one of a kind in Subi, and probably a rarity in Perth – Middle Eastern and North African flavours served on bright chunky Moroccan inspired dishes. It might be difficult to make a tagine stews look beautiful but there is no denying they taste beautiful. Stick to the doughnuts for dessert. 361 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco Dinner Tues to Sat.
The first course from the Metro banquet
Fill the table Whether you have a big appetite or just like to try lots of different dishes, sometimes you just want an abundance of food in front of you. These are some of Subi's best at banquets when your stomach is as big as your eyes.
Six Senses. It's Thai food at its best, and it's beautiful – both the room and the food. It's also small and tucked away, a bit like a secret. Lovely fresh flavours just encourage you to fill the table and try a little bit of everything. It's BYO so don't forget a bottle of your favourite wine. Shop 23, 17-31 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco Open daily for lunch and dinner
Metro Indian. Wear your elastic waisted pants and skip lunch, because this friendly Indian restaurant is generous – especially if you order the banquet. There is nothing particularly unique (except for all the bling on the walls) and you won't be challenged, but it is good food, and more than you can possibly eat. 6/420 Hay St, Subiaco
Cafes and cakes If there is something Subi does well, it's cakes and desserts. Some you can sit down and enjoy, others you have to take your goodies elsewhere to enjoy. Luckily good cake almost always comes with good coffee too.
Boucla Kafenion. Lucky you if you manage to find seat in this tiny little café, but don't worry – there's always takeaway. If you manage to find a space inside, you may be just as fascinated by all the exotic ware for sale as you are by the delicious cakes and sweets. Eclectic sweetness. 349 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco Open Mon-to Sat for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea
San Churro. It's hard not to salivate just a little when confronted with the expanse of chocolate that comes in all sorts of guises from a dipping sauce for hot sugary churros, to icecream in a decadent sundae, to hot chocolate and macarons. Perfect for dessert or afternoon tea. The ultimate chocolate coma. 1 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
Daily from 10am to late
Louis Baxters. Yes they do 'other' food, but when you think of Celebrity Chef Eamon Sullivan, the first thought you have is all his divine desserts (many of which are available for sale at Louis Baxters). It closes by 3pm, so be in early. The coffee is excellent too. Shop 2, 50 Subiaco Square
Mondays to Saturdays, early to open, early to close
Cherry Bombe. Its shopfront might be relatively new but the name behind it isn't, and anything that Emanuel Mollois puts his name to is going to be a winner. There is no place to sit, it's strictly takeaway and you never know what amazing cakes, tarts, savouries or sandwiches will be available, but if you're there on a day when the passionfruit lemon tart is on sale – please let me know. 1 Forrest St, Subiaco
Tuesday to Friday 8.30am-3.30pm
Chez Jean Claude Patisserie. The queues that wind out the door of this tiny little piece of heaven say it all, but it's worth the wait. The baguettes are the best in Perth and the whole cakes and tarts make grown men swoon. If only they were open on the weekend… 333 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
Weekdays only 6am-6pm
Wine Bars and casual food
Sometimes you just want a drink, and it comes with delicious food as well, then even better. Here are the best places to have a quiet drink and something to nibble on.
Juanitas. It's in an art shop. It's decorated like a junk shop. How can it not be cool? While the owner is notoriously anti-review, word has quickly spread. Food options are very limited, but if you want to enjoy a glass of something special, I can't think of anywhere cooler in Subi. 341 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
Daily (except Mondays from 3pm to lateish)
Subidoo. The new kid on the block is making a big impact. It does breakfast and brunch. It has healthy wraps and juices for lunch. At night though, it breaks out the southern inspired share plates, finger licking flavours that have you looking around for a serviette. Despite the sheer quantity of ribs on the menu, there are also plenty of vegetarian options. It's also a wine bar! What a pleaser. 483 Hay St, Subiaco
Open weekdays from 7am to late, weekends 9am to late.
The Subi Hotel. I can't not include this fabulous institution especially after its fancy new makeover. It offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, but it is also a bar (several bars in fact) including a new roof top terrace and uber cool lounge upstairs. Drinkies. 465 Hay St, Subi
Open daily from 7am to late
Whether it's big groups or small budgets, sometimes you just want something cheap and cheerful.
The Village Bar. It's not the fanciest by any stretch of the imagination, but its willingness to host large functions and its regular specials menu keep lots of people very happy. Perfect for large groups who want to drink and eat and chat. The food can be hit and miss, but if you stick to the specials menu (which start at $5 for Hotdog Wednesday), you can't go wrong. 531 Hay St, Subiaco
Open daily for lunch and dinner
Jus Burgers. If you can't get a table at this popular burger joint, no worries, because you can grab your meal to takeaway (which is usually just the next corner because it's too hard to wait any longer). The coleslaw is an acquired taste but the pumpkin burger is to die for. As is practically every other burger they make. Pulled pork burger on a charred Jean Pierre Sancho brioche bun anyone? Drool. Corner Rokeby and Roberts Rds, Subiaco
Daily from 11am to late.
Plate of meat
When you're craving protein, you need to find the biggest steaks.
Hippo Creek. For carnivores with deep pockets, look no further than this bastion of South African cooking, where the prices are big and the steaks even bigger. You can eat practically any four legged creatures that walks the earth. It's top quality and if you come at lunch time, the prices are more accessible. Delicious meat coma. 375 Hay St, Subiaco
Lunch Wed-Sat, Dinner Tues-Sun
Farmer's Markets. If you are bored with standard breakfasts and like to change your mind on a whim, then the Farmer's Market on a Saturday morning will suit you well. Breakfasts can range from baked Moroccan eggs to dairy free smoothies, decadent French pastries to a humble bacon and egg roll. It's all outdoors and you balance your plate on your lap as you enjoy the relaxed crowds and local music. Great fun.
Subiaco Primary School
Saturdays only 8am-noon