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Published September 3rd 2019
A good life includes good food
Whether you live in Perth or are visiting for a weekend, there are a handful (way more but for this article, I'm going with five over a weekend) of eateries that will complete your stay... maybe your life.
A buffet of eats in Fremantle
The Fremantle Markets are a Freo icon. Open only Friday-Sunday, and holiday Mondays, it's no wonder this place is teeming with hungry shoppers from open to close. But, Friday is a little less busy, which makes it a great time to stroll and eat your way around this historic gem. Start in The Hall with a brownie from Fatboi, cause why not? And because they're damn delicious.
For something a little more substantial, head to the Dosukoi Japanese Noodle for...you guessed it, a piping hot bowl of ramen. There's not many seats and they don't like to do takeaway (it makes the noodles too soft) so hang around if you need to wait for a seat. It's worth the wait.
Once you get to The Yard, your eyes are bound to get bigger than your belly. If you need a buffer between bites, have a coffee at Black Cherries Espresso - seriously good (expect a queue). Then just cruise through the food stalls sampling and deciding.
Besides the markets is another Freo icon - Sail and Anchor. Beer lovers can choose from 40 taps across four bars over two floors. You'll get a far-out fab meal of traditional pub grub here too. If you happen to be in town Monday-Thursday, do not miss the $15 specials, which includes a damn good meal and a pint. You can't beat that!
Silks at Crown Perth celebrated their sixth birthday in August 2019 - and six is a very lucky number to the Chinese. And lucky for you, they're offering a new yum cha menu. For $45 per person, you'll enjoy a variety of steamed, fried and baked selections in a fancy-pants environment. The XO Turnip Cake with Bean Sprout is sticky sweet and very moreish. And always go for the new signature dish - the Black Gold Dumpling stuffed with WA king prawns. It's fit for a king (or queen).
Cheaper option: Want Chinese without the price tag? The Noodle Bar in the casino serves classic Asian dishes for under $20 a plate.
Where: Crown Perth, Burswood
Beer and pizza at Alfred's
After spending the day on the glamourous side of town, spend your evening in a dark, but uber-cool, gansta pizza joint. Alfred's Pizzeria in the CBD is a no-fuss, no-muss kinda place where the pizza is crispy, the beer is craft, and the staff love their jobs. What more could you want on a Saturday night?
Bottomless brunches are hot, hot, hot for weekend catch-ups and treating yourself to a cocktail-fueled Sunday morning. This trend is catching on and you'll find a few places in Perth cashing-in on it, but the place doing it with tremendous passion and style is The Globe. For $49, you'll get two glorious hours of access to the spritz and prosecco fountain. That's right, there's a free-flowing Roman-type fountain pouring booze. You'll get some food too. Think sweet treats like French toast or mouth-watering savouries such as smashed avo on sourdough.