Located on the Western Coast of Australia, Perth is a spectacular location for fresh regional produce andshore-caught seafood. Though one of the most remote cities in the world, it's possible to sample authentic dishes originating from China, Korea, Japan, Turkey, Italy and Malaysia within city limits. Factor in Perth's proximity to some prolific wine regions in the Margaret River area, and choosing a restaurant becomes a formidable affair. With cheap flights to Perth easier to hunt down than ever, and its popularity as a tourist destination growing by the year, now all that's left is to figure out where to go first...
Bistro Felix: Offering an ever-changing range of dishes to sample, this Central Business District Bistro offers an exquisite selection which demonstrates the bounty of the region. Simple dishes such as wild mushroom risotto and corn-fed chicken are presented with European panache; décor is minimal but ambient, and mains are around $35.
Restaurant Amusé: Awash with fine dining accolades, this highly lauded eatery begs attention from aspiring gourmands. Its pristine, elegant presentation needn't intimidate;the staff are knowledgeable foodies eager to share their knowledge of the dishes and drinks on offer. As a degustation restaurant, there is no a la carte menu. Instead, a seasonal selection of sensory delights can be yours for $125pp.
C Restaurant Lounge: For a demure afternoon's high tea in Australia , you'll need a head for heights. C Restaurant has heart-stopping views from the 33rd floor over the sprawling skyline of Perth. Sip a steaming cup of Earl Grey or Chamomile and indulge in a freshly fired scone kneaded by a professional French chef with lashings of cream and jam. High teas are popular so book 24 hours in advance to avoid dismay. Prices start from $37pp.
Hayashi: Authentic Japanese delicacies like teriyaki and sashimi can be sampled in the demure and delicate surroundings of this award winning establishment. Its motto 'experience the freshness' is easily discerned in the crisp, modern décor, and slickly presented, vibrant dishes. There's also a range of wines and saki to add a little extra kick to proceedings. Main courses are priced between $25 and $40.
Greenhouse: One of the quirkiest dining venues in Australia, Greenhouse prides itself on its low carbon footprint and sustainability, with a vegetable garden on the roof, hay bale insulation and water recycling system. A team of creative chefs, led by Matt Stone, Young Chef of the Year, serve up healthy dishes like tomato, wheat and goat's cheese gazpacho and squid, garlic and ancho chilli.
Dusit Thai: An unassuming as its décor might be, this restaurant has long been heralded as the best Thai restaurant in Northbridge, with a simple, effective menu and welcoming staff. Get your palate pumping with deep fried snapper fillets slathered in chilli sauce, or try one of the signature dishes such as grilled barramundi fillets or grilled rack of lamb. Expect to pay around $35 dollars for a main dish, and feel it's worth it.