With a population of around two million people, Perth is the largest city in Western Australia. Nestled on the coast of the Indian Ocean, this vibrant hub of cultures from all over the world boasts a diverse dining scene that will leave you spoiled for choice, whether visiting for business or leisure.
We have hand-picked five of our most recommended restaurants for travellers to savour during their stay at the 5 star Pan Pacific Perth hotel. Be it sampling a world class wine list, indulging in award-winning seafood or exploring an epicurean adventure, our guide will steer food lovers of any persuasion on the path to culinary excellence.
True five-star dining
Named Perth’s Restaurant of the Year by the Australian Gourmet Traveller guide in 2014, Amusé strives to cast a glittering spotlight over the diversification of west coast cuisine, by offering ambitious dishes inspired by various sources.
Consider the combination of succulent char-grilled pork, topped off with buttery popcorn sauce, or the convergence of Rottnest Island scallops garnished with green strawberries and it is clear this is a restaurant that hopes to challenge presumptions of familiar dishes. Chef Hadleigh Troy is always experimenting with a menu that changes with each season, so even if you have been before, it is worth another visit.
Dining for serious seafood lovers
Sunset at Cottesloe, Perth, by Matt Paish
The coastal location of Perth ensures a steady influx of fresh seafood into the city, and as such, boasts a fine selection of restaurants serving each daily catch using innovative and appetising methods. Travellers need look no further than the critically acclaimed Rockpool Bar & Grill, helmed by chefs Neil Perry and Dan Masters.
Adhering to the strict use of only the finest produce, Rockpool invites diners to open with fresh oysters with tangy Mignonette sauce, followed by a hearty seafood stew with spicy mussels, coupled with saffron broth. Coral trout and pearl perch can also be ordered fresh from the charcoal oven situated on-site, topped off with a side salad and aioli sauce.
For those with a broad palate
The brainchild of head chef Todd Stuart, Petite Mort offers a grand menu for the more adventurous diner. The result is both ambitious and inspired, delivering vivid twists on tried and tested classics, such as mouth-watering pork belly and pig’s head, shot through with cubes of peach slices.
For those looking for seafood with an Asian twist, the cured snapper, cuttlefish and ponzu plate comes with a spicy wasabi sorbet that challenges perceptions, while the Huon salmon with sharp horseradish, sweet carrot and brandade cod and olive oil emulsion provides a grand main course. Expect a fine selection of wines all year round.
Dining during down-time
For a casual, yet quality, dining establishment, consider The Apple Daily, located in Perth’s Print Hall. Named after a popular Hong Kong newspaper, the menu – designed by Shane Watson and Andrew Moores – pulls upon both Australian and Asian cooking traits to deliver tasteful delights in a casual setting.
Inspired by street food vendors, Kana Moo Grob combines crispy stir fried pork with crunchy Chinese broccoli, while those with a taste for spice will enjoy the house Phad Thai, complete with prawns, sweet pork and zesty chilli jam. The restaurant highlight is arguably the ten-hour braised beef short rib with kimchi slathered with a hot ssamjang paste.
No fine dining experience would be complete without a broad range of exquisite wines from across the globe. Perth restaurant Friends boasts a wine list that was named one of the best in the world by American Wine Spectator magazine, with a triumphant selection dating back to 1960.
The restaurant offers à la carte and ten-course tasting menus to complement this fine wine selection, including a three-flavoured beef roulade with mixed spices, balsamic beetroot puree and caramelised capsicum coulis. For a true taste of the sea, consider the Esperance scallops and juicy Shark Bay prawns with squid, cinnamon fennel compote, prosciutto crisps and orange butter sauce.
Staying in is the new going out…
It is clear Perth has no shortage of world class restaurants, but while staying at our 5-star Perth hotel, you can enjoy fantastic food in contemporary and upscale surroundings, right here at Pan Pacific Perth. Our in-house dining options range from the award-winning seasonal menu and fresh fish selection of Monterey’s Restaurant, to the locally-sourced delights of Origins. No matter why you are in town, we can cater to your tastes with elegance and style.
What’s your favourite Perth restaurant? Let us know in the comments section below.
Featured image curtesy of Daniel Lee.