Perth - Food and Drink
Despite its relative isolation, Perth is no slouch when it comes to fine dining and cosmopolitan cuisine. Taking much of its cue from the countries which border the Indian Ocean, Perth is one of Australia’s hottest propositions when it comes to curries, spicy stews and Southeast Asian-fusion dishes. Indonesian, Malay and Thai dishes; rice, noodles, fresh spices and delicious Chinese food are all popular dining options in Perth.
The city is also home to many, many excellent coffee shops - you could say Perth runs on the stuff! The further out to Freemantle (Perth's port town) the more the bean seems to take over proceedings. There's even - at South Terrace - the ‘Cappuccino Strip’. Freemantle is also home to some excellent fish and chip restaurants.
Subiaco (a trendy Perth suburb), is home to a slew of excellent Asian, fusion and trendy bar/grill establishments, while along the Swan River you'll find hearty fare such as steak houses, Aussie-themed family-friendly eateries and Italian restaurants.
Other specialties you’ll find on town menus include Western Australia’s excellent seafood - especially king prawns, rock lobster, barracuda and wonderfully meaty oysters (containing ‘pearl meat’).
You may notice with pleasure that the wines of Western Australia are uniformly good, and served - relatively cheaply - with the region’s inventive and pretension-free cooking.