Perth is one of the most beautiful cities in Australia. It is actually a shame that when most people think of Australia, they think of Sydney Harbour, the Gold Coast, or the Great Barrier Reef. Australia has so much more to offer, so many more wonderful things to see and do. Ever heard of such fabulous landmarks in WA as The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park? Possibly the Ngilgi Cave near Yallingup or the Mammoth Caves and wineries around Margaret River? It isn’t just these spectacular landmarks that make Western Australia so fabulous, Perth has some of the most amazing restaurants and cafes. From Italian bistros to wonderful seafood restaurants, Perth has some of the most romantic restaurants perfect for you and your loved one.
The first place that came to my mind when making this list was Japanese restaurant Nobu. This place is simply amazing! If I had to think up one word to describe Nobu it would be romantic, or maybe intimate and decadent. Aww, this is difficult, there are too many wonderful words to decide this place! Mitchell and I found this place when we visited Perth’s Crown Casino complex. One piece of advice, if you plan to visit Perth over a weekend, you will want to make reservations. Nobu is a much sought after hot spot.
There was so much to choose from on the menu and some of it made no sense to me. I was going to ask questions but once I spotted the Pork Belly, I just knew what I was having. Nobu makes the most amazing Pork Belly, it actually reminded me of a restaurant back home in Melbourne – Lucy Lui. The pork was cooked and presented very much the same. They were like little squares of heaven with a Spicy Miso Caramel sauce…simply delicious. Mitch enjoyed a Beef Tenderloin which he kept telling me was great. We both shared a plate of spinach salad.
I like to try different things, except raw food… I still have to psyche myself up for that! It was at Nobu that I tried a Pina Martini. If you are unsure what that is, it is a fruity vodka drink that is really nice. A tad sweet, I don’t think I could have too many of them, but I certainly enjoyed the one I had.
If you are travelling to Perth, have plans to visit the Crown complex, then check out Nobu. Enjoy a nice dinner for two before you hit the slot machines 🙂
Address: Crown Perth Complex. Great Eastern Highway, Burswood. Western Australia 6100.
Phone: (08) 9362 7551
The first time I ever heard about Must Winebar was during a flight from Melbourne to Perth. Mitch and I were traveling west to visit relatives, but due to the short notice we couldn’t get our seats next to each other. So I took the isle seat, Mitch was in front of me next to the window. And dare I say, I was as happy as a pig in poop! The girl sitting to my right was chatty and told me she doesn’t like flying. Well, neither do I, so as you can imagine we hit it off immediately. An hour from Perth, we both had consumed a couple of glasses of wine and were talking a mile a minute.
That’s when I heard all about Must Winebar. A place I was told I had to visit. As it turned out, one of the nights we spent during that visit to Perth, Mitch and I decided to catch a taxi to Highgate. Speedy Gonzales had nothing on that driver! We didn’t realise that the suburb of Highgate was only 5 minutes down the road from were we were staying. Since we were so early, we went across the road and enjoyed a glass of bubbly at the Queens Tavern. Thank you Taxi driver 🙂
By 7pm we were seated inside the Winebar along the back wall. The staff was absolutely fabulous. I could tell this place was a favourite as the other customers were talking to their servers like long-lost friends. Trust me, that is always a good sign. If the locals are happy to eat there regularly then that tells me 1 – the service is good, and 2 – so is the food!
Before our tummies had a chance to grumble, Mitch had the Chargrilled Hervey Steak with fries and Watercress Salad. I had the Quail with Potato Salad and the most heavenly sauce ever. I was a tad chatty and ended up having a conversation with an irish couple who came from the same district of Belfast, like my mum. Small world! For dessert, Mitch and I shared a pavlova. Well, I had most of it, Mitch got to try a little bit 😉
Must Winebar is only a short drive from the heart of Perth. You really have to visit this place, the staff are wonderful, the food is just amazing and the atmosphere is so nice and cosy. The perfect place to go out for a romantic dinner for two.
Address: 519 Beaufort St, Highgate. Western Australia 6003.
Phone:(08) 9328 8255
Approximately 20 years ago I stood along the wharf in Freemantle and watched as a replica of the HMS Endeavour was launched into the harbour. It was a great big celebration and one I still remember to this day. I have actually seen the ship a few times since, in Sydney, but every time I think of Freemantle, I remember that fabulous day along the shoreline. Each time I have been to Perth, I have wanted to go back to where I watched the ship being launched, but of course plans change, and it didn’t happen for a very long time.
During one visit, Mitch and I finally drove down and went for a walk along the wharf. Everyone I spoke to about the launch had a different story to tell. Where it was launched, what went wrong, and where it is now. Every building along the wharf could have been the place were the endeavour replica was built. I knew it was along Mews Road, but looking at all the new buildings and the constructions that have taken place over the years, I had no idea either.
So Mitch and I went for a walk and ended up at the Char Char Bull. Facing out along the walkway were these wonderful little furnished alcoves. So we sat down ordered a drink and watched the sun set. It was heavenly. We snuggled up and just watch people walking by, sipped our drinks and had absolutely no cares. It was incredibly relaxing. After the sun had set we ordered dinner. The guy behind the bar was telling us they had the best oysters, and going by other patrons I was sure they were good, but I ended up having something rather simple. I had a yummy Chicken Breast with shallots and mushrooms. Mitch had an Eye Fillett with potatoes and beans. Now, before you think that sounds boring, let me say that this place is a hidden gem. The restaurant doesn’t look like much, but the cooks could turn even the most basic of meals into something devine. What we had served to us was well worth the day trip to the harbour.
Fremantle is a suburb of Perth, about a half an hours drive from the city. It is well worth a day trip, find somewhere to park the car and take a walk along the street. The old architecture is fascinating.
Address: 44B Mews Rd, Fremantle WA 6160
Phone: (08) 9335 7666
Perth and surrounding areas are such wonderful places to visit. As far as climate goes, Perths weather reminds me very much of what it is like in southern New South Wales. It can get very warm in summer, but not bitterly cold in winter. If you have enough time, visit the beaches south of Perth, they are gorgeous!
Mitch and I have both been to many restaurants and cafes in Perth, but these three were our favourites. If you have a favourite restaurant in WA you would like to share please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you!
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