Perth’s best restaurants and chefs
“To eat after work, it’s Alfred’s pizzeria New York style pizza,” Vargas said. Vargas is a born and bred New Yorker, so the compliments don’t get any better than that.
Guy Jeffreys, former WA Chef of the Year and head pan wrangler at the legendary Millbrook Winery has some great advice.
“I cook European-style food for a living, so when I’m off the clock, I’m always drawn to cheap and cheerful Asia. Bangkok Thai Grill House at East Vic Park is fantastic. In town, I can’t pass a bowl of spicy beef belt noodles from Mr Bun and Hong Kong cuisine in Myaree is always worth a visit.
Again, the compliments don’t get much higher: Jeffreys is a celebrity, highly-awarded chef and zealous fresh produce enthusiast who grows all his own fruit and vegetables in the huge Millbrook Estate vegetable garden.
Chef Chase Weber says his favorite after-hours meal is dim sum.
“It brings people together, it’s fast and I love the hustle and bustle,” said the executive chef of The Royal, Standard Bar and Karrinyup’s shiny new Dandelion. His “off the clock” favorites are Wang’s Treasure House at Morley, Egawa-an East Perth and one of the most beloved places for hospitable crowds, If Paradiso in Northbridge.
When you think upscale and cutting-edge, you need look no further than chef Seth James.
Lately, he’s been bringing his A Game to the dining room at Wills Domain winery in the Margaret River area. Before that, he was the inaugural chef of Perth’s top restaurant, Wildflower, at Como The Treasury hotel. He’s now head chef at winemaker Larry Cherubino’s amazing new restaurant, Frui Momento, also in the Margaret River area.
Like many of his fellow chefs, it is the small, the handsome and the daring who floats his boat.
“I like House (at Mont Aubépine). Paul Bentley (Casa’s chef) is a master of delicious, flavorful bites,” James said.
Casa is an acclaimed wine bar with a big food offering and one of the best small bar vibes ever.
Like many of his fellow Margaret River-based chefs, James is a big fan of dumplings and regional Chinese restaurants. Chows Chart in Wilyabrup.
Ditto for Margaret River-based TV personality and chef Tony Howell.
“My favorite is Chows Table. Great dumplings. Howell is also a fan of Miki’s kitchen at Margaret River.
Scott Bridger is one of WA’s best and the head chef of North Fremantle’s beach beauty, Bib & Tucker and the ultra-cool Pogo in Mount Hawthorn.
Manuka wood-fired cooking is a favorite “with honest cooking and the flair of Kenny (chef-owner Kenny McHardy). Hifumiya Noodle House – WA’s first udon house is a must for Bridger. “Noodles are like a big, warm hug from your grandma,” Bridger enthuses.
“They have plastic chairs and tables, the pho is amazing and their stuffed chicken wings are epic.” (Author’s note: We’ve been to Tra Vinh more than once and find ourselves in fierce agreement with Chef Palinkas, especially about Tra Vinh’s Cành Gáh Rút Xuöng, stuffed chicken wings).
Where top chefs love to eat the most
These are among the best restaurants in WA according to some of our most accomplished chefs. You may not have heard of some of these places, but these are the restaurants that keep coming up when chefs are asked about their personal favorites.
Wang Treasure House, Morley
Egawa-an, East Perth
Mr Bun, Perth
James Parker, Northbridge
Bangkok Thai Grill House, East Victoria Park
Alfred’s Pizza, Perth
Chow’s Table, Margaret River
Oshii Ramen, Myaree
Canton Bay, Perth
Hong Kong cuisine, Myaree
Tra Vinh, Northbridge