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You’ll find that Perth has a lively dining scene with a variety of restaurants featuring European cooking techniques and local Australian ingredients and wines. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the five top restaurants in Perth.
1. Fraser’s. Located in King’s Park, the view from Fraser’s is the best in the city. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest you request a table on the terrace to enjoy the best views. Attentive, friendly service makes this a great introduction to everything Perth has to offer. Executive chef Chris Taylor offers uncomplicated ingredient-driven Australian cuisine and changes the menu daily to focus on the freshest produce and seafood, making the nightly specials a treat.
2. Must Winebar. Oenophiles will enjoy exploring the many world-class wines crafted in Australia at this hip wine bar and bistro. Chef Russell Blalkie and his team create ideal wine pairing dishes, such as a baked goat cheese and organic tomato coulis that sings with sauvignon blanc or roast duck breast with a warm potato salad and mizuna, which complements pinot noir or cabernet sauvignon.
3. Opus Restaurant. Opus in the Richardson Hotel offers guests a truly fine-dining experience guided by executive chef Pascal Pietri. Whether you select the degustation menu or prefer à la carte, the French-inspired food will leave you wanting more.
Be advised that Opus does have a dress code that requires a collared shirt and trousers for men.
4. The Loose Box. Although located about 40 minutes east of Perth, The Loose Box is worth the trip. The French cuisine is aimed at the adventurous foodie, with the option of a regular or vegetarian degustation menu. The location gives the restaurant another unique edge: All fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown on site, giving a new meaning to the word “fresh.” Keep an eye out for the truffle-based menu June through August. Even after 30 years, The Loose Box is still delighting Perth diners.
5. Blackbird Restaurant. This restaurant in East Perth is internationally acclaimed, though it’s still considered a hidden gem set on Claisebrook Lake. You’ll find seasonal dishes like braised pork cheeks with polenta and prunes, mushroom tortellini with pickled beets and fresh local barramundi.