The old steak has fallen out of favour in recent years. As the ethical and environmental impact of livestock farming becomes more apparent, chefs and diners are getting cosier with vegetables than ever before.

Despite this, there are still plenty of spots to find a good grilled steak in Perth (as opposed to steak tartare or American-style smoked beef). At the top spots, you can usually choose your preferred breed, feed (grain or grass), cut, ageing time, condiments and, of course, how you’d like it cooked (no more than medium, please).

But however you customise your steak, such a simple dish is totally reliant on the quality of the animal. The good news: Australia raises some of the best beef in the world. Victorian farmer David Blackmore brought Wagyu here in 1989 and now counts Thomas Keller (French Laundry, USA), Heston Blumenthal (Fat Duck, UK) and a number of other high-profile international chefs as customers.

Then there’s South Australia’s Mayura Station (another pure-bred Wagyu operation) Tasmania’s Cape Grim, Victoria’s O'Connor Beef and many other world-class cattle farms employing ethical, sustainable practices. And it’s all right on our proverbial doorstep.

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Neil Perry’s fine-dining steakhouse has outlets in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth. Clearly, it’s got something going for it.

Crown Perth Great Eastern Highway, Burswood
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Mayfair Lane Pub & Dining Room

This gastropub uses beef from WA. Go fo the 620 gram chateaubriand or splash out on a 1 kilogram tomahawk steak.

72 Outram Street, West Perth

Le Rebelle

For one of the best steak-frites in town.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

The Meat & Wine Co.

An African-inspired steakhouse

108 St Georges Terrace, Perth
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Samson's Paddock

The signature dish here is a grass-fed Wagyu tasting board.

3 Glyde Street, Mosman Park

Balthazar

One of the grand dames of Perth's culinary scene usually has just the one steak – and that's all they need.

6 The Esplanade, Perth

Market Grounds

Try the dry-aged tomahawk rib-eye with fermented garlic cream.

10 Telethon Avenue, Perth

Sentinel Bar & Grill

A sense of understated sophistication makes this all-day a popular spot for business folk.

111 St Georges Terrace, Perth

Bib and Tucker

Steak by the beach, cooked over coals.

18 Leighton Beach Boulevard, Leighton Beach