“What good new restaurants should I try?”

Broadsheet’s editors field this question, or a variation on it, almost every day. While we’d just as soon recommend one of Perth’s straight-up best restaurants or a long-standing institution, the pull of a hot new place is hard to deny.

So here it is: our edit of the best new restaurants in Perth from the past 12 months, updated monthly. Some of these places are redefining the way we eat and will go on to become classics. Others will be shorter lived. Either way, these are the spots we’re enjoying eating and drinking at right now.

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Vincent Wine

At this laidback Parisian-inspired bar, French wines dominate the cellar. The kitchen bangs out sharp bistro-style plates and charcuterie.

465 William Street, Perth

Skol

Come to this buzzing neighbourhood bar and eatery for Scandi-style cocktails, an Asian-inspired menu (including Korean fried-chicken sliders and swordfish katsu) by a chef with Michelin-star cred.

35 Ewen Street, Scarborough

Hoodburger Ardross

This is the third Hoodburger spot from brothers Matt and Tom Shaw (and it’s the new flagship). It comes fitted with American diner booths and serves imported soft drinks. Here, you’ll find burgers and golden chicken tenders along with low-intervention wines and beers on tap.

31 Kearns Crescent, Ardross

Short Order Burger Co Fremantle

This Perth burger favourite has put down permanent roots in the port city and added lunch service and booze, including a stiff maple-pecan-bourbon milkshake, and a house brew with Rocky Ridge Brewing Co.

3 William Street, Fremantle

Drasko's Hot Chicken

At this diner, a journalist-turned-chef is using techniques he learned at Copenhagen's renowned Noma to make fantastic Nashville-style hot fried chicken.

148 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn

Kopi Time

This homey Malaysian eatery serves crisp hand-pulled roti, featherweight masala dosas, juicy fried chicken and lush house-made coconut and egg custard.

Shop 32, Thornlie Square Shopping Centre Spencer Road, Thornlie

Nasi Bali

You’ll find plenty of Balinese staples at this homey Kenwick diner, including ayam betutu and bebek betutu (braised chicken and duck respectively) and sambal matah (a spicy salsa), but most punters at this 20-person eatery are here for the babi guling, a deep dive into porky deliciousness featuring roast pork belly, house-made pork sausage and steamed pork.

2/69 Belmont Road, Kenwick

Royal’s Chicken & Burgers

Try Royal’s burgers and fried chicken alongside pre-batched cocktails and boozy shakes at their 120 seat, hip-hop inspired Victoria Park restaurant.

8 885 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park

Bad Love Burger Co

Try gloriously stacked double-beef burgers and Philly cheesesteaks at this Leederville diner. Bad Love Burger Co is the bricks-and-mortar residence of pop-up eatery Smashburger BBQ.

4/39 Harrogate Street, West Leederville

Acqua e Sale

The pizza at this Sardinian-influenced diner is among the city's best. The handmade pasta, meanwhile, is uniformly excellent and the portions are big. Don’t miss the chewy house-made bread: it’s half-sourdough, half-yeast and is baked daily in the same woodfire oven as the pizza.

391 Fitzgerald Street, North Perth

Ethos Deli & Dining Room

Ethos' kitchen only cooks West Australian ingredients, all the soft drinks are house-made, and the no-waste menu – focusing on secondary cuts of meat, by-catches and imperfect produce – leans hard into Eastern European food culture. The results – from comforting takeaway sandwiches to heftier dinner and all-day brunch dishes – make a compelling (and delicious) argument for this approach.

88 George Street, East Fremantle

No Mafia

This spacious William Street wine bar with an outdoor spritz garden serves up Italian wine and house-made pasta.

Shop 11 252 William Street, Northbridge

Mother

This buzzy Freo joint makes a compelling argument that plant-based dining doesn’t just have to be virtuous, it can also be fun. The satisfying eats in the vein of cauliflower burgers, corn tacos and oven-roasted celeriac help, and the great natural wine list help, of course.

181A High Street, Fremantle

Coogee Common

There’s nothing common about Coogee Common. Not its sprawling garden, not the warmth of the renovated Coogee Hotel space, and not the produce-driven, no-waste cooking of chef Nathaniel Murray, an alum of Melbourne fine diner Vue du Monde. You'll find earthy cooking in the dining room; counter meals and snacks in the pub; and vegetables, fruit and honey in the backyard.

371 Cockburn Road, Coogee

Old Faithful Bar and BBQ Fremantle

Perth’s popular low-and-slow barbeque joint has opened a basement bar and restaurant in the port city with 32 beer taps, rare whiskies, an expanded menu of hits from the American south, and the promise of late-night breakfast.

1 Pakenham Street, Fremantle

Fleur at The Royal

Fleur refuses to be pigeonholed. Take the French name, Japanese-ish food, and the native produce. What is certain, though, is that this one of the most exciting restaurants in Perth. It’s not fine dining in the traditional sense. But the cooking is intricate, the dishes are as delicious as they are creative and the service is warm.

531 Wellington Street, Perth

La Cabana

This casual, dog-friendly taqueria in South Freo is landing bold blows for Aus-Mexican cooking. Maybe you'll find a pork and pineapple taco dressed with a native strawberry and saltbush sauce. Or try the beef rib enlivened with a mole, a traditional Mexican marinade, made here with wattleseed. From the bar: wine, local beers, tequila and mezcal.

400 South Terrace, South Fremantle

North Bird Dining Room

This double-act puts of-the-moment wines and strong neighbourhood vibes front and centre. Chef Chris Howard is plating up imaginative remixes of classics such as hasselback celeriac – a riff on the classic baked potato – and pickled mussels and clams shrouded in sheets of thinly shaved octopus terrine.

175 William Street, Northbridge
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