“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 in September.

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Fleur at The Royal

Fleur refuses to be pigeonholed. There’s the French name, Japanese-ish food, native produce – even Greek drops show up on the wine list every now and then. What is certain, though, is that this one of the most exciting restaurants in town right now. It’s not fine dining in the traditional, white-tablecloth sense. But the cooking is intricate, the dishes are as delicious as they are creative and the service is warm. We recommend a post-dinner drink at the bar, especially one of the half-sized cocktails. Because who wouldn’t want to drink a Martiny or a Snaquiri?

531 Wellington Street, Perth

Northbirdge Dining Room

This double-act puts of-the-moment wines and strong neighbourhood vibes front and centre. Chef Chris Howard (formerly from up the road at Panama Social) seems to be enjoying his new gig, as evinced by imaginative remixes such as hasselback celeriac – a riff on the classic baked potato – and pickled mussels and clams shrouded in sheets of thinly shaved octopus terrine (as polished a Mediterranean-style seafood salad as you’ll find anywhere on William Street).

175 William Street, Northbridge

Acqua e Sale

Water and salt – acqua and sale, respectively – are the main ingredients of Acqua e Sale’s primary stocks in trade: pizza and pasta. Though it’s new, we consider the pizza here to be 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

“We want people to be mindful of waste,” says Melissa Palinkas, co-owner of Ethos (and Young George, just up the road). “We want them to be mindful of what they buy, what they use, and what they put in the bin.” That no-waste philosophy is central to the kitchen and deli’s output, which focuses on secondary cuts of meat, seafood by-catches and imperfect produce. 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

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 cooking of chef Nathaniel Murray, an alum of Melbourne fine diner Vue du Monde. Salads enjoy greens from the garden, and a mead is fermented using honey produced on-site. Pork pappardelle with brocolli raab is a good example of the the kitchen’s canny way with flavour, while barbequed fish cheeks with a lemongrass spice rub speak to Coogee Common’s no-waste cooking.

371 Cockburn Road, Coogee

La Cabana

La Cabana ia a casual, dog-friendly taqueria in South Freo that’s landing bold blows for Aus-Mexican cooking. Here’s a pork and pineapple taco dressed with a native strawberry and saltbush sauce. There’s 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

Dilly Dally

It’s difficult to understate the importance of the Witch’s Cauldron. The Rokeby Road icon was a Subi staple for almost 50 years. Patrick Ryan and Jeremy Prus, who took over the premises, found themselves with some big shoes to fill. But they’d faced a similar challenge before, when they took over CBD stalwart Emporio and rebooted it as Lalla Rookh. They pulled it off. We can see Dilly Dally becoming just as much of a fixture as the Witch’s Cauldron. The food is comfortable and familiar: dishes include pork and veal meatballs, grilled flatbreads topped with mushrooms and taleggio, and some fine pizzas. The wine list is equally approachable, with drops to satisfy everyone from casual drinkers to grape nerds.

87 Rokeby Rd, Subiaco
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Kailis Fish Market Cafe

Kailis Fish Market is one of the city’s best-loved spots. Now, after a makeover – replete with dark timber, brass accents and arches – the waterside seafood restaurant is more accessible and bustling than ever. It’s a classic. And so is the food – but this is a cut above your average fish’n’chip joint. Choose from seven different fish fillets at the fry section. Or maybe Fremantle sardines and Shark Bay king prawns in the whole-seafood fry section? The fish-fillet burger is another standout. If raw and grilled seafood is your thing, you’re amply covered too. A 50-bottle wine list and bottled cocktail section are worthy counterparts to the food here.

46 Mews Road, Fremantle

Baan Baan

Bangkok Jump Street is one of Perth’s best-known Thai food players. Since popping up in 2014, we’ve often wondered when it would come time for the group to settle down and open a permanent restaurant. Baan Baan is that restaurant, and it’s been worth the wait. The menu has old favourites (the grilled pork skewer, and the roast pork and crackling salad, for example) but it’s the newcomers, such as crisp crab meat rolls and savoury fish custard, that really steal the show.

172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge

Le Rebelle

This bistro is comfortable but boisterous. Le Rebelle takes cues from the classic casual French diners of Paris and New York, and its menu is about crowd-pleasing dishes: roast duck and frites with a gravy boat of béarnaise, ricotta gnocchi with truffles and peas, and blue manna crab on brioche toast. A punchy and tight wine list (under 49 bottles) keeps the good times rolling. It’s a fun space, where tables are intentionally close to one another to up the atmosphere.

676 Beaufort Street, Mount Lawley

Tonic & Ginger

Fremantle’s heritage-listed synagogue lay dormant for over 20 years. Now, it’s The Old Synagogue, a new dining and bar precinct. The flagship is Tonic & Ginger, a two-level Asian restaurant at the centre of the former synagogue. The menu is broadly Southeast Asian, with some Chinese and Japanese influences. There are snacks, grazing plates and feasting-size dishes. Tonic & Ginger is aiming high, and it’s already proved to be a crowd-pleaser among locals. We’re excited to see how it settles into the Freo landscape this year.

92 South Terrace, Fremantle

Lupolab

Marco Silvestri is a native of Rome. His parents owned a restaurant there, which he worked in from a young age. So he’s been around coffee and pasta his whole life. That experience and appreciation for “Roman-style” eating and drinking is on full display at Lupolab. Excellent coffee roasted in-house is available all day long. At lunch, pasta dishes with simple sauces such as a beef ragu are the focus. Later on at dinner (Thursday to Saturday), those pasta dishes become more complex, and heftier dishes such as osso bucco also come into play.

151-153 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn