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Trip List by Melnq8

Eating Across Western Australia

28 Aug 2010  Lover of food and wine
4.5 of 5 stars based on 1 vote

An ongoing exploration of the culinary delights of Western Australia

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  • 1. Food, glorious food

    Western Australia is a food lover's dream with a huge variety of restaurants, cafes, wineries, coffee shops, takeway shops and pubs.

    Perth alone is home to some 47 Indian restaurants, 50 steakhouses and countless family owned cafes. The state of Western Australia is blessed with some 150 wineries, many of which have restaurants.

    This list is by no means meant to be comprehensive (that would be virtually impossible!) It's merely a sampling of places I have personally explored and thoroughly enjoyed.

    So, let's eat, drink and be merry...

  • 2. Angheti Indian Restaurant - Perth Metro

    If you enjoy Indian food, you'll love Angheti. The setting is low key and laid back, the prices reasonable, the servings generous, the service friendly, the food divine.

    If you like like things hot, try the Andra Chicken, hot chicken curry with red peppers, tamarind, ginger, garlic and fresh green chillies.

    For those wanting a little less heat, I strongly recommend the Makki Paneer Makhani, sweet corn with baked cottage cheese cooked in tomato gravy and garnished with cream and fenugreek.

    The Kadai Paneer is another great meatless option; baked cottage cheese tossed with dry coriander seed, chilli, Garam Masala & green peppers, and finished with a tomato based sauce. Add some garlic naan, some steamed basmati rice and a bottle of wine, and you're good to go.

    BYO and licensed.


    The location in Padbury is also very good - smaller venue, unlicensed - $1 per person corkage.

  • 3. Lamont's - Swan Valley

    Laid back and unpretentious, Lamont's offers free wine tasting of their extensive range of wines, and a tapas style menu from Friday-Monday.

    This is a wonderful place to enjoy a glass of wine and a light lunch. They have indoor and outdoor seating. Three selections from their tapas menu makes a filling lunch for two adults.

    I highly recommend their marinated olives served with 1/2 a baguette (incredible, and I don't normally like olives), their chicken breast salad and their two dip platter, also served with 1/2 a baguette.

    Lovely wines, friendly hosts, relaxed atmosphere. A great day out in the Swan Valley.

    Lamont's also has locations in East Perth, Cottesloe and Margaret River.

  • 4. Millbrook Winery - Jarrahdale

    For a splash out meal amidst lovely surroundings, you can't pass up Millbrook Winery, located in Jarrahdale, 50 minutes south-east of Perth.

    The winery is absolutely lovely, surrounded by jarrah forests and rolling hills. Their restaurant overlooks their lake and vineyard and makes a stunning venue for a relaxed weekend lunch.

    The menu changes frequently, but never disappoints.

    Be sure to try the Sauvignon Blanc and their Liqueur Muscat. Delish!

  • 5. Olio Bello - Margaret River

    Olio Bello is located in the food and wine paradise known as Margaret River.

    In addition to a tasting room where one can sample their estate grown organic olives and wide assortment of extra virgin olive oil, they dish up a mean alfresco lunch.

    Their inventive menu showcases their homemade pasta, estate grown produce and sauces as well as locally sourced ingredients. We particularly liked their "Premium", venison chorizo, roasted red peppers, caramelized onion, garlic, basil, chili and pine nuts, tossed through fresh fettuccine drizzled with premium blend olive oil, and topped with shaved parmesan. Lovely!

    They also offer creative desserts using their fruit infused olive oil. Good stuff.


  • 6. Karri View Winery - Denmark

    Karri View is a small boutique winery located in the idyllic countryside surrounding the town of Denmark, in WA's stunning southwest.

    Their casual restaurant serves up an enticing lunch which is served on the patio overlooking their vineyard and karri trees. The laid back atmosphere makes it the perfect place to graze on one of their tasting platters, sip champers and soak up the scenery.

    Wed-Sunday 11-5 pm

  • 7. The Old Pearler - Denham

    The Old Pearler is located in the tiny seaside town of Denham, 833 km north of Perth in the World Heritage area of Shark Bay. It claims to be the only restaurant in the world made mostly of shells - cockles.

    This is a tiny establishment, serving up the best food in the NW (as far as I'm concerned anyway). The surroundings are unique, the ambiance ideal, the service friendly. We opted for the grilled snapper, served with a seeded creamy mustard sauce and the Breast of Chicken Waldorf, served with brandy and walnut sauce on a bed of green apple. Add a bottle of champers (free corkage!) and we were good to go. We practically licked our plates clean and booked a table for the next night before we'd even left the building.

    Loved this place.


  • 8. L'attitude 28 - Geraldton

    L'attitude is located in Geraldton, overlooking Champion Bay, some 425 km north of Perth. It's a lovely spot for a drink or a leisurely alfresco lunch - fresh and enticing.

    We opted for the bangers and mash; Bratwurst sausage, cheese potato mash, caramelized onion and red wine jus, and the Thai pumpkin soup, served with a toasted baguette. Both were very good, but the piece de resistance was a delicious slice of chocolate tuxedo cake that was almost too pretty to eat, served with freshly whipped cream AND vanilla ice cream. Be still my heart.

  • 9. Dylan's on the Terrace - Albany

    Dylan's on the Terrace is located in Albany, some five hours south of Perth.

    This restaurant has something for everyone, with it's huge varied dine-in menu, bustling takeway counter, and a display case full of scrumptious looking desserts.

    We tried the lasagna, which came with chips and salad, and the lentil burger, which came with chips. Both were really good, but unfortunately they left no room for dessert, so we'll just have to go back.

    It gets busy, but it's well worth the wait.