Perth’s best new restaurants, cafes and bars in 2021

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Wondering where in the world has the year gone? Yes, we aswell. Surprisingly, it was an absolute whirlwind. Between all the locks, restrictions, border closings and staff shortages, it’s hard to believe that so many great new restaurants, cafes and bars will open their doors in Perth in 2021.

It can be difficult to keep up with all of the new store openings in the Perth area, however, and you really don’t have to. That is our task.

Let us let you know, here are the best new must-see restaurants, cafes and bars in Perth.

Peggys

Fremantle

Any of your Melbourne friends will tell you that sandwiches are a big deal right now, and Peggy’s leads the prosecution here in Perth. The corner lo-fi in Fremantle has a small but fine menu of droolable sandwiches that sell out daily, from a popular chicken cut on a soft tube roll topped off with a heavenly dash of dillmayo to one popping eggplant parma-on freshly baked focaccia full of cheese. If you drop by in the morning be sure to grab one of their sausage and egg muffins – it’ll blow your stale old Maccas memories out of the water.

Servo

Leederville

Embedded in the newly created Electric Lane, Servo is the lovely all day restaurant and courtyard bar that just opened as part of the Leederville redevelopment by FJM (the same people behind the State Buildings) and is probably our new favorite. Eye-catching, bright and flavorful plates are the name of the game, with the menu not following any particular theme, except that each dish is stunningly delicious. And believe us, you are guaranteed to wipe every plate clean here. Our current obsession is the aubergine with garlic yogurt with a little warm flatbread for dipping, paired with a spicy marg (or three).

Ruin Nieuw

FREMANTLE

Brought to us by the same talented team behind it Foxtrot unicorn, Ruin Nieuw is quickly becoming Freo’s favorite wine bar thanks to its huge list of over 250 bottles and groundbreaking menu from Chef Blaze Young and her all-female kitchen team. An old Grade II listed cottage with lovely high ceilings and lots of character will make you feel at home … so much so that it can be a little difficult to retreat to.

Jetty bar and eats

East Fremantle

Aptly named Jetty bar and eats, this humble “cabin on the water” by Miles Hull (Little Creatures, Alex Hotel, Quarter Acre) is easy to miss, but step in and you will be greeted with a stunning waterfront atmosphere, cool decor, accessible wines and some very attractive cocktails rewarded. In the kitchen, head chef Marcello Segalin conjures up the most delicious selection of Mediterranean-inspired plates. Trust us, this is the place for an aperitivo lesson.

new waterfront restaurant and bar in Fremantle

People’s cafeteria

NORTH BRIDGE

The guys from the North Street Store have been insanely busy this year so we were pretty shocked to hear that they managed to hit another opening. People’s cafeteria is right in the middle of the action in Northbridge in an old Chinese restaurant on William Street. They’ve kept things pretty straightforward in terms of both decor and dining options, bringing a refreshing dose of healthy cuisine to the area alongside their popular baked goods. You can stop by for takeaway snacks and supplies, or sit inside and make the most of the casual space, affordable homemade meals, and free BYO.

St Brigid Bar

Double view

Hamish Flemming and Siobhan Blumann – the legends behind them Mechanics Institute, Flipside, Mrs. Brown Bar, Propeller and Guildhall – are the minds behind this new neighborhood bar and together with their talented team they really got it knocked out of the park. Grab a “long mac topped up”, your refined version of the classic espresso martini or one of the signature bubble cocktails and throw up a serving of crispy fried potatoes – you will see why the locals are queuing for it.

a bubble cocktail from the new bar in Doubleview

The corner dairy

Double view

Doubleview certainly did well this year, with The corner dairy Adding another notch in the belt for this busy little neighborhood. Located directly across from St Brigid, the suburban bar and restaurant serves an excellent selection of Australian natural wines and craft beers in a casual, “come as you are” atmosphere. In the kitchen, Chef Hames Cole Bowen (formerly La Rebelle) impresses with brilliant pieces such as kingfish ceviche with smoked tiger milk and Geraldton wax and a local stracciatella with witlof and kumquat jam.

Willis

Perth

Just when you thought the royals couldn’t get much better, go ahead and turn a slice of their popular heritage pub into a wonderful new corner bar. With gorgeous marble table tops, jewel-colored decor, hardwood floors, and just the right amount of gold, the vibes are Parisian bistro and New York wine bar and everything is tres chic. But as with everything inside The Royal, it’s more than just a pretty face. Expect a top-notch wine list, superb cocktails, and a menu that will be a treat, whether you want an alcoholic lunch or a late-night nibble.

Burrata dish from a new Perth restaurant and bar

Casa

Mountain hawthorn

Enriched with Si Paradiso DNA, no surprise to see this new Italian style bar, restaurant and bottle shop is already popular with the avid foodies in Mount Hawthorn. You can easily fill yourself up with punchy bites like octopus al pastor toast with pineapple chutney and lardo or an epic scallop potato with yuzu cream and caviar, or opt for a decent bowl of handmade pasta. In any case, we recommend washing it down with a few glasses from the European-inspired wine list.

Photo credit: Emma Bryant, Shot By Thom, Danica Zuks



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