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This week Roamz welcomes guest blogger Juji Chew from jujichews.wordpress.com to share her food picks for Perth, Australia. Enjoy.
Juji Chew’s Perth food picks
When I recommend places to visit around Perth to out-of-towners, it comes as no surprise that food is generally always at the top of my list.
Whether you’re visiting Perth for business or pleasure, there’s a treasure trove of delicious eats available, catering to all appetites and budgets.
We have our fair share of glitz with celeb-chefs lending their recipes and names to sleek establishments around town, but for this Perth girl, it’s the smaller spots run by passionate locals that really get my appetite going.
And good news for Roamz users - my newbie attempts at finding these favourite places using the iPhone app have proven positive - so I’m more than hopeful you’ll have no trouble chasing any of these spots down.
Smoult’s Continental Deli
186 Whatley Crescent, Maylands
A Sunday morning visit to Whatley Crescent for the paper and a coffee just wouldn’t be complete without gazing at the cheeses, meats and pates on offer at Smoult’s. If you’re lucky, you might have the chance to snap up their famous house-glazed ham, sold fresh off the bone while you wait. Time your visit to coincide with lunch-hour, and you’re in luck - say hi to @ThatDeliGirl
at the barbecque - she’ll fix you up with the best hot dog this side of the Swan. Try your snag with fresh Argentinian chimichurri made by Perth’s asado kings, El Asador
(you can thank me later).
Mondo di Carne - butchers of distinction
824 Beaufort Street, Inglewood
Mondo di Carne are Inglewood’s best known purveyors of all things meat, look out for noteworthy mentions including horse, truffled moon meat and at least half a dozen sausage varieties made fresh on the premises.
Stop in on a Saturday morning, and your efforts will be rewarded when you spot the roast meat sandwiches. Tender slices of roast beef, lamb, or pork (with crackling), are served up generously on fresh sourdough sandwich bread with balsamic jus and sprinkled with freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt.
City Farm Cafe
1 City Farm Place, East Perth
When Monday blues hit, it’s good to know there’s decent coffee waiting for you at the other side of your working day commute. Perth City Farm, located adjacent to the Claisebrook train station is an urban farm, which features organic gardens, recycling and some courageous chickens who like to get up close and personal (on occasion).
But for me, the real star of the show is the solar powered cafe that’s open from 7.00am weekdays. Aaron and the team serve up some of East Perth’s finest coffee, with light and fluffy muffins and other baked goods (like the indulgent chocolate brownies) made fresh by the team each day. If something more substantial is your plan, I’d suggest you turn your attention to their fantastic bacon, egg, caramelised onion and cheddar panini.
Jus Burgers With locations in Subiaco, Leederville, Fremantle, Northbridge and Melbourne
‘Buy West, Eat Best’ is the motto at Jus Bugers, where everything from the meat, eggs, burger buns and even fresh juices are all sourced from top quality Western Australian producers. Jus was the first restaurant in the state to make the commitment, and I’m happy to report that chef and burger maestro Justin Bell’s love of all things local shows.
Burger patties are prepared on site before being grilled to juicy, tender perfection - whether you choose classic beef, flavoursome lamb, or decadent Wagyu beef, you’ll notice the attention and love in every bite. My picks are the Pommy (beef, cheddar, bacon) and the Bokka (a patty made from local pork and beef Boerwors, with spicy chutney and cheddar).
A side of Perth’s best onion rings with aioli is a must. And trust me, you’ll be back once you’ve crunched through your first golden bite.
Palm court 19, Station Street Markets, 1 Station Street, Subiaco
When favourite Malaysian hawker dishes are what I crave, a visit to Hawkers Delight at the Station Street Markets in Subiaco is the first thing on my agenda. Classic dishes like Nasi Lemak, Curry Laksa, Char Kuey Teow and Hainanese Chicken Rice are customer favourites here - with many opting to order two and even three dishes to share in one sitting. Mama Hawker prepares all her dishes fresh on site - like you’d expect from any self-respecting hawker.
Other reasons for food-obsessed Malaysian and Singaporean expats to rejoice include fresh barley water, home made soya bean drinks and homemade Nyonya kueh.