A food critic's guide to Perth
2016 marks a time when the apprentice supersedes the master. The country is experiencing a revolution of the dining and imbibing kind and it's being driven by the enthusiasm of youthful - and talented as hell - professionals. Here's a snapshot of what's hot in Perth - go on, jump in the fire.
1. Long Chim, Basement, Barrack St & St Georges Terrace, Perth
A Thai restaurant that's hotter than the dishes leaving the pass? You bet. It's not often that the best contemporary Thai chef on the planet opens up a street food restaurant in your neck of the woods, but Perth - here it is. David Thompson's Long Chim is his more accessible spin-off of the World's No. 22 restaurant Nahm. In the basement of the redeveloped State Buildings, it's part bar and communal eating house with Thai food like no other. Thompson plans to open a Long Chim in Sydney during 2016.
Must have: Chiang Mai larp of chicken
2. Odyssea, 187 Challenger Parade, City Beach, Perth
As the soft blue ocean kisses the beach blonde sand, kick back and sample the best breakfast the west has to offer. Right on the cusp of City Beach, this seaside city escape is fueled by the talents of chef Alan Spagnolo, who has a unique connection to the farmers who supply the produce that stars on his menu. Think field mushrooms with pearl barley and salsa verde or honeycomb, yoghurt, goat's cheese semifreddo. There's even a kiosk offering takeaway for those still dripping wet from their morning swim.
Must have: Tasmanian salmon, crunchy potato and kale hash, béarnaise, toasted quinoa
3. Late Night Valentine, 446 Beaufort Street, Highgate, Perth
Just when you thought nightclubs were a drunken den where the quality of the alcohol came second to volume, along comes Late Night Valentine to dispel your perceptions. Don't be fooled, it's too loud for conversation as it's more club than bar, but don't let that stop you -they're bringing the fun back into disco, and they'll be opening a basement bar soon with a full dinner menu too.
Must have: Late Night Crusta - gin, Aperol and lemon juice.
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