Ku De Ta's first international venue has landed on Perth's Swan River. It's no Seminyak beachfront, but with 270-degree water views, it still flaunts that iconic open-aired vibe, minus the Bintang singlets. Perth's Ku De Ta isn't a regurgitation of the Bali original, so there's no point in comparing the two venues.
Besides the same relaxed aesthetic, all day menu, orange sunset and chilled house tunes, the new venue has a strong focus on Australian produce and world-class interiors that are a nod to Perth's heritage. Designed to hold a crowd of 850, the space is impressive. The interiors are a mix of industrial and organic materials, with soft leather seating, hints of metallic gold and reclaimed wood from WA's 129-year-old Bunbury Jetty.
The expansive venue is divided into three separate areas, The Deck, West and Ku Dining which cover everything from coffee, cocktails, contemporary dining and casual shared grazing. The hardest decision is choosing where to sit, with inside, outside, high-bar seating and the classic Ku De Ta lounging areas.
In need of a cocktail? Tell your friends to meet you at The Deck, it's the main bar and has some of the best riverside views in Perth, with lounges that intertwine and beckon you to sit-back and chill. It's the perfect spot for an evening drink. They are currently serving the classics (Pina Colada, Aperol Spritz, Tommys Margarita) until the autumn cocktail menu is finalised. Our pick? The French 75, with Tanqueray gin, lemon and sparkling.
The chef's choice for Deck diners is the seaweed spaghetti. The ingredients are mouth-watering: locally sourced crab (hand-made pasta with seaweed) and stracciatella with Sandalwood nut pesto. Side note: The Deck is great for sharing dishes with friends or even just an early morning coffee. Seafood lovers head straight to The West dining area for fresh seafood and tasty charcuterie. There are high tables or you can sit perched along the counter and watch the chef prepare your meal. The West is probably the best spot to catch one of Perth's iconic sunsets.
Head over to the east side for some contemporary KU Dining. It's serving an a la carte menu that boasts the signature style and talents of executive chef Daniel Fisher and head chef Liam Atkinson. The menu highlights local WA producers and suppliers while under the influence of international cuisine. Some local favourites include the Fremantle sardines, Great Southern olives and Blue Ridge Marron from Manjimup.
Ku De Ta's infamous reputation for signature music and parties is also on the cards in the future, with international DJ and Ku De Ta music director Arshad Rizvi on the case. With its laid-back vibe, picturesque location and impressive menu, this new riverside venue is the new place to be.
On The Point, 306 Riverside Drive, East Perth, kudeta.com