Martin Eade is a freelance food and travel journalist based in Perth, Western Australia.
He is a writer and reviewer for WA Good Food Guide and owner of Morsels, a food and travel site established in 2011.

Now Open: Bagel O’s Takes the Perth Sandwich Scene to a “Hole” New Level

Perth’s sandwich scene has come a long way over the last few years, thanks to the bar-raising efforts of Deli’s Continental, Peggy’s and Oh So Deli. Bagels, on the other hand, stayed largely under the radar until Mount Lawley delicatessen Bagel O’s opened in November 2022, quickly attracting crowds that spilled out the door until the last bagel was sold. Months on, little has changed.

Goldbird Hot Chicken Opens in Fremantle, Serving Tenders and a Strictly Limited Chicken Skin Sandwich

They say never to open a venue in the lead up to Christmas, but sometimes a venue like Goldbird Hot Chicken, is so delicious that it manages to cut through the pre-holiday noise and make its mark on the Perth dining scene. Despite being a notoriously low-key time of year for hospitality, Perth flocked to this new concept restaurant from creator and owner Simon Kony, the man behind Short Order Burger Co.

Now Open: Butter Crumbs, the Pop-Up Known for Basque Burnt Cheesecakes and Buttery Pastries, Opens a Permanent Bakery in Mount Lawley

Butter Crumbs started its journey three years ago at Mount Claremont Farmers’ Market, where former Chu Bakery and Island Market chef Zie Zillah sold cakes and pies during a break from full-time work. Testing the waters with an 18-month Inglewood pop-up, Butter Crumbs made a name for itself as one of Perth’s top bakeries. Now, just three months after the pop-up ended, the brand has been reborn with a permanent home further along Beaufort Street in Mount Lawley.

Now open: Testun

Testun opened in Mount Lawley amid a flurry of interest. We caught up with two of the key players to talk wine-in-a-box, non-traditional Italian and their vision.

Mount Lawley restaurant and bar Testun is the newest venue from the Trequattrini family, owners of nearby Threecoins Italian Trattoria, but to call it a family affair is something of an understatement. Joining as co-owner and co-head chef is Chris Caravella, former head chef at 2021 Best Bar Dining winner La Madonna Nera.

Hoodburger Opens a New Flagship Shop in Ardross, With Retro Diner Vibes, Smashed Burgers and Crisp Fried Chicken

Hoodburger sits alongside Short Order, Royal’s and Meet & Bun as one of Perth’s great burger success stories. Brothers Matt and Tom Shaw launched the brand as a pop-up in 2015, cooking burgers in laneways and outside bars and clubs, before opening permanent spots in Northbridge and Inglewood. Now, they’ve opened a third – this time, south of the river in Ardross.

Now Open: Artful Dishes and a DIY Focus at Perth’s Buzzy New Cafe, The Humble Onion

After a soft opening in January for takeaway breakfast only, The Humble Onion was due to open on February 1. Then Perth went into lockdown. Two weeks and much anticipation later, Chris Howard and Caitlin Johnston (both ex-North Bird) finally opened their cafe for dine-in service. The St Georges Terrace site (most recently home to 100 Cups by Fiori) is the former digs of influential restaurant Greenhouse, where a young Howard worked as apprentice chef.

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ Opens in a 130-Year-Old Heritage Fremantle Building

Old Faithful Bar & BBQ has consistently served some of Perth’s best barbeque since opening on King Street in 2014. Current owner Rob Paolucci took over the venue (originally co-owned by his parents) in 2017 and has now launched a second venue in Fremantle’s resurgent west end. It’s an appropriate addition to Pakenham Street, also home to Bread in Common and recently opened distillery Republic of Fremantle.

Local & Aesthetic, a WA-Centric Cafe, Retail Space and Gallery, Opens in Mount Lawley

The blueprint for Local & Aesthetic started years ago. Partners, musicians and hospitality professionals Liam Young and Dominique Rae wanted to open a WA-centric shop stocking local art and products. As the concept developed, it became clear they needed more space and people to bring it to life, so they recruited friends and fellow musos Mitch Strickland (head chef) and Caitie MacDonald (head barista).

Now Open: House-Made Spirits, Bottled Cocktails and Sophisticated Share Plates at Republic of Fremantle

It’s been a long time coming. After an initial announcement in 2018, Republic of Fremantle has opened in a sprawling warehouse in Freo’s west end. (The venue was due to open last autumn, in time for the release of its first spirits, but Covid had other plans.) The distillery, which launched in December, is a joint venture between Fremantle locals Jason Townes and Matt Giudice (the partners behind Fremantle’s Ronnie Nights and Strange Company) and John McVeigh.
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