With so many trendy eateries and bars opening up in Perth over the past few years, it has been hard to keep up with them all.
It seems like everyone is telling you “you must try this place” one day and then — before you’ve even managed to get to the first place — the very next day they’re telling you to check out another new venue entirely.
It’s actually pretty great, when you think about it. Perth has come a long way in recent years.
One area that is really coming along in leaps and bound (and you might not know it) is the east end of Northbridge, just past William Street. It’s an area that was redeveloped after the Northbridge Tunnel was built in the late 1990s and it has recently evolved into a real hub for good food and drink.
Here’s our guide to some of the best places to eat in the Newcastle Street area in the east of Northbridge, if you have some spare time this festive season.
3/177 Stirling Street, Perth
This great little Greek bar and restaurant has a menu that will have you dreaming of holidays on the Aegean Sea. It’s meze-style, so the food is to share — which is just as well, because you’ll want to try everything. Calamari, moussaka, spanakopita, taramasalata — it’s all there.
Brika also has a range of Greek beers, cocktails and wines. It’s open from 12pm- late Monday to Thursday, and 8am - late Friday to Sunday.
The Tuck Shop
1/180 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
The retro name is a cute fit for the “indie” vibe that’s so popular in the Northbridge and Mount Lawley areas. And popular is certainly the word to describe The Tuck Shop — which has become one of the busiest go-to haunts over the past year or two. It’s not uncommon to have to queue on the weekends to get in.
It’s open from 7am to 4pm, and the all-day menu has everything from the café staples — eggs on toast, cakes and muffins — to some surprises like pies and nasi goreng.
The Old Crow
172 Newcastle Street, Northbridge
The Old Crow serves up Cajun and Creole style food to a very loyal following. Naturally, on the menu you’ll find fried shrimp, pulled pork and beef ribs — all the delicious eats you associate with traditional Cajun food. But there are plenty of other options, too.
It has a good wine and cocktail list, indoor and outdoor seating options, and a great vibe.
The Old Crow is open from 6pm to 10pm Monday through Thursday (later on Fridays) and from 9:30am to late on the weekend. It’s popular — you’ll need to book.