I recently visited Western Australia and had such fun exploring Perth, Fremantle and the Margaret River that I decided to go back. This time I was interested in seeing more of what Perth had to offer.
When it comes to the food, let me tell you that they’re really hitting the mark with their veg options.
My first lunch was at The Little Shop of Plenty in Maylands. The name alone doesn’t do much to tell you that this is a vegan and mostly raw eatery, across the road from the train station. It also houses a little shop with food and craft goodies so you can browse while you wait on your order. While the food isn’t cheap (as seems to be the case generally with eats in WA) the food was wholesome, healthy and satisfying.
The warm abundance bowl had a mountain of quinoa, roasted beetroot and carrot, walnuts and a creamy vegan cheese. The paleo plate had avo lime smash, sweet potato mash, sauerkraut, juicy cooked mushrooms and slices of nut bread. For dessert it’s hard to go past a bowl of chocolate Cocowhip with raw chocolate cookies and one of the decadent raw slices from the display cabinet at the counter.
I enjoyed Cocowhip a second time when I visited Fremantle Markets. This time it was a vanilla and matcha swirl, topped with a raw slice.
I LOVE Japanese food. The trouble is since I cut seafood out of my diet many years ago, unfortunately it limits my Japanese eating options. Dinner at Aisuru Sushi in Northbridge really hit the spot, especially their separate vegan sushi menu! Favourites included tempura vegetables, Crunchy Buddha’s Delight rolls (sushi with avocado and lettuce, topped with sliced mushroom and teriyaki sauce and tempura flakes) and a little tipple of sake.
Heading to the ‘burbs for lunch at The Pearfect Pantry in Wembley was by far an eating highlight of my trip. The cafe, tucked away from the road, was an excellent option for vegos who want something hearty. I ordered a chocolate milkshake and a vegan big mac – a huge double burger with double cheese, big mac sauce and homemade wedges. Admittedly it’s been many years since I had a burger from McDonald’s but this legit brought back memories and tasted just like the real thing!
As well as a catering menu (hello picnic options!) they had a gorgeous display of vegan sweets and cupcakes. I can certainly vouch for the luscious Black Forest cupcake and the lemon cupcake.
A surprisingly pretty city lunch at vegetarian cafe Flora and Fauna delivers the most Instagram-worthy plates. The deconstructed veg nachos with cashew cheese was incredibly tasty, fresh and so beautifully presented. The fruitily decorated wedge of banana bread is something they are known for and comes with the option of side (we went with peanut butter). And the sweets in the display cabinet were amazing – the huge choc-mint Oreo was a hit for me.
Another surprisingly good eat was at Jus Burgers in Subiaco. They have three veg burger options (hooray!) and I went with the tempeh burger with balsamic onions, which I washed down with a local beer. The burger was big, hearty and didn’t at all feel like a substandard vegetarian offering. If I’d had more time in WA I would have gone back to try the other two.
Another Subiaco hit was Yelo Cafe, a great spot for a healthy lunch. I had a soy hot chocolate and a simple roast veg panini with pesto, capsicum, pumpkin, spinach and cheese. I love that even if you’re eating in, the food is served in biodegradable packaging so you can just pop it in the bin when you’re done.
Last and certainly not least was a drive towards the airport to wine and region Swan Valley, for lunch at Millendon’s vegetarian garden cafe. The Swan Valley Cafe has a beautiful garden out the back and a shop if for picking up a plant or two. I went for a tempeh burger with bio cheese and to share we had a side of housemade wedges, followed by a rich slice of chocolate and beetroot cake.
By no means have I sampled all the good veg eats that Perth has to offer. Know of any more? Hit me up with your tips for my next visit!
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