Do you ever get the feeling that you need to see more of your own country? I really do. In my effort to do a bit more local travel, this year I’ve visited Perth three times, all the way over in Western Australia.
It almost feels like taking an overseas trip as it’s so far from my hometown but hitting the west is sure worth it, especially when it comes to their dining options. This is a follow up to the last lot of epic veg eats I enjoyed in this lovely city.
My first meal was a Saturday brunch at Stimulatte in Subiaco, a cafe that covers a lot of bases with veg / vegan / gluten-free / paleo options. The dishes of my companions were The big vegan and Avocado, green peas, mint, lime, spiced almonds and sourdough which made it tough to decide so I went with the King oyster fried ‘chicken’, pancake, maple coriander, cayenne salt which was littered with popcorn. The food was great! For the road we bought a couple of massive vegan gluten-free chocolate chip cookies, as big as the palm of my hand. It’s a busy little spot and the staff were friendly – I would happily eat there again.
On a trip to Leederville to see a screening of live theatre show being aired at the cinema, we popped into the IGA for snacks. What a surprise! As well as being open 24 hours, they have a really impressive range of vegetarian and vegan products and ready-made eats. They had savoury pastries at the deli, and a lush display counter full of vegan cakes and sweets, supplied by Roey’s Vegan Delights. I picked up an array of goodies and everything was very good indeed! I wish my local was this well stocked.
You can’t miss Subiaco’s Santa Fe – there is a beautifully bright and colourful mural of a woman along the wall outside. I went for a late weeknight dinner to try the Mexican and south west American cuisine and before I had realised that margaritas are half price with a main meal (bonus), I had already ordered a wine. Whoops! The Mushroom tostadas were the perfect bite, loaded with sautéed mushrooms, roasted red peppers and lime and garlic with a lime crema and feta. For dessert I had the Empanaditas de manzana which were little donut-like apple pie bites with ice cream, caramel sauce and toasted almonds. I’m very keen to go back and try more of their menu.
For a fine dining experience we went to Co-Op Dining in East Perth. On Tuesday’s they offer a five course vegetarian degustation, made from locally gathered or foraged organic and biodynamic produce. My favourite dish of the night was roasted cauliflower with cauliflower puree, miso butter, parmesan and hazelnuts.
My last meal – which was highly anticipated as I ran out of time to go on my previous visit – was brunch at Pearth Organic Kitchen in West Leederville. The cafe is light and airy and the menu is fresh and healthy featuring organic wholefood with no refined sugars or anything processed. I went for a Macro bowl which was loaded with spring veg, avocado, brown rice, hummus, dukkah and house-made tahini. Even the green smoothie bowl looked good (and I’ve long been confused by the concept a smoothie that isn’t in a cup!) The bowl was accompanied by fresh fruit and a crunchy granola. Lots of good options here so it’s worth another visit.
I’d love to hear about your travel eats – where have you found great places to dine in while on the road?
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