There’s plenty of reasons to treat yourself to the best Japanese food in Perth. But with a growing number of quality restaurants out there, where to go exactly?
To guide you on the search, we’ve picked out our favourite Japanese restaurants around the city. Modern Japanese eateries with an Australian twist are certainly in abundance, but there’s also a few options doing more traditional cuisine.
Regardless of what you’re after, whether that be sushi and sashimi or funky fusion izakaya dishes and premium sake, there’s plenty of options in Perth that cover all the bases. Get amongst it!
The Modern Eatery
The Modern Eatery has two delicious specialities – blow-torch aburi sushi and Japanese-inspired tapas. There’s really no need to go on, but if you need more convincing about why you should visit their restaurants in Mount Lawley and Fremantle, then we can. These contemporary eateries also offer funky cocktails, a low-key vibe and down-to-earth founders who just simply love to eat.
Nine Fine Food
Blending the flavours of both Eastern and Western cuisine, Nine Fine Food has crafted a tasty niche for itself within Perth’s dining scene. Their contemporary food is truly innovative and includes dishes like beetroot carpaccio with lime soy, duck pasta in pork ramen broth and yuzu lime sorbet. It’s safe to say such bold and delicious flavour combinations have put them on the map. Guests can enjoy either a three-course, four-course or six-course menu and, while fully licensed, the restaurant also welcomes BYO.
Open Monday to Thursday from 5:30 – 10pm, Friday and Saturday 5:30pm – 10:30pm
277 Bulwer Street, Highgate, Perth 6003
One of Perth’s most popular Asian restaurants, Edosei is an ambient eatery in the city centre boasting quite the atmosphere. They serve both traditional and modern takes on Japanese cuisine, so it’s naturally a hit in terms of food and the quality is always reliable. The intimacy is also noteworthy, this thanks to Edosei’s sophisticated dining room which was designed by award-winning architect Michael Roxy.
Open Monday to Thursday from 11:30am – 2pm and 5:30 – 9pm, Friday and Saturday from 11:30am – 2pm and 5:30 – 9:30pm.
64 Barrack Street, Perth CBD, Perth 6000
Marumo is full of surprises. On one hand, the food is nothing short of creative Japanese fine dining as this upscale Nedlands restaurant only offers a omakase chef’s selection tasting menu. Guests can treat themselves to a seven-course meal over three hours for $75, with seasonal produce ensuring something different is served every single day. On the other hand, Marumo is also BYO and absolutely charming. There’s no snobby fine dining feel here, rather a friendly ambience and an honest dedication to the art of cooking.
Open Tuesday to Friday from 7 – 10:30pm.
Chelsea Village, 22/145 Stirling Highway, Nedlands, Perth 6907
Kuza Urban Japanese Food
“Be prepared to flirt with your senses…” This enticing tagline is on the first page of the menu at Kuza Urban Japanese Food and we’ve got to say it sums up a meal here just perfectly. This bustling restaurant in Victoria Park offers innovative izakaya dishes for sharing and a premium drinks list, with fresh and bold flavours aplenty. The vibe here is informal yet classy and it’s always heaving with hungry locals eager to experience some of Perth’s best modern dining. Advance bookings are highly recommended.
Open Monday to Sunday from 11:30am – 3pm and 6 – 10:30pm.
393 Albany Highway, Victoria Park, Perth 6100
Tucked away down an alley off Hay Street in the Perth CBD you’ll find the unassuming Restaurant Jun, arguably the most authentic spot for traditional Japanese food in the city. These guys specialise in kushiyaki skewers, with grilled yakitori and deep-fried crumbed varieties proving particularly tasty. There’s also a great range of sashimi, onigiri rice balls, noodles and izakaya nibbles. Better yet, BYO is available and the atmosphere here is blissfully laid back.
Open Monday to Friday from 12 – 2:30pm and 6 – 6:30pm, Saturday dinner service only.
568 Hay Street, Perth CBD, Perth 6000
Ramen Samurai is our favourite Japanese restaurant in Perth for a bowl of umami-rich ramen. There’s about a dozen authentic ramen options to pick from and the attention to detail at this restaurant is worth noting. The noodles are made fresh from scratch every day, the broth is simmered for over ten hours and the selection of produce is always top quality. Need we say more? We recommend the rich spicy miso or clean-tasting shoyu, but any ramen here is bound to satisfy.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30am – 2:30pm and 5:30 – 9:30pm.
902 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park, Perth 6101
Bistro, teppanyaki restaurant and sake specialist all rolled into one, Tsunami is well-known throughout Perth for its Japanese cuisine and authentic dining experience. If you’re after fusion sharing dishes amongst a bustling atmosphere, hit up Tsunami Izakaya. If you’d prefer an intimate atmosphere and a live cooking performance, then the omakase menu at Tsunami Teppanyaki is most appropriate. And one final note, Tsunami also has the largest sake list in Western Australia.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm until late.
18-20 Glyde Street, Mosman Park, Perth 6012
A neighbourhood gem in Perth’s south, Ichirin Japanese focuses on fresh ingredients and seasonal cuisine, much to the pleasure of many Leeming locals. Sourcing local ingredients and cooking with refined techniques, head chef Shiro Okushi appreciates the necessity of quality produce driving home an authentic Japanese meal. You get the sense the food is a celebration of tradition and delicate flavours, with hard-to-find dishes scattered throughout the menu.
Open Tuesday from 5:30 – 9pm, and Wednesday to Saturday from 11:30am – 2pm and 5:30 – 9pm.
2/1 Dundee Street, Leeming, Perth 6149
If you’re searching for fancy Japanese dining in Perth then we recommend a meal at Nobu. This Crown Perth restaurant is from the esteemed Nobu Matsuhisa, a chef who now has a string of establishments around the globe. While this may deter some people and evoke connotations of a chain, we promise the superior quality at Nobu has a reputation for very good reason. Expect fusion food that blends traditional Japanese cuisine with South American flavours and a sophisticated dining atmosphere to match. Advance reservations are essential.
Open Monday to Sunday from 12 – 2pm and 6 – 9:30pm.
Crown Metropol Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood, Perth 6100
Main Street Ryu
Main Street Ryu is a sleek Japanese restaurant putting an equal emphasis on both food and liquor. While the inventive dishes are no doubt mouthwatering – think izakaya tapas, nori tacos, sushi, sashimi and volcano ramen – you’ll most likely be side-tracked by the sake selection, umeshu plum wine and cocktails. It all makes for a lively atmosphere and fits the mood of their funky dining space in the Perth CBD just perfectly.
Open Monday to Friday from 11:30am – 3pm and 5:30 – 9:30pm, Saturday from 12 – 3pm and 5:30 – 10pm, Sunday from 12 – 3:30pm.
83 Barrack Street, Perth CBD, Perth 6000