The most Thai-riffic restaurants in Perth (sorry)!
It’s no secret that Asian cuisine has been a massive influence on modern Australian dishes. The spice, the freshness, the flavour, all of it, suits the Australian palate like a Bunnings snag. None more so than Thai cuisine, however. The proximity of Thailand to Australia is of course one part of this, but the essential elements of Thai cuisine and our taste buds go together like peas in a sweet, sour, hot and spicy pod. So we thought we’d pop together a little list of the best Thai restaurants in Perth. Just for you!
Perth is privy to having some of the best Asian restaurants in the country take up residence, and we’ve decided to put a list together of our fave spots. Whether you’re in the mood for trying new and creative takes on Thai food, live for your weekly pad Thai or are obsessed with spicy seafood, we got you. Some are cheap and cosy, others are a bit more glam, but boy are they all delicious and home to some banger dishes.
The 8 best Thai joints in Perth
1.Kitsch Bar Asia
Inspired by the vibe of Bangkok, Singapore and Malaysia street food markets, Kitsch is one of the coolest dining spots in Perth. The atmosphere is infectious, the food a remarkable blend of hot, sweet, crispy, salty and sour, and the drinks go down a treat. The menu tends to change fairly regularly, and your senses will probably be overwhelmed by the fairy lights, open flames, raucous behaviour and the incredible smells everywhere. They also do special nights such as pad Thai Tuesday that you’ll want to keep an eye out for. Kitsch Thai is not to be missed.
Eat: Crispy skin pork belly with red curry, pickled pineapple & lychee.
Drink: Red rickshaw of raspberry and vanilla vodkas, peach, pineapple & cranberry juice.
Where: 229 Oxford Street, Leederville, Perth 6007
When: Tues – Sat: 5pm til late
2. Long Chim
The brainchild of the king of Thai cuisine, David Thompson – if you don’t know who he is, Google him immediately –, Long Chim is honestly something else. Rustic with hints of industrial chic decor thrown in for good measure, this Perth CBD space is quite simply, divine. Translating to come in and taste, the menus are balanced, generous and perfect in every way. Complemented by a drinks list designed by the award-winning Dean Buchanan, you’ll find bespoke cocktails, regional and global wines and unique craft beers. This is essential dining.
Eat: Half roast duck with choy sum, pickled ginger and plum sauce.
Drink: Mandarin & lemongrass Negroni with Campari, mandarin, gin, lemongrass & Vermouth.
Where: Basement level, Corner of St Georges Terrace & Barrack Street, Perth 6000
When: Sun – Mon: Midday til late
3. Six Senses Gourmet Thai Restaurant
Tucked away in Subiaco, Six Senses is taking classic Thai cuisine and making it gourmet. The menu has got all the classics – stir-fries, curries, soups, salads and more that are made with love, passion and more than a few chillies. This is one of our favourites for catching up with our best pals or hosting special events, and it’s intimate in all the right ways. This one really does invigorate your senses and if you’re a Thai fan, it should be at the top of your list.
Eat: Pad Thai with chicken, stir-fried noodles, egg, bean sprouts and crushed peanuts.
Drink: Traditional Thai iced tea.
Where: Shop 23, 17-31 Rokeby Road, Subiaco, Perth 6008
When: Mon – Sun: 12 – 3pm & 5 – 10pm
4. Dusit Dheva
Situated on James Street, Dusit Dheva combines glam and casual like no other. We’re talking fresh white linen, bright pops of colour and a menu that’s got it all. The uber-talented chef Taweepong Sangsuriyapom (Mhee) comes from a background in the street food markets of Bangkok and is an expert on pairing flavours, spices and ingredients to create something truly mind blowing. The winner of several awards in recent years, Dusit Dheva is most definitely top ten material.
Eat: Tiger prawns and pineapple cooked in red curry with cherry tomatoes and Thai basil.
Drink: Feeling Hot on the Beach: Malibu, rum, fresh coconut juice, lemongrass & spice.
Where: 249 James Street, Northbridge, Perth 6003
When: Tues – Sun: 6 – 10pm
5. The King & I Thai Cuisine
Generally speaking, the sign a place will be a good Thai restaurant is when it’s packed to the brim with regulars. This is very much the case of The King & I Thai Cuisine. Guildford locals have been flocking here for quite some time for the warm and welcoming service, beautiful decor and of course, for the food. It’s all cooked to perfection with plenty of spice, so you should arrive prepared that you’ll be returning here time, and time again.
Eat: Flying duck of roast duck topped with plum and chilli jam sauce on crispy noodles.
Drink: BYO your favourite bottle of wine.
Where: 147-149 James Street, Perth Guildford 6055
When: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun: 5:30 – 9:30pm; Fri – Sat: 5:30 – 10pm
6. Bangkok Brothers
To put it simply, Bangkok Brothers is cool. It’s got it all really, the vibe, the drinks, the food, the location. Taking street food and Thai classics and making them their own, you’ll be in for a spicy time in more ways than one. With two locations – in Northbridge and Whitfords – you can choose to head to either for a drink and some light snacks or for a long lunch or longer dinner. The choice, dear friends, is entirely yours, and you’ll love it no matter when you’re in. So for a taste of Bangkok in Perth, give these siblings a try.
Eat: Slow-cooked lamb shank cooked in a massaman curry served with lentil puree.
Drink: Mojito made with Bacardi, lime, mint, soda & Angostura bitters.
Where: 91 James Street, Northbridge, Perth 6003 | Shop 313, Westfield Whitfords City, Hillarys, Perth 6025
When: Northbridge: Sun – Thurs: 11 – 10pm & Fri – Sat: 11 til late | Whitfords: Sun – Wed: 11 – 10pm & Thurs – Sat: 11 – 10:30pm
7. Long Lae Thai Cuisine
When it comes to freshness, Long Lae Thai Cuisine in Mount Lawley is where it’s at. The ingredients are carefully sourced and handpicked before being cooked according to traditional Thai recipes. The result? Dishes that will literally blow you away. We recommend indulging in seafood here – and definitely do not miss the papaya salad – but truth be told, no matter what you get, you’ll love it. Happy days here friends, happy days indeed.
Eat: Deep-fried barramundi in a tamarind sauce topped with fried onion and roasted chilli.
Drink: Iced lemon tea.
Where: 104 Grosvenor Road, Mount Lawley, Perth 6050
When: Tues – Thurs: 5 – 9pm; Fri – Sun: 11 – 9pm
Named after the iconic gingery Southeast Asian plant that features heavily in Thai cuisine, Galangal is a multi-award winning restaurant that you don’t want to miss. Located in Mount Hawthorn along Scarborough Beach Road, this elegant venue is home to some of the best food in Perth. Taking time-tested dishes and bringing them to new heights is something of an artform here, and after your visit, let’s just say you’ll fully understand why Thailand is known as the Land of Smiles.
Eat: Pad prik king goong with pan-fried tiger prawns cooked in a fragrant house-made chilli paste with snake beans and kaffir lime leaves.
Drink: A bottle of the Ad Hoc Cruel Mistress pinot noir.
Where: 180 Scarborough Beach Road, Mount Hawthorn, Perth 6016
When: Lunch: Fri: 11:30 – pm; Dinner: Tues – Sun: 6 – 10pm