These are the best food you’ll eat in WA.
Dishes that, to put it simply, you would take on a plane to eat. The dishes you would drive through town or, more importantly, the dishes you would enthusiastically invite your friends and family to eat.
But what makes a dish good? One thing is for sure, it has nothing to do with the chic or the price.
A good dish can be very technical and fancy, but it can also be simple, inexpensive, and humble.
In other words, some of the most carefully prepared and “chef” dishes failed to make this list because they just didn’t have what it needed.
Having ‘what it takes’ could be lamb chops charred to perfection, or $ 1 pintxos on cocktail sticks, or light and tender meatballs in the hands of a master like the chef. Galileo cook, Vince Soresi.
Our annual Top 20 is all about one thing: absolute fun, undiluted, mind blowing and mind blowing.
Tomorrow in West Australian, we reveal to you the best dish in WA.
Today we start the countdown with the first 10 courses from 20 to 11. Bon appétit!
20 wood-grilled prawns with burnt butter and garlic. $ 35. Helm, Fremantle.
The unassuming pub on the harbor serves seemingly hackneyed food with its beer barn aesthetic. While the whole menu got us raving, the Garlic Hazelnut Butter Shrimp are as simple as they sound and as complex and explosive as you dare hope.
The massive, tender, sweet shrimp are perfectly charred on wood and aren’t overshadowed by unnecessary toppings or overdoing it. The quintessence of contained confidence. Perfect.
19 pintxos. Starting at $ 1. Pinchos, Leederville.
Pinxtos are tasty little snacks on a wooden skewer or cocktail stick. Small skewers, which cost $ 1- $ 2, include sobrasada (chorizo pie) with manchego cheese, mushroom crust with mojo verde and goat cheese, and a tortilla with aioli and cheese. chilli pepper.
You help yourself to the bar and drink as much or as little as you want. But the best is the quality and authenticity of this little gem of a place.
18 Curried shrimp puree. $ 38. Long Chim, Perth.
There’s a lot to love about Long Chim’s super authentic Thai street food menu. The incendiary chicken larp, for example, created his own legends about those who survived him and those who took a bite of it and screamed out of the dining room calling for their mother.
Mashed Shrimp Curry is a lighter affair, saltier, more nuanced, and, perhaps, WA’s best Thai dish. Layers of sweet, salty, sour and pungent flavors are in perfect harmony.
17 Lamb chops. $ 23. Common bread, Fremantle.
It is rare for chefs to change cultures. Bread In Common chef Scott Brannigan did it and reshaped the culinary world in a time before lamb chops and a time after lamb chops.
No one had any use for them until Brannigan started charring, brazing and re-calcining them over high heat and serving them with a mint sauce and a lime edge.
We, lucky guests, understood the delights of fatty, soft and creamy lamb, Brannigan style. He never hesitated to please the crowd. Bread In Common sells 300 kg of the famous ribs per week.
16 stuffed livers. $ 19. Billie H, Claremont.
There isn’t a lot of “diablo” in these chicken livers, but the slight undercurrent of cayenne heat is more than enough for most. This 1970s dinner staple has been reinvented into one of Perth’s smartest offal dishes and packed with military-grade flavor. Our advice? Enjoy it with a frozen fino sherry.
15 Polpette. $ 19.50. Galileo Buona Cucina, Shenton Park.
For Italophile junkies, their weakness lies in these incredibly light and tender meatballs, on top, from the hands of a master, Galileo’s chef de cuisine, Vince Soresi. We have certainly never had better. Pork, veal, perfect seasoning, and maybe milky breadcrumbs – we’re not sure what the chemistry is in Soresi’s cooking, but whatever, we can’t stop eating them. They arrive dressed in a dusting of Parmesan and possibly unicorn tears.
14 Cuttlefish, paprika, okra, tangerine and olives. $ 21. New Normal, Subiaco.
Another one of those great chefs that you probably haven’t heard much about is Charlie Vargas. He lets his food speak for itself, especially his cuttlefish dish. It uses a combination of tangerine and fresh sweet paprika peppers to create an alluring garnish for cuttlefish marinated in tangerine zest. Oregano and garlic oil also come into play. It is served over a mashed red paprika with orange slices and shavings of dried and marinated black olives. Slobbery.
13 Roasted Lilydale chicken, nduja bread sauce and potato jus. Half $ 30 / Whole $ 52. Tiny, Perth.
For years, there was only one roast chicken dish in this town worth talking about – Bistro Guillaume’s superb roast chicken with rosemary juice. And while BG’s Chicken is always extraordinary, the family-style roast chicken at Tiny’s is a prime contender for the darling of the year.
Buy a whole chicken or half a chicken and it comes with a bread sauce accompanied by some grim nduja infused oil and potatoes that have sat at the bottom of the roasting pan to collect all the fat from the chicken so that the birds were circling above them. Truly wonderful to eat.
12 Brussels sprouts grilled in a wok. $ 14. Vans, Cottesloe.
Chef Leigh Nash knows all about Asian flavors. The pinnacle of his Sino-Viet-Thai-Indo-Malay leanings are his sweet and sticky sprouts, cooked in the dark and caramelized at incredible heat with sambal, ginger, garlic, shallot, palm sugar and fish sauce, garnished with chopped chili, cilantro, Thai basil and roasted peanuts. The flavor really hits you.
11 Plate of cold meats. $ 30. Must Winebar, Highgate.
This elegant platter of Perth’s best classic French charcuterie has barely changed in 20 years. In a culinary world inundated with deli “programs”, the clarity of purpose, the high technicality of the cuisine and the beauty of Must remain head and shoulders above the rest. The duck neck sausage and the perfect poultry liver cream with Riesling jelly alone are worth the trip.
Tomorrow in West Australian, we reveal you the best dish in WA.