Where to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in Perth, Western Australia

THE EXPERT

NIC WOOD

The QT Perth executive chef with a paddock-to-plate philosophy has a career spanning many of the best restaurants in his home state of WA. He has worked with QT creative food director Robert Marchetti in previous roles and the two deliver a Mediterranean menu that celebrates "food from the sun" at the hotel's award-winning restaurant Santini Grill.  See qthotelsandresorts.com

BREAKFAST

The Shorehouse in Swanbourne overlooks WA's amazing coastline and is the best place to enjoy a relaxed breakfast. The fresh local ingredients speak for themselves, but my favourite dish here is the blue swimmer crab omelette with miso butter, chives, leek and sourdough. Wash that down with one of the five different bloody Marys on the menu and breakfast is complete. See shorehouse.com.au

COFFEE

I can't really go past the Margaret River beans we serve here at QT Cafe. However, if I feel like going elsewhere, Telegram is a little hole-in-the-wall in the beautifully restored State Buildings. It's owned by Luke Arnold, who has been pulling coffees in Perth for two decades, most recently at his popular Mini Espresso in London Court. Telegram offers a variety of different coffee choices, but my go-to is their cold brew or batch brew – no frills, just great coffee with beans from roasters Dukes and Loaded. See telegramcoffee.com.au 

LUNCH

Lulu La Delizia is a small Italian eatery in Subiaco. It's a great place to dine and the service is impeccable. I put my whole trust in chef Joel Valvasori when I dine at Lulu La Delizia, but the braised rabbit in bianco, salad of cannellini, broad beans and smoked pancetta is definitely not to be missed. The staff are extremely knowledgeable when it comes to wine pairings, so you know you're in for a great meal when coming here. See lululadelizia.com.au

DINNER

The wood-fire mastery from chef Kenny McHardy is something to be commended. There is an unpredictability that comes with cooking with fire, but the team at Manuka Woodfire Kitchen are absolutely killing it. Nestled in the quite part of Fremantle, this restaurant is very unassuming, but delivers on all fronts. A dish that cannot be overlooked is the Wagin duck breast roasted on the crown with confit baby red cabbage and miso sauce. Also, how can you go to a wood-fire restaurant and not try the bread – moreish and delicious. See manukawoodfire.com.au

NIGHTCAP/SUPPER

When you're in need of an evening pick-me-up, look no further than our very own Santini Bar. The moody setting paired with smooth jazz is a great way to end the night. A classic negroni and a traditional wood-fired Cacio E Pepe – a clam pizza – is the way to go, if I do say so myself. Winning the award for best new restaurant in the 2018 WA Good Food Guide Awards and now nominated for 2019 restaurant of the year, the Santini Bar & Grill menu, co-curated with Rob Marchetti is speaking for itself. See santinibarandgrill.com.au

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