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Mar 31, 2011 12:58 AM

Coffee/breakfast in Perth CBD

In perth next week for a conference . So far booked Must and Nam Thai for 2 of 4 available dinners.
Additional suggestions tastes.
Crucial , however , is coffe for breakfast.
Good food as well would be nice , and freshly squeezed OJ even better , but the coffee hit is essential.

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    1. re: mr_gimlet

      Nedina Grand , mount bay rd.. but happy to take a cab for the right spot!

      1. re: noelb

        Closest excellent coffee would be Velvet on King Street, between St Georges Terrace and Hay Street. Breakfast isn't a big Perth thing, you could have coffee there and walk up King Street to 44 King Street for breakfast - but coffee is mediocre there. In East Perth there is Epic - changed hands but reports are still good.

        Recommend you order a long macchiato topped up - basically a Melbourne-style strong latte. Most good baristas in Perth run double ristrettos as their base. (And be ready to pay $4 due to mining boom...)

        1. re: mr_gimlet

          thanks..additional dinner suggestion?

        1. re: noelb

          I was going to suggest Star Anise in Shenton Park - at one point, it was the most talked-about restaurant in Perth, but realised from their website that they are closing down on 16th April :-(

          Would you like dinner with a view? If so, C Restaurant on the 33rd floor of St Martin's Tower is an option (it used to be called Hi-Lite 33 when it first opened in 1983



          Fraser's at King's Park, which is relatively near to where you're staying:

          Other faves of mine include:


          Witch's Cauldron

          Perhaps the best meal I'd had in Perth was at the Loose Box, but it's quite a distance away, unless you drive (taxis can be quite expensive in Perth):

          1. re: klyeoh

            I had dinner at C a few weeks ago. The food was average and the service incompetent with a slightly bizarre overlay of French hauteur. The view was great though. (In general, service in Perth restaurants is pretty poor).

            No one has mentioned Perth's best restaurant (to me) - Amuse.

            1. re: mr_gimlet

              C restaurant has gone way downhill. I don't know anyone who has been there in the last 12 months who would actually go again. All said it was nice, but not sensational and definitely not worth the money.

              Can't help on coffee and breakfast suggestions as I don't do either.

              Shame abour Star Anise. I celebrated my birthday there last year and thoroughly enjoyed it.

              1. re: mr_gimlet

                Maybe because Amuse only serves a rather large degustation menu and no a la carte? My husband and I visit our children in Perth every year and the last time we were there, we were pretty interested in Amuse. Unfortunately, both of us (60 something year olds) didn't have too much of an appetite to go the whole hog these days, so they say. 10 years, oh yes!

                By the way, I'm shocked to hear about Star Anise's impending closure! We actually live in Murchison Street in Shenton Park when we visit Perth, about 10 minutes walk away from Star Anise on Onslow Road. And we always tell ourselves how lucky we were to be so close to perhaps one of the best restaurants Perth has.

                Another restaurant you can check out is Zafferano at the Old Swan Brewery. They have some of the friendliest staff on this side of the continent.

                1. re: M_Gomez

                  thanks to all chow hounds who replied, very helpful.
                  seriously good coffee at velvet , pedestrian you predicted.rather offhand service, but I was there just after6:30 am opening(attending a conference with those drafted breakfast sessions) so maybe service with a smile is an unreasonable ask.
                  took friends to must for dinner , food a little patchy( twice cooked lobster souffle with a bisque sauce read better than it ate), but mains were excellent ,great
                  wine list and competent service.
                  nam Thai alone for dinner last night, so so soft shell crab, an excellent duck curry.
                  a glass of Victorian Shiraz proffered was corked, replaced without demur from a fresh and lovely bottle.
                  service patchy..highly professional from some, amateurish at best from junior( I imagine casual ) staff.
                  contemplating middle eastern for a change of pace tonight, but hard pressed to find anything looking tempting.