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Best of Perth's Best Restaurants - 2012

Note: An updated version to the end of 2013 can be found here.

As the 2012 draws to end, it’s been a year of visiting so many of Perth’s restaurants and eating some really delicious food. I thought it would be worthwhile to pick some favourites from what I’ve experienced thus far. This post is a follow up to the Best of Perth’s Best Restaurant’s to the end of 2011, updated with new discoveries, if any, from 2012. Following is a list of Perth’s best restaurants (click on the links to get taken to the restaurant review):

Some Notable Dishes In 2012
Baby Roast Goat – Maurizio Restaurant
Chocolate Tart from petite fours selection – Lawley’s Bakery Cafe – Mt Lawley
Chicken Karaage – Jun’s Japanese
Peking Duck Pizza – Crust Gourmet Pizza Bar – Brookfield Place
Penang Char Koay Teow – D’Nyonya Penang Restaurant – Perth CBD
Beef Cheeseburger Sushi – Iku Sushi

Best Buffet
Miss Maud’s Smorgasbord Restaurant

Best Gourmet Burger Bar
V Burger Bar – East Victoria Park
The Burger Bistro – Shafto Lane, Perth CBD
Flipside Burger Bar – Northbridge

Best Chinese (Apart from your local takeaway)
Hong Kong BBQ House

Best Chocolatier
Koko Black

Best Dessert
Superstar Waffles

Best Dim Sum Restaurant
Northbridge Chinese
Dragon Palace
Regal On Roe Seafood Restaurant

Best Indian Restaurant
Thali Contemporary Indian (yes, a food court in Carillon City)

Best Indian Breads
Agni Fine Cuisine

Best Indian Thali (a thali is a collection of several mini meals served in small round dishes with rice)
Real Flavours Of India

Best Italian
Maurizio Restaurant
Ciao Italia

Best Japanese
Shiro Izakaya for lunch

Best Pancakes
Pancakes At The Carillon
Choix (VIC, Melbourne)
Pancakes on The Rocks (NSW, Sydney)

Best Patisserie
Corica Pastries
Scents of Taste

Best Malaysian Restaurant
Happy Meals Restaurant

Best Perth CBD Restaurant
Adelphi Steakhouse & Bar

Best Spanish Restaurant
MoVida (VIC, Melbourne)

Best Thai Restaurant
S & T Thai Gourmet Cafe

Best Vietnamese Restaurant
To To Vietnamese

Best Fried Rice
Hong Kong BBQ House – order the minced beef fried rice with XO sauce (not on the menu)

Best Cheap Eats / Restaurants
Dim sum restaurants – see above
Alfred’s Kitchen – Burgers
JJ Crepes – Crepes: sweet or savoury
Thali Contemporary Indian – Indian
Real Flavours Of India – get the thali – Indian
Delisio Pizza Romano – Pizza, Italian
Taka’s Kitchen – Japanese
Iku Sushi – Sushi, Japanese
S & T Thai Gourmet Cafe – Thai
Mekong (VIC, Melbourne) – Vietnamese
Superstar Waffles – Waffles

Most Out There Dish
Greenhouse: crumbed pig’s head & trotter, crab kim chee

Best Meal Ever
Zenith (VIC, St Kilda) – Paella for 2

Most Inventive Restaurant
Greenhouse

Best Places In Singapore
Maxwell Food Centre
Food Stalls in Chinatown
Wan Tang Eating House (Chinatown)
L’Angelus – French fine dining that is superb

Best Western Food in Bali
New York Sports Bar & Diner
Little Italy

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Restaurant Rating System

It's subjective but I base my reviews on 4 key areas:

Price: Bargain > Reasonable > Moderately Expensive > Expensive
Taste: Poor > Average > Great > Delicious
Value: Poor > Good > Reasonable > Excellent
Recommendation: Eat At Home Instead > Try Once If You Want But Not Worth Visiting Again > Worth Visiting > Recommend > Highly Recommend

The final recommendation will consider the price, taste and value. Value will be based on price and other factors like service and serving size.