Perth’s best Japanese restaurants: ramen to that

Perth’s best Japanese restaurants: ramen to that

PERTH could be renamed Little Tokyo, such is the array of wonderful Japanese food our city has to offer.

From budget bites to the highest of high-end cuisine, we’ve got all the bases covered.

This list spans most regions in Perth’s best metro area – from as far north as Connolly, down to Mandurah, so we hope there’s something close to you.

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We think we’ve got the blend just right between the usual suspects and the hidden gems.

Here are our picks for the very best Japanese food Perth has to offer.

21. Sushi Wawa, 8A Sunray Drive, Innaloo – 9445 1894

Where else can you find a 62m sushi train (thought, but not confirmed, to be the longest in the Southern Hemisphere), stacked with all manner of Japanese delights. It’s right next to Ikea, so it’s the perfect place to fill up before tackling a flatpack. Sushi Wawa never disappoints.

20. Tsunami, 18 Glyde Street, Mosman Park – 9284 7788

A Mosman Park mainstay for as long as we can remember, Tsunami offers beautiful food in a relaxed setting. Our favourite is the cancun sushi roll – with prawn tempura and garlic inside, smoked wagyu outside and jalapeno balsamic vinegar.

Scallop and prawn compote. Mmmmmmm.

19. Hanami, 685C Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley – 9371 9855 

Hanami has been pleasing Mt Lawley locals for years with its sumptuous food and great service. The freshly sliced sashimi is a winner, and it has a simple take-away menu for when you’re just after a bite on the run.

18. James Parker Sushi & Sake, Shop 2/182 James Street, Northbridge – 9328 2525 

Yeah, yeah we hear you – a Japanese place named James Parker?James Parker, located at the corner of James and Parker streets in Northbridge offers a superb, focused menu of traditional Japanese delights in a very modern, eclectic space.

Photo: Facebook/I Love This Place – Perth

17. Kanta Japanese Kitchen & Sushi, 3/70 Langford Avenue, Langford – 9451 5720 

Kanta is truly a hidden gem, and it’s the best kept secret in Perth’s south-eastern suburbs. With seating for about 20 people, Kanta belies its small size with food that punches well above its weight. For a treat, try the salmon shioyaki – at under $10, it’s got to be one of the best value Japanese dishes in Perth.

Photo: My Wey of Life

16. Taku Japanese Kitchen, 3/52 Mandurah Terrace, Mandurah – 9582 7308

Queen of the south, Taku has earned itself many fans with its very reasonably priced and consistently excellent food. Whatever your preference, Taku does most Japanese staples to a great standard.

15. Aisuru Sushi, 208 William Street, Northbridge – 9328 8578

A favourite in the Perth Cultural Centre precinct, Aisuru has carved a reputation based on delicious, immaculately presented cuisine. Our absolute favourite is the beef tataki (below) with ponzu sauce as an entree, and for something more substantial try the “baconator” – it’s as good as it sounds.

14. Mr Munchies, 4/669 Beaufort Street, Mt Lawley – 9271 8409 

Mr Munchies sushi is a joy to behold. And Mr Munchies karaage – deep-fried boneless chicken pieces served with chilli – is a can’t miss prospect. You can make your own sushi, but we recommend the spicy raw tuna roll, topped with tobikko and chilli mayo.

If it’s good enough for Astro Boy…

13. Yuki, Shop 7/113 Collins Road, Willetton – 9259 5544 

Yuki is tucked away in a small cluster in Willetton known as the “Piazza on Collins”, but its food makes it well worth a drive no matter where you are in the metro area. We plump for the tori karaage – deep-fried chicken marinated in a ginger sauce. Delicious.

12. Shou Japanese Kitchen, Shop 24/18 Calectasia Street, Greenwood – 9448 9964

This hole in the wall in Greenwood may seat less than 20 people but the nosh is just as great dine-in or takeaway. The chef creates some of the most delicate morsels of nigiri we have ever had and the boys churn out the ramen, udon and other hot meals like bosses. The Shou bento box is the goer with delectable morsels of teriyaki chicken, sashimi, a serve of agedashi tofu, omelette, edamame and their very moreish miso soup.

Photo: Simon Brammer/Facebook

11. D’s Authentic Japanese, 13/1 Glenelg Place, Connolly – 6209 9169

Since moving from its tiny premises in Joondalup to its new Connolly joint, D’s Authentic Japanese has grown leaps and bounds. Chef Koji is more than happy to offer his recommendations but we’re yet to be disappointed by anything on the menu. The grilled black cod with miso certainly gives Nobu’s a run for its money as does most of the izakaya (tapas-style) menu.

10. Nao Ramen, 191/580 Hay Street, Perth (inside Equus Arcade) – 9325 2090

With winter upon us, there’s no better time to head to Nao Ramen for a heart-warming feast of noodles. The grilled pork dumplings are worth the price of admission, but – sincerely – it’s the all about the ramen kids. The Ramen.

Photo: Ministry of Gluttony

9. Nine Fine Food, 227 Bulwer Street, Highgate – 9227 9999

A touch of class in Highgate, Nine Fine Food is by no means a typical Japanese restaurant – combining European and Australian influences to come up with a feel all its own. An example? Try the caviar pasta – angel hair pasta, mixed tobico caviar, mushrooms with a creamy sake rice wine reduction.

8. Ishikiya, Shop 54 Cale Street, Midland Gate shopping centre, Midland – 9250 7464 

With brilliant food and service to match, Ishikiya is the pride of the eastern suburbs. With the best pork gyoza this side of Yokohama, and a contender for Perth’s best miso soup – it’s easy to see why people come from far and wide to dine here – the food is always fresh, the meat is high quality, and the staff are incredibly friendly. With a humble interior that is both warm and inviting, make sure you check it out.

7. Is Donburi, Shop 10/189 William Street, Perth – 9328 2621

Casual and close to the heart of the city, there’s everything to like about Is Donburi. We love the Is chirashi don selection (aburi salmon being our absolute favourite), but for something quick and easy try the chilli crab roll. You’re welcome.

6. Ramen Samurai, Unit 3 and 4, 902 Albany Highway, Victoria Park – 6150 1827

Want ramen? We’ve got you covered with this Victoria Park hotspot. And speaking of hot, try the spicy miso ramen, a delightful proposition on these cold winter nights. The karaage tako (octopus) has never disappointed us either – ramen to that.

5. Hiro, 3/426 Main Street, Balcatta – 6261 9043

When it comes to value, few do it better than Hiro – who offer a terrific range of authentic Japanese favourites. Whatever you do, make sure to order a plate (or three) of the takoyaki – octopus dumplings that are simply divine.

4. The Bonsai, 30 Roe Street, Northbridge – 9227 5756

The Bonsai, belying it’s miniature name, is a cavernous eatery near the city centre, and it never disappoints with a terrifically consistent range of food. Whether it’s the tempura fish of the day, salmon sashimi on asparagus, the cheesy pork katsu – we haven’t found a bad dish yet.

3. Taka’s Kitchen, Old Shanghai Food Hall, 4 Henderson Street, Fremantle – 9335 7676

Where, oh where, do you get more bang for your buck than Taka’s? There are two outlets in Perth, but for our money none quite matches the feel and flavour of this gem opposite the Fremantle Markets. The freshly made teriyaki chicken sushi rolls (10 pieces for $8) are divine, but we struggle to go past a small chicken katsu don – $6.90.

2. Ha-Lu, 401 Oxford Street, Mt Hawthorn – 9444 0577

Ha-Lu is an award-winning restaurant, which is a Mr Hawthorn institution – and you won’t be left wondering why after a few dishes. The wagyu beef tataki is sublime and make sure you leave room for the soy milk pannacotta, which will blow you away.

Photo: Kristy Gordon/Facebook

1. Nobu, Crown Perth, Burswood – 1800 940 449

As in Highlander, and Japanese restaurants, there can be only one – and Nobu was an easy selection to make as Perth’s best Japanese restaurant. It’ll cost you a pretty penny (it’s a pay-day kind of place), but for food and service of this quality you don’t resent the expense for one moment. The brainchild of acclaimed celebrity chef Nobuyuki “Nobu” Matsuhisa, who opened the first restaurant in the now-global chain back in 1987, a night at Nobu offers an experience, not just a meal.