Food I Eat and Don’t Eat in Perth

Posted October 31st, 2010 in Eat out in Perth 4 Comments »

It seems that I keep going to the same restaurants over and over here.  When I go to a Japanese restaurant to eat out in Perth, deciding “where to go” is based on the price – not the food itself anymore.  The reasons are because the food (Japanese food) is very pricy here, I’m not a fussy eater, and I know I can get better food at cheaper price in Japan.

Some Japanese restaurants serve food at the price which I don’t think it matches with its food.  For example, I wouldn’t pay $9.00 or $10.00 (around ¥700~¥800) in Japan on a donburi with just a few meat and no garnish etc.  To me, the food looks like the one you can just get from a chilled section in a convenience store at ¥298 (around AUD$3.80)

So, if my friends or in-laws wants to eat Japanese food in Perth, we end up going to the Japanese restaurants at the reasonable pricing – so that we can still have fun without spending hundreds.

The food I like eating in Perth is Asian food (except Japanese and Korean).  Malaysian, Singapore, Thai, Vietnamese etc… those are the food I can’t eat when I’m in Japan.  There are many Asian restaurants in Japan, but most of them converted the menu to suit Japanese people’s tongues.  As there are many Asian people living in Perth, the foods are similar to the ones in their country.  (I’m sure the food in the country of origin tastes much much better and cheaper though)

Shiki Group (Zushi Bento and Edo Shiki), Matsu Sushi, O’Ba-san, Taka’s Kitchen, etc.  They are all low-priced Japanese restaurants, and they have at least 3 shops across Perth.  The business seem to be going well, so it means that many people actually prefer going to have a casual dining experience at inexpensive restaurants more often.  Of course people may like going to an expensive restaurant to enjoy the atmosphere and the food occasionally, but we can’t do that all the time (unless you have lots of money to spare).

I’m the type of person who can survive with cheap foods (of course there is a limit!).  Oh, but the Japanese people who live here temporary (business people) tends to like Ha-Lu, Satsuki and Restaurant Jun.  I do like the food there too, the chefs are Japanese and the foods are much similar to our normal Japanese food.


(laksa photo from Google)

4 Comments on “Food I Eat and Don’t Eat in Perth”

  1. 1 Kathy said at 11:03 am on October 31st, 2010:

    I agree! Satsuki and Halu serve the nicest food in Perth, but it’s too pricey! I’ve only been there for business when the company pays 🙂

    I’m sad that in Australia, “Japanese food” is only teriyaki chicken and norimaki. Sometimes I really feel like nikujaga teishoku or something ‘homestyle’ like that, but we can’t get it.

    Now, when I have a craving for Japanese food I make it myself. I know I can make yummier, cheaper food.

    BTW, where did you eat the laska in the picture? I’ve been looking for a nice laksa restaurant!

  2. 2 Jo said at 4:07 pm on October 31st, 2010:

    I’m taking note of the good Japanese restaurants in Perth which I will surely be visiting when I’m there 🙂

  3. 3 umepontarou said at 10:43 am on November 1st, 2010:


    Yes, me too! What I cook at home is nothing like those Japanese food that Japanese restaurants here serve.

    Oh, the photo of laksa noodle is actually from google image! I’m also searching for the nice laksa noodle shop.
    When I searched online, Noodle Inn in Harbor Town shows up on top of the result, but II haven’t tried laksa there yet. I heard Penang in Northbridge served very nice one, but I’m not sure now since the owner changed.
    My friend told me the food court in Innaloo shopping center serves the best laksa in Perth? I’m not sure…

  4. 4 umepontarou said at 10:43 am on November 1st, 2010:


    The Japanese restaurants owned by Japanese owners/chefs are more likely to serve Japanese-like food compared to non-Japanese owned (in my opinion).
    I will list the Japanese restaurants which I know owned by Japanese (and the chefs are Japanese) soon. 😀

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