PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 02 August, 2006, 12:00am

Mead's Mosman Bay

15 Johnson Parade, Mosman Park, Perth, tel: (618) 9383 3388

Perched on the shores of the Swan River, Mead's is worth the short drive from the city to mingle with Perth's well-heeled and sample its fresh seafood. Flanked by luxury homes and expensive yachts, diners can watch the jet set as they roll their cruisers into the bay and order a feast to enjoy on the restaurant's top deck. The prawns and scallops are plump and juicy, the wine recommendations spot on and the atmosphere buoyant. Mead's is a favourite with large groups and weddings, so make sure you book ahead. As with all decent establishments, quality doesn't come cheap, so expect to pay upwards of A$100 (HK$575) for a three-course meal for two.

Indiana Tea House

99 Marine Parade, Cottesloe Beach, tel: (618) 9385 5005

Indiana Tea House occupies the perfect location for watching the sun set over Cottesloe Beach, with all tables enjoying views of the Indian Ocean and Rottnest Island. Large cane chairs and high ceilings - and a roaring fire in winter - make for a colonial feeling. Try a large platter of hummus, prawns and crab cakes, or sip a glass of chardonnay with a few oysters Kilpatrick as you watch the remains of the day. The menu is seafood-orientated, offering everything from comfort food such as fish and chips to green seafood curry.


173 Mounts Bay Road, Old Swan Brewery, Crawley, tel: (618) 9321 2588

This upmarket Italian restaurant (below) just outside the city centre is a must for people- watchers and service fanatics: staff are attentive, the courses arrive in record time, and there's often a 21st birthday party going on (see the young 'it' girls snaffle champagne on daddy's credit card). The evening dress code is on the glamorous side, so the more casually dressed are likely to find themselves with a table near the kitchen. Prices are on a par with those of Hong Kong - you're likely to leave at least HK$1,500 lighter - and the pasta is predictable, but the restaurant is worth a trip if only to see Perth's social-climbers in action.

Gino's Cafe

1 South Terrace, Fremantle,

tel: (618) 9335 5195

If you're big on brunch, this is the place to be. Situated on the main strip in Fremantle, south of Perth, Gino's is perfect for a lazy afternoon reading the papers and watching the world go by. Dig into an enormous bowl of mussels with white wine before you wander around the streets of historic 'Freo'. Relatively cheap, the place packs out before noon, so go early for a prime kerbside seat.

The Left Bank Bar and Cafe

15 Riverside Road, East Fremantle, tel: (618) 9319 1116

This place isn't for the faint-hearted: you'll be fighting to hear yourself think in the noisy downstairs conservatory as regulars knock back a hair of the dog with their eggs benedict. But the restaurant is famous for its buffet breakfast. The more refined upstairs area offers a mixture of Mediterranean and Asian fare and the outside terrace turns into a de facto beer garden in the evenings, which can also be hectic.



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