The capital of Western Australia is also its cultural and culinary hub. As such, it's no slouch when it comes to multicultural cuisine. It goes without saying, therefore, that Perth has some world-class Middle Eastern restaurants to complement its theatres, concert halls, exhibition centres and shopping districts. From toothsome plates of hot and cold meze to succulent mains and refreshing desserts, Quandoo's list of Middle Eastern restaurants in Perth is an exotic delight from start to finish.
Packed with flavour and texture, Lebanese cooking is a staple of Perth's Middle Eastern restaurants. At family-run establishments like Beiyrut on Wanneroo Road in Tuart Hill you can tuck into meltingly tender kofta kebabs (skewers of spicy meatballs) and seafood barbecues while taking in a colourful floor show. These places are a good option for non-meat eaters too – try traditional veggie dishes like falafel, fried cauliflower and tabbouleh (a blend of finely diced tomatoes, mint and parsley). Simply head to Quandoo to find Lebanese-style Middle Eastern restaurants in Perth.
Perth's Middle Eastern restaurants are also excellent hunting grounds for lovers of Persian fine dining. Recipe on Terrace Road in East Perth is just one of several establishments bringing traditional Iranian fare to the city. Kick off with some moreish dolma (stuffed vine leaves), mast-o-musir (a yoghurt-based dip), roast aubergine or a shirazi salad with cucumber and lime before feasting on mixed skewers steeped in saffron, a hearty qorme sabzi (lamb stew) or a chicken breast in piquant pomegranate sauce.
You can also combine a visit to one of Perth's Middle Eastern restaurants with other forms of traditional relaxation and entertainment. For example, at the Perth Hookah Lounge on Shepperton Road in East Victoria Park you can round out a tasty meal with a range of fruitily flavoured shisha pipes, relaxing in a comfortable armchair while you watch some belly dancing or live music. Likewise, Safa City Cafe in Mount Lawley offers a roster of live acts and authentic drinks alongside a chance to enjoy a full dinner menu, running the gamut from savoury bowls of soupe-e-jo (chicken and barley broth) to desserts of shirini, soft cookies fragrant with rosewater.