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5.1 /6 Excellent 30 Reviews

Chilli Panda

Perth CBD Chinese $$$ +100
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About Chilli Panda

In Perth, Chilli Panda in the CBD is where you can indulge in the city’s best Hunan dishes. A modern, peaceful setting awaits you here, and in addition to a great selection of food and stylish dining space, the restaurant also boasts a friendly, competent service team that is passionate about the delicious food they serve. The menu features a wide range of options including traditional cold dishes, chef’s recommendations, authentic main courses and a range of soups and noodle dishes. A true Chinese gem on Newcastle Street, book your table ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Thursday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Friday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Saturday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
  • Sunday 11:00 - 14:30, 17:00 - 21:00
Chilli Panda, Newcastle Street 2/137, 6000 Perth

Further Information

Perth’s CBD is awash with Chinese restaurants, mostly of the Canton variety, which makes Chilli Panda a gem in its own right. If you like your food spicy, you’ll have to check out this restaurant on Newcastle Street that specialises in Hunan cuisine, known for the heavy use of green and red chilli peppers, shallots, garlic and ginger in its dishes.

It’s not just the cuisine but the decor, too, that is a welcome change among the Chinese restaurants in Perth. You won’t find any traces of Oriental kitsch in Chilli Panda’s stylish and modern interior, as the owners have opted for wooden screen dividers and untreated concrete walls which are more typical of a trendy cafe. Start off with a cold dish of Hunan-style spicy dry beef, before you tuck into the best-selling Mao’s braised pork and spicy stir-fried cauliflower. Still hungry? Order one of the chef’s recommendations – such as the much-raved about garlic prawns in hot stone pot – and wash them all down with the restaurant’s signature aloe vera-laced jasmine green tea. Come on down to this Perth CBD hotspot within walking distance from Perth and McIver train stations for a fiery treat you’re unlikely to forget. Before you do that, you’ll want to reserve ahead for the best seats.


30 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 30 Reviews
Food: heavenly
Atmosphere: entertaining
Waiting Time: short
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Service: friendly
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82 reviews so far 6
19.08.2017 23:00

If you love Chilli, then you HAVE to come here! Might be a little on the spicy side for non-chilli eaters though. Love the cuisine, very unique compared to the rest of the Chinese restaurants around the area.

1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 11:48

Great selection of tasty Hunan style dishes, quick, relaxed, friendly service and atmosphere. Can't go wrong - chicken, duck and pork belly were outstanding. Nice and busy so very popular. Will be back for more...

1 review so far 6
13.07.2017 11:48

Great food, quick service, good price. Second time we have visited and have been very satisfied both times. Highly recommend a visit if you get the chance.

1 review so far 6
14.05.2017 12:25

This is a unique Chinese Restaurant (Hunan style cooking) . This is not your usual suburban type Chinese fare Australians are used to, but something totally different. As the restaurant name says it there is an leaning towards Chilli. There is also a sprinkling of "offal "receipes and if you dislike this type of food you can stay clear of it and still have a huge menu to pick from. The servings are big and the service business like and very prompt. The fact that the venue is frequented by all ages of Chinese people is a testement of its popularity/acceptance. Pricing is very good. The four of us shared three meat dishes with a bowl of Steamed rice each and we very very full. Our pricing was $66-00 all up. Will be visiting this venue again and again

1 review so far 5
30.06.2017 13:34

Food at Chilli Panda is consistently good - tasty, fresh, not just "hot", although some is indeed hot. Try the green beans with pork mince - delicious, with beans as hero, enhanced by the pork...not drowned out by it.. Their Clay pot prawns are more expensive than most of their dishes, for a good reason - Chilli Panda use good quality, flavoursome crustaceans, not the usual, soggy-bland aquaculture horrors. A noisy venue when full. If you prefer quiet, enjoy lunch there.

2 reviews so far 5
02.02.2017 18:44

Chilli Panda is definitely an appropriate name! If you're not a fan of chilli give this a miss. I however, love chilli! Fantastic tasting food. Great interior. Good service and not long to wait for the food. The only downsides were chicken dishes was meat on the bone, menu didn't explain this so one friend missed out on this dish. And we had to ask three times for the bill. Overall though a really good meal at a fair price.

1 review so far 5
15.11.2016 14:32

This is an wonderfully low-key and casual attitude inner city Asian restaurant that bangs out great food with big flavours and a relaxed vibe. The chilli content is for enthusiasts and if you're at all sensitive, ask them to dial it down a few notches, but those of us who love the zing, pop and crackle of high intensity chilli bombs attached to fresh, full-flavoured meats, vegetables and sauces will be in heaven. Try the beans (steamed, then flash-fried for a few seconds) for a mild but deep taste sensation. The pork belly doesn't just promise to melt in your mouth - it actually does! Service is friendly-casual but helpful without being intrusive. Take 3-4 friends to share a range of exotic dishes that will have you talking about this place for days.

1 review so far 6
21.11.2016 11:04

Absolutely love Chilli Panda... the food is amazing and so reasonably priced , the service and restaurant design is great... have been 3 times already and look forward to going back

1 review so far 5
31.10.2016 13:38

Found the staff very friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. Was particularly impressed with the fried greenbeen/pork and chilli dish and Hunan dry beef and chilli. All ingredients were fresh, particularly enjoyed fresh chilli. Will definetly revisit as food is not typical of what is found in Chinese restuarants in Perth and this is authentic Hunan cooking

1 review so far 4
11.02.2017 15:32

The food was fantastic, the service less so. They didn't even have enough menus for the table. More importantly their website indicates that they're licensed - it shows 2 bottles of wine with prices by the bottle and by the glass. However, they're not licensed, and annoyingly we had to go on a long trek to find wine to have with our meal.

1 review so far 5
13.02.2017 11:07

Very different Chinese restaurant experience. The food was great but do not go unless you are a fan of strong flavours and chilli. There are possibly 3 or 4 dishes that do not use chilli and of the rest even those marked with one chilli are very spicy

1 review so far 4
18.02.2017 12:53

The service was a little inconsistent. Had to go & get our own wine glasses. Disappointed that we were not able to get a noodle dish as it was not available on Friday. Food was very chilli dominant which was maybe more about our choices though. Only one ice bucket available.

1 review so far 5
01.11.2016 17:28

The staff were very friendly. Highly recommend the fried chilli beans, they were cooked to perfection and were very tasty. For those who enjoy lots of chili, the chilli beef with noodle/rice was full of flavour and worth a try.

1 review so far 6
13.02.2017 13:41

Food was exceptional. In fact best Chinese I have had so far in Perth. Huanese concept, so there is spice involved, but flavours were amazing. I will go back really soon for sure.

1 review so far 5
08.12.2016 15:06

Great venue, spacious and like no other Chinese Restaurant. Service was good, spices were fantastic, loving the chilli, little disappointed with the duck as it had too many bones but we will be back to taste further dishes,

1 review so far 5
06.02.2017 10:38

Great food, simple decor and a central location. The closest to Mainland Chinese food I've found in Perth. The staff were friendly but be prepared to push a little to get things rolling if they are busy.

3 reviews so far 6
25.03.2017 12:21

Great food and service. Food is spicy, however, that is the authentic Hunan cuisine way! Staff were happy to cater for different levels of spice. Will definitely be back again.

1 review so far 6
09.01.2017 14:28

Like Melbourne's Dainty Sichuan, the chilli dishes just kept coming and BYO too. Large servings of flavoursome meat and seafood dishes and fantastic fried rice and vegetables to compliment them.

1 review so far 6
24.01.2017 10:05

Great food, excellent service, an awesome cheap and cheerful. I would be happier if the toilets were easier to get to, but that may be out of their control.

1 review so far 5
10.10.2016 10:18

Excellent food. Not your average chinese. Varied menu and a comfortable level of spiciness. Very busy and under staffed with staff rushing everywhere...but i guess that contributes to the fantastic value for money.