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Claire Bateman
29 May 2024 | Claire Bateman

5 Perth BYO restaurants to cosy up in this winter

While we might not have the foodie reputation of Melbourne or Sydney, Perth food lovers are spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out somewhere delicious. They can be hard to find, but there are some quality Perth restaurants that allow you to BYO a special bottle or two from your collection to enjoy with your meal. As the cooler weather rolls in, we have selected five of our favourite spots to cosy up with a BYO bottle and a great meal.

Casual Dining

Eat with the Northbridge locals at Francoforte Spaghetti Bar. A long-time BYO favourite, this is an unpretentious restaurant serving up some of Perth's best Italian food with their satisfying home-style pastas. Start with classic antipasto and polenta chips, and then choose your spaghetti from their small but delicious menu which includes some great vegetarian and vegan options - we love the Porco Rosso or the Eggplant Sugo. Book a table in their cosy dining room and bring a bottle of tempranillo or shiraz, at $5 corkage per bottle.

KCH in North Perth is named for the city of Kuching in Sarawak, Malaysia; the home city of the restaurant's owners, and famed for its Kuching Laksa. This is a humble suburban eatery serving up comforting and flavour-packed hawker style cuisine, but it has won admiration from many a Perth foodie (including local chefs) and has been a winner and repeated finalist of the WA Good Food Guide Best Casual Dining award. Order the laksa or char kueh tiaw and pair with an aromatic and textural white, such as chardonnay or fiano, or a lightly chilled bottle of pinot noir. BYO is offered free of charge.

Visit The Prophet in East Victoria Park for some of Perth's best Lebanese food. For over twenty years they have been serving authentic, homely dishes in their small and welcoming restaurant on Albany Highway. Book ahead as it is always busy here - and be sure to order the Baba Ghanouj, Fried Kibbeh and Shish Kebab or Shish Tawook. Grenache or a dry rosé would pair well here, and BYO is only $5 corkage per bottle.

A Little Fancier

Head to cosy Subiaco restaurant Lady of Ro for their delicious Greek-inspired fare designed to share with friends (or an intimate dinner for two). A menu written up on their chalk boards allows for regular changes depending on seasonality and the creativity of their chef - but you must order the Haloumi Saganaki and meltingly tender Lamb Shoulder. Don't pass up dessert if they are serving their Souffra, a delectable custard and filo tart. Try a European varietal wine here - fiano or vermentino would work well, or a medium-bodied red with the lamb. Corkage is charged at $8 per bottle, or included in the price of their chef's tasting menu.

For elegant, Italian trattoria style dishes, book a table at Nolita in Claremont. On Monday and Tuesday nights, they offer BYO with corkage charged by donation. Select something special from your cellar to pair with meat from the grill, like their Charred Octopus or Bistecca, or with one of their authentic pasta offerings. Nolita offers an award-winning wine list, so bring along a bottle to impress - a rich chardonnay, or a cabernet that has been aging for a few years.

Salute! While you curate your wine selection for the evening, enjoy these fantastic local restaurants taking care of the cooking and washing up for you. Check the venue's websites for opening hours, booking requirements and menus.


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