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Photograph: Supplied/Rebecca Mansell Marinara pizza from Canteen Pizza, $20

20 great Perth dishes for under $20

A taste sensation for under a twenty is something to cherish

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Perth’s vibrant food scene has no shortage of treats that won’t bust your weekly budget. These dishes are creative, tasty and made by Perth’s most innovative chefs. And you can dine in confidence knowing these places accept your American Express® Card.

 

 

Lot 20
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11. Cured duck salad at Lot Twenty, $19

Bars Perth Central

At the heart of the Cultural Centre, Lot Twenty keeps things interesting with a regular Oyster Happy Hour (Wednesday and Friday, 5-6pm), with a dozen for $20. The everyday menu is just as well priced. The cured duck salad has to be up there among the best value dishes in Northbridge. A generous serve of sliced duck in a sweet and salty honey and soy dressing, there’s substance here in the form of pickled cauliflower, marinated eggplant and rocket.

Lalla Rookh
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12. Ox tongue, marjoram, oregano and lemon at Lalla Rookh, $15

Bars Wine bars Perth Central

If we were giving awards, Alexandra Haynes’ ox tongue skewers would take a gong. This could be a game changer for the offal-sceptics. After  24 hours in the sous vide, the tongue is thinly sliced and skewered. It gets a thick brush of marinade made up of garlic, oregano, marjoram, lemon zest, juice and oil, and a further lemon on the grill. The result: a tender skewer with a powerful but pleasing hit of citrus, followed by the robust garlic and more subtle marjoram. It's an absolute ripper.

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13. Seasonal salad at Mayfair Lane, $16

Bars Pub dining West Perth

With an English-style gastro pub menu, there’s no shortage of meat on the Mayfair Lane menu. But Châteaubriand and tomahawk steaks aren’t in light lunch territory, so for those looking for a meat-free option or a fresh side, the seasonal salad hits the mark: grilled and marinated zucchini, with salty goat's cheese, marinated capsicum, cherry tomato, plenty of leaves and a decent mustard vinaigrette.

Billie H
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14. Fremantle sardines, chilli, sprouted grain loaf at Billie H, $17

Restaurants Claremont

Alia Glorie is fast becoming one of Perth’s most fêted chefs, and her menu at Billie H is perfectly pitched somewhere between restaurant and wine bar. As an opening gambit, the local Fremantle sardines are perfect. Lightly pickled, they’re served on a housemade loaf of grain. Finely chopped chilli and fresh herbs give both heat and freshness.

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Salmon poke at the Garden
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15. Salmon poke salad at the Garden, $18.50

Bars Pub dining Northlands

For those who can’t get enough of Hawaiian poke, the Garden have you covered. The menu at Leederville’s top outdoor venue is peppered with super-healthy dishes that deliver on taste as well as virtue. Firm, tasty salmon is served raw, with pickled cucumber, a salty seaweed and a healthy serve of avocado and edamame beans. Fresh chopped chilli and a self-squeeze of lime bring together the dish.

Bob's Bar
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16. Wood-grilled WA cuttlefish at Bob’s Bar, $17

Bars Pubs Perth Central

 

Up top, above the Print Hall, Bob’s Bar has long been the CBD go-to for rooftop brews. Alongside the rotating tap list is a menu loosely based on the ground floor Gazette. The osteria-themed offering is perfect for long lunching or early knock-offs. Charred slices of cuttlefish are lightly dressed with chilli and garlic, then simply presented with a rocket salad. Just add a Colonial Small Ale.

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Spring's Kitchen
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17. Dukkha and honey glazed baby carrots at Springs Kitchen, $18

Restaurants Modern Australian Burswood

On the ground floor of the Aloft hotel, Springs Kitchen is putting out a menu that’s modern, on trend and pretty good value. There’s often an expectation that hotel restaurants are both soulless and charging a premium, but at this light dining room with open kitchen you can get a generous bowl of sweet baby carrots loaded with quinoa and strands of crunchy kolhrabi for $18.

Market Grounds
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18. Lamb souva at Market Grounds, $18

Bars Pub dining Perth Central

Here’s one for homesick Melbournians. The lamb souva comes ready wrapped and perched on top of a mound of salty shoestring fries. With marinated lamb wrapped in a soft pita with fresh tomato, rocket, non-traditional avocado and cucumber, this is as the bar menu suggests – a two-hands job. Napkin at the ready for the garlic yoghurt, this souva goes as well at lunch as it would at 2am.

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The Stables
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19. Chimichurri squid at the Stables, $15

Bars Wine bars Perth Central

Ably servicing the after-work bar crowd, with a spot to lunch in peace, the Stables delivers some surprises. Amongst a menu that’s pumping out a chicken schnitty, burgers and bangers there’s the chimichurri squid: a delicate, even feminine plate. Scored squid is grilled and served with crisp saffron potatoes, a sweet black garlic and lemon mayo. Billed as a nibble, it’s adequately portioned and perfect for a light lunch.

Canteen Pizza
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20. Marinara pizza from Canteen Pizza, $20

Restaurants Italian Perth Central

When the team from Cottesloe favourite Il Lido opens a pizza joint, you know that it’s going to be a place you’ll come back to again and again. The same keen eye on good wine is coupled with a Neapolitan ideal at the oven in pizzaiolo Ettore Bertonati. Pizza should be simple and the marinara, relying on just San Marzano tomatoes, oregano, garlic and basil, proves this point. While you can add anchovy for $5, the $20 iteration is top notch.

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