Perth & Western Australia: Perth City

We only had half a day in Perth city on the day of arrival and then 1 day on the last of our Western Australia trip.

There was nothing much we could do for the half day in Perth except to hunt for dinner!

1) IS Donburi

Read quite a lot of good reviews on IS Donburi and I decided to try it for myself.

Seafood chirashi (AUD15.50) which was a big serving size for me.


Seafood was fresh and rather generous. Salad was also good with a tangy dressing. 

However, I was not used to having salad served in the same chirashi bowl. We usually just have the raw fare in the chirashi bowl in Singapore. The rice was also lumpy and a tad dry. 

Udon was simple but pleasant (AUD10.90).  Not too salty, came with two fresh prawns and two chunks of crabmeat (the processed kind, not the fresh crabmeat just to put things in perspective). 


Ironically the Jap eatery seems to be manned by Koreans. That probably explains some Korean-jap fusion items in the menu. 

We probably visited them on a wrong day. Overall, the food is value for money still. 

2) King’s Park

We spent a short morning in King’s Park on our last day on Perth City.

The Park is huge and we didn’t have enough time there. The Park has expansive space for kids to run and boasts beautiful views of the city skyline and Swan River. There are also recreation areas such as Synergy Parkland and DNA tower.  Picnic at the park would be a good idea.


3) Nobu

Lunch at Nobu, founded by celebrity chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa and amongst others, actor Robert De Niro. The chef’s signature dish is black cod in miso.
Nobu also has restaurants in USA, Europe and other parts of Asia. It also runs hotels in USA and  London etc.
This place basically serves fusion Japanese cuisine.

Salad that made me cringe with each bite..I couldn’t polish off even half of it. Dressing was too sour!!


I was worried after eating this. I started losing confidence in the rest of the meal.

The hub’s chirashi don (AUD40). The prawn was so huge!! This was a big portion. Their tamago was awwww…. So spongey light!


I only tried a few slivers of the fish and I thought it was good. But the hub felt it was boring compared to mine. He sorely regretted not ordering a bento set like mine.

My lunch bento box (AUD45) where I chose the black cod miso as my main.


Sashimi salad


Chef choice of sushi


I felt like shedding tears of joy when I ate the maki. It has minced tuna inside with some yuzu/ponzu taste and was slight spicy. Together, it was beautiful to have that burst of flavour in the mouth. Love it ! love it!

Prawn tempura with creamy spicy sauce


Prawn was succulent and the creamy spicy sauce was nice. However, I find that after eating too much of it, it gets kind of heavy…probably due to the creamy sauce.

Black cod miso on the left was Awww…the texture was so smooth and literally melts in the mouth. The miso taste compliments the fish and was neither too salty or heavy.


Sautéed vegetables in garlicky spicy sauce. It’s a familiar taste akin to Chinese cooking. It was very appetising and went so well with the rice.

Overall, we were pleased with this meal. I wanted dessert but there was simply no room for it as the portion was quite big.

4) Hay Street/King’s Street

Shopping in Perth city are mainly at these two streets.


Most of the luxury house congregate at King’s Street (think LV, Miu Miu, Chanel, Prada etc)

Big department stores such as Myer, Target, David Jones and Apple store are all around Hay Street area.

5) Tra Vinh Vietnamese Chinese Special Noodle House

Dinner at a viet food eatery, Tra Vinh which was not my first choice. I wanted to go to Mama Tran but realised it would be closed on Sundays. So I found Tran Vinh instead.
Thai fish cake but at a Viet eatery? It was good nevertheless.


Vietnamese rice roll

It was good per se but comparing to the one I had at Chevron House (Singapore), I like the taste and dipping sauce of the latter more. If the one at chevron house uses vermicelli instead of thick bee hoon then it would be perfect.

Mixed beef pho


I prefer more spices like mint leaves etc in the soup. Otherwise,  this was delicious! Beef was not overcooked, beef balls seem handmade which were also tender and moist.
Broth was flavourful but not salty.

The kids had chicken with egg noodles. It was good as well. The broth was really tasty.


Thai milk tea which was too sweet and tasted more of milk than tea.


Overall, it was a satisfying meal! At the back of my mind, I’m just wondering how this would match up to Mama Tran.

1) IS Donburi


10/189 William Street Northbridge WA 6003

Tel: +61 8 9328 2621

Opening Hours:

Open daily 11.30am to 9.30pm


2) King’s Park


Perth WA 6005, Australia

Tel: +61 08 9480 3600

Opening Hours:



3) Nobu


Crown Perth, Great Eastern Highway, Burswood WA 6100

Tel: +61 8 9362 7551

Opening Hours:

Lunch from 12pm Tuesday to Sunday
Dinner from 6pm daily


4) Tra Vinh Vietnamese Chinese Special Noodle House


‪149 Brisbane St, Perth, Western Australia 6003, Australia

Tel: +61 8 9228 2788

Opening Hours:

10am to 9pm

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