Perth has traditionally been regarded as a few years behind both Sydney or Melbourne as a foodie destination. However, this is now changing at a rate of knots.
In addition its own beautiful and bountiful local produce, Perth’s close proximity to the Indian Ocean (and Asia) means that it has easy access to a plethora of exotic ingredients, food cultures and cuisines.
And one of the cuisines to emerge with a vengeance is Thai. Suddenly, it’s possible to find the fabulous spices and freshness aromatics of authentic Thai food at countless Perth eateries.
Location: 8/232 Hay St, East Perth, WA 6004 Ph: (08) 9325 7546
The first entry on our list of the best Thai restaurants in Perth is an eatery that places authenticity of flavour and atmosphere above all else.
Although it has a relatively small menu, we commend Wok & Ladle for serving authentic, fuss-free food. In particular, their famous signature crispy pork belly stir-fry dish is a stand-out.
What is great about this place, is that you have the option to build your own curry or stir-fry to your preference.
However, if that sounds daunting, don’t panic. For the less adventurous soul, their menu offers a range of traditional Thai classics like Masaman, red, green and yellow curries. There’s also Tom Yum soup, larb and Pad Thai noodles to choose from.
Wok and Ladle is renowned for its friendly service, making their customers feel right at home in their restaurant.
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Location: 47 Lake St, Northbridge, WA 6003 Ph: 0402 717 555
Vibrant Northbridge is the location of the next of our best Thai restaurants in Perth.
Louder Louder is one of the city’s most popular Thai joints, offering a contemporary take on classic Northeastern Thai cuisine (or Issan-Thai cuisine).
This is accomplished by combining authentic Thai dishes and cooking techniques with Australia’s finest ingredients and pairing dishes with Australian wines and beers.
Favourites out of the Louder, Louder kitchen include their Tom Yum noodles, beef ribs Massaman Curry and slow-cooked pork hock with rice. What’s more, to wash it all down, they have a huge array of cocktails, wines and beers.
If you find yourself in Northbridge, we strongly recommend this place!
Location: Mint House, 21/326 Hay St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9221 8780
Red Opium is a Perth hidden gem, this Thai-inspired tapas eatery is literally tucked away behind an entrance. Once you cross the threshold into the venue, you will find it to have comfortable welcome decor and an intimate atmosphere.
The menu is filled with enticing small plates including noodle wrapped prawns, hot pot soup, pok pok chicken wings and of course a wide range of curries.
When you visit, remember to bring along your own alcohol as they have a “Bring Your Own” policy for alcohol which is a plus for a lot of diners.
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Editor’s Note: Sadly, we’ve learnt that Red Opium is currently closed.
Location: 180 Scarborough Beach Rd, Perth, WA 6016 Ph: (08) 9444 6005
A Gold Plate Award Winner in 2015, Galangal is open for dine-in and takeway seven days a week.
After the recent internal renovations, Galangal feels chic, warm and modern with its funky collage and red parasols hanging from the ceiling.
Galangal’s stated mission is to “transport your senses and offer a range of dishes that you will find nowhere else” – it’s a big call, but, on many levels, the restaurant delivers on the promise.
There’s a focus on quality produce and local ingredients. All the beef used at Galangal is Futuri Wagyu from Albany, and the poultry is always free-range and ethically sourced (including the amazing Wagin pasture-raised duck).
The seafood is sourced locally from Exmouth, from the banana prawns in the stir fry, to the barramundi in the mains.
There is no attempt to over-use spices to hide the quality of the protein, at Galangal it’s front and centre as the ‘hero’ of the dish.
Inspired by Executive Chef Jang’s early years spent in the kitchen in her family restaurant in Thailand, the rich, hearty aromatic beef curry is wonderful. The curry paste is handmade from scratch and has its own ‘wow’ factor.
This is a restaurant that proudly trumpets its modern authentic Thai and Western influences, harmoniously combined into something uniquely ‘Galangal’.
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Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Galangal Thai Restaurant has now closed.
Location: State buildings, Barrack St &, St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 6168 7775
Directly translated to “come and taste”, Long Chim serves food inspired by the markets and street food of Bangkok, and boy does it deliver!
It is highly recommended to book ahead as this place is rarely empty, but once in, the service is of a high standard and warm and friendly.
Portions are designed for sharing, and giving particular menu recommendations is challenging.
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This is a restaurant that doesn’t have a stand-out dish, but Long Chim’s classic representations of Thai Street Food are authentic and zingy, and can transport you back to the bustling streets of Bangkok through taste and flavour alone.
Be sure to check them out.
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Location: 172 Newcastle St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 6150 9413
BAAN BAAN serves up familiar home-cooked foods and is the epitome of its name, which means “comfort and simple”. This is another Thai restaurant where bookings are highly recommended (and can be easily done on their website).
Baan Baan is a cosy, homely establishment and is famous for its fish wrapped in banana leaves and turmeric pork dishes, nevermind their other classics like papaya salad and Pad Thai.
Priding itself on only using the freshest ingredients, Baan Baan creates healthy and tasteful Thai dishes, including curries, noodle dishes, seafood specialties and vegetarian options.
The best dishes offer up an intense and enveloping taste experience, in which the aromas, colours, flavours, combined with a spark of inspiration and creativity, to ignite all the senses.
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Location: Walcott Centre, 9/265 Walcott St, North Perth, WA 6006 Ph: (08) 6261 8294
We have something a little different next as we continue looking at the best Thai restaurants in Perth.
Launched in 2021, this Thai-Japanese fusion restaurant is passionate about using locally sourced ingredients to deliver the best food and keeping customers happy.
Their lunch and dinner menu is small but does not disappoint with mouth watering classics like Tom Yum soup and chicken and cashew nut stir-fry; it is no wonder that this new kid on the block is fast becoming one of Perth’s go to restaurants.
Combined with traditional food preparation, family recipes and the best of modern food techniques, this is excellent Thai food.
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Editor’s Note: Sadly, we’ve heard that Thai O’Clock has closed
Location: 56 Walter Rd W, Bedford, WA 6052 Ph: (08) 9371 9446
With its fusion between Thai and Cambodian cuisine, it would be a sin to leave Mae Khong Thai off our rundown fo the best Thai restaurants in Perth.
This family run restaurant is all about bringing together the community through good food with the best quality local ingredients.
Some customer favourites include any and everything with their Satay sauce, Pad Thai and Green Curries. Customers have commented on the wonderful hospitality of the owner who really goes out of their way to make you feel at home.
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Location: 310 Walcott St, Menora, WA 6050 Ph: (08) 9271 2603
Full Moon is another family owned restaurant, located a few blocks away from the main cafe strip in Perth. It is known for a delightful all-round dining experience. Bookings are not just recommended, but essential.
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Even though it is a long-standing establishment, locals scramble to get a seat to enjoy their unpretentious Green and Red curries, golden bags, crunchy spring rolls and satay chicken.
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Location: Eastbrook Village Apartments, 33/82 Royal St, East Perth, WA 6004 Ph: (08) 9218 8838
Open since 2013, the Royal Siam Kitchen boasts dishes demonstrating attention to detail that harness the five senses to create the ultimate culinary experience.
The recipes in this family run kitchen have been passed down from generation to generation but have been adapted to accommodate the Western palate.
Some of their best dishes include their Massaman and Green Curries as well as their Pad Thai and Cashew Nut Stir Fry. It is an oldie, but a goodie- check it out if you can.
Editor’s Note: Sadly, we’ve been told that Royal Siam Kitchen has closed.
Location: 1/46 Planet St, Carlisle, WA 6101 Ph: (08) 9470 5598
This family business’ second restaurant venue is located in the old post office in Leederville – giving a Thai atmosphere in a beautiful Australian building.
Their dishes are crafted to incorporate both cultures into the dining experience by serving the food on what looks like old, Victorian leaflets and newspapers.
The food comes in sizeable portions and some of the favourites include their duck curry and papaya salad. A definite must to try out, it’s another of the best Thai restaurants in Perth.
Location: Shop 206 Hillarys Boardwalk, Hillarys, WA 6025 Australia
Located away from the city centre and in the Hillarys Boat Harbour, is the award-winning Dusit Dheva By the Sea Restaurant. Their experienced chef has created a menu, designed for sharing, of street-food inspired Thai food.
People come from all over to experience this inspired, modern take on Thai cuisine which promotes the quality seafood on its doorstep. If you are keen to explore the coastline surrounding Perth and have a hankering for Thai food, this is the place to try.
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Location: Shop 15 Shafto Ln, 876 Hay St, Perth, WA 6000 Ph: (08) 9481 0090
In the heart of Perth CBD you will find Soi Shafto with a menu overflowing with classic options like Massaman Curry, Pork Chilli and Basil Stir-fry and Papaya Salad each served with a unique twist.
The interior of the restaurant is modern and cosmopolitan with great turnaround times for a quick bite for lunch.
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Location: 975 Albany Hwy, East Victoria Park, WA 6101 Ph: (08) 93555 1273
This open-plan kitchen restaurant has a beautiful location and even better food. The chefs there tailor the meals to your heat preference and it is a no-brainer why many locals choose this as their go-to-Thai.
Their fishcakes come highly recommended and their staff are always accommodating and friendly. Other dishes to try out include their Panang curry and Tom Kha soup.
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Location: 160 James St, Northbridge, WA 6003 Ph: (08) 9328 5403
This Northbridge Thai restaurant has generous portion sizes and delivers on authentic Thai flavour.
Whilst all the food is honest, wholesome, classic Thai, the green curry, Tom Kha soup and jumbo rice noodle soup (the lunch special) are raved about by customers.
Thailicious is a smart choice for families. It’s inexpensive, conveniently located, the service is friendly and the ambiance and decor is unpretentious. It’s a very safe option for those dining with kids.
That’s why it’s the final entry on our list of the best Thai restaurants in Perth.