Western Australia is as big on flavour as it is in size. There’s a ripe picking of gourmet indulgences on offer to savour throughout the year, from sampling fresh pearl meat during pearl harvesting season to unique events that combine culinary prowess with performance. For a memorable taste of Western Australia on your next visit, don’t miss these superb foodie experiences.
World-class Japanese at Nobu Perth
There are only two places in Australia where you can find the world’s most recognised Japanese restaurant, Nobu – in Sydney and Perth. Renowned for its celebrity following, dine in to experience for yourself the innovative take on traditional Japanese cuisine fused with South American flavours. It’s an experience you’ll remember.
Wining and dining Margaret River
The Margaret River Wine Region produces over 15 per cent of Australia’s premium wine and the chance to visit and taste-test in person just can’t be overlooked while in Western Australia. Home to labels such as Capel Vale, Driftwood Estate and Leeuwin Estate, beyond the fine drops you’ll be spoilt for choice with many fine restaurants, quaint cafes and gourmet delis. There are some fine chocolate shops too.
Tasting pearl meat during harvesting season
Enjoy a new taste sensation if you’re visiting during the pearl harvesting season from July to August. Top chefs in Broome and Perth are fashioning fresh pearl meat into interesting culinary creations while they still can. This rare and prized seafood – sourced once the pearls are harvested – can usually only be found frozen or is sold to the Asian market, so while it’s fresh you’ll find it on selected restaurant menus including Greenhouse in Perth and Serene in Broome.
A Taste of Broome
A Taste of Broome is a special ticket-only event that happens monthly during peak tourism season, from Easter to October. It showcases the vibrant soul of Broome’s indigenous culture through a combination of music, dance, arts and crafts while serving up an interesting spread of cuisine. Be sure to check the calendar for dates before you arrive to catch it.
Unearth WA’s black truffles
It’s one of the state’s best kept secrets: beautiful little Manjimup – nestled in the towering forests of the southwest – cultivates 80 per cent of Australian truffles. Considering Australia is the second-largest producer of black truffles behind Europe, this is quite a feat. Stop by the estates and shops in the area, and for a real-life truffle hunt experience, head straight for The Wine & Truffle Co. Truffle season lasts from June to August.
Bush tucker tours
Get a real taste of Australia’s traditional landscapes and food sources with a bush tucker tour that’ll guide you on a discovery of bush food and medicine. You’ll not only learn about Indigenous customs and ways of life, but will also get to try a few flavours you’d probably never otherwise sample – from bush bananas to witchetty grubs. Bush tucker tours can be found in Margaret River and at Kooljaman Resort at Cape Leveque near Broome.
Award-winning seafood in Perth
Mosmans is a multi award-winning seafood restaurant located in Mosman Bay. Flaunting a spectacular location on the Swan River, locally sourced seafood and outstanding service, it’s a must on any trip to Perth. Whether it’s freshly shucked oysters over a glass of crisp white or the works with the five course degustation, here it’s as fresh as it comes.
For the latest deals on travel, browse our great range of Western Australia offers online, visit your local Escape Travel or call 1300 556 855.