At the chef's table with Jack Stein

Chef and broadcaster Jack Stein offers his culinary recommendations in Western Australia

Tuesday, April 2, 2019,
By Jack Stein
Long Chim
Long Chim
Photograph by Rebecca Mansell

I've spent a lot of time in Australia's largest state recently — my partner is from Perth. She's shown me how incredible the food scene is there. We did a walking tasting tour, where each course is served in a different restaurant — I'd never done one before. The Margaret River Gourmet Escape food and wine festival, held each November, has been great for WA too, bringing world-class chefs to the region who then shout about its amazing produce.

Where to eat in Perth

Long Chim
From aromatic curries to grilled seafood, I love David Thompson's city centre temple of Thai food. Whenever I'm in town, I have to eat here at least once.

Good Fortune Roast Duck House
I can't recommend this Chinese restaurant in Northbridge highly enough — it has the best duck pancakes I've ever tasted.

The Prophet
This casual pit-stop in East Victoria Park serves Middle Eastern food to a packed crowd. It's always busy and the owner is the perfect host. T: 00 61 8 9361 1101.

The ingredients

Chia seeds
A vast amount of chia seeds are produced in WA. They have a huge protein and oil content and are great for adding to smoothies.

This beautiful fish is found along most of the coast of WA; it has a wonderful texture and a delicate, sweet flavour.

Finger limes
I first encountered these citrus fruits when I was on work experience at Tetsuya's in Sydney; they have an unusual texture like caviar and are incredibly versatile.

Finger limes
Photograph by Getty


Whole baked fish in paper bark: This is the dish of the Kimberley region, in the north of WA. The best fish to use is sweetlip, and it's served with a local take on belachan, a savoury Southeast Asian shrimp paste.

Jack Stein is chef director of The Rick Stein Group. His debut cookbook, Jack Stein's World on a Plate, is published by Bloomsbury. RRP: £26

Follow Jack: @JackStein


Featured in the November 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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