Seoul Korean BBQ Restaurant

Korean food eateries are starting to take off in Perth. Not so long ago, there were only a few Korean eateries which I could name on one hand. But they seem to be opening up at a fast rate these days.

For the uninitiated, Korean food is well worth a go with the cuisine having its own distinctive characteristics. Chilli hot usually comes to mind but don't let this deter those who can't hack the heat as not all the dishes are fiery hot.

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Zen Japanese Restaurant

Weeknights in Perth for dining are relatively quiet. To my surprise as I journeyed towards my destination of Zen Japanese Restaurant I found Subiaco to be bustling with people. As I travelled along Hay St, there was a huge group of people waiting outside to attend a function (it appeared to be a newish upmarket sort of wine bar), whilst across the road people were darting into the Regal Theatre to catch a show.

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Good quality reasonably priced Japanese food is hard to come by, and for that reason, when I spotted a "Japanese restaurant 200 metres this way" sign along Archer St near the train line in Carlisle, I was a touch hopeful that this sign would lead to something promising.

My first peek inside the restaurant revealed bottles with Japanese labels stacked along the shelves and a noren hanging in the doorway lead out from the kitchen. The menu displayed outside looked promising.

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Taka's Kitchen

Taka's Kitchen (Taka's) has an avid following in Perth and the branch on the corner of Barrack and Wellington St is no exception. It has no doubt contributed to the revival of restaurants on the Barrack St strip.

If you are looking for a quick Japanese meal at very reasonable prices and freshly cooked, then this is the place to visit. Taka's is a popular place for students, working people and backpackers.

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John Rifici & Sons

The John Rifici & Sons Coffee Shop (affectionately known as Rifo's) is a local haven for residents in the surrounding areas of Maylands and Inglewood. It is somewhat a godsend as it has provided the Maylands strip with a decent café for weekend brekkies.

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