It’s easy to fall in the same old routine when eating out. Why not expand your culinary horizons in the ‘Fair’ city of Perth? Try tucking into something different from our pick on some of the city’s most unique restaurants.
Whether you’ve an appetite for a hearty Scottish classic or fancy something a little more exotic, Perth has got you covered with its diverse range of high-quality restaurants and eateries; all brimming with their own quirky flair and tasty offerings.
63 Tay Street Restaurant
This 2 AA award-winning 63 Tay Street Restaurant offers discerning foodies something a little different. Having undergone a complete refurbishment in 2016, the restaurant has transformed into one of the most prestigious places to eat in Perth. The à la carte menu features tantalising dishes prepared using local ingredients as well as a tempting specials board and tasting menu. The simple but eye-catching décor lends the restaurant a relaxed ambience which perfectly complements its simple gourmet fare.
This popular restaurant on Perth High Street is where the locals go to satisfy their cravings for French, or more accurately, Breton cuisine – Breizh is the word for ‘Brittany’ in French. The menus provide a culinary tour of northern France featuring traditional seafood dishes, wood-fired pizzas, incredible crepes and succulent meats grilled to perfection; all served by waiters sporting French mariner stripped tops. Don’t miss the galettes (pancakes) filled with fresh spinach, spring onions, mascarpone and goat cheese, paired with a bottle of specially imported French cider.
Discover the incredible flavours and aromas of Indian and Nepalese cuisine at the Everest Inn near the banks of the River Tay. The menu showcases the colourful and fragrant delicacies of both nations using only the finest local produce. Pick from the Chef’s Recommendations to sample unfamiliar dishes. Try local favourites including the Nepali Choya infused with spices and herbs, or the Machha Modi, a delicious marinated fish dish.
Paco’s is a definite contender for one of the best American-style diners in Scotland. It is also one of the most unique in the city thanks to its eclectic menu and décor – walls and shelves lined with antique curios and vintage prints add to the old-school atmosphere. Another unique feature of Paco’s is its layout, including both a deli where you can try the scrumptious homemade ice cream, and an upstairs tapas bar with mahogany booths and deep leather seats. There’s also a cobbled courtyard with a fountain and outdoor seating.
CriDo’s is one of Perth’s best-kept secrets and a great option for a leisurely lunch or informal dinner. The menu features an appetising array of pasta and risotto dishes, Mediterranean-style grilled meats, seafood, and Scottish favourites including haggis bon bons and battered fish and chips; all prepared using ingredients from local suppliers. Ask for the drinks menu and try one of the excellent cocktails – the Super Mario is delicious.
Boasting more than 300 different gins, the Venue is Perth’s only speciality gin bar. The friendly, well-versed staff are more than happy to talk you through their extensive offering and pinpoint a gin you’ll love, and then expertly prepare cocktails with their signature passion and inventiveness using the freshest ingredients. If your preferred tipple is whisky, rum or wine, the Venue also has a dedicated bar for just that! Huddle around the dainty antique tables or relax in one of the comfortable leather sofas and choose from over 200 malts, 100 rums and 80 different wines. There’s also a restaurant (currently only open for takeaway) where you can order light, casual dishes including stone-baked pizzas, baked potatoes, salads and ciabattas – see the menu for what’s available.
Deans Restaurant is a true hidden gem of Perth’s dining scene. Located in the heart of the city, this elegant wee restaurant serves seasonal dishes using local produce and many ingredients which are foraged from the Perthshire countryside. Savour delicious, beautifully presented courses which draw inspiration from both traditional Scottish affair and dishes from around the world. From laid-back brunches to casual dinners, the outstanding menu paired with the restaurant’s stylish, blush-pink interior make for a first-class dining experience. Even better, they’ve extended their ‘Eat Out to Help Scheme’ on Wednesday’s and Thursdays throughout the rest of September.
Effie’s of Perth
Afternoon tea, anyone? Skip your regular pitstop at Starbucks and head straight to Effie’s of Perth. Beloved by both locals and visitors, Effie’s is famous for its extensive selection of fine teas and mouthwatering homemade food. Take in the delightfully chintzy décor and choose from the delectable menu – the Cullen Skink and carrot cake are to die for – and savour your lunch or cuppa served in vintage teacups and crockery. Not a tea drinker? Rest assured the coffee is among the best in Perth.
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