Quality baked goods and affordable self-service meals in a stripped-back, yet unique dining space.
Tucked away in a nondescript complex alongside Asian grocers and hot-pot restaurants, Peoples Cafeteria might stir expectations a little, but in terms of the wholesome, family-style food it serves, it’s right at home. Part of the North Street Store dynasty, the space is split into two halves: a deli on one; and a dining room – a former Chinese restaurant – on the other.
On the restaurant side, the self-serve mix of hot and cold dishes changes daily, with diners encouraged to build their own plate, canteen style.
Step into the deli and baked goods – bread, pies, cakes – shipped from Big Loaf Factory Bakery abound. Front up to the fridge, and baguettes might be filled with traditional conti fillings or perfectly dressed bang bang chicken; in the pie warmer, chilli con carne encased in pastry, or a whole roast chook. Don’t forget the cinnamon scrolls, or the Key lime pie.
On the restaurant side, the self-serve mix of hot and cold dishes changes daily, with diners encouraged to build their own plate, canteen style. Rissoles are tasty, the kimchi rightly funky and the Armenian beef stew rich and flavourful. The salad and pickled vegetable content is high, and bread and butter is complimentary.
Take a seat, and you’ll sit among students, workers and locals. Perth’s most honest dining experience? This might be it.