Malaysia is the birthplace of Asian fusion cuisine. Few in Perth do it better than Ria Malay Kitchen. With a menu encompassing the full range of historical influences on the Malaysian kitchen — Chinese, Indian, Portuguese, Thai, Indonesian — Ria dishes up traditional home-style fare with a contemporary twist.

Factor in hip, funky cocktails and a savvy wine list and you’ll understand why this long-running Leederville establishment remains the go-to place for tourists and locals seeking a laksa or char kway teow.

The famed mash-up that is nyonya cuisine has not been forgotten either. Fans drive across suburbs for Ria’s rich, fragrant version of beef rendang. Even its humble nyonya tofu salad hits the spot.

This buzzy, youth-oriented restaurant is beyond popular, so you might like to book. You could chance it, of course, and sit at Ria’s long bar and have an Asian cocktail while waiting for a table. Or eat at the bar…