While Osborne Park is known as an industrial hub for offices, car yards, showrooms and retail outlets, as the home of WA Good Food Guide, the area does not fall short in fueling our team with some surprising hits.
From the humble lunch bar, to gourmet Italian, to some innovative retail concepts, here are our top food spots and experiences in the area.
As a significant centre for Perth’s northern suburbs, there’s no shortage of places to get caffeinated in Osborne Park. With a growing number of boutique specialty coffee roasters, coffee aficionados can get a serious fix with a side of know-how, as well as grab the finest beans, blends and equipment.
Family owned and operated for over 20 years, Darkstar Coffee specialises in single-origin beans, with a roster of farm-to-cup coffees, seasonal releases and experimental blends. Their roastery has a front-of-house café and experience lab, plus a wide range of equipment for the home and workplace.
Coffee specialists since the 1950s, Dimattina Coffee is a pioneer of Australia’s coffee industry. Originating from Melbourne, it has an impressive HQ in WA, with sleek modern décor featuring a large roasting area, showroom, café for dining, and a coffee training room and cupping lab open to the industry and public.
Local independent coffee roaster Micrology have just set up shop with their unmissable bright and light building in a popping blue hue. They’ve designed an interactive coffee bar where customers can see the roasting process and talk to coffee professionals, who offer both drink-in and take-away coffees with a menu of single origins on both espresso and pour over. Plus, the counter has built-in DJ decks providing the beats.
Servicing the industry of workers in the area means that breakfast is available early and tailored for grab and go. Golden Bakery, which may be familiar to those that frequent their Perth City store, have two venues in Osborne Park serving a wide range of award winning pies (go for the curry pie – it’s hard to beat!), sausage rolls and sweet baked treats. For a fry-up, head to Ma Mooney’s Kitchen for their traditional Irish grub. They’re famed for their breakfast rolls filled with bacon, sausage, eggs and black and white pudding (their jumbo roll also includes a hash brown) with lashings of HP sauce. The perfect cure for a hangover or the spark to start the day.
Looking for something heartier and a place to pull up a chair to read the paper in the morning or meet with friends? The ‘Pear’fect Pantry provides plenty of vegan and vegetarian spins on all the regular breakfast staples. Their signature soft and fluffy vegan pancakes change daily with seasonal toppings.
Another place to settle down for breakfast is the cafe at Dimattina where the kitchen knocks out a smashed avocado on toast that pops with housemade dukkah, persian feta and tomato salsa. The eggs benedict with chimichurri hollandaise and poached eggs on a bed of herbed potatoes, meanwhile, provides a pleasing spin on a classic.
Lunch bars are ubiquitous around Osborne Park and The Selby Kitchen stands out with its slick and clean warehouse space. It offers traditional lunch-bar items like burgers, rolls and sandwiches made to order, with fresh salads and sushi ready to go. Their hot food cabinet, meanwhile, provides meat and rice combos including satay chicken and roast pork. During the lunch rush, there will be a line of workers out the door, attracted to their daily specials like pho or curry laksa.
For some wholesome options, hit up Miss Pickles, a little lunch bar hidden at the bottom of an office building at the western end of Herdsman Business Park, for their house salads and nourish bowls, filled breads, sushi and baked treats with a focus on seasonal produce. Their sell-out vegetable frittatas change daily and are loaded with veggies and chunks of brie or camembert.
With a history of Italian settlers, Osborne Park is home to some fine Italian fare. Gourmet Italian deli Montello On Main makes one of WA’s best continental rolls fresh to order with their tailored balance of mixed meat with cheddar, tomato and lettuce in a soft crusty bun. Arancini is a lunch bar that specialises in Italian delicacies and their namesake rice balls come with meat or vegetable filling, hot and oozing with cheese.
For fresh pizza and pasta with good vino for lunch, settle into Casa Nostra Caffe, a European inspired cafe tucked away inside European Concepts with a sunlit alfresco space and elegant dining room out the back. Their daily chef’s specials are worth tucking into and their marinara pasta or diavola pizza hit all the right notes. Posto Motto is another spot for modern Italian fare, but only opens for lunch on Fridays – definitely book in for dinner the rest of the week.
The Seafresh Fish Markets require a short crossover to Innaloo, but it’s worth the trip for fresh sushi, poke bowls and their noteworthy seafood chowder – a rich and creamy broth, full of flavour and loaded with fish, prawns and squid.
New Food Retail Experiences
The food experiences in Osborne Park are also growing in the retail sector in new and innovative ways.
Osborne Park is home to Australia’s largest cheese display, “The Cheese Cathedral”, housing 350+ cheeses at European Foods Marketplace. The Marketplace is a custom designed wholesale space for an immersive and tactile experience with tastings and curated displays, as well as training and masterclasses on coffee, cheese and wine. Anyone can become a member to access special offerings, and invites to events and masterclasses. Right now, in 2021 the membership is free, so there’s no excuse not to sign up and stock up.
For a showcase of the best kitchen and laundry appliances, Hart & Co have created standout displays, providing customers an in-store experience with the ability to access and demo products before buying. Hart & Co also collaborates with the WA Good Food Guide on the “Top Chef Series” intimate cooking demonstrations.
The latest trends in European designed kitchen, wardrobe, and furniture products can be found at European Concepts with vibrant and grand showrooms. As well as a cooking school exclusively designed by Arclinea which hosts the WA Good Food Guide cooking classes.
Osborne Park also joins the list of suburbs with blooming craft breweries, with Heroes and Villains Brewery (their name is inspired by Queens of the Stone Age) making the industrial hub it’s home last year. Their taproom is open on Friday and Saturday afternoons for drinks, growler fills and takeaway of their rock’n’roll range of easy drinking and flavourful IPA and Ales to experimental and boundary-testing once-offs.
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