Hotel restaurants get a bad rap for – well – being hotel restaurants. But not when the eatery in question boasts Guy Grossi, renowned Melbourne chef who launched his Italian osteria in Perth in 2018.

Located off the lobby of the Westin Hotel (in the Hibernian Place precinct), Garum is a striking mélange of the old and the new – soaring ceilings, wooden floorboards, exposed beams and tall arched windows.

But it is Grossi’s food that’s the biggest draw card here – be it braised octopus spiked with capers for entrée or fettuccini carbonara with lashings of sharp pecorino for the main course. There are other Italian classics such as porchetta and bistecca on the menu too, if you want to look beyond the pastas.

A CBD location makes the venue ideal for breakfast meetings (semolina gnocchi, anyone?), business lunches (two courses for $39, or three for $49) and special-occasion dinners. But Garum is also great for solo diners, thanks to the bar where you can pull up a stool and order dishes like kingfish crudo and hand-cut pasta with pork ragu from the succinct yet satisfying bar menu.

Garum, Perth

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Atmosphere: Relaxed, convivial, energetic
Best for: Breakfast meetings, business lunches and solo dining 
Cuisine: Italian
Stand-out dish: Gaeta-style octopus
Open: Seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Address: Hibernian Place, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Phone number: (08) 6559 1870  

A stellar wine list and well-informed passionate staff complete the picture. 

SEE ALSO: Where Italians Eat in Perth


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