Restaurant Reviews


406 Oxford St Mount Hawthorn, Perth, WA


When newly minted publican Rachael Niall reopened Wee Bar as Budburst in 2015, the neighbourhood venue fast made friends with its convivial staff, commitment to superior drinking (great wines, plus interesting spirits and beers in support) and ace French snacks (excellent charcuterie and croque-monsieur!). While this is all still true, chef Gwenael Lesle has quietly  been upping the food ante, so much so that Budburst’s dining is reaching the level of its wining. Small plates are the name of the game. A limey salad of green papaya, crab and black rice speaks to the kitchen’s cosmopolitan nature, as does juicy duck fanned across spicy eggplant, and beef tataki unexpectedly paired with slow-cooked tomato and white anchovies. Composed sweets such as coconut panna cotta tricked up with morello cherries are more imaginative than strictly essential, so order another drink and further admire the suburban local you wish was your own.


(08) 9444 3406



Bookings recommended


  • Licensed

  • Bar

  • Wheelchair Access

  • Outdoor dining

Accepted card types:

  • Eftpos

  • MasterCard

  • Visa


Gwenael Lesle

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide’s reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.

Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide

Wine: ★ ★

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406 Oxford St Mount Hawthorn, Perth, WA
Gwenael Lesle
Bookings recommended
Wheelchair Access
Opening Hours
Dinner Tue-Sat 4pm-9.30pm

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