Mandurah has a bevy of great cafes, restaurants and the like, in fact so many that sometimes we sit and debate for hours where to go to eat! Luckily for us, all are within walking distance so a few wines or beers with dinner is never a problem. There are western A’ La Carte places, Chinese, Malaysian, Thai, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Mexican, Rib & Steak houses, Italian, and probably more that I can’t think of right this moment!
So to pick my 2 favourite places was really, really hard! But, here they are:
Murphy’s Irish Pub
Oh where do I start, the food, the service, the entertainment? Because all of that is good, I mean REALLY good! Owned and operated by Edward Janiec, AKA “The Man Who Can’t Say NO” the staff are friendly and extremely helpful, with wait-time at the bar and tables pretty much non-existent.
We have been dining here fairly regularly since it opened in 2007 and it has become our “go-to” place if we decide to eat out at the last minute because we know we will NEVER be turned away. Which is why I nicknamed Edward “The Man Who Can’t Say NO”.
“Sorry we are full” is a phrase that just isn’t in Edwards’ vocabulary, and if you were to ask any of his staff if they are fully booked, they just look at you like you’re mad! There is always another table and some chairs to be found somewhere!
Murphy’s has some kind of entertainment on every night of the week, be it a quiz, karaoke or music, there is never a dull evening, and on weekends, the afternoons are also filled with music and sport on the many tv screens.
Murphy’s isn’t a place I’d recommend for a romantic dinner, but I say save the romance for when you get home and enjoy a meal at Murphy’s first!
Oh, and the food, of course I haven’t said anything about the food yet! Well guess what, I’m not going to, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, and honestly, would I be raving about a place if the food was no good? You just have to go and try it for yourself.
Thai on the Terrace
If you like authentic Thai food in equally authentic setting, then Thai on the Terrace is the place to go.
You can choose to have your dishes any stage of spiciness from none at all (woosy) or, like my husband, over the top Thai hot (masochist). The menu is extensive and the staff are lovely Thai girls, as is the owner/chef. Thai on the Terrace is a no-fuss kind of place, where the importance is put into the food.
We have never been disappointed here, whether we have dined in or had take-away. I like small owner/operator type places, and Thai on the Terrace is the sort of restaurant you’d expect to find in a back street in Thailand, run by a family. I you find yourself visiting Mandurah and like Thai food, do yourself a favour and give this place a try.