The scene: One step through the door transports you into a lively large room with a warm and welcoming vibe.
Long red draping curtains set against dark wood, obscurely arranged tables and outrageous artwork compliment the most attentive, friendly waitstaff I have encountered in years.
The grub: The menu is an enticing collection of Thai-inspired tapas, which is great as share-style eating gives you the chance to try a little of everything.
The meals have catchy names like Crying Beef ($16.80) and F-Duck ($23.80), which is so F-ing delicious, it immediately turned me from a non duck-eater to craving it for my very next meal.
The Spicy Scallops ($12) filled with sashimi and oyster shooters ($12) served in a shot glass screamed with flavour, in fact every single mouthful hit the mark. Served hot and fast with a smile and a decent price tag left us full and happy.
Behind the bar: The restaurant is currently BYO, but looks to be opening a bar in the future.
The bill please: Basically five star food without blowing the bank, who could resist?
Verdict: I can absolutely say no trip to Perth will be complete without a visit to Red Opium, and I expect you’ll need to book well in advance as the word gets out.
326 Hay Street, Perth. redopium.com.au