Ha-Lu Japanese Restaurant, Mount Hawthorn


Ha-Lu is located at what I thought was a slightly obscure spot on Oxford Street in Mount Hawthorn.  Its reputation however surpasses this hidden gem with numerous good reports from friends who had dined there before.  I got quite excited when I found out dinner one Saturday night was gonna be there as I’d been wanting to try this place out after reading about it in a magazine!  The dinner turned out to be a belated surprise birthday celebration as well.

The inside of the restaurant is simple in terms of its layout, with wooden tables and suede chairs/lounge.  It is quite tiny too so booking is essential.  I didn’t manage to take any photos of the restaurant itself as I was late from a previous appointment and so had to quickly rush in and concentrated on the ordering instead.   


This post is not going to be a review of each dish per say but rather a post full of picture of the dishes we ordered as they are too many to write about.  I have to say though that all the dishes were great!!  Presented well and ‘one of a kind’ – you can’t find some of what they serve here in other Japanese restaurants.  You can’t go wrong if you try this place out.  Its dining style is similar to a tapas bar where small dishes are ordered to share.  This dining style is termed ‘Izakaya” in Japanese.  I especially like eating this way as I love to try different dishes and what better way than to have a biteful of each.  🙂

The menu is divided into different sections depending on the cooking style of the food: Cold Dishes; Deep Fried Dishes; Yaki Mono (Grilled Dishes); Ni Mono (Simmered Dishes); Zukushi Tasting; Side Dish and Desserts.

From the Cold Dishes, we had:

  • Wagyu Beef Tataki ($17) – very fresh!
  • Home Made Tofu & Mizuna Salad with Wonton Crisps ($12)
  • Duck Breast with Whole Grain Mustard ($11)
  • Salmon, Anago Eel and Aubergine ($16)


From the Deep Fried Dishes:

  • Crispy Pork with Oroshi Ponzu Vinaigrette ($7)
  • Crumbed Camembert Cheese ($9.80) – must try!
  • Vegetable Tempura ($12)
  • Agedashi Tofu ($8.50)
  • Octopus Kara-age and Lotus Root Hasami-Age ($12)


From the Yaki Mono:

  • Foiled Baked Scallops and Salmon ($18)
  • Soft Shell Crab Miso Gratin ($16) – wickedly cheesy!


From the Ni Mono:

  • Pork Belly “Kaku-Ni” ($14)
  • Patagonian Toothfish Nitsuke ($18)


From the Zukushi Tasting:

  • For Anago Eel Lovers ($24) – Anago tempura with with a hint of teriyaki sauce, grilled anago with sansho pepper, aubergine and anago ‘Nikogori’, anago/daikon ‘Kinuta-maki’, anago / potato ‘Dango’

And finally Desserts!

  • Green tea ice cream and Mango ice cream ($6 each) – my favourites!


Yum! I’m drooling as I look at the photos now.  Once again, the food here is awesome!  Service is friendly and very efficient as well.  A must try for the special occassion 🙂

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Rating by: N.L.   

Ha-Lu Japanese Restaurant
: 08 9444 0577
Address: 4/401 Oxford Street, Mount Hawthorn

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The birthday girl blowing out the candles and a look inside the cake:


As it turned out, the birthday girl was Miss L herself 🙂  Thank you friends!





  • S.M.

    September 4, 2010

    WOW!! Looks awesome!! Been wanting to try and looking at the pictures, looks like it’s a must!! :))

    • natashalam

      September 11, 2010

      Yah it’s a must try! My next Jap spot will be Satsuki..think they are great too..although my sis said the servings are quite small for the price

  • Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    September 5, 2010

    I LOVE this place! Was there again last week and it never disappoints. Such good service too!

    • natashalam

      September 11, 2010

      yay..glad they didn’t drop the ball with their food and service!

  • foodie cravings

    June 5, 2011

    Love love Ha-Lu – we only tried it a couple of weeks ago and it’s now my favourite Japanese tapas place in Perth!

    • natashalam

      June 14, 2011

      thanks for the comment and yay, glad the food is still up to standard 🙂
      -Miss L-


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