Varsity Burgers is the sister shop to Varsity Bar in Nedlands. They serve American style burgers and snack food and are open quite late for that late night meal. They’re situated at the base of an apartment complex and there’s plenty of seating inside and out. I chose the Texan Burger, a double cheeseburger with bacon and BBQ sauce. First bite in and all I can taste is meaty goodness, meat juices, gooey American cheese, the salty hit of bacon, and the crunch from the onions. The beef patty is quite tasty and all the ingredients meld together to form a very delicious burger. It takes a while to eat through all of that but one leaves full and satisfied. The pickle provides some acidity to cut through all that fat! It’s uncomplicated food that just does the job. You have to indulge every now and then.
On my last visit I noticed the famous charcoal beef burger which looks weird but it doesn’t taste unusual. The bun is slightly different but tasty, the caramelized onions provides a lovely touch of sweetness, the sauteed mushrooms are juicy, and I love the gooey American cheese. This is a gourmet burger but the big let down for me is the beef patty which lacked flavour. It reminds me of something you get at the supermarket and is of poor quality. I was quite disappointed because it’s an excellent burger with quality ingredients, lacking a beef patty oozing flavour. The wedges are a saving grace. I’m not sure what the other burgers are like, but I absolutely loved their chicken on my last visit so I’d definitely come back for that.
Porkies Barbque is an authentic American barbecue meats eatery headed by two Perth chefs with North American roots and plenty of experience eating and cooking barbecued meats. There are a range of American items to choose from the menu (beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, meat platters), including sides (like mac & cheese), desserts, and drinks. I opted for the pulled pork which was moist, juicy and succulent and is perfectly prepared. There’s a lovely flavour from the smoking process, however, the pulled pork is served plain. There’s 3 house sauces at the table to help yourself to, to add the much needed flavour addition and bring out the genius of the pulled pork. I preferred the sweet BBQ sauce, but the boom boom sweet & tangy has a nice kick too. The fried onions and bread allow you to make sandwiches and it goes down a treat. The meat selections also come with a side and there are plenty to choose from. With a sweet tooth, I chose the peach cobbler. I’ve never eaten this before but all I can say is oh yum! A very unique taste, lovely soft peaches down the bottom, delicious cobbler, a little rich at times but the scoop of vanilla ice cream does the trick. Excellent way to finish the meal.
Chimek is another Korean fried chicken restaurant with a twist. They’ve fused American and Korean cusines in serving a range of fast food items which isn’t only about chicken, but also about burgers (eg black charcoal beef burger), sides (eg cheesy cayenne beer battered chips, Korean popcorn), and desserts. I was walking by and Chimek caught my eye so I popped in and ordered the Southern fried chicken which is what you need on a cold winters day. The chicken dishes are served as wings, but for $4 extra you can have them as boneless chicken pieces which is what I opted for. The chicken was served in a reasonable time and there’s a generous serve. The chicken was crunchy, crispy, not fatty or oily, perfectly cooked, moist chicken on the inside, it’s everything fried chicken should be and Chimek hit the mark. The cayenne and paprika spice is subtle but leaves your lips buzzing! It has quite an effect in delivering the Southern flavour. The wedges on the side are fantastic, crisp on the outside and soft potato on the inside. Tasty right to the end. The coleslaw is also tasty too. The complete meal which delivered and I was very satisfied. I can’t fault the dish.
Johnny’s Burger Joint serves an array of American style burgers made with hand ground beef. I ordered the Jucy Lucy, a patty stuffed with cheese and served with onions, crispy bacon, and BBQ Sauce. The burgers are made fresh so after around 15 minutes, it was served. Johnny has perfected each of his sauces with a trip to the US and it shows. The tasty bun encases a slightly dense well cooked patty that is full of meatiness and flavour. Each bite results in the goeey cheese oozing out. The stuffed cheese is different and helps keep the patty moist and is really delicious. The BBQ sauce provides a lovely moisteness and is not overly sweet like the supermarket sauces. There’s plenty of crispy bacon (I like when the menu description is on the mark with what you get) which adds to the flavour and makes for a very enjoyable burger. While the burger isn’t overly large, it can get a bit monotonous and is an effort to get through, however, sometimes when you’re hungry all you need is a burger and Johnny’s Burger Joint hit the spot for me.
I’m pleased to say Perth finally has a restaurant which does justice to American barbecued meats, prepared the way it should be and tastes just like it does in the US. I ordered a serve of pulled pork which was fantastic. Tender, moist and coated in delicious spices the pulled pork is so delicious. I also ordered a serve of the beef brisket which cuts like butter and oozes meat juices and flavour. This went down a treat and the homemade sauces on the table can be utilised to add more flavour to each bite. I also got a serve of the cornbread mini loaf with maple butter which was so yum and enjoyable. I really loved the food and the New York couple running this place is doing America proud. The serves are, if anything, overly generous and exceptional value for money, so don’t order too much and if in a bind, you can ask for it to be packed away. Can’t wait to try the other items on the menu.
Cuisine: American, BBQ Location: Perth CBD – King St One of my colleagues was leaving our team so we decided to have a going away lunch and Old Faithful Bar & BBQ located on King St won out. I’d eaten here before when it had newly opened and hadn’t been […]
I thought De Cribs offers a good range of dishes at excellent prices compared to what one would normally pay. I really enjoyed my pork ribs which were tender and delicious in the original sauce marinade. I also liked the dressing on my garden salad and the chips from the other dishes were really delicious. I also had a taste of the lamb ribs which were even more tender and were covered in a spicy sauce though it is a tad spicy. I think De Cribs strength is in their mains as desserts were above average. I enjoyed my New York cheesecake and I had a taste of the red velvet which is a little heavy, though the key lime tart had a nice tart flavour, it was quite gluggy. A really lovely venue to enjoy some lovely American fare.
After a slightly disappointing New York Cheeseburger on my last visit, East Village redeemed themselves with a fabulous Reuben sandwich. I’ve not eaten a Reuben before but after the first bite I was sold. What a delicious sandwich! The toasted bread felt soothing in winter as it warmed my hands. The tender chunks of corned beef oozed flavour. The acidity from the pickles and saukraukt cut through the meatiness of the pork while the Swiss cheese rounds out the sandwich with it’s unique flavour. The Russian dressing is an important component in keeping the sandwich moist and it does the job tieing all ingredients together. I was really hungry and it is a mission to get through but I succeeded and enjoyed every bite. They also include a salad so I ate that too. It’s not necessary in my opinion as the sandwich is well packed and has some salad in the sandwich, however, the salad is a nice end to the meal. Unfortunately, way too full to even consider dessert.
More and more American styled restaurants are opening up and East Village is the latest addition to that offering, located at 140 William Street. The interior offers a casual relaxed atmosphere gushing with activity and catchy music. While newly opened and very busy on a Friday lunchtime, the wait for a table was quick and service was prompt and efficient, including the kitchen. I ordered the New York Cheeseburger which exuded a delicious flame grilled flavour from the meaty beef patty. I liked the gooey cheese and mustard mayo, along with the typically American pickles, and the tasty bun. The burger was lacking seasoning and oomph which was a little disappointing and the chips were above average at best. I’d favour a visit to a gourmet burger joint instead. I also had room for dessert so ordered the key lime tart which had a lovely thick, heavy, rich curd with ample lime flavour surrounded by a tasty pastry. To take the edge off, the vanilla flecked ice cream was a welcome addition. Pretty good dessert but it needs to be lighter. I’d like to visit again to try some other typically American dishes and see how they are.