Situated in the food court on the lower level of Trinity Arcade, Meet and Bun serves fresh made burgers to order. I had read there is quite a queue for lunch so got there a little early and ordered the Dark Knight with Smokey Fries. I wasn’t too impressed that several people behind me had there names called out before mine to collect their orders at the counter. After eventually getting my order, I sat down to enjoy. I tucked into the fries first. They’re pretty good though need more seasoning and a little less paprika as it leaves a slightly raw taste. The dark knight is a burger with a charcoal bun encasing crispy fried chicken, bacon, cheese, and slaw. The succulent chicken breast is coated in a crunchy batter, the cheese is gooey, and there’s a slight salty tone thanks to the bacon. To add some freshness the slaw does the job. It’s a solid burger packed with ingredients, filling, lots to keep you interested, though it didn’t wow. Still, if you needed a burger then this is a good place to stop by.
RoyAl’s Chicken & Burgers is a casual dining American styled eatery serving burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, tater tots, mac & cheese, and shakes among American classics on their menu. Not gourmet, but not greasy fast food, this is something in between. Good honest food that will satisfy. I got the chicken RoyAl burger which had a lovely shiny gloss on the top of the bun. Biting in, there’s an actual chunk of perfectly moist chicken thigh covered in a crispy crunchy coating. The fancy sauce does the trick in livening up the lettuce and tomato, making the combination of ingredients in each bite one to enjoy. I also got a side of tater tots which I’ve never eaten before. They’re like nugget sized hash browns, nice and crunchy on the outside, soft potato on the inside. A nice accompaniment to my burger. I was eyeing desserts but the pecan pie is no longer so I went with the cronut filled with chocolate custard, ice cream atop and cherry ripe. Decadent, indulgent, naughty, and so bad, yet so good. Yes, this dessert has it all. The rich buttery croissant with salty explosions and the doughnut feel combines perfectly with the ingredients to work together in creating a tasty morsel with each bite. So yum, so full with a friendly bunch of guys to make the visit one to enjoy.
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.
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.
From food truck to bricks and mortar, to franchised stores in Melbourne, then Sydney, and now Perth, I wasn’t sure of what to make of a vegetarian only fast food chain. However, after trying a sample of their offerings, I was pleasantly surprised by the food on offer. I started off with a soy based peanut butter milkshake which was delicious. The burgers were really tasty too, somehow, and it’s the genius of the chickpea and mushroom patties, is that they closely resemble the flavour of beef or chicken, when they are clearly vegetarian. In that regard, the burgers taste like their carnivorous counterparts to a great extent. I liked the spicy burger, but was more won over by the chick’n. The chips were pretty tasty and enhanced greatly by the spicy Vietnamese sauce. While I rarely go out for fast food, I would be more than happy to stop by for a meal at Lord of The Fries.
What: Lord of the Fries, purveyors of those delicious fries with a side of burgers, are bringing their bounty to the west coast with the opening of its first-ever Perth store. On the official launch day Lord of the Fries will serve free classic fries for two hours, in addition, a lucky 250 people will receive a surprise bottomless chip cup for free refills all day long – it’s utter fry’steria!
When: Friday 11th March 2016
11.00am: doors open to throngs of fry-crazy fans – queues expected down the block
1.00pm – 4.00pm: 250 lucky punters will be surprised with 250x bottomless chip cups handed out to fans for unlimited fries on the day
Where: 110 William St, Perth, 6000
I visited to try the burgers after prior visits where I enjoyed the ribs. I ordered the Old School Cheese burger. I also got some onion rings which were not rings, looked more like soft shell crab, but were tasty. The American cheese in the burger shines through but is dominated by the sourness of the mustard. The sesame seed bun was tasty though cold, as were the contents of the burger which were luke warm at best. The beef patty was pink and a bit raw in places, lacking seasoning and flavour. I found the burger rather underwhelming and would recommend the gourmet burger joints like Grill’d or Jus Burgers as a better alternative. Come here for the ribs, especially the baby backed pork ribs.
I chose the lamb ribs with a herb and lemon baste and also got beef and chicken sliders. The squeeze of lemon made all the difference to the ribs, the acidity balancing the meatiness and slight intensity of the marinade on the tasty tender lamb ribs. They were enjoyable, but not as good as the baby backed ribs. The chicken and beef sliders were tasty but lacked seasoning which let them down. I also chose the butcher’s salad which is very generous and contains plenty of dressing. A good choice along with the ribs. I’ll have to visit again to try the burgers.