Jus Burgers, Perth: The Rise of Gourmet Burgers

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It’s been almost ten years since I left Perth for home. Back then, when I’ve got a hankering for a midnight snack, my choices were limited. I usually end up at Fast Eddy’s, a fast food chain, for a quick burger and a shake. Boy, much has changed since then. Not only has Fast Eddy’s been reduced to almost obscurity but burgers are now a whole different commodity here. Burgers are no longer your 3am staple and has gone upmarket to something you’ll have at a fancy restaurant with a glass of premium wine. Within the last 18-months, the über-trendy Jus Burger single-handedly changed the game and introduced to Perth the wonders of a gourmet burger.

We visited their new second and latest outlet in Subiaco, closely following the highly popular flagship store in hip Leedersville where one could virtually not get a seat for an hour. The new premise is placed in a rather tight lot facing the rear corner of Robert-Rokeby Rd. What they lack of space on the inside they made up by using the equally large al-fresco area for the sun lovers. Personally, I’ve always preferred to dine outside whenever I’m in Australia – even in freaking winter. I hate to dine in a crowded non-ventilated space and come out smelling like my food. I love the whole street-art thing going on from their logo right down to the graffiti on the walls. It’s cool, hip and energetic. As if there wasn’t enough of those attitude going around, the staff were equally rocking their tattoos and piercings too.

Before I arrived, I kept hearing how the burgers were better here at Jus. It’s weird that no one person can verify how it is actually pronounced. “Just”, “Jazz” or “Juice”. Owner and director Justin Bell isn’t telling us either. Anyway, calling Jus Burger a joint or a bar doesn’t do justice to the food that is served here. What sets them apart is not only their proud choice of using Western Australian fresh produce (they’re the very first restaurant to endorse the Buy West Eat Best government initiative) but their careful consideration of each single element in the construction the perfect burger. The burger buns is a thin slice of Turkish bread that is still sturdy enough to support the patties without tasting too ‘bready’; the beef patties are made of 100% ground beef, hand-pressed, chargrilled, to juicy perfection; the relish and house made aioli gave the right amount of zing without overpowering the flavours of the other elements. No wonder they’ve been awarded the Restaurant & Catering Industry Association’s Best New Restaurant 2009 and winning the I Love Food Awards 2009 in the ‘Best Hamburger in Australia’ category.

All in all, it would have been the Jus perfect burger for me, but unfortunately they forgotten the blue cheese order in my Cheeseburger [AUD $12] and substituted it with Cheddar. I was just too hungry to complain and wait behind the insanely long queue. Even with that minor (but HUGE) mistake, I still enjoyed my burger tremendously. McCutie also enjoyed the  Pommy Burger [AUD $13] with heaps of bacon strips.  I was tempted to try the Spanish Snag (chorizo with sweet red peppers) [AUD14] or the Guvnor (270g burger with foie gras) [AUD $21] as a second. But, I pulled back since we were heading off for desserts anyway. The cheeseburger I had was actually a huge burger, so do not let the picture above fool you. That’s merely half of its full size!

Jus Burger also offers the choice of lamb, wagyu, lamb, chicken, fish, kangaroo, boerwors (South African pork & beef sausage) and vegetarian Vego burgers. They adopt a “no freezer” policy in their stores (apparently they do not own a freezer either. The meat are just chill while waiting to be cook-to-order to retain its freshness. Coeliacs can opt for the gluten-free buns for an extra AUD $1.

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Jus Burgers

#743 Newcastle St, Leederville
Tel: +618 9228 2230

#1 Rokeby Road (Rear), Corner Robers & Rokeby, Subiaco
Tel: +618 9381 1895

Website: www.jusburgers.com.au

13 Responses to Jus Burgers, Perth: The Rise of Gourmet Burgers
  1. J
    June 2, 2010 | 2:17 am

    Wow. No fridge? That's really a commitment to freshness! :)

  2. thule a.k.a leo
    June 2, 2010 | 4:45 am

    Gourmet… everything's going into this concept already!

  3. Brother B
    June 2, 2010 | 4:57 am

    You go back Jack, do it again…

  4. Sean
    June 2, 2010 | 6:29 am

    wow, a kangaroo burger!!! now that's what i'd order. it's been more than seven years since i last tasted kangaroo, but never had it in a burger before :D

  5. Life for Beginners
    June 2, 2010 | 7:49 am

    I like the no freezer policy too, but man – they must really move them burgers to keep to that policy! That's some fast eatin'. :)

  6. minchow
    June 2, 2010 | 9:06 am

    And gluten free bun at that!? I agree with eating outdoors, even in the bitter cold. Being cooped up indoors absolutely do nothing for the 100% concentration required for the food!

  7. Perth Bound Ah Pa
    June 2, 2010 | 12:20 pm

    arden fan? elizabeth arden ah?

    so is there one in the city within walking distance of hay st mall? (coz that's where we're staying, hay st). foie gras burger it must be for me.

  8. CUMI & CIKI
    June 3, 2010 | 1:49 am

    FINALLY .. NOW can i post my comment?!! stoopid internet swallowed my last comment!

    yea, i totally agree with you.. when abroad on holiday, the eyes are bigger than the stomach – meaning u want to try every darn thing! unfortunately time is so limited and unless u induce puking.. u cannot eat EVERYTHING!! great post darling munkey.. do i see MORE?!! xoxo ciki

  9. qwazymonkey
    June 3, 2010 | 4:15 am

    J: It's no freezer. They actually have a chiller to keep the meat fresh after it's pressed into patties until they cook it. Fresh indeed

    Thule: That's how the cookie crumbles I guess. But Australia is blessed with a great variety of fresh produce, so it's easier to move towards that direction

    Brother B: I would love to. But no more $$$

    Sean: Have the Roo with some Foie Gras too!

    LFB: Apparently they're moving about 2200 burgers a month. That's close to 80 burgers a day! Chi sin!

    Minchow: Hi-5! It's lovely to eat when the air is fresh

    AhPa: Pun intended (trying to cover). Anyway Subiaco is only two train stations away from Perth and the store is just 2 mins walk from Subi station. Give you directions later.

    C&C: Maybe i should induce puking. I get to taste the burgers twice and still loose weight. How about that?

  10. Adelene
    June 3, 2010 | 2:08 pm

    Hey I only had a bit of those buns, and they were yours! Hahahahaha

  11. HairyBerry
    June 3, 2010 | 2:52 pm

    no freezer is cool! errrmmm, that does make sense, right? hehe.

    good that you are blogging about perth. i've always wanted to go there since there are a few airlines to choose from in sg. looking forward to more great stuff! ;D

  12. chiselstone
    June 6, 2010 | 3:36 am

    I'm gonna guess it's "Just" Burger, after owner JUStin Bell? It's JB mate! I wanna make me own gormei buggers now

  13. J2Kfm
    June 7, 2010 | 2:02 am

    I would imagine they're pronounced as JUICE, representing the moist patty within?

    We certainly need more places for gourmet burgers here in Msia. Esp Ipoh …

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