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.
#743 Newcastle St, Leederville
Tel: +618 9228 2230
#1 Rokeby Road (Rear), Corner Robers & Rokeby, Subiaco
Tel: +618 9381 1895