‘Pub grub’ is some of the most comforting food going around. It’s hearty, reliable and delicious. But sometimes it can get a bit same-same, like a revolving door of pizza, parmis and pies. So to spice up your pub grub game, we’ve done the ground work and found some of the most creative, unique, top-notch pub meals for you to sink your teeth in to.
Here are 13 of the best pub meals in Perth.
The Coffee & Maple Pork Ribs | The Guildford Hotel
Ribs? Good. Coffee? Good. Maple syrup? Good. The Guildford is ticking so many boxes with their coffee and maple marinated pork ribs, we’re struggling to contain our excitement.
The Truffle Pizza | The Left Bank
Pub pizza, but not as you know it. This pizza creation courtesy of The Lefty involves truffled mushroom topped with taleggio cheese, crunchy pangrattato bread crumbs and finished with a creamy truffle mayonnaise.
The Sliced Brisket Roll | The Queens
Everybody loves brisket (well, except for vegetarians) and the folks at the Queens know this, which is why they have a mouth-watering brisket dish on their menu. Slow-cooked barbeque spiced brisket, topped with slaw, chipotle sauce, sandwiched between a toasty brioche bun and served with beer-battered chips.
The Rabbit Pie | The Balmoral
The Balmoral's rabbit pie is not your average pub pie. Slow cooked rabbit, leek and chardonnay cream sauce all in a tasty pie topped with a crunchy pastry lid, and served with rosemary baby carrots and greens.
The Ultimate Roast | JB O’Reilly’s
You can order the mother of all Sunday roasts at JB O’Reillys. Roast beef, chicken, lamb and pork (yes, all of the meats) served with roast potatoes, home-cooked vegetables, Yorkshire pudding and gravy.
The Salmon Salad | The Inglewood Hotel
If you’re keen for pub grub minus the guilt, then visit the good people at The Inglewood for their Tasmanian salmon salad. Delicious salmon served on a bed of steamed quinoa, chargrilled corn, julienne zucchini, carrot and beetroots, with baby gem lettuce—and all of that is topped with a lemon and herb dressing and toasted pepitas.
The Outback Parmi | The South Beach Hotel
Like a regular parmi, but better. This creative menu option at The South Beach involves a juicy chicken parmigiana, topped with mozzarella, bacon, mushroom, onion and a hickory smoked barbecue sauce, served with fresh salad and crunchy fries.
The Ribs | Fibber McGee’s
Ribs and blue cheese—was there ever a better combination? Fibber’s do 12-hour slow cooked beef ribs, covered in a sticky bourbon glaze, served with blue cheese mash and rocket and roast capsicum salad. Someone come mop up all this saliva.
The Lamb Pappardelle | The Local
The Local is dishing up impressive pub grub with this little pasta number—braised lamb shoulder pappardelle, served with Mediterranean vegetables, pepperonatta and topped with grana padano cheese.
The Pork Belly | The Vic
If you’re after a creative pork belly, get yourself to The Vic. Crispy skin pork belly, sitting atop a parsnip and potato puree, dished up with caramelised apple, a fresh Waldorf salad and a red wine jus for dipping fun.
The Gnocchi | The Windsor
The Windsor has gnocchi with a very delicious twist. Their house-made gnocchi is topped with duck leg ragu, and served with goats curd, fresh herbs, pancetta and shaved parmesan.
The Irish Stew | Durty Nelly’s
Obviously if you’re going to an Irish pub, you need to get an Irish stew, and Durty Nelly’s do a great one. Their stew is full of lamb shoulder, root vegetables and barley and is served with their own house-made beer bread. Yes, BEER bread!
The Lamb Burger | The Rosemount
The Rosemount is dishing up the standard pub burger but with a delightfully Mediterranean twist. Pulled lamb topped with feta, tomatoes, fresh rocket and a drizzling of punchy tzatziki sauce, all sandwiched between a toasty brioche bun and served with fries.
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The Balmoral | Image credit: Elle Borgward