The people’s sandwich. It might be lonesome to think of a pub with no beer, but a pub with no steak sandwich would come a close second. These are just a few of our favourites from around Perth.
Karalee on Preston
This Como tavern has been feeding locals since 1975, but their steak sandwich is thoroughly keeping up with the times. This WA’s Best Steak Sandwich Winner (2014, 2017, and 2019, thank you very much) features a char grilled steak, bacon, pepper jack cheese, caramelised onions and their signature “barb-aioli” sauce. One of the juiciest sangas in town!
25 Preston Street, Como
The Picabar steak sandwich and pint lunch special is an enduring favourite that pairs well with the quality people watching its courtyard provides. When it comes to steak sandwiches, sometimes you just want something straightforward, reliable and oh so tasty: scotch fillet, aioli, bacon, onion jam, cheddar, with a side of fries.
51 James Street
CY O’Connor Village Pub
It can’t be said that CY O’Connor Village Pub is in a nightlife hotspot, but you’ve gotta hand it to them: they really know how to add a touch of the finer things in life. From their fancy melt beef, to their herbed panini, tomato and chilli chutney, or their caper and cornichon béarnaise, this is a steak sandwich on a whole new level. And the quality of their steak sanga is no secret: these guys have been finalists in the WA’s Best Steak Sandwich competition for five years running.
11 Erade Drive, Piara Waters
Mary Street Bakery
We’ve already talked about the under appreciated goodness of the Mary Street steak sanga. The bakery’s signature bread, toasted to crispy perfection filled with slices of succulent steak – made all the more juicy by their tangy mojo sauce, caramelised onion, cheese and mayo. I can eat this any time of the day.
Allendale Square, 77 St Georges Terrace, Perth
Shop 1& 2, Empire Village, City Beach
507 Beaufort Street, Highgate
272 Railway Parade, West Leederville
The 2018 Best Steak Sandwich winner is, controversially, the only lamb sandwich on the list. But even if you’re a hardcore purist, you should take a punt on this exceptional entry. Grilled lamb rump, chipotle and fig relish, beetroot pickle, feta mayonnaise and pistachios on potato and roast onion bread… that’s a lot of left field ingredients, but I think you’ll be converted.
Crown Perth, Crown Street, Burswood
Super chill neighbourhood spot Percy Flint hasn’t been around long, but they’ve managed to get tongues wagging about their steak sandwich. A classic with a twist, this sandwich is on a super duper toasty Turkish roll, generously filled with steak, rocket, cheddar and caramelised onions, and finished off with a fried egg and chips. Simple but done right!
211 South Terrace, South Fremantle
The Local Hotel
South Freo spot (and across the road neighbour of Percy Flint) is the Local Hotel. This also very chill, very Freo hotel is offering up some of the best pub grub around, and you can’t go past their steak sandwich. Think ciabatta roll, tomato chutney, bacon, béarnaise with chunky potatoes. And if you’re lunching with your vego friends, the Local has plenty of tempting vegfriendly options.
282 South Terrace, South Fremantle
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Cover photo of the steak sanga from The Merrywell