Well, I’ve found some hipsters in Perth. The trend doesn’t seem to have hit quite so hard over here, but there is the odd fixie, tattoo, beard, and strangely dressed lost soul around the place. I came here in search of a burger, and Varsity Burgers was the destination – in Northbridge.
The need to visit here has grown to epic proportions over the last week. I found this place online – about the only preparation I did for my trip over here. They were at the Beer and Beef Festival on Saturday, which of course I attended, but THEY WERE NOT SERVING BURGERS!!! I guess they just wanted to be able to service the crowds quickly, but I was a little disappointed. I did enjoy my Reuben sandwich, but it ain’t no burger!
Varsity Bar is a little hole in the wall, down an alley way in an inner city street, with none of the charm or grunge of Melbourne’s inner north. This looks to be a relatively new area, as seems to be the case in most of Perth. There’s plenty of hipster touches at Varsity, but it definitely feels like a chain, rather than a standalone burger joint.
Normally I stay away from fries, but a recent good experience, coupled with a “why the hell not, I’m on holidays” attitude, saw me order up some chili cheese fries. Pretty average in looks and taste, but I ate them all like a good pig… Umm, I mean for the good of science.
Unfortunately, the first, and subsequent bites just made the experience worse. That patty was so overcooked it was like a McDonalds burger, fresh from the microwave; like eating a piece of rubber covered in mayo sauce; my mum would have said it was perfect. Oh the shame of it all. This is all very reminiscent of a commercially made patty, that has been mixed aggressively by a machine, with fillers, or eggs, or other foreign material added that ensures those proteins hold together like super glue. Like I said, rubber.
And by the way, I found the pickles, all chopped up into little pieces. Why.., WHY??!! Good sauce and salad combo, but the cheese was completely missing from the action. So much work to do for these guys to get up to burger speed.
This place has got the marketing down, no question. But all style and no substance makes this burger lover very unhappy indeed. Bad Varsity Burger..!