Cafes, Restaurants and Dining in Perth, Western Australia.

And The Winner Is…

The Australian Hotels Association (WA) has announced the Country and Perth winners of WA’s Best Steak Sandwich 2017 competition.

steak sandwichThe Bayview Bar in Bunbury is the winner of the AHA’s Best Country WA Steak Sandwich 2017. The other Country finalists were Bouvard Tavern, Cervantes Bar and Bistro, and Southerly’s Tavern.

Following an exciting cook-off at Crown Perth, Bayview Bar’s chef, Ben Elliot, was voted as cooking the tastiest country WA steak sandwich. AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods congratulated Elliot on his outstanding steak sandwich, which included MSA graded Scotch Fillet, vintage cheddar, baby spinach, homemade tomato relish, aioli, and caramelised onion on wood-fired Turkish bread served with chips and a slaw garnish.

The qualities the judges were looking for in the steak sandwich included tenderness of the meat, composition & presentation, originality & creativity, sauces, flavour and value for money.

Karalee on Preston is the winner of the AHA’s Best Perth Steak Sandwich 2017, beating three other finalists: The Carlisle Hotel, CY O’Connor Village Pub and The Generous Squire.

Chef Mikey Phull was at the top of his game at the finals at Crown Perth, creating a steak sandwich that blew the judges away, particularly with the addition of crispy pork belly. Along with 200gm of tender WA Black Angus Sirloin, Phull’s steak sandwich included; pork belly, crispy crackling, swiss cheese, marinated tomatoes, fresh rocket, caramelized onions and homemade BBQ & porcini mushroom sauce. It was served on chargrilled bread with beer battered chips. This is the second time Phull has lead the Karalee team to win WA’s Best Steak Sandwich – previously taking out the prestigious title in 2014.

AHA(WA) CEO Bradley Woods said the WA Black Angus Sirloin was one of the most tender steaks he’s ever tasted, and congratulated Phull on his skills.

“Phull and the team at Karalee on Preston have taken this competition to a new level this year. The quality of the meat and flavours in this steak sandwich stood out from the other competitors,” said Mr Woods.

“The four Perth finalists this year were outstanding. They received the most public votes to bring them to the finals and its clear why customers were so impressed,” said Mr Woods. “More than 60 WA pubs and restaurants competed for the Country and Perth Best Steak Sandwich titles and it shows just how dedicated the venue teams are to producing outstanding steak sandwiches using fresh, local ingredients.”

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