I’ll admit – my friend Prez and I hadn’t planned to grab lunch at Mr Bun. We’d gone to Noodle Forum in Equus Arcade and left our run too late again – it was absolutely packed, and we didn’t fancy waiting. Prez mentioned this little Chinese place nearby she’d noticed recently. Serendipity.
Mr Bun has been open a little over a month now, selling Northwestern Chinese takeaway food on a dingy section of Murray Street, just off the Barrack Street end of the mall. It’s “Chinese famous food”, according to the sign, which features a cartoon steamed bun with a crooked smile. There are just three tables for two. Order and pay at the counter, cash only. It’s simple decor and no-frills food. The menu is small and features items not commonly found at Chinese restaurants in Perth.
Prez ordered the cold skin noodles, which sounds like a dish from a zombie theme party. Don’t let the name put you off – the noodles are handmade using wheat flour. They had a great chewy texture and were very tasty. Prez chose the spicy option, which had a pleasant zing and slow afterburn but nothing that would make a chilli champion’s nose run.
I chose the ‘classic’ Chinese burger, a slightly greasy, hot and crispy flatbread bun filled with tender pulled pork with a little fat through it – all meat, no greenery whatsoever – totally my kind of sandwich. If Mr Bun opened earlier, I’d be grabbing a Chinese burger for breakfast before work.
We shared a couple of steamed buns – pork and chicken. Not as good as my grandma used to make, but soft and pillowy like homemade, with a decent amount of filling. They were out of red bean buns, which was a shame – that would’ve been perfect for dessert.
The smiley man who served us (“No, I’m not Mr Bun”) told us they plan to expand the menu soon. I’ll be back for more Mr Bun fun, as I want to try the other Chinese burgers (beef and lamb). But I’ll be grappling with my Chinese burger cravings for a couple more weeks – Mr Bun’s currently on holidays, from 18 January to 3 Feb 2014.
148 Murray Street, Perth
Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm
Friday 9am to 9pm
Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm
Note: Mr Bun’s currently on holidays, from 18 January to 3 Feb 2014