I recently had a chat with chef Justin Bell about his fantastic new sausage shop in Leederville, Snags and Sons. Just a couple of shops away and still going strong is his original burger bar, Jus Burgers.
Whenever interstate or overseas visitors ask for Perth food recommendations, I don’t hesitate to include Jus Burgers on the list. These are proudly Western Australian burgers in all their irresistible burger porn glory. There’s a “no freezer” policy behind these beauties, cooked to order and made using ingredients from local growers and suppliers. And in your hands will be stone baked burger-strength buns by family-run Turkish Bakeries from Victoria Park.
How to say “Jus”
Readers often ask me how the “Jus” in “Jus Burgers” is pronounced – they ask if it’s like “just” or “juice”. If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s “Jus” as in “Justin”.
When my friends Craig and Caroline visited Perth in February, we had lunch at Jus Burgers in Leederville.
Like Jus Burgers Northbridge, the Leederville store is narrow, with limited seating and graffiti-style artwork on the walls. We placed our order at the counter and were lucky to nab one of the bigger tables right at the back.
Caroline ordered the Cheeseburger (AU$12), made with chargrilled Amelia Park beef, Swiss cheese (choose between blue, Swiss or cheddar) with mushroom (+ AU$1)
Craig had the Mullet (AU$13), with chargrilled Amelia Park beef, cheddar, beetroot, bacon and a free range fried egg.
I chose the Pancetta Chicken burger (AU$14) with a juicy fillet of Mount Barker free range chicken breast, shaved pancetta and fresh pineapple.
We shared chips (AU$4) and onion rings (AU$5), served with aioli and tomato sauce.
The onion rings are outstanding, my favourite onion rings in Perth. They are chunky, covered in a seasoned crunchy coating and served popping hot.
The burgers took a bit of squishing to eat but that’s part of the pleasure. It’s great to be Western Australian.
My burger combo was complete with freshly squeezed icy-cold OJ made from local oranges, from Serpentine.
Next time I dine in Leederville I’ll be tempted to create the ultimate Jus-Snags sharing combo: I’ll get the onion rings and a burger from Jus Burgers and send Jac to get a baked potato and a hot dog from Snags and Sons. This will pose a delicious dilemma: which burger and which hot dog?
Jus Burgers should be opening on Chapel St in Melbourne at the end of May. The buy and eat local philosophy will continue at the Melbourne store, the burgers created using ingredients from Victorian growers and suppliers.
Jus Burgers, Leederville
743 Newcastle St
Leederville WA 6007
Telephone: (08) 9228 2230
All Jus Burger locations are open 7 days
Tuesday to Saturday 11.30am to 10pm
Monday and Sunday 11.30am to 9pm
Other stores in Subiaco, Northbridge and Fremantle
PS. why all the Jus Burgers/Snags and Sons love? I’m just a proud fan.
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