I had the pleasure of meeting and lunching with Neil Perry at a media launch of his new burger bar menu at Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth on Thursday. It was refreshing to meet such a down to earth celebrity chef who made a genuine effort to speak to us regular folks!
I always think of Rockpool as a restaurant for special occasions so it’s awesome to see 10 burgers introduced to the bar menu at an accessible price. For $18 – $21 I’d absolutely lunch at Rockpool when I feel like a burger rather than waiting for a special occasion to pop up.
This is Rockpool’s NEW Burger Bar Menu…
Neil Perry wanted to build on the success of his famous David Blackmore full blood wagyu burger so using it as his base, he kept his burger bar menu simple and created a cheese, bacon, Oz and chilli version to choose from.
This is the David Blackmore full blood wagyu burger cheese and bacon served in a brioche bun…
Neil Perry also added Minderoo “Iron Fed” Beef Burgers to the menu as well as something for Vegetarians and chicken lovers.
The Minderoo “Iron Fed” Beef, Cheese & Bacon burger featured below is one of Neil Perry’s favourites and I can taste why…
The beef was much lighter in taste than David Blackmore Full Blood Wagyu (even though the wagyu was still amazing) and the combination of onion, pickles, American cheese and Rockpool Bar & Grill’s secret BBQ sauce just worked. If you’ve been following my blog for sometime, you’ll know burger boy and I tend to go for the American style burgers.
Plus it’s fantastic to see Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth support WA farmers. The Minderoo ‘Iron Fed’ Beef comes from Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Station near the Pilbara in North West Australia. The animals are all grass fed at Minderoo Station and no chemicals are used. Neil Perry tells us his love for Minderoo Beef all started one day when they “shot a cow, butchered it and had it for dinner”.
The other highlight of lunch was the dessert on offer! After eating one and a half burgers, I had to of course indulge in a few spoonfuls of every dessert on the table.
How could I say no to Rockpool’s crème caramel, passionfruit pavlova, chocolate mousse, marshmallows, salted caramel toffees and caramel popcorn?
I have cravings for pavlova all the time so I have to say the passionfruit pavlova was my favourite dessert. It was so light and sweet, I felt like I could have eaten the whole slice to myself even after tasting 6 types of burgers! Rockpool’s salted caramel toffees and caramel corn (recipe is on Rockpool’s blog) was a very close second favourite.
burger boy can’t wait to try the burger bar menu and is still very envious of my lunch – I may have been slightly rubbing it in with my photos 🙂 I guess I’ll just have to go with him for our next lunch date to make it up to him! Win win.
Disclaimer: foodie cravings was invited as a guest of Rockpool Bar & Grill, see disclosure policy for more details.