A couple of weeks ago the PFEs received an invitation from the Rockpool Bar & Grill to taste test their menu for the new concept Burger Bar they are introducing to the restaurant. How exciting! I couldn’t wait to find out what will be on offer! To add to the excitement, I walked into the restaurant and was introduced to the main man himself, Neil Perry AM! *squeal* I couldn’t believe it! Neil Perry was saying hi and talking to me!
We were seated not long after and Neil proceeded to introduce the concept of the new Burger Bar to us. I must say he is such a humble and engaging man, and such a great public speaker! Check out all the community and charity work he and the Rockpool Foundation is involved with here!
Wanting to build on the success of the famous David Blackmore full blood wagyu burger, Neil has expanded the offering to feature 10 different kinds of burgers. Using the classic wagyu burger as a base, he has created a cheese, bacon, Oz and chili version to choose from. Each burger varies slightly featuring a different key ingredients, whether it be gruyere cheese only or with the addition of bacon, beetroot or jalapeno chili. Neil also introduced the new Minderoo ‘Iron Fed” beef to the menu, which comes directly from Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s Minderoo Station near the Pilbara in North West Australia. Our very own WA beef!
The new menu below! Click here for a close up look.
We were each given a quarter of a burger to try. I was most excited about the Minderoo “Iron Fed” beef burger. It is supposed to high in minerality and tenderness, which imparts a strong, clean beef flavor. It is also supposed to be different to the wagyu burgers, more American in style, featuring onion, pickles, American cheese and Rockpool’s secret BBQ sauce. True to the description, the Minderoo burger is indeed quite light and not heavy on the palate. I like it!
The option with the jalapeno chili packed a punch! It was great to try!
The new menu also features a few non-beef options including a crisp fried chicken burger, fried chickpea and tofu burger, hand cut fat chips and crisp fried onion rings. We managed to try some on the day.
The alternatives were interesting but I think I prefer the beef burgers over them! Love how there is a vegetarian version though!
We were quite full by the time we finished but everybody agreed there is still room for dessert, a separate compartment we say. How true! :p
We were treated to a few of the signature desserts from Rockpool!
- Creme Caramel ($21)
- Catherine’s Passionfruit Pavlova ($21)
- Bahibe Chocolate Mousse Dacquoise with honeycomb, orange and aged balsamic ($23)
- From the Petit Fours, Passionfruit marshamallows ($8) and Salted butter caramels ($8)
And an additional Salted Caramel popcorn – last minute addition due to a request! Thank you Neil!
I couldn’t pick which was my favorite but if I absolutely have to choose, it would be the Creme Caramel and the Bahibe Chocolate Mousse. Super indulgent!
Rockpool Bar & Grill Perth is the first Rockpool Group restaurant to feature this new
burger concept and menu.
“We want to make the Burger Bar in Perth a destination in its own right, a popular place
where you can drop in for a casual lunch or dinner or a quick bite before you see one
of the great shows at Crown Theatre,” says Neil.
Rockpool Bar & Grill’s Burger Bar is open for lunch Sunday to Friday and dinner seven
days. Who’s going to try this?!
A big thank you to Crown Perth, Denise Cheir (GM, Public Relations) and Rockpool Bar & Grill, Neil Perry AM for the invite!