NOT all of Perth’s best restaurants are found in affluent suburbs or ritzy high-rises in the CBD.
Some are hidden down lane-ways and poorly-lit back streets, or in Hoodburger’s case, a Northbridge food court called Old Shanghai.
Surrounded by Chinese restaurants with bain-maries, Hoodburger stands out like dog balls with a bright menu of mouthwatering burgers.
Hoodburger occasionally release a limited-edition burger like the sausage and pepper, and the Vietnamese-inspired chicken tender banh mi, but the regular menu has all the classics like cheeseburgers, a ribwich and fried chicken sandwiches.
Hoodburger’s beef patties are made from organic chuck and brisket, sourced from a farm in Gingin.
The meat is ground daily and the fluffy, perfectly sized buns are baked in-house and grilled to order.
You’ll never get bored here as you can watch all the action unfold in the large, open kitchen.
I prefer my burgers big but simple, so I ordered the double cheeseburger ($16).
The two huge patties were charred on the outside and perfectly pink on the inside, and the pattie’s edge was crunchy and smoky.
The melted cheese, onion and pickles took this burger to the next level and it was the best I’ve ever eaten.
My wife Kylie didn’t speak once as she devoured her huge tender sandwich ($11), crammed with two deep-fried chicken fillets, cheese and pickles.
Every time I asked if she was enjoying her meal, she’d just roll her eyes and nod with a smile from ear-to-ear.
My little ones, Ollie and Chloe, shared a regular cheeseburger ($12) and it went down a treat.
“I want this for dinner every night,” Ollie muttered between mouthfuls.
With eyes bigger than my belly, I ordered a serving of french fries ($4) and two hot chicken tenders ($3.50 each).
The moist tenders were super spicy and crunchy, and complemented by the sharp and salty blue cheese dipping sauce ($2).
At a time when restaurants in Perth are closing in record numbers, Hoodburger is a culinary success story.
Owners Matt and Tom Shaw have grown their business from a street cart to a successful business, with a second Hoodburger on Beaufort Street in Inglewood.
With burgers this good, the brothers deserve every success, and hopefully that means more Hoodburger joints across Perth.
by MATTHEW EELES
123 James Street,