When I think of the 1940s, I think of war, fascism, Casablanca, awesome quiffs and rations. I certainly don’t think of amazingly decadent burgers, perfectly layered and proportioned, to be eaten around an open fire. However, it was in the 1940s that Perth acquired, arguably, its best burger joint to date.
Alfred’s Kitchen has, since 1946, been serving up no-frills burgers. Despite the recent gourmet burger trend engulfing Perth, Alfred’s have refused to stray from tried-and-true combinations. There are no crumbed pumpkin patties here, just red meat with minimal greenery and an emphasis on grease. The menu includes a classic hamburger with cheese, egg, bacon, (or all three!) ranging in price from $5.70 to $9.10 for the lot.
Dining is a suitably spartan affair. By day, take a seat along the bench that wraps itself around the roadhouse kitchen, or else warm yourself by the fire that blazes each night, surrounded by what could be a gang of bikies. But nice ones. With burgers like these, I don’t know what all the fuss over rations was about.
Alfred’s Kitchen, cnr James & Meadow Roads, Guildford. Review published in Six Thousand, 2009.