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Steak Sandwich Around Australia

Steak sandwiches are staple pubfare right through Australia. Why? Because they’re dam tasty and good value. When a steak at a pub might be $30 or more, steak sandwiches come in at far less whilst still feeling like you’re getting a proper meal, much more than just a sloppy fast food burger. Self proclaimed steak sandwich critic Joe shares his experiences of sampling a steak sandwich at every opportunity on his way around Australia on his quest to find Australia’s best. All steak sandwiches are ordered ‘with the lot’ or with bacon and egg according to availability. It must contain steak. It must be ordered straight off the menu (no customizing).

Noosa Heads, Queensland: Irish Murphy’s Irish Pub

Date Sampled: 03/10/2013irish murphy's steak sandwich

Price: $14.50

Overall rating: 3.83/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 3.5/5

Irish Murphy’s Irish Pub is an Irish Pub in Noosa Heads. Nicely kitted out with timber furniture and traditional style, this joint has a pleasant atmosphere perfect for a brew and a steak standwich. And what a steak sandwich! The stand out was the steak. At around 12mm thick it was above average in size, but the flavour and tenderness is where it really excelled. Cooked medium, adorned with super smokey flame grilled bbq flavour and amazingly tender. I love it when you can effortlessly chow straight through a steak sandwich. It was loaded up with beetroot and plenty of tomato, onions and lettuce plus a delicious sweet chutney sauce. It’s a shame this model didn’t come with bacon and egg. Maybe it’s the several beers I had, but my heart is telling me this sandwich should be awarded a higher score. Unfortunately my brain tells me that the lack of bacon and egg is a severe handicap. Would have blown my mind if they were included. A reasonable serving of good quality chips yielded a good sized meal that will give you more than enough calories to last the night. Good job Irish Murphy.

Rollingstone, Queensland: Rollingstone Tavern

Date Sampled: 28/09/2013rollingstone steak sandwich

Price: $15.50

Overall rating: 3.0/5

Quality and flavour: 3/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 3/5

This was a reasonable unit dished up at the Rollingstone Tavern, a small place on the highway north of Townsville. The steak itself was great, being fitted with 2 x 10mm thick tender slabs of beef. Overall that’s 20mm of juicy meat – one of the biggest serves of steak to date.  A little bland but made up for it in bulk. The burger also contained beetroot, lettuce, cheese, tomato and sauce, The big steak was negatively offset by the omission of several crucial flavour enhancing ingredients – onions, egg and bacon. The bread was a bit crappy too. On the other hand the chips were excellent. Super crispy on the outside, soft on the inside and exuding a delicious saturated fat essence like it was deep fried in the finest lard. I’d suggest quite possibly the best chips on tour. On the whole it was a satisfying meal but plenty of room to improve on the burger side.

Karumba, Queensland: Seabreeze Point Storeseabreeze point store steak sandwich

Date Sampled: 20/09/2013

Price: $11.50

Overall rating: 4.0/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 4/5

What a great night out it is to have a few brews at the Sunset Tavern in Karumba and then smash down a first class steak sandwich that cost just $11.50. Seabreeze Point Store is a small Café or lunch bar type shop but they dish out some good food. This is the first steak sandwich I’ve had that contained both steak and a meat patty. It included around 8mm of good steak plus a beef patty stacked on top. Generous portions of salad made this a towering and delicious burger, but difficult to handle. Apart from the steak and patty it also had egg, beetroot, carrot, tomato, lettuce and plenty of fried onions. A tremendous burger and at a reasonable price especially given the remote location. One massive flaw – no bacon. I can only dream of how good it would have been and the massive dosage of saturated fat I would have consumed if bacon was included in this burger. Sharni had some fish and chips which were also pretty good with the dinner for the two of us coming in at $20. Nice. I hope Seabreeze Point Store keeps up the good work but it’s up for sale so who knows what it will be like in the future.

Weipa, Queensland: Weipa Bowls Club

Date Sampled: 18/09/2013Weipa Bowls Club Steak Sandwich

Price: $16.50

Overall rating: 3.0/5

Quality and flavour: 3/5

Value: 2.5/5

Serving size: 3.5/5

Weipa Bowls Club is a nice spot. Much fancier than your typical club premises, it feels almost like a fancy pub. Unfortunately the steak sandwiches don’t quite live up to the location. Reasonable but not great. When first dished up I thought it was huge, packed high with stuff. Actually it wasn’t that huge, with the filling concentrated in the center making a very tall sandwich that was a little sparse around the edges. The steak was around 6mm thick and a little chewy. It was loaded with heaps of bacon which helped to make up for the steak but there was a massive oversight – no egg. Also contained beetroot, lettuce,  tomato, onions and sauce. Good serving of chips combined with a beer and I was just able to clear the plate. A satisfying meal but for the price and the location I expected a little more.

Archer River, Queensland: Archer River Roadhouse

Date Sampled: 5/09/2013archer river steak sandwhich

Price: $10.50

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 3.5/5

Archer River Roadhouse is notorious for its burgers so we weren’t going to drive through without seeing for ourselves. Their most famous burger is the Archer burger but it does not contain steak (meat patty instead) and so does not qualify for a review. Instead I got their steak burger which was still a pretty good option. The price seemed good for such a remote location so thumbs up there. It looked simple but it was highly effective. It was not a sloppy grease ball that you might expect from a remote roadhouse. Quality was good, flavour was awesome, and it provided the energy needed to get back in the saddle and power through the ass pounding corrugations of the roads through Cape York. It contained a 10mm thick piece of good quality tender steak cooked medium just the way I like it. Also had sauce, onions, lettuce, beetroot and tomato. No bacon and egg dammit. But it went down really well with a can of XXXX and I was well pleased with my transaction. As an aside, Sharni got the Archer Burger and she rated it highly. For $1 more you get bacon, egg and pineapple too but a meat patty instead of steak. Delicious and calorific. Well worth it.

Fraser Island, QLD: Eurong Beach Resort

Date Sampled: 13/01/2013eurong steak sandwich

Price: $16.90

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

What an experience it is to be camped up on a remote beach, fishing and generally enjoying a relaxing beachside camp, and to walk along the beach a few hundred meters to a pub to treat yourself with a steak sandwich and a few beers. A pub in the middle of no where on an isolated beach plonked straight on the sand. Only on Fraser Island is such a scenario possible. It’s really tremendous. The steak sandwich served up at Eurong Beach Resort was pretty good too. Simple, not many ingredients, lacking bacon, egg, various flavour enchancers, but an excellent piece of sirloin steak made it a flavourful model. The steak was thick at around 20mm – one of the thickest on tour. It was cooked medium, super tender, juicy and exuded a tasty smokey bbq flavour. Contained heaps of onions plus cheese, lettuce, grated carrots and sauce. The side of chips was reasonable, and combined with a few beers made it a pretty big meal packed with heaps of calories to replenish those spent whilst fishing all day. Few more ingredients and it would have been a cracker, but given the delicous steak and the excellent location, it was a highly enjoyable meal and evening.

Cape Crawford, NT: Heartbreak Hotel

Date Sampled: 18/12/2012heartbreak hotel steak sandwich

Price: $18.00

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

We passed through Cape Crawford doing the Savannah Way and hoped to have a beer at the famous Heartbreak Hotel. Unfortunately it was closed, opening only in late afternoon and evening. Instead we settle for a lunchtime steak sandwich. This was a good burger. Packed to the brim with an almost fully comprehensive set of ingredients, containing pineapple, beetroot, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grated carrots, egg, onions and sauce, as well as around 6mm of tasty tender steak. It was stacked pretty high and quite a handful. No bacon dam it! Also crappy sliced bread  that mushed into nothing when touched. So close to an awesome steak sandwich but for a couple of crucial setbacks.  Still it was delicious. Good side of chips too. A very satisfying lunch in some pretty rough and remote country, it provided me with the much needed energy to continue our journey to Borroloola. Just wish the pub was open too as I could have used a cold beer to combat the stifling heat we were experiencing during the build up to the wet.

Darwin City, NT: Outback Jacks

Date Sampled: 09/12/2012Outback Jacks, Darwin

Price: $17.95

Overall rating: 3.83/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

From a purist steak sandwich point of view, this was an excellent burger. The steak was delicious. Tender, melt in your mouth, cooked medium with a strong smokey bbq flavour like it was straight off a wood fired bbq. At around 8mm thick it wasn’t huge but pretty good and above average for a steak sandwich. Also contained egg, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and sauce. No bacon. What a let down for what could have been a world class sandwich. Also lacking beetroot and pineapple. The addition of a couple of these flavour enhancers would have exploded this burger into instant stardom. Serving of chips was pretty good – after a couple of beers I was unable to completely clear my plate. Overall I was happy despite the omission of several of my favourite ingredients.

Rapid Creek, Darwin, NT: Beach Front Hotel

Date Sampled: 28/10/2012ocean front hotel

Price: $17.00

Overall rating: 3.16/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 3/5

Rapid Creek is a really nice coastal suburb in Darwin. The waterfront has a pub, cafe, surf club and a cycling / pedestrian footpath following the coast. I can imagine myself owning own of the million dollar waterfront properties, waking up early every day to go for my morning walk along the coast before returning home to check my investment portfolios. The pub is a good spot, overlooking the coast with a nice outdoor dining area. The steak sandwich I got was good, but not great. The bread was very nice and the chips were superb. Thick, crisp and fresh out of the deep frier. Those were the highlights, the rest was a pretty standard affair. The steak was 4mm thick, tender and tasty. Contained lettuce, bacon, egg, tomato, onions and sauce. We spent a pleasant afternoon at the Beach Front Hotel with lunch and a few drinks before heading back to Katherine. Lovely spot. Check it out if you’re in Darwin.

Katherine, NT: Katherine Sports Club

Date Sampled: 12/10/2012katherine sports club

Price: $10.00

Overall rating: 2.66/5

Quality and flavour: 2/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 3/5

Friday night local rugby game in Katherine means you hit up the Katherine Sports Club. After watching the game with a few brews it was time for dinner and there’s no better option than a steak sandwich. This model had no bacon and no egg. There was no option for it on the menu. So I settled for this very basic unit. It was ok. The steak was about 5mm thick and was tender and flavoursome. Also contained lettuce, onions, tomato, sauce and a reasonable serving of chips. Simple and a bit plain, but for $10 it was an effective dinner.

Emerald Springs, NT: The Bent Bull Bar and Grill

Date Sampled: 02/10/2012the bent bull, emerald springs

Price: $13.50

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

The Bent Bull in Emerald Springs is a ripper bar on the side of the Stuart Hwy. Emerald Springs is just a roadhouse. Usually roadhouses have a small, old, smelly, crappy bar and serve fast food style steak sandwiches. Not here. A modern bar with good furniture, a character timber bar stand and a very nice timber decked outdoor area. The steak sandwich was pretty good, reasonably priced and good quality. Tender flavorsome steak, bit on the thin side at around 4mm, but delicious. The bread wasn’t great but it was double buttered and toasted making up for itself with crispy calorie goodness. The sandwich contained steak, beetroot, onions, lettuce, tomato, egg, bacon and sauce. The salads tasted fresh and the beetroot was packed aplenty. The good amount of sandwich filler plus a serving of chips made it a pretty good sized meal. Great bar, make sure you have a look when you’re driving through. You won’t believe it’s a roadhouse.

Katherine, NT: Jade Cafe

Date Sampled: 26/09/2012

Price: $9.20

Overall rating: 3.83/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 4.5/5

Serving size: 3.5/5

This was an impressive unit for the price. Coming from a little lunch bar, at lunch bar prices, the quality was closer to a decent pub steak sandwich. The steak was a very reasonable 8mm thick and really tender. Nothing worse than a steak sandwich with tough steak making it difficult to tear off each bite. This one was the complete opposite, super tender and a pleasure to eat. The steak was marinated in a mysterious sauce. Delicious but confusing, I couldn’t figure out what it was. Tasted like a mixture of smokey bbq sauce and some sort of fermented black bean sauce. The Jade Cafe is operated by Asians so perhaps they have a special secret steak sauce derived from some of the Asian dishes they serve. Apart from the steak, it also contained lettuce, tomato, grated carrot, onions, sauce, bacon, egg and beetroot. The beetroot was a token effort – one slice in the middle. Easy scope for enhancement would be more beetroot.

Katherine George, Nitmiluk National Park, NT: Sugar Bag Cafe

Date Sampled: 02/09/2012

Price: $15.00

Overall rating: 3.0/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 2/5

Beautiful spot overlooking Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Splendid setting for a couple of cold beers and a steak sandwich. Pretty standard set of ingredients in this model, but the quality was good and it was tasty. Steak was around 5mm thick, very tender and delicious. A bit thicker and it would have been great. Sandwich included steak, tomato, lettuce, bacon, egg, sauce and onions. The flavours were enhanced on this simple sandwich with a few layers of good quality bacon. Serving was on the small size, combined with a lack of chips meant this was a bit light on. Bit pricey too, but I suppose it is located at the premier tourist attraction in the region and it’s out of town. So not too bad. Small but enjoyable nonetheless.

Katherine, NT: Katherine Country Club

Date Sampled: 26/08/2012katherine country club steak sandwich

Price: $13.70

Overall rating: 3.83/5

Quality and flavour: 3/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 4.5/5

The Katherine Country Club is one of two places I know of in Katherine that you can get lunch on a Sunday, the other being the RSL club. Been there already (see previous review) so our hand was forced – time to try the Country Club steak sandwich. It was good hearty meal but lacked intensity. It was nice, but slightly bland. Not much coming from the bacon, beetroot or pineapple, and there was a complete omission of fried onions which are a critical ingredient. The steak would have been good if it had been cut correctly. It was tender and had some good smokey bbq flavours coming through, but was cut roughly, ranging in thickness from 10mm to 4mm, and only covered 2/3 of the burger. Sandwich contains lettuce, beetroot, pineapple, bacon, egg, tomato, cheese and sauce. Plenty of chips, managed the burger ok but couldn’t clear the plate of chips. Reasonable effort, nice venue, and a pretty good price. Not too bad. There’s also plenty of opportunity to squander your hard earned cash, with pokies and sports betting available.

Katherine, NT: Katherine RSL Club

Date Sampled: 28/07/2012Katherine RSL steak standwich

Price: $16.00

Overall rating: 4.0/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 5/5

This was huge. I didn’t need dinner after devouring this beast for lunch. Nor did I need any food the next day. What I did need was a shower and a change of clothes after making a mess attempting to complete this almost unmanageable burger from the RSL club in Katherine. Took me a good half hour to hack my way through, I managed a token chip or two before calling it quits. I stuck around pretending to be interested in the Olympic opening ceremonies to buy me time to get through my pint of Victoria Bitter as I was too embarrassed not to finish it.  Thick bread, good 1cm slab of steak, a heap of tomatoes and lettuce and a dump load of chips meant this meal could satisfy a truckie with the munchies. Came with steak, bacon, pineapple, beetroot, eggs, tomato, lettuce, onions, sauce and cheese. A comprehensive list, but didn’t come through enough in the flavour. The steak was tender but a bit bland, almost like it was boiled, and the bacon also didn’t have enough kick to make it a first class sandwich. Still a good tasty meal and a friendly pub in Katherine to have a drink or some food. May I suggest some jaw stretching exercises before attempting the steak sandwich.

Arnhem Highway, NT: The Bark Hut Inn

Date Sampled: 4/07/2012

bark hut inn steak sandwichPrice: $15.50

Overall rating: 3.83/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

Slightly hungover after the barramundi celebrations, we needed a good break from the drive into Kakadu so we stopped at the Bark Hut Inn. Situated on a remote area of the Arnhem Highway, it is a beautiful timber barn style pub, and what a burger! First class all round apart from the thin and average flavoured steak. Contained the supreme steak sandwich combo of beetroot and pineapple, plus 3 slices of good quality bacon. The smoky salty flavour of the bacon combined with the sweetness of the pineapple and beetroot made this burger a flavour explosion. Good quality bread rounded off this delicious meal. The burger was big, and combined with a reasonable side of chips made this a large serving that I couldn’t finish completely. Almost perfect. Unfortunately the steak was just 4mm thick and didn’t add much to the burger. Being a steak sandwich review meant it got marked down considerably. A few more chips would have been good too. Otherwise could have been close to a 5 rating. Contains steak, bacon, egg, cheese, pineapple, beetroot, tomato, onion, sauce and cucumber. No lettuce – the pub was fresh out of it and being in a remote location meant it could not get some in at any speed. Regardless, an excellent meal and great outback venue.

Batchelor, NT: Rum Jungle Tavern

Date Sampled: 1/07/2012

Price: $13.80

rum jungle steak sandwichOverall rating: 3.33/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 3/5

A reasonable effort dished up at the Rum Jungle Tavern in the town of Batchelor, just outside Litchfield National Park. Packed with the double hitting flavour combo of beetroot and pineapple, this looked like a first class burger on paper. The end result was ok, let down by the crappy bread and thin dull flavoured steak. Contains 4mm thick steak, egg, bacon, beetroot, pineapple, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato and sauce. Nice tavern and a satisfying lunch that gave me the energy needed to drive to Darwin after a big weekend camping in Litchfield. Another great spot in Batchelor to try for a drink or meal is the Butterfly Farm. It has a good atmosphere and serves good food. Didn’t manage a steak sandwich on this trip, maybe next time.

Katherine, NT: The Coffee Club

Date Sampled: 23/06/2012

Price: $18.95

katherine coffee house steak sandwich, northern territoryOverall rating: 2.66/5

Quality and flavour: 3/5

Value: 2/5

Serving size: 3/5

The Coffee Club is a trendy cafe in Katherine situated in the old Stuart Hotel building. On the main street of Katherine, it’s not a bad joint for sophisticated people like myself to meet up and talk business. Pricey, clean, modern. Unfortunately their steak sandwich is a fairly boring affair. Not bad, but not great. Contains around 7mm thickness tender steak, but too small to cover the extremes of the sandwich. Also has cheese, lettuce, avocado, tomato and a very small amount of raw onion straight from their salad mix. Comes with some chips and salad that renders this a reasonable meal, but too expensive considering the lack of bacon, egg, cooked onion and sauce. Mind you the avocado added a touch of culture to maintain the trendiness appeal.

Adelaide River, NT: Adelaide River Inn (Digger’s Bistro)

Date Sampled: 18/05/2012

Price: $13.50

Overall rating: 4.16/5

Quality and flavour: 4.5/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 4/5

This quality unit was first class and with some minor adjustments could have made best on tour. Had a good range of quality ingredients – two types of bacon, pineapple, cheese, onions, lettuce, tomato, egg and sauce. The steak was around 8mm thick, tender, decent quality and too big for the burger. The pineapple was a delicious touch to this model. Unfortunately no beetroot and no chips, the inclusion of which could have made this the ultimate burger. I’m quite partial to both beetroot and pineapple, but unfortunately very few burgers take the risk of this doubling hitting flavour enhancement combo. The pleasant outdoor beer garden with its lush grass and warm balmy weather, along with a beer or two, added the finishing touch to this very enjoyable dinner that will go down as one of my favourites. I’d recommend stopping off at this pub for lunch or dinner on your travels along the Stuart Hwy.

Mataranka, NT: Mataranka Hotel

Date Sampled: 12/05/2012

Price: $17.95

Overall rating: 1.83/5

Quality and flavour: 2/5

Value: 1/5

Serving size: 2.5/5

Over priced. Underperforming. Big disappointment dished up at this outback pub on the way to Katherine on the Stuart Hwy. I’ve had better steak sandwiches from road houses, and for a fraction of the price. Contains steak, lettuce, bacon, egg, tomato and onions, add your own sauce. The steak was around 4mm thin, tough and unpleasant. The bread was white sliced super al-cheapo brand that turned into pasty mush on contact. On the plus side the pub did sell cold beer. The town is worth a visit for the nearby Elsey national park and the hot springs within. It is also the setting for the classic Aussie book “We of the Never Never.” Worth stopping by after visiting the hot springs or when travelling through, just don’t order a steak sandwich from the pub!

Alice Springs, NT: Bo’s Saloon

Date Sampled: 03/05/2012

Price: $19.50

Overall rating: 3.5/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 2.5/5

Serving size: 4.5/5

Bo’s Saloon is a pleasant character pub in the centre of Alice Springs featuring timber floors and furniture and a welcoming atmosphere. The steak sandwich, although pricey, rates highly for its good serving size and comprehensive ingredients. Contains steak, lettuce, beetroot, cheese, bacon, egg, bean sprouts, tomato, onions and sauce. The steak was unevenly cut and somewhat thin for the price, ranging from 4mm to 8mm, letting down this otherwise top notch sandwich. Comes with a good side of chips, this is the first round I failed to finish completely, especially after a couple of schooners of NT draught which left me no room to finish all the chips.

Coober Pedy, SA: John’s Pizza Bar

Date Sampled: 26/04/2012

Price: $9.00

Overall rating: 3.0/5

Quality and flavour: 2.5/5

Value: 3.5/5

Serving size: 3/5

The pub in Coober Pedy didn’t do steak sandwiches so we went to John’s Pizza Bar. Decent value for a licensed bar, the quality of this model is reasonable for the price. The steak was thin at around 4mm but tender and tasty. Comes with steak, lettuce, bacon, egg, tomato, onions and sauce. A small side of chips  was unexpected for this style of venue and the low price and it made it a hearty meal. John’s pizza bar is worth a visit if passing through Coober Pedy – it’s popular with the locals and offers a diverse menu, reasonable prices and tasty food.

Eucla WA: Amber Hotel Restaurant

Date Sampled: 17/04/2012

Price: $11.50

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 4/5

Value: 4/5

Serving size: 3/5

A surprise packet from the last stop in Western Australia on the trip across the Nullarbor, the quality of this sandwich exceeded expectations. It contained two thin but tender 5mm steaks stacked to yield 10mm total, with lettuce, sauce, tomato, onion, carrot, beetroot, bacon and egg. The inclusion of beetroot in a steak sandwich is not seen enough despite its excellent flavour enhancing properties, and its valuable contribution in this instance should not be underestimated. A delicious meal in this small and remote community, you’ll be ready to drive for a full day after fuelling up on this satisfying calorie boost.

Cocklebiddy WA: Cocklebiddy Roadhouse

Date Sampled: 15/04/2012

Price: $14.50

Overall rating: 2.83/5

Quality and flavour: 3/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 2.5/5

Around 8mm thick of reasonable quality steak in this unit from the middle of the Nullarbor. Comes with steak, lettuce, carrots, sauce, tomato, onion, bacon and egg. The bread was double buttered and nicely toasted, adding flavour and calories to this compact energy boost. Combined with a red bull, you’re fuelled up and ready to drive for another 8 hours. Don’t forget to fuel your vehicle too, but be ready to pay over $2 a litre which is typical across the Nullarbor.

Condingup WA: Condingup Tavern

Date Sampled: 04/04/2012

Price: $19.50

Overall rating: 3.66/5

Quality and flavour: 4.5/5

Value: 3/5

Serving size: 3.5/5

Delicious 15mm thick porterhouse steak in this quality unit. Slightly expensive, but reasonable given the remoteness of the location and the quality of the sandwich. Would have scored higher if it was served with chips, it did leave some room in the belly that required filling with several cold ales. Comes with steak, lettuce, sauce, tomato, onion, bacon and egg. The tavern itself is a beautiful timber structure with a pleasant atmosphere and definitely worth a visit if you are passing through. One of the few outback pubs that’s still owned and operated by a local family rather than a fly in manager and a bunch of back packers.

Esperance WA: Pier Hotel

Date Sampled: 15/03/2012

Price: $11.50

Overall rating: 4.0/5

Quality and flavour: 3.5/5

Value: 4.5/5

Serving size: 4/5

What value! Never before have I seen a steak sandwich in a Western Australian Bar so cheap. It’s an oceanfront bar too! A good marketing strategy, as I needed several pints to help wash it down, and came back a few days later for another round. Comes with steak, sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon and egg, plus a nice serve of chips. The steak was slightly gristly, was around 10mm thick and reasonable for the price, still very tasty. Nice setting on the shores of Esperance and close to the CBD.

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7 thoughts on “Steak Sandwich Around Australia

  1. These sound great! Is the beet pickled, steamed, raw? Is the pineapple grilled? Is the onion fried, deep fried, or melted into onion jam? What is the sauce: tomato ketchup based and spicy like American bbq sauce; or mayo based?

    • Hey Tess thanks for your comment the beetroot was straight out of a can I’d imagine. I didn’t know beetroot was available any other way? Your other questions I cannot answer for I am way too macho to notice those fine details on a steak sandwich. My fishing articles have good detail though!

  2. I bet Tess owns a Thermomix…

  3. What about the corner take away shops and fish and chip shops ? You can get steak sandwiches for less than any of those you’ve listed

  4. Excellent page, man. Almost as much a ‘what-not-to-do’ Steak Sandwich guide as a review page. Keep it up!

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