Burgers these days come in many various forms. Some use ciabatta bread, some use sourdough, some use steaks or fancy meats, and some add gourmet ingredients. However, some days you just want a plain white burger bun and nothing too gourmet - and sometimes your big chain fast food joint just doesn't cut it.
If you happen to be up or headed through Guildford way, there's a very popular burger joint called Alfred's Kitchen that offers a range of burgers that sit in the category between gourmet and fast food chain burgers.
When you head towards Alfred's Kitchen, you will often see a large group of people waiting around for or eating burgers. Keeping in line with the simple burger joint theme, Alfred's Kitchen serves burgers wrapped in white paper and uses brown paper bags to carry multiple food items in, and doesn't offer any dining though there are a few public seats around as well as a nearby park. Whilst some patrons eat their burgers at any one of these areas, a good deal of them also take them away.
The menu of Alfred's Kitchen contains many different combinations of burgers using 'normal' ingredients. Starting with the basic hamburger ($5.70) through to steak burgers and then the Cram burger ($12) which contains pretty much the works, Alfred's Kitchen offers over 40 different burgers.
After ordering the burgers, you get a number and wait around for your food. The wait can be quite long for takeaway given the amount of customers they get so some people phone ahead.
This was the burger crammed with most of their fillings. Hamburger mince meat, steak, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, egg, and dressing made this burger quite indulgent. The hamburger meat was a proper mince that didn't taste like cardboard or some other tasteless mix of beef, and the steak was a cooked-through piece of steak maybe half a centimeter thick. The egg was a fried through egg and the cheese was lightly melted.
This burger was filled with steak, cheese, lettuce, tomato, egg and dressing.
This was a bag of freshly made cut chips. Salt, chicken salt and vinegar were available to add to the chips to your own liking.
Overall, for being non-fancy burgers, Alfred's Kitchen's burgers are pretty good. To me they taste a bit like how a simple home-made hamburger should be and a lot better than the fast food chains.
Points to note: Alfred's Kitchen is a simple burger joint with no dedicated seating area. However, the burgers are a cut above your fast food chains, without being gourmet.
Go for: Relatively cheap good home-made style burgers.
Corner Meadow and James Streets
Guildford WA 6055
(08) 9377 1378
Sunday to Thursday: 5pm to 1am
Friday and Saturday: 5pm to 3am