In December, the triumphant return of burgers to the Meat Candy menu made many Perth eaters happy. Seven months on and the Northbridge diner has announced it will, once again, be taking burgers off the menu.
“We’re gettin back to our roots and focusing on doing damn good fried chicken and small plates,” read a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. “This means that burgers and shakes will soon be coming off the menu. We’ve loved slingin’ burgers but we’re gonna leave it to the burger kings of Perth.”
The Facebook post announced Sunday was the last day the burger and liquor-spiked milkshakes would be available.
Although the loss (again) of Meat Candy’s legendary cheeseburger will sting (again), there’s much to like about chef-owner Ben Atkinson’s decision to refocus his energy on creating new dishes. Prior to opening Meat Candy, Atkinson was the opening chef at The Old Crow – those Brussels sprouts! – and also ran the Ace Pizza kitchen.
The new menu additions speak to Atkinson's finely honed technique and interest in produce. Among the vegetable items, guests can get stuck into colourful salad of raw beetroot and carrots, hazelnuts, manchego and honey; while crisp smoked duck and slices of grilled lamb's tongue with sweet and sour cabbage are typical of the meat offerings.
Although the cheeseburger and mushroom burgers are being dropped from the menu, the restaurant’s much-loved fried chicken sandwiches are still available dine-in as well as via UberEats.