Old Faithful Bar and BBQ

After a 3 and a half hour meeting at work on Thursday, I escaped the office at 6pm and decided that not only did I not want to cook myself dinner, but that what I desired most in the world at that moment was a nice glass of red wine. Plus it was payday, and money was burning a hole in my pocket.

I met up with O, who was slightly grumpy from having to wait an extra hour for me to finish work, and we decided to try Old Faithful, a new american BBQ style restaurant and bar in Perth that I had been hearing very good things about.

Located at 86 King St, Old Faithful is definitely not the place to bring your vegetarian friends. Unless you have decided that you no longer want to be friends with them of course, in which case go right ahead. Serving up all manner of meat from beef brisket, chopped pig and pulled lamb, this place smells amazing and your nose will probably let you know you’re there before any of your other senses catch on.

It was much busier than I thought it might be for a Thursday night, but we were promptly attended to by a friendly waiter, asking if we were after some food or just some drinks.  He found us a seat at the bar with the promise he would let us know when a table was ready, and sure enough about two minutes later he came back with the good news.

Picnic style benches mean that you are sharing your table with someone else, but there is plenty of space and the music is just at the right level that you don’t have to yell at each other, but at the same time don’t feel like you are listening in on the conversation the people next to you are having.

After checking out the menu, we decided to create our own platter from the options on offer

We opted for pulled lamb, beef ribs and chicken wings, along with a potato salad, pork crackle, coleslaw and corn bread with maple butter which came to a total of $73.  It was definitely too much food for two people, but were in that kind of mood.
You do have to order at the counter, and they ask you to wait there as everything is pre prepared and waiting in a bain marie.  For some reason, my order mystified the people behind the counter as I had to wait around 10 to 15 minutes and a few people who ordered after me were served much quicker.  I am not sure where the confusion stemmed from, but is seemed as though communication could have been improved and that might have solved the problem.
However my impatience was short lived, and after getting our food and re joining a bored O at the table, we thoroughly enjoyed everything that was served up. The beef brisket was my personal favourite, along with the pork crackle (really, who can go past that?!).  The wine was delightful and O enjoyed a beer on tap supplied by feral brewery, a great place out in the Swan Valley.  Quality and local, thats two ticks from me!
Your meat comes piled up on an industrial metal tray, with some bread included with all meals. I didn’t get much of a chance to take photos before O dived in!
Their house hot sauce, BBQ sauce and vinegar were all absolute winners
Overall a great place for a bite to eat due to delicious food, friendly waiters and an unpretentious vibe.  Will definitely be heading back in a bigger group of friends so we can try a wider range of meats.

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