The Karalee on Preston is the quintessential Aussie pub.
It has a sunshine-soaked dining area, sweeping views of the Swan River, service with a smile and gut-busting nosh.
The place was heaving during a recent visit, but apparently that’s the norm at this Como institution.
Their Black Angus steak sandwich ($26) – named WA’s best in 2014 and 2017 by the Australian Hotels Association – is a big drawcard and the bovine bomber was the main reason we went there.
The monster sandwich is packed with the usual sarnie suspects like tomato, rocket and swiss cheese.
Its splendidly smokey flavour is courtesy of caramelised onion, homemade BBQ sauce, and crispy bacon – a welcome surprise as it’s not mentioned in the menu.
The Black Angus itself was blushing pink, tender and dripping with meaty juice, which was soaked up by the toasted Turkish bread.
The sandwich is served with a massive side of chips and crispy pork crackling as an added treat.
The whole thing was flawless.
While I devoured my steak sanga, my wife Kylie was making her way through a deep bowl of Thai beef salad ($28).
The sweet, salty and sour flavours of the busy salad were perfectly balanced and there wasn’t a julienne vegetable or salad leaf that wasn’t dressed in spicey Nam Jim.
A generous serving of marinated Black Angus striploin filled out the dish and moorish fried noodles gave it a divine crunch.
The kids meals ($12) are enough to fill up most adults.
My two little ones struggled to get through their fish and chips and nuggets and chips.
The only disappointment at the Karalee was their Bloody Mary – a weak and watery offering with none of the punch you’d expect from the brawny cocktail. There wasn’t a garnish in sight which was disappointing.
With the AFL finals upon us, The Karalee on Preston is an ideal spot to park your butt and enjoy a terrific meal and cold brew while watching your team in action – Go Eagles!
by MATTHEW EELES
The Karalee on Preston
25 Preston Street, Como