Karalee on Preston do WA’s best steak sandwich

Mickey Phull with Karalee on Preston's prize-winning steak sandwich.
Mickey Phull with Karalee on Preston's prize-winning steak sandwich.

A SECRET ingredient has seen Karalee on Preston win WA’s Best Steak Sandwich at the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) WA Hospitality Awards for Excellence on Monday.

The Como restaurant’s head chef, Mickey Phull, went head to head with Bunbury’s Bayview Bar, the WA regional finalist, and ultimately won after replacing the bacon traditionally used in a steak sandwich with crispy pork belly.

“Bacon is a staple of steak sandwiches but the pork belly can be easier to eat and it provides contrasting flavours,” Mr Phull said.

Karalee on Preston prides itself on using only ingredients sourced from local suppliers.General manager Ashley Cranenburgh said he was proud to have won the award which could not have happened without community support and a whole team effort.

“This win is a result of a team effort, Mickey obviously competed but our kitchen and venue staff all played their part in us winning the award,” Mr Cranenburgh said.

“Our locals are very excited, they are our biggest fans and love our steak sandwich which we sell about 350 of in an average week.”

This is the second time Karalee on Preston has received an award for its steak sandwich, having taken out first in the AHA metropolitan competition in 2014.