It is a controversial win … a steak sandwich made with roast lamb has won this year’s coveted WA’s Best Steak Sandwich prize.
The creation of The Merrywell pub head chef Daniel Lopes, the winning sanga was a unanimous and clear winner with all four judges giving it the nod.
Lopes, a Brazilian nonetheless, used that most Australian of steak sandwich garnishes, sliced beetroot, to bring home the bacon.
“It was just a stand-out,” Paul Murray, competition judge and columnist with The West Australian, said.
“It was delicious. The lamb was pink and rosy and fell apart in your mouth.”
He said the winning steak sandwich’s simplicity and “old-school” inclusion of sliced beetroot, made it the favourite.
“Some of this year’s entries were a little try-hard and too complicated by half,” Murray said. “The simplicity of Daniel’s sanga and the simple, flavour-packed presentation won us over.”
The annual Australian Hotels Association-run competition is hotly contested by pub chefs from all over WA, with the four metropolitan finalists serving up a diverse range of steak sandwiches containing ingredients as varied as braised brisket and house-made maple bacon.
“Chefs take it very seriously,” AHA boss Bradley Woods, also a judge, said. “In recent years the winning steak sandwich has seen revenues at the winning pubs get a real boost. It’s fun but serious fun.”
Chef Lopes said lamb was a WA favourite.
“We just played around with lamb rump until we got the formula right,” he said.