East Village is a new American-style diner located in the restaurant maze that is “140”, otherwise known as 140 William Street, in the Perth CBD. It’s open seven days a week from 7am for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and celebrates classic New York food such as pizzas, cheeseburgers and waffles.

The first thing to be aware of with East Village is that it’s very busy. We tried to go there a few weeks ago but there was a long wait for tables and couldn’t indulge that during our lunch break. We went back early last Friday (well before noon) and it was already busy but managed to grab one of the last few tables.

I already knew what I was going to order – the New York Cheeseburger ($21) with a 180gm patty, home-made relish, pickles, diced onion, cheese, mustard mayo & a serving of rather-good chips. No messing around with salad here.

This was a really good burger, the patty was very moist and flavoursome and the bun dark and crisp. I really liked the tomato-based relish, which was quite strong and worked to cut through what could have been a rather greasy experience. Not as good as the burgers at Varsity Bar, but better than Ribs & Burgers just around the corner (although I’m yet to try their “butcher’s choice” speciality burgers).

Andrew chose the chicken burger ($21) with lettuce, tomato, cheese & spicy mayo. He felt that the mayo was too strong and overpowered the chicken, although he’s not a fan of spicy things and chicken breast can often be bland so maybe that’s intentional.

If you don’t fancy a burger there are loads of other things to choose from, far too many to list here – you can see the full menu at the East Village website. I did see someone eating a hot dog ($14) with cheddar, onion, sauerkraut, relish & mustard which looked really good and I will definitely be returning to try. Or maybe I’ll have a Reuben sandwich ($18) with some chilli battered (!) onion rings ($8). Or the whisky glazed pork ribs with corn & polenta bread ($20). You get the idea. Breakfast looks good too…

I did feel that $21 for a fairly standard burger was a little high, however the quality was there and this isn’t the kind of place you go every day (unless you’re very lucky). The best thing about our meal was the sheer speed with which our meals came out – the wait can’t have been more than five minutes, and the restaurant was at near capacity. This was really appreciated during a lunch break – we recently waited over 20 minutes for a similar order at Ribs & Burgers when they had nowhere near as many customers to deal with.

Loved it, and will definitely be going back. Highly recommended.