As a dietitian, I try to make healthy choices most of the time. This means that when I do have a treat I make sure it is one that is pretty damn good! And when it comes to burgers, Bare Grill definitely fits the bill.
It’s not our first time at Bare Grill- we visited them a couple of months ago to try their awesome breakfast towers, but given how well their burgers rate, we had to make another visit to try them!
We’re at their Surry Hills location on a weekday night, and it’s packed with hungry youngsters. The racelette cheese seems to be a major drawcard, as are the new burger towers which have everyone’s eyes widening with excitement when it arrives on the table, tier after tier.
There’s plenty more wow on their menu, which is our exact reaction when our Gaytime Bare shake is served. An impressively tall stack of whipped cream, popcorn, pretzels and whole Gaytime on a rich caramel thick shake, it’s so much it even needs a plate to catch the bits of topping which are falling off the drink.
It’s more of a dessert than a drink, the richness making it a good idea to share- otherwise you won’t have any stomach space left for food!
We’re also getting the feeling that the starters are meant for sharing. Just look at the size of the Epic Fries!
It’s a generous serve of crisp waffle fries, topped with pulled pork in a sticky barbecue sauce, cheese, aioli, bacon and shallots. Talk about Epic! And yes, it’s as epic as it sounds- all the right flavours, a good topping to fry ratio. You can’t visit Bare Grill without giving this a go.
Cheeseburger Spring rolls are served as three thick, mince filled cigars. They’re much tastier than your average Chinese takeaway spring rolls, and it’s the side of tomato sauce and mustard that completes the combination. If you’ve never had cheeseburger spring rolls before, give this a go- it’s surprisingly more cheeseburger-like than we had imagined!
If you’re at Bare Grill, you’re most likely here for their famous burgers.
You could order the plain Cheeseburger, which I’m sure would be delicious in its own right. But whilst we’re at it, we thought we’d go for something a little more extravagant with ‘The Cure’. And it sure is something, with two beef patties, crispy bacon, hash brown, American cheddar, gherkins, Bare sauce and a fried egg to top it all off. With raclette cheese of course!
Given the rave reviews online, we were curious how they would stack up in real life. It didn’t meet our expectations. It exceeded our expectations so much, it actually blew our minds!
We’re can’t exactly pinpoint what it is, perhaps it’s the juicy patties, cooked to a pink medium, or the crunch of the golden hashbrown, the fluffy brioche bun or the zing from the gherkins. Perhaps it’s everything. Whatever it is, it just works.
And if the meat patty isn’t enough to show that Bare Grill knows how to cook meat, then it’s the house smoked ribs that will convince you. It’s a serious meat feast on our table, with pork, beef and lamb ribs on a bed of crunchy chips, scoring jealous glances from neighbouring tables.
We start with the slab of pork ribs, where it’s not just about looks, the meat falling apart easily from the bone. It’s tender and juicy, without being too mushy as I often find with ribs, accompanied by a sweet sticky barbecue sauce that has us licking our fingers.
The lamb ribs are similar, but the higher fat content means that they are satisfyingly juicy against the smokey aroma of the succulent meat. The smokiness is even more apparent in the beef ribs, the exterior grilled to a beautiful dark char.
There’s a side of coleslaw, to balance out the meatiness, but our favourite side is surprisingly the barbecue sauce which is just as good as the ribs themselves. Seriously, they need to consider selling bottles of this stuff!