What’s up, Nomsters! Sydney and Australia in general has been known for its beef, and Bare Grill on Bourke is one heck of an example of this quality. This amazing BBQ and burger spot, located in Sydney’s trendy and fun Surry Hills, isn’t just about serving massive quantities (although they surely do that). Their meats were full of flavor, perfectly cooked, and literally fell off the bone. Not just that, but they offer tons of options to customize and add toppings to your burger of choice, so you can eat everything that you love. When in the land down under, you absolutely need to try this place!
Grizzly Bare Burger
Bare Grill on Bourke doesn’t mess around with their portions, and the Grizzly Bare is one beast of a burger. You’re looking at 4 layers of beef patty, cheese, and bacon! And remember how I said the burgers could be customized? Well, I asked for extra cheddar cheese on top, and they literally came to my table with half of an enormous cheese wheel that had been heated up along one side, and scraped off the melted cheese onto the burger. I mean, who doesn’t like MORE cheese? The photo, admittedly, doesn’t do an especially good job of showing scale, but let me assure you, these patties are not your super thin fast food patties. These are legit… And there are four of them. The one drawback was that I definitely couldn’t fit this burger into my mouth, so I ate it with two patties on a single bun, almost like an open faced sandwich. But this means you basically get two burgers in one! Chances are you’ll have left overs, too, unless you’ve got a major appetite, so that’s also a plus.
Their fried chicken was also done exceptionally well. It tasted pretty salty, but that’s actually exactly how I like it. The best part about it was that the chicken literally fell off the bone, and they maintained the moistness! Nothing is worse than dry, flavorless chicken, and Bare Grill on Bourke has crafted the exact opposite here. The fries are also worthy of note because they were seasoned with what tasted like the BBQ flavoring from Lay’s BBQ chips. I love that flavor, so it really added to the experience.
Cheeseburger Spring Rolls
The cheeseburger spring rolls were the most unique-sounding item on the menu, so I had to try them. Upon first bite, they actually reminded me a lot of cheeseburger Hot Pockets, which used to be one of my favorites. These are, in fact, probably a little better because the spring roll exterior provides a little more crunchiness, which is a nice added texture since the inside is very soft. I really enjoyed them! But I feel like there are plenty of other dishes on the menu that would be better than these.
Half Rack Pork Ribs
The ribs, like the chicken, were cooked to perfection and the meat was literally falling off the bone. If you’re a fan of more saucy ribs, you’ll totally dig these, but it’s definitely different from traditional southern ribs in the US, which tend to be more seasoned rather than made with lots of BBQ sauce. The main flavor was the sauce, which was still very enjoyable, but the best part about the dish was how well it was cooked.
Sydney may not be a foodie destination for some, but it definitely has some gems that are worth a try! Bare Grill on Bourke stood out among the places we went, and there are plenty of items on the menu to keep you coming back to try new things. Till next time, Nomsters!