Eat: The Burger Shack at Coogee Bay Hotel
I will go to any lengths for a great burger. That statement applies double when I know the profits of my burger purchase goes to a great charity like OzHarvest, which was the case at The Burger Shack at Coogee Bay Hotel last night.
Last night, I am pretty sure I ate the best beef burger I’ve had this year. Yeah, big statement, I know! The Shack Burger’s ($10) mince patty was properly grilled and well seasoned, with cheese melted over the patty that bubbled slightly. There was just the right amount of sweet tomato sauce and tangy mayo to keep this sauce-fiend happy and the sharpness of the raw onion picked the whole thing right up. Excellence.
I also got to taste the Uncle Kim ($10) and Le Frenchy ($10) burgers. The former was a Korean-style fried chicken burger, with crisp batter and smothered in spicy kimchi and chilli mayo. The only relief your mouth got during this fireball was the sweet and cooling pickled cucumber, which was the perfect addition to a great burger that is not for the faint of heart.
I’m not the biggest fan of steak, I tend to get overwhelmed by large slabs of red meat dumped in front of me so avoid them at pubs, so I was concerned about ordering Le Frenchy. Turns out, I had nothing to fear, with perfectly tender skirt steak (fat trimmed! hooray!) smothered in a buttery bearnaise sauce and topped with shoestring fries. The sweet caramelised onion was a great addition, although I wasn’t the biggest fan of the slightly-too-doughy white baguette it was served on.
We rounded out the table with paprika-spiced waffle fries ($10 – a little overpriced for the small serve but great for the table), served with not nearly enough of their moreish cheese sauce for my liking. The waffle fries had a good crunch and were fluffy inside, making them totally worth the extra calories. I’m so glad I decided to get on a bus to Coogee last night.
Here’s the sad part though: The Burger Shack, despite serving magnificent treats between two buns, is here for a good time, not a long time and this temporary fixture to the Coogee Bay Hotel beer garden will say goodbye on March 1st 2015. Even worse is that you can only get these sumptuous burgers on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. (However, if they’re up for it, my kitchen has more than enough room for the team.)
So what are you waiting for?
The Burger Shack at Coogee Bay Hotel can be found at 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee.