Need some deep-fried, special-sauce-splashed burgers?
Oh hail, the newest burger joint has joined the burger ranks in Sydney courtesy of the Gold Coast and not the United States of America.
Known as Brookyln Depot Burger and Brew, the menu offers burgers such as the Brooklyn Classic and American cheeseburger, plus a pulled chicken burger dubbed 'Flip the Bird', hot dogs, salads, desserts as well as alcoholic milkshakes.
Ushered in by the friendly staff to the booth seats right at the end of the restaurant, I'm surprised at how big the place is and the ample amounts of seating. It's a pleasure getting out of the rain today and to find the place is still pumping with a late lunch crowd.
Your dining experience begins with being able to inject your own chilli syringe into the FUHGEDDABOUDIT (pronounced as one blurred phrase, 'Forget about it') burger at $15 a pop and made with a grass fed beef patty, beef chilli, American cheese, onion rings, chilli relish and your choice of lethal injection hot sauce ranging from mild, medium, hot or Fuhgeddaboudit. This was too meaty for my taste but good fun to try.
Fries can be ordered plain (known as the "skinny" option) or get talked into the "garbage" option coated with bacon, onion rings, cheese sauce and frickles (battered and fried pickles). This option is pure indulgence and the frickles are a treat.
If you are looking for a lower carb option, then remove the bun and go for the 'Shun The Bun' option and have it served in a bowl with a Depot Crib Salad. But it's really about the burgers and meat here.
For the meat eaters, feel free to share "The 3 B's, Brooklyn BBQ Board" at $36 which comes served on a wooden platter with a selection of their favourite BBQ items. These include 'hot' chicken wings, smokey BBQ pork ribs, just a tad dry pulled lamb shoulder served with Depot slaw, and cowboy salsa salad served with toasted brioche slices.
Not to forget about dessert and sweets, there's the thick handspun milkshake where the ingredients are spun with a blender. Examples include the Gringo at $8, made with ice cream, dulce de leche, salted caramel sauce and brownie bits or you can opt for the shot of Vortik Fusion caramel vodka at $12. I couldn't really taste the salted caramel or dulce de leche so it reminded me more of a thick vanilla shake with chunks of brownie which got sucked up the straw.
If shakes are not your thing, Brooklyn Depot comes complete with a bar that focuses on brews - beers, ciders, wines and cocktails.
I'll be surprised if you even have room for sweets. On offer are sundaes, caramel pecan chocolate brownie and double waffle ice sandwich.
Beware if you sit at the booth seats after eating all that food, you may find that your stomach has expanded to the point that you are stuck. Think I will be getting on the treadmill tomorrow and the day after that after all this indulgence.