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Boneshaker Cafe

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Published December 3rd 2018
Burgers, Fries, Dumplings, Noodles
It's early in the evening and the sun is low in the sky. Golden light, filtered through translucent blinds, casts lengthening shadows across wooden tables, chairs and stools.

The indoor skate park is empty; a cavernous atrium silent apart from the usual sounds of a gym relaxing. The relieved staccato groan of a wooden ramp. The creak of a swing, disturbed by an imagined breeze. The startled, echoing ping of a metal fence cooling in the evening.

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Pumpt next to the Boneshaker Cafe


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Boneshaker Cafe


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Chairs and Tables


Hours earlier, I'm told, there had been a party, where BMX bikes, skates, boards and scooters rumbled across and soared over obstacles.

It's a space called Pumpt, Adelaide's indoor scooter and skate park.

This article is not about Pumpt.

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
The Double Boneburger


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Naked Burger


Rather, it's about Boneshaker Cafe, a cafe that shares the same space, which remains open after entry to the skate park has closed.

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Chicken Karaage Burger


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
...another burger


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Soba Bowl


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Nourish Bowl


The menu is an interesting mix of the expected and unexpected. Smashed patty beef burgers the "Boneburger, " "The Double Boneburger" and a "Classic Cheeseburger" sit alongside less familiar offerings including Chicken Karaage and "Shenzhen Chook" burgers. For those looking for meal options other than burgers, there is a selection of bowls and noodles.

The sides are similar in character; steak fries, sweet potato fries are juxtaposed with chilli cheese potato gems, fried pickles, Korean fried chicken, steamed dumplings, "Loaded AB Peking Duck Fries" and "Bang Bang Chicken Wings."

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Loaded AB Peking Duck Fries with Sweet Potato Fries and Chicken Karaage in the background


Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Potato Gems with Caramelized Onions


The burgers are delicious. Perhaps in some ways more Shake Shack than In-N-Out in character, the beef is flavoursome and juicy with charred, smoky notes from a crisped crust. The lettuce and tomatoes are fresh, the toasted bun crunchy yet soft, pillowy, airy and yielding.

The Peking Duck fries remind me of certain breakfasts cobbled together from fridge and freezer in my bleary-eyed student days - crispy chips mixed with shredded duck upon which has been placed a fried egg, lashed with a tangy, creamy, spicy sauce. There is a savoury combination of meaty, salty notes against the golden crunch of the chips; the richness of the dressing and fried egg contrasted with the piquant sour of pickled red onions, with the mild sweetness of sesame seeds. It works.

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Chicken Karaage


A chicken karaage is mainly white meat, juicy battered chicken breasts with a sweet chilli sauce, lacking a bit of the expected but polarising ginger notes one sometimes expects from karaage.

Chicken Wings


There is a small but growing collection of local and international beers, with several favourites and, in the future, Boneshaker's own brew on tap.

Boneshaker Cafe Marleston Burger Fries Beer Dumplings Chicken Fried Chicken Skate Park Dinner Lunch
Dumplings


It's situated on 221 Marion Road Marleston, with hours at the time of writing listed as 8am to 8pm 6 days a week (closed Monday). Prices run between $8 (Classic Cheeseburger) to $15 (Full Aussie Burger), with sides under $10. If you're heading to or from the airport or in the area looking for a solid burger and fries with a kick and a twist on the usual offerings, a stop at Boneshaker Cafe may satisfy that craving perfectly.
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Why? For a Burger and Fries with a twist
When: 8am to 8pm Tuesday to Sunday
Phone: 0415 640 535
Where: 221 Marion Road, Marleston, SA
Cost: Approximately $8 to $15
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Looks like an interesting range of dishes in a quirky venue. Thanks!
by Michael Genrich (score: 3|1571) 337 days ago
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