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Published December 30th 2018
A cosy second home for lovers of food, beer and eccentricity
Previously based in Mollison Street in West End, The Burrow Eats & Drinks moved to Russell Street in 2016 and brought all its kooky charm along with it. Famous for its great vibe, the first thing you'll notice when you arrive is that The Burrow is cool. Cool enough that the woman sitting at the table next to you appears to be inking spells into her leather-bound journal, yet not so pretentious that you can't show up wearing thongs and a t-shirt. Everybody is welcome, all the time. On any day you'd be equally likely to observe a first date, family reunion, after work drinks or solo professional hammering away at their keyboard.
The Burrow Eats & Drinks, 52 Russell Street, West End
The ambience of this place is what really gives The Burrow its rich, addictive character. Stepping inside feels like entering the home of an old friend and being welcomed with open arms. The décor is colourful, eclectic and stylishly mismatched. Enchanting murals and intricate artworks spread over almost every surface. If you're lucky enough, your stop might coincide with chalk artist Manu creating his fortnightly masterpiece on the back wall. Admittedly, as a loyal patron of the 'old' Burrow, I do miss the charm of the stained-glass windows, open balcony and timber accents. However, with each visit here, I observe the 'new' Burrow evolve its own unique, albeit different, personality, and it still manages to call me back time and time again.
The food is just as good. The menu revolves around gourmet pizzas, which can be customised for most dietary requirements without sacrificing any deliciousness (yes, the vegan cheese is actually good!). A large pizza, at around $20, is plenty for two people. Only get a side of chips with aioli if you are prepared to deal with your subsequent cravings and snobbery towards all other chips. You can also choose from a selection of other entrees and mains that span cuisines and consistently deliver on flavour, freshness and just the right amount of guilt. The customer service can be hit and miss, but interactions with staff are so fleeting that either way it won't have much impact on your overall experience. If, somehow, you are still peckish after dinner, dessert options are available but limited. I'd suggest taking a stroll through West End to sample a few of the other sweet offerings nearby, like neighbouring institutions Gelato Messina or The Three Monkeys Coffee & Tea House.
Beer Battered Chips with Garlic Aioli and a Half-Half 'Sunny Leone' & 'Tim Curry' Pizza
And speaking of coffee, The Burrow doesn't disappoint. Along with their hot brews, they offer a selection of delicious homemade juices, sodas, milkshakes and smoothies. From 10am till late, you can select from six rotating taps and a glut of craft beers and ciders from the fridge. There is a drinks menu, but it never seems to match the current offerings, so step up to the bar and have a stickybeak for yourself.
Make a reservation if you have a favourite table or a big group, but otherwise, you will usually be able to squeeze in somewhere. Sit upstairs if you want to be closer to the booze, the breeze or the chalk art in action. The bar overlooking Russell Street is excellent for people watching. Opt for downstairs if you require air-conditioning, an accessible entrance, or a bit more peace and quiet.