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Published June 5th 2019
Milky Lane is best described as a gourmet burger joint but, unlike your regular fast food burger chains, this franchise is hip with music and murals that grab your attention, a bar with amazing cocktails and a kitchen churning out over-the-top desserts.
Shaking up the burger scene since their first opening in 2016 at Bondi Beach, the Parramatta opening continues the owners' love of hip hop in the theme that has made them a one-of-a-kind institution.
The strong urban vibe, together with show-stopping artwork and local DJ's keeping the beats going, has won Milky Lane legions of fans for their take on good times. However, don't be mistaken that this place is for and full of young hipsters. Plenty of families with young children also frequent this establishment, as I've noticed on my visits.
So here's the lowdown on why I keep going back to Milky Lane –
The burgers are plentiful. Some are easy to handle and others are monsters in size. There's chicken burgers, beef burgers and a vegetarian burger with a mushroom Mac & Cheese pattie. There's spicy and not so spicy burgers.
There's the signature Milky Lane burger and the quirky-named Lil Weezy, Big Poppa, Kevin Bacon, Limp Brisket, The Drake, and more. With family members, we've tried a few different ones.
The Chic-Kanye burger is one juicy monster I had. With crispy Southern fried chicken, crispy maple smoked bacon, double American cheese, Carolina slaw, butter leaf lettuce, Habanero pineapple relish and Milky Lane's own BBQ sauce, it's a fitting burger for its namesake. One of my favourite burgers, it's tasty and mouth-watering.
The Fried Chicken Weezy is another good burger, according to my son. It has the same Southern fried chicken and American cheese but differs with its diced onions, pickles, home-style mayo, American mustard, Milky Lane's own ketchup and cheese gravy. Sounding very saucy, it was easy to handle.
The Big L burger was a recent choice of mine. I felt I was going a bit healthier with this one having just lettuce, Swiss cheese, chicken char-grilled instead of fried and only one dressing in the garlic mayo. However, at the bottom of most of the burgers are suggestions for add-ons. I couldn't go past the pineapple and then the not so healthy bacon got me. The burger was a monster and with the chicken coated in a Portuguese chilli marinade, it had me reaching for the water. It was a bit too spicy for me.
Thus far, apart from the signature beef Milky Lane burger my husband had, we've mostly opted for the chicken burgers. So, I'll just have to go back. I hear that Limp Brisket burger calling me.
With the burgers being filling, it's hard to fit in dessert and so this sweet lover on one visit decided to have one of the sides instead of a burger in order for the fulfilment of the sweet tooth. Loaded fries were the choice on the Extras area of the menu where you can also get sweet potato fries with coconut aioli, pop-korn chicken and mushroom or bacon Mac & Cheese croquettes.
Now, for dessert, there's only a few choices but boy each one is wonderfully enticing in its description. You can choose from the Baked Chocolate Chip cookie dough filled with Twix and marshmallow and topped with ice cream rolled in Fun-fetti, the Deep Fried Ego Caramel Magnum or Golden Gaytime with maple syrup and Nutella, and the Churros Bowl. The latter was my choice with the fried churros basket filled with gelato and topped with liquid Nutella and salted caramel sauce. Oh my god, it was delicious.
At the heart of the action is the Island Bar where mixologists whip up the fizzy, the fruity and the flavoursome concoctions that make for an unforgettable experience. Holiday periods are the inspiration for even more whimsical and delicious creations, such as, the Kinder shots that my son and I had one Easter. With the top of the chocolate egg cut off, we downed the always delightful Kahlua with other secret spirits. They were a treat, like no other.
Other shots on the regular menu include the Fireball Smash, the Pavlova, the Banana Split and the Willy Wonka Nerd Shot (I can see myself returning for this one). The cocktails are equally interesting, just going by the names, without knowing exactly what's in them. There's the Bondi Sour, Tequila Express, Honeycomb Cooler and Reece's Peanut Butter Martini, to name a few, and then there's Sharetails for you and your friends to enjoy together that include Pirate Punch, Watermelon Rose Sangria and Alize Passionfruit Spritz.
There's so much to love with the extensive beverage list also delivering a range of wines, whiskeys, vodkas, rums, gins, beers and ciders, including frozen mango and raspberry Rekorderlig ciders.
Milkshakes come in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic form. The latter sees flavours of chocolate, strawberry, vanilla and salted caramel, whilst the Kit Kat Booze Shake is a mix of 42 Below Vodka and Frangelico with chocolate fudge, wafers and marshmallows, all topped with a Nutella foam, more wafers, toasted marshmallows and a Kit Kat bar. The Nutella foam sounds interesting and, very tempting.
It's all about the murals. A giant 12-metre mural of hip hop heroes covers one wall, stretching across half of the restaurant, whilst another on the other side pays tribute to singer Rhianna. Giant speakers adorn a back wall whilst a private function room catering for up to 20 people (great for a birthday party) has an entrance featuring hands holding a camera and a mural of a billiards table on each of the tables inside.