A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 6th 2014
Gourmet burgers in a colourful, cow-themed room
Newtown is renowned for the quirky cafes and bars that line the bustling King Street. One that I recently tried out for the first time was Moo Gourmet Burgers, and left thinking that it was a tasty and buzzing place that I'll have to go back to. This place is fairly easy to spot, mainly on the basis of the intricate and rather new-age looking cow painting that dominates one of the walls.
Moo Gourmet Burgers
This place is funky, fresh, and contains a pretty much all gluten-free menu. The decor is chic with splashes of bright colours and cow-pattern around the room. The seating is super cosy - especially the bright yellow sofa on one side of the room, and cushion-lined benches just opposite. A family friendly buzz is present and added to by the Moo-inspired drawings stuck to the walls. I'm sure anyone would be allowed to make a creative contribution of their own to this.
The cow-pattern that I mentioned is actually everywhere in this place. Look around at some of the finer details, such as the serviettes and straws, and you will notice that Moo has got these covered in cow-print too. I always think venues are made more fun by an overarching theme - especially when that theme is not an overly common one, as is the case with several Newtown venues.
Cow print is everywhere in Moo - even on their personalised napkins.
The Moo food is gourmet (and so stays true to the venue's name), multi-grain and as mentioned earlier, gluten-free. Fresh ingredients and sauces are packed between fairly light pieces of bread, giving meals both nice aesthetics and delightful yet not too heavy flavours.
We ordered the Piri Piri Chicken burger ($16.50) which had a lovely tangy sauce and one of the restaurant's classics, the Big Moo ($16.50). The menu caters for whatever appetite you may have - it ranges from the 'Something Smaller' items ($8.50) to the Deluxe Moo ($30.00) which is a double-decker burger containing Wagyu Beef.
There is also an extensive drinks menu, inclusive of alcoholic beverages. There were wines, beers and ciders, and cocktails available for order. This makes the venue double up as another of the funky bars that sit along King Street.
On the other hand, you can order sweeter cafe-style beverages. The Moo Shakes and Smoothies ($7.95) look lovely with the cow-patterned straws, and from what I've heard they are pretty tasty too. Something else on the menu that would probably tempt any sweet-tooth is the Moo-split ($8.95). This is a banana split with syrup, and your choice of chocolatey topping - from Oreos to Tim Tams to Snickers. I am sure that the taste of this will make anybody feel like a kid again!
Again, the cool cow painting on the wall can't be missed, and can be admired throughout your visit.
Moo Burgers does not only exist in the heart of Sydney's Newtown. There are restaurants in Manly, Coogee, and beyond. Check out the menu, locations, and more information on Moo Gourmet Burgers on their website. Note, the site presents you with an interesting opportunity to design a limited edition of a Moo burger or shake - your creation may just be available on one of your future visits to the restaurant.