The Burrow West End buzzes week night and week day and everything in between. And why wouldn't it? You can tell a down to earth, don't wanna rip you off kinda owner the moment you step through the door and raise your eyebrows at the $10 pizzas. I have to admit I haven't gone past the pizza and salads, but eye balling the burgers and whiffing the 'you know it's good' aromas makes this joint an all round crowd pleasing winner.
Yes, $10 pizzas for lunch. They go up for dinner, but so does the size, the smiley staff tell me. The base is thin, yet chewy, and crispy on the outside. The ingredients plentiful yet measured, and quality. The combinations have just been updated. We tried the Big Voodoo Daddy, (okay, this one's $15) with roasted pulled pork, spicy chorizo and jerk chicken topped with coleslaw. I'm not normally a big meat eater but this combo had me eyeing off my sharer's plate. For the plainer eater or kid, there's the cheesy pepperoni. Other difficult decision makers which spoke to me include the Phoenix (chipotle chicken, roast peppers, smoked tomatoes, jalepeno relish), the Hardcore Prawn (Cajun prawns, Louisiana chicken,mozzarella and bell peppers, holy trinity salsa) and the Bloody Margherita (fior de latte, celery salt and fresh basil on a bloody mary base). I don't what some of that stuff is, but I don't need to know. You know it's going to be good after one bite of something else. The roast sweet potato and beetroot salad with fetta, pistachios and balsamic reduction was a delightful compliment.
For the setting, you got cosy n dark inside, blue ledlight windows giving the place a churchy-not feel, busy and ghetto without trying too hard. Fake flowers over the bar and till, few rabbit ornaments for the theme and bench tables for the 'sure you share the other side with us, let's have a few and make friends' type-vibe. Then there's tables outside too, colourful bunting and cafe lights which I'm sure make for an atmospheric night time experience, and some upstairs seating too. Didn't venture that far but it all adds to the alternate drinking/dining ambiance.
Some people go for a doughy base, cheap ingredient option that delivers to the door. Trust me, The Burrow will deliver in a different way, and although you may not have a TV to stare blankly at whilst you munch mindlessly on the doughy dredge, it's worth the drive, ride or meander down to this gem of an establishment.