When the Chocolatey one asks you, “Want to eat burgers?” you know it’s not going to be an ordinary night. We head to Pub Life Kitchen, the land of Tropic Thunder burgers, mango and coconut shakes and PB&J burgers. Sadly, these specials are only on Wednesday nights, but that doesn’t stop us from going wayyyy over the top with our ordering.
We nurse crisp and fruity Sydney ciders, or in Suze’s case, a Coopers longneck, while we point excitedly at the menu. “Bone marrow on toast!” “Fish fingers!”. But when we try to order these, we’re told that they’re no longer serving them… sadness.
That’s ok though, because we console ourselves over several servings of fried food, like the deep fried potato scallops which are more deep fried than potato, and the super crispy chicken wings.
My favourite out of our nibbles were the cheesy polenta chips which were batons of crisp polenta on the outside with fluffy innards. There wasn’t much cheese to speak of but the creamy, slightly spicy jalapeno mayo more than made up for it.
So I was already getting a bit full from all the fried foods so imagine my shock when I see how massive the burgers are, and the mountain of chips next to it. Sir D clearly hasn’t had enough deep frieds yet and goes for the chicken burger with fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayo.
The O.G. aka Original Gangster is my choice with a house ground beef patty, caramelised onion, tomato, smoked cheese and homemade aioli. It’s a pretty damn good burger, with a juicy patty and melty cheese and Richard has little trouble powering through his burger. I, on the other hand, make it about 3/4 of the way before accepting defeat.
Suze’s order of a cheeseburger “with extra cheese” results in 4 slices of smoked cheese on her burger lol. The cheese is accompanied by the usual cheeseburgers suspects – a beef patty, pickles, onions, mustard and tomato sauce. And yet another mountain of chips which we barely make a dent in.
We’re at bursting point but Suze’s eyes light up at the mention of dessert. A brownie sundae? Don’t mind if I do! Thankfully we have one to share which is more than enough. And this isn’t your typical brownie sundae as well. Sure, there’s brownie, and cream (loads of it) but there’s also some crunchy peanut brittle, chunks of honeycomb, fresh strawberries and a river of butterscotch sauce! After a few mouthfuls, I call defeat and even after some digestion time, we struggle to the station as a food coma closes in on us. Yep, definitely not an ordinary night.