Thank you to Mike from Ompty.com and Bare Grill for the invitation to this tasting.
This place of course is Bare Grill. At that time, I found their name ironic because it reminded me of the guy who eats anything but awesome burgs to hone his survival skills. Later though, I discovered there is no correlation between the two – Bare Grill is named after a location in La Perouse. A piece of me still isn’t convinced – cognitive dissonance at its finest.
Origin of name aside, Bare Grill had awoken a desire in me to trek it to somewhere I’ve never thought about visiting in my life, for the sole purpose of getting my hands on such luscious burgers. The universe works in mysterious ways sometimes, because Mike from Ompty.com (@ompty_com) sent me a message on Insta and invited the Eatventures duo out to do just that!
An offer we couldn’t refuse, we made our way to La Perouse one sunny Saturday, got lucky with parking and made our way into Bare Grill.
The café heavily draws on the surrounding coastal theme for its decor and layout – a slide-out window occupies the whole right side of the shop front which lets in a lot of natural sunlight, and the concrete floor reminds me of takeaway shops near my local beach on the Central Coast.
The space is reasonably sized, commanding around a dozen tables. These tables fill up very quickly, but instead of turning people away once at capacity, Bare Grill provide picnic blankets that can be borrowed and set up along the coast. Burger and a view? Grab a blanket and get your chow on!
Ompty had organised for us to try Bare Grill’s chicken wings, epic fries, a burger each and something at the end that Mike said was a ‘surprise’.
|BBQ Wings with blue cheese sauce|
|Epic Fries – waffle fries, pulled pork, special sauces|
Next up was a basket packed with Bare Grill’s Epic Fries. The waffle fries were a novel addition that were surprisingly crunchy despite being coated in two kinds of sauces. The pulled pork was soft and tender and was lifted with that infamous sticky and tangy BBQ sauce. The cheese and spiced aioli lent some creaminess and brought everything together nicely.
|The Trip – beef patty, bacon, onion rings, American cheddar, hash brown, truffle mayo|
|The Big Bare – double beef patty, American cheddar, bacon, caramelised onions, Bare sauce|
|Pat and Sticks Mochcaccino ice cream sandwhich|
|Nutella Freak Shake|
We started with the donut, which was light and soft with a gooey Nutella centre. We then tried the freak shake. Thick, creamy and delicious; it was a massive sugar hit that made my sweet tooth sing. It tasted pretty much like we were drinking liquid Nutella. This milkshake has definite novelty appeal and I’m glad we shared one as it’s quite filling.
Bare Grill in La Perouse was certainly worth the trek – we really enjoyed their sides and their burgers are simply amazing. I’d consider them a strong contender amongst Sydney’s best burgers. They have just opened a new store in Surry Hills for those adverse to travel.