And also cutting off rogue threads on the shirt you’re currently wearing, but we’ll stick to the burgers and beer for now.
It’s strange to call DA’Burger the new kid on the block seeing as it has become something of a New Farm institution for the last five years.
For cutlery-haters on the northside though, DA’Burger has just opened up a new restaurant in Ascot, bringing with it an upgraded menu that includes house-smoked wings. Winner, winner.
So has the new DA’Burger taken off in full flight compared to the old? Let’s find out.
It’s not just the salad items that are impressive though, with premier meat coming from Rayners Gourmet Meats in New Farm.
Bearing this in mind, we decided that we had to try the Truffle Shuffle Burger, with Double Flame Grilled Black Angus Beef Patty, Triple Cheddar Cheese, Pickles, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Truffle Mayo and Mustard.
My usual beef with anything that promises truffle on the menu is that it’s never truffl-y enough. Not so with this burger creation. The earthy truffle flavour permeated the burger beautifully, and the double beef patties were decadently good. This burger definitely took hand-held-eating up a notch and made for a seriously indulgent experience.
It’s not all about the meat here though, with DA’Burger offering up a vast array of delicious-sounding vegan and vegetarian burgers. So much so that my carnivore-inclined tastebuds had to get involved in one.
Wanting a bit of a kick in my burger, I opted for the Hoogley Street, with Flame Grilled Soy Bean Patty, Guacamole, Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Chrissie’s Tomato Relish.
I usually find veggie burger patties a bit hit and miss- they can end up being a bit too gloopy for my liking. This burger patty however was right on point. It was grilled beautifully and held together so tightly that it was basically “meaty” in texture. I genuinely forgot I was eating a veggie patty it was that good. The slight heat from the jalapenos was a nice touch as well and made this vegan burger particularly moreish.
We opted for the M.T.K Wings with Miso, Honey and Rice Wine sauce, and to this day we thank the good lord that we did.
The generous plate of wings that hit out table was smothered in a sauce that was so tasty I could have eaten it by the bowl-full. It was really nice as well to actually taste the chicken instead of getting mouthfuls of deep-fried batter as is often the plight of the wing-connoisseur.
Gin and vodka are also available if you’re more inclined towards the clear spirits rather than the IPAs.
No visit to DA’Burger in New Farm was ever complete without scribbling some review-graffiti on the wall, and that custom remains at the new Ascot premises. Make sure you ask for the bucket of pens before you roll your satiated self out the door.
The burgers are just as excellent here as they are for the inner-city folk, and the incorporating chicken wings on the menu is a masterstroke move.
Burgers, beer and wings- this place is DA’Bomb.