After the last classy, sophisticated walk through the sands, CCU needed a break. She came home that night to a dimly lit apartment, her stomach full and her food heart (yes, she has two hearts, one for loving food and one for loving people) content.
She kicked off her high heels, wishing for ugg boots and jeans on her next outing. ‘Who needs evening dresses?’ she thought to herself, though deep down it was her exhaustion speaking.
Slumped, she fell asleep only to dream of the most perfect burger. Soft, fluffy with a filling so fresh, McDonald’s could legitimately be sued.
And now she shares her quest of finding and enjoying this dream burger with you all in another:
Find it a little off putting I speak in third person up there? Don’t worry, only for story telling purposes and mood setting ;)
**Did you know: Caesar used to speak about himself in third person all the time? What a… unique and different quality :P
Anyway, so as you have read up there, I tasted probably the most dreamiest and most delicious burger partnered with perfect fries a couple of days ago. How do I put this, oh yes, I. Was. In. Heaven.
I had built up this image in my head already and I must admit, I was a little worried I was going to be disappointed – what a pointless waste of thought that was :P
We entered into a very cosy style of restaurant, almost immediately making me at least, feel as if I had just come home. But that home had come from the 70s.
There was a giant, psychedelic cow, the symbol for Moo Burger painted on the wall, and actually, the bright colours were not off putting, almost endearing to the image of the restaurant. Maybe also because directly underneath it was a cow patch fabric couch but whatever ;)
It was overall very, unpretentious as my brother coined it, as far as a cafe-eatery goes (I would not call it a restaurant) – simplicity but retro style, funky music in the back, a small gumball machine and walls plastered with children’s drawings connecting to the shop. Nothing flashy, a little sassy, cool and chintzy, with full on self-advertising without making the customers feel like they have walked into a ‘we are the best’ place.
My brother and I both loved it.
We came to ordering and for me, being a menu stalker, I already knew I wanted the Falafel Burger, though I tossed up between the crunchy onion rings or fries. Since there were only two of us, we decided to share a basket of fries which was a great idea considering how generously they serve their portions.
My brother’s eyes went straight to the Chicken Parmigiana Burger, as this is his favourite style of chicken. One thing you should know about my brother. He is traditional. He likes his meals straight, not often with fancy twists. Hence he of course, had a simple chocolate milkshake.
Really not too fancy, so I took one photo of it (though I love the straw!) – I took a sip and saw immediately why my brother loved it. Intensely chocolatey but not an overboard taste in the mouth, cool and refreshing and thicker than a regular milkshake but thinner than a thickshake. Served in a chilled milkshake glass. Perfect.
My drink? I was a wreck. I wanted all of the Moo Shakes ;)! I mean, Maltesers blended with chocolate syrup, Snickers and nuts and caramel in a drink? How was I to choose!!?? I think I thought ‘I will have this for sure’ at least 20 times before the words actually had any meaning! I eventually decided on the Strawberries & Cream Moo Shake because my favourite burger-milkshake combo is with strawberry.
This drink brings out the love in me, and I quote, I said to my brother ‘This is summer in my mouth’ – A light and malted flavour whipped cream topping a smooth, thick and slightly artificial (the good kind) thick strawberry milkshake with a kick from extra malt flavour. I cannot even begin to say how awesome it was and how hard I found it not to gulp the entire drink down in one. Furthermore, the presentation made this milkshake gourmet. A gourmet milkshake? Not very common :D – But Moo Burger claims to serve gourmet burgers (a.k.a menu) so they have full marks right now!
Next came the food, quick and fresh out of the kitchen. My brother, actually changed his mind to get a Big Moo after ordering so in less than 2 minutes, he rushed back to change. Apparently the chicken was already in the fryer! Now that is service!
My brother certainly did not regret his choice though. Although I only have the one shot to show you since the chips were in our middle (hehe, shame :P), the chicken was a large, perfectly crumbed piece, so large that it daintily stuck out the side of the sandwich. Crunchy on the outside, soft inside :)
There was a beautiful piece of eggplant which seemed to be roasted as well and oodles (but not overwhelmingly) of wonderful melted cheese and sauce…
Still being on my Moroccan kick, I opted for the Falafel Burger, although there were three very delicious vegetarian options, something I am definitely not used to in burger joints. My burger came with fresh salad and patty, and the condiments all along the side which I loved. Tzatziki, hummus and a tomato relish to rock the world! I put on as much as I desired, coating my bread and what a burger it became. The falafel was soft with a wonderful flavour to it, spiced perfectly.
In regards to the burgers, I just want to point out that their buns were the best I have ever seen. They were the reason that the burgers were not extremely heavy as they were so soft, fluffy and light. Spectacular. I also liked that yes, you have to stretch your jaw muscles to eat but it was not a huge filling to burger ratio, making it comfortable to enjoy :)
Lastly, the chips. The prize-winning, award worthy, gourmet French fries. Personally, I can only believe that they were so crunchy yet so soft inside because they must have been double fried. No doubt it makes the most difference :D
I also loved the basket it came in, very high class indeed!
- Very fast, friendly, efficient service
- I love the accessibility of the place – self serve water available, newspapers at the ready, all condiments at your disposal + tomato sauce & seasonings at your table with napkins – made dining an easy experience
- Comfortable seating – couches, tables, stools and bar style, it catered to everyone and there were pillows :D
- Fantastic unpretentious interior which is really welcoming, nothing is daunting
- Lives up to its name – gourmet burgers no doubt!
- Fantastic gluten-free and dairy-free options so all-diet friendly
Rating: 10/10 – a perfect burger joint – it gives you everything you expect
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Address & Contact Details:
232 King Street
Number: 9565 4001
After our little lunch, my brother and I were stumped for a dessert. We did not wish for ice cream because of our gorgeous milkshakes so we got confused and left it *gasp*. I mean maybe a Mookie (Moo Burger Cookie) but they are only available at Manly! Hmmph :P
I now realise what would have hit the spot perfectly. Some good fudge. Some smooth, creamy, dreamy fudge.
So I wanted a nice big batch, some to keep, some to share with friends etc. but sometimes fudge doesn’t turn out the way you want… especially if it is your first time doing one of those thermometer needing candy style fudges but you choose a gorgeous recipe which does it by timing.
You see, I usually make my fudge the easy way. I put a couple of ingredients in a saucepan, stir them around, add in some nuts, pour into a pan and BAM. The fudge is good to go. Now I know that the real fudge is made with a much more complex method involving soft-ball stages, candy thermometers and stuff like that.
I never thought I would make one but I found this amazing recipe for maple nut fudge. I did not see any Celsius or Fahrenheit so I saved it but upon making it, I realised this blogger did it according to timing. Ok, no biggy whatever. Haha… biggy ;)
I followed the recipe I had adapted it to, and got the most amazing recipe in the world. After 7 minutes of cooking post-boiling, the soft-ball candy stage had still not come so I increased the heat slightly, cooked for 2 more minutes then called it quits. The mixture was pretty thick and everything looked well. Hahahahaha…. *hysterical laughing*
When I check on the fudge it is not set. It is as cold as the tiles in winter but it is definitely not set. Uh oh… maybe I should have checked soft ball stage continuously, even if it wasn’t according to time ;)
I thought harm was done but then I looked at texture. It was thick, smooth and glossy just. not. set. So I dipped an Arnott’s Scotch Finger and so began, a beautiful friendship with my Maple Nut Fudge… Dip :D
Smooth, flavourful, slightly nutty-chunky, where had it been all my life? :P
Anyway, choose to make this fudge, definitely use Ann’s sweetened condensed milk recipe but keep soft-balling trial till you soft-ball ;)
I just added in some walnuts and peanuts (chopped) and this dip was a hit. One of the most delicious maple flavoured gems I have ever tasted!