Excitement has definitely been building, over the last few months, over the impending arrival of Bondi-born burger bar Milky Lane.
And that excitement reached fever pitch on Thursday night when the funky eatery threw open its doors for a special ‘sneak preview’ of what Newy burger hounds can expect when doors officially open next week.
The first thing you notice about Milky Lane is that it is just as much a ‘nightclub’ as it is a burger bar. As you enter, floor to ceiling murals featuring such hop-hop legends as Biggie and Snoop Dogg (with some clever nods to Newy culture thrown in) help create this vibe as does the classic hip-hop pumping out from the DJ booth.
The counter area is also split into two sections – the bar for creating Milky Lane’s array of cocktails and the kitchen and the whole space is bathed in a colourful neon glow, further pushing that nightclub vibe.
While Milky Lane is known for their freakishly large burgers and shakes, Thursday night’s event was a mere taste test of what is to come.
To that end, the menu consisted of slider versions of four of their most popular burgers – The Chicken Weezy, Milky Lane, Kevin Bacon and The Drake which a retinue of super quick servers expertly delivered to the room full of hungry revellers.
But were they any good? Oh my word, yes. Well, this writer did only sample the Milky Lane (Wagyu beef pattie, double American cheese, butter lettuce, pickles, diced onions, sliced tomato, Milky Lane sauce and ketchup) but this simple yet stacked slider packed more than its fair share of flavour punch.
There was also a hefty selection of Milky Lane’s sides such as bacon mac and cheese croquettes (delicious!) Mi Goreng loaded fries, beer-battered fries with Milky Lane special sauce (yum, yum!) and popkorn chicken.
On the dessert side of things, we were served mini ice-cream sundaes and loaded donut fries while the delicious mini shakes made this writer wonder how ou would tackle its full-size cousin!
Servers were also quick with the drinks, help keep the party going, and the packed house happily quaffed beer and bubbles and Milky Lane’s signature cocktails the Melon Tini and Bondi Sour.
This writer was quite taken with the latter – a piquant concoction of 42 Below vodka, Aperol, passionfruit, pineapple, vanilla and egg white.
Oh, and the milkshake-esque Bubble O’ Bill cocktail was also next level!
While there is no shortage of fantastic burger joints in this fair city, Milky Lane promises to be unlike any other with its full-on party vibe and full-on flavours it sure to be a welcome addition to the Newcastle food scene.
Milky Lane is located at 13-15 Darby Street, Newcastle. The grand opening is on Wednesday 24 July.