I turned up just after the 6pm start time and the place was already buzzing. Andy Sax was playing live, the complimentary champagne was flowing and there was a good selection of food doing the rounds. The interior was stylish but casual, so you felt comfortable coming in straight from work, and the open kitchen was a really nice touch.
Straight away we were offered a Shrimp Bloody Mary with a spicy prawn artfully balanced on the celery salted rim of a shot glass, with Spicy Bloody Mary inside. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but it was really good! The prawns were cooked to perfection and really tender, with just enough spice to be tasty without being hot.
Next up were Oriental Express prawns, marinated in ginger, garlic, lemongrass & coriander, they were absolutely gorgeous. Again, grilled to perfection and so tasty. In fact they were so good I had to have 2!
Then the burgers started arriving…
These little beauties were so popular we had to re-position ourselves closer to the kitchen to ensure we got a taste of everything, but it was so worth it. We had mini Naked Chicken burgers with tender, marinated chicken and mini Naked Beef Burgers with succulent beef, seasoned to perfection. Even the buns were fantastic, with a crispy glaze and soft, chewy interior. We were also treated to maple glazed bacon on skewers, which I can say with conviction, were like meat candy!! Then we also got to dive into huge bowls of the most amazing sweet potato fries and Bun & Bowl’s spicy wedges with sour cream topping.
The other thing about this place is the staff. Everyone was so friendly, interacting with customers, making conversation, ensuring everyone was happy and their drinks were topped up, even the owner Mike Nayla was there chatting to customers and enjoying the evening.
All in all it was a brilliant launch night with a great atmosphere. The burgers really are something special, and the prawns were that good I will definitely coming back for the full size versions!