If there's one thing the crew at this play-on-words beachside cafe is famous for, it's grilling some serious burgers (and being snapped on Instagram the city over). There are at least 16 different versions to choose from at Bare Grill, covering everything from the classics to chicken, vegetarian and fish — so whatever your preference, you've always got at least a few options. And if you think delicious cheesy towers like these don't come cheap, then you'd be mistaken, because The Original — with a beef patty, American cheddar, gherkins, caramelised onions, American mustard and ketchup served on their famous Bare Grill-branded bun — will only set you back $10.
If you're feeling particularly famished you might want to tackle The Grizzly Bare: four beef patties, American cheddar, bacon, Bare sauce and a side of fries for $25. But the fun doesn't stop there. If your goal in life is to claim victory in a man versus food comp, then the 'Death by Burger' challenge ($45) has your name on it. All you have to do is swallow ten beef patties, ten slices of American cheddar, ten pieces of bacon, Bare sauce, two buns and a large chips in half an hour. If you do it, you'll become the third person in Bare Grill's history to complete it, and you'll score yourself a T-shirt and a free meal. Glory is a bonus.
However, we can't give all the glory to the burgers alone, because their fries ($4 small) are damn good too. Perfectly golden chunks of potato smothered in a seasoning so good you can't stop eating — that is, until you see a basket of their 'epic' fries ($15) come out of the kitchen. That's when food envy sets in. Waffle fries are smothered in pulled pork, cheese, spiced aioli, Carolina sticky BBQ sauce, bacon and shallots. It's basically a meal in itself, so we'd recommend ordering smaller items to go with it, or nothing at all. And then there are the signature and extremely indulgent Gaytime and Malteser Bare shakes, which have to be seen (on Instagram) to be believed. Jam-packed with confectionery, syrups and ice cream; these guys certainly know how to shake things up.
But don't be fooled into thinking this is just another fast food joint. There's also ribs ($30 for half a rack), seafood and salads on the menu for those not necessarily feeling burgers. And with the picturesque Bare Island fort as the backdrop, it's no coincidence this local gem is bright and relaxed with openair bar seating and shades of yellow and turquoise. Even little touches like newspaper-printed burger wrappers make for an old-school Aussie seaside experience.
And even if you haven't been to Bare Grill yet, but don't want to bus it to La Perouse, then you're in luck, because their second cafe in Surry Hills is proving to be just as popular.
Images: Katje Ford.