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Goodtime Burgers

Bondi's Eastern has thrown its hat into the burger ring with great gusto.
By James Whitton
December 12, 2013
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Goodtime Burgers

Bondi's Eastern has thrown its hat into the burger ring with great gusto.
By James Whitton
December 12, 2013
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The Eastern Hotel jumped on the Mexican bandwagon with El Topo, and it was a raging success. Now they're taking on the burger fad with Goodtime Burgers, so get ready to wrap two hands and then some around burgers that truly have strength.

The burgers here all seem to follow one single principle — that size really does matter. With the majority of the burgers (the exception being the Naked and Shameless) served on crusty buns that measure nearly six whole inches, they are a veritable tower that seem to challenge the holder. Which is exactly what the true burger aficionado wants. There are two menus for the burgers — the regular menu of $10 burgers, and the $15 premium range.

The $10 range boasts two chicken burgers, pork, beef and vego options, all of which are stuffed with various fresh ingredients and condiments. From this selection, though, the real king is the Lamb, Bam, Thank You Ma'am. This glorious sandwich comes with tzatziki, olive tapenade, hummus and Spanish onion, forming a mouthful of tangy middle eastern flavours, rounded out by the rich taste of the homemade lamb patty.

The premium range only includes three burgers, all of which are made from beef, including a wagyu burger (Double Trouble, which comes with double everything and some smoked bacon), and the Steak Out (the Cape Grim rib eye steak sandwich). At the top of this list, however, is the burger to end all burgers — the mountainous Juicy Lucy. This royal burger consists of a delicious beef patty joined by fresh tomato, Spanish onion, tomato relish, Brie and cheddar. It's humongous, and it's a coronary waiting to happen. Sign me up.

As an accompaniment, Goodtime Burgers are serving up twice-cooked, hand-cut potato chips, which are as crispy as crispy can get on the outside, while still maintaining a soft, fluffy potato interior. Throw in a choice of ten different condiments, and you're laughing. Another very necessary side to these burgers is the beer, and the Eastern are serving up some of Sydney's best craft beers, including Sydney Brewery's Glamarama Summer Ale and the Crushed Apple Cider.

The vibe in the shop is exactly what you'd expect from a burger joint in one of the world's most famous surfing towns. It's Bondi, so the walls are adorned with simple prints with various beach-themed motifs — kombis, palm trees, as well as the odd sneaky picture of a young lady in a less-than-traditional swimsuit. Oh well, it's all to fit in with the motto of this brand spanking burger bar that delivers the goods on the newest trend in Sydney dining — "The Freshest Fun Between the Buns". Very punny.

Goodtime Burgers opens to the public on December 14.

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