Fans of Noosa burger joint Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co., get ready: the American-style burgers are finally available in Sydney. The new store in Darling Harbour is the chain's seventh outpost (an eighth, in Chermside in Queensland, is opening on June 22) since the original Noosa store opened in December 2014.
With just six burgers on the menu, director of operations Nik Rollison says the Betty's difference is keeping things simple. "We have a short, tight menu, and we limit the number of variables in terms of ingredients. The best burgers are fresh and simple - so that's what we do."
Beef is grass-fed from Riverina, NSW, and the milk buns are made fresh in-store daily, according to a secret recipe. Vegetarians aren't excluded – there's a 'shroom burger, made with a mushroom and cheese patty (indulgently coated in panko crumbs and deep-fried). And though the place is distinctly American-focused, Rollison says there are eggs and beetroot available for those who prefer an Aussie-style burger. (There's also a secret menu for those who like to go off-piste. Bold souls should ask for the "double-double".)
Dessert, like the main menu, is simple: a list of eight "concretes" – fresh custard-style ice-cream whipped with mix-ins such as Krispy Kreme doughnuts, spiced pecans, peanut butter sauce, meringue, cheesecake (with a house-made graham cracker crust) and chocolate chip cookie dough. "My favourite is the lemon raspberry cheesecake," says Rollison. "Vanilla custard with raspberries, lemon zest, New York cheesecake and a graham cracker crumble – it's so good."
Fully licensed with a short selection of wines by the glass and bottled beers, there are also thickshakes (with that house-made ice-cream) in wickedly decadent flavours like peanut butter, chocolate… and chocolate peanut butter.
Though Darling Harbour is the latest store for Betty's, it's not the last: six more stores will be opening in the next financial year, with a strong focus on the Sydney region. Stay tuned.
Open Mon-Sun, 10.30am-late.
Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co., Shop e-04, International Convention Centre, 14 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, bettysburgers.com.au