I needed a lunch venue to catch up with two great friends in Dee Why and it had to be after 130pm – it was too late to take them and blow their minds at Danno’s – Danno’s needs time and I have a way to eat a Danno’s burger but this is not about Danno’s haha. So I went to the trusted Facebook page on all things burgers – THE FATTIES BURGER APPRECIATION SOCIETY – one feisty appreciation society that member-wise is the equivalent of the bar on Tatooine, but it also happens to be the be all and end all of punter burger expertise and strong opinion. I was certain I had seen someone on there talk about DEE WHY HOTEL having good burgers so asked the opinionated fatties their thoughts and they came in swift and effective, I was sold, we were heading there. Especially when chef, Brad Jonhston commented and let me know about their special – THE TRUFFLENATOR – and if I mentioned I was a fattie then free fries and he would also let me sample the “Million Dollar Bacon” – WINNING!!!
Headed on in and met two of my besties, Garthy and Cynthia, the lovely couple who’s wedding I attended last September in Bali – hadn’t seen them in yonkers and they were in the area. The venue itself is looking amazing and I know they are a few year’s old now but the renovations still look amazing. Garth had not visited in about 20yrs and my history goes back to seeing Nirvana play at the venue :). It already has huge cred for me. They specialise in beer, selling 100+ beers and we went through a selection of pale ales in our lunch. I am not a huge beer drinker so liked more of the lighter, less hoppier beers. Kosciusko, Little Creatures (probably my favourite) and Sierra Nevadas all delicious. Garthy prefered the hoppier so went all IPA beers, his faves being the Sierra Nevada and the Hop Dog from Feral Brewery in WA. Too beery for me :). Let’s just say our little 2hr max lunch turned into a joyful 4hrs of burgers and beers.
Now, being a burger obsessive fattie that needs burgers in his life I was only going to be trying that TRUFFLENATOR, Garthy had the PULLED PORK BURGER and the always delightful Cynthia had the PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SANDWICH. The menu is huge with a full brasserie style with entrees, mains, pizzas, sides, salads, nibbles food and enough food to satisfy everyone. Be sure to hit up their website HERE and check out the discounts, there is different discounts and for example, on Saturday it was 2 for 1 pizzas – when pizzas are $21 – this is a whopping savings! But if you know me I will only order burgers :).
Let’s start by discussing the MILLION DOLLAR BACON:
It is secret bacon, when Brad (chef) said I would try it on the FBAS site Chris, moderator and (I think) owner of FBAS page asked him how it can be judged to be said “Million Dollar Bacon,” I just kept saying “my mouth will tell.” It was a marketing coup really, as Chris says “Sales strategy 101: announce a product, add hype, be secretive; profit. Nice!” – again LET MY MOUTH DECIDE – shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Chris, JK need more free bacon in his life!!
A plate was delivered while we waited for burgers, it was long with 4 slices of thick bacon on it. As per the photo it was marinated/ covered in a sticky sauce. It looked good, that thickness looked impressive and then I bit it. HOLY COW (nay pig). My taste buds were tantalised. No sales pitch here – it deserved the MILLION DOLLAR BACON title. It was just superb. Now while the sauce maybe secret, it definitely is sweet and I am thinking a combo of maple syrup and sticky BBQ sauce but it has a lot of heat in it. It tasted more warming as opposed to burning so while chilli not really chilli? Peppery but not with a pepper taste, just a strong warmth? Again this part confused me, maybe harissa? I am confident I am 80% there with the ingredients but to be honest, I don’t care, I will not be making it, I want to go there and have it made for me 🙂 For a score: on a Babe rating – 5 Babes. It was one of the nicest pieces of bacon I have ever eaten.
PHILLY CHEESE STEAK SANDWICH – chopped prime rib steak, American cheddar, onions and fries. $18.50
Cynthia was not a huge fan. For her too big, and the bun was too hotdog bun plain. She enjoyed the meat, felt it needed more onions and she needed a sleep afterwards. Rating as per the rating system on the Fatties site – she awards this one 3.75/5 pickles.
THE PULLED PORK BURGER – this was nearly my choice until I heard about THE TRUFFLENATOR – house smoked pulled pork, milk bun, sticky BBQ sauce, American cheddar, onion rings and fries. $18.50
I scored a bite from Garthy and it was bloody moorish – I am always scared of pulled pork burgers, had one once and it was basically soup trying to fit on a burger and had to eat it leaning over so it could slop everywhere. This one was not, the bun was epic, the structural integrity high (the secret to these big burgers, remove the onion rings and eat prior to burger, allows you to get a better grip and hold the burger together more) and while Garthy is not a FBAS member he knew how to score. His words “I would give it 4.25/5, maybe 4.5 (pickles). Was pretty amazing, but not ready to rate as best burger ever (unicorn) yet!!” That sums it up nicely!
THE TRUFFLENATOR – ingredients: Unicorn jizz. The end. Just bloody OMFG – I nearly cried.
OK then – real ingredients: Double Wagyu beef pattie, truffle mayo and butter, truffle infused provolone cheese, truffle maple syrup, bacon, American cheese, onion rings. $18- – fries are $4 extra but free for FBAS members. Do I need to even discuss this thing. It is top 5 burgers in my entire life. Perfect everything. While it was very oily – see mayo, oil and butter in the ingredients, said oil formed a puddle on my plate, a puddle of unicorn jizz infused with multiple truffles, guess where all my fries transferred to for blissed out truffle soggy fry orgy? Garthy and Cynthia got to try some truffle fries and were impressed, I cannot recall if I let them try my burger, I was in a deluded fantasy land experiencing wonders that are rare and need to be enjoyed and savored in seclusion. I am truffle obsessed, I am burger obsessed and this blew my mind, while most on the FBAS site do not believe in Unicorns (the perfect 5 pointer burger) I do. I am awarding this a 5 pickle rating, onion rings not required or remove from burger and have a precursor to heavenly delight. For my table made soggy truffle oiled fry orgy I will award 4.5 spuds. It should be noted this is the second burger I have ever awarded a Unicorn award to, the first one was the first burger I had at Danno’s, Josh’s Pork Belly Reuben Burger. Odd these places are around the corner from each other – is Dee Why the new burger mecca?
For the venue as a whole, based on beers and burgers I have tallied our meal scores for a nice damned score of……