I had been working with a client in Avalon and it was coming up to lunchtime and I asked if he could suggest anything I might like for lunch, knowing I was heading back south he suggested I might like a new venue. Said venue is SLOPPY TEE’S, on Pittwater Road in Collaroy, pretty much at the south bound bus stop. He said a few things and then the magical words “they have a great burger,” SOLD, I WAS IN!!
SLOPPY TEE’S has been open now for about two weeks and the layout is blissfully aesthetic and caters to my OCD, it is clean, it looks Scandinavian and it just exudes crisp and healthy but the food caters to that and much much more. It is opened by the previous owners and operators of Northern Beaches venues DECK 23 and FORTY BEANS, they know their shit and have improved and escalated this venue to that next level.
It is a breakfast, brunch and lunch venue that sells snacks, pre-packaged lunches, uber awesome sweets that ARE ALL MADE ON SITE and makes Toby’s Estate Coffee through a beautiful colour coordinated La Marzocca Italian Espresso Machine.
It is the ideal venue for those getting the morning bus for a fresh coffee right from the bus stop and their on-site made pastries are insanely mouth watering, above is the Nutella Cruffins, Almond Cruffins and their Salty Caramel Cruffins and pretty soon they will be adding a Lemon Meringue Cruffin. They will be mixing it up and making whatever takes their fancy. I actually got to watch them make the pastry for a batch while I was eating, the pastry baking section is viewable to the public and it really adds to the brilliance of the place, can’t wait to be in there while things are baking so I can melt in the waft from the oven.
They do fresh healthy juices, smoothies, milkshakes (the Blueberry Cheesecake shake has me salivating), sublime sounding nibbles that include your banana breads, muesli and they win a massive bonus from me for serving Croque Monsieurs and a Cheese and Leak Monsieur. Then their brunch menu has your usual eggs, but also Corned Beef Hash, Wood Smoked Salmon, Grilled Black Sausage, Waffles and even Corn Cakes. I am dribbling saliva while writing this (picture Homer Simpson).
Then there is the lunches. SCRAMBOS – these sound amazing; a cheeky scrambled free range egg pocket with your choice of Canadian Bacon, Black Sausage, Panned Mushrooms or Corned Beefhash for $7.50 – what a great snack idea!!! They also do Buffalo Smokey BBQ wings or Karaage with Chipotle May for $9 and actually specialise (on top of everything else) in their Slow Roasted Rolls for $11.50. The two faves I need to try and will list are:
- Pulled pork, apple saw, chilli bbq, house pickles
- Prawn Po-Boy, slaw and chipotle mayo
The remaining ones are just as nice but need to leave you a surprise when you visit :).
Then there is the above burger – THE SLOPPY TEE’S BURGER, it was epic. Angus Beef, beetroot relish, bacon steak, tomato, slaw, pickles, Masdaam and Red Leicester cheeses and all served on Japanese Milk Bun (buns from Brasserie Bread). It was $12.50 and I got Cheese Chilli Fries for $5.50 to accompany it. The fries are nice and bloody tasty but I have to be honest, I have never had cheese chilli fries that come anywhere near the greatness of Smoque in Canberra (I still have feeding dreams about them), but if you haven’t had the Smoque fries you could find these among the best you have had.
The burger will make my top 10 for Sydney, it is sublimely stacked and flavoursome, the flavours work so well together and the structural integrity was perfect. I have to say that I did find the patty overcooked by a couple of minutes, it wasn’t dry but it wasn’t as juicy as I would like and bordered on medium to well when it should be medium rare. Minor grievance but I am a burger whore. Oh I need to mention – three little pieces of crackling that came with the burger, served on top, it was a great bonus to crunch on, the crackling was cooked in either fennel seeds or possibly star anise and had a nice touch of aniseed to it.
And why not accompany a nice coffee or shake, or a post burger and fries feast with a nice custard tart that is topped with what ever they think will look bloody nice on the day, these Kiwi fruit topped custard tarts nearly saw me purging in the car park so I could come back in and go for round two.
The place is amazing and I now have my go to place when venturing further up north on the beaches for work, wishing them the best of luck, but don’t think they need it, their product and marketing is solid and their location is a bloody winner!
*** Spooning Australia was joking about purging, bulimia is a very serious issue and if you suffer in anyway from bulimia or anorexia in any way then please for the love of good food and your good self, SEEK HELP