Milky Lane is renowned for its super decadent burgers and desserts.
After first arriving in Bondi in 2016, six more stores quickly followed across New South Wales and on the Gold Coast. Last week, Milky Lane landed in Brisbane, opening its first store in a tenancy on the Longland Street side of the gasometer at Gasworks Plaza. “We’ve always wanted to open in Brisbane, but it’s about finding the perfect site,” co-owner Christian Avant says. “[Gaswork Plaza owners] AMP told us about a brand new development and all the dots aligned.”
With 200 seats the Newstead store is larger than any of the other Milky Lane locations. The space is dark and moody, with large hip-hop-inspired murals and bright neon lights. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights there’s a DJ. “We like to sell Milky Lane as an experience,” Avant says. “It’s not like traditional burger shops where you’re in and out. People come to Milky Lane and it’s like having a night out.”
The menu is consistent across all Milky Lane venues. The Chic-Kanye comes loaded with Southern fried chicken, maple-smoked bacon, and double American cheese and slaw, and the Limp Brisket includes 12-hour-smoked beef brisket, American cheese, slaw and sauerkraut. Still, the top-seller is the classic Milky Lane burger with a Wagyu beef patty, double American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onion and tomato.
Decadent desserts include your choice of Golden Gaytime or Magnum coated with crushed biscuits and cornflakes, deep-fried and drizzled with maple syrup and Nutella. Cocktails are just as extravagant; there’s a Reese’s Peanut Butter Martini and a Kit Kat choc-fudge booze shake.
Given the reception so far, Avant says Milky Lane will “definitely” be opening more locations in Brisbane. “[Newstead has] broken all the records that were set before … it has just been mayhem,” he says.