Miel Container Sunnybank
Sunnybank’s Market Square always overflows with people. On any given night, long queues stretch below neon signs and out onto footpaths.
Johnny Na’s second instalment of his hugely popular Miel Container burger joint is front and centre in the scene. Its red shipping-container facade cuts a striking contrast against the surrounding restaurants.
Na’s original Miel Container, a CBD “pop-up”, was an instant success on opening in 2014, winning fans with its wide-ranging menu of burger creations.
Inside this 120-seat second instalment, it’s just as busy as the car park outside, a queue at the counter consistently five or six deep. Johnny’s brother, Steve, leads the Sunnybank team, the staff working feverishly to push burgers out of a poky kitchen.
The burgers are a fusion of Na’s diverse Korean-via-French culinary training. Think barbecue bulgogi and miso-smoked pork belly, both served with bean-paste mayo, or more traditional grass-fed beef, crumbed fish and vegie burgers. All come sandwiched between house-baked brioche or ciabatta.
Servings are generous and the option to DIY is a point of difference, flying in the face of the “no menu change” policies that are becoming common elsewhere. Sunnybank adds tap beer to the mix as well as a small menu of ice-cream and shakes.