It seems we can’t get enough of the ubiquitous burger joint. They’re everywhere. So what is it about Eat Burger that stands out from all the others?
Located a footy’s toss from Cronulla Beach, it’s easy to imagine towelling down after a summer’s day in the water, heading across the park and sinking your teeth into a Wagyu burger with maple-glazed bacon, truffle aioli, tomato jam and pickled red onions with a craft beer on the side.
Owners Kim and Paul Camilleri once ran Balmain’s French Sojourn Restaurant. Paul, also head chef, has a history at Sydney’s Banc and Vic’s Meats in Melbourne. As as a result he has an excellent knowledge of meat. His burger recipe is simple and complete. “Our patties are just two cuts of beef: brisket and chuck, with a bit of salt. No filler, no egg, no spices. So we cook it like a steak,” he explains.
Along with the Wagyu burger, must-try dishes include the sausage and scrambo burger for breakfast; shoestring fries topped with salsa verde, parmesan and lemon; or the vego burger, a spiced chickpea and zucchini patty with pickled carrot, hummus, coriander, iceberg lettuce and house-made sweet chilli sauce. All bread is provided by Brasserie. For dessert there’s soft-serve, a flavour-of-the-day Italian sundae with many toppings, or a rich milkshake with flavours made in-house.
Amber Road Design (who also decorated the nearby cafe, HAM) took the reins for the visuals. The interior design avoids the all-too-common rustic, wooden theme and instead settles for a geometric style with a striking palette of black on white. Tiles and slabs of white-and-grey marble frame the bar and open kitchen, and the furniture is minimalist.
Eat Burger knows its customers. “Cronulla’s different to Surry Hills. There’s a more beachy, family vibe here, and we’re tapping into that,” says Kim. It’s true, the food is sophisticated but it’s designed for the casual diner.