8bit first opened in Footscray, in Melbourne’s west, in 2014 (there are now two more in the Melbourne CBD). It was established as a nostalgic ode to the neighbourhood fish’n’chip shop; it has vintage arcade machines and plays hip-hop tunes. The burgers have names like the Zelda (with a chickpea, corn and quinoa patty), after the Nintendo action-fantasy game from the ’80s, and there’s a Golden Axe (fried chicken, cheese, Sriracha mayo and slaw), named after the 1989 Sega arcade game. The Fatal Fury (a hotdog with a chilli-and-cheese kransky, cheese sauce, chilli beef and jalapeños) is named for the 1991 fighting game.
This is the first Sydney outpost, at Darling Harbour’s Steam Mill Lane.
The stores all maintain the 8bit blue, yellow and orange pixel motif, but each is inspired by a different video game. Super Mario Bros fans might recognise Sydney’s as the castle in the final level of the Super Nintendo game.
The menu doesn’t change, though. Ingredients include bacon, American cheese, tart pickles and tangy mayo, and there are never more than two patties; 8bit is not into massive burgers.
There’s a liquor license and 130 seats inside and out. Like in Melbourne there are two arcade machines so you can jump Diddy Kong through barrels with one hand and smash a Golden Axe fried-chicken burger with the other.