Let’s talk burgers. Who doesn’t love them?! You can’t tell me there isn’t something comforting about eating meat sandwiched between hunks of bread, drizzled with melted cheese or sauce. Brisbane has some great burger joints sprinkled around the various food burbs but the latest one just happens to be in the CBD. And it is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
Miss Kay’s officially opened its doors a few weeks ago but already has a steady stream of loyal fans thanks to its previous life as a pop-up burger bar. We stumbled across it whilst searching for places to eat on Anzac Day. Nestled between a kebab shop and Flight Centre on George Street, Miss Kay’s is a stone’s throw from the action on Queen Street Mall and the Treasury Casino. All of which makes it a great place to grab a bite to eat if you are in the CBD (particularly after-hours…hello 3am weekend closing time!). The large red neon sign welcomes you as you step inside to a set from an American sitcom – exposed brick with red accents, cool interior lighting, a library on the 2nd floor and music from the 80s and 90s music pulsing through the speakers.
We descended on Miss Kay’s at about 7pm on Saturday night. Even though the CBD was much quieter than it usually was (being Anzac Day), this place was happening. A moderate crowd of all ages was spread across both floors enjoying their food and listening to the live music. We ordered our meals (jerked chicken burger and wings for the boy, and a cheeseburger and onion rings for me) and grabbed one of the few remaining tables outside. The jerk spiced chicken was cooked perfectly and tucked inside a brioche bun with tomato, lettuce, lime-cucumber yoghurt and mayo. The chicken was succulent and each mouthful packed with flavour. His side of “krispy” chicken wings with buffalo sauce also went down very well. The cheeseburger consisted of an Angus beef patty cooked medium rare with pickles, melted cheese and plenty of tomato sauce and mustard. Easily the best cheeseburger I have ever had (and that’s a big call for a cheeseburger addict like me). And with the sweet onion rings, it was a match made in heaven.
Somehow we managed to find room for the only dessert on the menu – vanilla bean ice cream sandwiched between two chewy chocolate chip cookies with Nutella. It arrived wrapped in baking paper and looked devine. But on closer inspection the whole thing had been frozen making it almost impossible to cut or bite into. We asked for it to be microwaved for 20 seconds which made it only slightly easier to eat without losing a tooth. Personally I think it would have been better to assemble the dish to order with freshly warmed cookies, vanilla ice cream and a generous dollop of Nutella.
Dessert dramas aside, I really loved the whole vibe of Miss Kay’s. I can’t think of many other places where you groove along to those songs from the 80s and 90s in public without being ridiculed, and it was great to enjoy it with like-minded individuals. The selection of burgers and sides is simple but utterly delicious. And well-priced too. I can’t wait to go back for a second helping 🙂 Their website is coming soon but check them out on Facebook in the interim.
DISCLAIMER: Live Life Brisbane attended as a member of the public and paid for her own calories.
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