Bare Grills Cafe in La Parouse
It’s a clever play on words – Bare Grills, and the fact that it looks over the beautiful Bare Island in south-eastern suburb, La Perouse, is only one of them. I took a trip to the seaside village, La Perouse, to see if all the burger inspired hype about Bare Grills was worth the journey…
Personally, I can’t think of the Café’s name without ideas of adventure, excitement and survival from the namesake TV presenter coming to mind. And those three words are exactly how I would sum up the experience at Bare Grills Burger Bar.
The menu is exciting with over 10 different sumptuous burgers and heaps more to choose from. The location is a fantastic adventure, with beaches and coves, history galore and a range of national parks to explore. And survival – well, with offerings such as ‘Death by Burger’ on the menu, you might not know how you’ll ever survive without another visit!
This is most extensive burger menu I’ve seen, with over 10 different burgers to choose from. Take your pick from beef, pulled pork, Philly cheese steak, chicken, fish or veggie. From the classic Original beef patty with oodles of American Cheddar, gherkins and golden caramelised onions, to the ‘Hangover’ – a beer battered to-die-for fish burger with a magical tartar sauce.
And the pièce de résistance?
The aptly named “Death by Burger” Challenge – 10 beef patties, cheddar, bacon, Bare sauce and a side of chips. Are you up for the challenge? If not, don’t worry – the Bare Grills menu boasts an array of steaks, ribs and fish dishes too. And don’t even think about going without trying the Epic Fries – golden waffles, topped with succulent pulled pork, spiced aioli and BBQ sauce, basically, heaven on a side plate.
The venue opens out onto the quiet street overlooking the ‘village’ green. However, the venue itself is quite small, so on peak times you may have to wait for a seat. That being said, two words: Picnic Blankets. Bare Grills generously offers the use of a whole load of picnic blankets to their patrons, so why not order a take away and sit on the beautiful green with ocean views and a sea breeze to accompany your picnic lunch or dinner?
The seaside town of La Perouse is a hidden gem. Surrounded by ocean, small coves, beaches and National Parks, the location couldn’t be better. Bare Grills is about 14kms from Sydney’s CBD, but with so much to discover in the area, it’s worth making a day trip out of it. Take your swimmers for a dip in the peaceful coves and beaches such as Congwong Beach, Little Congwong Beach and Frenchman’s Beach, or take your hiking boots to explore the stunning coastal walking tracks in the National Park!
There’s even something for those looking for a bit of culture, with Bare Island Fort tours open to the public every Sunday afternoon (except the first Sunday of the month) for $10, sharing fascinating facts, hidden secrets and some shocking scandals of the past. But if that’s a bit serious for you – there’s always the Snake Man performing his legendary snake show from 1.30pm every Sunday afternoon! A show that has been ongoing since the early 1900’s!
“The Tip: Save Money!
The Bare Grills Café is listed on the Sydney food deal app, Ompty – standing for Offers Made Privately to You. It’s an online marketplace offering their Free Membership and access to exclusive deals created by their restaurant partners. So if you’re planning to go, let Ompty know and get your very own tailor made deal. Bonus!
Visiting Bare Grills is a great way to escape the city. With the café’s casual dining feel, it fits in perfectly with the seaside town’s laidback atmosphere. You’ll feel more like a hundred miles away from the CBD. A great day trip venue but be aware that Bare Grills is not a licensed cafe – so there’ll be no beers with that burger, but what you will get instead is delicious food from a great menu in a rather splendid place.
Getting yourself to Bare Grills Burgers!