BangBang Cafe, Surry Hills

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A contender for Sydney’s most easygoing boozy brunch spot, BangBang’s crowd-pleasing breakfast menu goes hand in hand with epic burgers and a $9 Bloody Mary or two.

Located in a quiet, leafy nook of inner city suburb Surry Hills, BangBang Cafe is a small, industrial space with an urban-cool vibe. Dripping graffiti letters in curved white neon display the cafe’s logo on the far wall, while large windows allow plenty of natural light to spill into the venue.

On the menu, there’s something to please everyone — from buttermilk pancakes and coffee, to big stack burgers and cocktails. While my visit was in the “probably too early to start drinking” time of the morning, you bet I’ll be back for $9 Bloody Mary’s and $10 cocktails all day.

Top to bottom: Buttermilk Pancakes with caramelised banana, fresh fruit, meringue, crushed pistachio and maple syrup ($15); Açaí Bowl with coconut yoghurt, granola, fresh fruit and chia seeds ($12)

The buttermilk pancakes fell somewhere between homestyle and “overpriced but pretty for Instagram” — perhaps the perfect medium for some. For the classic pancake-lover, these are hard to beat with their soft and fluffy texture, drizzled with maple syrup, bananas topped with a brûlée sugar crust and a colourful assortment of fresh fruit.

As for poor old açaí, I won’t judge too harshly. A warm summer day in Sydney coupled with food bloggers taking photos surely sets any frozen food up for failure. Unfortunately, I wasn’t blown away with the açaí flavour either, which I suspect is due to using not enough açaí pulp as opposed to fruit fillers such mixed berries. The addition of tangy coconut yoghurt, fresh fruit and a nice, toasty granola had potential for a wonderfully wholesome breakfast bowl but for me missed the mark.

Too early for cocktails but not for burgers? I’m not sure where our logic went this morning but we couldn’t go past the star of BangBang’s show. Now, we could have gone for a sensible one patty, but why have one when you can have…five?

Quin ‘All Star Burger’ ($30)

And, here’s the one patty for reference —

Single ‘All Star Burger’ ($10)

At a ridiculously good price, Bangbang’s ‘All Star Burger’ starts at $10 for a single patty and goes all the way to five patties for $30. The wagyu-blend is juicy and delicious with excellent seasoning, layered with melted, smoked cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and BangBang sauce — a crowdpleaser for sure.

‘BBFC’ buttermilk fried chicken, smoked cheddar, house-made chilli sauce, cabbage slaw, lettuce, tomato and aioli ($14) + extra fried chicken ($4) + bacon ($3)

If beef burgers aren’t your thing, BangBang also offers a mean chicken option. The ‘BBFC’ comes with a large piece of succulent buttermilk fried chicken with an impossibly golden and crunchy coating. As if we hadn’t already ordered enough food, we felt compelled to add another piece of fried chicken and bacon — phew! The cabbage slaw, lettuce and tomato added a welcome dimension of freshness, while the house-made chilli sauce and creamy aioli packed in flavour and moisture.

The Verdict

A hidden gem in Surry Hills that offers uncomplicated and delicious food at a price that’s easy on the wallet. Although personally I wasn’t blown away by the pancakes, I’m sure pancake purists will love this option. As for the burgers, I’d highly recommend them both, no matter how many patties you choose to face! Juicy and succulent, paired with excellent condiments and the right amount of freshness.

Eats with Marie dined as a guest of BangBang Cafe and FCBA. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.

BangBang Cafe
113 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9281 0018

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