I think it’s no secret that I adore the burgers at Moo Gourmet Burgers, so much so that I would brave awful wet weather and horrible traffic just for a taste. And getting lost.
Well, just a little lost (I walked into the restaurant next door and got a few curious stares) and felt a little silly when I finally noticed the (numerous) signs indicating where Moo was. Going through a narrow passageway and onto the second floor took me to Moo’s newest joint.
Moo at Manly is cozy, has two floors, really neat finishing touches and a balcony with a sweet beach view from the third floor (or rather Moo’s second floor); I love the rustic furniture (made from recycled materials by Bare Nature).
I’ve never successfully finished the awesome chunky chips with my burger, which is really such a pity because they’re really quite awesome: the crispy shell giving way to the fluffy potato on the inside, never oily and always moist. So awesome I’ve used it twice in that sentence! A few of us have been to Moo before and so know to treat those chips with caution – must leave room for the burgers!
The chips came with four of Moo’s most popular sauces (and with good cause too): aioli, mayonnaise, chilli jam and tomato relish. The aioli was hands down the table’s favourite.
I always have a hard time trying to choose which burger to eat when I come to Moo, while F seems to gravitate to the Wagyu Beef Burger quite often and it’s really not hard to see why.
All the components of the burger, from the juicy Angus Pure pattie to the creamy Tasmanian brie and caramelised onions, harmonised so completely together that I totally forgot that we were going to be served a second burger and practically finished it.
Do you find that once you find something you really really like, you latch onto it and order it all the time? The Mooteaser is my go-to Mooshake, but it was nice to try something different this time around.
The Beach Blonde, with its Crunchie bits and caramel and chocolate syrup, was as delicious as I remembered (though not as good as the Mooteaser hehe). We also got to try the traditional vanilla malted milkshake that is the foundation of all Mooshakes. It’s not surprising that the “base” is also delicious, simple and full of flavour, and I can see just how easily it can carry all the fancy trappings of the other shakes Moo has on offer.
I never really thought about getting a cocktail from Moo before but after having the Cow in Mud (as in, happy as a “pig in mud”… get it? hehe) I think I might be switching from the Mooteaser after this! The fantastic cocktail is the perfect blend of Frangelico, Baileys, chocolate sauce and Tim Tams (which I think is the secret weapon that makes the drink go from “yummm” to “kapow!”)… bother, I really would love one right now.
Moo has expanded their beer range to include the Moo Brew Pale Ale – a boutique beer made at the Moorilla Estate, Tasmania. I love the shape of the bottle (I don’t know why, there’s something about it that’s rather pleasing) and the light floral taste is quite nice.
The Kangaroo burger is a new addition to the Moo gourmet burger range. The succulent kangaroo pattie has a mixture of sage and garlic and wonderfully accompanied by caramelised onions, beetroot relish (to die for), fresh tomato and rocket, topped off with their home-made mayonnaise. Bliss. The burger comes in the usual sour dough bun, as well as a gluten free bun.
I could not, for the life of me, finish the burger so I was glad that I had cut (maybe “butcher” would be a better word) it in half. Our waitress kindly packed our leftovers in takeaway boxes and seeing my coworker lives right next door to Moo (so lucky!!), I popped over with a little present, which he absolutely loved.
I have to confess, I’ve never tried Moo’s desserts as we’ve always been so full after the burgers, but I think we have to make room for dessert next time we come here for their Black & White “Mookies” (Moo cookies!). These mind-blowing cookies are made from scratch, daily, and we were served ones straight from the oven. Seriously, these are mind-blowingly awesome with its melted white and dark chocolate chunks, crunchy edge and doughy middle. Absolutely yumsters.
Moo, it seems, has been going from strength to strength – churning out packed full of flavour burgers and now conquering desserts too! Their new place in Manly is so well placed to pop in for a take away burger and enjoy (perhaps rather messily) right on the beach. Something I have a feeling I’ll be doing this summer… then going back for a Mookie and sneak in some ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s nearby. Oh! It’d be a perfect day, I just know it – with such deliciousness how could it not?!
Eat Show and Tell dined as a guest at Moo Gourmet Burgers.
Moo Gourmet Burgers, Manly
Levels 2 & 3, 33 South Steyne (btwn Wentworth St & The Corso)
Manly, NSW, 2095
Ph: (02) 9976 0948