I had fully intended on bringing you guys a post about the Merival Winter Feast we had at Lotus last night, but sadly my photos turned out SHOCKINGLY bad due to the dim lighting - even with Photoshop I can't fix them up! But I will say that it was a great 3 course meal we had for $39 - all the dishes were balanced with the ingredients pairing so well together it was like they were destined to be eaten like that. Dan Hong (if you ever read this): you are a genius! For more about the Merivale Winter Feast offer at Lotus and some photos of the dishes, visit eatshow&tell, one bite more, and raspberri cupcakes (essentially we ate the same dishes except the mains were slightly different).
Anyway, onto the real post: BenBry burgers is a little hole in the wall in Manly just off the main strip of shops. The first time I went there was no one there but today it was packed with crowds of people waiting outside for their burgers, even at 2.30pm. It seems word has got out about this place! We ordered our burgers and joined the crowds for the long haul. And boy were we starving when we finally got our order after about 30 minutes wait.
Sir D ordered the Tropical Feast burger in a meal deal that comes with chips and a drink for an extra $2.95. It comes with a beef patty, crispy bacon rashers, cheese, pineapple, lettuc, tomato onion, avocado, Benbry aioli and tomato sauce. The beef patty was a bit dry but the burger as a whole was a pretty good combination. The burgers were so big that they we weren't even hungry by dinner time.
The chips were a bit mediocre - I remember them being better and more crunchy the first time we came but it might have been because they were really busy today.
I ordered the Le Coq burger (a bit embarrassing to say at the counter...) which has a crumbed chicken breast with garlic butter, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onion, Benbry aioli and tomato sauce. I'm glad I ordered this burger because the chicken breast is not dry but moist and tender with a lovely crunchy crumb. It also happens to go really well with the avocado and aioli and despite the size of the burger I have no problems finishing it off.
Later on we head over to Copenhagen for ice cream in a choc-dipped waffle cone. I get the chocolate and Royal Copenhangen (hokey pokey) flavours but the best part of getting ice cream at Copenhagen is putting the toppings on at the end! And so my ice cream gets a very very liberal sprinkling of chocolate sprinkles. Yum!
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