There’s a burger restaurant in Mosman that opened a few weeks ago that I’ve been keen to try.
It’s located on the corner of Military Road and Raglan Street and in recent years the site has had a chequered history where a revolving door of businesses have opened then closed, barely before the locals have had a chance to tread on the welcome mat. When I saw the premises had been leased yet again and that the building was having yet another renovation I hoped it wasn’t going to be yet another cafe with a barister out the front and friands, macarons and cupcakes behind the counter.
With great relief I discovered the new business was a desperately needed burger joint owned by none other than Justin North.
As it’s now the school holidays and I’m trying to find activities to keep Alfie tame, I thought an excursion to The Burger Shed would be a good way to kill a few hours over lunch. I was just about out the door when alas, Miss Arabella yelled from her death bed, ‘Where are you going?’
Because Arabella has taken to her bed insisting she’s having a relapse of the glange and has been moping around like a bag of misery proclaiming she’s too tired and too weak and too unwell to be in any way useful around the house.
‘I’m just taking Alfie to lunch at The Burger Shed‘.
‘But I need some lunch’, came a wailing reply.
‘I’ll bring you something back because we’re leaving now’.
‘Wait; I want to come’. And she dragged herself from her bed and shuffled down the hall to where we were tiring of waiting.
‘Is there any dairy in the buns?’
‘Do they have gluten-free?’
‘Can you just give me some money to buy a bottle of coconut water? It’s very good for you. Have you got the number for the doctor? I bet it’s glange.’
‘There, there, Arabella, no need to over-react; here’s the money for the coconut water; we’ll see you there’.
By now we were late and this 20-seater establishment was packed by the time we arrived. (I told Arabella I didn’t have time to dither!) The shed is long and thin but with the external walls being floor-to-ceiling glass allowing in a lot of light, it seems more spacious.
You order and pay at the counter then you are handed a bucket with your table number on it and inside there’s your napkins and cutlery. We found a tiny table for the three of us and waited for the burgers to arrive.
There’s a brick wall at the end of the space with ‘Est 2013′ painted on the brickwork which reminds me of the olden days when businesses would open and always state the year they first opened. A good tradition!
You can see into the kitchen which is again a small space but clearly manageable as I don’t hear any Gordon Ramsay-styled outbursts.
We only waited a few minutes before our burgers arrived. Alfie ordered The Snack Burger that comes with grass fed Angus and Wagyu beef, cheddar, tomato relish and pickles. He had no complaints and demolished it without a word.
Arabella ordered The Shed Burger on a gluten-free bun which is the same as The Snack Burger only larger and she had it without the cheddar. She didn’t like the GF bun saying it was very dry, heavy and stale. I tried it and would have to agree however I doubt it was actually stale, it just had that terribly dry texture that is unfortunately all too common with GF bread.
I ordered the Chicken Tortilla Wrap that came with marinated free-range chicken, Spanish onion salad and tomato and herb aioli. The chicken was tender and the salad crunchy and they were very generous with the aioli. This would have to be the best tortilla wrap I’ve had in a very long time.
We also ordered the parmesan truffle fries. These are an absolute, ‘must-have’. I could smell the truffle before the fries landed on the table. The fries are beautifully golden and crispy on the outside while fluffy on the inside. They are perfectly seasoned and don’t need any dunking in sauce.
The Burger Shed is licensed however we ordered soft drinks but there are also some sensational looking milkshakes on the menu including a salted caramel shake – something to try next time.
The Burger Shed is a casual eatery with very reasonable prices, friendly and efficient service with a great range of fantastic burgers and accompaniments on the menu. It is a welcome addition to the Mosman dining scene and I can see this place remaining popular for a long time to come.
Verdict: Fleeing the perils of the fine dining scene, Justin North is right on course in bringing a quality casual eatery to Mosman. Long may it last.
The Burger Shed: Cnr Military Road and Raglan Street, Mosman 2088. Ph: 02 8021 9262
And it wasn’t the glange; it was strep throat.
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