Wrap your chops around this.

This discreet little St Leonard’s gem is starting to gather quite a few fans – Noodlies, Sydney food blog included. Here’s why…

Chef's Kitchen, St Leonards Meaty Menage

Your eyes will water at the sight of the meaty menage burger ($14). It’s death by protein consisting of wagyu beef pattie, brisket, rasher of bacon, melty American cheddar on a foundation of wicked house made sauce.

Your eyes will water at the sight of the meaty menage burger.

The bun is a panini, so the burger purists might snub their nose. But all else fades in comparison to that truckload of meat and cheese filling. I struggled to finish it all and half way through the fat was seeping through the panini base. It’s bloody good. Though you’ll get a gutful of meat fragrance, texture and taste, which repeats hours later.

Would I order again? Hell, yes!

Some of the best chips I’ve had.

Then there’s the herbaceous, crispy chips, broad but thin, and covered with salt and seasoning – they melt in your mouth and compel you to eat more. How could something so simple be so delicious?!

The burgers take a little time to cook but god they’re good and hot when you get them.

Chefs Kitchen St Leonards Menu

Chef’s Kitchen & Cafe’s menu, like their decor, is pretty simple: four boards, three for burgers, one is their specials of the day and a wraps board. Pulled pork burger sounds delicious: smoked and braised with cos lettuce, crispy onions and whole egg mayo. Next time it’ll be a Louisiana beef: cajun spiced pattie with cos lettuce, pickles, tomato, cheese, epic BBQ and lime aioli. The alba burger might be just a tad more balanced than the meaty menage: wagyu pattie, house made beef chilli, American cheddar, cos lettuce, guacamole, tomato and pickled jalapeno mayo.

Chefs Kitchen St Leonards outside

Blink and you’ll miss this burger joint on the highway opposite the station. But word’s gotten out, there’s a steady lunch time queue. Most take away because there’s not much room inside the spartan eatery, and probably because of the poor ventilation. Who wants to go back to work smelling like cooked meat?

Chefs Kitchen St Leonards inside

Chef’s Kitchen & Cafe might not be much to look at, but they’ve put the effort in the kitchen where it counts. Gut stretching burgers, made with top quality ingredients and sold for zany prices – $14 for a burger of this standard is a steal.

Try it. I’d love to know what you think.

Chef’s Kitchen & Cafe
562 Pacific Highway, St Leonards, NSW
(02) 9436 0290

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