Take chefs who’ve earned their individual chops at the likes of Momofuku Seiobo, Quay and Master and put them all in the kitchen together. You’d expect greatness right? Right. By all accounts that’s what you’ll find at their collective Penrith venture, Burger Head. Yep, you may have guessed from the name that this is yet another burger joint, one moving away from overcrowded scenes of Sydney CBD and the inner-west.
Richard Bong (ex-Momofuku Seiobo), Josh DeLuca (ex-Quay) and Timothy Rosenstrauss (ex-Master) have come together to drive this casual dining force which is highly likely to become one of Penrith’s most popular hangs, edging away from the area’s modest options with quality burgers that hold every single ingredient to a high standard. As we’ve seen elsewhere with the likes of Kerby Craig’s Ume Burger and Chase Kojima’s unique Gojima, that kind of dedication makes all the difference in the world and results in some incredibly tasty gourmet burgers.
According to Good Food, the kitchen at Burger Head aren’t taking their approach to burgers lightly, nor are they skimping on the sideshows. Liquid nitrogen is used to create smokey desserts, a sous vide machine helps slow-cook short ribs and pump out crispy fried chicken, bacon popcorn is available, and there’s talk of house-made kimchi and smoked pork jowls making their way onto the menu in some form.
Depending on what you order, burgers may come with dry-aged beef patties that are wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese while others will bring you pulled pork; hits of freshness come from the expected support acts of iceberg lettuce, tomato and caramelised onions. And yeah, there’s a vegetarian burger named the “Mike Tyson” which has mushrooms that have been smoked, pulled and barbecued, plus kale and cabbage.
Like all good burger joints in Sydney, the menu also reserves space for regular rotating specials which, like the entire concept in the first place, will bring a worldly inspiration to the American dining staple.
Assuming Burger Head performs well (which it will of course, it’s a burger joint in Penrith by three very reliable Michelin trained chefs) the owners are hoping to open multiple outlets across the western suburbs [Greystanes please].
Address: 17/98 Henry Street, Penrith
Hours: Tues-Sun 11:30am-2:30pm (lunch), 6pm-10pm (dinner)
Image: Burger Head.