If you take a wander around the City or Fortitude Valley, you’ll notice new venues constantly popping up, especially of the American variety. But, while Brisbane’s love affair with burgers is flowering (and we love this fact!) the City was still missing a worthy contender… until now.
Miss Kay’s is the newest burger joint on the block, taking over from the previous George Street resident, The Villager. It’s the latest brainchild of Justin Kong and Matt Lee (also of Our Place), as they branch out to create the foodie hotspot, that’s already had major success!
While only opening their doors to the public in the past week, Miss Kay’s had been operating a pop-up store for a few weeks prior, which had a great reception with Brisbane’s burger fiends. Justin mentions they used the pop-up as a trial for the menu and for the processes they’d use at the physical Miss Kay’s location.
“We’ve never done a food venue like this, so the pop-up was a good way to test it all out and make sure it was good to go,” Justin says.
And good to go, it is. The menu may be simple, with only nine burgers to choose from, but the flavours will undoubtedly make your mouth water. The first thing my fellow journo said to me after managing to swallow her first bite was, “Holy Sh*t!”. Yep - they're that good!
Burgerwise, can choose from the Ludakrisp, a crispy fried chicken burger with house slaw, pickles and sweet bbq sauce and mayo, the MK Special, which is the house favourite by diners, consisting of a beef patty, maple bacon, onion rings, American cheese and salad, or the Mac Daddy, the quirky burger sandwiching a beef patty, mac’n’cheese and fries within its buns. The menu also includes wings, dirty fries and Miss Kay’s ice cream sandwich, among other sides and salads.
Before the menu was officially finalised though, a temporary kitchen was set up in Justin’s house for a month and a half, where the experiments and final touches were created and trialled among friends and family. Justin jokes that it was a unique experience: “I’ve still got the deep fryer at my house, I’ve got to get it out of there.”
He explains the old venue space, The Villager, often came off a little too pretentious, but they hope to attract students and corporates, as well as the weekend crowd. “We’re not picky or aiming to please the ‘cool crowd’,” he says.
They will be incorporating Saturday night live music, trivia nights and coffee from their front window in the next couple of weeks.
As their tagline suggests, Miss Kay’s is ‘a place to share drinks, but not your burgers’. Expect delicious cocktails in jars and jugs, hearty yet innovative ‘Merican fare and good music in a relaxed environment, definitely worthy of a visit.
Must try signature cocktail:
Maple Bacon whisky sour with a maple bacon garnish.
Must try burger:
MK Special ( mentioned above).
Must try for the adventurous:
We love a food challenge! Here it’s The Big Kay’s Challenge; 5 beef patties, 5 slices of cheese and salad, with fries on the side.
Enlist in the challenge and prepare to devour the burger in 15 minutes, while the Eye Of The Tiger theme song rings out though the restaurant. So far there have been four contenders, all shamed by the challenge. The winners of the challenge will receive a $30 return voucher on completion and a spot on the wall of fame. Have you got the stomach for it?
185 George St, Brisbane CBD
P 3211 1300