THE SCENE You may have seen the ad for GoodTime Burgers a few months ago. An image of a woman’s naked buttocks encasing a burger filled with all the trimmings? It certainly rubbed some people up the wrong way, but nonetheless got tongues wagging and put them on the map. Now the team are back with GoodTime Diner, upstairs from the Bondi Junction burger joint and priding themselves on ‘low and slow’ cooked meats.
THE GRUB The six-hour BBQ pork ribs certainly attest to their long, hot, smoker method of cooking – falling off the bone and dripping in sweet, sticky BBQ sauce. While you do want to come here for a feast, the snacks are good too, such as tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa, cajun-charred corn or a tasty little mac’n’cheese. You can still get your burgers – and they’re rather sizeable – the Juicy Lucy had us in awe with its wagyu patty stuffed with mozzarella. And the Notorious P.I.G with pulled pork is awesome, just like its name.
BEHIND THE BAR As you can tell, this isn’t for the vegetarians, especially since the pick of the cocktail list has to be the Texas Old Fashioned with bacon-infused bourbon, and garnished with a bacon ‘swizzle stick’. If you prefer a meat-free drink, you can get your classic cocktail by request.
BILL PLEASE Grab some mates and share everything for a reasonably priced feast. You’re looking at around $30 a head to roll out stuffed.
VERDICT Sure, the vibe might not be exactly fitting of the good time New Orleans era they’re aiming for, but give them a chance to let the grease settle and I think they’ll get there. For now, just loosen the belt buckles and indulge.
Level 1, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction