Spurred by the success of his Burger Project eateries in Sydney and Melbourne, irrepressible chef Neil Perry is poised to take the program upmarket.
Perry will launch Black Label by Burger Project in Sydney on Monday (May 28) with a menu of premium burgers, breakfast items, salads and alcoholic milkshakes.
Located at Grosvenor Place, the restaurant described by Perry's PR team as "cool and sleek, with dark timber finishes and chocolate leather furnishings".
The Black Label menu will feature seven different gourmet burgers including the Black Label burger; a Cape Grim grass-fed beef and triple-smoked bacon pattie layered with pickled jalapenos, cheese, fresh onions, lettuce and tomato, drizzled with a secret sauce.
Other choices include Henrietta; a butter-milk-brined chicken burger with crunchy, cabbage, cheese,tomato, pickle, onions and zingy house-made Sriracha mayonnaise, while Native features a Paroo Kangaroo and Cape Grim grass-fed beef pattie, lemon myrtle mayonnaise, spiced native quandong and bush tomato sauce.
Vegans can get their fix with Zeppelin, a moist chickpea and zucchini pattie topped with layers of beetroot, tomato, lettuce, tangy zucchini pickles and house-made tomato relish, on a gluten-free vegan bun.
Waffle-cut chips, onion rings and a range of speciality dips and sauces are among the sides.
Diners can choose between three salads, all of which can be protein-boosted with poached chicken breast or a chickpea and zucchini pattie.
Black Label's sit-down and takeaway breakfast menu is accompanied by coffees from cult Sydney roaster Mecca Coffee, serving house blend, special blend and nitro coffee on tap, a cold, frothy brew infused with nitrogen gas.
Coffee is free with any breakfast purchase throughout the opening week, with $1 coffee with a breakfast purchase in June.
Chocolate, peanut butter, salted caramel and strawberries and cream are just a few of the flavours on an 'adult shakes' menu, which means they can be mixed with a choice of spirits, including Belvedere, Jack Daniels and Campari (why no artisan Australian choices, I wonder?).
Beer lovers fare better with craft choices including Young Henrys, Stone and Wood, Hope Brewhouse, and Balter.
Guests can also enjoy 11 local wines by the bottle, or two reds and whites by the glass each.
Rockpool Dining Group Culinary Director Neil Perry said the menu combines a variety of beautiful flavours and top-quality ingredients and explored a range of exciting new options.
"We're using fresh ingredients, make specific elements in-house, and have teamed up with local producers to showcase the best Australia has to offer,” he said. “The mix of vegan, Asian and classic burger styles, as well as produce such as kangaroo, native ingredients and superfoods, makes this menu uniquely delicious.”
Black Label by Burger Project is located at Grosvenor Place Courtyard, 225 George St, Sydney, and will be open Monday to Friday, 7am-10pm, and Saturdays 11am-10pm, with breakfast available every weekday, 7am-11am.
For more information: www.burgerproject.com/blacklabel/