Juicy Lucy opened up in February of this year and has been churning out the lunchtime rotisserie chicken and chicken burgers all year long from their Elizabeth Street store. They’ve now taken on the old Sugarcane site around the corner on Reservoir Street and are now able to cater to the dine-in and bar culture that is Surry Hills.
Whilst the original Juicy Lucy (still there and thriving) has more of a takeaway vibe, the second restaurant definitely invites you to sit down for your Juicy Lucy feed. With artwork adorning the walls, this place looks the part. Perfect for that hump day burger fix or chow down on some Asian dishes with friends on that lazy Sunday afternoon.
And does it really get any better than this for a Friday night? Drink in hand and pinball machine in sights – I may very well become a permanent fixture in this place!
We dropped in for a quick weekday lunch but we did notice a pretty epic list of drinks on the menu. Spirits, beer, wine, cocktails… and slushies! Don’t know about you, but I’m heading back for a Lychee Frozè (Rosè, Lychee Liqueur, Chambord, Lychee) – sounds divine!
We got started straight away on their drumettes. Crunchy batter, nicely spiced and salted, with chicken that was both meaty and juicy. There’s a sticky sauce or Korean BBQ sauce you can add – our pick is the Korean BBQ. It’s a delicious gochujang based sauce that has just enough sweetness and heat to bump up the chicken to that next level.
Awesome slaw. We only ordered it because we always feel obligated to order that token salad dish to get our 5 portion of veggies a day lol. But this was fantastic. Heaped with mint and coriander, this coleslaw definitely has an Asian edge which we loved.
How could we not order a burger? Despite their foray into Asian food, they do have their signature burgers on the menu. We grabbed the classic Juicy Lucy – fried chicken, tomato, lettuce, cheese and sriracha mayo. That chicken is so incredibly juicy. A thoroughly enjoyable chicken burger.
Don’t forget to order chips! They’re optional so you need to order them separately and trust me, you will regret it if you don’t! They’re crunchy crunchy crunchy. And don’t we all secretly love crinkle cut? So much better than shoestring fries! Oh, and dip it into the Korean BBQ sauce – you’re welcome.
We ended with a Char Kway Teow (CKT). Fat rice noodles, duck lap cheong and prawns. Lap cheong (chinese sausage) is typically pork so it was a great touch to use duck. The noodles were silky and flavoursome with a nice amount of heat. And it comes in a very generous portion size too.
We’re loving Juicy Lucy’s new dine-in restaurant. It’s the Juicy Lucy we know, but more. So the next time you’re looking for somewhere to hang on a Friday night, head down to their second store for some epic Asian dishes and a boozy slushie. See you at the pinball machine!
40 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Contributed by Susan who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys