The boys are back – Charboys Burgers shows off its new Bulimba eatery
One of Brisbane’s most beloved boutique burger success stories has grown up. After closing up its bustling inner-city shipping container dispensary, Charboys Burgers has unveiled its new (and very first) bricks-and-mortar joint in the heart of Bulimba. If you’ve been missing the smell of sizzling beef patties and the taste of those same patties layered with cheese and smushed between a pair of buns, then gird your gullet – Charboys is back, and it’s bigger than ever.
For Shravan Gautam, opening a full-service burger joint has always been the end goal for his home-grown concept Charboys Burgers. Although Shrav has had to build Charboys from grassroots beginnings (the business started as a pop-up market stall in 2015), his product was considered perfect by early adopters from day dot. As the years progressed and word of mouth spread, Charboys’ profile started to increase, necessitating an expansion. Come 2017 and Charboys had relocated to a brightly coloured shipping container in the heart of Brisbane CBD, where the scent of patties cooking on the grill immediately drew in scores of ravenous eaters. Here, Charboys grew from Brisbane’s best-kept secret into one of its most heralded burger outlets, and what was supposed to be a temporary short-term stopover in The City grew to a two-year stint. The redevelopment of Charboys’ temporary home at 288 Edward Street meant Shrav would need to pick up sticks and relocate once more, but this time he was prepared to make his next stop permanent. Shrav had been on the hunt for the ideal location for a fixed home since early 2018, but the right mix of size, a receptive local community and potential for growth proved hard to find at first. Finally, he struck gold in Bulimba, securing a spacious tenancy on Oxord Street around the same time the CBD shipping container shuttered. Opting for a warm aesthetic of timber furnishings and splashes of greenery juxtaposed with Charboys’ signature red signage, the new space is rustic yet comfortable and welcoming.
With room for more than 35 tables, Charboys Burgers in Bulimba is by far the largest space Shrav has had to fill, but his menu of signature eats and some new additions are sure to put bums on seats. Long-time fans of Charboys will be stoked to know that the same menu as the Brisbane City locale has made the move across the river. As always, the patties are juicy, the brioche buns are buttery soft, and the lightly spiced secret sauce (the recipe for which Shrav has never written down) is still as punchy as ever. The core range includes the classic cheeseburger, southern fried-chicken burger, brekkie burger and vegetarian-friendly lentil burger, while riffs on these foundational options (the Carnivore, Scorcher, Queenslander, and The Goodfella) and tasty add-ons offer variety for those looking to personalise their choice. As for snacks, Charboys’ full complement of sides are also available – we’re talking the filthy fries, beer-battered onion rings and snack packs. The biggest noticeable difference at Charboys Bulimba is the drinks selection – Shrav has obtained a liquor license, so diners can wash down their feed with a Balter, Corona and Asahi (beer taps will be installed soon). Decadent milkshakes are also available, and Shrav has plans to gradually expand the food menu to include loaded fries lathered in cheese sauce, chilli fries and chicken wings. As for now, Shrav is content to keep Charboys simple, staying true to its roots and maintaining its streak of perfection, as far as burgers are concerned.
Charboys Burgers is now open on Oxord Street in Bulimba. For opening hours and contact details, seek out Charboys in the Stumble Guide.
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