Burke and Wills, Australian bistro on the Upper West Side

 Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Doing some research to write this post, I discovered that the restaurant's name Burke & Wills is an homage to two explorers, Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills, who in 1860 led an expedition across Australia, in areas not yet known. Unfortunately, it did not end well and it is said that they died a year later from being depleted from vitamins due to their consumption of seedcakes. 

 Clock at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Clock at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

It is a nice place, located in the heart of the Upper West Side. I like the feel of the decor with first the bar area at the entrance, that has two person booths, and then, in the back, a nice dining room sitting under a glass canopy that gives good light during the day, contrasting with the low light of the bar area. 

 Bar at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Bar at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Tables in bar area at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Tables in bar area at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Beer on tap at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Beer on tap at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Bar at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Bar at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Dining room at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Dining room at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Menu wise, they have snacks, small plates as well as large plates. But I went for one and only one dish: the "roo burger", understand kangaroo burger. I had kangaroo before, not as a burger, but a steak, when I was living in France, at a time when kangaroo and ostrich meat became a novelty, offering a healthier alternative to beef. Kangaroo has a very particular taste, far from beef and closer to venison, with a strong gamey flavor. 

 Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

When the burger came, I was very excited. The charred patty was topped by a tomato jam, arugula and picked onions. It was perfectly cooked medium, juicy and very flavorful, with a nice char. It was served with a delicious harissa mayo that had a nice kick and accompanied with large fries that were a bit crispy and, unexpectedly cooked all the way through. 

 Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Kangaroo burger at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Fries at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Fries at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

With the burger, I decided to have an Australian beer. I chose a Cooper's vintage Ale. I could have gone for a cocktail, especially after seeing the Paul Hogan or Kylie Minogue ones that were prepared without alcohol. I guess they ditched the Mel Gibson...

 Cooper Vintage Ale at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Cooper Vintage Ale at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

For dessert, I decided to go for the homemade donuts that were served with Nutella and dulce de leche. The doughnuts were really good, airy and fully covered with confectioners sugar. I definitely recommend it. 

 Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Homemade donuts at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

 Nutella and dulce de leche at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

Nutella and dulce de leche at Burke and Wills, Upper West Side, NYC, New York

I had a nice meal at Burke & Willis: the burger was good and is a perfect choice if you want to try something unusual. I think that, for sure, it is worth the trip. 

Enjoy (I did)!

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