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First Look: Grease Monkey

Beatrice Smith

The newest player in Braddon’s blossoming foodie scene opened yesterday. Grease Monkey sits on the corner of Lonsdale and Elouera Street, in a refitted and refurbished space that up until a year ago was used by the Repco Car Service workshop. The building, built in the 1950s, still retains that authentic workshop feel, with the interior a mixture of thick timber, unfinished metal and concrete.

This may sound a bit rough and ready but in reality it’s far from.


The interior is warm, sunny and intimate, furnished with a mixture of wooden booths and bar tables. On one side, a bar stretches the length of the establishment; the extensive menu of wines, spirits and craft beer decorating the wall behind. Through a side door there is a wide, leafy beer garden that I predict will be packed during the summer months. What’s more, we can confirm that there are plans on the horizon for a rooftop bar.

While the ball is still in the government’s court in terms of permits, “plans have been drawn up” says owner, Socrates Kochinos, meaning it could be as little as six months away.


“Craft beer and local produce are especially important to us,” explains Socrates.

But when it comes to the menu, it’s on a whole other level.

In order to create a unique menu they would be proud of, the Grease Monkey team deconstructed the idea of the burger, meditated on which ingredients would create the ultimate burger experience and then sourced the produce to meet this high standard.

Maple & Bacon Shake

Maple & Bacon Shake

“We wanted the softest, best bread for the buns, the perfect texture and flavour for the beef patties [and] the crunchiest lettuce…” says Socrates. With ingredients such as Pialligo Bacon, free-range eggs and unique extras such as the mango pimento aioli and ‘greasy sauce’ it seems that the ultimate burger experience could very well be…well at Grease Monkey.

Jam Doughnut and icecream

Jam Doughnut and Ice-cream

It’s clear this team know just who they’re catering to as well. The menu of Grease Monkey is infused with the American flavour that’s made such a popular resurgence in recent times. When asked about a signature dish, Socrates is quick to answer.

“The chicken, our chicken is amazing,” he says and with its cheeky title, Grease Monkey’s ‘GFC’ (Greasy Fried Chicken), it will surely be a hit when served with recommended sides including the mash and gravy and coleslaw.

If you’re checking out Grease Monkey this weekend, make sure to pop in for some breakfast too with Grease Monkey offering an alternative to the kale and quinoa brunches of other Lonsdale Street venues. Their ‘Greasy Breakfast’ burgers — the ‘Jump Start’ and the ‘Automatic’ — include maple bacon, HP sauce and hash browns.

With it’s edgy interior, lovingly crafted menu and trendy location we predict there’s no doubt you’ll be going apesh*t this weekend.

The essentials
What: Grease Monkey
Where: 19 Lonsdale Street, Braddon (opp Waves Carwash)
When: 7am till late Monday to Friday; 10am till late Saturday and Sunday
Web: Find them on Facebook

Photos courtesy of Justin Gardiner. 


Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author