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The countdown is on to one of the city’s most anticipated calorie overloads. We got a sneak peek (and taste of what’s in store when Milky Lane opens in Braddon this Friday 27 December).

Milky Lane, a Sydney-based burger chain has finally arrived in the capital amid much hype—and after a soft launch this week will open its doors to the hungry public from this Friday, 27 December.

And by hungry, we mean it is best if you are coming off a three-day fast. As its Instagram page can attest, Milky Lane food goes where others fear to tread.

Milky Lane’s Kevin Bacon burger.

We are talking towering burgers—the Kevin Bacon comprises double char-grilled premium Australian beef patties, with double American cheese, double crispy maple-smoked bacon, BBQ sauce, truffle aioli, caramelised onions and pickles, while the Chic-Kanye holds a whole heap of crispy fried chicken, crispy maple-smoked bacon, double American cheese, Carolina slaw, butter leaf lettuce, BBQ sauce, pineapple relish, Sriracha, and carries a recommendation to add a mac and cheese patty and grilled pineapple.

The fries are loaded to overflowing—with beer-battered chips smothered in bacon bits, cheese, shallots, cheese gravy and Milky Lane special sauce.  Other sides include sweet potato fries, pop-korn chicken, bacon mac and cheese croquettes and loaded mash potato balls if you are concerned your burger won’t touch the sides.

The Redman and Bueno.

Meanwhile, the fun really kicks off on the cocktail list, which takes every childhood taste sensation and gives it a heavy kick of alcohol—we’re talking a Reese’s peanut butter martini, with 42 Below vodka, peanut butter, cream, chocolate, and served with a Nutella rim and mini Reece’s chocolates.  Or a Mango Weis, of 42 Below vodka, mango and vanilla layered with cream. Who’d be still standing after all that?If you want a “healthier” fruit option, try the Melon-tini—Calle 23 Blanco tequila, Aperol, watermelon, lemon, pineapple, passionfruit and a sour strap garnish. Surely there’s vitamins in there somewhere?

There are plenty of non-alcoholic and instagrammable shakes on offer in two sizes while the dessert menu promises to take every sugar source and bung it on a plate—see the loaded donut churros fries dusted in cinnamon sugar, topped with Cherry Ripe bits, shredded Milky Bar, salted caramel sauce and strawberry jam custard.

Loaded donut churros fries.

If you are feeling a little more sedate, perhaps the deep-fried Golden Gaytime coated in crushed biscuits and cornflakes, deep-fried and drizzled in maple syrup and Nutella will suffice.

Having taken out the former Elk & Pea site on Lonsdale Street in Braddon, the fit-out is all signature colours of pink and blue, heavy on the hip-hop and with wild graffiti murals adorning the walls.

There is a private function room—the Snoop Room—out the back, while leather-lined banquet seating provides maximum comfort for such a heavy digestive task ahead. It’s a lot of fun and the staff are attentive and keen.

The Canberra Milky Lane is owned by former financial advisor Darren Laudenbach, Renae Norval and another partner. And while remaining true to the distinctive Milky Lane Sydney mothership, the Canberra team has put its own twist on things, sourcing Sonoma bread from a few doors up, and BentSpoke beer from around the corner.

According to Darren, Milky Lane promises to provide a fun and family-friendly burger place during the day and early evening, before cranking up the music and focusing more on the bar offerings in the later hours.

When we crept in for a preview meal this week we were a little daunted by the menu and the prospect of eating like Elvis for a night.  The good news is, the food is not as over-the-top as it sounds.

The Drake Vego burger.

There’s both a veggie and a vegan burger and the loaded fries are truly delicious. As are the cocktails. It might be optimistic to think you would get through a dessert too, but where there is a will there is a way. Of course, you can just fast for three days after you go to Milky Lane as well as before.

the essentials

What: Milky Lane
Where: 2/21 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Open: Sunday to Wednesday 11am-10pm, Thursday-Saturday 11am to midnight.
Website: milkylane.co

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