Positioned amongst the eateries on the Westgate's swanky rooftop terrace, Dirty Bones seems perfectly suited to meet the needs of those who find themselves looking for a quick, scrumptious meal. Offering comfort food and cocktails inspired by
Upon arrival the restaurant offers a wide open space, with a décor fitting the foods' inspiration. Not quite too classy to be unapproachable, the space is a welcoming one that just about manages to avoid falling headfirst into clichés. We picked a table near the back and perused the menu. I found myself torn between the pork belly or the braised lamb (a special of the day) as both sounded delicious. Lamb winning the day, I made a note to return for the pork belly at a later date. My partner chose the burger and seemed to immediately regret her decision, given the other choices available on the menu.
Our meal began with a milkshake each. My partner chose the Banilla Ice; Valhrona chocolate, fresh banana and vanilla ice cream, which was a deliciously thick shake, complete with chunks of banana within and coco nibs on top. My choice was the atmospherically-named Shadow, a mix of double chocolate chip ice cream, oreo cookie and chocolate sauce. It was a decadent delight, a sugar rush to make any diner slightly hyped up.
These were followed by a starter of cheeseburger dumplings, gyoza dumplings stuffed with burger mince and melted cheese. It was an odd but not unpleasant starter, a fusion of two culinary styles that just about worked for me. Onto our mains, and it was a tale of two meals. My braised lamb neck had a caramel BBQ sauce with garlic chips on top. And it was lush, the lamb practically falling off the bone. I'm not sure if I needed the sauce on top, but it wasn't unpleasant and the meal played out a delectable symphony of flavours in my mouth. The burger, on the other hand, turned out to be a disappointment. It felt noticeably lacking in flavour, a slight example of one of my favourite culinary dishes. There are many great burgers in
There are enough meals on Dirty Bones' menu to warrant a second visit, and maybe it is a restaurant that requires its dinners to be adventurous and not choose the standard burger option. Still, we couldn't help but leave a little disappointed that what is, for the most part, a great restaurant would fall at the last hurdle, and not pass the necessary test of a burger worthy of a second visit.