2-12 Glebe Point Rd
02 9660 6999
Open from 5pm 7 days
Munson diner started it all for me. One bite of that double cheeseburger (American cheese of course), bereft of salad and I was hooked. The standard Aussie burger with its lettuce, tomato & beetroot would never really do it for me again.
Buggles and I have had a long obsession with American Diner food. We both used to frequent Arnold’s Diner (yes, modelled on the Happy Days one), at Darling Harbour back in the day. We were regular diners at the Hard Rock Café, which while not technically “American Diner”, was the closest thing we had to it at the time.
So it will come as no surprise that we are loving the current “dude” food movement and their take on burgers, dogs & fried chicken.
There are, of course, your more traditional diners such as Jazz City Diner. Well, we were beside ourselves when we heard it was coming to town….now if they could just sort out the service end of things, we would be very happy campers indeed.
With all that said, we are huge fans of The Norfolk, so when we started to hear about a little spot in Glebe that was being compared to the Norfolk, we knew we just had to visit.
Bedlam sits pretty much where Glebe Point & Parramatta Roads meet.
The decor is all about comfy chairs & chandeliers.
We order a jug of not too sweet, fruity & very refreshing sangria ($20), while we look over the menu.
We decide to start with Crispy Chicken Wings ($14) marinated in lemon with chipotle sauce.
They look amazing when they arrive all crispy & golden. Unfortunately they really fail to deliver on flavour. They are bland & have a 'cooked from frozen' quality to them. The chipotle sauce helps a little, but not much.
Next we decide on the Antipasto Board ($22) jamon, wagyu braesola, & salami w/ semi dried tomato, marinated mixed olives, goat's cheese, cornichons & toasted sourdough.
While certainly not close to the best Antipasto Board we have tried, it isn't a complete disaster, the jamon & goat's cheese being the best things about it. Ok, but far from great.
A basket of Thick Cut Potato Chips ($6) w/ garlic & rosemary, hits the spot though. The chips are crispy & fluffy with a lovely rosemary flavour.
After this so-so start, we are a little apprehensive about trying the Mini Burger Plate ($14) mini beef burger, mini pork sandwich & mini hot dog, but we throw caution to the wind & order it anyway.....only to be told it is not available!
As nothing much else appeals to us we decide to head straight for Cinnamon Churros ($9) w/ dulce de leche, not the best idea. The churros are tough & chewy & the dulce de leche watery, without too much flavour.
We finish our meal, totally underwhelmed.
We really do want to love Bedlam Bar + Food, but we just can't.