Since first opening in Melbourne in 2014, 8bit has developed a little bit of a cult following. Mixing the nostalgic world of arcades with the humble burger, 8bit brings a child-like exuberance to Sydney’s burger scene.
The huge 100-seat venue sits pretty in the middle of Darling Square. The brainchild of Shayne McCallum, ex-fine dining chef, and his restauranteur friend Alan Sam, 8bit is an ode to 80s kids in fish ‘n’ chip shops playing Asteroid, dripping sauce all over the control panel.
Burgers are the stars of 8bit with the namesake burger, the 8bit With Cheese, featuring your standard burger ingredients with 8bit sauce. However, there are a number of classic variations. The After Burner, for those looking for a little bit of jalapeño spice, or the 1 UP Mushroom Burger for the vegetarians in the mix, which features a crumbed mushroom with green tomato relish.
Burgers aren’t all that is offered, with a range of hotdogs, such as the Wonder Boy, including a smoked frank, bacon, grilled onions and spring onions or the 1942, a Bratwurst with pickle relish, curry ketchup and slaw. Stack up on sides with Potato Gems, just like the ones that burnt the roof of your mouth when you were 9 years old, or loaded fries with a smattering of toppings or crispy onions.
Of course the nostalgic 8bit design covers the walls, from pixelated tiles to gaming inspired vinyl wallpaper and bright 80s pop colours complete the look of this big kid oasis. There are 600 arcade games waiting for you and your friends after your burger. Grab an exclusively brewed 8bit beer and start button mashing,
51 Tumbalong Boulevard