The culinary kids that founded Kiss Kiss, Chinoiserie & L’Oeuf have opened the doors to a futuristic American style diner with an Asian twist. Introducing Happy Boy, the best thing to happen to Royal Oak since, well, forever.
When you step inside, you’re stepping into something special. Colourful and fun, the walls are a vibrant blue, with multi-coloured neon lights running along the bar, and framing the streetfront windows. Shared seating is courtesy of blue tables and bench seats, and of course, you can expect American mustard, ketchup and Sriracha making an appearance on every table!
Walk past the bar and open kitchen, and you’ll find a covered back courtyard with more seating and an epic graffiti mural. Happy Boy seats one hundred and twenty burger hungry folk at any one time, though the option to phone and order takeaways is expected to start from next week. The service is spirited and fun, order at the counter and then play Spaceman on one of the arcade machines while you wait.
The menu comprises of five, goddamn delicious burgers all served in soft, bao-style steamed buns. Our favorite is the cornflake crusted, Karage Chicken with nori, pickled ginger, white cabbage and Yuzu mayo. The sides are just as tasty, featuring shoestring fries with Sriracha mayo, sticky five-spice pork ribs and an umami slaw.
But trust us when we say it’s the desserts you need to save room for. We’re talking Chinese-style doughnuts coated in cinnamon sauce with a tower of whipped cream and berry coulis. Not drooling yet? How about the warm brownie with miso butterscotch, vanilla ice cream and crushed peanuts? Servings are generous, but spoiler alert: you’ll want to try one of everything.
Let your inner child out and choose one of the slushies to accompany your burger feast. There are three non-alcoholic options—chocolate and cream, peach ice tea and cranberry. Or, if you’re of age, hit up the Pina colada—creamy coconut with pineapple, lime and rum.
The bar also serves craft beer, with a stellar lineup curated by the legends at Brothers Beer, organic wine on tap. The All Good Organics range of sodas complete the offering.
Happy Boy is doing its best to support local businesses by using independent suppliers where possible. The fact that they use sustainable packaging for takeaways and free-farmed meat and eggs makes us fall in love with Happy Boy even more.
The perfect place to meet your mates for a feast that won’t break the bank, we suspect Happy Boy will be a regular on the ‘gram and one of the coolest, not to mention most delicious, kids in this part of town. #justsayin
PS. If you need us, we just died and went to burger heaven.
Image credit: Kate Rose